Category Archives: Bathroom

Try-it Tuesday: Upstairs Bathroom Reveal—Putting the FUN in Functional

Okay, so I might have been overselling a bit yesterday when I called today’s post “exciting.”

After all, it’s a bathroom.

And I honestly prefer that the bathroom be a pretty boring and mundane place.

Because with three kids under six running around, “exciting” is usually code for “potty disaster.”

Even so, it’s been a looooong while since I’ve done a room reveal around here.

And those are always some of my favorite posts on other people’s blogs, so I’m guessing you guys might like them too.

So, that’s exciting (I hope).

Plus, we just bought 45,000 gallons of paint (from Sherwin Williams during their 40% off sale…woot!) for the garage addition, which means, I know what I’ll be doing for the next 7 years or so, so nothing will be done in there for a while, which makes having an actual, finished room with styled shelves and everything, pretty exciting.

So, yeah.

Maybe I wasn’t overselling at all because it all sounds pretty darn exciting to me!

Okay, first the ugly, unstyled pics—AKA what our bathroom looks like when I’m not making it pretty for you guys.

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Ho-hum, right?

Ready for the pretty pics?

Hope so because there are lots (of pictures, anyway; you’ll have to be the judge of how pretty they are).

First, I’m just going to show them to you. Then, I’ll talk (like you guys had any doubt about that).

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{Did you notice Traylor, the newly blinged out mini trashcan from yesterday?—thanks to Meggan for the name suggestion}

So…feel like you’ve got the general idea?

Lots of turquoise, aqua, fuchsia, and pink. Not too different of a color scheme from my master closet makeover, actually.

And now for that whole “Putting the FUN in functional” bit from my post title.

As I mentioned yesterday, this is the bathroom that is most commonly used by all members of the family.

But just because it’s a “kids’ bathroom” too doesn’t mean that there have to be yellow ducky decals strewn all over the place in order to infuse the space with a bit of whimsy and fun.

The following are my (very unprofessional tips) for making a bathroom both fun and functional.

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I love the “I CAN NOT DO IT ALL” print from Jones Design Company, but I have to admit that the whole “can not” part makes me a little crazy. I realize she was probably just adding emphasis, but…yeah, it still makes my grammar/spelling loving skin shiver a little. (I’m weird, I know).

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Okay, so I know that the “Keep Calm Carry On” trend is a long dead horse that has been beaten a time or two too many, but I still think I should get bonus points for:

a) how absolutely perfectly the color matches the walls

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b) ironic placement (especially coming from a mama whose firstborn voluntarily constipated himself for an entire year rather than be potty-trained, which made toilet time anything but calm).

Oh, and as far as sources for everything, an abbreviated list is as follows:

Target

Keep Calm sign

Shower curtain

Bath rug

(all about 2 years old)

Walmart

Glass pouf container

White storage dresser (clearance, $70, baby!)

Marshall’s

Towels

Blue toiletry bowl

Ross

White/wicker drawer tower

Floral bobby pin holder/pot (the aqua/orange/pink one on the shelf, which is easily my favorite item in the whole room)

Goodwill

Glass q-tip/cotton ball containers

Pink bird

Capiz shell frame

White flower vase

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Also, I should give an honorable mention to Craigslist, where we found our Kohler sink + Delta faucet combo brand new (retail: $500 for them both) for $40, and Lowe’s where we used our retail haggling skills to get a $300 toilet for $50.

Man, I love a good deal, even on a toilet!

Hope you enjoyed the tour today and gleaned at least a few useful things from my tips.

And now, I need a nap.

If only there time to take one!

Have a great day, and take a nice nap for me, okay?

The CSI project ~ Menu Plan Monday ~ C.R.A.F.T.  ~ The Southern Institute ~ Making the World Cuter ~ Thrify Décor Chick ~ Metamorphosis Monday ~ Sumo Sweet Stuff ~ Gunny Sack ~ Singing Three Little Birds ~DIY Homes Sweet Home ~ Dittle Dattle ~ 1929 Charmer ~ Everything Under the Moon  ~ ModMix Monday ~ Sew Stylish ~ Coastal Charm ~ Under the Table and Dreaming

Tuesday ~ Get Your Craft ~ Tip Junkie ~ Blackberry Vine ~ Crafty Confessions ~ Me & my Boys ~ A Bowl Full of Lemons ~ Home Stories A-Z ~ My Uncommon Slice of Suberbia  ~ Carolyn’s Homework ~ Sugar Bee Crafts ~ House of Grace ~ Passionately Artisitc ~ My World Made by Hand ~ Uncommon Designs ~ Trendy Treehouse

Wednesday ~ Blue Cricket Design ~ Somedays Crafts ~ Sew Much Ado ~ Sew Woodsy ~ Handy Man, Crafty Woman ~ Savvy Southern Style ~ {Primp} ~ Midweek Fiesta ~ Rae Gun Ramblings ~ Polkadots On Parade ~ Lollipop Cards ~ JAQS Studio ~ Let Birdz Fly ~ Let Birdz Fly ~ My Girlish Whims

Thursday ~ Thursdays are Your Days, Transformation Thursdays ~ Somewhat simple ~ Show off your stuff ~ House of Hepworths ~ Delightful Order ~ My Simple Home Life ~ The Frugal Girls ~ Thrifty Thursday ~ DIY Diva Thursday ~ Tablescape Thursday ~ No Minimalists Here ~ Crafty, Scrappy, Happy ~ Thrifty Decorating ~ Between U and Me ~ 36th Avenue

Friday ~ The Shabby nest  ~ Show and Tell Friday ~ Finding Fabulous ~ I’m Loving it ~ Simply Sweet Home ~ Whipper Berry ~ Chic on a Shoestring decorating ~ Spunky Junky ~ Delicate Construction ~ Homemaker in Heels ~ Family Ever After~ French Country Cottage ~ Common Ground ~ Young And Crafty ~ At the Picket Fence ~ Fingerprints on the Fridge ~ Miss Mustard Seed ~ Addicted to Decorating ~Bacon Time with The Hungry Hypo ~ Making Lemonade ~ I Can’t Stop Crafting ~ Over the Big Moon ~ Shabby Art ~ Answer is Chocolate

Saturday ~ I heart nap time- Sundae Scoop ~ Tatertots and Jello ~ Be different Act Normal ~ Funky Junk ~ 2805 ~ Making Lemonade Blog ~I am Along for the Ride  ~ Lolly Jane

 

 

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Feature Friday: Guest Bathroom Reveal

Yesterday, at the end of my 5 Things Thursday, I teased you with the promise of a big (or was it little?) reveal.

Well, here it is: our little guest bathroom, with a big pile of pictures to show it off.

So maybe it’s both little and big. You be the judge.

Just in case you’re wondering why I don’t have a movie recommendation for you this weekend, it’s because I’ve decided to do something a little different on Fridays. From now on, it will simply be known as Feature Friday.

Sometimes, that will be a feature film. Sometimes it will be something cool I’ve found floating around cyberspace. Sometimes it will be something nifty that you’ve done (feel free to email me with projects, in other words).

But over the next several weeks, it will consist of posts about my own house. I’ll feature a new room each Friday (assuming I’ve had time to make it pretty/take pics) until I run out of rooms that are worth showing (some are still major works in progress).

Are you as excited as I am? I know I always love getting peeks into other folks’ homes, so hopefully you’ll enjoy getting a glimpse (or ten) of mine.

So, without further yammering ado, I give you…

The Guest Bathroom

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A view to the left…

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A view to the right…

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Pardon the yellow light. Not much natural light in here at all.

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The pillow is from Goodwill, and I made the ruffle flower.

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Probably my favorite detail of the entire room is the shower curtain, a Target find for about $18. It’s hard to tell in this picture, but in addition to the lattice scroll design and the almost grass-cloth like texture, there are also little veins of gold thread running throughout that give it a lovely sheen.

On a related side-note, a friend once lamented the ruination of her pretty cream-colored shower curtain because, when her little boy was potty-training, he had a tendency to get distracted and take his eye off the prize, thus resulting in some unfortunate yellow stains on her curtain. I remember thinking something snooty like, “So glad my boys don’t have that problem.”

Yeah.

Pride does go before a fall, folks. Or in this case, it goes right before you discover the same yellow stain all over your ivory curtain as you are surveying your bathroom in preparation for pictures. I will have you know that I Shouted, washed, dried, and steamed the wrinkles out of that darn curtain…just for you guys. (Okay, maybe a little for me too).

Oh, and when I asked Simon—my second boy (because I know my children well, and I knew the culprit wasn’t Ezra)—about the suspicious yellow blotches, he said, in his best super-serious voice, “Oh, I won’t do that the other time (his almost-four-year-old way of saying “next time”), Mama. I will go only in the potty.”

You are my witnesses, folks! You heard it here!

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I bought that yellow/green frame at Hobby Lobby for 90% off, and then added that fun poppy print fabric from Hancock’s (the only info I have says, “Michelle, designed specifically for Hancock Fabrics. All right, then!) with help from Glen, the handy-dandy, albeit ugly, glue-gun.

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The shelves we built were reeeeeeeallly deep, so hubby cut some leftover plywood to size, and I covered it with some orange/cream striped outdoor fabric to make false backs for the shelf openings (not perfection as you can see, but I like it). The decorations are a mix of garage sale finds (clock, wooden bird), Goodwill (birdcage, ivory creamer), and some fancied up versions of the Egg Carton Flower that I showed you how to make this week (I’ll update the tutorial soon to show you how I glittered them and added “stems”).

