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The Painted Bungalow: Master Bedroom Reveal

Hello Lovelies,

It has been quite the whirlwind year for me. I have been managing life precariously, juggling going back to work with the airline, planning my wedding, and house hunting in Spartanburg, South Carolina, among MANY other things. To be quite honest I have been working my little tail off… As it turns out your girl is pretty high maintenance when it comes to weddings… go figure. Every time I finish a project I seem to have another idea. To be honest, I have been so non-stop busy that writing has been pretty much pushed to the back of my never ending list. Until now.

I finally, FINALLY, found a few days in my schedule for rest and recuperation, so I flew myself right on down to the sunshine state. Yesterday, I made straight for the beach and proceeded to get burnt to an actual crisp. Typical for me I assure you. I promise I put on sunscreen but believe me… if you saw me right now you wouldn’t believe it. I am as red as a flaming hot Cheeto and quite as spicy I am sure. Just me, sitting here on my bum in a cocoon of all-natural aloe, forced to take a moment to slow down from my million miles an hour pace. So I naturally figured it may be time for another beach bungalow reveal. We are finally getting to the end of our renovation y’all, and I have to say I love this house a little bit more every time I step foot in it. 

I am taking a break from social media this month, because, just as the body needs its rest, I think resting the soul is equally as important. It seems to me that the platforms that were once created for the sole purpose of keeping us together, are now pulling us apart with this endless rat race of keeping up with the Joneses. So I personally, am taking a MUCH needed break. So for those of you that stumble upon this post by sheer chance, aka “the Google”, my family and I have spent the past better part of the past two years renovating a tiny Florida bungalow. I will leave the link of the “before” post below – so you can jog your memory on all the gory details. I will also drop a “before” picture *SHUDDER of the master bedroom below. Try not to faint from undue exposure to that blue curtain panel…

Before or Beware… It’s your choice

The tiny beach house was bug-ridden, musty, and veering on the side of dark and dingy when we first purchased it. If you have been following this little blog of mine you have seen the transformation every step of the way – from dark and dreary to a bright, airy, little Florida jewel. If you are a first-timer… welcome to the party. The other renovation links are posted below so you can catch right on up!

The master bedroom was one of the last rooms that we finished. The house has a very small footprint, just over 600 square feet in total, so every choice had to be strategically made with size in mind. Everything was so dark when we first purchased the house, especially the bedrooms, so my first task at hand was to BRIGHTEN and LIVEN. So I chose a very light paint, Sherwin Williams Eider White (SW 7014). It is white with a hint of a dove gray to it. That immediately made a world of difference in making the room at least appear to be larger. I chose to go a little bit more neutral in this room with the main pop of color being the King-sized upholstered headboard from Birch Lane. This particular headboard is no longer available but I will put an alternative purchasing link in the photo below. Just double click! It reminded me of a burst of teal sea glass popping out of the sand. Perfect for a beach house and perfect for a good night of sleep. Again, I wanted everything to feel very bright, airy, and cottage-cozy so for bedding we went with all plain white.

It was all cosmetic in this room, and with a few coats of paint, a new flush mount Echo Bluff Hunter ceiling fan (linked in next photo), and a quick change of those dreaded almond-colored outlets, we were finished – except for the fine decor details. We started with the headboard and then worked our way around that. A King-sized bed in a tiny room doesn’t leave much room for furniture, so we had to be purposeful with our other choices to make sure to avoid overwhelming the room. Every room of our little bungalow by the sea had been graced with “something old,” an item that we had restored to its former glory, and this room was no different. We finally found a small antique dresser that would fit perfectly in our space in a Habitat Restore.  We stripped and stained it, and added “new” antique knobs sourced at a local antique store. This might be my favorite piece in the entire house, probably because it was an absolute beast to restore. I smelled like paint stripper for weeks. 

I always think that an antique dresser can and SHOULD be livened up with a fun mirror. The gold one I found at Target, and I immediately knew it was the one because of its striking brass and nautical feel. We have pops of brass throughout the whole house and I wanted to keep the flow going as much as possible in every room. We kept the artwork and the curtains simple and streamline to keep within our “beach cottage feel,” and we finished out the room and maximized our space with the modern bookshelf in the corner. 

The Lamps are Allen & Roth brand from Lowes – Linked in photo. The shade is a fabric drum shade from Allen and Roth

Finally, our master bedroom is complete, and It is the serene tropical oasis that we were hoping for. Tiny – yet still functional. Simple – yet still beautiful. Well, that’s all she wrote folks… I will have another Painted Bungalow reveal for you soon, but we are nearing the end of our Florida renovation so I suppose it will soon be time for me to find another house 😉 Until then… Stay safe ya salty mermaid.

XOXO,

The Painted Bungalow: Kitchen Reveal

Well hey, y’all! I am being a true journalist today and I am coming to you from somewhere in the middle of Florida, typing away on our road trip back to my sweet Carolina home. I spent the past week in the Sunshine state applying for more jobs and just enjoying some beach solace. I can’t get enough of that little beach house y’all. There is a quote floatin’ around out there that says, “Love grows best in little houses just like this,” and that just about sums up how I feel about our little piece of paradise.

