DIY BATHROOM UPDATE - PROGRESS POST

I posted a few weeks ago about how I was starting a mini makeover on our guest bathroom. I wrote that I had hoped to get all the painting finished, new mirror hung, and wall shelves up all in one weekend… well apparently I cursed myself! That same day I posted, I went home and started painting the counter top. I forgot to get primer, but I went ahead and started painting anyway thinking it wouldn’t be a big deal. BIG mistake… the layers of paint started getting tiny air bubbles and I knew that I would have to scrape it all off and start over the right way. That was a huge bummer, so I decided I would take a break from painting to remove the old medicine cabinet and hang this new mirror I bought. I figured that would be something quick and easy I could do that would make a big difference in the overall appearance… which would then get me back motivated to keep working!

Wellllll… I was wrong about that!! When I took the medicine cabinet down (which was screwed onto the wall- not set into the wall), I discovered a big hole behind it!

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I’m thinking that this house originally had a medicine cabinet that was set into the wall and the previous owners just put a bigger mirror over top of the hole instead of patching it. (Side note… how terrible is that yellow paint color?!)

SO I had to run back out to Home Depot and ask the kind employees what supplies I needed and how I go about patching this size hole. I literally just followed the guy up and down the aisles while he put exactly what I needed in my cart (he even cut the wood and drywall patch to exactly the sizes I needed)! It is actually a pretty easy process, I’ll have to do it again in our master bathroom so I’ll put a tutorial together! The hardest part for me was screwing in some of the screws- I don’t have enough upper arm strength so I had to call in some backup from my husband… (he works out)! ;-)

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Close up view of the hole I patched!

Close up view of the hole I patched!

Aside from patching the hole, I also:
-Scraped and repainted the counter top
-Hung two shelves above the toilet
-Painted the vanity
(For the cabinet color, I combined 3 different paint samples I already had on hand- SW Polished Concrete, SW Tin Lizzie, + SW Homburg Gray)

What I still have left to do:
-Seal the counter top with matte polyurethane
-Touch up the vanity paint
-Replace the cabinet knobs (going to use these black ones I have extra of from our bedroom dresser)
-Sand and paint the wall above the sink
-Hang mirror
-Find + install new light
-Find new rug

I’ve been having a hard time deciding on exactly what vanity light + rug I want, but I’ve started leaning towards a vintage Turkish rug. I feel like this space really needs a small statement rug to pull it all together. It might seem crazy to put a pricier rug in a place like a bathroom, but apparently wool rugs do great in them! I read this article from BrePurposed, and it definitely helped sway me towards “yes”.

This time I’m not even going to try and guess when I’ll accomplish the things on my to-do list because I don’t want to jinx myself! But make sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with any progress updates, and hopefully I’ll be posting on here about it soon!


BUDGET FRIENDLY DIY BATHROOM MAKEOVER

Happy Friday! I’ve decided that this weekend I’m finally going to tackle the mini-makeover I’ve been planning for our guest bathroom! The guest bathroom was the one room in our house that previous owners actually “updated”. Unfortunately, the floor tiles, vanity counter top, vanity cabinet, and shower tiles all clash with each other. On their own, they might be OK- but definitely not all together. I’ve been planning ways that I can re-do this space without ripping out any tiles (aka spending a lot of money). You all know that I’m a firm believer in the power of paint (here + here) and I’m hoping that it won’t fail me now!

Here’s a little slideshow of the progression of this space, starting with the listing photo:

The biggest clash was the vanity top with the cabinet part- and neither of which coordinates whatsoever with the floor and shower tiles. I won’t even get into how bad the yellow paint is - it just hurts my eyes. Anyway, after moving in I told Luke that I wanted to paint every room white (except for the dining room). He thought that was weird so I agreed that we could do the bathrooms different colors.

As you can see, we also removed the toilet paper holder and towel rack. They both felt like they were in very awkward spots. Right now, we’re using a freestanding toilet paper holder and we screwed towel hooks into the back of the door.

As for the paint: pretty color, but not for in here. The light blue combined with the tan was giving me major beach house vibes… but not the cool California kind, more like the themey-sail-boats-and-sea-shells-everywhere kind. Sooo he painted over it… with white. Lesson learned: always trust your gut!! After the walls were painted white, I decided to paint the vanity dark blue. I felt like it needed contrast between the tan counter and the tan floors.

In addition to painting the vanity (NYPD by Behr), I also used grout paint to brighten up the floor. And yes, one of the knobs hasn’t been replaced yet… I’m pretty sure they used some type of glue on it because it will NOT come off! I also replaced the hand towel holder with a hook, and installed it higher up. Previously, the towel would hang down SO low- it was very weird. These are things you need to think about before you start putting holes in your walls!

Here is a list of what I’m hoping to accomplish for this makeover:
-Paint vanity dark gray (Cyberspace by Sherwin Williams)
-Remove medicine cabinet and replace with regular wall mirror
-Replace light fixture (this probably won’t get done until next month)
-Paint vanity counter top white
-Paint shower tiles using this kit we already have
-Find a new rug
-Install shelves above toilet(?)

And here are some gorgeous inspiration photos that I’m keeping in mind by the talented Amber Lewis:

I how these designs are neutral but still have plenty of contrast to keep it interesting. I definitely want this space to finally feel cohesive with the rest of our house. I put together some boards of possible mirror and lighting options. These are all budget friendly and stylish at the same time!

Designer Tip: In my research of bathroom lighting and mirrors, I learned that when it comes to scale you should keep a triangle shape in mind. Meaning that, your light should be a little smaller in width than your mirror, and your mirror should be smaller in width than your vanity. *Applies to rectangle/square mirrors

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ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR | FIVE | SIX

ONE  |  TWO  |  THREE  |  FOUR  |  FIVE

I’d love to get the painting done and new mirror up this weekend, and possibly shelves if I decide to go in that direction! Usually when I make my mind up about something, there’s nothing that stop me from getting it done! Keep your fingers crossed that I’ll have a happy update post to put together next week!!

Upstairs Hallway (mini) Makeover - Part 1 of 3

I have a problem with staying focused on just one thing… in pretty much every area of my life, but especially with home projects! That’s why (in the midst of my One Room Challenge) I’ve already started planning little makeovers for our guest room, guest bathroom, playroom, dining room, and upstairs hallway. They’re all just in the design board/ ‘dream of ideas’ phases though, except for the hallway. I already had a gallon of “Agreeable Gray” by Sherwin Williams, so I decided to paint a swatch on one of the walls to see what it would look like… of course the “swatch” turned into painting almost an entire section (whoops)!

Here is a “BEFORE” shot, taken from inside our master bedroom.  You can see the large “swatch” of Agreeable Gray on the wall to the left!

Here is a “BEFORE” shot, taken from inside our master bedroom. You can see the large “swatch” of Agreeable Gray on the wall to the left!

Another “BEFORE” shot, this time with Nathan’s door closed.  The open door to the left is the guest bathroom. The closed door on that same wall is a linen closet, then straight ahead is Nathan’s room, then one guestroom, in that little cutout is another guestroom, and the closed door to the right is another closet with access to the attic.

Another “BEFORE” shot, this time with Nathan’s door closed. The open door to the left is the guest bathroom. The closed door on that same wall is a linen closet, then straight ahead is Nathan’s room, then one guestroom, in that little cutout is another guestroom, and the closed door to the right is another closet with access to the attic.

Nathan’s room and the two guestrooms.  You can kind of tell that the hallway was sprayed with white paint pretty quickly when we first moved in.  For some reason, the upstairs hallway walls are the only walls in the house that are super textured.  The stairs and hallway are also the only areas (except the playroom) that have wall to wall carpeting.

Nathan’s room and the two guestrooms. You can kind of tell that the hallway was sprayed with white paint pretty quickly when we first moved in. For some reason, the upstairs hallway walls are the only walls in the house that are super textured. The stairs and hallway are also the only areas (except the playroom) that have wall to wall carpeting.

This photo was taken standing at the other end (near Nathan’s room) to show the tiny little light fixture.

This photo was taken standing at the other end (near Nathan’s room) to show the tiny little light fixture.

