03.2.2015 / DIY Book Planter #swapitlikeitshot

swap it like its hot

As I mentioned last week, we had around $10 to go thrifting, then send those treasures to another blogger for an awesome makeover.  The time has come to reveal what I’ve done with the treasures that Jessica at Decor Adventures sent me!

#swapitlikeitshot treasures

Of the 4 items sent, the frame and the book called out to me.  The task was to transform these thrifted items.

#swapitlikeitshot frame and book before

The frame was the simple transformation.  From the moment I saw it, it said “tray” to me.  What does a frame need to turn into a tray?

#swapitlikeitshot tray feet via Year of Serendipity#swapitlikeitshot tray spray paint via Year of Serendipity

Feet (which are actually IKEA knobs) and a little spray paint, clearly.

#swapitlikeitshot DIY frame tray via Year of Serendipity

I put some scrapbook paper in place of the photo.  You could also easily put a fun fabric there or switch it out with your decor.

#swapitlikeitshot DIY frame tray via Year of Serendipity

#swapitlikeitshot DIY frame tray via Year of Serendipity

My pet project, though, was the book.  I’m addicted to styling with books if you haven’t noticed.  My first thought was to hollow it out and create a secret ‘safe,’ but that project, while useful would have been, well, safe.  And let’s face it, plants are always more fun.

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

This was such a simple project but was more time consuming than I anticipated.

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

The most tedious part of this project was hollowing out the book.

page.  by.  page.

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

I cut a hole to fit the tupperware, then trimmed the tupperware to the height of the book.

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

Once cut, I glued the interior, put a piece of parchment paper between the pages and cover to prevent it all from getting glued together, then I clamped.

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

While waiting for the glue to dry, I made a big mess with succulents.  Fingers crossed that if I ignore these, they’ll stay alive!

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

With the book dry, I put everything together and started swooning.  Why didn’t I do this sooner??

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

Thanks Jessica for the challenge!!  Head over to 58 Water Street and check out what Colleen did with the items that I sent her!

There will be a week full of these awesome projects, today’s the first day, but you should head over and check out what these other lovely ladies are doing!

Day 1



02.2.2015 / 5 Ways to a Luxurious Bath

This week’s “5 Ways” post is brought to you by DecorPlanet.com.

If you’ve been following me for more than a week, you have probably figured out that I have put a lot of thought into bathrooms as of late.  With Millie the fliphouse’s bathrooms finally coming together, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some of my thoughts on successful and luxurious bathrooms that don’t have to break the bank.


1.  Splurge on the sparkle.  And by sparkle, I mean fixtures.  Spend the money on what draws attention.  What could be a generic sink can be instantly transformed with the proper faucet.  Whenever I use a vintage or thrifted sink, replacing the fixtures is imperative to making it look high end.  Joanna Gaines executed this perfectly on an episode of Fixer Upper with this upcycled dresser/simple vessel sink combo.  With a generic faucet, it would be just a nice space and you’d instantly forget it.  With those faucets, it’s a stunner.


Similar to what I’m planning in the flip’s new master bath, you can recreate this look with your own thrifted dresser, simple vessel sink  and a wall mount faucet such as this Rohl Acqui Bridge Faucet, both from DecorPlanet.com.



2.  Tile- think outside of the box.  With most of my projects, I admittedly try and save a bit of money where I can.  Often times, that money savings opportunity comes with tile.  Thinking outside of the box with tile doesn’t mean you have to think outside of the box store.  All you need to do is look at tiles a little bit differently.  This bathroom from Apartment Therapy shows that varying the shape of generic white tiles shows the power of tile.



3. Enjoy the little luxuries.  If you don’t have it in the budget for a whole bathroom reno, how about adding a towel warmer?  Who doesn’t love getting wrapped in a warm towel on a cool day?  A little touch of luxe can go a long way to making the entire room feel more high end (plus you’ll be all warm and cozy: win-win!)


4.  Maximize your storage.  Nothing makes a bathroom feel less luxurious than piles of towels, toiletries, and grooming tools.  Even in a tight bathroom, it’s possible to find a place for everything with some creative organization.  If you aren’t blessed with tons of built-in storage space, furniture and other vessels can really do the trick.


image via BHG

I’m swooning over this Fresca Oxford Antique White Linen Cabinet from DecorPlanet.  Cross my heart and kiss my elbow, I’d be saying this even without this partnership.  With it’s slim footprint and classic door style, it can fit into almost any space and be exponentially useful.  Zazz it up easily with some Anthro knobs.  I can just see 2 of these flanking a beautiful vessel sink and it would be pretty epic.  Tons of storage in a small space.



5.  Accessorize.  Did you not expect me to go there?  It’s always the last layer that makes a room, and it’s no different in a bathroom.  In addition to a fun mirror and patterned or textured towels, think about what else might be useful and beautiful.  A vessel to stash your everyday items within reach, a stylish makeup mirror to make sure you’re ready for your closeup (or selfies), and what about a basket with a few rolled towels for easy access for guests.


mirror: DecorPlanet/ box: Target/ soap dispenser: DecorPlanet/ basket: IKEA/ towels: Target/ makeup mirror: DecorPlanet


Thanks, DecorPlanet.com for collaborating on this post!

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