We’ve gone solar!

A quick thank you note for everyone who has given feedback & support on Monday’s announcement (I’m leaving the survey open so keep those answers coming!) Next week I’ll go into detail about my e-design services and also the future of this blog. I can’t wait to begin and share this new journey with you.

A couple days ago I mentioned we just had solar panels installed on Instagram:

Several of you were asking to learn more—your wish is my command! I’m not an expert in this field by any means—I actually just recently found out these companies existed, so I’ll share the extent of my knowledge (aka quick and to the point).

Last month we visited a new friends’ house and Brad and I noticed their solar panels and were curious about them. They’re not terribly common to see up here, and I had always falsely assumed that they were primarily used by wealthy and/or super environmentally conscious folks. So we were both quite surprised when our friend said they not only saved them money every month on electricity, but they were entirely free and there was zero work involved. I thought, “too good to be true—why doesn’t everyone have them?” Well, I’m assuming a lot of people are like we were and just didn’t know these companies are around.

Here’s the jist of how it works. The solar company owns the panels and they take care of all of the evaluation, permits, installation and maintenance at no cost. Once installed, you start paying them for the energy it produces instead of your current electric co. (at a lower rate). Any excess energy they produce is bought back from your existing electric company in the form of a credit on your bill (ours is PG&E). When the panels are not producing (i.e. it’s dark outside) you just switch back over to your current electricity provider. This is all a completely automated process and you don’t have to do anything differently, aside from paying two separate (smaller) electric bills instead of one. And you’re using green power!

After 20 years you own the solar panels—still at no cost to you. You have the option to buy them before that time, although that’s not something that we’d want to do, and they’re under warranty for 25 years. The only catch is not everyone will qualify. At least part of your roof has to face south or west and have exposure to the sun, and you need a 700 or higher credit score (for liability).

Before the process begins, they send someone out to do a site survey to evaluate your situation, and if it will work, they’ll submit a proposal for permits. They’ll even take care of cutting down branches/trees that are in the way if it helps them to be more effective (though I’m not sure to what extent). A few weeks or so later after you’re approved, you schedule your installation and it takes about a week (at least in our case).

Since we are still paying PG&E we aren’t off the grid—you’d have to be on batteries to store the extra power (or a generator or both) for that. But we’re excited to find out how much our bill will drop each month. Before this we were averaging around $175/mo (but as high as $300+ some months)—our house is 100% electric so we should see a decent savings. They estimated $40k over the life of the panels to give you an idea.

Fortunately for us, you can’t see the panels at all from the house—neither from the front nor the back deck—you have to be on the roof.

The company we used is California Solar and, as you can guess, they operate here in California. There are similar programs in other states so I’d definitely recommend looking into it wherever you are—I haven’t been able to find a downside yet. If you need more time to think about it, feel free to reach out in a few months or so and I’ll let you know how things are going and how much we’ve saved.

One cool thing is that you can monitor your output online (or on a phone app). This was taken from yesterday after they turned it on (it was cloudy all day but still produced 4.5kw in 3 hours. Pretty neat to watch (especially for Brad, he gets excited).

They do have a referral program (we were happy to refer our friend whose first told us about this) so if you call, please be nice and tell them Jenna Sue sent you 😉 And then you can tell your neighbors and friends and we can all earn some money and be green together! Woo!

Before I go, I just had to share a few exciting things that happened in the last week! Our foyer is in the June issue of Good Housekeeping… remember this photo from our Spring Tour?

And then what was even more exciting… I shared it on instagram, and look what happened:

She totally replied. #fangirl moment.

The same day that issue came out, Country Living gave the biggest compliment when they called our bathroom “One of the Most Beautiful DIY Bathroom Renovations Ever“… I mean… what?! Craziness. A few days later House Beautiful picked up the article and shared it on their site. So between that and the overwhelming number of heartwarming survey responses I received, this week has been extremely humbling for me, so as always… THANK YOU.

Big changes ahead… talking about those here next week. Hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend 🙂


A Big Announcement & Reader Survey

I recently celebrated a milestone birthday and have been doing a lot of soul searching. One third of my life is over. What do I want to do with the rest of it? What am I trying to achieve through this blog? What can I do with the lessons and knowledge I’ve gained through my experiences over the years? How can I connect with my readers and provide real value for them in their lives?

I don’t have all of the answers right now, but I’ve been making thoughtful decisions, setting new goals and shifting the way I envision my future. I’m fortunate enough to have a voice in this community of like-minded individuals who are all working towards the same common goal—to create a home they love—and I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to connect with an audience and help people reach their goals. That is really what I want to use this platform for—to
connect with you. I’m here not only to help, but to build relationships and make a difference in others lives.

Never would I have thought five years ago when I started this blog that I’d be where I am today. I had no power tools, no money, and no one to teach me what to do, but the desire to design a space I loved was stronger than my fear of failure. Little by little I worked my way up from the bottom and through both failure and success, learned so much along the way. When friends and family would encourage me to pursue this as a career and emails would come in asking for help, I’d always dismiss it as “just a hobby” and “My background is graphic design, not interior design”.

The truth is, I just needed time to grow, learn, make mistakes and gather up the courage to do what I know I’m really meant to do. After thinking this through for a very long time, I’ve decided to take the leap: I’m starting my career as an interior decorator. While I’ll be taking on local clients, I’m also be offering e-design services for anyone, anywhere, on any budget—and that’s where I’ll really be focusing my time since so many of you have personally reached out to request this.

I have a ton of ideas on new ways to make this all happen, but before I make it official I need your honest feedback. The first step is really getting to know you and what you want from this. What interests and excites you? What type of content do you want to see? How can I provide value to you personally?

I’ve set up a simple, anonymous survey which will determine the future of this blog. If you’ve ever received any sort of value from anything I’ve posted or shared, please give back by taking a moment to answer a few questions so I can know a bit more about you, why you’re here and what you hope to gain as a reader. Your encouragement and support have been what’s kept this blog moving and challenged me to push myself in many ways. While I haven’t been able to respond to every comment and question in the past, I do read them all, so
thank you. Even if you’ve never spoken up, thank you for just being around and reading what I have to say. None of this would still be here if it weren’t for you guys.

This survey is 100% anonymous, so please don’t hold back! I want you to be completely honest and open as possible. Nothing is too weird/crazy/off limits. The more honest you are, the more you’ll get out of this. Promise.

I’m sure this announcement also raises some questions, so here are some answers:

What will happen to the blog?

It’s not going anywhere! We’ll still be renovating our home and posting about it like always. I also plan to share client renovations (I have a few local projects in the works already!) which will be something very exciting to look forward to. You’ll be able to follow along with me on those journeys and witness real life before + afters working with different spaces, budgets and styles.

