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Bathroom Remodel and Making the Best of What You’ve Got

Three houses ago I had a pretty decent sized master bath with a separate shower and a garden tub.  The toilet was in it’s own little room that you could shut the door to.  It also had separate vanities for myself and my husband.  Yes I said SEPARATE!

But then circumstances change and now three houses later I’ve got a pretty small master bath that only has a shower.  This has become my husband’s bath since there’s only really room for one person.  So my daughter and I share the hall bath.

A few months ago we were finally able to do a small-ish remodel on the hall bath and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out.  It’s nothing fancy, ya’ll.  But it’s way better than it used to be.  This bathroom has one small window that has frosted glass so even on the sunniest of days not much natural light gets through.

We removed a wall between the sink and the toilet that had a door frame that once held a door separating the toilet from the sink.  It was making the long narrow bathroom seem even more cramped and tight, so IT HAD TO GO!  We also added some recessed lighting, removed popcorn ceiling, put in new tile and new vanity with new countertop and sink.  If I could’ve moved the tub (which is located behind the other wall near the toilet) and toilet it would’ve been heaven, but the expense for this house wasn’t justifiable, nor was it in the budget.  Here are the before’s and after’s:

bathroom before 3

bathroom before 2

So much more open!  It makes me happy and that, folks, is surely enough!

Walk-in Pantry

Our house was built in the 70’s and has a utility room with a pantry that is, at the moment, fairly non-functional. 

We are hoping to be able to remodel the utility room pretty soon.  By removing one small wall and adding another, we can make our non-functional pantry into an awesome walk-in pantry.  Not sure what this will cost yet, but oh my gosh I hope it’s do-able! 

I’m filling my Houzz idea book up pretty quick with ideas and here is what I want my pantry door to look like, only I would like mine to be red.

More paint colors for 2014

Here is another Houzz article about popular paint colors for 2014.  This article has quite a few more options showcased than the article I linked to previously.

The hues are fantastic in my opinion and are giving me ideas to repaint my office/craft room, which is currently a camel color that I’ve grown tired of.

I’m thinking of using something similar to the Valspar Winter in Paris as an overall color and then adding an accent color of Valspar Night Scape.  This is a room that you see when you first walk into my house so I’d really like to make it look unique but without being too trendy.

New Season, New Color

I came across this article on Houzz about 4 popular paint colors for 2014.

I do like the palettes, especially #3 and #4.

I’ve got painting fever, probably being brought about by Spring fever.  We’ve had some warmer weather the last few days, what a relief!

First thing’s first, however.  My daughter wants her room painted tiffany blue and lime green – I think we shall!

Is it Just Me?

I just love looking through Joss and Main’s website.

7 out of 10 times I will find something I really, really, really want.

2 out of 10 times I will buy something.

I kinda have to buy something at least once a month so I can keep my free shipping credits rolling.  Good excuse, huh?

Today, I’d really like this:

Willa Wall Rack

Or this:

Dalia Table Lamp II in Blue (Set of 2)

Decisions, decisions.

China Cabinet Update (Sooooo Late, I know)

Susan's phone March, 2013 683

After trying each of these different wrapping papers out, I chose the top one shown above.

Design Chosen!

This was super easy.  I used removable poster tape so when I take it down later there shouldn’t be any damage.

Susan's phone March, 2013 686

And here is the final product!  Well…not exactly final since I don’t have everything put back into the cabinet in this picture.  I guess I got impatient in my picture taking.

I think this was a big improvement over having it plain.  I’ve seen this exact china cabinet painted and it looked pretty nice, however I think I will leave mine in it’s original state and spruce up the interior now and then for a little character which can easily be changed.  I bought this at a consignment shop a few years ago and fell in love with it just the way it is!


Cool Finds

China Cabinet Project

China Cabinet Project

In an effort to put some of the many ideas I’ve found on Pinterest to good use, I went shopping today and found these 3 contenders for wrapping paper that I plan to place on the back panel of the china cabinet you see in the background.  I also found the cool picture frame for 1/2 off and decided I need more color in my life.  It’s going to look great hanging in my office.

My china cabinet seems so dark that you can hardly make out some of the things I’ve got in there so I’m thinking something light will definitely help.  It’s hard to see in the picture but the middle contender is a light tan paper that has a pretty little repeating design of white circles with flowers inside the circle.  It also has a dab of silver glitter inside the center of each repeating design.  Not sure how I feel about the glitter yet.

I’m thinking the blue design is too busy.

I am liking the brown with the black design though, very pretty.

It’s a toss-up between the really light colored one in the middle and the brown with the black design.  Which do you prefer?

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