Tuesday, July 19, 2016

DIY Stenciled Mixed Metallics Wall Art

Welcome back friends! We had a busy end to the boys' baseball season (league tournament champs!), and I was out at the ballpark taking a little break from the computer. But, I am back now, and have all kinds of fun stuff for you for the rest of the summer!

Since I like creating some of my own artwork for our home, I thought I would share some different paintings with you, and show you how easy it is to create your own! You definitely don't have to be a master artist to create your own paintings to add a personal touch to your home; you just need a canvas, some paint, a few brushes, and in this case, a fun stencil.

DIY stenciled wall art with DecoArt paint and stencils - One Mile Home Style

Monday, July 11, 2016

Thrift Store Throwdown: The Preview

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! We have been busy prepping for the little bathroom remodel we have going on this week, and celebrating the end of the baseball season with the kids and their teammates. Nothing like looking forward to Monday to recover from the weekend!

So, I have joined with this great group of gals to do a "Thrift Store Throwdown" this month. (Be sure to check out the list of participants at the end.) We were each tasked with picking up an item, or items, from the thrift store and sending those items to someone else in the group. Once you had your item(s), you had to get creative and turn your thrift store treasure(s) into something awesome!

I went shopping for Courtney from All Things New Again, you will have to head over to her blog to see what I sent her! And let's say, my space planning for shipping was way off; I had to use 2 boxes because of the variety of sizes of items, and the fact that I had to use what boxes the post office had available. (I'll plan better next time!)

Suzanne from Shop at Blu sent me a giant box!! In it was a metal stool (that nicely folds flat) and this fancy silver serving tray. There is one obvious project in my mind for these 2 items, but I'm pushing myself to come up with some alternative ideas too. I would love to hear what you would do with  these, tell me in the comments below, maybe it will help me get my creative juices going!

If you haven't been over to Suzanne's blog before, you need to visit and take a look around, she has all kinds of great project ideas that I am sure you will love. Here are a few that I think you might like:

Mid Century Modern Console Upcycle

How To Make An Industrial Style Handle

Succulent Decor

Now, head out and visit all the other participants to see what they have received. On July 25th we will all be revealing what we created for our Thrift Store Throwdown, so be sure to come back and see all the fun!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bathroom Makeover Part 2 (Already!)

So last year, I gave our bathroom a $100 makeover to freshen up the space, and give us some time before did a few bigger updates. Well, the time has come, and it was a little sooner than we expected.

See that crack there? Yeah, that is the base of the fiberglass shower insert in our master bathroom. Ugh!

Now that we have been in our house for more than 5 years, it's time for things to start wearing out and needing updated or replaced. We have the pleasure of uncovering new things the builder didn't do so well, and this shower in one of them. You see, generally you would have a fiberglass shower base sitting on something to be supported, ours just has the framing around the edges holding it. So, it flexed when we used it, and one morning it decided it had enough, which leaves us where we are now. All four of us sharing one shower, at least the rest of the bathroom is functional, right?!

The other issue has really been a problem since we moved in. The tile was not laid right in any of the rooms it is in, so the tiles come loose from the subfloor, that cracks the grout, and you end up with a floor that look like this. We have relaid some the tiles in the kitchen that are doing this, but it's just a temporary fix until we can remove all the tile and subfloor and install something new.

On a positive note, I'm pretty sure removing the tile floor in this room is going to be a piece of cake, I think I can pull up almost of the tiles with my bare hands.

Due to the fact that the shower and floor both were done so poorly the first time, we decided to hire out the task of installing the new tiled shower, and vinyl flooring. I am so over tile floors at this point, thanks to the builder, I don't think I will ever voluntarily choose tile as a flooring option (at least not in the near future).

Be sure to keep an eye on instagram in the upcoming week for lots of sneak peeks and behind the scenes updates!! 

Month in Review - June

Well, since I am already feeling behind from the 4th of July weekend, let's take a look back at the happenings around here from June. And, Thursday is the last day to enter the HomeRight ElectroLight giveaway, so be sure to enter ASAP!

I started the month off with part 2 of the beautiful grey rooms round-up, and the rooms were just a gorgeous as the ones featured in part 1.

Gorgeous Greys for every room: part 2 - One Mile Home Style

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Boring Backyard into a Fantastic Outdoor Entertaining Space (and A GIVEAWAY)!!

This post was created in collaboration with HomeRight, and may contain affiliate links. All thoughts, opinions and love of fire are my own. You can read my full disclosure here.

Today is the big day! I'm so excited to finally reveal our outdoor entertaining area and fire pit! This project has been a long time coming, and now that it's all finished, I can't wait for cooler evenings so we can really enjoy it even more. 

Let's jump right in with a couple of quick before shots, shall we? Due to most of our backyard being on massive hill, we really didn't use it all that much, but the potential was there. We added hillside garden boxes to make some use of the hill, but this spot right off the patio was where we needed to take advantage of the little bit of flat space we had.

Boring Backyard into a Fantastic Outdoor Entertaining Space: the before - One Mile Home Style