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One lesson I continue to learn in home renovations is that it always costs more than I think it will.

With that being said, when we decided to do our master bath renovation we figured we could just get the guest bath done as well since it wouldn’t be as much of an overhaul as the master.

Unfortunately, despite our savings plan, the costs ended up being more than we saved so I decided for the guest bath to only have the contractor do the jobs that we couldn’t eventually do ourselves:  floor leveling and tiling, new tub & plumbing, tile surrounding tub.  That left us with ugly wallpaper & a dated vanity with an ugly countertop.

Here are some true BEFORE pictures:




This isn’t just an “it looks bad; we need to change it” thing.  There was a plumbing problem behind the wall of the shower that caused constant dripping of the bath faucet, which in turn caused rust on the fixtures & constant mold.  The vanity countertop is a manufactured “marble” that’s yellow/gold with rust stains as well.  I think the faucet is actually rusted in place.

 I purchased a new sink, faucet, and vanity light LAST JUNE & they’re just sitting in the attic in their pretty unopened boxes.  The only thing I need to buy is a new countertop for the vanity, then I can install the new vessel sink and faucet. I really want a stone countertop–preferably carrera. That little bit of elegance of using carrera can go a long way in such a small space.  I plan on giving the vanity a facelift with some paint rather than purchasing a new one.  It’s actually already primed I just need to decide on a color.

I really should set a deadline for this so it’s not a year from now when it gets done.  But that’s real life and sometimes things just take time.

Here’s the room as of today:  image_2

I may have mentioned that I was going to paint over the wallpaper in this room.  Obviously I’m not.

The wallpaper was already pealing in some places so I got an itch one day and just started pealing.

Stupid itch.

Just like every other wall in this house, there were 2 layers of wallpaper & unlike other rooms, the former owners primed over the original layer of wallpaper like you’re supposed to….but unfortunately that makes it stupid hard for me to get off.  Or maybe I’m the stupid one for even picking away at it in the first place.

ANYWAYS, once I started there was no going back.  So here I am down to sheetrock in most places with a lot of damage to repair before I can paint.  I know that prepping the walls is the most important step, but it’s so hard to not want to rush things and just paint.  Patience, young one….or should I say almost 30-year old one?!

Now that the nursery is completed, this bathroom will have my full attention.  I’m being very intentional about starting and finishing one room before moving on to another right now–something that’s against my nature.

Here are my inspiration pictures for what I may do in the room:

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Nursery Re-do Reveal

April 22, 2014 — 4 Comments

If you’re new here or missed why the title of the post says “re-do” check out this post.

Kennedy is 5 months old and she finally has a nursery that is completed!  She loves it…she told me so.  I spent a lot of time taking pictures, so I don’t have much time to write.  I know, I know–you’re devastated by that. But, the next best thing to my long-winded self is telling the story in pictures.

Here you go…way more pictures of the nursery than necessary, but I couldn’t choose just a few.






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Just a quick progress post. Pardon the crappy phone pictures–it was Kennedy’s nap time and I was trying to get out of there as fast as possible. 

Gwen & Lily arrived a couple of days ago.


They are just taped up there in their plastic protective covering right now.  I need to find frames now to dress them up, but how adorable are they?!

The changing table area is quite a mess, but I’m making progress there too.  I plan on making some kind of thing to hold all of Kennedy’s bows, not that she can wear them yet, but she will someday!  It will be to the bottom-left of the mirror to help fill some of that dead space


Notice the other new art up there?

I found these two adorable vintage authentic Hummel prints at a local thrift shop a few months ago.  I didn’t know what I was going to do with them, but I couldn’t pass them up, especially for less than $3 each.

They came framed and I just spruced them up with some high gloss black paint.

I also picked up a few more room accessories at Target the other day.  Is there anything better than Target clearance?  Apparently I think that my checking account is bottomless so long as what I want is 50% off.


Okay, I wasn’t by myself, but Kennedy was sleeping most of the time and I did have an iced coffee in hand. I even kept to my budget and didn’t grab every single thing I wanted!  *you may applause me now*

But really, I got a few fun pieces for the room and I can taste the finish line!  So close to being finished!