Hello Friends! It has been much too long since I have posted :/ and I'm a little embarrassed about that. I'm happy to say that I have once again caught the project/ home-made/ crafting bug and I've started a few DIY's I plan to post soon. As far as house projects go, I have finally taken the time and photographed my bathroom to show you all the finished product.
Here are the before pictures when we first moved into our house-
The before pictures feature wood paneling on the walls and linoleum flooring. We basically took out and replaced everything except for the bathtub and the toilet. The bathtub is outdated, but was something I decided to keep due to my "budget" I wanted to stay in (side note- has anyone ever used one of those bathtub refinishing kits? If you have I would love to hear how it worked out for you! I'm kind of chicken to try it). We also kept the doors (there are two that you can see from the picture above, one going into our office and one going into the back entryway), but I plan to purchase something different soon due to the amount of space they take up in the bathroom.
Dun, dun-na, NAH! Here is the finished product!
As you can see in the little entryway to our backyard I am a fan of color on my walls. In comparison to my previous house I have tried to tone it down a bit and be a little more neutral (which is hard, because I just LOVE COLOR). I struggled to not just go with a shade of blue for my bathroom, but I decided for lighting purposes I needed to choose a lighter color. However, I'm still not for just stark white walls so I went with "Vanilla Latte" for my paint color. I'm very happy with it, but I can't promise I won't ever change it for a mint or fuchsia.
For flooring we went with laminate wood. Several people advised me against using this in a bathroom, but we used it several times in our bathrooms in the house I grew up in and never had a problem with it. I'll let you know in a couple of years, if I regret that haha! If you've never used laminate wood, I highly recommend it! It looks nice and it is more cost friendly than hardwood. We used it from my bathroom all throughout our kitchen (pictured below). Before, those spaces were chopped up with different types of flooring and I wanted the continuity (is that a word?) to make the spaces feel a little bigger. We (my dad, grandpa, myself, and Josh) laid it all within two days. We plan to eventually use the same style for Josh's bathroom once we decide to finish it.
The little nook above previously had another counter top and cabinet in place. At some point I would like to purchase a new washer/dryer to put there as well as some cabinets. It's not ideal, but I would rather it there than in my kitchen where they reside now. For now and probably for a couple of years until either our current washer and dryer give out or we decide to finish up house projects to purchase a new one, this etagere will suffice. It provides some storage as well as covers up the water lines coming up from the floor that we kept for the one-day washer/dryer. If I were to stay with shelving I would've went with something bigger, but because I knew it would only be temporary I decided to go with something cheaper. Shelving is expensive ya'll!
One of my favorite things we did in my bathroom was the ceiling. We have the lovely popcorn ceiling texture throughout our house and rather than retexture the ceiling we put up beadboard and this little chandelier from Lowes. There are no windows in my bathroom and the only lighting that was there previously was above the vanity. Where the chandelier is now was where a bathroom fan was, which means there isn't great ventilation for the steam, but I am happy I made the switch. I absolutely love it!
If your wondering where I purchased the materials for my bathroom, here is a list:
Baskets, toilet paper holder, over the door hooks, and shower shelving from Ross
Here are some pictures of the flooring throughout our kitchen that I mentioned earlier-
I am so happy with how everything turned out and I wouldn't change anything! I have to give huge props to my Dad and my Grandpa Kenny who pretty much did everything while I handed them tools. I definitely learned a lot in this process and I'm thankful to have family that were willing to do this for me. If you are curious about how our Kitchen looked previously you can refer to this postabout our cabinet remodel. If you have any questions about my bathroom or kitchen I would love to answer them!
I hope you enjoyed a peek into my new bathroom! Projects coming up on the blog include (as long as I can pull the off anyways, hah) DIY Cute-as-a-button headboard, craft/guest room remodel, and how to paint furniture to achieve a distressed look. Josh and I have also been hard at work in our back and front yards and have big plans for them this summer. Let us know about your Spring and summer projects!