Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Bathroom reveal!

Yippee! Our bathroom makeover is finally complete! Get ready for lots of pictures!

I'm so happy to share our new bathroom with you, but first a reminder of what this room looked like when we first bought our house four years ago:




After spending the last month taking our time to make things right, it looks more like this:



It's our one and only bathroom in our entire house, so it was important that I took my time and thought all of the decisions through. I couldn't be happier with the results!



The splashes of yellow were not in the plan. Our existing bath towels, which we have had for years, just happened to be that color. They are from JC Penny, and have really held up well. I had plans to replace them, but I actually like the pops of yellow now.



The vanity and top were purchased together from Home Depot, and the mirror and light fixture were both purchased from Lowes. We have tons of counter space now compared to what we had in here before, and the two drawers add so much storage! The bottom drawer holds bath toys, and the top one has all of our toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, etc. Everything is in easy reach for the kiddos.





The framed photo of my kids adds a little personality to the space. The frame is from Target.




I used a small glass vase filled with small rocks to hold my make-up brushes, and the little yellow candle holder is used to hold jewelry while I'm taking a shower.


The burlap lotion bottle cover was a recent DIY project.

I wanted to add a little bit of glamour to this room. I did so by using crystal like hardware on the vanity and crystal like shower curtain hooks. The mirror also gives a glamorous feel, especially in person.

I really like how the glossy white bead board and chair rail opens this room up and makes it feel so much larger than it really is. It also helps the deep navy walls not seem too overpowering. The bamboo shade, from Wal-mart, adds texture to the room. I applied window film to the actual window for privacy since the bamboo is see through.

We chose vinyl flooring, and I am so glad we did! I'm thrilled with how it turned out! It is really high quality and a dream to clean. Plus it's super kid friendly unlike hard, cold tile! Our guests actually have to bend down and touch the floor to see that it's not really tile.





The toilet is tucked away in it's own little nook, which I like. It's not the first thing you see when you look in the room. I found the planked starfish mirror at an outlet store on our recent Daytona trip, and the black shelf is from Target. The monogram hand towels are from Thirty-One and the vase is a mason jar with rope glued around the bottom of it. I popped an artificial flower in it for now, but I look forward to placing fresh flowers in it this Spring.



I placed a simple over-the-door towel rack, that we already owned, on the door for now. I hope to find something better for our towels, but I haven't stumbled across just the right thing yet.

Directly across from our bathtub is the linen closet.



I removed the door and mounted a curtain rod inside to save on space and add function. Before, the closet door was constantly hitting against the entrance door, and it was driving me bananas! I chose a simple white curtain, nothing too fussy. The curtain panel is from Bed, Bath, & Beyond. I also carried the navy paint color into the closet area. Our chimney actually runs right through this closet, so in the cold winter months we always have warm towels on hand.



The closet holds our towels, washcloths, and toiletry items. The top two bins have extra shampoo, razors, etc. I purchased them at Target for $6! The two small black baskets hold mismatched washcloths that didn't look so lovely just sitting out.



Q-tips are contained in a mason jar, while the little white bowl holds extra hair accessories.

My husband and I each have a basket to hold our personal items, and extra toilet tissue is stored in a basket as well. Luckily all of my hair supplies are stored in my salon, so I don't have to worry about finding the space in here to store all that as well!



I tossed a laundry basket on the floor in the closet to catch all the dirty laundry until I make my daily rounds and take it to the laundry room.

That wraps up the tour of our newly made over bathroom. Everything was fully planned out and thought through before we even began so we could pack as much storage and function as possible into the space. After all, it's our one and only bathroom in the house for our family of four!

Here are a few before and after pics again for fun!


Source List:
Vanity and sink combo - Home Depot
Light Fixture - Lowes
Faucet - Lowes
Mirror above sink - Lowes
Cabinet Hardware - Lowes
Beadboard, chair rail, and baseboard - Lowes
Flooring - Vinyl flooring in Slate from Lowes
Paint - Valspar Relaxed Navy - Lowes
Shower curtain - Walmart
Bamboo blind - Walmart
White curtain panel - Bed, Bath, & Beyond
Shower curtain hooks - TJ Maxx
Yellow candle holder to hold jewelry - TJ Maxx
Glass with rocks - Walmart
Black and white rug - Target
Planked Starfish mirror - Burkes Outlet
Black floating shelf - Target
Monogram towels - Thirty One
White Frame - Target
Bins and baskets in closet - Mostly Target. A few we already owned.
Yellow Towels - JC Penny
White bowl that holds hair accessories - World Market

Have a BLESSED day!

Leah

UPDATE: I got a new camera! Yay! Here are a few shots I captured of this space using my new camera! 











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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Organizing under the kitchen sink

I'm on a mission to get things organized around here and create more function in each and every room. I decided the kitchen would be a good place to start since that's where the majority of our time is spent. Whether we are cooking, eating, hanging out with each other, or visiting with family or friends who may drop by, everything seems to happen in the kitchen.

