My One Room on the Must Have List

Every mom of three woman should have a place of serenity, a place to go to relax and unwind after a hard day's work. For myself, this place is the bathroom. When I can, I like to enjoy a hot bath at the end of a crazy day. When we made our "must have" list for the house I decided to include a nice, spacious master bath....with a big tub. When I found a great deal on a double slipper tub, I knew this was the way to go! It will be the center piece of the room. We've decided to go with oil rubbed bronze fixtures, a dark stained vanity, and white/light colored counter tops and flooring for contrast. I cannot wait for my little sanctuary to be built!

We Broke Ground!

I am doing my happy dance! We broke ground last week and it seems that things are moving right along!


We also chose our stone and exterior paint colors. We decided to go with Premier Tennessee Stacked stone. I like the different tones of grays in it and think it goes perfectly with La Paloma Gray by Benjamin Moore. Our trim will be White Dove and our front door will be painted Wythe Blue.

Meet Heather

Hi there! I'm so glad you found my blog! Be sure to leave me a comment saying hello and feel free to leave me a link to your site so I can check it out. You can follow me on twitter @wtkab and on Facebook at This is my second blog. My first, When The Kids Are Bored is all about kid's activities, pregnancy, parenting, product reviews, and DIY. Let's just say it has developed over the past couple of years! Gray House Blue Door is my newest blog adventure. I started it to share and record the process of building our first home. You'll mostly be getting updates on the house progress but I'll also be sharing DIY projects and other how to's.

A little about myself: I am a stay at home mom of three sweet kiddos. My oldest will be five soon and my youngest is five months old. They keep me pretty busy to say the least. I've been married to my high school sweetie for eight years. Our mantra is "family first" and we believe in raising our children in a Christian home. I graduated from The University of Tennessee in 2007 and soon after we decided to start having children and I became a stay at home mom. I have a million ideas of what I want to do when I grow up but for now my main job is being mommy. It's amazing.

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Perfect for the Porch! Table Refinished using Blackberry House Paint

I love to re-purpose and refinish furniture. Taking an old or out of date piece and transforming it into something beautiful and useable makes my little heart sing. I've done projects using regular paint and my homemade chalk paint but when I saw this paint from Blackberry House in a local boutique I decided to test it out. Well, guess what? I love it. It's awesome. It's easy.
I found this little table at a yard sale for $12. It was very weathered and at some point I believe it was light yellow or a yellowy cream color. I came very close to leaving it as is and just coating it in polycrylic but it had several water rings on it so I decided to paint it instead. I'm glad I did! It turned out beautiful!
The local shop that I bought this paint from is call 2 Sisters but the creator behind Blackberry House paint is Polly Blair. Here is her Facebook page and her blog. Her creations are fantastic. I'm jealous of her talent and I really hope to meet her one day!! I'd love to have Polly's eyes on the new house when it's finished so she can help me decorate!

I chose the color "Spring Rain" for my piece. I'd like to put this table on the front porch of the house we are building. This color is slightly more green than I had anticipated but I love it! It sells for $13 for 8 oz. I know this sounds a little high. It did to me too but it goes a very, very long way! It's not a chalky paint and is relatively thin. It clings so well! Also, it dries really fast which is good for me. My three kiddos don't allow me to do anything for very long!

To prep my table for the paint, I lightly sanded it and used a degreaser on it. Using a good, soft brush I simply painted the piece going with the grain of the wood. I did a thin all over coat and allowed the finish underneath to show through for a distressed look. There are all types of ways to distress painted furniture but my favorite is to lightly sand the paint away so that the original finish comes through. This type of paint requires a sealer. For indoor use you can use wax but since this is going to be on the wraparound porch, I'm putting a good polycrylic finish on it.

Here is the finished product! I'm so happy with it; the color is great and oh so shabby chic! I highly recommend this paint for you shabby projects.

*I am not affiliated with Blackberry House and did not receive product or compensation for my review.

How to Make an Inspiration Board

Let me just say this, I am not a designer. I don't know all the rules and techniques of coming up with a perfect space. But because I cannot hire a decorator, I've been doing some research and making my own inspiration boards. Yes, I've become quite the Pinterest junky lately. There are just so many amazing things out there! Not to mention, there are some pretty amazing interior decorators who are sweet enough to post their designs to their blogs so that wannabes like myself can happily pin away!
When I'm making an inspiration board for a room I start by thinking about what I want the focal point to be. In this case, it's this awesome fireplace I found on The Lettered Cottage. Then I think about the other prominent pieces that will be in the room, like flooring and furniture. Then I tie it all in with paint and accessories. To make my inspiration boards I use The Inspiration Board, an easy and free online tool.
So, what do you think of my living room board? The only thing missing here is lighting. I can't make up my mind as to what type of lighting I want. The living room has 18ft vaulted ceilings. (Help appreciated) Love it, hate it? Have suggestions? Let me know!

Fireplace: The Lettered Cottage
Paint Color: Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore
Flooring: Lowes
Blanket Ladder: Pinterest
Rug: Shades of Light
Chair: Houzz
Sectional: Houzz
Dresser: ETSY
Pillow: Pinterest

How to Get a Construction Loan

Acquiring a build to permanent or construction loan is very different than getting a normal mortgage loan. A mortgage loan is for those who are purchasing "real property" whereas someone applying for a construction loan is purchasing an intangible concept. Construction loans are a little more tricky. To better understand them, I've put together a list of links with the answers to most frequently asked questions. Click on the questions below.

What is the difference between a Home Mortgage and a Construction Loan?

How do I get a construction loan?

What kind of credit score do I need to get financed?

How can I build my credit?

Why is getting a construction loan challenging?

What do I need to apply?