VIP Home: Freshening Up a Small Apartment Bathroom with a Mason Jar Organizer DIY

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“We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans – because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we paint, that’s why we dare to love someone – because we have the impulse to explain who we are.” –Maya Angelou
Messy hands after completing a DIY + an inspiring quote. Does it get any better? Of course–keep reading to see how *wink*

Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Oh, how reFRESHing it is to FRESHen up a small bathroom space. What better way to add a fresh touch than with a fun Mason Jar DIY I found on Pinterest *wink* Hi, my name is Abby Hathorn, and I have become addicted to Pinterest–not pinning weddings and babies, but pinning my dream blue home and small space organization. Gee…thanks, mom and Facebook friends, for pulling me into the Pinterest-loving matrix *wink*

So, who can guess what this week’s theme is on VIP? *wink* 

Fresh

 Today on VIP Home, I am going to talk about how an easy “Mason” jar DIY freshened up and organized my small apartment bathroom space. Come on–let’s take a look, before I get distracted and start pinning more photos of lovely little blue houses *wink*

I spotted these super cute and super vintage style jars at Michael's while on a hunt for the perfect jars for this DIY. There is such a wide variety of options avaliable that I encourage you to branch out and try something different than you see on Pinterest--add your own twist to it! :)
I spotted these super cute and super vintage-style jars at Michael’s. There is such a wide variety of options avaliable that I encourage you to branch out and try something different than you see on Pinterest–add your own twist to it! :)

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Who would have thought that such a simple little idea could improve not only the function of my small bathroom, but also the cute-appeal?! I am in love. *wink* Also, just in case you missed last week’s VIP Home–check out the fabulous drawer-to-shelf DIY here and go for bold! :)

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The reaction I make every time I find another precious and perfectly blue house on Pinterest *wink* I feel the same way about navy living rooms, Giant Schnauzers, and old pictures of Gregory Peck (or Cary Grant ) *wink*
The reaction I make every time I find another precious and perfectly blue house on Pinterest *wink* I feel the same way about navy living rooms, Giant Schnauzers, Volkswagen Karmann Ghias (pictured), and old pictures of Gregory Peck *wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: Bold + Upcycled Apartment Bathroom Organization

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

This week on VIP Home (and the entire week on the blog), we are going for BOLD. And after many stars displayed their BOLD fashions at the Oscars last night (Hello–Jennifer Aniston!), I cannot help but want to embrace the bold *wink*

Oh, go for BOLD? Of course, yes! *claps*

Now, on this particular VIP Home post, I am going to show y’all how I transformed an old dresser drawer into a custom, one-of-a-kind shelf for my small apartment bathroom. If you would like to join in on the DIY fun, you will need the following:

  • An old, solid wood drawer (picking a size appropriate for your bathroom)
  • Decoupage glue (I used Mod Podge.) 
  • A foam brush
  • Paint color of your choice
  • Scrapbooking paper in multiple patterns
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper 
First, I painted over the dark-stained drawer. I am typically a huge fan of dark stained wood; however, it did not work for the design of my bathroom. Although, I did leave a section of the stain--I liked the quirkiness.
First, I painted over the dark-stained drawer. I am typically a huge fan of dark-stained wood; however, it did not work for the design of my bathroom. Although, I did leave a section of the stain because I liked the quirkiness.

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While the paint was drying, I picked out my background paper. I decided to go with only three patterns in the same color pallete to stay with the blue/green/white theme of my bathroom. This is where I decided to go for bold!
While the paint was drying, I picked out my background paper. I decided to go with three patterns in the same color palette to stay with the blue/green/white theme of my bathroom.

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Next, with the help of my artist mother, I arranged the background and got to decoupaging!
Next, with the help of my artist mother, I arranged the background and got to decoupaging!

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After letting the drawer sit overnight, my mom took a fine-grit sandpaper and roughed up paint a bit to give it a more shabby look.
After giving the drawer time to dry overnight, my mom took fine-grit sandpaper and roughed up the paint a bit to give it a more shabby look.

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The final product:

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Now, while we are all preparing to clean up our homes for spring, did you know you should also clean up your social media? SAY WHAT?! Yes–Digital dirt can be pretty gross and can even prevent you from reaching your full potential (whoa…way more serious than dust bunnies). So, before you panic, head on over to my lastest Johnson City Press article here to learn more about digital dirt + easy tips on how to clean it up! 

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: Closet Tour + Video

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to VIP Home!