I decided it's best to accomplish my organizing goals by starting small, and focusing on one small project at a time.

There is no hiding it, our kitchen cabinets are OLD! I have painted and spruced up the outside of them, but inside the cabinet doors can get a little scary!

For example, underneath our kitchen sink.


Check out the paneling! No, I didn't paint all of that, although by the looks of this picture it seems I should. In person, you really cannot see that far back into the cabinet, so I'm not going to worry about that. This project is more about function.

I did paint the bottom of the cabinet the same color as the lower cabinets, but still the wooden surface made cleaning difficult; not a wipe-able surface!

We had a piece of vinyl flooring left over from our recent bathroom makeover. I decided it would make a nice durable shelf liner. I measured and cut the piece to fit, and put it in place.



The vinyl is designed to lay in place without being glued down. It is so much nicer than dealing with sticky shelf liner that wrinkles up, plus it's extra durable and easy to keep clean. That's a plus for me since we keep our garbage can under here.




I chose to keep things simple when filling the cabinet back up. Only the things I use in this area were put back. Our garbage can, and a basket with sponges, stove top cleaner, dish washer tablets, extra garbage bags, and steel wool soap pads. Those soap pads are great at getting a stainless steel sink sparkly clean! The rest of my cleaning supplies are stored in our laundry room.


So that's one of many small organizing projects I have in store. Today I am putting the final touches on our bathroom makeover, and organizing the closet in there. I hope to share that with you tomorrow.

Have a BLESSED day!

Leah

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Burlap lotion bottle cover

We are still moving along with our bathroom make over. Now I am focusing on all the little details in the room.

I like to keep a bottle of lotion on the counter in the bathroom, but I have to say it's not always the best visual accessory.  So, I decided to think of a way to spruce up any regular plastic bottle of lotion.

I started with this:


I folded a piece of burlap in half and cut it to fit around the bottle. Using hot glue, I glued the burlap together to create a sleeve. Be careful not to glue the burlap directly onto the bottle so that the sleeve can easily be removed.


Next, I glued pieces of rope around the top and bottom of the sleeve, again making sure not to glue directly onto the bottle.




There you have it. My custom burlap lotion bottle cover. It sure does look a lot nicer than the original bottle sitting there.


When the bottle is empty and I need to replace it, I can simply slip off the cover and place it on a new bottle.


Easy Peasy!


Have a Blessed day!

Leah

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Bathroom Update

We have been moving right along with our bathroom makeover. It's almost time for me to do the part I love best, decorating and organizing everything!

In my last post I left you with this image:


Thankfully the floor has been replaced and the leak has been fixed! Now we are putting everything back together.

I love the look of bead board and chair-rail in a bathroom. I think it makes a small bathroom look and feel larger, especially when painted a bright white.

Here is a pic a snapped during the process of hanging the bead board. Notice our new, not rotten anymore, sub floor!!!


After this was complete I painted everything. It was way easier to paint before the new vinyl went in. I chose Relaxed Navy by Valspar. It gives the moody feel I was going for. I went with the navy instead of gray to change things up a bit. I was tired of looking at our previous gray walls. The bright white bead board helps the dark wall color not feel too overwhelming.


Yesterday the vinyl floor went in. I know vinyl is not usually the route people go. Most people choose tile, but I'm not a fan of tile. I think it's cold, hard, and not very kid-friendly. Boo-boos hurt more when a tile floor is involved! I think tile floors are beautiful to look at, they are just not the right choice for us. Vinyl has actually come a long way in recent years. The one we chose for our bathroom is the same as the one we have in our kitchen. It's super thick and durable, but it's also very soft to walk on. Best of all, it's very easy to clean!!! When people come over they actually have to bend down and touch it to see that it's not tile.


We have a nice sized closet in our bathroom for storage. I removed the door a while back because it was constantly getting in the way. It functions much better with a curtain instead.


When you look at it straight on it looks a little lop-sided. That's due to the chimney that runs through here. It's actually a nice feature because we use our wood stove in the basement a lot during the winter. We always have warm towels on hand when we get our of the shower!

I filled the closet with our towels, washcloths, and toiletries. Baskets help keep like-items grouped together and add a little texture. The little white shelf was $12 from target. The baskets were also purchased at Target and hold my many products. I'm such a product junky. I know that's bad! I'm working on it!


Here is a shot that shows more of the bead board. Doesn't it really open up our small bathroom?


We chose a larger vanity to fill up the nook, and added a three-light fixture.  The vanity top was included with the cabinet. I already love having more counter space in here! It makes such a huge difference.


We still need to do a few more finishing touches before I can focus on decorating. I'm still undecided about that. I need to pick out towel bars, etc. I'm trying to decide if I should go with open shelving above the toilet or some kind of cabinet. Would open shelving be too much since the closet it sort of open shelving? I'm not sure.

So that's where we are as of today. I'm so thankful to have a functioning bathroom again! I hope to share a full reveal with lots of details next week!

Have a blessed day!

Leah

P.S. You can check out these previous bathroom posts if you would like: