Top 10 Posts of 2017 from Jersey Girl In The South

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It’s the end of 2017 already! Can you believe it? This year has been a great one for me and my family. 2017 has been a year of firsts. My first business venture in a boutique, my youngest starting Kindergarten, owning goats for the first time and a road trip to Ohio to attend their first wedding. I am looking forward to seeing what 2018 has in store for us!

Blogging has been another fun adventure that I pursed in 2017. Today I am sharing my top ten most popular posts of the past year! Are you ready?

First is my Spring at the Farmhouse Home Tour. I teamed up with some very talented blogger friends to give tours of our homes. You don’t want to miss these!

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Second is my DIY Powder Room Makeover. My husband and I added a shiplap accent wall to bring some farmhouse charm to our boring powder room. I also used chalk paint to transform the vanity.

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Third is my Farmhouse Style Valentine’s Day Decor. Neil makes a cameo appearance in this one.

Farmhouse Style Valentine's Day Decor Jersey Girl in the South

Fourth is my Touch of Fall Home Tour. I teamed up with some fabulous ladies to show you how we celebrate fall in our homes.

touch of fall home tour blog hop jersey girl in the south

Fifth is one of my personal favorites! It’s the reveal post of my Farmhouse Laundry Room Makeover for the $100 Room Challenge. I’m happy to say the room is still clean most days, which is a huge improvement! Not only did we make over the hideous floor and organize the space, my husband built the sliding barn door!

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Sixth is my Summer 2017 Home Tour. Readers love to see tours and they are one of my favorite posts to do!

summer home tour jersey girl in the south

Seventh is the reveal for my Boy’s Bedroom Makeover for the $100 Room Challenge. I am excited to share that I will be participating again! This time I am making over my teenager’s room! Wish me luck as the before is REALLY bad!!!!!!!

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Eighth is my Patriotic Front Porch. I love decorating for the 4th of July!

patriotic front porch jersey girl in the south

Ninth is my kitchen table and chairs makeover. I am pleased to say they have held up amazing to my three messy boys!

Before and after kitchen table and chairs makeover Amy Howard

And last but certainly not least is my sewing table makeover. I fell in love with this sewing table when I found it. The table was purchased for me to resell but after the makeover I could not part with it!

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Which post was your favorite this year?

 

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DIY Farmhouse Style Powder Room Makeover

DIY Farmhouse style powder room makeover

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Since the powder room is one of our most used guest spaces I decided it was next in line for a farmhouse style makeover. I painted the bright green when we first moved in and wow was that the wrong decision! Colorful cow paintings hung in there which have since been relocated into the playroom. They are bright fun colors and better suited for the kids space.

When we moved in our bathroom was more of a modern style. All of the fixtures were brushed nickel and while they were nice that is not my style at all. A new light fixture, faucet, hardware and mirror were purchased on my first shopping trip. I never even took a before picture! The vanity matches the kitchen cabinets but I knew I wanted a different look. Some leftover chalk paint from my DIY dresser project was the perfect solution. (found here)

Here are the before pictures:

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I am a huge farmhouse and HGTV fan and of course fell in love with shiplap instantly when I saw it on Fixer Upper. If I had it my way every wall in this house would be covered in white shiplap. The husband would never go for that but he settled for one accent wall in the powder room. Hey, I take what I can get. All of the other walls were painted white for a more cohesive look.

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There are so many tutorials on Pinterest explaining how to shiplap a wall. We decided to use shiplap planks from Home Depot rather than use the plywood method. It was much pricier (this small wall cost $70 in materials) but my husband preferred this look. You can find some inspiration and instructions on my DIY Queen Pinterest board.  https://www.pinterest.com/jerseygirlinthe/diy-queen/

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The cabinet received a makeover and I am so happy with the results. I used Americana Decor chalk paint in Everlasting and glass knobs from Hobby Lobby to complete the transformation. My husband also reused some leftover planks from my bedroom ceiling for the side of the cabinet. It was plain before and now it’s a beauty.

