It’s been a while since i’ve actually had time to sit down and write. Spring is always a crazy time and this one has been no exception.
A quick update:
Business at the boutique seems as though it’s tripled and we certainly stay crazy busy with new merchandise coming in the store daily and our customer base both online and in our brick & mortar expanding rapidly. On top of work being crazy, its my favorite time of year for sports! My Kentucky Wildcats won the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship. I was twelve years old the last time Kentucky hung a championship banner in Rupp Arena. It was a great honor for me and my family to watch this talented & humble team go all the way. When March Madness ends, our TV’s automatically switch over to golf. The Masters is such a fun time for our family. We have access to Patron Badges every year from my grandpa so we pass them around the family. The last leg of the spring sports trifecta is the The Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. If you are from Louisville or have lived there, you know the city’s pride and love of horse racing. It’s in my blood and like they say, It’s the most exciting two minutes in sports! I love crazy, hectic spring.
With all the things going on in my life, i’ve found time to remodel my bathroom. I wanted to document the process and results. Since I can remember, my father and mother have done all their own renovations in all the homes we’ve lived in. They have passed that passion on to me. We are the do-it-yourself kind of family. My father and grandpa used to have their own siding business back in the day. In high school, my parents decided to build a new house. They put down all the hardwoods and tile throughout the house and they taught me along the way. I like to do things for myself, so I was glad to learn and apply it in my own bathroom. Here are the before, process, and after photos:
My bathroom is super tiny. It’s the perfect size for 5’4, size zero me, but I wouldn’t think anyone bigger would enjoy maneuvering around in this little space. As you can see in the picture, the traffic-way to the toilet between the sink and the wall was only about 16”. It was a tight squeeze even for me. The linoleum was gross, ugly, and as old as the house (which was built in the 80’s).
Everything was outdated and gross, so I was more than happy to rip it all out.
And I literally ripped EVERYTHING out.
And the tiling begins…
With my budget, I was happy when I found a neutral 12” tile for a great price at Home Depot. I got it for 59 cents/ sqft. Still haven’t mastered the tile saw, so I was grateful for my mother’s help on that.
The new sink console also came from Home Depot. I chose this particular one because the 12” depth gave me eight more inches added to the traffic-way to the toliet! I did all the plumbing, with success, which was a first for me.
Finished floor and sink installation.
I’ve done stenciling in my past, so I was excited when a friend showed me this pattern and tutorial from Jones Design Company Blog. I chose to simplify the design a bit for the small square footage application and I knew I wanted to incorporate a couple more patterns into the decor.
I have a shower stall with a glass door. My design preference is to treat it like a window and add curtains to conceal that space and add color. I couldn’t find a manufactured curtain that I liked (of course), so I made my own. I chose a very geometric, tight pattern to contrast against the more organic and larger pattern on the walls. I get my fabric from Mary Jo’s in Gastonia, NC.
Here is the ending result. The towels look more red in the picture, but they are actually a burnt orange. Mixing patterns is my favorite design element, so I was more than happy to apply it in this small space.
I took the shower curtain almost up to the ceiling with a 4” opening for steam ventilation. I bought the stainless steel suspension system at Ikea for $12.99. We are lucky enough to have an Ikea in Charlotte, but you can also buy it online: DIGNITET Curtain Wire
Three still isn’t enough, but I’ve found that hooks are the best way to preserve costume jewelry! I bought these vintage looking hooks from Hobby Lobby.
Because of the lack of storage, I use these shadow boxes and baskets as toiletry storage. The shadow boxes are from Target.
Finished sink area. Mirror is from TJ Maxx.
It’s all about the little details. Studded knobs are from Hobby Lobby.
More storage solution. Three tiered basket storage from Target.
I always try to surround myself with my loved ones. I especially love having vintage family photos hanging. These are of my great grandparents and grandmother. The picture frames are also from Ikea: RIBBA Frame
I always enjoy the process of a project, but living in a finished space brings joy and a happy environment.