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revamping our vintage bathrooms and more

Hi guys!  It’s been a while since I posted updates about project around here but we’ve been plugging along with things and recently started giving both of our vintage bathrooms a face-lift!  We have two very colorful vintage tiled bathrooms in this house.  I planned to give the pink bathroom a make-over for One Room Challenge this fall but chickened out at the last minute, much to the joy of my husband.  Although I wasn’t prepared to commit to the time crunch of ORC, we’re still sprucing up both the yellow and pink bathrooms.  Sort of an unofficial ORC.  More on that later in the post but first a few other happenings around here…

We started the summer by getting the screens up on the porch, although we still need to add the trim to cover the staples, finish the screen door and finishing painting.

The blue hydrangeas I planted last year along the porch are filling in nicely but I fertilized them too much this year.  They put on a ton of leaf growth but didn’t produce many blooms.  Lesson learned.

That’s a canoe tucked in the jungle of our backyard.

I also hunted far and wide for an affordable outdoor sofa for the porch….and came up empty.  I really loved the Cammeray sofa from Pottery Barn but couldn’t handle the $1,500 price tag.

So we’ve been making do with the old loveseat, which is basically big enough for 1.5 asses.  Here is it at our old house with a 3 year old vampire for scale.

Last year we also planted dwarf boxwoods and little lime hydrangeas along each side of the front walkway and they are happily settled in.  The boxwoods put on a fuzz of growth this year and hopefully will keep filling out.  The little limes, of course, are going bananas.

However any green in my thumb apparently doesn’t extend to finicky house plants.  I carefully coddled a maidenhair fern all spring and summer.  It was lacy and pretty.  I was so proud.

Then last week I was really busy and forgot to hand-feed it bon bons or whatever….and it DIED.  Like, brown crisp shriveled.  It even smelled bad.  Whyyyyy.  Now all I’m left with is a snake plant last watered in 2015.

On to some projects that can’t be killed…..painted furniture.

After hunting a year (yes, I’m crazy) for a round table to go in the living room bump-out, I finally snagged this one off Craigslist for $40.  A couple coats of Rustoleum black paint in satin finish did wonders.

The space behind the sofa is odd and kinda useless right now but I have visions for it.

On the table – drama, books and ephemera.

dransfield and ross via Elle Decor

Grant K. Gibson

I definitely want to make a skirt for it the table.  To throw on when I’m feeling skirt-y.

Then on the walls flanking the window…..symmetry.  Brass sconces.

Above stacked art, similar to Jill’s office here.  I’m going with these Ikea frames and having a smaller custom mat made at Michael’s.

With ottomans underneath.  Not necessarily these cuties from Ballard but you get the gist.  We entertain a lot so the extra seating will come in handy.

Speaking of entertaining, here’s a table my kids rigged up for a recent dinner party.  Lately they love being in charge of this.

Okay, let’s talk about the magic I’ve been working in the yellow powder room.  Here’s a pic of it when we moved in.

And after my lovely aunt stripped the wallpaper but before we knocked out the pointless vanity table.  (Stupid tiny drawer).

Gutting this room has never been a high priority, in part because the tile is in excellent condition and is probably backed with concrete, as people used to do.  Plus I love the shape and size of the vintage Crane sink.  But still….that’s a lot of yellow.

This spring I painted the walls and ceiling BM Space Black to cut through the sweetness of the yellow.

Much better.  Then this weekend I realized how much random art I have laying around, mostly pieces I’m completely sick of and planned to get rid of.  Maybe that action should go in the powder room?

Turns out, I don’t hate this art after all.  It looks so chic!  (The bamboo etagere is a CL find).

Also in here is my faux tortoise shell mirror, which turned an actual 90’s Martha Stewart from Kmart mirror into something slightly less crappy.

The powder room is REALLY tiny – about 3.5 feet by 6.5 feet.  Not the easiest space to photograph.  With my iPhone.

Still plenty of art to nail up there.

Now….moving to the pink bathroom.  I’m not entirely sure I want this room splashed all over the internet but here goes.  To refresh your memory and re-burn your corneas, here is the MLS photo.

The wallpaper and French Country piece of sh*t sink were installed in the last 10 years.  I can’t even…..

We suspect there was once a pink Crane console sink in here (like the yellow one in our powder room) but the previous owners removed it to make room for the French Country garbaggio.  They also left us the pink toile towels you see hanging there.  Yeah…..they left us fabric that once touched their crotch.

My plans for the space?

Cheetah wall stencil, black ceiling, black and white art, a chartreuse step stool (for the kiddos), vintage rug.

Last week we finally starting taking down the wallpaper.

The pink Crane toilet is in our garage right now, if anyway is interested.  Somehow I can’t sell that thing on CL.

Pink Coffin Shower.  In desperate need of a new glass door.  Like, yesterday.

We’re now in the process of priming and painting the gray trim.  And also using Grout Renew on every….single…tiny….grout line on the the floor.  The grout refuses to come clean so Grout Renew and tedium are the only recourse.

Wow, that was a lot.  More to come on the pink bathroom update…..namely what I suspect will be rage-stenciling.







in search of a blue ceiling

I’m on the hunt for a pale blue-gray paint for the ceiling in my client’s bathroom.  Nothing too sweet or bright or aqua or green.  And certainly not POW! there’s a big robin’s egg over your head.  I don’t want to ceiling to be the star, just a serene and subtle sky.

Like this only a bit lighter…


anna decker architects 

Here are some of the options I rounded up.  I’m grabbing some of these in sample size and test them out tonight on the ceiling.

cascade white

gray sky


icy cap

silver crest

Ugh.  Right now they’re all looking too dark on the screen.  Need to get some up on that fifth wall.  I’m leaning towards Horizon.   What do you guys think?  Have any suggestions?



powder room wallpaper options

Welcome to yellow hell.  Our powder room.  Yellow sink, toilet, floor, wainscoting (it’s everywhere).  At first I thought the wallpaper was kinda Anthro and maybe I could work with it….but no.  It’s weeds.

yellow bath



Dilbert sad face sink and the world’s least functional vanity.  Seriously….one tiny drawer???

Since we moved in, we took down the wallpaper which was also on the ceiling (!!!) and replaced the toilet, so there’s been some progress.  But obviously the yellow needs to go.  However I still want wallpaper on the upper walls.  The space is tiny (4×7 ft) and we all know powder rooms are a great place to be bold.  I’m thinking block print or paisley pattern and have narrowed it down to a few options, some of which are wa-hay out of our price range but dang they’re pretty.

bf818e1f81dd0c4e46a3d60f4ffdcd7bsanderson angel ferns

5005231-bakara-leaf-delft-by-fschumacherschumacher bakara leaf

44703schumacher rajasthan – top contender

VOLPI_WALLPAPER_304045WP_SLATE_NAVYquadrille volpi

burmesesister parish burmese

Who do I need to kill to make this gorgeousness happen?

175781-indian-arbre-hyacinth-by-fschumacherschumacher indian arbre

The tile wainscoting and floor are in great shape so my plan is to….cover them up.  Yep, I’m gonna lipstick right over that pig.


(I’m testing out Schumacher Kerala Paisley here but there’s too much white in it)

Horizontal tongue and groove paneling over the wainscoting, after I pop off all the extras like towel bars and soap holders, and vinyl plank “wood” floors.  We used Trafficmaster Allure in our old bathroom and loved it!

The wood on the wainscot, window trim, door casing and door will all be painted the same color…..but what color?  Not white, that I’m sure about.  I’m thinking a warm, medium gray or possibly a charcoal-green, something dark and moody.


ashwood moss

Benjamin Moore’s Ashwood Moss

Definitely not something too blue or cool.  What do you think?  What color would be a good contrast to the Schumacher Rajasthan?


Thanks for any input you have, guys!




bathroom renovation and reveal

A year ago, we finally took the plunge and renovated our upstairs bathroom.  It was the best and hardest thing DIY we’ve ever done.  (Keep in mind the porch and kitchen are still in shambles so we may have a new winner).  What a difference this renovation has made!  The project also gave us a lot of confidence because it was our first tiling and flooring experience.


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