June 17, 2020

Phase 2 Half-Bathroom Refresh

One of my projects on my "To-Do Before the Baby" list was to refresh the half bathroom that connects the master bedroom and the nursery, and I got it done just in time as baby Jase arrived a week later. 10 weeks later and I'm finally getting around to writing a post about it. For my very first $100 Room Challenge I tackled the first phase where I painted, laid flooring, and built shelves. As my style has changed in the past 2 years I found myself not utilizing this space much because I didn't like it. With the baby coming I wanted to make it "my" space where I could spend time on myself, all for less than $50.

Here's how it looked when we moved in. (I had taped off the black part of the "faux" plastic tile.)

Then in 4 weeks I made it into a prettier, more usable space with $100 (see the reveal here).

2 years of living in it and moving things around, here's how it looked for the official before photos for this Phase 2.

Initially in my project to-do list I mentioned I wanted to finish leveling the floor, install real tile, and do a wall treatment. After thinking about the reality of that plan I realized I could do a scaled down Phase 2 and save those bigger projects for later on in our house journey, and not 7 months pregnant.

I thought I would resurrect the medicine cabinet that had originally been in here and paint it matte black. I dug the cabinet out of storage, painted it, but when I went to put it up it was too big. Turns out this was the one that goes in the full-bathroom, not the half-bath. The one that goes to this bathroom I (now) remember throwing out because it was cracking down the middle. Bust. Even though it frustrated me, I decided to put the freshly painted cabinet back up in the full bathroom to give us some more storage and move the mirror from there into this bathroom.

My first step for Phase 2 was to build the open shelves. I copied what I did for the $100 Room Challenge for the full bathroom where I just used premium pine boards and spray painted L brackets. Getting the lowest shelf up first was important so I could set the mirror on it and decide how high  to hand the upper shelf.

Hanging shelves aren't difficult, just be sure to secure it to a stud (which are a pain to find in this old house, but this handy stud finder is amazing and only $25), and I always use #2 construction screws. Those are the ones you have to use a star-head bit on your drill. I usually use #2 2" screws for these shelves, unless it's cabinets when I use 3.5" screws because they have to hold a lot more weight..

I decided to paint the faux-tile black that I had previously painted white. One of the things I disliked about this space was there was too much white, shocker I know. For Phase 1 I used left-over vinyl marble tile we had from the kitchen and it made the entire space so white. The vinyl tile didn't stand out because there was nothing anchoring your eye. By painting it black it also carries from the black tile in the full bathroom, making everything feel cohesive.

I got a quart of Behr's Limousine Leather for $10 and an old paint brush and went to town on all the grout lines. Every paint brand has a perfect black, I think Limousine Leather is Behr's. It is perfectly warm and cool and has enough depth to not be bland. 

After  a few coats, it was time to paint the grout lines. Yes, hand painting the lines was a super tedious job and took the longest time but it was worth it.

Assembling the Ikea sink cabinet was not hard, but it was my first solo plumbing job. Nothing like being 8 months pregnant and trying to figure out how to drain a sink! It ended up not being that hard because it was only a drain and not a supply line.

I wasn't in love with the pulls that came with the vanity but I also couldn't picture regular hardware on it, so I decided to DIY some leather pulls. I just cut some strips from a scrap of crafting leather I had and used two cabinet knob screws to secure them to the doors.

This project didn't take that much time in pregnancy terms and probably could have been completed over a long weekend. 

Can we just take a minute and admire this bowl my mother in law made for me!

I spend so much more time in here now that I like to actually be in here! Do you have spaces like that where just a little updating will give it new life?


February 25, 2020

We Got An Out-Of-The-Box Mattress (& $130 Off Coupon Code!)

So many times I've marveled at those mattresses that come in a box and wondered if they really are as comfortable as a regular from-the-store mattresses and do they really come in a box that small? We bought a new one from a store when we moved in and it worked great for about 2 years. But when Auston started having back and hip pain from the divot that had formed on his side, we knew it was time to start looking again. We know we want to invest in a good sleep number bed but that will probably be a purchase we make when we build in a few years. Until then it finally gave us the opportunity to do some research and online shop for one of those fancy out-of-the-box mattresses!

February 20, 2020

A Not-So Conventional Topic: Bidets (We LOVE Ours)

What's more awkward than talking about bathroom habits in America? Before this post, I would have said nothing. Now it's all I want to talk about because this bidet really changed our entire outlook on bathroom topics. In other developed countries, bidets are the norm. I've hardly heard of friends who travel overseas and not have a bidet experience. But for some reason America hasn't gotten on the bandwagon, and that was us, until about a month ago.

February 13, 2020

2nd Trimester Update (30 Weeks!)

Now that I am officially in my third trimester (!!!), I thought I'd give you guys an update on how it's been going for me and some products that I couldn't have made it through the past 12 weeks without. In my 16 week update I shared how difficult my first trimester was. Unending nausea and throwing up and losing so much weight because I wasn't able to eat. Finally around week 21 my nausea went away due to finding the right medicine and ever since then it's been typical pregnancy stuff!

February 10, 2020

Budget Room Refresh: Mid-Century Modern Living Room with AllModern ($1,500)

Our living room is one area that I have yet to touch with a real project. Almost everything in here, except for the drop cloth curtains, was bought. We love our deep sofas and our most recently acquired West Elm coffee table, but everything else is pretty much temporary. I've even started to outgrow the ever popular faux fiddle leaf fig, even though I do like something "green" in here. So I've teamed up with All Modern to put together a mid-century modern refresh for this room — for $1,500!

February 5, 2020

New Runner for the Hallway (Less than $200!)

Last week we revealed our less than $100 Hallway Refresh where I painted, put up frames, did some DIY art, and scored an awesome coat rack. It was my last $100 Room Challenge for a while, but I'm still trying to check projects off the list before baby gets here. One of those projects was to find a runner for our extremely long, hardwood hallway. I honestly don't know why rugs are so dang expensive. I mean, I understand economics and the cost of making something but that doesn't comfort me when I'm searching the internet for a budget-friendly runner.

February 3, 2020

Etsy Finds: Ceramic Mugs

The older I get the more I appreciate the beauty and quality of handmade things. One of the best (if not the only) places I've found to discover new artists and their works is Etsy. If you don't know what that is, I'm sorry because you're about to spend hours going down the rabbit hole of beautiful creations.

As I'm starting to think about replacing old dishes, I've found myself drawn to more handmade, unique pieces. I spent hours scouring Etsy for the best ceramic mugs, ones that would make any kitchen shelf truly stand out. All those hours added up to a really beautiful collection of mugs and I thought I may save you hours by doing a roundup of all my favorites.

Source: Studio McGee

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