Bathroom makeover on a budget

Budget Bathroom Makeover

Ahhh Murphy strikes again. When we bought the house we had plans to completely gut and renovate the hallway bathroom this spring. It was all original to the house and builder grade quality. While functional and clean it had seen better days. The cream colored linoleum had a flower pattern which the boys weren’t too fond of having in their bathroom. We also have this lovely outdated pattern in the laundry room. (Look for an update on that room soon!) Sorry the before pictures are not the greatest!  This bathroom is so hard to photograph. IMG_6075

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I had been pinning away and planning an awesome modern industrial style bathroom renovation for the kids when of course life happened. We had our well serviced and found out the filter was barely functioning and needed to be replaced immediately. My husband decided we might as well install a water softener while we already had the well company at our house. Of course I grumbled about him crushing my dreams but what can you do. It had to be done. If you have not dealt with this let me tell you it is NOT CHEAP. There went my entire dream bathroom budget. Oh well.  We decided to still go ahead with a makeover but on a shoestring budget instead reusing almost everything in the room.

I stuck with the farmhouse look the rest of our house has going on but went with darker and more masculine colors. Paint is always an inexpensive and easy fix. I hemmed and hawed over which color to pick. Lesson learned: always buy the sample size. I love the color I chose but it’s way too dark in this little bathroom. I should have chosen one shade up on the paint sample card.

First to go was the curtain. The bottom pane of glass has peel and stick privacy film since this bathroom faces the front of the house. That stuff is so hard to put on correctly! Next the mirrored strip lighting and the old small ceiling mounted fixture had to go. It was difficult to find a coordinating set in my price range that I liked. I ended up finding two oil rubbed bronze fixtures with milk glass style shades at Lowe’s. I also found an inexpensive faucet at Home Depot on clearance. The towel ring and toilet paper holder are from Walmart and are the same ones we used in the powder room. I decided to keep the all white waffle weave shower curtain from our old house and picked up a white fuzzy bathmat at Ikea.

We found Armstrong Terraza Grand peel and stick vinyl tiles at Lowe’s.  My husband had it installed in a very short time since they were so large (18×18) which made it easier to work with. We have leftovers so they will be replacing the floor in the laundry room as well.

 

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The vanity got a coat of black chalk paint with two coats of varnish for my messy boys and new knobs. It’s fabulous. Toothpaste wipes right off! I decided to keep the original counter top intact. I was too nervous to do a faux granite paint treatment. If you have attempted it and had great results please leave me an encouraging comment! He also installed a new updated GFI outlet and light switches. We are slowly converting the entire house over to new switches. We will eventually frame out the mirror as well.

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The decor is all from shopping around my house. The chalkboard star was found at Michael’s for $1 and lived in the laundry room. Over the toilet area the mantel shelf was reused from the old house as well as the framed cow picture. The silver milk jug is from the Bargain Spot (formally known as the Dollar Spot) at Target filled with flowers from Hobby Lobby that I stole from downstairs. The basket is reused from my kitchen. It’s supposed to hold potatoes but it’s just as cute with toilet paper. I found the cute sign at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $3 which also came from the kitchen.

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I am happy with the results even if it was not what I first imagined for this space. The boys love it too which is the most important part.

 

Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover

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I really love the way the dining room makeover turned out! Mixing old pieces with new ones is one of my favorite ways to decorate. The chippier the better too! The dining room set was originally the same honey color as the tabletop. A few years ago I painted it white with chalk paint and it has been holding up well with the daily abuse from the boys. Farmhouse style is perfect for people with kids. If it gets beat up it looks like it’s supposed to be that way.

This room functions as our homework table, crafting space and and where we eat all of our family meals. I am still on the hunt for more decor for the buffet. Instead of rushing just to fill up the space I am taking my time purchasing accessories. Previously I would things just to finish a room only to be bored of them later. Now I am only purchasing items that I truly love and plan to keep long term.

This picture was taken on the day we toured the house for the first time. I went by myself with the realtor and wanted to show my husband our prospects. Sorry it’s not a very good photo! The creamy vanilla paint is the perfect background for the farmhouse look I am going for. Our entire home was painted in one color.

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The dining room in our last home was very large. This one? Not so much. We were not able to fit our table in with the leaf or all 8 of our chairs. For a while we just used 6 upholstered chairs and kept the extra two in the corner but it was so crowded. Instead I stole four of our metal kitchen chairs and ordered two more. They are low profile so the room feels more spacious than it is and most importantly they are easy to clean for my messy boys.

I also used to have a large matching china cabinet that we gave to a friend during my downsizing spree. All of my antique china and crystal to be handed down to a future generation. While it is beautiful and sentimental we are not formal people and I am just as happy using my every day plain white dinnerware.

 

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As far as major changes the only thing we replaced in this room was the chandelier. The chandelier is discontinued but I was lucky enough to score it on Amazon. It’s a little touch of modern but I think it works. Our ceilings are a standard 8 feet high and many of my other choices were too large for the room or way over my budget.

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On my makeover wish list was a large antique tobacco basket. This beauty for $40 on a Facebook yard sale group. I couldn’t believe my luck as I often see them listed for $160-$200 in local boutiques. Also on my list was a barnwood sign which I found at one of my favorite shops, The Lazy Daisy in Midlothian, VA.

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The window with the antique quilt belonged to my parents and they kindly handed it down to me. They purchased it years ago but it no longer fit in with their new decor.

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This faux lavender from Hobby Lobby looks like the real deal. I have had this pitcher and Southern Living at Home tray for years.

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And of course no farmhouse style dining room is complete without a cotton wreath. You can often find them on Antique Farmhouse or at Hobby Lobby.

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Look for an update to the tabletop and seat cushions in the future! Visit my Farmhouse Style dining room Pinterest page for more inspiration! https://www.pinterest.com/jerseygirlinthe/farmhouse-style-dining-room/

Home Sweet Home

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After dreaming about it for a few years we decided to make our move to the country. Several changes came about in our life and we decided not to wait any longer. Now was the time.  We wanted more space for our kids to roam and to simplify our life. Our last home was beautiful and we were sad to leave but it was no longer the right fit for us. Chickens were part of the plan too! Everything fell into place when our house sold on the day the listing went live and we found our current home on our first day out house hunting with our realtor. It is a big change from our previous home as far as looks, location and size. Downsizing to a smaller home was surprisingly easy for us. It was freeing to get rid of so much stuff!

We now have 2.27 acres, no neighborhood rules (loving this!), a flock of chickens, 4 rabbits and a pool (which is the best part!).  Our neighborhood is heavily wooded which provides a ton of privacy and our lot backs up to a farm. It’s so quiet and peaceful here. We are the loud ones! I love standing outside hearing the cows moo and nothing but nature sounds. You can see all of the stars at night since it’s pitch black out without streetlights. It feels so different from our last home which is only a 30 minute drive.  This is exactly where we were meant to be.

I am slowly working on projects to transform the new house into our own. It was a neutral palette to start which was a big help. So far we have changed out all of the lighting fixtures and faucets with the exception of the master bath, painted a few rooms and replaced all of the flooring on the second floor. Watch the blog for updates on my future projects and room makeovers!

 

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