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Our master bathroom is tiny. When we first bought our home 2 years ago, we quickly got tired of the cheap fixtures, cracked and broken tile, and little to no storage. We had to get creative with space constraints, but we had a vision and were able to completely transform the space with lots of built-in character!
Hi, I'm Brittany! I am passionate about sharing time saving projects around the house for other busy families. Today I want to show you how an easy way to apply tile—even if you haven’t felt brave enough to try it out. Tiling make such an impact on a room’s décor—but for us, it always felt a little overwhelming. Since we had 6 weeks to renovate our powder room, we wanted tile--- but with less mess and less overwhelm. Goal: Complete our first tile project. You can see the room fully updated on my blog here.
These little concrete pumpkin candles were inspired by a DIY I did a few weeks ago. I really loved the idea of industrial fall decor and decided to make some indoor pumpkins instead of the outdoor ones I made last time. Since my last pumpkins were pretty big I found a way to keep them lightweight by turning the concrete into hypertyfa (if you’ve missed that DIY you can check it out here).
We recently switched out our main bathroom light fixture for a new modern one, a DIY project that involved cutting holes in our plaster walls, rerouting electrical wiring, plastering, and painting. A lot of work, but we are so happy with the results! Read more below or visit our blog post URL at the end for more details and photos.
So we bought a fixer upper...understatement. Closed on Thursday and spent Friday - Sunday blowing in 76 packages of greenfiber cellulose insulation 13 inches deep in the attic (no insulation, the owner had $600 electric bills in the summer). Monday the AC team arrived to replace the heatpump and all ductwork (awful, original from 1979 and full of pet hair from years of pets, 2 dogs, 4 cats occupied the house when we bought). In the process, AC guy says "your toilet is about to fall through the floor, only tile holding it up". I'm thinking he's talking about the master bath, which has a hole in the floor already.....no not so much. It was the bathroom we planned to use while remodeling. So, move i delayed while the first of many remodeling projects started after work and weekends! We had never remodeled a home, we could fix little things, change out light fixtures, I could lay tile and had in our last house in a small bath. We learned most of what we needed via YouTube.
Our powder room is the first room you see as you come into our front entry and it was an eyesore. Dated oak cabinets, builder beige walls, old toilet and an ugly light fixture made for a poor first impression. It HAD to change, but having just gotten married, we were on a tight budget. We salvaged everything that was usable and upcycled some second hand finds (one found in our very own basement), making this a budget friendly makeover.
For a couple of years, we kept a pile of siding wood that we got while we removed an old shed (you can see that project in my post called "a shed in the wrong place). I knew I was going to use that siding somewhere else but didn't know where. This past Summer I finally got inspired and decided to change the look of our main bathroom. Originally it was painted in plain green. Even though I like the color green, I thought it was time to make a change. This is what I did.....
A bathroom remodel is a huge ordeal, and you would hate to put extensive time and money without getting exactly what you want and need. Take a moment to consider what changes you’d like to see in your bathroom, and take advantage of the remodel—don’t leave any important upgrades out!
We recently completed remodeled our small cottage bathroom - on an major budget. We ended up spending $1,000, to rip out and replace everything in the space. But, that's in a different post. Today, I want to show you how we created the focal point in the small space - the ceiling.
When we remodeled our main bathroom, storage was at the top of our need/want list. We decided to pack extra storage into every nook and cranny in this bathroom. The old bathroom pre-remodel had 96 inches of countertop with two sinks and eight doors underneath. Who needs 96 INCHES of countertop? And the storage underneath was a nightmare to organize - Not practical.
We decided that drawers were what we needed in the new bath. We searched high and low for bath vanities with drawers. Most offer two drawers, but a fake top drawer and the bottom drawer is cut out around the plumbing so you don't even get a full drawer. We kept coming back to the IKEA Rattviken vanity. It had two full drawers that were lined and compartmentalized. And the price with countertop was only $409 each.
We updated and customized the vanities with this Young House Love campaign hardware available at Home Depot. We added a vintage secretary piece of furniture in between the vanities and it added storage for guest towels on top, a pull down countertop for the times you need additional counter space and THREE MORE DRAWERS. We painted it Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray and highlighted with gold. ...
After 13 years in our home, the time had finally come to take on the process of designing our dream master bathroom and bedroom! We basically left the same footprint of the bathroom, but made the shower larger (48" X 48") with a Kohler shower pan and removed the corner Jacuzzi tub. In the bedroom just painted the walls, ceiling, doors, trim, new hardware and installed new floors. We constructed the shower with 12" X 24" porcelain tiles, complete with mosaic glass accent tiles in the niche and a decorative 5" trim stripe, edged with a 3" X 6" bullnose tile. A frameless glass pivot shower door by Kohler was the finishing touch to our gorgeous new shower! We installed a drop in soaking tub (5' X 26" soaking depth) with a sleek overflow drain. Mirrored the look of the shower on the tub by using 6" X 24" tile and and a 3" glass mosaic decorative stripe, edged and topped with the bullnose. We had a custom 34 1/2" tall X 65" dark Charcoal stained vanity made, topped with Delicatus White Granite. We chose double rectangle, under mounted sinks. I went with a frameless beveled 42" X 60" mirror and a modern five light single bar style light fixture, with clear glass bell globes above the vanity. Upgraded the toilet to an elongated, raised height one by Kohler (the Elmbrook model). Installed a Home Netwerks bluetooth speaker exhaust fan, with built in LED light and a blue night light ring. All faucets are made by Moen, in the USA (vanity, shower and tub) as well are all of the wall accessories (towel rings, double towel rod, robe hook and toilet paper holder). There are so many brands on the market, we decided to limit our options and since Moen products are made in America, decision made!! We were very happy with the selections they have to offer. We chose to use the Danbury and the Hensley brushed nickel, spot resistant collections. However, the shower head is Moen Attract 26008SRN Magnetix and the PosiTemp shower trim kit is Moen from the Brantford collection (it's the handle and plate you turn the shower water on/off with ...and the ONLY thing I would change with this whole project!) LED soft white light bulbs were used for the ceiling fan, vanity light and recessed lighting (with dimmer switches). We also put in a fan control switch at the receptacle box for the ceiling fan in our bedroom, no more climbing on the bed to change the speed of the fan. We used Sherwin Williams paint for the walls in Dovetail (Eggshell), the trim and doors are in Mindful Gray (Satin). To close the project out we had waterproof LVP flooring laid in both rooms. We are thrilled with the results! I absolutely LOVE our new bathroom and bedroom sanctuary! We purchased everything at The Home Depot except the following; vanity and hardware, granite, sinks, vanity light, mirror, shower door and the flooring. Thank you for looking at our pictures and leaving any feedback. I hope you enjoy looking at the results as much as I do Here's a few before, after and completed room pictures below. I will be posting a full album with many more pictures on my Pinterest and Instagram soon.
After over a year of staring at my ugly 80s laminate bathroom countertop (the one in our guest half bath on the first floor), and after reading so many success stories, I finally painted my bathroom countertop! I also did a bunch of other stuff in the bathroom to get my final look (I will post these as separate tutorials). Here, I am just focusing on my process of painting the countertop. Here is a picture of the final outcome: