Powder Room Update Update

I am excited to show you my mini-makeover in the powder room today! I finished up the paper and light before we left, and I still have a couple things left to do (you may notice the toilet paper holder is still missing... Ooops!) but it is pretty much done. And it feels so much happier!

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You may remember the game plan I laid out. 
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And it all came together really well. Sean isn't 100% sold on feeling like he is in Alfred Hitchcock's Birds when he is in here just yet... but Wren is particularly enamored with it (maybe I should have saved it for her bathroom). The bright, yet modern hits of color are a little out of my comfort zone but I am totally digging it in here. 

I am also keeping my eyes open for a bigger print or piece of art for the back wall still.
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Particularly because this bathroom has NO natural light, and neither does the hallway it is in white just felt washed out and boring. 

To keep it from feeling too crazy/busy we left the wall reflected in the mirror paper-free.
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This way it doesn't look too overwhelming when you are trying to check your makeup or hair.
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The little ladder we painted for Wren last Summer (check out the transformation here) fits perfectly by the sink so she can wash her hands easily. We have felt pads on the feet as well so she can slide it into the kitchen if she wants to help at any time.
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My favorite thing is the light! It was $35 from Lowes (the mirror is also from there, $39).
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And I found a new waste basket on clearance at HomeSense for $10 that matches the metal of the light perfectly.
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All totalled the mini-makeover came in as follows:
wallpaper $225
paste/supplies $40
light $35
mirror $39
waste basket $10
yellow Threshold towel $11

Total: $360

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I have also just finished a few additions to the living/dining room I can't wait to show you!!

Powder Room Plans

 Yes, I just got done with 8 months worth of renos at ParkView, but my brain never stops and I think it is time to add a little more pizzazz to our powder room. This was actually our first reno. EVER. We ripped it apart 3 days before Wren made her unexpected debut. We threw it back together on a shoe string budget and with a steep learning curve (back when we were DIY newbies!).

This is it today. Clean, fresh, but nothing exciting. I've had the urge to sprinkle it with some character lately.


Speaking of character, it had a ton in it's hey day. Just not my kind of character, I guess. I will never forget pulling down what felt like MILES AND MILES of wall paper in this house when we bought it. I may have sworn that I'd never put some poor future generation through that, but I am going to break my own vow and re-paper it. SORRY future owners. Or you're welcome, I guess, if you like it!

Here is my game plan: use the same pedestal, toilet and fixtures. Just add a new mirror, switch out the light, and wall paper it up! It will take a little sweat equity but the total investment is actually really minimal. The biggest splurge was the paper ($125), but I think it is the perfect mix of happy, fun, and modern. Which will perfectly offset the new rustic light and mirror.




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And if you were looking for sources on anything at Parkview, have no fear I am working on a separate post with everything. 

Ciao my bellas!

Powder Room Reno

If you've been following our journey from the start you probably remember just how darn ugly most of our house was! It was plastered with tacky wallpaper and the outlets covers were hidiously modge-podged with strange images of panda bears and rice farmers. I should have taken at least another shot of this room because you can barely see the ugly pine vanity and movie-star lighting.
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I might still have one or two of these in the kitchen if anyone is looking for a unique, artsy light switch. Although I am doubtful anyone will take me up on that.
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We started this renovation around December 14, 2008, hoping to have it done by December 22 since we had offered to host Christmas eve. We got it all ripped out (as witnessed here) on time, but then Wren unexpectedly made her debut on December 19. So it basically sat in that state for about 2 months, which was not the best situation with all the guests you have with a newborn.

But eventually we got it done!

When you first walk in this wall is your first view so we wanted to make it interesting. I found all these frames at HomeSense for $1 or $2 (here is the low down on that project), painted them up and filled them with black and white photos from Wren's first day at the park.
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We added a cheap and sleek new light fixture, but maybe we'll add pot lights later on when we extend the beadboard in to here as well.
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The toilet that was already in the room was perfectly functional with good lines, so all we added was a $12 nickel plated knob. You can find them at Home Depot and it is probably the quickest way to take a builder basic toilet and make it look high-end. The knob, shelf, toilet paper holder and towel rack were from Home Depot as well (by moen).
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We installed new tile, the same as in the laundry room, and staggered them in a brick formation for added interest.

The biggest challenge was ripping out and replacing the vanity. Since it is a powder room we had no need for under counter storage and opted for a pedestal sink. I had picked this one out by Kohler but the price tag was a staggering $1400! The reason I loved it was because of the 8 inch faucet placement (I am not a big fan of the 4 inch faucets). This was probably our first taste of true bargain hunting (back in 2008!) , as we ended up finding the exact one in a clearance pile at Rona for $120. It pays to keep your eyes open!!
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The faucet also came from Rona, and was $180. I love it's clean lines, yet it's nod to vintage style with the labelled handles.
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So here is the final breakdown:
Tile, mortar, and grout: $220
Tile saw rental: $22
Pedestal sink: $133
Various plumbing tools and parts: $79
New heat vent: $3.30
Faucet: $180
Hardware (shelf, towel rack, mirror etc.): $260
baseboards: $8

Total: $905
A lot of work, but all worth it to no longer feel embarassed when your guests ask to use the washroom!