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Bathroom Vanity Trim, Wainscoting Progress, and Painted Walls

I have about 100 projects started on this bathroom, but nothing finished at this point.  But at least I'm making progress! Here's what things look like right now. I got two of the walls painted in Behr Crisp Celery.  I love the color!  It's so light and fresh, but it's definitely green.  I … [Read More...]

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Patching A Hardwood Floor (And Why Nicole Curtis Is On My Bad List Today)

Have you ever watched someone on a design/remodeling show do something that you thought would be terribly difficult, but they made it look so easy (or very doable, at least) that you thought to yourself, "I could totally do that!"  And then when you're actually doing the project, you're cursing the … [Read More...]

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Bathroom Progress: Bi-fold Closet Doors Installed As Double Doors

Y'all, I had such a productive weekend!  I don't have a lot of "pretty" progress to show you, but I got the two side drawers on the vanity cut down, remade, and re-installed with new, shorter roller hardware things.  (What the heck are those called?  My mind just went blank.)  Then I got the vanity … [Read More...]

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Bathroom Remodel – Project In Review And Completion Checklist

Well, I've reached that point in my bathroom remodel where I'm thinking to myself, "Why the heck is this taking so long?! What could I have possibly done that required this much time?" I'm starting to get more than a little anxious to have this room finished so that I can move on to something else.  … [Read More...]

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The Final Four Design Decisions: Vanity Color, Wall Color, Wainscoting Design, and Linen Storage Design

Now that things are coming together in my bathroom, I've finally been able to make the rest of the design decisions for the room.  Starting with... Vanity Color - Light Teal Or Dark Teal?: I've decided to go with the dark teal, Behr's Mythic Forest, for the vanity.  The dark teal just speaks to me … [Read More...]

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My Stained “I Can’t Believe It’s Cheap Pine” DIY Butcherblock Countertop (Plus, Vanity Paint Color Options)

Well, I got impatient and decided I didn't want to wait to stain my vanity countertop.  (If you missed how I constructed this countertop, you can see that here.)   It's not perfect, and I don't think I'd ever fool anyone into thinking that it's walnut or another expensive wood. But I also don't … [Read More...]

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DIY Butcherblock-Style Countertop With Undermount Sink – Part 1

I know y'all were probably expecting a finished vanity today.  I'm so sorry to disappoint!  I promise, there is a method to my madness right now, and my method required that I spend some time working on my DIY butcher block countertop for the vanity. This is one of those "one thing leads to … [Read More...]

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Furniture-Style Bathroom Vanity Made From Stock Cabinets – Part 1

This weekend, the cold and rainy weather finally cleared out a bit, the sunshine brought some warmer temperatures, and I was finally able to take my stock cabinets outside and make some progress on my bathroom vanity.  I'm so pleased with how it's turning out so far, but I have quite a bit of work … [Read More...]

space saving idea for a small bathroom - small doors hung like French doors in standard width doorway - master suite by Angela Flournoy, via Houzz

Bathroom Door Frustration and Solution (Turn Bi-Fold Doors Into French Doors)

This bathroom is such a good example of how one project is dependent upon another.  Immediately after I finished the floor, I wanted so badly to jump right in and start adding the wainscoting to the walls.  It would be relatively quick, easy, and would give me some immediate gratification.  But I … [Read More...]

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Finished Bathroom Floor (And The Amazing Difference Grout Makes!)

I finally finished my bathroom floor last night!  The last time I showed you my progress, it looked like this... I shared that process, and some tiling tips that I learned, in this post. I had about two-and-a-half more rows to install between where I left off and the tub, and then I had the … [Read More...]

How To Become A Fearless* DIYer

Work on my bathroom remodel is progressing, but it's slower than I had hoped. I hope to have progress to share with you tomorrow, so today I wanted to share my thoughts on how to become a fearless* DIYer. I often get comments from readers wondering how I learned to do the things I do, and how I … [Read More...]

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Tiled Bathroom Floor Progress (Plus A Few Tiling Tips)

I haven't quite gotten all of the floor tile installed in the bathroom, but I'm making progress!  Here's what I've gotten done so far... I'd say I'm a little over halfway done.  I still have about 2.5 rows before I hit the bathtub, and then I have the linen closet area behind the door.  This … [Read More...]

colorful bathroom vanities - red vanity from Traditional Home

Be Inspired To Paint Your Bathroom Vanity (a non-neutral color!!)

My goal today is to offer inspiration. This isn't for all of you. I know there are those of you who simply thrive in neutral homes, and long for cabinetry in your home that is painted white, or another neutral color, or that is stained wood. If that's what you like, and that's what your personality … [Read More...]

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Subway Tile Bathtub Surround

Well, my work pace has slowed considerably over the last two days.  The phrase "as slow as molasses in winter" seems to be appropriate.  Our beautiful 60-degree weather has left us, as has been replaced with temps in the teens, 20's and 30's, accompanied by freezing rain and just all around … [Read More...]

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Finalized Bathroom Remodel Decorating Plan (Shower Curtain Fabric, Vanity Paint Color)

I finally took a day off of working on my bathroom/house.  On Friday, I did absolutely nothing all day except sit in bed and watch past episodes of Fixer Upper, Rehab Addict, and Downton Abbey, with a couple of naps in between.  It was glorious!  I'm pretty sure that's the first entirely relaxing … [Read More...]

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My Almost Finished Stained Wood Slat Bathroom Ceiling (And New Ceiling Light!)

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Kichler Lighting & Del Mar Fans & Lighting.  All opinions are my own. My bathroom ceiling just about finished!  I still need to do some caulking, trim painting, and touch ups on the ceiling, but I'm almost there!  The process is taking way longer … [Read More...]

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Bathroom Ceiling Progress (How To Make Plywood Look Like Beautiful Wood)

Yesterday, I only spent about 30 minutes actually working inside the bathroom.  That's how long it took me to paint the ceiling black. I didn't bother with the cutting in because those areas will be covered with trim. I painted it black because I'll be installing my stained wood slats with … [Read More...]

subway tile bathtub surround

Bathroom Progress – Three Pretty Projects Finally Underway!

I'm finally working on some pretty things for my bathroom! Okay, I realize that "pretty" is highly subjective. They're pretty to me. :) First up, I started tiling the bathtub surround. It's nothing too terribly exciting -- just subway tile. I love subway tile because it's cheap, white, bright, … [Read More...]

Bathtub surround with RedGard waterproofing membrane

Bathroom Remodel Day 27 — The Emotional Breakdown

Sometimes I wish I could live in one of those home remodeling t.v. shows, where everything -- from purchasing the house to having it completely remodeled and furnished -- is wrapped up in a neat little bow in the span of an hour.  Oh sure, they run into problems.  The HVAC system is completely shot … [Read More...]

vanity design idea - furniture style vanity from Direct To You Furniture

Customizing Stock Cabinets For A Bathroom Vanity – Two Design Options

I worked pretty much non-stop for the last three days on my bathroom, and still haven't gotten to any of the pretty stuff. *Sigh* I'm close, though. Very close. I got all of the drywall up, cement board installed around the tub, and all of the seams taped and mudded. I still need to do a bit of … [Read More...]

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