The hallway has always just felt very “blah”. The white paint on these textured walls really wasn’t doing anything for me. It felt very unfinished. Here is my idea for the space:

1.) Use the paint we already have (Agreeable Gray) for the walls, and also give the baseboards and trim a fresh coat of shiny white paint!
2.) I’m not 100% sure what wall decor I’ll end up with - but I thought it might be a good place for my thrifted wicker wall planter!
3.) I’d also love to find a vintage oil painting or a print of an oil painting. Nothing too loud, something with earthy colors. There is only one decent sized wall up here and I definitely don’t want it to feel crowded.
4.) I really want to replace the small light fixture with this one from IKEA. It’s only $19.99 and would really give the area an updated, more modern feel.
5.) This rug is one I found on Google, and most definitely not one that I could afford! I’m hoping to be able to either find a new runner with a vintage look or one that has the neutral, relaxed vibe I’m going for. The wall to wall carpeting that came with the house is in really good condition, so it would be a huge waste to rip it up or try to have it replaced anytime soon. I really am not a fan of the brown color though- so anything to help brighten it up would be ideal!
6.) I still have some paint left in the Cyberspace color that I used on all of our first floor interior doors, as well as our nightstands. Every time I painted one of our doors downstairs, I always regretted not doing it sooner! I’m hoping that I’ll feel the same way about the upstairs doors!

So those are my plans right now and I think it’s a pretty good starting point! There are a lot of doors up there, so there isn’t much wall space. Hoping I’ll be able to get the painting finished pretty quickly because of that.

I think these changes will help the hallway feel cohesive with the rest of our house! Plus with our master bedroom being updated- I can’t have the hallway leading up to it looking ugly!

I definitely won’t be finished with this space before my One Room Challenge reveal because I won’t have time to get to IKEA this weekend for the light. But I should be able to put up a pretty decent progress post by next week- so be sure to check back! And don’t forget that my Master Bedroom One Room Challenge REVEAL will be posted next Wednesday!!

Painting Interior Doors + My Top 9 Paint Colors

After seeing the millionth picture on Instagram of someone's amazing painted black interior doors, I decided to finally take the plunge and try it out in our house.  I chose the color "Cyberspace" by Sherwin Williams -- it's dark but not totally black, with some warm tones.  We painted the door in our kitchen that leads to the laundry room and powder room, and we LOVE it!!

// BEFORE PAINTING (boring!!)

// BEFORE PAINTING (boring!!)

// AFTER PAINTING (amazing!!)

// AFTER PAINTING (amazing!!)

I was shocked at what a huge difference it made!  It's such a simple, affordable change that is like a major face lift for your home!  Since painting this door, I've also painted the other door in our kitchen that leads to the basement AND our coat closet door in our living room (see below)!

// BEFORE PAINTING [coat closet is sort of upper right]

// BEFORE PAINTING [coat closet is sort of upper right]

// AFTER PAINTING (BAM!)

// AFTER PAINTING (BAM!)

And since I'm an ALL (and then some) or NOTHING type of person, I've come to the conclusion that no interior doors should be white (with exclusions of course: if your walls aren't white, if you have really nice doors, if you're going for an all white look, etc).  I've gathered up some amazing inspiration for painted interior doors below (including some that prove you don't have to choose a bold, dark color!):

via  Kate Marker Interiors : I mean how AMAZING is this?!  The color, the hardware, the rug-- everything!

via Kate Marker Interiors: I mean how AMAZING is this?!  The color, the hardware, the rug-- everything!

via  Domino Mag : This is the perfect greige! How boring would this wall be if the doors were white??

via Domino Mag: This is the perfect greige! How boring would this wall be if the doors were white??

via  Monika Hibbs : This is a beautiful, subtle gray color by Behr

via Monika Hibbs: This is a beautiful, subtle gray color by Behr

via  Apartment Therapy : For a  bolder look, aqua is a fun choice!

via Apartment Therapy: For a  bolder look, aqua is a fun choice!

via  The Inspired Room : And of course you can't go wrong with a nice charcoal!

via The Inspired Room: And of course you can't go wrong with a nice charcoal!

I definitely encourage everyone to try this at home!! Especially if there is an area that just feels boring and you're not sure what it needs.  The great thing about paint is you can always go back!  I listed out my top 9 paint colors below- if a darker color is intimidating to you, you could always try a light gray/ greige!  I'll do another post soon of all the beautiful hardware options that are available!

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