If you do not have an existing cabinet that can be made over, I would suggest purchasing one from Knotty Alder Cabinets. They sell ready to assemble cabinets perfect for the DIY’er.  Many of their cabinet finishes would work for a farmhouse style look similar to my powder room. My favorite cabinet style is the white shaker. Shaker cabinets are classic and timeless like you would find in an old farmhouse.

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The walls were painted with Valspar Signature in Ultra White in Satin finish. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Valspar-Signature-White-Satin-Latex-Interior-Paint-and-Primer-in-One-Actual-Net-Contents-128-fl-oz/3204107

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And now for the reveal!!!

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So, what do you think?

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Bathroom makeover on a budget

Budget Bathroom Makeover

Ahhh Murphy strikes again. When we bought the house we had plans to completely gut and renovate the hallway bathroom this spring. It was all original to the house and builder grade quality. While functional and clean it had seen better days. The cream colored linoleum had a flower pattern which the boys weren’t too fond of having in their bathroom. We also have this lovely outdated pattern in the laundry room. (Look for an update on that room soon!) Sorry the before pictures are not the greatest!  This bathroom is so hard to photograph. IMG_6075

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I had been pinning away and planning an awesome modern industrial style bathroom renovation for the kids when of course life happened. We had our well serviced and found out the filter was barely functioning and needed to be replaced immediately. My husband decided we might as well install a water softener while we already had the well company at our house. Of course I grumbled about him crushing my dreams but what can you do. It had to be done. If you have not dealt with this let me tell you it is NOT CHEAP. There went my entire dream bathroom budget. Oh well.  We decided to still go ahead with a makeover but on a shoestring budget instead reusing almost everything in the room.

I stuck with the farmhouse look the rest of our house has going on but went with darker and more masculine colors. Paint is always an inexpensive and easy fix. I hemmed and hawed over which color to pick. Lesson learned: always buy the sample size. I love the color I chose but it’s way too dark in this little bathroom. I should have chosen one shade up on the paint sample card.

First to go was the curtain. The bottom pane of glass has peel and stick privacy film since this bathroom faces the front of the house. That stuff is so hard to put on correctly! Next the mirrored strip lighting and the old small ceiling mounted fixture had to go. It was difficult to find a coordinating set in my price range that I liked. I ended up finding two oil rubbed bronze fixtures with milk glass style shades at Lowe’s. I also found an inexpensive faucet at Home Depot on clearance. The towel ring and toilet paper holder are from Walmart and are the same ones we used in the powder room. I decided to keep the all white waffle weave shower curtain from our old house and picked up a white fuzzy bathmat at Ikea.

We found Armstrong Terraza Grand peel and stick vinyl tiles at Lowe’s.  My husband had it installed in a very short time since they were so large (18×18) which made it easier to work with. We have leftovers so they will be replacing the floor in the laundry room as well.

 

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The vanity got a coat of black chalk paint with two coats of varnish for my messy boys and new knobs. It’s fabulous. Toothpaste wipes right off! I decided to keep the original counter top intact. I was too nervous to do a faux granite paint treatment. If you have attempted it and had great results please leave me an encouraging comment! He also installed a new updated GFI outlet and light switches. We are slowly converting the entire house over to new switches. We will eventually frame out the mirror as well.

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The decor is all from shopping around my house. The chalkboard star was found at Michael’s for $1 and lived in the laundry room. Over the toilet area the mantel shelf was reused from the old house as well as the framed cow picture. The silver milk jug is from the Bargain Spot (formally known as the Dollar Spot) at Target filled with flowers from Hobby Lobby that I stole from downstairs. The basket is reused from my kitchen. It’s supposed to hold potatoes but it’s just as cute with toilet paper. I found the cute sign at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $3 which also came from the kitchen.

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I am happy with the results even if it was not what I first imagined for this space. The boys love it too which is the most important part.

 

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