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Main bathroom – Two Years In…

The most recent part of the “Progress in Your House” saga was the half bathroom. What do you say that we keep with the bathroom theme and head upstairs to our main bathroom? Since these posts are all about lists, shall we also make a list of the rooms to that you need to see and mark off the ones that are already in the tour?

  • Entry Room
  • Kitchen
  • Mudroom
  • Living Room
  • Dining Room
  • Three Seasons Porch
  • Half Bathroom
  • Guest Bedroom
  • Creative Space
  • Main Bathroom
  • Giant closet
  • Master Bedroom

They are all in the Tour Our House section along with the tour of the whole house from the beginning

Our main bathroom is on the second floor of the house. You see it right when you turn the corner upstairs and since the door is usually open and we would use it most often, it had to be pretty (or prettier) right away. So on the to do list, this was one of the first things to tackle.

Behind the door is the toilet – sorry about the open toilet picture

A better shot of the shower curtain (in the mirror) and the awkward towel bar and the uber long countertop

Inside the shower…just warning you, it’s gross


Time to make myself feel better with a list

  • Scrubbed the whole entire bathroom like you would not believe
  • Took down the brassy towel bar that hung 8 inches from the coutnertop
  • Painted the walls in Sherwin-Williams Bamboo Shoot (this post)
  • Switched out the shower curtain to one that both the hubs and I love…not an easy task
  • Got new sagey bath mats (post here)
  • Defolded the bi-fold door to add some storage to the door (this post)
  • Removed the strange little shelf that was next to the counter when you walked in the door
  • Recaulked every seam in the tub and added something to cover up the edges
  • Took the snazzy mirrors off the wall by the toilet so it wasn’t so…creepy

And now for some progress pictures.

Here’s the shelf on the no longer bi-fold door (plans from Ana White)


The toilet nook without mirrors on the wall and a closed lid. Finding something to hide the hubs’ magazines is pretty high on the priority list too.

Oh and the shower, can’t forget to show you the shower. So much better even if the color is off a little bit.

Plans for this room include new floor tile, a claw foot tub, double sinks (!), new mirrors and I really would like to move a new washer and dryer into this room too, but I’ll admit that’s a point of debate in our house. Oh boy, do I have plans…just look at my For the Home – Bathrooms board on Pinterest. I’ve also started an ever evolving moodboard for it on Olioboard.





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Pumpkins and TP

I totally missed out on Wednesday’s holiday decor post. We had a family emergency that has pretty much consumed the last week for us. But there was no way I would miss giving you a fall decor idea on the cheap. This is, quite possibly, the quickest and easiest idea you can do for fall. Without further ado, you will need just a few things for this project.

  • A roll of toilet paper – $1 at Dollar Tree or you can shop your bathroom too
  • Orange tissue paper – $1.99 at Target
  • Green tulle (about 3 inches) – $1.49 for a yard at JoAnn
  • Scissors – $1 at Dollar Tree
  • A stick from your (or your neighbor’s) yard – free
  •     Total $4.48 – and you’ll have plenty of leftover stuff to do a lot

I think it should take you less than five minutes to do this from start to finish, so get ready to start your timer. If you tissue paper is large, you’ll want to fold it in half, but you may not need to. Put the roll of toilet paper on one side of the tissue paper making sure there is enough on the two ends to gather in the middle of the roll of toilet paper.

Roll the tissue paper around the roll of toilet paper and tuck the ends into the middle of the tube.

Cut the tulle into eight pieces that are 3×6(ish). Break a piece off the stick and wrap the tulle around it.

Put this in the tube of wrapped toilet paper

Then unwrap the tulle a little to make leaf-type-things and put on the back of your toilet…or anywhere else you want to decorate with toilet paper pumpkins

I wanted these to be good through November so I’m not adding Jack faces to them, but that would be easy to cut out of black paper and tape or glue on. I also found some patterned tissue paper at Pier 1 (you know how I love that place) that is too cute to not use on this project! I’m going to have to do that very soon

Maybe you have some fabric laying around that would work instead of tissue paper. Check out this green polka dotty cuteness that I found via Pinterest.

This is another great way to store toilet paper in your bathroom in a pretty way. If you missed the last post, you can find that post here.