When will your design services be available?

I plan to launch the new site June 1st.

How much will it cost?

My experience comes from working with a budget and I know most of my readers can relate. I’ll be specializing in real life, creative solutions for real life budgets with options starting at just $10. I may end up making adjustments to my services depending on the answers I receive in this survey, so tell me what you’re looking for and I’ll strive to make it happen!

What about the print shop/your Etsy stores?

Don’t worry, I have no plans to change that right now. I was actually in the middle of developing a brand new product line (which I am still super excited about!) but put that on hold to focus all of my efforts into this e-design launch. The future of everything really depends on what happens with this new path, so only time will tell. I’m prepared to embrace any direction it takes.

Again, thank you all so much for the support you’ve lent over the years. If you have any questions/comments/concerns that you don’t want to be anonymous, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below! I’m listening carefully to every bit of feedback so I can move forward confidently on this new path. I can’t wait to get started…


3 Easy (& practically free) DIY Rustic Wood Projects for your Bathroom

Today (in the last guest bathroom post!) I’m sharing three simple and inexpensive ways to incorporate rustic wood in your bathroom. Natural wood is a requirement for me in every space I design—it brings a warmth, timeless and casual feel to a room that can’t be replicated by anything else. And fortunately, it’s usually the cheapest and easiest material to find and work with!

A rustic, aged look was one of the main qualities I wanted for this room, so using natural wood pieces was a no-brainer. Aside from the vanity, I came up with three accent pieces I could create by myself, in one afternoon, at a very little cost. If you already have a pile of old wood lying around (or heck, even new wood that you can make look aged) you may not have to spend a dime!

First up, this storage ladder:

This was the only project I spent money on. I didn’t have any wood pieces long enough, so I made a trip to the local lumber yard and grabbed a handful of pieces ($10 for everything) that could potentially work:

You can make this any size/shape/scale you need—it’s completely customizable. I went with the widest piece of wood next to the mirror and ripped it down on our table saw into three pieces:

I used one for each leg, and cut two pieces to use as rungs from the third. You can add as many rungs as you want—I decided to keep it simple and stick with two.The width and height was based on the size of our toilet—I just measured it and added a few inches for breathing room on all sides.

Before securing everything together, I quickly went over the edges with my hand sander to eliminate any splinters/rough edges. Then once I marked where I wanted the rungs (measuring the distance from both ends to make sure it was square), I dabbed a bit of wood glue and secured with finish nails:

I actually ended up going back later and adding two screws from the back at each connecting point since the rungs didn’t seem 100% sturdy once I added weight.

Love projects that are cheap, easy, nice to look at and serve a functional purpose!

This bath caddy project falls under the same category….

Our neighbor had left a pile of wood in the road after ripping out his deck, so of course I jumped on it. These 1×4’s were calling my name:

After measuring the width of the tub and adding an inch or so to each end, I cut my pieces to size and gave them a good sanding:

I filled the holes with wood filler (since it will be around water), touched them up a bit with stain and flipped them over to attach a couple blocks of wood from underneath (which were just cut from scraps):

One screw in each board on both pieces is all it takes to hold everything together, and the blocks also serve as stops so the caddy stays in place and can’t slide off the edge. Once it was built, I coated the entire thing with three coats of heavy duty (matte) furniture varnish to make it waterproof.

So simple and functional!

Lastly, this valance….

I love finding ways to add a unique details to a space—those are what really give it personality and leave a lasting impression. I had stumbled upon an old wood piece used as a valance on Pinterest and knew right away it was something I wanted to make for this room. I still have wood leftover from our laundry room barn door so this was another free project.

First I measured the distance between the two walls and cut my piece to that width.

Then I decided on the overall height I wanted and ripped it down with my table saw. I could have left it as is, but I thought it would be interesting to carve a simple shape into the bottom.I cut a piece of cardboard to half the length of my board (so I could flip the template and have two equal sides) and drew a shape I liked.

FYI—this is the same process I used to make my DIY upholstered headboard way back when.

After cutting out my shape and lining it up on the board, I traced it with a pencil, then flipped it over and traced it onto the other side.

Then I used a jigsaw to cut it out (I don’t have photos of this process as both hands were occupied!). Since I was going for a rustic look, I didn’t worry too much about it being perfect.

In the final step, I flipped it over and screwed down a small piece of wood (leftover from ripping it down). I made sure it lined up at the top but left a bit of room at the sides for the shower tile. This piece was then screwed into the studs in the ceiling in order to hang it.

Not too bad, eh?

It makes the shower/tub nook feel like it’s own separate little cave which I love. And it hides a lot of the shower curtain rail which I don’t exactly want to bring attention to.

So there you have it, three great ways to add a rustic touch to your own bathroom—that anyone can do on any budget! What is your favorite? Will you be DIY’ing any of these in the near future? Find me on facebook or instagram and let me know!

Shifting gears for a second here… I’ve made a couple quick mentions of this recently but I have a big announcement coming Monday. It involves the future of this blog (and you!) so it’s very important that you check back next week. That’s all I can say for now, but I am so excited to share this next chapter with you guys. See you Monday 🙂


One Room Challenge Recap: Sources & The Design Process

I can’t thank you all enough for the kind comments, support and sharing of our bathroom makeover in last week’s reveal post. It was a very important project for me—one that I really challenged myself with and grew from as a designer. The process went by so fast that I didn’t have the opportunity to explain my choices or much about the design process, so today I’d to go into more detail and give you some insight on what’s involved with a renovation like this.

Let’s start with the design. I put in just as many hours (if not more) gathering inspiration, planning the design and sourcing products as I did on the actual renovation. Of course this part is so much more fun than actually doing the work, so I gladly dedicated myself to the planning stage every chance I could get.

Pinterest was an invaluable resource. I shared my Bathroom board and many inspiration photos in Week 1, and pulled elements from each to create my design board. It’s not as simple as just choosing your favorite ideas from each photo, and I certainly wouldn’t want to just duplicate another room someone else had designed. There was a lengthy phase of determining the direction for this space (and changing my mind a few times) before finally committing to the type of atmosphere/environment I wanted to create. After focusing in on that style, rounding up my favorite photos and letting them soak in, there were several images that kept popping back into my head.

The taupe horizontal planks and gold wall mounted faucet:

A rustic repurposed table as a vanity:

Graphic encaustic cement tiles:

 

A painted clawfoot tub and romantic sheer curtains:

This rustic wood valance:

It was these photos that had imprinted into my mind, putting my design plan into action. I think knowing which elements will work together cohesively is just a combination of experience and intuition.

There were still a few small unknowns that would be worked out over time as everything started to come together, but I had a solid foundation to work with and began ordering my materials.

One of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make when pulling a space together is wall color. This proved to be a challenge for me after many paint samples and trips to Lowe’s—I didn’t even make a decision until week 4! Ultimately I kept going back to that original photo in my mind with the planked walls and gold faucet, and went with the closest match I could find—Valspar’s Gray Silt.

It’s neutral but warm and reads as almost a green in person under certain lighting. I love the complexity of it and am very glad I took the time to go through so many samples. Valspar was a sponsor this year and gave me the opportunity to try out their Reserve line. If you read my blog often, you know I’ve used Valspar almost exclusively for years and am the biggest fan of their Signature line, so I was definitely curious to try this new Reserve formula and see how it compared. To be honest, I didn’t notice a difference at all. Maybe it will prove to be more durable, but at least on the application side, it didn’t cover any better than normal so I’ll definitely be saving my money and sticking with Signature. For the sheen I used satin just because it’s better suited for a bathroom—I normally stay away from paints with any sort of sheen, just a personal preference (I prefer the look of flat/eggshell paint) but I had to be practical.

The verdict: Valspar’s Gray Silt is my favorite paint color of the moment, satin is my favorite sheen for bathroom walls, skip the Reserve line and stick with Signature.

The biggest purchase and decision to make was floor tile. I was so determined to have that cement tile look, but boy are they expensive. After hours and days spent researching, I found some amazing options but unfortunately wayyy out of budget. The best deal I found was at The Cement Tile shop, and luckily they had a few options I loved. Ultimately I went with Agadir White at $6.90/sf—still way more per sf than I’ve spent on any flooring, but it’s something that I decided would make the room, and I only needed 12 boxes so I decided it was worth the splurge.

 

 

The verdict: They’re definitely more high maintenance than your standard porcelain or ceramic tile—they’re thick and heavy and fragile and you have to seal them—but I love that they are handmade and unique. It just makes the bathroom feel that much more special. If you’re on a strict budget I’d spend the money elsewhere, but if you’re looking for that specific style that only encaustic cement tile can bring… it’s worth considering.

The other big purchase was our clawfoot tub.

This was tricky because the standard minimum tub length is 60″ but we only had a 59″ opening. There aren’t a lot of small vintage tubs out there in our price range. I scoured Craigslist for weeks and found a couple, but after adding up the cost of reglazing/refinishing (plus the hassle of picking it up, any DIY involved and time constraints) it just made way more sense to buy new. Luckily I found this
57″ Randolph Morris model for a very reasonable price:

I have no prior experience with clawfoot tubs or their requirements, but the rep I worked with was super helpful and I was able to get everything I needed there in one shot. I added this shower enclosure:

And this chain & stopper tub drain:

So all together, the tub setup definitely ended up being the most expensive investment—but probably not much more (if at all) than hiring out labor for a built in tub system—plus the room feels so much larger without a built in tub, and again, I think it adds so much to the style of room.

I ordered the tub in white and added the patina myself (more on that later) but they do offer custom tub painting at a very reasonable price. I almost went that route but it was too risky without seeing the color first in person.

I should also touch on the fact that this serves as a shower as well.

I’ve heard from others that these tubs are not ideal for showering in because you’re enclosed in a small space. I can understand that, but as I’ve mentioned before, this is our second guest bathroom and the shower was used by only one guest during Thanksgiving. We have a more private shower downstairs that our guests prefer to use, so the main objective here was to have a tub to relax in. We thought about removing the shower completely, but decided to keep it for the future if we have multiple guests staying with us at once. I don’t think they’ll mind too much 🙂 And I haven’t spent much time with
the faucet but I’m very happy with the color and price and would definitely buy it again.

The verdict: I actually still haven’t had an opportunity to break it in, but I’ve bathed in clawfoot tubs before and loved it. The quality of both the tub and accessories were exactly what I had expected/hoped for and I’ll definitely be returning to Vintage Tub & Bath if I need another in the future.

While we’re still focusing on the shower… these curtains were the happiest accident:

I was planning on buying simple gauze fabric (from my inspiration photo) and making them into curtains, but I was at Ikea last month and just happened to walk by when these jumped out at me. At $10 for two panels, I realized I had stumbled upon the best score ever and picked up two packages. Now, I realize these aren’t designed for keeping water inside the tub and I do have plastic liners that I will need to clip on when it comes time for someone to shower, but as I mentioned earlier, that’s only happened once so I’m more than willing to deal with that and stare at these beauties the other 99.99% of the time. This one detail is perhaps my favorite thing in the entire room—and to think it just came from being in the right place in the right time!

Moving onto this area…

I mentioned in Week 1 that I found this antique buffet on Craigslist and scooped it up right away—and I’ll go into more detail later this month on the refinishing process. For now let’s focus on the sink, faucet, mirror and sconces.

The mirror was one of those things where I knew exactly what I wanted from the beginning. In Week 2 I had linked up to this mirror I ordered from Wayfair

However it was out of stock, so I ended up ordering it from another website, only to be notified a week later that it was also out of stock there. Upsetting, but I managed to find another from Wayfair in a similar style for basically the same price (it’s the Kichler Etiquette Wall Mirror, no longer available):

I wasn’t sure how it would look next to the faucet color so I was half expecting to have to paint it black. I ended up actually liking the way the tones played off each other so I left it.

I did, however, have to paint the sconces black after ordering them. These were found on Wayfair also but unfortunately they’re no longer up and I managed to not take any before photos—but they were a rustic orangey bronze that wasn’t very well represented online and completely clashed with the gold faucet and mirror, so it was an easy choice to paint them black.

The sink was another Wayfair find. Wayfair was one of the ORC sponsors this year, but I’ve been a long time customer and honestly probably would have purchased these items even if they weren’t sponsors because they were the best deals I was able to find and exactly what I was looking for.

Which leads to my favorite part… the faucet! I was biting my nails with this one because it was a dirt cheap (almost too good to be true) no-name brand from Ebay being shipped from the other side of the world and therefore a big risk. A reader chimed in saying she had the same faucet and loved it so that eased my worries, and I was so pleasantly surprised when it came in the mail and appeared to be good quality. Our plumber installed it without any issues and it works like a dream. What a great score… I love Ebay success stories (the faucet is now available for a better price in multiple colors on Amazon!)

And lastly, I spent a long time searching for the perfect storage basket.

It needed to be the right size, shape and color. There are millions of baskets out there so you think this would be an easy task but I was coming up short at my go-to basket sources (The Container Store, Overstock, Wayfair, Pier 1, World Market, Ebay, Target, Walmart, Ross, Ikea, TJMaxx) so I ventured into new territory: Pottery Barn. Don’t get me wrong—I’m madly in love with the Pottery Barn/West Elm/Crate & Barrel product lines but I’ve never once, in my life, brought myself to splurge at one of those places. I always allocate my budget to materials/labor and have never been able to justify spending a lot on decorations and “stuff”, relying solely on DIY, flea markets/thrift stores/craigslist, and bargains online. However, there comes a point when you just can’t find what you’re looking for and it’s worth it to invest if it’s an important piece in the room. And an improperly sized basket just wouldn’t have cut it. So I made a “grown up” purchase and spent $60 on a basket. It’s big enough for lots of storage, it looks like it was meant for the vanity, and yes, it was worth every penny.

The verdict: Absolutely love every purchase here. No regrets at all.

A few more details…

These framed prints were courtesy of our generous ORC sponsor, Minted. I had selected a handful of different styles and frames, and ultimately liked the simplicity of these ferns so this set was the winner. I also love the vintage black & pewter detailing of the frames and thought they complemented the style of the room the best.

I also loved the idea of creating a unique storage area while incorporating reclaimed wood. This ladder was a super quick and easy DIY and cost just a few dollars (tutorial in the next post). You can’t go wrong with wire baskets, so I picked up two from Overstock and filled them with some bathroom basics. Rather than buy a towel holder and add more holes in the wall, I simply draped a hand towel over the ladder rung and placed it within easy reach of the sink for guests. The ladder is nailed to the wall at the top for sturdiness.

The verdict: Details are what make the room unique and they don’t have to cost a lot (or even anything if you’re a creative DIY’er). I love using items from a wide range of sources (independent artists, makers from across the world, local lumber mills) which work together to bring personal significance to a space. That’s just as important, if not more, than simply looking pretty.

Hopefully this post helps to answer any questions and give you some insight into the design process and how I work to pull a room together. In a couple days I’ll be back with simple tutorials for three awesome reclaimed wood projects for your bathroom, and how you can make them all in one afternoon for less than a few dollars (or free if you know where to look!). These really helped define the style of our bathroom so I can’t wait to share how easy they are so you can get out there and make your own! Check back soon…

 

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One Room Challenge: The Reveal

Well my friends, the moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally upon us. It’s ORC Reveal day.

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If this is your first visit, here’s the weekly recaps:

Week 1: Introduction & Inspiration

Week 2: Demolition & Design plan

Week 3: Rebuilding

Week 4: Tile & Shower

Week 5: Walls & paint

And here we are in Week 6—the process seemed to move really slow during the first five weeks but there was a lot going on behind the scenes, and it all came together literally in the last few days (just in time!). I was somewhat on the fence about participating in this challenge in the beginning because I know how stressful renovations can be, especially when you’re DIY’ing most of it, and especially when there’s a time constraint, so I’m overjoyed that we were able to pull this off. And I have to admit—I am more proud of this renovation than anything I’ve ever taken on. I challenged and pushed myself as designer and DIY’er and I hope it translates through these photos.

Now let’s get down to business!

Six short weeks ago, we were living with “that 70’s bathroom”…

After many long days and nights of shedding blood, sweat and tears, I present to you our new guest bathroom:

In the initial stages of my renovations I like to choose a handful of adjectives to describe the style/atmosphere I hope to achieve with the end result. It helps me stay on track when looking for inspiration and planning the details. For this room, I went with “natural romantic vintage boho”—a bit riskier (design-wise) than my traditional modern farmhouse look.

But I figured if I’m going to experiment, why not in a guest bathroom?

I find that you can blend nearly any style as long as there is some element of consistency and cohesiveness to tie it all together.

Mixing metals, bold patterns and playing with tone-on-tones makes for a layered effect with lots of interest packed into a tiny space… I see more design risks in my future.

And this nook…. swoon.

I treated myself to a new camera before this shoot (Canon 6D) and wow, wish I would have upgraded sooner.

It captures the details and atmosphere beautifully…

It also makes the room appear a bit larger. It’s still a small 7′ x 8′ space, but when it’s filled with pretty details and moments, you tend to focus on those instead…

So glad I took the time to add a patina on this tub. It’s subtle but adds so much to the room. You can read the full tutorial on that here.

I made this valance in about 30 minutes from a piece of reclaimed wood (leftover from our laundry room barn door) and a jigsaw (tutorial to follow).

Every single detail, like this DIY paneled door, was very thought out. Planning is the most important part.

Lighting is also critical, especially in a space where the mood is essential. These candelabra bulbs on dimmers will make the perfect glow for evening bubble baths.

An easy DIY ladder made from reclaimed wood is a fun way to utilize the wall space for extra storage.

This vintage buffet-turned-vanity (a repurposed Craigslist find) is one of my favorite parts of this room.

Sources

Floor tile: Cement Tile Shop

Wall color: Valspar’s Gray Silt (satin)

Door color: Valspar’s Dark Kettle Black (satin)

Trim & ceiling color: Kelly Moore’s Swiss Coffee

Vanity: Craigslist (DIY refinish tutorial)

Vanity knobs: Ebay

Mirror: Discontinued, similar here

Sink: Wayfair

Sink Faucet: Amazon

Sconces: Discontinued, similar here

Woven basket: Pottery Barn

Metal wire baskets: Overstock

Plush white towels: Mark & Graham

Turkish bath & hand towels: Etsy

Artwork: Minted

$6 Door knobs: Ebay

Clawfoot tub: Vintage Tub (custom paint tutorial here)

Lace curtains: Ikea

Toilet: Lowe’s

Shower faucet: Amazon

Shower wall tile: Floor & Decor

And now I’m ready to pop open a bottle of champagne and take a nice, long bubble bath to celebrate and soak it all in. I haven’t taken a single bath in this home since we’ve lived here so it’s about time!

Because this renovation moved a lot faster than my normal process, I want to take some time next week to go more in depth about the design process and finishes/products I chose, the costs, and tips/advice for those of you looking to recreate this look. If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments and I’ll cover them next week. A huge thank you to those who have been following along with me on this journey since the beginning! Your encouragement (both on this blog and instagram) has been so helpful in motivating me to push through those tough days and end up with a result I truly love and hope my guests will enjoy for years to come.

I’m so excited to see how the other participants rooms turned out! Let’s go find out:

Jana Bek

Autumn Clemons

Coco+Kelley

The English Room

Vanessa Francis

Greige Design

Hi Sugarplum

I Heart Organizing

Jenna Sue Design

Stephanie Kraus

The Pursuit of Style

Julia Ryan

Savvy Home

Simple Details

Simply Grove

6th Street Design

Jill Sorensen

Swoon Worthy

Waiting on Martha

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

Trademarked by Calling it Home

I’ll be sharing more on instagram if you can’t wait another week! Don’t forget to check back then for more on this renovation and to find out what’s next for this blog (hint: big changes are coming…)


One Room Challenge: Week 5

It’s the final week before the big One Room Challenge Reveal…

If you’re just visiting for the first time, make sure to get caught up with Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4!

Today’s check-in is going to be short and sweet. I mentioned last week that I was taking a few days off for a birthday weekend trip which left hardly any time to get things done. For the past two days between trying to recover from our trip, get caught up with work, planning Brad’s birthday, attempting to get the house back in order/running errands, not feeling well and frantically trying to cram a typical month’s worth of DIY projects into one week right before the deadline… I may have had a small meltdown yesterday. Sometimes it all just catches up with you at once. I’ve since regrouped and have a game plan to get everything together in time. Deep breaths (and extra caffeine).

One of the best decisions I made on this journey was hiring out our shower tile at the last minute. Our tile guy knocked it out last Wednesday by noon and it was a huge weight off my shoulders!

I went with a simple large white tile ($2/sf from Floor & Decor) in a classic subway pattern for a clean look that won’t distract from the floor tile.

I grouted on Thursday and let me tell you—a complete 180 from our laundry room grouting experience! It was actually quite enjoyable as far as DIY’s go. White grout + thin, minimal grout lines = easy. There’s something so satisfying about watching it all come together.

Now that the shower was out of the way, I could finally start on the wall planks! Instead of the thick tongue and groove pine boards we used throughout most of the house, I decided to go with a different look—something much more inexpensive, readily available and easy to work with—plywood. I bought five 4×8′ sheets at Lowe’s and ripped them down to 8″ strips on our table saw. I’ve actually used this method before in the master bedroom redo of our Florida house—it was my first planking experience, super easy and I loved the way it turned out. There’s a tutorial in that link so I’ll skip the in-depth details and give a quick photo recap instead.

Oh—since there are small gaps between the boards, it helps to paint the wall the color of the planks before starting. Rather than wasting paint + time painting the entire wall, I quickly brushed a strip every ~8″ where the seams would fall. So much easier!

I’m using Valspar’s Gray Silt (in satin, from their Reserve line).

Starting from the bottom, I slowly worked my way up, spacing each board evenly with a nickel.

The walls in our house appear to have been haphazardly thrown together, so I had to use shims in a few areas, like along this shower wall to keep them aligned. I plan to add a strip of flat trim covering this transition to the tile.

Normally I place trim in the corners and along the edges to hide where the boards meet so they don’t have to line up perfectly, but I wanted a cleaner look for this space so I decided to challenge myself and take my time to miter the corners. Thankfully there’s only one outside corner wall—it went pretty quickly though, you just have to measure and cut carefully.

Once I sand down the sharp edges and finish them with caulk and paint, it should look really nice and seamless.

Here’s how that wall looks now:

There’s a handful of objects to work around in this room which I cut out using either a jigsaw or a hole saw for perfectly round cuts.

If you are reading this before Wednesday night… this is exactly what the room looks like right now:

5 days left to get this thing photo ready. Seems crazy with the way things are looking now. Are you nervous for me? Here’s the plan of action to get it all done:

Wednesday: Finish planking the walls, patch nail holes, sand and caulk seams

Thursday: Paint the walls, refinish the vanity and tub, buy toilet + trim

Friday: Plumber comes back to install tub/drain/shower fixtures, shower enclosure rod, valance, vanity, sink, faucet and toilet

Saturday: Install + paint all trim (window, door, crown molding, baseboards)

Sunday: Finish + hang door, install lights, hang mirror + art, towel hooks, accessorize

Monday: Photoshoot

Tuesday: Edit photos + write post

Wednesday: Reveal Day!

Talk about down to the wire! If one thing goes wrong… well… let’s not think about that. Positive vibes only. I’m sure all the other participants are totally on their A-game…

Jana Bek

Autumn Clemons

Coco+Kelley

The English Room

Vanessa Francis

Greige Design

Hi Sugarplum

I Heart Organizing

Jenna Sue Design

Stephanie Kraus

The Pursuit of Style

Julia Ryan

Savvy Home

Simple Details

Simply Grove

6th Street Design

Jill Sorensen

Swoon Worthy

Waiting on Martha

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

Trademarked by Calling it Home

Wish me luck! I’ll be sharing my daily progress over on instagram so feel free to check in there (and cheer me on during these last few days—we’re almost at the finish line!)


A chalk paint dresser makeover

Today’s post is a fun break from all the heavy renovation posts lately, and something a bit different than my typical neutral farmhouse style so I’m excited to switch things up a bit!

Furniture refinishing is one of my favorite ways to personalize a space and make an impact without spending tons of money. What I really don’t like, however, is all the prep work in the form of stripping and sanding off paint, varnish and old stains. I’ve always been curious about trying different types of paint that eliminate the need for extensive prep work and also give that higher-end finished look, so when Maison Blanche Paint Company reached out to see if I was interested in trying out their line, of course I happily accepted! I’ll be experimenting with different types of paints, waxes and varnishes on several different projects and documenting each one so I can share the results with you guys.

For my first project, I actually have a friend (Bonnie) who had an old dresser sitting in her garage that she was dying to transform so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.

She picked this painted brown dresser for $10 on Craigslist a while back but was stuck on what to do with it.

Bonnie’s style is very eclectic—a mix of vintage, rustic and handmade with a healthy dose of color and personality. I’m always up for the challenge of stepping outside of my typical decorating style and this was the perfect opportunity to have a little fun!

We found this photo on Pinterest and she knew right away this was the style she wanted—chippy turquoise with a natural wood top and gold hardware:

For the paint color, she selected Riviera vintage furniture paint (which is a bold turquoise), and also a clear wax to finish it off:

Then we found these fun arrow handles at Hobby Lobby—there were only 5 left so we picked up a sixth in a similar shape/size to use as an accent for the top drawer, and spray painted them all metallic gold to match:

For the dresser prep, we simply removed the old hardware, removed the drawers, and filled the old holes (along with any bigger cracks/holes) with wood putty:

Once dry, we sanded it down smooth and gave it a quick wipe down. Prep work = done!

Then it was time for paint. I’ve never worked with chalk paint before so I didn’t know what to expect, so I can describe the texture as thicker, creamier and richer than standard latex paint.

