Upcycled Pallet Path

Pallet Path via Little Eco Footprints

I’m really wanting to do this in my backyard. I’ll be sure to let you know if it happens.

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Renting often equals living with white walls or super ugly wall colors that your property manager/landlord is unwilling to let you paint over. OR, if you can paint sometimes it’s just not worth it depending on room size, amount of time you’ll live there, etc. Although, as they say, the easiest way to spruce up a room is some fresh paint on the walls. Hands down.

When we moved in, our bathroom was baby yellow with black and white checkered floors. The previous tenant left a brand new black and white shower curtain. The yellow just wasn’t cuttin’ it and it made the bathroom look constantly dingy. I wanted something crisp so we set to it.  I’m one of the lucky ones whose landlord will allow them to paint.

We used Martha Stewart Living Cumulus Cloud paint. I took the paint sample home and sat with it for a couple of days. I decided to just go ahead and do it. At first, while I was painting it seemed like the color was too purple. Weird, right? I didn’t think it looked purple at all in the store. Then, I started regretting it. My fella talked me into sitting with it for a bit longer and honestly I didn’t really have the money to waste on paint, so I stuck with it. I’m so glad I did.

We also decided to paint the trim in the bathroom pure white because the previous painted did a seriously shit-tay job when they painted the yellow. Yuck. Also, I decided to paint the chair rail the gray at first. I didn’t like it and decided that the bathroom needed the detail, so I went back and painted it white also. Again, I’m glad I did.

I decided the room needed a sink skirt for pattern and a new rug. Okay, on Monday I shared my grievances about IKEA furniture, but as I said, we love each other (IKEA and I). I love their housewares and all things awesome. So, after I searched at my local vintage shops for fabric and I wasn’t able to find any I went to IKEA. I purchased the white/light grey/orange Majken fabric and my bathroom rug in a dark grey (which I cannot find on the site now).

I made the sink skirt by measuring the base of the sink and the height from the floor. Then I cut the material accordingly and added a pleat. I didn’t want it ruffled, just straight. I think I accomplished that. Then, I just added Velcro and attached to the underside of the sink.

At the last moment we decided to spray paint the towel hooks with some leftover bright orange spray paint. It matched perfectly.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the space. Sure, I’d like to paint the ceiling the back of the door and change out some accessories but that’ll all have to wait. Decorating is a process and I’m okay with that.


  • Paint: $30
  • Supplies: $30 (Since we just moved I had to restock)
  • Fabric: $8
  • Rug: $3ish (I think)
  • Total: $71

What quick fixes have you done recently?

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One morning, while in grad school, I awoke to the sound of my sweet little dog puking. Awesome.

Next thing, I’m leaping out of bed and putting her outside. Then turning to my roommate (Hi, Heather!) and trying to figure out why Jackie-O was sick while I’m cleaning out a rag at the sink. She says, “Oh no, Mary!” And I turn around to see my roomie holding our completely clean glass butter dish in her hands. “Um, I put a new stick in this last night!”, she says.

So, somehow over the course of the evening, Jackie-O had jumped on the table and ate ALL the butter from the butter dish.

This then lead to a long discussion between my boyfriend and I as to why I had a butter dish on the table in the first place. Turns out, lots of people think this is gross and it should be refrigerated. Well, I grew up in an household where it wasn’t. I think this was because, with a house that had six mouths to feed, the butter never had time to go bad.

Well, now with only two PEOPLE in my household the butter doesn’t get used fast enough. So this leads me to the amazing French Butter Dish (a.k.a. The Butter Bell)! I want one. Here’s how it works: You place about a half inch of water in the bottom of the dish. Then the lid has a built in container of sorts and you place your butter in there. Through the magic of science and French awesomeness, your butter stays soft and fresh. Here are some of the ones I’m leaning toward.

I love this one because it matches my current Le Creuset Dutch Oven.

Then there are these from Etsy. Love both of them!

White Dish by Juliana Rempel on Etsy

I love, love, love the simple white design of this.

Robin’s Egg Blue French Butter Dish by Dbabcock on Etsy

Oh that blue. Love the blue.

There is of course an official Butter Bell store, but I’m not a huge fan of their designs.

I’ll keep you posted on which one I buy (eventually) and how well it works. Until then, go eat some butter!

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