This Summer was a REAL whirl wind!   In a FLASH it was gone and here we are facing Fall.

One of my fun summer weekend projects was making an interesting conversation piece for my daughter’s 1st college apartment.

I found this very simple coffee table at a flea market and thought maybe she could utilize it in her new place. What she asked for was like nothing I had ever tackled before.


She said, “Mom, I want something different that encompasses geometric shapes and various shades of Aqua and Teal. Oh…and I would love it to be triangles.” Sure, easy, no problem was my answer but I had no idea what I was doing!

A couple of coats of dark grey to match her Ikea Futon was my starting point. After selecting the various shades of accent paint and a roll of painters tape I was ready to get creative. Let me just say, “FROG” tape, don’t even bother with any other type. I haven’t found one yet, other than Frog tape, that doesn’t bleed through.

After taping off my grid I was able to begin painting. It took 3 coats of paint on each triangle but I was satisfied with the way it turned out.


After allowing it to dry completely I sprayed it with 2 coats of clear finish to protect the surface.


She was really happy with the way it turned out and it has been a huge hit with her roommates and friends.

A nice reminder to never be afraid to try something new!

Summer of Salvage

Since returning from our 6,000 mile epic adventure there has been no stopping Rusty Romance!

Our buying trip resulted in a treasure trove of lovely old pieces. Some antique, some vintage, salvaged shabby chic and many great rusty treasures!

The creative juices have been flowing and I have a number of “Before and Afters” to share with you all. There are so many, in fact, I am not sure where to start.

Let’s begin with my latest story of vintage rescue…

This charming solid wood, 2 drawer side table was less than charming when I found it. It was a real mess and my friend encouraged me to leave this where I found it. I love a challenge and it screamed potential to me!

I took this piece all the way down to the bare wood to remove the many deep scratches. I had a plan for this piece from the beginning and it came together quickly. It seems like the good ones usually do.

It took 4 coats of a pale French Cream Satin Paint. I then hand painted a floral design using a beige linen color. I was able to finish it with 2 of the antique distressed pulls I have been hoarding.

The pulls came off of a very old dresser, they are ornate, distressed and a pale turquoise color. I love the subtle pop of color!

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I love the way it turned out and I am sure it will sell quickly! On to the next project…..

Rusty Romance on the Road

I love my daughter, I love my dad, and I love finding old treasures in new places! And what better way to combine all three than to head out with my daughter on the ultimate road trip from Seattle to see Dad in Missouri!

It was a four-day journey, including pit stops to see my sister, brother, nephew and nieces in Idaho, and a fun day with a good friend in South Dakota! Plus a lot of Wyoming and a lot of driving. A lot of driving!

But we made it, and seeing my dad hug his granddaughter was worth every minute of it! And a bonus – there are amazing treasures all over this part of the country!


My dad has many friends in the local Amish and Mennonite community, and we got to see some lovely pieces with incredible workmanship. Plus we had some fun along the way, showing off our fashion sense and enjoying some tasty treats!


I can’t wait to get home to show you some of my fantastic finds! Stay tuned!


Seattle Rain Relief

Here in Seattle we have many..many….MANY rainy Winter days.   So, I replace Sunshine with comfort food and soup is a Must-Have!!

As I was going through my Winter Recipes I remembered just how much I LOVE this dish! Cream of Potato Soup…yes, the GOOOOD kind! This is in NO WAY low Cal and should probably come with a Warning Label attached to your spoon. It is Creamy, Buttery, Hearty and Delicious…ALL of my favorite things and I want to share it with you!



1 Medium Onion, chopped                      3 t Worcestershire Sauce
½ C Chopped Celery                                 1 ½ t Yellow Mustard
½ C Chopped Carrots                              ½ t Celery Seed
4 Cloves of Garlic, minced                      1 t Bacon Salt
2 T Chopped Parsley                                 ¾ t Thyme
7 T Butter                                                     1 t Ground Black Pepper
5 T All-purpose Flour
2 Cubes of Chicken Bouillon
3 C Chicken Broth
2 ½ C Whole Milk
1 C Half and Half
7 Potatoes, cut into ½-inch cubes
6 T of White Wine


* In a large stockpot, sauté onion, celery, carrots, garlic and parsley in butter until soft but not browned. Sprinkle in flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add broth slowly, stirring as you add.

