Posts tagged ‘Guest Bathroom’

September 6, 2014

Dusting Off the Cobwebs

Hopefully there are people still out there who are willing to listen to my ramblings. Blogging consistently is challenging and I’ve just lacked the energy and inspiration to continue. Luckily, I do have some new and exciting things coming up for the House on Penny Lane. I’ll fill you in a bit more on that later. For now, I want to show off a quick and easy redo of our guest bathroom.

The guest bathroom was one of our first rooms to “complete” when we first moved into the house, mainly because it had the most bewildering decor of the entire house. Picture, if you will, matching wallpaper and window treatments featuring ladies’ hats and handbags in a lovely checkerboard pattern made of blue striped ribbon. Yes.

We removed the wallpaper and window treatments, painted and retiled the floor. The improvements felt like a breath of fresh air, but have recently revealed themselves to be merely an offering of a blank slate. While the rest of our home filled itself with texture and character, our guest bathroom sat blank and empty. It was time to add some life.

As a reminder of what the room looked like before, here are some phone pics I took of the space while contemplating my next steps.

      

Here’s the updated look.

My first step was switching around some art. Sometimes I love placing small pieces of art on walls that should really have large pieces, just because it’s unexpected. But the piece above the toilet just made the rest of the room feel so expansive, which only added to the empty, blank slate feeling in the space. So I moved the piece to the wall next to the door and added a larger piece of art above the toilet.

I would have loved to do something with the mirror and the light fixture, but I just didn’t have the budget to allow for those changes. Maybe further down the road. Right now, we’re just talking cheap improvements that make a big impact.

The next step was adding texture. This bathroom is used most by visitors that are only staying for a couple hours. So I really wanted to make the bathroom feel like an extension of the living room, not just the room that visitors would spread out their hygiene products in order to get ready in the morning.  So I added a runner to make the room feel less bathroom-y. It also added warmth and texture to an otherwise cold space.

Next was filling up all that counter space. I found the round basket at Home Goods on clearance for $5. I filled it up with toiletries that may be needed by overnight guests. Things like shampoo, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste. The Himalayan salt votive and marble tray also came from Home Goods. The hand towel and picture frame came from World Market and the soap dispenser came from Target. The floral stems came from Hobby Lobby. I’ve been on a faux floral kick lately and I recently realized how nicely the forms can fill a space, even if they’re not real. I’m no longer above having fake flowers, as long as they’re reasonably realistic looking and arranged well. The large vase, art, and other small pieces were items I already owned, but had no home for.

I’m planning on adding a DIY curtain for the window, but just couldn’t wait to share what’s finally happening over at our place.

Altogether, I spent about $60 on this space. I’d say it was money well spent.

Oh, I forgot to mention… we added framed picture of Polly because we consider this room hers. She loves drinking water out of the leaky faucet. I have proof.

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March 18, 2012

To Do List

It’s been a long while since I’ve last updated my to do list, so here goes…

Those items highlighted green are those that have been completed since I last updated the list (June 2010)

To Do List

1)  Replace carpet with wood

2) Replace existing tile

3)  Replace all light fixtures

  • Entry – pendant
  • Dining – pendant
  • Living Room – recessed
  • Kitchen – pendant
  • Master Bedroom – pendant/close to ceiling
  • Master Bathroom – pendant or sconces
  • Bedrooms – close to ceiling
  • Guest Bathroom – sconce
  • Exterior Front – sconce

4)  Demolish partial wall/cover existing opening

5)  Replace Living Room doors with windows  (I haven’t decided if I still want to do this.  Originally, I thought the door was inoperable, but the wood had just swelled the door closed.)

6)  Replace window treatments (I’m about halfway through with this one, not enough to cross it off, unfortunately.)

7)  Remove upper cabinets above peninsula in kitchen

8 ) Paint Fireplace

9)  Add Fireplace doors (crossing both 8 and 9 off my list because I’m fairly certain I’ve changed my mind about both items)

10)  Add pocket/barn door to Master Bathroom

11)  Replace Master Bathroom sink

12)  Replace toilets with dual flush toilets

13)  Paint Interior (I decided to paint the kitchen the same color as the living room and to paint the cabinets. I may treat the laundry room completely different from the rest of the house since that room is so dark and depressing.)

  • Living Room/Dining Room/ Hallway/ Kitchen – SW Pearly White
  • Kitchen Cabinets – White (which white, I don’t know.)
  • Laundry Room – ???
  • Office – SW Pearly White
  • Guest Bathroom – SW Worldly Gray
  • Master Bedroom/Master Bathroom – SW Balanced Beige

14)  Paint Exterior (In progress, yes, still.)

  • Trim – SW Black Fox
  • Field – SW Universal Khaki

15)  Replace Kitchen counter with quartz or butcher block

16)  Replace all windows (4 out of 10 of these will be replaced this year!)

I’m hoping this will be inspiring to those who feel they need to tackle everything at once. We have actually made great progress here in under 3 years, but I try not to rush myself. I’ve learned that my ideas change with time (see items 8 and 9) and almost always for the better. If I had tried to tackle my whole To Do List at one time, I would not be as happy with the (in progress) outcome as I am!

Enjoy it!

June 16, 2010

To Do List

As you’ve noticed, so much has been accomplished the last couple of months, so I decided to update the To Do List. Those items that have been accomplished since the last posting of the To Do List are highlighted.

To Do List

1)  Replace carpet with wood (7/2010?)

2) Replace existing tile

3)  Replace all light fixtures

  • Entry – pendant
  • Dining – pendant
  • Living Room – recessed
  • Kitchen – pendant
  • Master Bedroom – pendant/close to ceiling
  • Master Bathroom – pendant or sconces
  • Bedrooms – close to ceiling
  • Guest Bathroom – sconce
  • Exterior Front – sconce

4)  Demolish partial wall/cover existing opening

5)  Replace Living Room doors with windows  (I haven’t decided if I still want to do this.  Originally, I thought the door was inoperable, but the wood had just swelled the door closed.)

6)  Replace window treatments

7)  Remove upper cabinets above peninsula in kitchen

8 )  Paint Fireplace

9)  Add Fireplace doors

10)  Add pocket/barn door to Master Bathroom

11)  Replace Master Bathroom sink

12)  Replace toilets with dual flush toilets

13)  Paint Interior (I decided to paint the kitchen the same color as the living room and to paint the cabinets. I may treat the laundry room completely different from the rest of the house since that room is so dark and depressing.)

  • Living Room/Dining Room/ Hallway/ Kitchen – SW Pearly White
  • Kitchen Cabinets – White (which white, I don’t know.)
  • Laundry Room – ???
  • Bedrooms/Guest Bathroom/Master Bedroom/Master Bathroom – SW Worldly Gray

14)  Paint Exterior (In progress, yes, still.)

  • Trim – SW Black Fox
  • Field – SW Universal Khaki

15)  Replace Kitchen counter with quartz butcher block

16)  Replace all windows

April 30, 2010

Sponsors?

Unfortunately, just as soon as the tile was installed, I was laid off from my job.  Anyone want to sponsor our blog?  Anyone?  No one?  … Ok.

Fortunately for the blog, Rob and I have already purchased everything we need for two months worth of home improvement projects.  Except for primer.  Oops.

Here are some tile pictures to tide you over for a bit.

Guest Bathroom

Master Bathroom

The new vanity is currently lacking plumbing and a mirror.  I have some things picked out for this and I’ll post it shortly.

March 5, 2010

To Do List

Before we closed on the house, I made up a To Do List of all the things I wanted to change.  I have added a few things and removed a few things, but for the most part, the list is the same.  I hadn’t wanted to share the list because of how many items were listed and how few had been crossed out.  Since it looks like I’ll be crossing off a few things in the next few months, I thought I’d share.

To Do List

1)  Replace carpet with wood (4/2010?)

2)  Replace existing tile (3/2010?)

3)  Replace all light fixtures

  • Entry – pendant
  • Dining – pendant
  • Living Room – recessed
  • Kitchen – pendant
  • Master Bedroom – pendant/close to ceiling
  • Master Bathroom – pendant or sconces
  • Bedrooms – close to ceiling
  • Guest Bathroom – sconce
  • Exterior Front – sconce

4)  Demolish partial wall/cover existing opening (3/2010?)

5)  Replace Living Room doors with windows  (I haven’t decided if I still want to do this.  Originally, I thought the door was inoperable, but the wood had just swelled the door closed.)

6)  Replace window treatments

7)  Remove upper cabinets above peninsula

8 )  Paint Fireplace

9)  Add Fireplace doors

10)  Add pocket/barn door to Master Bathroom

11)  Replace Master Bathroom sink

12)  Replace toilets with dual flush toilets

13)  Paint Interior

  • Living Room/Dining Room/ Hallway – BM Moonlight White (3/2010?)
  • Kitchen/Laundry Room/ Bedrooms/ Guest Bathroom/Master Bedroom/ Master Bathroom (In progress) – SW Worldly Gray

14)  Paint Exterior (In progress)

  • Trim – SW Black Fox
  • Field – SW Universal Khaki

15)  Replace Kitchen counter with quartz

*added* 16)  Replace all windows

February 9, 2010

Bright White

I thought I should bring you an update on the progress of our master bathroom.  On Friday, I went on my own little paint shopping spree.  First, I visited a local mom-and-pop paint shop for some paint samples for our living room.  I had hoped to support local businesses by purchasing the bathroom paint from them, but since Home Depot had mixed Sherwin Williams’ Worldly Gray so well, I thought it best to return to them for the remainder of that paint color.

At Home Depot, I went paint supply crazy, purchasing 1 gallon of primer, 2 gallons of Worldly Gray in eggshell (for the master bathroom vanity area and the master bedroom) 1 quart of Worldy Gray in satin (for the steamy master bathroom water closet), a small jar of custom mixed sample paint, 2 bottles of spray texture, a package of paint rollers, painter’s caulk, and plastic liners for sealing off the room for texturing.