My closet is finally complete! Ah…I just had to say that right off the bat because I am so very excited! I’m so excited and I just hide it! *dance break*

As promised, I have a very special closet tour video to share with y’all. Who knew achieving a boutique-style closet could be so simple–well, third time is the charm + a  few visits from mom later…it was simple *wink* So, to save y’all the hassle of re-organizing y’all’s closets two, three, four, or more times…before reaching perfection, check out the video below for the tour of my closet + ideas + tips.

Also, check out the VIP YouTube channel here for EVEN MORE closet organizing tips + random videos.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP DIY: Tie-Bleaching Denim

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Do y’all remember when I bought that denim vest for two dollars at my hometown flea market? Let’s refresh our memory here *wink*

Now, because I love DIYing denim SO much, I decided to share with y’all one of my favorite denim-bleaching techniques–tie-bleaching denim–on this special VIP DIY. Ooo…I wonder what it could be *wink*

How did I create this look? Well, gather the below necessities, and let's get started!
How did I create this look? Well, gather the below items, and let’s get started!
  • A denim vest/jacket

  • 1/2 cup of chlorine bleach (I used Splash-less Clorox.)

  • A glass cup

  • 1/2 cup of water

  • A foam brush

  • Several rubber-bands or cloth ties

WARNING: Before getting started, please note that you will need to do this DIY in a well-ventilated area. Also, do not directly inhale any bleach fumes. Remember bleach will bleach. Be careful and wear old clothes! If you are sensitive to smells or bleach, do not attempt this project. 

Step 1:  Lay out your vest with the back panel facing up.
Step 1: Lay out your vest with the back panel facing up.
Step 2: Pinch a tiny piece of the denim pulling it up into a "unicorn horn". NOTE: If you have ever tie-dyed, it is the same method starting out *wink*
Step 2: Pinch a tiny piece of the denim pulling it up into a “unicorn horn”–this is very much like tie-dyeing–but we are going to use a bleach mixture instead of colored dyes.

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Step 3: Add a rubber-band or cloth tie to the bottom of your "unicorn horn".
Step 3: Add a rubber-band or cloth tie to the bottom of your “unicorn horn”.
Step 4: Add another rubber-band or cloth tie to the tabout an inch from the first tie. Get it as tight as possible.
Step 4: Add another rubber-band or cloth tie about an inch from the first tie. Remember to get it as tight as possible.
Step 5: Combine a half of cup of bleach with one forth of a cup of water.  Do NOT directly inhale bleach fumes.
Step 5: Combine a half of cup of bleach with equal parts water. This is a strong mixture!
Do NOT directly inhale bleach fumes.
Step 6: Begin painting on the bleach-water mixture to the top of the "unicorn horn". NOTE: When working with light colored denim, be extra generous with the amount bleach mixture you apply.
Step 6: Begin painting on the bleach-water mixture to the top of the “unicorn horn”–please be careful to not get the mixture on your hands or fingers. If you do, please stop immediately and wash your hands with soap and water. 

Step 7: After applying enough bleach mixture to the top not, move on to the base of the vest. Do NOT "un-bunch" the vest's base. Bleaching the base while it is bunched adds a more tie-dyed affect.
Step 7: After applying enough bleach mixture to the top, move on to the base of the vest. Do NOT “un-bunch” the vest’s base. Bleaching the base while it is bunched adds a more tie-dyed effect.
Step 8 (part 1): While your sunburst is bleaching, feel free to add mini ones in random areas on the vest.
Step 8 (part 1): While your sunburst is bleaching, feel free to add mini ones in random areas on the vest.
Step 8 (part 2):  If desired, also bleach areas of the front of your vest too. Do not be afraid to get a little creative *wink*
Step 8 (part 2): If desired, bleach other areas of the vest. Do not be afraid to get a little creative *wink* BUT remember to be very careful!
Step 9: After applying the bleach-mixture where desired, wait 7 to 10 minutes and untie the rubber-bands/cloth ties.
Step 9: After applying the bleach-mixture where desired, wait 7 to 10 minutes and untie the rubber-bands/cloth ties. If you have sensitive skin, please wear gloves designed for handling chemicals.
Step 10: Rinse your denim vest/jacket with warm water. Once it is completely rinsed, throw it in the wash and hang to try.
Step 10: Rinse your denim vest/jacket with warm water. Once it is completely rinsed, throw it in the wash and hang to try. It is recommended to not wash the vest with other clothing items. Wash it alone.
Step 11: Style an ensemble with your new and fabulous vest *wink*
Step 11: Style an ensemble with your new and fabulous vest *wink*

 

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: Working #LikeAGirl (Apartment Patio Installation)

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to VIP Home!

This week on VIP Home, I am going to chat about how I worked #LikeAGirl on my apartment patio installation project. Would it have been easier to beg my dad to do it? Absolutely. Would it have been easier to hire someone to do it? Absolutely. BUT I wanted to do it myself…I wanted to pull off the project #LikeAGirl

So, why am I putting “Like A Girl” in a hashtag? Well, when I stumbled upon #LikeAGirl on Facebook, I was overtaken with curiosity. As a teenager, I really feel like the Always commercial will make a large impact on not only young girls, but also society as a whole because it carries a fantastic message. Throwing, hitting, running, and working like a girl is and should be a good thing–it should not be used as an insult. Now, I will save my other comments about this commercial for a later blog post–it’s time to chat about the VIP Patio Project *wink*

The Prep: Before laying the sand and concrete stepping stones, I figured out exactly where I wanted the patio + I had to kill the grass. (NOTE: Grass was harmed in the making of this patio...My sincere apologies go out to my grass *wink*)
The Prep: Before adding the sand and concrete stepping stones, I had to figure out exactly where I wanted the patio + I had to kill the grass. (NOTE: Grass was harmed in the making of this patio…My sincere apologies to my grass *wink*)
The Not-So-Fun Part: Toting bags of sand was definitely not-so-fun, but it was a great workout warm-up *wink*
The Not-So-Fun Part: Carrying bags of sand was definitely not-so-fun, but it was a great workout *wink*
While gathering supplies at Home Depot, I found myself starring at several different kinds of bagged sand wondering which one was the right one. So, I called my trusty dad, and he recommended Prestone. Thanks, Deddy, you're the best *wink*
While gathering supplies at Home Depot, I found myself staring at several different kinds of bagged sand wondering which one was the right one. So, I called my trusty dad, and he recommended Pavestone Patio/Paver Sand because it is specifically designed for these types of projects. Thanks, Deddy, you’re the best *wink*

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The Somewhat Time-Consuming Part: Open bag of sand...dump bag of sand...spread sand...it was a long process *wink*
The Somewhat Time-Consuming Part: Open bag of sand…dump bag of sand…spread sand…it was a long process *wink*

 

TIP (part one): Use a flat head shovel to distribute sand to uneven sections of ground.
TIP 1 (part one): Use a shovel to easily distribute sand to uneven sections of ground.
TIP (part two): "Fluff" the sand and rid footprints with a yard or leaf rake before beginning to lay concrete pavers.
TIP 1 (part two): Use a yard or leaf rake to spread the sand and create a more level surface.
TIP 2: ALWAYS double check. Before adding the pavers, double check to see how level your surface is. Note: it is almost impossible to get it perfectly level...so be a bit forgiving *wink*
TIP 2: ALWAYS double check. Before adding the pavers, double check to see how level your surface is. Note: It is almost impossible to get it perfectly level without digging down and renting expensive tools that I do not know how to operate…so be a bit forgiving *wink*
The Definitely Not-So-Fun Part: Toting concrete pavers all the way from my parking pad up, up stairs, and around my green space was definitely not any fun; however, it was a great arm-toning workout *wink*
The Definitely Not-So-Fun Part: Toting concrete pavers…all the way from my parking pad…up several steep stairs…and around my green space…was definitely not any fun; however, it was a great arm-toning workout *wink*
Check out those guns, ladies and gentlemen *wink*
Check out those guns, ladies and gentlemen *wink*
Get Ready and Get to Setting: Once the pavers are easily accessible, it is time to start setting each one in place. Be very strategic and keep your lines as straight as possible so that your patio space does not look cattywampus. *wink*
The Very Time-Consuming Part: Once the pavers were easily accessible, it was time to start setting each one in place. TIP 3: Be very strategic and keep your lines as straight as possible so that your patio space does not look cattywampus. *wink*

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TAH DAH! The finished project. Come back next week to see how I transform this boring concrete patio into something colorfully dazzling *wink*
TAH DAH! The finished project. Come back next week to see how I transform this boring concrete patio into something colorfully dazzling *wink*

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Stay Fabulous & Work #LikeAGirl,

Abby Hathorn