Add milk, half and half, potatoes, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, bacon salt, celery seed, thyme, black pepper, white wine, and chicken bouillon.

Allow to simmer and thicken, stirring frequently, until the potatoes are cooked through, approximately 25 minutes. Once the potatoes are soft, take a potato masher to the soup and break up about half of the potatoes. Serve warm and garnish with cheese, crumbled bacon, sour cream and chives.

Serves: 4

Cook Time: 40 Mins start to table


I like to serve my soup with crusty artisan bread for dipping. In this picture I have served it with crescent rolls and fresh homemade apple butter.


My EPIC DIY Project: The Final Phase!!

Well, if you are like me the Holiday got away from you! There was so much fun, food and family to squeeze into such a small window of time. I hope your Holiday was as wonderful as mine.

Before we rolled into the Christmas season I wanted to share Part 3 of my Massive DIY Project!

When we left off I had just finished painting the tile, painting the room, re-finishing the fixtures, adding flare and new color to the vanities as well as replacing the old hardware. I CAN see the finish line!

There are many tuitorials on how to frame out an outdated Contractor mirror so I didn’t drill down too deep on the cutting process for this wood. Purchase yourself a good miter box and saw, measure at least TWICE and cut once.

The trim wood is super affordable and easy to cut. Once you have your pieces cut it is important to paint them before installing them. Trust me…paint them first, it will save you a lot of time and touch up work.

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Make sure to paint the under side where you will be adding your adhesive. You can see this side in the mirror reflection so make sure that you paint the ends as well.

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Once your trim has dried thoroughly you are ready to install!! Almost immediate gratification, I love quick drying projects!

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I can’t recommend this product highly enough! Power Grip truly ROCKS! I was skeptical when the label stated “Set in 10 seconds” but it did not disappoint! Using my caulking gun this was a breeze. It gives you just enough time to get each piece in place before you can no longer move them.

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On my Vanity mirror I had a very odd angle so I knew going in that there would be some creativity needed in making this look finished. Of course, there are seams at the corners.

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I again used my caulking gun and a tube of your basic paintable caulking to fill and smooth.

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In the deep seams at my challenging angle it took three coats until I got it just the way I wanted. There was some dry time in between layers but it turned out well and was ready to paint in no time!


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I am so pleased at how these turned out!

You know when people say “Saving the BEST for last?” Well, that was not my intention here; mine was saving the HARDEST for last!

Let me refresh your memory….the tile in this massive shower is done! My issue is that I didn’t want to do the shower floor with the tile paint. As wonderful as this epoxy paint turned out I wasn’t confident that it would hold up to the amount of scrubbing I do in my shower. So, I searched for an alternative that would give me the high-end SPA retreat feel that I was going for.

At first I fell in LOVE with the idea of Teak. Imagine a gorgeous Teak floor in a shower? I was starry eyed until I talked to a local Exotic Wood Distributor who quickly brought me back to reality when he quoted the price! GOOD GRIEF!!! What they did recommend was a Brazilian Hard Wood called Massa that has the same waterproof qualities that Teak possesses at a fraction of the price. Massa was only $2.30 a foot, the most expensive part was paying them to cut and ease the 3-inch 14-foot pieces.

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I placed my order and waited impatiently for 2 weeks. While I was waiting for my order I did some clean up on the shower floor. I didn’t want the over painted white epoxy showing through the slats in the wood.

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This was much more time consuming than I anticipated. I went through a lot of razor blades and elbow grease! Don’t let my smile fool you – I was not having a great time. It was worth it though!

Once my wood arrived I sealed the wood with this amazing oil:

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You only have to oil the wood once every 3 to 6 months. You simply wipe it on, massage it in well and wait for 30 mins.

Make sure when you are purchasing your screws go for stainless steel screws or deck screws. Something that will resist rust from the constant moisture of the shower.

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This exotic wood is VERY HARD! Many drill bits were sacrificed in the making of this flooring before I figured out the best way to go about it. Start each screw hole with a bit slightly smaller than the screw you will be using. Finish the top of your screw hole using a much larger drill bit leaving a space big enough to flush set your screw heads.