I bought the painter’s caulk to try out a technique I had heard the professionals use.  When taping off trim, they leave a small sliver of whatever they are taping off exposed.  They then squeeze a thin bead of caulk over the exposed sliver and overlapping onto the wall.  The caulk will provide a paintable paint-tight seal over the tape which allows for cleaner paint lines.  We’ll see how it works out.

Friday night we got to taping off the room, sealing it with caulk and spackling any holes or bare gyp board that needed to be covered.

Saturday morning, or rather afternoon by the time Rob got out of bed, we painted our base coat of primer.  As soon as that first coat was dry, we began taping plastic over the door frames and openings, mirror and cabinet in preparation for the mess that is spray texture.  I quickly sprayed down the vanity then thanked my lucky stars that it was the last time I would have to subject myself to that stuff.  For anyone wanting to attempt spray texture, I would recommend a heavy duty mask that will keep you from breathing in too many chemicals.

Sunday we took a break for the Super Bowl party we were hosting, but believe me, I showed off our half completed bathroom makeover to whoever was willing.

Monday we painted one more coat of the primer.

Here’s how it looks now.

What a dingey ceiling!  Don’t worry, I’ll paint it, too.  Doesn’t the crisp white primer look so much better than the before?

Here’s the water closet.  It currently has 2 coats of primer over the original dark green paint. Neither Rob nor I are convinced that 2 coats are enough.

Thursday, we’ll pick back up on the painting.  The vanity only needs 2 coats of Worldly Gray, while the water closet needs another coat of primer in addition to the top coat. Surely we’ll be finished by the end of the weekend.

The process hasn’t been so bad, we’ve had a great excuse to use our guest bathroom exclusively.

December 3, 2009

Rob Takes a Night Off…

Disappointed with the lack of regular blog posts, I asked Rob to step up his game a bit.  I created a schedule highlighting the times when Rob could be updating the blog and showed it to him.  I’m kidding, of course.  I thought it was only fair to write some of the posts, myself, seeing as how Rob has put so much energy into things he normally wouldn’t care about.  Things like straight paint lines and screwless switch covers.

Fortunately, I have some pretty exciting things to post about.  Thanksgiving has come and gone, and with that, the stress of completing some projects I had commited to.  First was the all important Thanksgiving Day Tablescape.  With the help of some lovely ladies out in cyber-space, I came up with the idea of painting a collection of gourds and pumpkins and using them for place settings and centerpieces.  My goal was to spend as little as possible considering our new house payment.  I think it came out well.

Of course, we still have the on-going project of exterior painting, and while it has progressed since the last post, I won’t bore you with the pictures.  We’ll leave those for the BIG reveal.

We also reached our goal of “finished for now” on our guest bathroom project.  With the help of my brother- Roman, friend- Heather and several other friends from church (who appeared here), we were able to tear down the old wall paper, texture, and paint our Sunday’s Best bathroom.  We used an orange peel spray texture and painted the walls Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray in satin.  We also applied a privacy film to the window.  I like it so much that it changed my paint plans for the rest of the house.

The cats seem to like it, too.

October 5, 2009

Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall. Paper.

Taylor’s soul has been released from the monstrous NCIDQ exam, so our home renovations are now kicking into full gear. Too bad it’s going to be 50 degrees and drizzly all week, which is perfect weather for watching Cheers and playing rounds of “In a Pickle”, the worst game I’ve ever played.

Last week we had a get together at our house with some friends from church, who were kind enough to help us start to tear down some wallpaper.

WallpaperRemoval002

That’s the border in the bedroom coming down. I wasn’t sure if that was an old color underneath the border, or if it was like wearing a band-aid on your finger for a few weeks, and removing it to find pruny, discolored skin underneath.

WallpaperRemoval003

You’ll have to forgive me for not posting lots of pictures of people working up a sweat as tons of progress was being made. While that did actually happen, I really didn’t want to be the dry as a bone guy with the camera saying “Hey, look at me so I can document this free labor I’m getting. Now, back to work!” That type of guilt ridden personality makes me a terrible, terrible journalist.

Oh yeah, and the country fried wallpaper has been cast from whence it came, leaving a sweet blank canvas in its place.

WallpaperRemoval001

Nice. So hopefully the posts will start to pick up now that Taylor’s attention is shifting to the house. Which means you have plenty to look forward to. Don’t believe me? We got a new rug. Don’t make me devote a week of posts to it.

September 8, 2009

This is what we mean by country.

Here’s a quick example of what we mean by country. This is the wallpaper and shower curtains in the guest bathroom.

GuestBathroom01

(Apparently the shower curtain in here is going to be one of the first thing’s to go, since it came crashing down about four minutes ago after we tried hanging some clothes off of it to dry.)

A collection of hat boxes and Sunday-best purses is not exactly what we would have chosen, but there are some things to like about the room. For instance, there’s a lot of storage space, which Taylor likes. And I like the lights, because when they’re off you can’t see the wallpaper so much.

And here’s a view from inside the shower…

GuestBathroom02

Yeah, it’s wallpaper on the shower ceiling. Don’t be jealous just because you didn’t think of it first.