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DIY on a Dime: How to Craft a Christmas Wreath with Supplies from your Local Dollar Tree

Good Morning fellow homebodies. Here we are a week before Thanksgiving and I have already decked about every hall I can get my hands on. Full disclosure: I started right after Halloween. But don’t you worry I only decorated the inside and I have kept my blinds closed tight so the neighbors don’t think I am a total nutter – probably futile at this point ;)… What can I say? I am a freak for the ho-ho. I start early every year but this year I started WAYYY early. Only because, well duh, this year kind of sucks like an old, hair covered lollypop stuck to the bottom of a ripped cushion in a 1978 Pinto – It’s just that bad. So here we all are, stuck in our homes with nothing to do. So what do we do? We paint things, we eat way too many Tollhouse cookies, and we craft! And oh boy DO I HAVE a good craft for you?? So put down the cookie, throw on your sweats, sheath your beautiful face, and head over to the Dollar Tree because that is where you will source 98% of the materials for this DIY Christmas wreath. You can source 100% of the materials there if your little heart desires, but I will explain why I chose not to later on.

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The Painted Bungalow: Bedroom Reveal

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Hey there y’all! How about we have a show of hands of those of you who are just consistently overwhelmed right now… I honestly am at a point where I just don’t know what to believe. I don’t know what to take as a fact or what to take as a falsehood, and truly, that scares me more than any virus ever could. I have so much information coming at me from every direction. Wear a mask – Don’t wear a mask – Social Distance – Social Distancing will ruin your immunity – and so on and so on. Unfortunately, I don’t have any of the answers people. (more…)

Old Houses. New Houses. Blue Houses. Two Houses: Renovating a Florida Beach Bungalow

It’s a very lazy Saturday morning here at the babe cave. I am here where I always find myself in the early morning, butt planted on the mini, gray loveseat in front of the window that always seems to find the morning light. This is my happy place in the morning. Especially when the rain is falling like it is now and I have a steaming mug of some kind of modern-day witches brew aka coffee, warming my hands. It’s been a busy week for me, definitely not in terms of work, because in the flight attendant world, winter is hibernation time. In the Summertime, I get called to work almost every day but in the winter, I sit, and I sit, and I sit some more. I don’t necessarily sit around, but I don’t get called to work if I don’t want to. Hence why I am here on a Saturday morning, watching the rain drizzle down my window pane and sipping on my coffee. I usually sit here and dream up about a hundred projects I can do around the house. If you are reading this and you really know me you know that home improvement is my thing. I loveeeee love love to do projects. (more…)

Little House in the Carolinas: Half Bath Remodel

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Clear as day I can still remember the first time I came into my little house when it was actually mine. I had just signed the papers and I had the key in my hand, and I unlocked the door – for the very first time. It is an odd feeling: owning a place that seemed so unfamiliar yet my soul already recognized it as home. That was two years ago and though I can’t say that I turned this house into a home, because it felt like home from the beginning: I have slowly made this house into something that I believe to be beautiful – and that’s the whole point isn’t it? (more…)

DIY on a Dime: Taking a Builder’s grade Island to the next level with Planking

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Okay guys, so I have been feeling very antsy for some type of project lately. Lucky for me I had a little VACAY time this month (thank the Lord!), so my Dad drove to Charlotte for what I like to call, “construction boot camp.” My poor Dad… thank goodness he loves me because I work him to the bone sometimes. I have had this little island dream floating around in my head full of house plans for some time, and that was one of the many projects that we completed this week. (more…)

DIY on a Dime: Barn Wood​ Sign

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The “farmhouse home style” has officially taken the states by storm thanks to the incredible design eye of Joanna Gaines and her show on HGTV, Fixer Upper. I started watching the show early on, and I was always amazed at her ability to create these serene, comfortable houses that were equally stylish. I always expected that the show would be a hit, but I never expected that Joanna Gaines would bring about a whole new movement in home stylings: Farmhouse Chic. That’s where this next project comes in. (more…)

Little House in the Carolinas: Kitchen Remodel Reveal

So.. Very exciting news!  We just passed my one year anniversary of being in my favorite little house. The not so exciting news.. I am sick. Picked up this nasty little cold in Pheonix, then almost blew my little ear drums out on the way to Havana. So here I sit with my box of Kleenex and finally enough time to sit down and write! Sorry to all those passengers out there, your favorite flight attendant is under construction at the moment. (more…)

Furniture Flippin’ Good: Side Table Edition

In college, some of the fraternity guys I used to hang out with used to call me “Hurricane Megan.” I would walk into the cafeteria and they would yell, “Aww here comes hurricane Meg, hold onto your trays!” I never did ask them why, but I think even after all this time my parents would have to agree. I am constantly blowing in, starting up some project then jetting off again. The latest one was a year in the making, but we finally got around to getting it done. My Mom bought these horribly ugly nightstands (yet great potential) and one day they appeared in our house. She told me she thought they had a great shape, and they did, but I was not feeling any vision just yet. (more…)