Once you have this portion of your floor done I would recommend protecting your investment of time and energy. Use a clear waterproof caulking on top of each screw hole.


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I then added waterproof feet on the underneath side to stop any possible slipping and to raise it up just a little more off the wet shower floor.

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Because of the shape of my shower I had to make two separate pieces, one for the main portion of the shower and then a smaller piece for the shower entry.


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The end result is exactly what I was hoping for. ACTUALLY, it turned out much better than I anticipated!

Now that all of the work is done it is time to show off the Before and After pictures on this project! ( This is my favorite part…when it’s DONE!


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This home now has a lovely spa retreat! Thank you for following along throughout the process. What will the future bring? (Hint: I’m feeling kitcheney!)


My EPIC DIY Project !! PART #2

If you read Phase #1 of my EPIC DIY Project then Thank You for joining me through Phase #2!

Patience is not my strong suit so while I waited impatiently for the Epoxy Tile Paint to dry (The longest 72 hours EVER, I swear!) I took the time to push on with the other steps in my Bathroom remodel.

I always look for ways to make my projects cost effective and this one was no different. I didn’t “Hate” the existing Towel Bars, Towel Rings, Toilet Paper Holder or Door Knobs I just hated the brassy gold color. So, I chose to re paint them using Rustoleum Brushed Nickel Spray Paint. I have to say, this worked like a charm! It gave me just the look I was going for and only cost $4 to repaint all of these!

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Goodbye to the BRASS!

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The change is simply amazing!

I looked at replacing the fixtures on the Roman soaking tub but the prices were over $200 and I didn’t like the style any better than what I already had so…more spraying!

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I chose to paint the walls in an elegant Silver Sage color leaving the doors, moldings and window trim in the Classic White.

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I love how the sage pulls the color from the outdoor in through the large windows surrounding the tub.

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No more white walls for me!!

The Vanities were the trusty OLD American Light Oak…little style, very boring lines and I wanted them to look rich and warm.


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I chose a deep brown paint, which I made into chalk paint. I like the feel and sturdiness of chalk paint and knew it would be a good choice for a room that gets a lot of use and humidity.  I lightly sanded the cabinets first then wiped them down and painted.


I also wanted to add some detailing to the vanities.

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This is a wood applique that you can purchase at Home Depot for around $10. A couple small nails and it was ready for paint.

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I added a coat of Anne Sloan’s Dark Wax to the finished and dried Vanity and it is complete! Lovely!

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I found these really great brushed nickel drawer pulls at Home Depot as well. They matched everything so nicely and they were on sale. Yippee!

I am really pleased with the look of the room thus far and can’t wait to complete it. It is really coming along nicely.

In my next BLOG I am going to show you how to frame out those awful Contractor Mirrors to create a custom look.

Thanks for Reading!


My EPIC DIY Challenge!

Part #1~

Yes, you read it right, Part #1! I have taken on many a challenging DIY project in my life but this one was the largest and definitely warrants multiple BLOG posts! SO, that being said, here is Phase #1!

I am lucky enough to have a HUGE master bath but what I really have is a Master Bath that time warped back to 1991! Awww, yes…to say it’s “Dated” is an understatement. Example…. Check out this BEFORE picture.


Note the peach colored ceramic tile with lovely burgundy and grey floral accents. Complimented with an especially painful dark tan grout. To top it off… the Brass fixtures! So much GOLD!



I researched for about a month, greedily reading every BLOG and DIY post I could find on how to give an U.G.L.Y bathroom a much needed facelift.

I kept coming back to the same few and realized that these brave DIY pioneers forged on through the fumes, the pain and the uncertainty to find bathroom beautification. Their pain has not gone unnoticed, it gave me the naïve confidence to embark on what I am about to show you!


Tile, I’ve got A LOT of tile, two Vanities, a Roman Tub with a tile surround and a BIG walk-in shower. I knew this was going to be a massive undertaking but I couldn’t live with the peach, not one second longer!

I researched the few products out there that claim to do this. After you read the reviews…you learn there really aren’t that many with decent enough reviews to be contenders.DIYc1

I chose to go with ToughTile…

This product has steps for a very detailed prep cleaning but after reading the other DIY Warrior’s stories I chose to follow their prep plan.

Let me start by saying you will NEVER have cleaned more at one time! I will say this MANY times but it is true and I can’t say it enough…IT IS WORTH IT!


  • Bucket of warm soapy water
  • Spray bottle of diluted Bleach solution
  • LimeAway
  • Soft Scrub
  • Steel Wool
  • Disposable Gloves
  • FROG Tape
  • Respirator Mask (A MUST HAVE!! Trust me!)

Step #1~

I started off by wiping down all of the tile surfaces with the warm soapy water solution. I used Dawn Liquid Dish Soap, it truly “Gets the grease out.”

Step #2~

Spray your tile with the bleach solution and let stand for 10 minutes. Wipe down and then rinse thoroughly with clean water. You do not want to combine any bleach with the next step.

Step #3~

Spray everything down with the LimeAway to remove any tough soap scum and build up. Let this stand for 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with clean water.

Step #4~ (Tired of cleaning yet??)

With your Steel Wool apply a fairly thick coat of soft scrub to your tile and Scrub, Scrub, Scrub in a circular motion. Not only does this get rid of any remaining dirt but it also helps to roughen up your tile so that the Epoxy will adhere well.

(Remember…The PREP is WORTH IT!)

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Rinse VERY well with clean water. You want nothing left but clean sparkling tile and grout! From this point forward avoid touching the tile with anything that could leave residue. Keep your gloves on so that the oils from your skin don’t get on your SUPER clean tile!

Now that you arDIYde clean and ready to really get going use your FROG tape to tape off any surface you don’t want White. (NOTE: **This paint is an Epoxy and DOES NOT come off easily once it has cured.)

Note the mask I am wearing. This is WRONG! I learned the hard way that this ToughTile is TOUGH alright! Tough to smell and tough to breathe in!




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This is the correct mask! I cannot emphasize enough the importance of having THIS type of mask! The fumes in this product are..quite shocking! I thought I was a tougher than normal girl but the fumes are strikingly strong!

From this point you can follow the direction that came with the product on the best way to apply the Epoxy. My advice to you is that I was too frugal on my first coat, I could and should have done it thicker. It is truly self leveling (Awesome!) as advertised.


This is the picture of my first coat, note how thin it is. You could be a little more generous and be safe. I was covering up a darker tile and grout so depending on your current color you can play it by ear.

Once your first coat is in place the hard part begins…PATIENCE. I hate waiting and literally “Watching paint dry” is painful for me! ** Note, do not make the mistake I made! I started my project later in the evening then realized that the second coat has to be applied within 3 to 4 hours of the first coat. What that meant to me is that I was starting my second coat at midnight! Ugghh!!


This is what it looked like after the second coat. I was super excited until it dried! RATS! I had some thin spots and some brush marks that were just not the white painted perfection I was hoping for. What to do next??? I called the VERY helpful customer support line and got a lovely woman who explained to me that I MUST wait the 72 hour curing time before applying a third and final coat! She also told me that if I wanted my tile to cure to perfection the room temperature must be a minimum of 75 degrees because ceramic tile runs cold by the nature of the material. (GOOD TO KNOW!)DIYi

I added a small space heater and a normal box fan to the space, closed the door and waited impatiently for 72 painfully LONG hours!

DING, DING…Time is up! YIPPEE!! I applied the third coat and that made all the difference in the World! Now 72 more hours…..UGGHH!

Love the look after the 3rd coat! WOW is it bright in here now! Almost done!

No, the fine tuning to ensure perfection!

You may see some tile lines and grout that look like this. I had a few spots like this and they were an easy fix. I could have left them but why? I had already invested so much time and I really wanted to make my DIY project as perfect as possible.



I grabbed a tube of Supreme Paintable Silicone Waterproof Caulking and my handy dandy Caulk Gun and went to work!









The Devil is in the details. This not only looks more finished but will help to ensure that moisture stays out.









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Just a sneak peak of the end result to the “Tile Project”. I don’t want to give too much away before the final reveal.


I am thrilled at the total transformation simply changing the tile made. It is so clean and pretty!

I can’t wait to show you the rest so watch for my next installment!