You can leave the lid off and the paint will thicken if you want to experiment with different applications.

The paint dried pretty quickly and we gave it a few coats for full coverage.

Once dry, we decided to add a subtle distressing so we went over the edges with 220 grid sandpaper by hand.

The paint dried to a velvety finish and sanded nicely—no peeling like you can get sometimes with latex paint.

The fact that it had been painted once before was actually a good thing, because in some parts we sanded it down more to the bare wood so there was different layers of color and it looked more aged/authentic.

When we were satisfied with the amount of chippiness, it was time for the finishing touch—clear antique wax.

I’ve used wax once before on our DIY living room cabinet and love the texture/application process much more than any other poly or sealer! It glides on like butter and makes the color richer…

After a couple layers of wax, it was time to update the top. Bonnie has a coffee table in her living room with the top made out of stained paint sticks and she thought it would be fun to make a matching top for this dresser. After collecting enough large paint sticks, her husband made the cuts and they were nailed directly onto the top and then stained:

Such a great (and inexpensive) way to add dimension and texture!

For a hidden finishing touch, Bonnie found some scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby and used spray adhesive to stick them to the sides.

Seriously, this whole project was probably the quickest and easiest furniture makeover I’ve ever done. It helps to get a friend involved 🙂

Here’s how the dresser looks now in her living room…

Bonnie has so many amazing “props” she’s collected over the years… I had the best time shopping her house and looking for fun accessories to style this piece with.

And how good did these handles turn out? Loving the gold…

Even though it’s turquoise, it doesn’t give off a beachy vibe at all. It’s more of an “eclectic boho spring” feel which really suits her personality.

I had so much fun on this project—trying out a new type of paint, challenging myself to step outside of my comfort zone and pulling accessories from around the house to create a new stylish corner for a friend’s home—I could do this forever! Thanks again Bonnie for the good time.

What do you guys think of this makeover? Not bad for an old $10 dresser, right?

It’s amazing how far a little paint, hardware and accessorizing can go! And guess what? There’s four other fabulous bloggers who are participating and have their own paint project to share today—I can’t wait to see what they came up with!

Southern Hospitality

The Golden Sycamore

The Wood Grain Cottage

Liz Marie Blog

I’ll be back again tomorrow for another One Room Challenge update—one more week to go, ahhhh!

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Laundry Room Details: Crane & Canopy

Can we talk about our new laundry room some more? Okay good, I knew you wouldn’t mind 😉

One of my favorite things about blogging is that I’m able to discover and share new ideas/products/shops/bloggers I really love and think you’ll love too. A few of these recent finds were perfect for our laundry room and actually helped shape my vision (remember the french countryside lavender field scene I talked about in the reveal?). Once I figure out that feeling I want the space to evoke, I have a clear sense of how to transform it—from the layout, to colors, to textures and fabrics, etc. It’s all pulled from that initial vision. Just a little insight on my thought process for pulling a space together 🙂

Anyway, it was perfect timing when Crane & Canopy reached out to me a few months ago to introduce their shop. They’re a local company (my hometown of San Francisco!) specializing in luxury modern bedding at affordable prices. Their duvet covers are their big sellers, but we finished our master bedroom not too long ago so I wasn’t in the market for new bedding. However, as you may know, I have a slight blanket obsession and this gray knotted throw was speaking my language:

You may recall seeing it in our Spring Home Tour

Or on Instagram

I love the texture of this throw, and the fact that it works with any season and in any room. (I think Biscuit agrees^).

And it was Crane & Canopy’s Lavender Shop that sparked my laundry room vision, so of course I ordered some Lavender Vanilla linen spray and sachets.

I like to mist our towels when they’re fresh out of the dryer and throw the sachets in with our towels or sheets.

I store the sachets in a glass canister (from TJ Maxx) along with these dryer balls (also TJ Maxx) which help reduce drying time. At some point I’d love to make my own dryer balls from wool and essential oils (I have a few tutorials pinned—anyone ever try that?)

The spray and sachets makes everything smell so yummy and freshI wish your monitors had smellivision. Trust me when I say the room smells as peaceful and calming as it looks in the photos! And now that I think about it, a room’s scent is just as important as what you see in front of you. When you design a space, you’re creating an environment which in turn creates an emotion for anyone who enters—the purpose in decorating is to be able to dictate that mood/atmosphere/feeling you get from being there, correct? To be truly effective you must take into account all of your senses—smell being one of them. Just like hearing your favorite song, or looking at something beautiful and inspiring, scent has the power to alter your state of mind (even subconsciously). Consider that when you’re designing your space and use it to your advantage.

Sorry for the slight detour in thought, but I think it’s worth mentioning! Along with the Crane & Canopy goodies, I ordered a bundle of dried lavender from my friend Shayna to further enhance the environment:

That’s also where this amazing cotton wreath came from that some of you had asked about—so fitting for a laundry room, don’t you think?

I gave the wreath a few spritzes of my C&C lavender spray so the room will always have that fresh scent when you walk in.

Shayna’s blog has been a huge inspiration for this room (and our entire home in general) and I’m counting down the days until her shop opens! You’ll be seeing a lot more from her in my home I’m sure (go to follow her if you aren’t already, she has the best DIY projects!)

So there you have it, a little background info on how I plan/decorate a space and some recent finds of mine that I hope you enjoyed discovering as well. If you see anything from Crane & Canopy you can’t live without, make sure to use the code JennaSue10 at checkout for 10% off orders over $150 until 5/3. They just launched a couple new reversible bedding patterns (Ellis in Coral and Grey) that are super cute for a Spring refresh. And a you’re helping a good cause—a portion of all proceeds go towards their cause initiative, “A Safe Night’s Sleep,” which benefits women and children affected by domestic violence.

Tomorrow I’ll be back with a fun dresser refinishing project that is something I’ve never tried before! Switching things up here on the blog… check back then!


One Room Challenge: Week 4

Quick note first on Monday’s reveal—thank you all so much for the amazing, sweet, heartfelt feedback! It was by far the most liked/shared/commented on space we’ve ever done, and it’s so rewarding to know that something you worked so hard on for so many days and nights is appreciated by and inspiring to others. It’s really a motivating factor to keep doing what we do (along with being able to enjoy the space for ourselves, of course 😉 Back to your regularly scheduled programming:

Welcome to Week 4 of the One Room Challenge!

Make sure to familiarize yourself with Week 1, Week 2 and Week 3 before reading—we have a lot to catch up on since last week!

