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It’s been a minute since I’ve given an update, so here I am.  This is a modge podge of a blog post.

1st-the good ol’ half bath.

I am having THE hardest time getting good pictures in this dark room.  There isn’t any sunlight because the screened-in-porch is behind it, so this is what I could get.  I have to admit, I am SO PROUD of the crown molding and chair rail.  It’s so much harder to do than it looks!

Here’s what I did–

  • attempted beadboard & discovered that it is nearly impossible to put up in such a small room with so many edges to cut around.  scrapped that idea (& a bunch of beadboard. ouch $) & went with a high quality beadboard wallpaper.  $20 for one roll which perfectly covered the space!
  • painted walls dark, masculine gray
  • added chair railing–4ft
  • added crown molding w/ corner pieces
  • used a stripper to remove the gloss on the vanity, the re-stained it with minwax jacobean.
  • spray painted light fixture oil-rubbed-bronze and added new globes ($15 for the pair at home depot)
  • spray painted cabinet hardware oil-rubbed-bronze
  • added a “frame” to the mirror with frosted glass spray paint. blog post about that here.
  • added privacy with this DIY project
  • used a shower curtain from World Market as a curtain

2nd- Appliances are here!

But they’re sitting in my basement until we save the moolah to tackle the kitchen reno.  We should be up for it in the next few months!


My amazing husband finished the floors upstairs and they look amazing! This is just a quick sneak-peek.

4th-a bear?

This is the newest addition to our family that will live in Alex’s office…much to my chagrin.

Alex’s grandpa killed it years ago and it was just passed down to Alex.  Apparently it’s going to be going on the wall.  I think if the head weren’t on it I wouldn’t be so weirded out….oh well!

Well, that’s it for now.  We’re in a waiting time of saving for the kitchen.  Any tips on where to get a good deal on countertops?

I came up with the easiest, cheapest, quickest way to update a builder-grade mirror!

I know I want to frame the half bath mirror someday, but I want to wait until the rest of the room is finished. My mom and I were brainstorming and came up with spraypainting a frame around the mirror to give it some texture.

This is definitely a “for now” fix.  I like finding things that can be done at little to no cost, but that change things up drastically.  This is one of those things.

We made a quick run to Home Depot and bought this can of spray paint for less than $5!

Then quickly taped off a frame on the mirror with painter’s tape. I left about a 4 inch border and pressed the tape down firmly so the edges will be sealed.

We used newspaper to protect the mirror and walls and sprayed away….until I couldn’t hold my breath anymore.  At that point we ran out of the bathroom to catch some fresh air.  We used a mask, but that wasn’t even enough.  FRESH AIR.

Just a few minutes later and it was finished!

I know it’s not that big of a deal, but to me it adds the tiniest bit of texture to the room and it really looks great!  It’ll look even better once I frame the mirror with wood!


March 22, 2012 — 1 Comment

Man, I’m so sick of this dang half bath.  One thing I’ve learned, or shall I say keep learning, is that I should never under estimate a project.  The things that I think will be small and easy just don’t seem to ever turn out that way.

Here’s the bathroom when I last blogged-

Since then, we bought beadboard and I learned how to use a jigsaw and resurface my geometry knowledge from high school.  Lesson in cutting beadboard:  Measure 100 times. Cut once.

Beadboard is on the wall.  The chair railing is on as well…..kind of.

Here’s the deal—I don’t like it.  I feel like it’s a “C” job.  It’s the first time I’ve ever worked with beadboard so there was definitely a learning curve.  I think that if I would re-do it I could make it an “A”.

I was so frustrated one day that I just went to Lowes and bought beadboard wallpaper.

So the question is:

Beadboard re-do or Beadboard wallpaper?????   Help!

I feel stuck.  It’s such a tiny room and I’m just ready for it to be finished.  I plan on working on it some Saturday so I need to make up my mind on which material I’m going to use by then.

In other news, how cute is Abby?