So, what was your time? How long did it take?

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Sorry Mom

I asked my fans what they wanted to see next and they chose the kitchen. This isn’t the kitchen, but I just don’t think I’m ready to blog the kitchen yet. It’s coming, I promise. My mom raised me that bathroom talk is not appropriate talk, so sorry Mom, today is bathroom talk day. When you buy a house that is 100 years old, the bathroom is an after thought. After all there wasn’t running water or indoor plumbing when the house was built. The upside to this is that the bathroom is pretty big, I mean someone probably used to sleep in that room. So here is the broad view of the room. Just like the rest of the house was when we bought it…white paint on all the walls.

There were/are quite a few things in this bathroom that need to be changed. While the 8 foot counter is kinda nice to have, it does make the room feel a little more cramped.

The cup holder on the wall? What about that towel rack that is too close to the counter to actually hang a towel on? I never did figure out the purpose of that before it came down. Both will be going in our Debt Snowball garage sale for a whole quarter, just in case you’re seeing them and falling in love. And do you love that shower curtain you can kinda see in the mirror? I’m sorry, but that went straight into the garbage.

For the next picture, I feel like I should give you some fair warning. I’m an advocate of the “I don’t want to look into a toilet when I walk into the room” philosophy. I don’t know why closing the lid on the toilet is so important to me, but it is…it’s kinda crazy really. I love my little brother, but I think this craziness stems from an incident when we were little and he felt the need to put my dress in the toilet. That’s one of my mom’s favorite stories to tell. Anyway, I’m not sure why, but we didn’t feel the need to close the lid on the toilet before taking this picture. Check out those mirrors! Weird, right? Not as weird as on the back of the door (like this) so you’re looking at yourself while you’re…well…you know. Michael would like to replace the mirrors with a TV. Yep, you read that right, a TV. Because it makes complete sense that it could be turned just right to be seen in the mirror above the sink while…well…you know. To be fair, we go to the Parade of Homes every year and he saw it in a bathroom a couple years ago.

I have big plans for this bathroom. I want to put a washer and dryer in the closet, that would do resale wonders! How many 100+ year old houses have a second floor laundry? I want a heated floor covered in period tile like this or this. I also want two copper basin sinks, something like this, on two separate stands. The track lighting will be replaced with something a little less…circa 1987 and the medicine cabinet will also be replaced with something not so…overpowering. Ideally I would also get a claw foot tub in there.  Sometime in the near future, I’d like to build a spa bench-a-la-Ana for under the window. The “kids” love to sit and look out the window in there. But here’s what we have for now, but with a cleaner counter

And gone are those mirrors, replaced with paint. That’s all, just paint. Oh and look, we closed the toilet for this picture…you’re welcome for that.

I have two things that I love about the current bathroom. The first is the storage shelf I built for it. You can see a little bit of a white door in the first picture. There is closet with a bi-fold door that we de-folded. Thanks to some help form Ana, I made this:

Well, I did have a little help from one of my three kids. Here is my Beau watching his mom work. I know he doesn’t look really excited, but that’s pretty much the most excitement Beau shows when there isn’t food or sleeping involved.

The first picture of the shelf may not have looked like much, but here it is installed in the bathroomYep, look at me go! I made that, but I couldn’t have done it without Ana’s genius. It took longer for the paint to dry that it did for me to build it. We can store a lot of stuff in that shelf. We’re a frugal family, we stock up when we find good deals and the challenge is finding a place for it all. I mean where are you going to store 15 body poufs that you pick up on clearance for 90% off? Well, you can store them on the top two shelves of this. If you wanna build your own, check out Ana’s site and find the plans here.

My other favorite part of this current bathroom is that Michael and I actually agreed on a shower curtain. Seriously it took almost 2 years…no exaggeration.

Yes, I know it’s just a great big tree, but we both love it! If you love it as much as we do, you can get one here (but please do me a favor and use a coupon). We still have a dilemma about where to hang wet towels. I’m thinking of cutting four feet off of the counter this summer and putting another Ana project in the corner to hang towels on. What do you think of this to go with the tree theme?

Ana's Coat Tree

What do you think of our bathroom so far? What do you think of upcoming ideas?

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