Our Guest Bath Reno

 

Guest Bathroom Before & After

ATTENTION ALL WHO ACTUALLY READ THIS BLOG:  Let me start of by sharing with you the biggest lesson learned from this reno: Different plumbing fixture brands each have their own type of shower valve in the wall behind the shower, and each brand will only work with their own shower valve.  So, if you currently have a Moen shower wall faucet and plan to install say, a Kohler wall faucet, you will have to replace the valve in the wall. We learned this the HARD way and it cost us a lot of time!!

Okay, that being said, this project was actually a lot of fun and I learned a lot through the process!  We had originally not planned on renovating this space until later this fall, but during the summer I took two graduate courses, and one of my professors let us choose literally anything to do for our project as long as we fulfilled the learning requirements. Hellooooo new bathroom.

The space feels so completely different and it’s just so nice to go into this bathroom and actually enjoy how it looks!

Here are some of the pictures of what it looked like when we bought the house last year:

As you can see it was full of white boring-ness (and it was also pretty gross. The white grout lines were not very white anymore).  It was definitely time for some upgrades! In a nutshell we replaced the old tile with a beautiful new ceramic tile floor, added a frame around the mirror, spray painted the light fixture, replaced all the faucets, and added that beautiful piece of moulding by the shower to hang a towel or robe.  (And of course we painted the entire space: ceiling, walls, and trim).

Keep reading if you’re interested in how we made these changes 🙂

My Record Cabinet & the Magic of Spray Paint

Record Player

 

The title of this post reminds me of a children’s storybook title, but really I just wanted to share how much I love spray paint!  It truly allows you to transform anything you already have in your home that just needs a bit of updating.

I received my record player as a Christmas gift from *Santa* a few years ago, but i never had anywhere to put it, so it stayed on my dresser for a while and I kept my records just in a drawer somewhere.  I just didn’t know what kind of record cabinet I wanted to have! The other week I was browsing some Facebook yard sale pages and I came across this mini record cabinet!  Although I was fairly worried it was going to be too short to realistically use, it was the perfect height once I put my record player on top.  I searched around the internet for cabinets similar to this one and I found this one & also this one.

Updating this piece was so easy! I took off the doors and set them aside.  I used a piece of sandpaper we had lying around our basement and I roughed up the top and sides of the cabinet.  I bought a can of Rustoleum white semi-gloss spray paint I bought at Home Depot (okay, it really took me 2 cans of spray paint) and began to spray away! The important thing to keep in mind with spray paint is not to spray too much paint in one area at a time, otherwise it could begin to build up and form drips.  Just do light coats and continue to spray until the entire piece is evenly covered.  After that was done I cleaned off the doors and replaced the knobs (you can buy the knobs here).

I’ve actually used spray paint in many areas of our home! Here are a few pictures of other pieces I’ve updated/transformed with a can of spray paint:

Salt & Pepper Shakers

Bathroom Light Fixture

Terra Cotta Pot

Mason Jar Storage

Our Updated Foyer (& a mini frame project)

Foyer

Whenever I pictured my future dream house (i.e., the house I have now), I always pictured having a lot of wall space filled with beautiful artwork right when you walk in through the door.  Unfortunately for my art dream, our foyer is very open and has VERY little wall space.

It turns out that the lack of wall space was really a blessing because it meant there was less space to sand, repair nail pops, and paint!  We didn’t really *change* anything big about this space other than paint colors and decor.

We are so happy that we decided to paint the top of our stair banister black-it looks so classy and just adds another element to this space!

Our paint color is Anonymous by Behr.  We used this darker paint color in the foyer and all of the surrounding rooms are a lighter color.

Our light fixture is from Overstock.com & can be found here.

One project that I did complete for this space was making picture frames where I could change out the pictures without taking the frame off of the wall.  I came up with this idea from something I saw on Pinterest as well as a gift that I received from a good friend last year!

0530141645a

And, YES-that is Claudio Sanchez from Coheed & Cambria in those photos!  Words cannot describe how I feel about this band.  If my husband allowed me, I would decorate our ENTIRE house in posters and artwork I’ve collected from their shows over the years.