DIY bath sign and $50 Wallums Giveaway

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DIY Show Off – Main Bathroom Before and After Reveal {Shades of Gray}

Main Bathroom Transformation:

budget-friendly-bathroom-makeover

Featured in THIS OLD HOUSE MARCH 2011
There’s even a photo of our precious little Niski and it fills our hearts with joy even more.
(click photos to enlarge)
Here is the estimated cost breakdown for my bathroom makeover:
Ceiling paint, primer and trim & door paint – free (we already had this from previous projects)
Lighting (Washington Collection) from Lighting Direct $220.80
Paint supplies and tape approximately $20 (I used some supplies that we already had.)
Wall paint (BM light pewter and nimbus color matched in Valspar’s Signature paint) $62 total
Valspar Porch and Floor paint (color = Journey) $25
Floor paint for design on painted rug (already had BM Smoke Embers) $0
Elegant Bracket Stencils (2 of the same one) $15
Minwax water based polyurethane $16 (this WILL yellow light colored paint)
Oval Vanity Mirror (Lowe’s) $75
Rustoleum spray primer, oil rubbed bronze spray paint and spray lacquer (for faucets) $25
Oil rubbed bronze shower curtain hooks ($9) and rod $29
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Total $512.88
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Our Main Floor Bathroom before…

Now: I love the shades of gray!

Sink

Before:

Now:

Before:

Now:

Tips on painting horizontal stripes.

Ceiling light before:

Ceiling light now:
(schoolhouse ceiling mount)
New vanity light (the biggest splurge in the room)

Floor before:

Floor now:

A little more accessorizing (neutral and DIY) coming after the holidays.
This .50 coat rack:

Became this towel rack. I did a little dry brush technique with left over paint and some sanding:

And now I have this:

Updated pictures:

painted floor after 2 years is still holding up…
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DIY bathroom sign

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Roomspiration – Bathrooms

Roomspiration
Isn’t the Roomspiration so much fun?! Have you been linking up and visiting the links?  I love seeing inspiring bathrooms – real homes, real functional spaces and transformations, don’t you?  Today I’m joining SJ at


She has a beautiful master bathroom reveal. 
We actually have 5 “bathrooms” in this old farmhouse which consist of a powder room in the unfinished basement (actually in the old scary original cellar part) which is only used because of convenient location when we’re down there working on a project. No, I won’t share that one with you at this time.  It’s clean with the exception of perhaps a spider because of it’s rare use.  When we get to remodeling the basement, renovating the small powder room be a part of the plan.

I‘ve shared these next two before, but I love that I can show you how they’ve held up and stood the test of time AND have a little motivation to clean for current photos.  🙂

On the first floor, we have a guest bathroom and a powder room.  These I will share with you. Both were budget friendly and serve as pretty functional use for us as well as guests in our home.

Powder room before was closed for business.  
We took everything out and started from scratch.
(Sorry this is so gross!  It’s aood thing we could see the potential in this old house – a lot of areas were disgusting.)
It was originally a closet back in 1927.
Now it’s light and bright and clean…

The first floor guest bathroom before was ugly but being a bathroom used by guests, I wanted to make it less of an embarrassment.  
When we bought the house (minus the carpet – yes, carpet)…
Now…
When we bought the house except there was no door there.
Now…
The painted and stenciled floor was a budget friendly waterproof solution until a bigger budget is dedicated to this area. 

The last two bathrooms in our home are upstairs.  One full hall bathroom and a dinky teeny tiny master bathroom. Seriously – you probably have a closet that’s larger.  Those I will not share until I have a pretty ‘after’ transformation to ‘show off’.  They’re both ugly, outdated and gross but one step at a time. Remember, we DIY and remodel as time and money allow. No debt.  So until a few main floor projects are completed, those will stay our little secret.

Let’s see what you’ve done with your bathrooms!  Head over to join us at

and link up your bathroom makeovers!

I’m also joining my friend Cassity today at

Reminder for Monday!


Here’s the schedule for Roomspiraton. Hope to see you there!
abode love: a man\View Along the Way
  Involving Color
{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }  Touch of Gray
The Blooming Hydrangea  The Mustard Ceiling
 The DIY Show Off

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Fall Festival coming a little later this afternoon since both of these linky parties fell on the same day.  🙂

Reminder to head over to Shaw Floors’ Facebook to enter to win a new area rug or flooring for one of your rooms and to vote for Cassity and Roeshel.  We’d love for one of our e-friends to win (and in return, we’d love our coastal cottage room to win too!).  Good luck!


Did You Enter to Win new flooring and Vote for Cassity & Roeshel today? Please do!

Bathroom Makeover – Estimated Cost and Before/Afters

I know you’ve likely seen some of these pictures already but here is a post with my estimated cost breakdown. Coming soon – a few other items including towels, towel bar, toilet paper holder, something with the window and some wall art.
Here is the estimated cost breakdown for my bathroom makeover:

Ceiling paint, primer and trim & door paint – free (we already had this from previous projects)
Lighting (Washington Collection) from Lighting Direct $220.80
Paint supplies and tape approximately $20 (I used some supplies that we already had.)
Wall paint (BM light pewter and nimbus color matched in Valspar’s Signature paint) $62 total
Valspar Porch and Floor paint (color = Journey) $25
Floor paint for design on painted rug (already had BM Smoke Embers) $0
Elegant Bracket Stencils (2 of the same one) $15
Minwax water based polyurethane $16 (this WILL yellow light colored paint)
Oval Vanity Mirror (Lowe’s) $75
Rustoleum spray primer, oil rubbed bronze spray paint and spray lacquer (for faucets) $25
Extra long White Waffle shower curtain (Target) $25
Oil rubbed bronze shower curtain hooks ($9) and rod $29
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Total $512.88

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Our Main Floor Bathroom

Before
Now:
Sink Before:
Now:


Before:

Now:


Before:

Now:


Ceiling light before:Ceiling light now:


New vanity light (the biggest splurge in the room)


Floor before:


Floor now:

A little more accessorizing (neutral and DIY) coming after the holidays.

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Painting Faucets (and painted floor progress!)

know most of you have seen this, but I thought I’d share my faucet project again. It’s one of my most popular projects and update: as of 2017, these are still holding up beautifully! 
We’re keeping the pedestal sink. It’s pretty. It’s in like-new condition although I’m certain it is fairly old and I kind of like that it has a history. It stays until big dream-remodel occurs. However the faucets presented a dilemma. Look at the set up. One faucet for cold. A separate faucet for hot. Washing hands is a challenge. It requires a back and forth motion between faucets or hoping that the hot water isn’t instant. Or, using the stopper and filling the basin to get a sink full of warm water. I imagine original home owners used it that way. I looked to replace them…but I didn’t have any luck in finding separate hot/cold faucets. Now I’m kind of glad that I didn’t.

The old faucets are solid and silver. I’m guessing these things are old. I tried looking them up. They say “volverwine”. There is an old “Wolverine” brand. ? They’re heavy and the quality is awesome. I however want oil rubbed bronze to match other fixtures in the room. I decided that my old trusty favorite DIY magic transformation technique (spray painting) was the answer.
I
tested the process on a gold brassy door stop. I loved the results. This is my all time favorite spray painting project so far!

I sanded all surfaces of the faucets, drain and metal parts and chain for the plug. I used a 3M sanding block and even an emery board to get every single area. I made sure I got all areas nice and scuffed up.

(At this point…they looked beautiful and polished. I almost backed out but I felt like silver faucets and oil rubbed bronze everywhere else just didn’t “go together”. I found the courage to move on. I think it was when I dreamt of wearing brown boots with black pants.)

I washed and dried them and I taped off the areas I didn’t want painted and put the knobs in the “off” position so I wouldn’t gum up the opening/closing function.

I start by painting the underneath and sides. Each piece got a couple of lightly sprayed coats of Rustoelum Primer in “rust”. I let each coat dry at least 8 hours before applying another. Once the underside was done, I flipped and did the top and sides.

I used a piece of packing styrofoam to hold them upright.

I followed the same steps for the oil rubbed bronze spray paint. (Upside down and sides = light coats, then flip and top and sides = light coats). Once that was dry…


I used a high gloss lacquer and the same steps. It’s been drying for about a week. It’ll probably two weeks by the time all is said and done and ready for installation. Plenty of time to cure. The sink isn’t back in place but I can’t wait to see them!
This piece was easier painted when hanging. After: Here is it against the porcelain: I LOVE how they turned out. What do you think? The finish is very hard and durable. The faucets open/close without any issues. And now they match the door knobs and light fixtures. I’m happy!
bathroom updates 

I used: Rustoleum Rusty Metal Primer Rustoleum Metallic Brilliant Metal Finish (oil rubbed bronze) Lacquer Hi-Gloss (for metal) I did at least two coats of the primer and ORB then quite a few of the lacquer. I stayed back about 9-12 inches to keep the spray even and to prevent runs. 

DIY painted faucets

Touch ups in 2013.