The first few weeks have been focused on getting a design plan together, demo, and ordering everything we needed. Between this new bathroom and the laundry room (and tax day, ouch), it has been quite an expensive month for us! That’s why we’ve been trying to DIY as much as possible—but when you’re on such a short timeline, it can get pretty stressful. I’m used to working on projects over the course of a few months but this one has us both working double time and having to make lots of quick decisions.

One of those decisions that has been stumping me for a while is paint colors. I thought I had it figured out but I changed my mind, and ended up at Lowe’s buying samples four days in a row! After this experience, let me tell you, I’ll never paint a room again without getting samples first.

I knew I wanted a medium taupey-greige wall color, after pinning this photo and not being able to get it out of my mind:

I started with samples of Valspar’s Gray Silt and Frappe, decided to paint the tub in Gray Silt but I didn’t want it to match the walls so I looked for a lighter version of Gray Silt but they all just seemed to clash. Frustrating!

Not only that but they looked different on different walls, from different angles, and at different times of day making it very tricky to decide. (THIS is why you always need paint samples first!)

Then, inspiration struck… what if I gave the tub a slight patina/aged look? (source):

And by slight, I mean definitely more subtle than the image above—I couldn’t find anything similar to what I had in mind. Could be a total fail but experimentation is what makes DIY fun and exciting, so I ordered special lime paint and lime wax in a super light greige color *fingers crossed*.

I just decided this yesterday, but I had already painted the tub Gray Silt (as my instagram friends already know). First I primed it using Zinsser’s water based primer, for extra durability:

Then came the paint:

It’s a lovely muddy gray in person, and since it was my favorite choice, I made the executive decision yesterday to keep it for the wall color.

You’ll also notice the new mirror placement (you can see it down in the corner). The original mirror I had in mind was backordered so this was my second choice—and the size change meant Brad also had to relocate the wall sconce placement.

Anyway, moving along, let’s get to the real progress from last week—tile installation!

I spent a significant amount of time researching the best way to do this. Cement tile is a bit trickier than normal with extra precautions since it’s more delicate/finicky than your standard tile. Just as as a reminder, I went with Agadir White from the Cement Tile Shop.

One drawback (for me) is that they’re super thick, so the floor height didn’t match up with the hallway (we have thin hardwood floors which made it even worse). The step up would be huge if you factor in cement board, so I found this alternative called Ditra, which is a thin 1/8″ polyethylene membrane that you simply roll out and trim to size.

Every professional opinion I read said it was a superior choice to cement board, especially when it comes to natural/stone tiles, so it was a no brainer for me. It cost around $2/sf more than hardie board but I didn’t really have a choice.

Installation was easy—I did it myself in no time at all. Just roll it out and trim to fit:

It adheres to the ground with thinset (not mastic, there is a difference!)

Then I laid out the tile. I got super lucky with this room—the tiles lined up perfectly with the walls and Ditra seams for an easy guide and there was very minimal cutting involved.

I ended up doing this entire job by myself while Brad was at work. My dad came by for a couple hours and cut the tiles for me but I was in here for 7 hours straight.

It’s a small bathroom so I didn’t think it would be too bad… but my body hated me the next day and I’ll probably never do that without help again 🙂

24 hours after tiling I sealed it with this special natural tile/stone sealer.

Then I had to figure out this transition.

We saved the original piece so I wedged in in place (secured with liquid nails) and decided it will work. There’s definitely a bit of an incline which is hard to tell from this photo, but these tiles are worth it.

After the first layer of sealer had cured, I spent another several hours grouting.

Because these tiles are very absorbant, I had to be really careful and clean as I went, making sure not to let any grout and/or water sit on the surface too long. Picky little buggers.

I made several passes with the sponge and towels (mild dish soap and water only, can’t use anything acidic) to clean off the haze, then the next day I sealed everything again.

Whew! I hope I’m in love this tile for a long, long time after all of that work. Here’s another angle:

I know it’s a bit in-your-face right now, but once everything comes together I think it’s going to be pretty special.

But that’s not all! We also had to prep the shower area for tile.

First we insulated the non-interior walls (they weren’t even insulated before!)

Then we added 4mm plastic as a vapor barrier:

And finally, 1/2″ hardie backer:

I should clarify that this is not technically a shower. There’s no floor drain. It’s just a surrounding area for a tub that will eventually have a shower curtain enclosure—so depending on how careful the shower taker is, the walls may not even get wet. Also, this bathroom has been used on maybe 5 occasions since we’ve lived here (we have a separate guest shower downstairs that’s primarily used). But still, we took precautions and followed a standard shower wall procedure (there are several acceptable ways to go about that, I researched).

Our plumber came by after work yesterday and was going to “help us” start tiling the shower walls… but Brad is sick, and honestly I’m just sick of tiling, so I said “please, take my money and do it for us!”

I did supervise and lend moral support. And buttered some tiles.

And after watching him struggle with getting each tile perfectly straight and level, I’m SO glad it was him and not me fighting with our crooked walls. We never would have done as good a job in the amount of time he was there. Sometimes, it’s very worth it to let the pros handle it!

He’ll be back Wednesday (today, he’s probably working on it as you’re reading this) to finish and I’m so relieved it’s one less thing for us to worry about.

If that’s not enough progress for one week, I also paneled and painted the door, sanded the vanity, painted our sconces, built a reclaimed wood valance and shower caddy. And threw in an unrelated dresser refinishing project for good measure (more on that next week). Our garage is an absolute DIY-saster right now…

In two short weeks it will all be over… hopefully there are no unexpected surprises!

On the agenda for the next six days: grout the shower wall, install the shower curtain rod, work on refinishing the vanity and tub, and start the wall planks. It’s going to be a light work week since it’s both mine and Brad’s birthdays this weekend and we’ll be celebrating in San Francisco with friends for a few days (such bad timing, I know!). That leaves literally only one more weekend to do everything. I’m a little sick to my stomach just writing that.

Let’s go see how the other participating bloggers are doing!

Jana Bek

Autumn Clemons

Coco+Kelley

The English Room

Vanessa Francis

Greige Design

Hi Sugarplum

I Heart Organizing

Jenna Sue Design

Stephanie Kraus

The Pursuit of Style

Julia Ryan

Savvy Home

Simple Details

Simply Grove

6th Street Design

Jill Sorensen

Swoon Worthy

Waiting on Martha

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

Trademarked by Calling it Home

I’ll be back next week—in the meantime, make sure to catch me on instagram for daily updates!


New Laundry Room: The Reveal!

It’s LAUNDRY ROOM REVEAL Day! Can you believe it?!

