January 2015 archive

Guest Bathroom Details & Sources

First off, I wanted to say thank you to everyone for your comments about my bathroom makeover.  I am completely overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness!  I really do read each comment and am appreciative of them all.  Thank you!!

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Okay, let’s talk details and sources!  I received a lot of questions about the vanity, wallpaper, tile, etc. so I thought I’d address everything here.  I’ll first give you information and details {and tips} about each area of the bathroom that generated questions and then I’ve provided a list of sources with links at the bottom of the post.

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Wallpaper

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I have textured walls and even so, was able to wallpaper because I used a wallpaper liner.  Don’t let textured walls stop you from using wallpaper!  The liner is key, though.  Apply the liner directly to your textured wall either A) horizontally or B) vertically but offset from where you want your wallpaper seams.  It is important that your liner seams and wallpaper seams DO NOT match up because if they do, your wallpaper seam will want to pull away from the wall.  Allow your liner to dry at least 24 hours before you apply the wallpaper.  The finish won’t be as smooth as if you started with smooth walls, but you have to look really closely to notice the texture underneath so the overall look is just fine.

 

 

Wainscoting

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I originally wanted to do a recessed panel, but the expense was cost-prohibitive and so I went with chair rail that sits on top of a pine board that has trim mitered into square shapes.  All of the trim is solid wood, which is best for an area like a bathroom {with a shower} that will be exposed to water and moisture.  The top of the chair rail is at 41 inches from the floor so that I have 6 inches from the top of my vanity to the top of the chair rail, effectively creating a backsplash for my vanity.

 

Beadboard Ceiling

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I am absolutely in love with my beadboard ceiling!  It is, however, the one item that is MDF in the bathroom, which is a no-no because of the steam created from the shower.  To try to prevent moisture from penetrating the beadboard and causing it to warp, I first primed it with a moisture blocking primer and then painted it with semi-gloss paint.  All of the joints were then sealed with caulking and painted again.

 

Vanity

As much as I would love to share the secret to creating the vanity’s finish, it looked like this when I bought it!  It started out as an antique dresser and with the help of the handyman, we converted it into a fully functioning vanity with very minimal loss of storage.  Only a small U-shape had needed to be cut from the two large drawers at the bottom to accommodate the plumbing and the remainder of the drawers is still usable space!

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Wall Art

For the wall art, I used framed vintage gold and silver hand mirrors.  I simply removed the glass from the frame and first attached the hand mirror to the backing using a sticky command strip so that it would sit flat {you could use any type of heavy duty two-sided sticky tape}.  I then wrapped monofilament around the handle and attached the monofilament to the frame using an eyehook so that the mirror was securely supported.

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When it was time to actually hand the framed mirror on the wall, I faced a dilemma.  I change my mind about decor so often that I didn’t want to do anything permanent and putting a nail through wallpaper would leave a permanent hole!  Instead – and despite 3M’s warning – I tried using a Command hook on wallpaper.  DO NOT DO THAT!  Command strips do not stick to wallpaper and will not hold {I learned that the hard way – oops!}.  Eventually, I decided to use my crown moulding as a picture rail and I simply screwed another eyehook into the crown moulding and used the monofilament to hang the frame from the ceiling!  It was super easy and is very secure and if I ever decide to change the wall art, I can simply remove the eyehook and patch the hole in the crown.

 

Tidbits&Twine Bathroom Sources

The products, along with affiliate links, are located below.  I’ve listed as many items as I can think of below, but if I’ve missed something, let me know and I’ll add it to the list!

  • Wallpaper – York Wallcoverings, Silhouette Collection, Open Trellis in Silver/Taupe and White.  I purchased mine from The Fabric Co. but you can also buy it on Amazon.  {I highly recommend The Fabric Co. though as they were SUPER helpful and spent a great deal of time on the phone with me helping me learn how to apply wallpaper.  A great resource if you’re new to wallpapering!}
  • Wallpaper Liner – L-1 Paintable Solid Wall Liner Wallpaper.  Available at The Fabric Co.
  • Vanity – Purchased from Belle Maison Designs
  • Floor Tile – Greecian White 12×12 Polished Marble.  Available at Home Depot
  • Shower Tile – Greecian White 3×6 Polished Subway Tile.  Available at Home Depot
  • Tile Molding – Greecian White 3/4 x 12 Polished Pencil Molding.  Available at Home Depot
  • Sink – American Standard Retrospect from Home Depot or Amazon
  • Sink Faucet – Delta Victorian 8in Widespread Faucet in Chrome.  Available from Home Depot or Amazon
  • Shower Faucet –  Delta Victorian 1-Handle Shower and Tub Faucet in Chrome.  Available from Home Depot or Amazon
  • Toilet –  Kohler Devonshire Comfort Height Toilet in White.  Available on Amazon
  • Paint – Sherwin-Williams Swiss Coffee custom match in semi-gloss {Swiss Coffee is actually a Kelly Moore color, but I prefer Sherwin Williams paint}
  • Vanity Mirror – Whitby Medicine Cabinet Large in Weathered Oak.  Available at Restoration Hardware
  • Sconces – Sussex Shade Sconce in Chrome.  Available at Pottery Barn
  • Picture Frames – Weathered Oak Gallery Frames.  Available at Restoration Hardware
  • Vintage Hand MirrorsCottage Jewel Antiques
  • Soap Dispensers – Threshold Oil Can Bath Coordinates.  Available at Target
  • Ruffled Curtain – Simply Shabby Chic Gauze Curtain Panel.  Available at Target
  • Toilet Paper Stand – Barclay Marvin Freestanding Toilet Paper Holder in Chrome.  Available on Amazon
  • Towel Bar – Moen Madison 24in Towel Bar in Chrome.  Available on Amazon
  • Towel Ring – Moen Madison Towel Ring in Chrome.  Available from Home Depot or Amazon

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Guest Bathroom Makeover {Reveal}

Just after Thanksgiving, I started on a major home improvement project – remodeling the downstairs guest bathroom!  If you didn’t see the start of the project, you can catch up {here}.  While the handyman completed construction before Christmas, I hadn’t yet shared the final result with you because I wasn’t quite done decorating.  But I am now and can’t wait to show you how it turned out!

You might recall, the bathroom started out as a builder-grade creation straight out of the ’80s, complete with cultured marble countertops and shower walls, brass everything, fluorescent lighting, and a mismatched patched flooring.

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My inspiration piece was an old dresser that I found at the antique fair that I wanted to use as a vanity.  The overall look that I wanted to achieve was a mixture of warm and cool tones paired with contemporary finishes and antique accents.

Here’s what it looks like now!

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It is *so* much brighter and as a result, feels so much bigger!  We removed the old vanity and countertop, along with the wall mirror, fluorescent lighting soffit, and toilet.  The new vanity isn’t quite as long as the old but actually offers more storage since it’s a bit taller and the drawers are deep.

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The old floor was replaced with 12×12 marble and we added matching subway tile in the shower.  I also asked my handyman to add a decorative panel that drops down from the crown moulding to hide the shower curtain tension rod.

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Inside the shower there is a shampoo and soap recess and while it took forever to figure out how to align it properly with the wall, I love the end result.

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The shower curtain itself hides behind this decorative, ruffled panel.  The panel is actually an 84″ curtain panel that my mom lengthened for me over the holidays.

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Next to it is a small table that holds extra soaps and Q-tips, but all of that decor can easily be moved and stored in the vanity if guests would prefer to keep extra towels or a change of clothes on the table.

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I have even more spare toiletries in a vintage sewing drawer on the back of the toilet.  The drawer holds a wash cloth, extra hand soap, travel sized shampoo and conditioner, room spray, nail files, and even a small sewing kit.

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Above the toilet is a small vintage hand mirror and compact that I have framed and placed a vintage comb from the late 1800’s above.

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The wall art on the back wall is a large gold and silver vintage hand mirror and I love the juxtaposition of it against the bright, contemporary wallpaper.

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The vanity itself is still my favorite part.

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I love that the paint looks like a warm, weathered patina with its mix of warm and cool tones and I love all of the carved details.

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The old faucet was replaced with this vintage-inspired one.

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Separate soap and lotion dispenser sit on a small tray on one side…

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…while a boxwood sphere in a mercury compote dish sits on the other along with a small container that can be used to hold guest items such as tooth brushes, toothpaste, jewelry, watches, etc.

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Above the vanity, two sconces offer additional lighting.  The sconces are on a separate switch from the overhead lights and the overhead lights are on a dimmer, so all of the lighting can be customized to each person’s comfort level.  The mirror is actually the front of what used to be a medicine cabinet.  I love that its shape repeats the pattern in the wallpaper.

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So we went from builder-grade…

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…to beautiful!

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It is so nice to have a bathroom where the sink doesn’t drip, the toilet doesn’t leak, and the shower actually works!  This is now our favorite room in the house and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!

 

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My Quick & Easy Front Door Makeover {Before & After}

Okay, maybe not so quick in my case but I’m easily distracted in the middle of projects and often take long breaks in between steps.  But for most, this project would be a quick and easy update with a big impact.  And since the front of a house is the first impression people have of your home, it’s important that it reflect your personality and taste.  After all, the front door is a big part of a home’s curb appeal!

You might remember from my previous front door post what my door used to look like.  The door was painted the same color as the trim and it was just ho-hum.  It didn’t reflect my taste at all.

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I knew I wanted to give it a fresh coat of paint but didn’t really want to go with color and so instead when with black.  While dramatic, it’s still neutral, which  for me, means it’s within my comfort zone.  The door had originally been painted with a roller, leaving it with an orange-peel texture and I really should have taken the door off the hinges and started from scratch, but…  Instead, I used a brush and painted it in place and while the original texture still shows through, I’m still happy with how it turned out.

With the addition of a new coat of paint and a few decorative accents, my front door makeover is now done! {And yes, I know that the paint color on my house looks different here, but I took the Before and After photos at different times on different days and the lighting wasn’t the same.  I promise I didn’t also paint the house!}

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While there’s no need for a door knocker since I have a doorbell, I just couldn’t resist.  I originally purchased a generic one from Lowes in oil rubbed bronze to match the existing hardware.

 

But if the point of adding a door knocker was to give the door some personality, a generic design that blended in just wasn’t going to cut it! 

 

Instead, I decided to buy this vintage lion head door knocker that I had spotted on Etsy and had immediately fallen in love with.  This solid brass beauty is my all-time favorite and I’m so glad I made the switch.  My design philosophy has always been to buy things you love and everything else will fall into place and I was determined to make the lion head work!

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I also decided to add our house number to the door since I live in tract housing and when all of the houses look the same, it’s easy to end up knocking at the wrong front door!  I originally purchased a white decal from a vendor on Etsy.  Sadly, it was incredibly difficult to install and once it was on, I didn’t like the color.  After a DIY decal-painting #fail, I decided to order a new decal {in gold this time} but from a different vendor and thankfully, I couldn’t be happier with the final product!  This one from Candi at Welcoming Walls was *so* much easier to put on.

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I added a small pot with blue hydrangeas next to my lion and with that, called it a day. TIDBITS-&-TWINE-Blue-Hydrangea

 

It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do.  I can’t believe I waited so many years to tackle this project!

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Next up?  That out-of-date doorbell and intercom….  Why does one project always lead to another?!?!

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