Living Graciously, Artfully, Frugally.

Consciously taking notice of the gifts each day places in our path.

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” R. W. Emerson

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bath Makeover, Getting There is Half the Fun

Just checking in with my progress on the June Room Challenge at Thrift Diving.
Slow progress, but progress non the less.

I was absolutely stuck on the direction to take with the vanity which held up everything else.
Then I recalled my initial decision to keep the budget under $200.
Well that certainly helped.
Since I need flooring the cabinet doors are staying.

A bit of sanding and a few coats of Annie Sloan Graphite and things are looking much better.
I was on the hunt for inexpensive mirrors and I hit every discount store
 from Home Goods to Ollie's with no luck.
Then on a whim I stopped at the Christmas Tree Shop and boom!

Just a sneak peak.
My theme is Rustic Urbanity.
Or is that Urbane Rusticity?
Either way these mirrors combine sophistication in the bevels and 
the raw wood frames scream outdoorsy.
For the sale price of 29 buckaroos I was sold.

Forgive the poor photo quality, this part of the bathroom has no window.
Now I am shopping the house in my head for everything to complete my Urbane and Rustic bath.
I already have the paint as I am using the same colors as my Master Bedroom.
Paint goes on tomorrow.
Then molding.
Then floors.
Can I make it???

Yours in a panic, P.
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Friday, June 6, 2014

Ugly Duckling into Swan?

Since the prevailing color palette in my head has been black, white, grey, gold and silver, where better to find inspiration than Restoration Hardware?

Love this rustic charcoal finish and because my faucets are chrome and I am not changing them, the silver hardware is perfect.
This would involve making new drawer fronts and then somehow covering the existing doors with faux fronts as well.

Same here,
Loving the vintage file drawer look.
This is doable with some work.

This would be the easiest to achieve.
A bit of charcoal paint, some distressing and dark wax and my vanity could have a similar look.
The biggest problem is deciding which direction to take.

                                                            Rustic elegance or elegant rusticity?
Making a decision is the hard part.

Yours in a quandry, P.
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

In a Perfect World

While searching for direction in my Master Bath makeover for the 30 Day Challenge
I seem to have found a theme.

These bathrooms would be mine if all was right with the world.
Tile! Mirrors! Lights, OMG those lights!

Black walled cozy luxury.
I could live in this bathroom.
Seriously, it would be all I need.
Well maybe a mini fridge and someone to bring me food.

Sophisticated whimsy.
I am all about these stripes.

Well gee, it seems I have my color palette,
Surprise, surprise.
Now on to the reality of the bathroom I really have and how I can mix in some whimsical sophisticated coziness.

Yours in the big picture, P.
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Ugly Truth about a Master Bath Makeover

First let me apologize for the super long absence.
Real life just got in the way.
Working a big girl job and keeping the house somewhat together while dealing with the rotten effects of tamoxifen just took a toll.
Thats a story for another day...

I have time now that my temp job has ended, so instead of relaxing a bit I signed on with Serena of Thrift Diving and her 30 Day June Room Challenge.

Leaving all dignity behind I am sharing the before pictures of the room I have chosen.
Don't judge, it is really bad.

Our master bath is 21 years old and due for an adult makeover.
In all the years in this house I have never gotten this room quite right.
My hubs could care less about decorating so that doesn't help.
Note his clothes hanging on hooks behind the door and 
the fact that he thinks this is the perfect place to iron shirts.
He can't believe we are doing away with the over the door hook system!

This room has been started and stalled several times.
I finally just gave up.
This challenge was just what I needed to finally create the cozy urbane farmhouse bath of my dreams.
Now for the close ups.
Try not to look away in horror.

From a distance these cabinets might be good to go with a little paint magic.

The vinyl plank floors might make it another few years.
Oh but thanks to the super zoom on my camera the ugly truth is exposed.
The melamine cabinet doors are literally popping from moisture.

That fake wood peel and stick is coming apart at the seams.
This room can't be fixed with a little cosmetic surgery.
She needs the whole lift.
However that is not in the budget.
Brainstorming here people.
Follow along with me as I DIY my way from beast to beauty this month.

Next post I will list what needs doing and some possible budget friendly fixes for each issue.
Feels good to be back!

Yours in sawdust and scrub brushes, P.
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