DIY Shutters for the Bathroom


My "Impossibilities Challenge" continues!  I've been renovating this bathroom of mine for the last 2 years... TWO YEARS!  Sigh.  The finish line is in view, I'm so very happy to say.

This bathroom had no window and I hate rooms with no windows.  I really, really wanted a window but this room is all my own work and I'm not a carpenter, so I was a little intimidated at the thought of installing a window myself.  Lucky for me, when I ripped down the wall covering I discovered that someone had taken out a window somewhere along the way so all I had to do was cut through the wall and install a new window.  Easy peasy - well, sort of...

Here is what I began with:

And I installed the window and trim with only a few minor bumps along the way.  
Here is the finished and trimmed out window:

I installed a deep ledge so I could put plants on it and I was planning to install roman blinds but decided instead that I wanted shutters.  I couldn't find any inexpensive shutters and none turned up at yard sales so I opted to build my own out of one 10' 1x8" board.

The window is 28" wide and the 8" boards are 7 1/4" wide (I ask myself why???).  I had to rip the boards down by 1/4 inch each to make them fit properly in the opening.  They're just a smidgen uneven, but it worked!!





So you measure the height and width of your window and allow 1/8th of an inch on all sides so that the shutters can move freely and you have space for your hinges.  I used T-hinges to attach the shutters to the window frame and butt hinges to attach the panels together.  Easy peasy & worked like a charm!!!

 I wanted the shutters to open and frame the window without blocking any of the light from the window.  Don't ask me how I lucked out on choosing my hinges, I managed to pick out just the right ones.  The whole thing came together perfectly.  Love it when that happens.  Total bill for my new shutters $40 (including taxes, hinges and knobs).  By the way, you can get away with spending way less than what I spent, I splurged on pre-primed pine boards.  MDF is not a good choice for bathrooms, but un-primed boards can be bought for much cheaper!

YAHOO!!!

Yet another step in the bathroom reno is complete.  Onto the next!

To see all the posts in the Impossibilities Challenge series, click HERE

To see the final reveal, click HERE




Cheers!

With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!
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It's Party Time Features From Last Week's Party

Hello everyone!  Thanks so much for supporting me while I dipped my toe into the Linky Party pond.  After three weeks it has become blatantly obvious that I just don't have enough time to be the hostess I want to be.  You don't have to miss out on the party, though, you can keep linking up at these fantastic blogs:


But before you go, check out these AMAZING projects from last week's party:

Anne from White Lace Cottage showed us her beautiful milk paint table makeover:


If you're looking for ideas for Christmas gifts (or for yourself!), 
Heather at Setting for Four has the perfect solution
super simple DIY jewelry:
DIY Interchangeable Jewelry, Prima Bead from Setting for Four #Jewelry #Necklace #Ring

The ever-inspirational Mimi from Blue Roof Cabin showed us how to build 
a gorgeous hall tree:

Clydia at Three Mango Seeds does her thing again with yet another set
of fabulous tables:
Check out  this super cool decoupaged bottle from 
If you've been around my blog for any length of time, you know about my
love affair with aqua/teal/turquoise.
Here are a gorgeous couple of nightstands from 

And for the piece de resistance, it's back to
for this fabulous chair makeover - WOW!

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One of my best projects from this summer was building a headboard from a vintage 5 panel door I picked up at a garage sale.  The only thing I did wrong was to paint it in a semi-gloss bone white.  It looked weird.

The semi-gloss was overkill and the bone white did nothing to make the headboard look special.

Hmmm, what to do... Let's add more layers of paint in different colours!!

It's Party Time! Linky Party for Nov 11/12

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Last week's features
Beautiful workmanship on these crocheted gloves and headband from Sandy at The Wonders of Doing


It's never too early for some Christmas decorating ideas, is it??  Check out Heather from Setting for Four, she put together a post on different options:

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and if you aren't ready for Xmas decor yet, here's a gorgeous fall display from
Shirley at Housepitality Designs (she has the most beautiful home!!!)