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I’ve got a major thing for texture + sparkle, so these flowers are really doing it for me right now.

And…that’s all she wrote, folks! (Yeah, right. Do you really believe that? Surely you know me better by now).

Well, what do you think?

It’s nothing too terribly fancy, but then it is a bathroom. And there are aspects of it that make me just as happy as any other room in the house (like those glass pumpkins, which I have come to love after an initial reaction of “Whaaa?!” when I first opened the box after our wedding) .

Wanna know something that’s (almost) funny now that doesn’t make me quite as happy? I spent 20 (count them…TWEN.TY) hours painting this teensy-tinsy room. I had all kinds of grand ideas—stripes, stenciling, mint up top/chocolate down below (because brown walls are such a fantastic idea for a bathroom) color-schemes. And, unfortunately, I tried every. single. last. one of them before I finally painted the upper Sherwin William’s Dover White the lower Benjamin Moore’s Sunrise because we had leftovers of each.

Turns out, after 6 (SIX!!!) coats of paint on the upper half and numerous trips to the paint store, I had what I wanted lying around all the time, just waiting for me to figure it out.

Ain’t that the way, sometimes?

I hope you all have a wonderfully amazing weekend and figure out what it is you want before you waste twenty hours of your life chasing something that won’t work.

Me…I’ll be teaching fitness classes, cleaning, napping (Lord, please!), hanging out with my family, meeting new people, going to church, and praising Jesus for giving me breath each new day.

Monday ~ The DIY Showoff Project Parade ~ Made by You Mondays ~ Embellishing Life Everyday ~ Just Something I whipped up Monday ~ The CSI project ~ Menu Plan Monday ~ C.R.A.F.T. ~ The Southern Institute ~ Making the World Cuter ~ Thrify Décor Chick ~ Metamorphosis Monday ~ Sumo Sweet Stuff ~ Gunny Sack ~ Singing Three Little Birds ~DIY Homes Sweet Home ~ Dittle Dattle ~ 1929 Charmer ~ Everything Under the Moon ~ ModMix Monday ~ Sew Stylish ~ Coastal Charm ~ Under the Table and Dreaming

Tuesday ~ Get Your Craft ~ Tip Junkie ~ Blackberry Vine ~ Crafty Confessions ~ Me & my Boys ~ A Bowl Full of Lemons ~ Home Stories A-Z ~ My Uncommon Slice of Suberbia ~ Carolyn’s Homework ~ Sugar Bee Crafts ~ House of Grace ~ Passionately Artisitc ~ My World Made by Hand ~ Uncommon Designs ~ Trendy Treehouse

Wednesday ~ Blue Cricket Design ~ Somedays Crafts ~ Sew Much Ado ~ Sew Woodsy ~ Handy Man, Crafty Woman ~ Savvy Southern Style ~ {Primp} ~ Midweek Fiesta ~ Rae Gun Ramblings ~ Polkadots On Parade ~ Lollipop Cards ~ JAQS Studio ~ Let Birdz Fly ~ Let Birdz Fly ~ My Girlish Whims

Thursday ~ Transformation Thursdays ~ Somewhat simple ~ Show off your stuff ~ House of Hepworths ~ Delightful Order ~ My Simple Home Life ~ The Frugal Girls ~ Thrifty Thursday ~ DIY Diva Thursday ~ Tablescape Thursday ~ No Minimalists Here ~ Crafty, Scrappy, Happy ~ Thrifty Decorating ~ Between U and Me ~ 36th Avenue

Friday ~ The Shabby nest ~ Show and Tell Friday ~ Finding Fabulous ~ I’m Loving it ~ Simply Sweet Home ~ Whipper Berry ~ Chic on a Shoestring decorating ~ Spunky Junky ~ Delicate Construction ~ Homemaker in Heels ~ Family Ever After~ French Country Cottage ~ Common Ground ~ Young And Crafty ~ At the Picket Fence ~ Fingerprints on the Fridge ~ Miss Mustard Seed ~ Addicted to Decorating ~Bacon Time with The Hungry Hypo ~ Making Lemonade ~ I Can’t Stop Crafting ~ Over the Big Moon ~ Shabby Art ~ Answer is Chocolate

Saturday ~ I heart nap time- Sundae Scoop ~ Tatertots and Jello ~ Be different Act Normal ~ Funky Junk ~ 2805 ~ Making Lemonade Blog ~I am Along for the Ride ~ Lolly Jane

Sundays ~ Homemaker on a Dime ~ Sunday’s Best

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