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Fiberglass Wall Panels As Tub Surrounds

Fiberglass Wall Panels

A tight budget and the fact that this is the only bathroom in the house didn’t allow for a major remodel when I bought the fixer, fours years ago.  The tub/shower was the thing I wanted/needed to get done right away. I removed the old dry wall,  tile and wall panel. After installing the new cement board, I purchased FRP panels (Fiberglass-reinforced plastic) for my tub/shower surround.

Fiberglass Wall Panels

FRP panels are a laminate surface wall and ceiling panel that is ideal for wet environments like bathrooms. Fiberglass is mixed with plastic to produce panels that are tough, durable and water-resistant. FRP can be installed in any area of a bathroom and will help ensure the walls remain easy to clean, for the life of the installation.

Fiberglass Wall Panels

This is what I had in mind minus the price – Swanstone 3-Piece Easy Up Tub Wall.


This is what I created: My own “Easy Up” with these 4×8  FRP panels for $33 each.

null 4 ft. x 8 ft. White .090 FRP Wall Board

To install the FRP, you need


Fiberglass Wall Panels

The FRP  panels provide a very basic, clean, simple look – they may not be for everyone. Some people prefer the high-end look of tile. And that’s fine too. Heck, maybe someday I’ll have tile in the shower. But in the meantime,  FRP is extremely durable, resists mildew, moisture and staining and is easy to clean. It’s also a lot more affordable.

Have a great week!


My 5 Big Projects Of 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was lovely … and white!

When we moved into our fixer upper in 2014, I was in a rush to get everything done so my kids could have a home they’d feel comfortable in. I soon realized unless you have $100K to spend on a 6-week remodel (HGTV kind of remodel), your home/house is going to be a work in progress… for many years. Before 2018 rolls in, here are a few projects I poured my energy into this year.

1. Kitchen Pantry: Our kitchen needed more storage so I did the obvious (haha) – I took two bookshelves and turned them into a pantry.bookshelf to pantry

bookshelf to pantry

bookshelf to pantry


2. Chain Link Fence Upgrade: A few old fence boards can make a chain link fence look so much better, don’t you think?

chain link fence makeover

chain link makeover


3. Dog House Makeover: I almost didn’t think this old dog house could come back “to life”. This made the end result so much sweeter. dog house makeover

dog house makeover

dog house makeover


4. Modern Entryway Table: A couple of hours of work and $30 worth of products can get you a new entryway table. It’s perfect for our small entryway, which leads into the living room.

diy modern entryway table

small entryway


5. New Door Handles: I can’t tell you how much I love our new door handles. Your hands can be full, that’s ok, because your elbow can open the door.

kwikset door handle

door knob

exterior door handle

exterior door handle

I’m looking forward to new projects in 2018! May the new year be filled with all the very best.

A Small Entryway

small entryway

We have a small home with a front door that opens directly into our living space. Who knows, one day I might have a grand foyer & an office (yeah, right) … but until then, I am working with what I have.

small entryway

Since moving into this home, three years ago, I have tried several furniture placements.

small entryway

I placed the couch parallel to the TV, so when you walked into the room you saw the back of the couch. I thought it would be a great way to visually create a separate entry way. In the end I didn’t like it. It felt as if the bulky couch was “cutting off” the room. I can see this work better with a slimmer couch. Like this one.

Image result for separating couch and entryway

Via Terracottadesignbuild


At some point, the couch was where the TV and book cases are now.  I mounted the TV on the opposite wall of the room. Nope, didn’t like it. The TV felt “lost” and I was afraid we’d bump into it every time we came through the front door.


My favorite placement: I placed an entryway table and mirror where the TV used to be. It’s right next to our tiny closet, which holds some of our hats, gloves, boots, heavier jackets, reusable bags, etc. The entryway table/mirror area is a place for keys, sunglasses, chap sticks, as well as a last minute “before out the door” glance in the mirror. At some point, I want a larger, round mirror.

entryway table

small entryway

At first, I wasn’t crazy about having the sofa in front of a large window. However, I discovered that placing the sofa in front of the window gave us more open floor space and encouraged casual conversation. It’s also the pups’ favorite place. I strongly suggest moving around your furniture until it feels right.


At some point, I want to get a smaller coffee table and a soft rug. A brown leather couch would be awesome too. Other than that, I don’t want this room crowded with patterns and bright colors. I like minimal, clean and cozy.


This is our “foyer”. In my opinion, the entryway table and mirror create a room separation. I guess i can say  I have achieved my entryway  ambience.

I like the way this modern, shallow bookcase defines an entry, while adding style and function. I think it’s better than a wall.
Is your home lacking a foyer? How do you work with it?