Plans For The Master Bathroom

Ok, so I’ve been going back and forth on the style for the bath and I finally pinned something down. It’s basically a mix of a crisp and clean background (walls, floors and fixtures) with a few rustic/industrial touches thrown in. master bath boardI’ve already started gathering up some of this stuff…

1. I fell in love with this Barn Wall Urban Bronze Outdoor Wall Sconce at first sight. Best part is that I got them on sale! And they’re already sitting safe and sound in our bedroom.

This is sort of the vibe I’m going for, just a little more chic than rustic. You can check out my Pinterest Bathroom Board for more inspiration :)


2. The bathroom is fairly small and I want to keep feeling as light and airy as possible. So, I’m going with a light warm gray on the walls. Not this color exactly, but you get the picture.

3. I want the vanity to bring in a large part of the rustic factor into the room. I’m thinking of going with something like this sideboard. I’m having a really hard time finding something with similar bones that doesn’t break the bank. We might have to diy this one.

4.  The wire baskets are for under the bench. I got a couple the other day at Home Goods for a steal.

5. I am drooling over these sinks. I think they’ll totally help up the Chic factor. I already ordered them on Overstock. It was a package deal (sink, faucet and pop up drain), the best price I could find.

6. Ok, the shower wall tiles are making me lose sleep. The ones I’m showing here are basic faux marble porcelain tiles. I’ve searched locally and online and can’t find what I want (something inexpensive and larger than 3×6). So I’m thinking I may go in a different direction.

7. This one is up in the air also. It depends on what tile I get for the shower walls. I do have it narrowed down to two from a couple of local tile places. The one I’m showing is from Home Depot.

8. These beauties are the only tile I have so far. It’s a honed Carrara Penny tile for the shower floor.  And even though I splurged, this was the best deal I could find anywhere!

9. I’m thinking of adding a bit of darker gray in with some of the accessories or I may go with something more colorful. You can get these at Target.

10. There’s an empty space by the door when you enter the bathroom and I want to add in a small bench like this one from Ikea. I’m also really liking the coordinating shelving unit. I’m not sure yet if I want to get the set or diy the shelving unit with something more industrial.


11. When did hampers get so expensive? I’ve had mine for about 15 years (I’m embarrassed to say) and I had a bit of sticker shock when I started searching for a new one. I found this one here. It was actually a great price compared to all the other ones I saw online. But on my trip to Home Goods I ended up finding one that’s really close (except it’s round) and for half the price.

12. I’ve been wanting to stick a barn door somewhere in the house forever. And I finally found the perfect spot.

As you can see in the before plan, the bathroom is made up of two rooms. The vanity and linen closet in the first (which open up to the bedroom). And the toilet and tub are in the second tiny room. Which makes the whole bathroom feel claustrophobic. You pretty much just wanna do what you need to do and get out as fast as possible. master bathroom before The vanity also only has one sink and is smaller than standard so two people really can’t get ready at the same time without bumping into each other. The plan is to remove the center wall and make it one room, switch out the vanity for a two sink one, and replace the tub with a shower.  

We ended up losing our linen closet (long story), so I plan on adding as much storage around the room as possible with wall niches, wall hooks, baskets and shelving.

master bath

Well, that’ it for now. I’ll be back next with some progress picks…



Beginnings Of Our Master Bath Reno

I’ve been M.I.A. here at the blog for a while now, I think about a year. My little etsy shop has been keeping me busy and to be honest I haven’t done anything in the house (diy or otherwise) in all that time. Well, other than a couple of dressers I rehabbed for the master bedroom (which I’m not going to show yet cause I’m thinking of changing the color again!).

We have been doing a few things since the beginning of the year. We had our popcorn ceiling tested again (at a real lab this time) and it came back negative for asbestos!!! So we had someone take the whole thing down. First in the guest bedroom, hallway and then in the master bedroom. We also had them add another layer of insulation while they were at it and had an electrician put in recessed lights and a new ceiling fan in both rooms.

Here are a few pics of the process…


The guy used duct tape to hold up the old insulation overnight and this happened. It was a huge nasty mess!

IMG_7351-001Our new recessed lights…


I saved about $20 on each set by buying them at a local electrical supply place that our handyman told us about vs. buying them at HD. Here they are lighting up the new popcornless hallway. And the new insulation in the guest bedroom.


IMG_7356-001It is so wonderful to look up and see a smooth ceiling and actually having some light in those rooms is AMAZING!

In order to get the master done we had to relocate to the guest bedroom, which was a huge pain. So we decided (on a whim really) to go ahead and redo the entire room, bathroom closet and all before moving back.

The most important thing I didn’t take into account was how expensive a bathroom reno can get. $500 for a faucet? That’s insane. So I’m going to have to get really creative here so we don’t end up spending 10 grand on this bathroom. I’ve already found a few bargains shopping online and locally and plan to diy the rest, including most of the labor. Well, except for electrical and plumbing. Those we’ll be hiring out.

I’ve got an inspiration board in the works to keep me on track. It’s almost finished, I’ve just got a few more details to iron out. Until then, I’ll leave you with a sneak peak of some of the textures we plan on using.



A guide to a smooth house move

Moving house can be one of the most stressful experiences we go through as adults. The process of purchasing and selling you property is lined with potential problems that, at any time, could turn your “new house” dream into a nightmare. Saga’s moving house checklist shows there are steps that you can take to avoid the most common pitfalls and make your move as easy as possible.

You’ve found that perfect house and you want to put in an offer, but are you really sure what you’re putting in an offer for? Carrying out a survey of the property is a really good idea to discover hidden faults but you can’t rely on it completely, so make sure to have lots of questions for the seller. The seller doesn’t have to volunteer information but can’t hold anything back if you ask him or her so make sure you do!

Be clear on what is included in the purchase. Built-in kitchen appliances seem like they belong with the house but don’t be surprised if they’ve moved out with the previous owner once the sale is completed.

You also have to carry out a number searches of local registers to make sure there are no current or future financial obligations associated with the property. Conveyancing is the part of the process where property ownership titles are transferred; Saga says “conveyancing can be particularly nerve-wracking”. Apart from the searches, a conveyancer will, among other things, make sure your mortgage lender has all the necessary information, advise you on stamp duties, process the payment of all associated fees, and register you as the new owners with the Land Registry.

When choosing a conveyancer it’s wise to pick one that offers you a fixed price. Otherwise cost of conveyancing can escalate rapidly if things start to go wrong with the purchase. Also, make sure you choose one who makes full use modern communication technology as it will speed things along considerably. Saga Conveyancing Services includes a fixed priced service to give you peace of mind.

Once the legal bit is taken care of, you are left with the packing and the actual physical move. Packing always take longer than you expect so start early and be organised. Mark your boxes clearly.

You might think you’ll remember where you put everything, but chances are you won’t. If you’re hiring help with the packing and/or moving, make sure you use a member of the British Association of Removers and get quotes from at least three firms before you choose which one to hire.

You might never be able to get rid of all the stress of the house move, but choosing good people to support you will go a long way. Doing your research before deciding on a firm or professional will prove time well spent.