Okay…so let me just put this out there. My little sister got pregnant at 19. Like so many other girls out there in similar situations, she was unprepared, scared and felt alone. She was a single mom for seven years. And like every other mommy out there knows…it doesn’t matter what your situation is, you want the best for your little ones.
Thankfully my siblings and I have a set of amazing parents that work ridiculously hard, encourage us to be ourselves and help us up when we fall down. In Nornie’s situation, she needed a hand. With my parent’s help, she was able to finish college and get a solid job and provide for herself and her little family. I just wanna make it clear that she worked hard. really hard. and so did my parents. But there was also some ways that God provided for them…even before they needed it. One of those things was with my parent’s basement. This is where Lori and Cole lived for those seven years before they married Boots. (you can see their wedding pictures here)
This was Cole’s room. He had a nautical theme going on. At first, he had a fish theme…and that evolved into a little older look as he grew. (these are not staged photos – this is how it looks when the boys went down there so this is us just keeping it real). I love that little desk makeover with the stripes on the inside of the lid.
98% of his stuff is no longer in there (aka the majority of toys got cleaned out) but it’s still his room. always will be 🙂
I also love the tall cylindrical vase with the shells…that would be a cool way to commemorate beach trips, huh?
Nornie’s room got a full fledged makeover because her furniture went with her. My mom now hosts missionary families and friends and visiting family members down there. My favorite part is the floor. It’s actually just painted concrete. Many many years ago, she used one of those faux bois tools to make it look like hardwoods….and it is awesome because they have had floods before (busted water heater and a big washing machine malfunction!) and this cleans up really easy with no damage.
My mom pulled that bed outta a neighbors trash when I was just a little one. Still going strong 🙂
Between the two bedrooms, there is a tiny living space and a kitchen and a mini bathroom.
Mom’s in the process of redoing the living area…she just got the dark loveseat.
I love that I have these photos…do you ever look back at old photos and think that the most interesting thing in the picture is the way things were decorated in the room? I do that a lot.
The kitchen looked like this up until recently. The cream box.
For seven plus years my mom left the space up to Norn…it was her ‘apartment’ (‘department’ according to Cole) and I think now that they are out, my mom feels inspired to switch things up. My mom is a renovator at her core. She must change things….work on things….make things more beautiful.
So when the peeps at Encore contacted me to see if I had any need for countertop renovations, I was thisclose to turning them down before thinking of Mom. I don’t have any counters in my house that I need to switch up right now….but I knew mom was working on her basement and figured I would ask her if she could use new counters. Her reply? “YES YES YES!”
As Cole’s puppy Luna is demonstrating, mom’s basement kitchen was boasting very standard neutral laminate countertops. They were in good condition but Mom was saying how she would like to try something with a little more contrast.
It’s a simple three day process….although in my mom’s kitchen it took a little longer since dude…we’re busy.
I helped with the Frog Tape 🙂 Here’s an in-process shot. Basically after you prep everything, you apply a bonding agent and then put on your new countertop which is like a clay consistency (it’s made with the cement mix and your color of choice!) and then you finish it to make it shiny. There is a lot of sanding and cleanup in between…but in general, it’s really really simple brain-wise to do.
This is after we taped off the entire edge (mom’s planning on repainting the cabinets but cement is hard to remove so it’s always best to use the good stuff coughfrogtapecough to protect it) and then applied the cement/color mix. Doesn’t it kinda look like a slab?!
It’s a good idea to use a credit card for really making sure your tape is well adhered. Just rub it over the surface and then after your counters are done, use an Exacto knife to cut away any pieces that you can’t pull up easily. That will keep your line straight and your cabinets/walls/everything else clear of cement mix.
And here she blows after the finish coat, removing the tape and moving everything back in.
I love it. I think it looks like slab concrete stained black.
Mom loves it too…especially the fact that it’s scratch resistant and stain resistant…which is always nice when you have grandkids and their puppies around a lot 🙂
Sorry about the cray-cray photos…it’s really tough to take good photos in such a small dark space with weird lighting.
A little side by side action…
See the movement and the variation in the black? Looks like a more natural stone…
And because my mom was chatting to me about how this was just the starting point for a makeover, I got overly excited and decided to photoshop a pic to show her how a few changes could go a long way.
I love the photoshopped stove with the new counters. And I know she has plans for a curtain switch soon….and I thought a new backsplash (my vote goes to a fun subway tile) and a new faucet would be some simple things to make the space really pop.
Pretty funny how a new countertop can kickstart a whole dream basement kitchen makeover, huh? This is like something my mom would do…the apple doesn’t fall far from that tree. But for now…..let’s just chat about countertop makeovers – ever use a countertop product before? I hadn’t. New DIY experience for sure. Ever switch up your light counters for something to put in more contrast? Ever see a puppy that cute? Me neither 🙂 Stay tuned for an encore performance later today!
disclosure: Encore Decorative Countertop product was provided at no cost for my dear ole mom but I was not obligated to write anything positive. Just wanted to share a new product and fulfill my mother’s need for DIY. The opinions were our own…and yes, I stand by the fact that I dig the new counters and think Luna is the cutest.
This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.