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Learn how to make your own cable knit sweater pillow from
Katie at Creatively Living


and for the piece de resistance - just look what Clydia at Three Mango Seeds 
did with her dresser - LOVE this!!!



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The Baby Greenhouse (Repost)

Hi everyone!  I'm experiencing a bit of a bloggy burnout period, so I'm taking some time off (other than the weekly party).  In the meantime, I'm re-running a few of my most popular posts.

Enjoy!!

Original Post Date:  September 6, 2011


I have wanted a greenhouse forever but never had the time, money, place, whatever - and all the other excuses anyone can think of.

In May, I picked up three storm windows that were exactly the same.  I set them aside and planned to build a cold frame with them, but then I came across a story on Twitter about upright cold frames and I was off and running with a new plan.  I wanted one!

Summer came and went and I was so busy that this project fell by the wayside.  This weekend, I gathered all the windows, scrap lumber I had lying around and my tools and began to plan a structure around the size of the windows.  It was challenging because I only had a couple of 2x4s to work with, the rest of the wood was all sorts of sizes and dimensions as well as rough cuts.  If I had it to do over again, I would have bought two more 2x4s and saved myself a lot of time and agony over how to piece this thing together!  That being said, I did manage to do it all by myself!!  OMG! - Gail (My Repurposed Life), I hope you're proud of me because you're my biggest inspiration.


See what you can do with three little ol' windows??

Isn't she pretty?? I'm so happy!








My pallet base - the guys I work with found a cedar one for me and delivered it to my house.  :)


If you want to know how I built this cute little greenhouse, click HERE for the link.

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Inspirational Movies Guaranteed to Brighten Your Day

Since I'm taking a break from my DIY and decorating projects, I thought I'd veer off a bit in my blogposts as well and share a list of my most favourite, makes me feel like I can take on the world and win movies.

I love to be inspired.  It's intoxicating and fills me with energy.  When an inspiration hits me, I can't wait to create something - to get my hands in the clay, so-to-speak.  Lately though, I've felt so tired and worn out that all I can manage to do is my chores and errands.  That and lying around on the couch watching movies.

So for everyone who has emailed, Facebooked or commented that they are suffering from the same blog burn-out as I am, I have compiled a list of the ten movies that I find the most inspiring and uplifting.  These are the ones I turn to when I feel down or tired or just plain frustrated at the way things are going at the moment.  Most of these are based on true stories and that makes them even better!  Real people who faced impossible scenarios or tough times (some of them WAY more tough than I've ever experienced) and not only survived them, but created a much better life for themselves because of what they went through.

Listed in no particular order:
  1. Secretariat
  2. The Pursuit of Happyness
  3. Under the Tuscan Sun
  4. Erin Brockovich
  5. The Blind Side
  6. We Bought a Zoo
  7. Mona Lisa Smile
  8. SeaBiscuit
  9. Rudy
and a couple of movies that just make you feel good:

Pretty Woman

and two Christmas movies

It's a Wonderful Life
Miracle on 34th Street (the one with Natalie Wood)

Wow, I`ve been watching a lot of TV lately...

So, did I hit any of your favourites?  Do you have a go-to movie that always makes you feel better?  Do share!

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Last week's features:

Cynthia at Cloches and Lavender showed how to create
 an embossed panel look from scratch:

Ann at White Lace Cottage shared her pretty kitchen skirt: 

Kristy at Shona Skye Creations has a tute for a super cute dog toy 
and all you dog lovers will adore her post on pet adoption! 
Linda at It All Started With Paint created an artistic display
of frames: 
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Kelly at JAX does design came up with a fresh new idea for feature walls:
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and for the piece de resistance

you will NOT believe how Audrey at Timeless Treasures 
created this beautiful glass pumpkin

Thanks to everyone who joined in last week!  Please be sure to link back to the party if you join our party, we'd love to feature your work but the deal is that you have to link back.

So please link up your posts and share the wealth.  Your projects will show up on all FIVE blogs and you can enter at any of the blogs shown below. 
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