This renovation was filled with many highs and lows and took about twice as long as I had hoped/planned for. These last several weeks have seemed to drag on forever, but now that it’s finally over it all feels like a blur. I’m still in that pinch-me-I’m-dreaming stage and I have a feeling this one will take some time to wear off.

It would have been easy to dismiss this room as a purely functional and utilitarian space and not give it much thought or effort. But I have this problem where when we decide to start any new project, big or small… I’m going all out and designing/planning/executing it to my dreams (within a reasonable budget, of course). Once my mind is set on something, I must do whatever it takes to fulfill that vision. (Thank you, Brad, for dealing with my stubbornness!)

The real reason I love this renovation so much is because of where it started. We created a brand new room from an awkward, cave-like, almost closet space downstairs…

This “room” made no sense at all. Strange boxed walls and platforms, no windows, less than 7′ ceilings and a huge HVAC vent running through the middle.

We threw a bunch of storage items in the back (and kept the door closed so no one would ever be subjected to this mess).

In the meantime, we were struggling with our cramped laundry situation… this layout/lack of space was just not working:

It was Brad’s idea to relocate the washer and dryer downstairs and I was 100% on board. I immediately went into planning mode and we came up with a solution to maximize the space by building an alcove for the appliances to be recessed into the wall and also create a separate storage room in the back.

Demo began right away. Everything came out—the floors, ceiling, walls, HVAC, even dirt and rock that had to be excavated to extend the room and allow for a washer/dryer enclosure under the house.

Looking back toward the entrance…

The beginnings of our built-in appliances and pocket door…

A new wall went up to divide the storage area:

New drywall and paint started pulling it all together…

Our DIY skills, patience and stamina were put to the test on several occasions… starting with our first floor tiling job:

And our DIY barn door:

And floating reclaimed wood shelf

And just recently—our new cabinets, custom butcher block, farmhouse sink install & subway tile completion…

And now finally, the day we’ve all been waiting for… welcome to our new Laundry Room:

My neighbor & photographer friend came over with his camera and captured these really lovely shots for me. Thanks so much, Gary!

Yep, there will definitely be more barn doors in our future! And how perfect is this cotton wreath from my friend Shayna‘s collection? She’ll be selling them soon online (can’t wait for her shop opening!)

This space was inspired by my vision of what laundry must be like in heaven… picture a lavender field in the French countryside… a clothesline with the finest linens swaying in the breeze, abundant sunshine, birds chirping and children skipping around in white sundresses with fluffy kittens following behind. Okay, so I’ll never be the woman in my perfect laundry detergent commercial dream… but at least I can pretend I’m there by making the best of a small, half-underground windowless room.

Removing the ceiling drywall and leaving the joists exposed was a design risk that I wasn’t 100% confident about in the beginning, but it’s absolutely one of my favorite things we did. It not only makes the room look and feel SO much taller—it brings such personality and interest to the space. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Oh, and this recessed washer and dryer… total game changer. This was Brad’s idea and his best one yet. It allowed us to add a full wall of cabinets and makes the laundry process much more ergonomic.

I intentionally kept everything soft and neutral. It’s all about that idyllic laundry vision, remember? Peaceful, fresh and calming.

Can’t go without the lavender spray, satchels and dried bundle. Makes the whole room smell divine.

The photos are instagram prints of some local scenery, with inexpensive Ikea Nyttja frames and DIY mats.

I was hoping to turn that little drawer into a pull out clothes drying rack. We’ll see if I have time to get around to it… in the meantime, I made this hanging rack with an old Ikea rail I spray painted and attached to a scrap wood leftover from our barn door.

More local scenery photos and DIY matted frames behind the door.

And oh… the storage room. A decorator’s dream!

Plenty of room for accessories to switch out for the seasons or on a whim (and if it gets too crowded, I can use the empty cabinets!)

The DIY shelf ledges on the opposite wall are great for storing larger frames.

And that, my friends, is the story of our laundry room.

If you missed any of the action, here’s the complete recap:

A New Laundry Room: The Plan

Demolition Day

A blank slate

Salvaged Door DIY’s

Painted Wood Ceiling

Beadboard wall, paint and lighting

Floor tile, Part 1

Floor tile, Part 2

DIY Wood Storage shelves

Easy DIY picture ledges

DIY Barn door

Adding trim

Frosted decal door

Reclaimed wood floating shelf

Farmhouse curtain, ironing board & shelf lighting

Cabinets, butcher block & farmhouse sink

Subway tile & grout

And a source list (let me know if I’ve forgotten anything!)

Wall paint: Kelly Moore’s Swiss Coffee (eggshell)

Ceiling paint: Valspar‘s Montpelier Madison White (eggshell)

Beadboard wall paint: Valspar‘s Ocean Storm

Cabinets: Lowe’s, Diamond brand Hanson style in Cloud

Door pulls: Ebay

Farmhouse Sink: Ikea Domsjo (similar here)

Faucet: Ikea Glittran (similar here)

Butcher block counters: DIY’d Ikea Akerby (stainable model here)

Floor tile: Lowe’s

Subway tile: Lowe’s

Wall lamps: Lowe’s

Rug: Rugs USA

Laundry baskets: Pier 1

Wire basket: TJ Maxx

Metal Stool: Target

Black frames: Ikea Nyttja (with DIY mats)

Small shelf baskets: Ikea

Laundry Door decal: Etsy

Curtain & ironing board fabric: Fabric.com (similar here)

Barn door track system: Ebay

Cotton wreath: The Wood Grain Cottage

Lavender linen spray and sachets: Crane & Canopy

As far as the budget goes… I made a conscious effort at the beginning to track every expense but after the cabinet delays and other projects started getting in the way, I lost count. We did try very hard to keep costs down and DIY everyting possible but the biggest expenses came from the labor we had to hire out—demo/construction, plumbing, drywall/paint, and electrical. The cabinets were around $1300 from Lowe’s and we saved money by using inexpensive Ikea butcher block (DIY’d), farmhouse sink and faucet; flooring, subway tile and light fixtures (all Lowe’s) and doing that labor ourselves.

These past couple weeks of relief and joy have already made up for the frustration and struggles we faced during this process. I think it’s like childbirth (from what I hear)—when you’re enduring the worst of it you swear up and down you’ll never do this again, and then out comes this perfect creation that you can’t believe you made, and all the pain is forgotten. And so the cycle repeats. And here I am already in the middle of another big project, enduring the labor pains of our One Room Challenge, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel and know it will all be worth it. I may have to stop and catch my breath for a bit after this one though 😉

Lots of progress has been made in our guest bathroom in the last week… check back Wednesday for more!

Want to get this look in your laundry room? Here’s a handy shopping list: