How We Transformed Our Tiny Bathroom for Under $150


In my dream world, Joanna Gaines would walk into our home’s small bathroom and say, “I just think some Arabesque tile inlay wood flooring with a black matte terracotta backsplash above the sink would make such a difference in here.” In reality, my initial idea to replace the tub with a glass-door walk-in was dashed as soon as I saw the prospective cost. While we plan on slowly making improvements, like replacing the linoleum floor with tile and installing new lights and a vanity, we needed a quick—and inexpensive—interim fix. The tiny bathroom is our only bathroom and, when we first moved in, the highest compliment it could have received is, “it’s technically functional.” While I don’t need my bathroom to be an oasis, I also didn’t want to hate being in there. This isn’t my dream bathroom, but I’m so thrilled with how just a few cost-effective improvements and some elbow grease completely transformed the space into one I actually love getting ready in and will be excited to show off to future guests. Here’s what how we improved our bathroom for $135 (scroll to the end to see some “before” shots):



Hands down, the biggest change we made was painting the white walls (just see the “before” shot below). I knew I either wanted wallpaper or paint, but paint is far more budget-friendly. Once we got started painting, we kept going: We initially painted the top half of the walls… then painted the full walls… then found ourselves painting the ceiling which made the most dramatic and beautiful change using Benjamin Moore in ‘Evening Sky,’ with their Aura matte finish.



2. Swap out the hooks and hardware.


When we moved in, all of the towel racks and hooks were silver. I swapped out the majority with black matte hooks and racks, to match our framed art (below), and installed a hook I bought years ago by the artist Kaye Blevgard. 

3. Add framed art.


The bathroom is an unexpected place for nicer art, which is why it can make such an impact. We intentionally selected a paint color that would tie-in with a photograph by Jonah’s dad, that you may remember from our previous apartments. It helps the entire room look so much more pulled-together and intentional (just be sure you have good ventilation, so you don’t ruin said art with water damage). 

4. Consider your products.


In a small bathroom with limited storage—an area I have some expertise in—even your shampoo bottles and products are going to contribute to the overall aesthetic, whether you like it or not. In our shower, we use Aesop bottles I bought myself years ago, and just refill with shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, for a uniform look. I also removed built-in shelves I didn’t need from behind the door (there’s a small cabinet you can see in the photo of me painting below, that’s plenty of storage for us), and

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LSU Garden News: Those tiny moths you see are producing webworms that are killing your lawn | Home/Garden

Across the state, lawns are in trouble.

Sod webworms are the main culprit this year, said LSU AgCenter Extension specialist Ron Strahan.

“The numbers are biblical,” Strahan said. “We have observed nearly every house on a single street with damage in the lawn.”

The first sign that your lawn might have a problem are small moths that are light brown to dark brown with striping on the wings. They fly around as you walk through the grass or around outdoor lights at night. These moths lay eggs on grass blades.

Larvae hatch a week or so later, maturing into adult moths in three to five weeks. There can be two or more generations each year.

Larvae are amber in color but become greener as they feed on the blades of grass at night, causing damage to the lawn.

Another sign of sod webworms are yellowing and browning patches of dead lawn. Look at individual grass blades for a chewed appearance, with pieces of missing or chunks bitten out. The caterpillars are making a feast of your lawn.

Worm castings (caterpillar poop) in the ground are another clue. The castings, which are digested grass, appear as light beige pellets at the base of the plants just above the soil level.

In the early morning, when the dew is still on the ground, water droplets from the dew will be trapped in the webbing, and this is where sod webworms get their name. If you dig thoroughly in the soil, you can usually find a tiny caterpillar about ½- to 1-inch long.

Sod webworms seem to especially love St. Augustine grass.

If you see birds going into a feeding frenzy, pecking around in the grass, that’s usually an indicator sod webworm caterpillars are there.

Heavy infestations can lead to stress, causing your lawn to be more susceptible to fungal diseases such as gray leaf spot and to other insects such as chinch bugs and armyworms. A combination of these problems can lead to the death of turfgrass.

To help control sod webworms, use an insecticide with the active ingredient bifenthrin.

LSU AgCenter entomologist Sebe Brown recommends liquid rather than granular applications for better control. You will need to retreat the lawn again in seven days to kill any newly hatched eggs. Spray will not control the moths. It is most effective on the main culprit doing the damage — the caterpillar.

Treat the infested areas and extend 3 to 4 feet past where you see browning. Moths will continue to lay eggs, so continue to monitor the lawn. Eggs hatch every seven days.

The cooler weather of fall will slow down the generation interval but not kill the worms already in the lawn. Last year’s mild and short winter is likely the cause of the large populations this summer.

The good news is that in most cases your grass will recover. Water your lawn during extended periods of drought that are especially common in October here to help the grass recover before

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11 kitchen garden ideas for gardeners with tiny spaces

Agriculture Chief Administrative Secretary Anne Nyaga during the launch of Kilimo kitchen garden project in Nairobi. [Wilberforce Okwiri, Standard]

In capitalism one eats food they pay for. You pay for the food from your pocket or by farming it yourself.

On Tuesday this week, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperative, launched the model kitchen garden developed in collaboration with Scaling up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance (SUN CSA Kenya).

“Kitchen gardens are the easiest ways households can ensure inexpensive supply of fresh vegetables, herbs, spices and other plants,” Anne Nyaga, the Chief Administrative Secretary, said at the event.

The model kitchen garden, located at Kilimo House in Upper Hill, Nairobi, is the centrepiece of the call by the Government for families to cultivate home-based gardens, “at least one million kitchen gardens across the country,” Nyaga said.

Affordable food at home

“The focus is not only to make food available but also improve the nutritional quality of that food: nutrition is the difference,” said Martha Nyagaya, the chair of SUN CSA Kenya board during the third national nutrition symposium which was running concurrently with the launch of the kitchen garden.

Evidence shows most vegetables consumed by households in Nairobi are grown along polluted rivers and streams using wastewater – which contains heavy metals and other toxic chemicals.

“Developing your own kitchen garden assures your family of a high nutrient diet that is not toxic to your body and cannot cause cancer,” said Nyagaya.

The Nairobi County Assembly adopted the Water and Sanitation Services Policy last year which outlaws use of sewage water and wastewater to irrigate crops.

For those interested in setting up a kitchen garden, here are some of the easy-to-implement technologies one could use to develop the system.

1.     The wick irrigation garden

This is a simple garden that employs use of jerry cans and a wick measuring 30cm long and 2cm in width. The wick – much like with a kerosene lamp – draws water up to the soil where the crop is growing. The can is sliced in such a way the lower half holds water in which the wick is dipped and the upper half holds the soil, the plant and the wick. Most medium-sized vegetables like spinach and cabbages would do well in a wick garden. Mounted on a wooden frame, the wick garden would easily fit in any amount of space.

2.     Tyre garden

Do you have used car tyres of any size? If you do, do not worry how to dispose of them. Cut the tyre to remove the inner rims on both sides. Place it on the ground to form a circle and fill it with soil and manure. The tyre garden can be used to grow herbs like rosemary, fruits like strawberry and vegetables like kales.

3.     Simple drip irrigation garden

With used plastic containers and a wall (or a pole) one can establish a simple drip irrigation garden. The best containers would be 5-litre jerry cans. The cans are

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See inside this customized tiny home that’s complete with a patio and garden

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In Dream Big, Live Small, we visit tiny home-dwellers, discovering why they choose to live this way, how they manage it and the possibilities to do things like travel, learn and grow that have resulted from downsizing so significantly. In the long run, living small is really about living big.

For some, deciding to live tiny means making big life changes, including downsizing material possessions and adjusting to a small living space. But for Jodie and Bill Brady, going tiny was easy because they were able to build their dream home.

In this episode of Dream Big, Live Small, the Bradys share why they traded their average-sized home for a 250-square-foot tiny house in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.

“Our house is truly one-of-a-kind because we designed and built it ourselves,” Jodi said. “And our design aesthetic was [all about] analyzing the way that we lived and the spaces that we actually used. Our house fits us like a glove.”

Inside the Brady’s home, you’ll find an alcohol-burning stove, a large sink, multi-purpose furniture, a composting toilet, solar panels to power the home and more. But one of couple’s favorite areas is what they call “the screen house,” a separate structure they built first.

“One of the reasons we wanted to move out here and change the way we were living was we wanted to learn to grow a little of our food,” Jodie said. “We have two vegetable gardens here. Then, outside our vegetable garden, we have a pollinator garden, which attracts bees and butterflies that do all the work of growing food.”

To get a complete tour the Brady’s tiny home, be sure to watch the full episode above. And in case you want to join the tiny house revolution, check out these kits you can buy on Amazon to build your own.

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Push to boost tiny number of women in trades

Nationally, just 16 motorbike mechanics, 55 diesel mechanics and 20 small-engine mechanics are women, according to the One of the Boys report by the University of Sydney.

Ms McDonald’s group is working to break down stigma and get information into schools so girls consider trades rather than being funnelled straight to tertiary education whether it suits them or not.

There is still less than two per cent participation for women in trades even though we cannot meet demand, it’s ridiculous.

Susan Alberti, businesswoman, philanthropist and former construction boss

“We need young men and women to be educated that women can do these jobs – they’re open to anyone, unfortunately it’s not being projected that way,” she says.

Former construction boss Susan Alberti is helping get the word out. Ms Alberti was the only woman in her course when she studied to get her building certificate after her first husband, Angelo, died in an accident in 1995 and she took control of their construction firm.

Susan Alberti, Australia's first female registered builder (wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with 'Never give up'), is throwing her clout behind a push to get more girls to consider trades.Susan Alberti - Never give up.

Susan Alberti, Australia’s first female registered builder (wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with ‘Never give up’), is throwing her clout behind a push to get more girls to consider trades.Susan Alberti – Never give up.

Ms Alberti says women’s participation in trades is less than 2 per cent, a figure must be challenged urgently, particularly as many young women need to re-start careers after losing work in female-dominated industries hardest hit by the pandemic.

This is especially important, she says, given the government’s emphasis on a construction-led economic recovery.

“I’ve had 45 years in the building industry and when I started there were no women, not a single one … there is still less than 2 per cent participation for women in trades even though we cannot meet demand, it’s ridiculous,” says Ms Alberti, one of Australia’s first registered female builders and a patron of Tradeswomen Australia.

“We’ve got so much building work to be done in this country and we don’t have the tradespeople, and here we have this great untapped resource – women,” she said.

She agrees with Fiona McDonald that it is especially important to get the trades message out to young women now, as they are losing jobs faster than men in the pandemic.

Barriers that must be overcome include poor workplace culture, lack of role-modelling of women, lack of careers information given to girls and “social misconceptions” about trades being mainly for men.


“There are women out there doing great work, having great careers and earning good income; we’ve got to break down the barriers,” she said.

Leanne Raynor, of the apprenticeship services network Mas National, says the group is working hard to boost visibility of trades among girls but that the main issue is “they can’t be what they can’t see – they’re not seeing the opportunities available to women in electrical, carpentry, plumbing, that sort of thing.

“The more we keep talking about it the better.”

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An interior designer and former house flipper turns used RVs into stunning tiny homes on wheels

  • Trina Sholin is a self-taught interior designer, and her husband Steve has a background in construction.
  • Using those talents, the couple has flipped over a dozen houses together.
  • They started doing the same sort of renovations on RVs eight years ago as a hobby.
  • In 2019, they made it their full-time job and founded RV Fixer Upper, buying used RVs and turning them into stylish tiny homes to sell them for a profit.
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RVs are hotter than ever right now, with companies seeing huge spikes in sales and rentals.

While some of us are only just discovering the joys of travelling with our own bathroom and kitchen, Trina Sholin has been doing it for years.

Her only problem: RVs are ugly.

“The dark dated, drab interior — after many months, it was more than I could handle,” she told Insider.

So the interior designer decided to make a few tweaks to her RV to make it homier and more aesthetically pleasing.

“I couldn’t believe the difference it made and how much more it felt like a home after I completed the renovation,” she says on the website for RV Fixer Upper, the company Trina runs with her husband Steve, who has a background in construction.

Trina, who has flipped around 15 houses alongside Steve, decided to do the same with houses on wheels, and started buying them, renovating them, and selling them for a profit.

While this was a side hustle for almost eight years, around a year ago, she and her husband turned their hobby into a full-time job by creating RV Fixer Upper.

Trina Sholin and her husband Steve are originally from Alaska, where he works in road construction and has always needed to be mobile.

Because of the seasonal nature of Steve’s work, the pair were already living in an RV, splitting their time between Alaska and Arizona.

Trina says that no matter the brand RVs seem to have “awful” design and decor. The interior designer saw that as a challenge.

Their first full renovation was on a Keystone Montana fifth-wheel trailer around eight years ago, which she said they completely gutted.

Back then, however, they didn’t find much inspiration online.

“There still wasn’t much online. Instagram had virtually nothing to look at or to follow,” Trina said. “We just kind of figured it out along the way and had tons of people telling us that you can’t do this and you can’t do that – you can’t put a chandelier in an RV, you can’t put in tile.”

However, when she did put in a chandelier and used tile, her renovation went viral after posting it on Pinterest. Trina said that she still gets inquiries about that first renovation, though she and Steve sold the RV years ago.

Although they started out renovating RVs for themselves, Trina said it soon became a hobby, and then a business in 2019.

In terms of starting an RV renovation business, the Sholins are

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Tiny Living: Tiny House Design For Families

There are singles, couples and even families who are opting to live in tiny homes and spend most of their lives traveling and exploring new places. This way they are relieved from the burden of paying heavy mortgages and house taxes. With the tiny home living lifestyle, you can now save more and spend more on yourself. This is bringing a sense of freedom, especially in the younger generation.

For families, however, opting this way of lifestyle can become a little hard at times as tiny homes are no doubt limited on space, and adjusting more than two can take a little more effort and planning. So in order to make the space more comfortable, you can opt for the following options to be incorporated into your tiny living space.

Adding Extra Partitions:

The point not to get tied up in a house, but plan and divide the space in such a way that the house is not cluttered and offers enough space for the people to move around and stay.

By adding simple partitions, it can create a division of two bedrooms; also it can offer some privacy while taking rest or changing.

Bunk beds:

A good and interesting option especially for kids, instead of going horizontal, why not go vertical with bunk beds. For adding small sized bunk beds do make sure that they are permanently fixed onto the walls of your tiny house. Especially in case, you plan to travel with your tiny house on wheels, these beds can slide and shift from their actual position. So fix a bunk bed in the corner of your space, add some rugs and mats and the place will look more spacious while offering more space to sleep comfortably.

Foldable beds:

Another good option you can try is adding sofa-cum-beds. These beds can be folded and used as sofas. So while you are awake and maneuvering in and around the house, you can keep the bed folded. You can also use this as in extra. So why not invite a couple more of your friends and they can adjust easily in the extra foldable bed.

Beds and Compartments with Storages:

Adding beds that offer some storage space are always convenient for tiny homes. You can keep your bags; clothes and even your shoes can be kept in beds that offer storage compartments. Furniture that offers multi-usage is on trend these days. Also, you can opt for rotating wardrobes, for separating seasonal clothes. So, opt for options that offer ample space for storage for your tiny house design.

Eating area / kitchen:

One of the biggest challenges when it comes to designing a tiny house for a family is to create space for moving and larger food prep / eating area. For making a good 4-sized living area, make sure that you add tables and chairs that are in sync with the overall size of the room. Adding large chairs and sofas can cram up space while adding a small round …

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Do You Have Small, Tiny Red Bugs in Your Bathroom?

Although there are several possibilities, the potential of a stored product pest infestation should not be overlooked-in particular, the presence of flour beetles.

The confused flour beetle and the red flour beetle look very similar in appearance. The best way to distinguish the two is by examining their antennae. The RFB's antennae take on a clubbed shape with three segments at the end, while the CFB's antennae gradually enlarge towards the tip, ending in a four-segmented club.

Another difference between the two beetles is that the RFB (primarily found in southern states) is a strong flier, while the CFB (primarily a northern pest) does not fly.

As adults, both beetles have shiny, reddish brown bodies that are about 1/8 inch long, flattened, and oval. They have a very wide food range including flour, rice, cereals, grains, spices, grain products, shelled nuts, dried fruit, chocolate, beans and other similar materials.

Average life span of both the confused and red flour beetle is between 1 and 3.5 years. They have four life cycle stages, which include the egg, larvae, pupae and adult. It's important to note that all four stages of the life cycle may be found in infested grain products at the same time.

When female beetles of either species lay their small, white eggs, they do so in flour or other food material. The eggs, which are coated with a sticky secretion, become covered with the product and easily stick to the sides of sacks, boxes, and other containers.

In the larvae stage, both species are small, slender, and worm-like in appearance. When fully grown, the larva is 3/16 inch long and white, tinged with yellow.

As confused flour and red flour beetles transform into a small pupa, they gradually change from white, to yellow, and then brown. Shortly after turning brown in color, they transform into an adult beetle.

So now that we've identified the pest, the next question is:

Why is a pest that feeds on flour, rice, and other grain products in my bathroom instead of my kitchen?

The answer to the above question is very easy- you have a food source in your bathroom.

To eliminate the pest problem, you just have to remove the food source. Thoroughly inspect your cabinets, drawers, and closets for rodent poisons, septic system treatments (powder or flake form), hidden pet treats, rice bag heating pads, prescription drugs, etc. It can be a frustrating task, but with a little persistence, you should be able to locate the source of your problem.

Happy Hunting!

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