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how to choose the right gray paint

25th February 2015

The bathroom is inching sooo much closer to the finish line. In a house with tools and dust everywhere, and many not-even-close to finished spaces, this room feels like a little gem. We didn’t do things in the right order in this room as we just desperately needed it to be functional, so one of the last tasks was getting it painted. Obviously this would have been much easier before all of the fixtures and everything else were up, but it wasn’t that big of a deal to pull the mirrors off, pull the vanities out a bit (we hadn’t caulked them yet), and unscrew the light bases. The more tricky part? How to choose the right gray paint.

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I wanted a really warm, light gray for this room. Gray can be SO hard as it can have undertones or purple, green, blue, etc and look totally different when up on the wall. My trick? I choose all of the paint chips that look OK, tape them up onto the wall. Then I eliminate the ones that are definite no’s. When I get it down to 2 or 3 maybe’s, I buy small sample pots and paint test patches in a few different spots throughout the room. You want to make sure to come in and have a look at the test patches at different times to day to see how it looks in various lighting conditions. This will help you find the perfect color!

The verdict for our bathroom? “Runway Coach” by PARA Paints. Guys, it’s the perfect warm gray. It has a stone look to it and I think would work in just about any space. I love this gray so much that we are using it throughout the basement too, and maybe even in our upstairs hallway. It’s a total winner.

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I like how the colour brings some warmth next to the white and chrome and charcoal. Oh and see that black soap pump and toothbrush holder? I didn’t get my dreamy black faucets, so I figured this was the next best thing (purchased at Target).

The mirrors were picked up at HomeSense (Canadian version of HomeGoods). They have a bevel on the side that I like, but overall they are quite simple. The price tag was good too (about $45 a mirror). DSC_1452 I carried the paint colour onto the open shelves so that it all blends. Those baskets hold everything from medicine, to Maya’s bath toys, to extra toilet paper (baskets were from Michael’s when they were having a 40% off baskets sale). I still need to put a clear coat of varathane on top, as I know that sliding those baskets in and out will chip the paint eventually. DSC_1461

And because I’m still slightly obsessed, let’s have a look at those floors again, huh? Oh and that West Elm shower curtain is a beaut. Best shower curtain I have ever purchased for sure – totally recommend it. bathroom horizontal 1So although it’s looking fairly finished, there are still a few basic things to do in here, plus some more personalization. Here is the to-do list:

  • Put up a toilet paper holder (currently we have the roll sitting in the window sill… fancy huh?)
  • Put up a hand towel ring and a hook for a bath robe (going to go for matte black for these)
  • Add some artwork on the wall above the toilet. It’s looking all kinds of bare there right now.
  • Paint the door leading into the bathroom
  • Do something about the window… 

More bathroom posts can be found here:
Design inspiration
Herringbone floors & IKEA vanities
Shower subway tile design with marble tile niche

Okay so here is where I have a question for you guys. I’m finding that the window looks so bare in the bathroom right now. I hadn’t originally thought about any kind of drapery because the window doesn’t look out onto the neighbours, but I feel like it needs something. What are your thoughts about a faux roman blind? Should I do that in some kind of fabric that ties in with the dark grey of the floors? Any fabric suggestions? Or maybe I should paint the trim a dark grey? Feedback, please! And do you guys have a favourite go-to gray paint color? Do tell! I’m always on the lookout.

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the bathroom design – latest happenings

29th January 2015

I feel like we’re hoping from one room to another and back again all the time, but I guess that’s the nature of things when you build a whole house at once, huh? Anyway, let’s get back into the kids/guest bathroom (ie. the only bathroom that has a functioning toilet right now!).

Remember my little mini plumber who helped Dad install the IKEA Hemnes vanities…?

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Well next up on that wall was to figure out lighting. We had 3 spots hard-wired for sconces, anticipating two mirrors above the two vanities. I looked online for some sconce options, but holy moly I didn’t realize sconces could be quite so pricey. Like most that I liked were in the $100-$200+ range. Yikes x3! Luckily I found a couple of contenders at Home Depot that didn’t totally break the bank. I bought two, got them home, and tested them out in the space.

I really liked these ones from the Martha Stewart line, but they were pretty big and came far out from the wall. Not quite right in this bathroom that is on the more narrow side. Check out how excited Dan looks about this part of the design process. “Hold it there babe, okay now this one. Ummm can we go back to the first one again?”. What a guy.
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These next ones by Hampton Bay ended up being the winner. I liked the squared lines and they were much more appropriately sized for our space.

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My original vision for the room had included black faucets and possibly some black sconces. In the end though, budget won out. The only black faucets I could find (even the ones from IKEA) were more than $70 a piece, and quite tall, which had me worried about splashing in the not super deep vanity sinks. Plus, with the “olskar” faucets from IKEA at $25 a pop, I couldn’t beat the price. And likewise with the sconces, these Hampton Bay ones from Home Depot came in at about $50 a piece, and I liked how they tied in with the chrome faucets and chrome shower fixture.

Don’t mind the dust in these photos. Our entire house is coated in a layer of fine dust at all times right now, despite the frequency of mopping.
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Another new feature in the bathroom is the West Elm shower curtain. I splurged a little on this guy, but no regrets. I’m in love. I adore the waffled white top section, the stripes, and the fringe on the bottom. It all feels a bit Turkish inspired to me. I ordered it online when they were having a sale so I got it for $39 instead of the usual $49 price tag (+shipping as we don’t have a West Elm in Ottawa). DSC_1296 Oh and you might have noticed those shelves next to the shower. Well when we were planning out this bathroom, I decided that it made sense to make use of this space as the toilet didn’t need all that room in that corner. It wasn’t really wide enough to be a proper closet with a door, but I thought some open shelving would be great. A perfect spot to put some baskets, towels, whatever.

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My Dad cut and rounded the wood brackets and then our contractor quickly cut out the shelf pieces out of MDF. They were glued and nailed into the walls, so we made sure that we found the baskets we wanted to use in there first, to get the heights right. I still need to paint them obviously, but I love how custom they look.
DSC_1306All that is left to do is paint and add the accessories and art. I love this part! When 95% of the rooms in our house have unpainted trim and doors, let alone walls, having even just one room that will be completely finished is going to feel amazing.

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shower design with subway tile and marble tile niche

19th January 2015

Let’s get back to the progress in the kids/guest bathroom. It feels like the one room in the house that is somewhat close to being finished. Maybe because it’s the smallest? In any case, hallelujah. In the post last week you saw how we put down charcoal grey tiles in a herringbone pattern and installed the IKEA vanities. Well, let’s get to the shower design with subway tile and marble tile niche.

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Like the floor tile, there wasn’t any DIY’ing going on here (too little time – functional bathroom required!). We have a great tile guy who works quickly and does beautiful work. To start off, he painted the drywall with a waterproofing material.image (6)

As you can see, in keeping with the black + white direction of the room and my general French vibe, I figured that classic subway tiles would be perfect. Plus, they don’t do too much damage on the ol’ wallet. To up the ante a little though, I went with the extra long ones. You can still get them at your regular big box hardware store – I got these ones at Home Depot. The price per square foot didn’t end up being all that different from the usual 3×6 subway tile size.

That orange thing in the pic below is a niche – a little nook where you can put shampoos and stuff. It feels all kinds of fancy to me…. but in actual cost it was only an extra hundred bucks or so (for materials + a bit of extra time in labour). We placed it near the back of the shower as that way it would be easy to grab the bottles out of the main stream of water.

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I had a little fun with the niche and bought one sheet of marble hex tile. The hex tile wasn’t in our budget for the full shower, but buying just one sheet was do-able and totally adds a bit of glam (FYI, this tile was also from Home Depot). DSC_1327

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We went with a medium grey grout. I like the way the subway tiles pop, and I also like the fact that the grout won’t show dirt. Three cheers for less cleaning?!DSC_1331 DSC_1333

I would have looooooved to get a black shower head/drain set, but the black ones I could find were all on the expensive side. This budget-friendly Moen one in chrome was just under $150 and the traditional shape felt like it would suit the bathroom (it is this fixture from Rona, but this one on Amazon is very very similar). We have been happy with the fixture and have bought several Moen items that are all budget-friendly but holding up well.DSC_1343Oh, and here is a more “keepin’ it real” pic of the niche. It holds 4-5 bottles, which means that we have just a few tucked in that one corner (I’m a bit of a product lover, and Dan and I don’t use the same stuff… so you know… there are always quite a few bottles on the go!). I also need to grab one of those bags that you can put bath toys in. Right now, our various boats and ducks sit on the vanity when not in use. Not ideal! 
DSC_1346So that’s how it’s shaping up. I need to paint in there and then I can get to the really fun part: accessorizing. Oooh how I’m dying to put up a piece of art somewhere in the house.

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bathroom design: herringbone tile floor + IKEA vanities

7th January 2015

Let’s talk bathrooms today. With our bungalow-to-3-story-home renovation/addition currently underway, we are going from having 1 pretty teeny bathroom (remember how we renovated it a few years ago here?) to 3. Talk about luxury! We are leaving our master bathroom to finish until after we have moved in, as we will not need it right away. That way we can wait for good sales and do some of the finishing ourselves. The other bathroom on the second floor though – the one designated for kids and guests – is on the more immediate “must finish” list so that we have a functioning bathroom on the second floor. Keep reading for the scoop on how we laid herringbone tile floors and used IKEA vanities to get a luxe look on a budget.

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My original inspiration for this bathroom has been Paris. I love the cafes that often feature black and white schemes, subway tile, herringbone patterns, and classic pieces. I spoke a bit about my general design direction in this post, where I showed you my original moodboard…

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I have tried to stay true to the moodboard, but a few things have changed along the way due to budget (isn’t that always the case?).

Let’s start with the floor. This was undoubtedly going to be the highlight of the room for me. I wanted herringbone dark grey floors – non negotiable. I started my hunt for tile. The larger hardware stores don’t carry much in the long rectangular shape that really lends well to herringbone. Tiles tend to be 12×12 (square), 12×24, 12×36 – which just aren’t skinny and long enough for a good herringbone in this room. So, I started to go to some of the specialty tile shops in the city. Man, I was like a kid in the candy store, guys. I was actually a bit surprised to find pretty decent prices. I had been thinking that it was going to be much more expensive to go the tile shop route, but many had a good variety in prices and options. In the end, I found the perfect tile.

It is a 5×20 ceramic tile (from Centura Tile, for the local folks) in dark grey. It ran me $4.60 a square foot, which isn’t an insane deal or anything, but is still quite reasonably priced.

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We decided not to try DIYing any of the tile work in this room for a few reasons. Firstly – we needed it to happen fast. Since we aren’t living in the reno zone, finding time to go over there and actually work on the house, in between working jobs, parenthood, managing the rest of the reno, and other responsibilities, has been tricky. And secondly – it’s herringbone. That is tricky stuff! We have an amazing tile guy who does a perfect job…. so we were more than happy to pay him to lay all the tile for us. He busted out the herringbone floor in a day. NBD.  image (10)

Next up was the vanity. It’s not like we have an unlimited budget or anything, so I knew we needed to be cost conscious when choosing the vanity in here. Our priority was to have two sinks, but it could have been a single long vanity with two sinks or two separate vanities – I wasn’t picky. I looked around at the big hardware stores and online, but I kept coming back to IKEA. There just wasn’t much that could compare to their great prices and contemporary style.

When I went into the store and actually took a closer look at the Hemnes vanity, which was the one I had featured in my original moodboard, I knew it was perfect. I liked the white finish, the rounded edges on the sink top, the lip at the back, the legs, soft close drawers, and even the dark knobs. They have a pretty classic shape and look. Luckily they come in a few different sizes, so we were able to fit two next to each other instead of one long one (more drawer space! more elbow room!).

As is the case with IKEA stuff, there is a bit of a production zone putting the pieces all together.

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Dan had his trusty assistant helping him install the vanities. She was so funny picking up pieces of tube and sticking them up through the drain hole. Really trying to help Dad. I think I see a future renovator… ??image (4)

Oh, and see how the drawers come lined in that stripe paper? I thought that was a super nice touch. Well played, IKEA.

Alright, that’s it for today. Gotta get over to the house and unpack Maya’s room. I have a whole car full of little girl clothes and toys waiting for me. Who knew she had SO MUCH STUFF. But this bathroom is coming together in lightning speed so I’ll be back soon with the rest of the progress! Hope you guys are having a great week!

Update: See more bathroom progress in this post about our shower tile, and this one about getting the perfect gray paint and accessorizing.

the sweetest digs - industrial chic bathroom design

reno planning: a french industrial bathroom design

10th July 2014

The IKEA kitchen and bathroom events are on right now (for us anyway, not sure if that’s coordinated across the country or North America?). But anyway, we have some serious shopping to do for our renovation. We are planning on going with IKEA for our kitchen cabinetry and bathroom vanities – we have heard such good reviews, like the look, and obviously the price is right. Custom or higher end stuff just ain’t in the cards for us right now. Anyway, I have been pouring over the options and planning out our kitchen and bathrooms. So exciting, but also a bit daunting to have to do it all at once! Today I’ll let you in on what I’m thinking for the kids bathroom – french industrial bathroom design.

If you follow me on Pinterest, you might have seen my kids bath board. I like to gather inspiration this way – create boards for the room, pin away without doing too much thinking, and then look it all over and see the themes that pop out at you. In this case, I have been really drawn to bathrooms that have a monochromatic and industrial vibe, with what feels to be as a French influence.

Here is what I’m thinking.

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>> Subway Tile. C’mon, subway tile has a lot going for it. Super budget friendly, and paired with a dark grey grout it has a cool vibe that I’m totally digging. I’m thinking of subway tile in the shower, and on the wall behind the vanity.

>> Dark grey floor tiles. I want something that is going to hold up well to the wear and tear that a kids bathroom takes. I think some dark grey ceramic floor tiles will be a good choice. I would die to have them laid in a herringbone pattern (the dream!). Again, paired with a grey grout to ensure that I’m not having to go at the grout with a toothbrush to clean them all the time. I have learned my lesson on going with white grout on floor tile (NOT GOOD!).

If you are a reader in Australia, you may have heard of ABL Tile & Bathroom Centre. They have a huge selection of tiles, many like the ones I am imagining for this bathroom, so you should pop over to check them out! 

>> White vanity. I want to keep the vanity simple, and the IKEA Hemnes double vanity in white is the winner. I like the classic look, double sinks, and the fact that it has drawers rather than cabinets. Plus, the price tag is right (with the sale right now it’s marked down to $381).

>> Black faucets. To keep with the french, industrial vibe I am keen to go with black faucets. I love the look, plus I figure they will be good at not showing finger and water prints as much. I’m all about the low maintenance.

>> Copper accents. I like the way this metal warms up the black and white scheme, so I’m keen to bring in a pendant and accessories in copper, and potentially DIY a towel bar out of copper piping.

What do you think? Are you with me on this one? Think it’ll hold up well to the little feet of kiddos and guests?  Do you have this vanity from IKEA, by any chance? It’ll be our main bathroom on the second floor, so needs to function well. You can follow me on Pinterest to see what else I’ve been lusting after as we plan the rooms for our renovated house.

Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by the ABL Tile & Bathroom Centre.

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elaine’s bathroom

20th February 2014

I received an email a few weeks ago from a reader, Elaine (also from Ontario|!), about a bathroom she recently made over. Elaine was inspired by the vanity that we built in our bathroom (you can see that here), and wanted to show me how hers turned out. I totally loved the bathroom, so I thought I would share it with you guys!

Here is the before – dated, and oh so beige.

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Unlike in our bathroom, the Godmorgon vanity base from IKEA fit in her space but had to be cut down to be slightly more narrow (it could only be 15″ deep). The drawers also had to be cut down a bit to accommodate the sink drain. Elaine used the same legs like we did, and then added some similar modern slim hardware (hers came from here).

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See the sink? Well it is an antique lab sink from Queen’s University that Elaine found at a local architectural salvage spot (here). Cool eh? I love details like that that give rooms so much character. The counter top is the ever popular Cambria Torquay quartz (a carrara marble lookalike).

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I love that floor, don’t you? I’m crazy for those vintage-inspired patterned tiles.

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Some clever storage solutions are important in tight bathrooms like this one. Elaine snuck some drawers and cabinets in this little nook.

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The whole bathroom was about $6000 in materials and labour (most of the labour was done by Elaine herself!). Oh and the bathtub? Elaine got it for free on freecycle. Love that. Elaine is a kitchen and bathroom designer, and has her own facebook page here.

It’s pretty eh? I’m adore a vintage-meets-modern bathroom in a white and grey palette like this one. What do you think? Thanks for sharing, Elaine! If any of you have a room makeover or DIY you’d like to share, I’d love to see it! 

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bathroom updates: seeing grey

28th November 2013

So you know how we put up this pretty paisley shower curtain back when we reno’d the bathroom in spring of 2012?

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Well, I still love it, but with the cooler temperatures outside I was ready to make our bathroom a little less spring-y, and a little more moody. When I saw this grey and white greek-inspired fabric shower curtain at HomeSense for $20, I knew it would do the trick.

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See how the shower curtain ties in really nicely with the grey flecks in the marble floor?

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And paired with some new dark grey towels (from IKEA), it all feels a little more winter-appropriate in here.

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It’s impossible to take a good photograph in this bathroom as it is so tiny, but you get the idea.

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I’m sure the paisley curtain will make a return in here at some point, but sometimes all you need is a little switch up to make a room feel totally new and fresh.

You guys doing any small changes in your pad? Do you switch out shower curtains or pillow cases or other accessories from time to time to keep things fresh?

the DIY files: installing a floor transition

6th May 2013

So remember when we renovated our bathroom from this…

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Well, I don’t know about you, but usually after big projects there are a few little niggling details to finish up and somehow they just get left on the back burner. Left in the dust for the new, more exciting projects.

What had we left for over a year without finishing? The floor transition between the bathroom and the hallway. Whoopsies. I figured it was high time to get my butt into gear and finish this bad boy off.

I forgot to take a true ‘before’ photo – sorry, bad blogger – but you can imagine that it just went from the tile to the hardwood flooring (which is slightly lower and so there was this weird edgy gap). It didn’t look pretty.

We purchased an oak strip transition from Home Depot (they only cost a few bucks), and hubby installed it. It was one that was specifically designed for transitioning floors that aren’t level. I puttied up the drill holes with some wood filler and let it dry for a few days.

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Oh, and please disregard the lack of sweeping before these photos were taken. Just keepin’ it real with the dust, folks. After giving the whole thing a light sand and then wiping it down with a damp cloth, I taped off the edges with some ScotchBlue edgelock painters tape and pulled out my paint. It’s the same high gloss white trim + door paint that I have used throughout the house.DSC_0285

After two coats and removing the tape, here she was. SO much better. Just gives it that more polished look. Seriously, why did that take us so long?

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Oh, and I wanted to wait a few weeks before posting about this just to make sure the paint stayed up to wear and tear (I was a bit worried about it chipping – I haven’t painted a floor transition before), but I’m happy to report that it still looks good as new.

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So that’s it! Not the most thrilling post, I know, but one of those handy things to know how to do if you ever need to put one in yourself. In the rest of our place we have those old dingy brass ones which would be nice to replace at some point. Just something else to add to the list!

Have you guys ever installed a floor transition? Used a different material that you liked, or didn’t? Also, did you have a great weekend? It was sunny and hot here (we just skipped spring altogether this year – hello, summer!), so we spent the whole time outside. A bit of garage sale-ing, some reading in the backyard, walking around the neighbourhood — it was lovely.

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the bathroom renovation: almost a year later

8th February 2013

Ever since our bathroom reno (which happened almost a year ago now!), I have had some reader questions about how we are liking some of the products we chose.

Here is a reminder of the before + after of this wee little room.

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The tiles. The white subway tiles and aqua glass tiles we chose from Home Depot for the shower and sink areas are still rocking my socks. They are classic and so easy to keep clean. I just wipe them down every now and again with a spray tile cleaner and they look good as new. The white grout we chose also hasn’t discoloured and still looks great.

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The marble tiles on the floor make me weak in the knees. I love those guys. They appear shiny in the photos (more so than they are in real life), and aren’t slippery or cold. We do use a bath mat when we step out of the shower so we don’t get water everywhere, but there hasn’t been any slipping or sliding around. The grout does get dirty and needs to be vacuumed from time to time (the sweep + mop combo that happens on the regular isn’t good enough to get the little bits out of the grout). All in all though, still a lot of love going on here.

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The fixtures. One thing I hadn’t thought too much about when we were buying our fixtures was brushed versus not. We wanted to go chrome, as we liked the look next to the marble and aqua tiles, but I sort of wish we had gone for brushed chrome. The regular chrome is lovely and shiny, but it does get marks on it really easily. Not a big deal to just wipe down, but I’m slightly obsessive about it, and so the brushed might have been better for my streak-free nature. Other than that though, we have loved the fixtures we chose (Moen in the shower, and IKEA for the sink).

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The sink. The sink is a trough sink (the Lillangen from IKEA), and we love it. We had been worried initially about whether it would be deep enough not to splash back, but it is great (no splashing to report!). It also has this handy little ledge along the back of the sink that is perfect for putting our toothbrushes or soap dispenser on. The water doesn’t usually reach out to the sides of the sink unless you are filling it up, so you can get a bit of dirt on either edge. I just wipe it down every few days with a washcloth and it’s no biggie. On the whole, we are still loving it’s sleek and sexy look.

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The vanity. If you remember this reno, you’ll recall that we built the vanity ourselves due to very limited space (needed to fit into our narrow nook, but be floating high enough to not cover the heat vent). The vanity itself has worked out really well. I love the floating aspect – it makes cleaning underneath so easy and gives the room more floorspace to help it seem larger than it is. I also like having the two deep drawers. You can store SO much in there, and it has meant that we were able to move a ton of stuff out of our linen closet and into the bathroom. Yay for storage.

There are so many great options for bathroom vanities out there now, so DIY’ing one definitely isn’t necessary. From antique bath vanities, to ones with a more modern design, there are tons of different options and styles to choose from.

 

The tub. We went with a fairly low-end tub from Home Depot (this one). It has been really comfortable (yay for being able to take baths again!), and I like the simple, sleek look of the tub. The one downside is that we have found that it tends to stain more than other tubs. In the summertime with our dirty feet, it would get dark marks on the bottom of the tub pretty easily. My usual non-toxic bath cleaner isn’t enough to get it out, and cream Vim has been the only thing that works. Ever since then, we have started to buy those plastic bubbly mats that go on the bottom of the tub floor, which has really helped. So not the end of the world, but a little bit frustrating.

All in all, we are happy to report that despite a few small things, we have been really pleased with all of our choices. It definitely has that spa feeling, and is still one of my favourite spaces in the house.

Have you used any of the same products? Got any bathroom renovation tips or things you learned along the way? Planning a bathroom reno yourself? 

*This post was sponsored by Modern Bathroom. All content and opinions are my own (no free product was received by Modern Bathroom). Head on over to their site to check out their huge selection of bathroom goodies! 

the DIY files: getting frosty

16th November 2012

I am pretty embarrassed to admit that this project has taken us 3 years to do (granted we didn’t live in the house for a year of that, but still!). You know our main floor bathroom that we renovated earlier this year? Well, you might have noticed that there is a window… and that that window has a great view out to our driveway and our neighbours house. Right into their kitchen window. Well, hello there!

As you can imagine, there was a lot of quickly-hopping-into-the-shower-so-that-the-neighbours-don’t-see-me behaviour. Doesn’t really make for a peaceful, relaxing space. Haha.

So out came some of the peel and stick frosting you can get from most hardware stores (ours came from Home Depot). We got the plain stuff – so nothing with any kind of pattern or special texture. It comes in a big roll, so you measure out your window and cut it down to size using an exacto knife. Just make sure to cut on some sort of hard surface underneath (I used that brown board you see in the photo).

Next step is to give the windows a really good cleaning. Luckily my lovely mum had just cleaned our windows for us with vinegar and water (I know, I have the most amazing mama!). Right before applying the frosting, you want to give the windows a good spritz of a water and soap mixture – I used a few drops of dishwashing liquid in my spray bottle.

Then peel the backing off the frosting and stick it on the window. Follow that up with a second, liberal spritz of the water + soap mixture on top. At this point you will see lots of bubbles… don’t panic!

Take a credit card out of your wallet (or air miles card in my case) and smooth out the bubbles. I found it was best to work from the middle out towards the edges. You’ll get quite a bit of water coming out from underneath, so I found it useful to have a small towel nearby to wipe it down as I went.

Once it’s all smooth, give it a last wipe down, and let it all dry. They say it’s good to leave a gap between the edge of the film and the window. Mine is probably slightly bigger than what I needed to leave, but I figured since the screen would be on top, it wouldn’t be too noticeable.

And here it is the next day. Look at all that privacy! I could even start to do some air drying in here… hahaha.

I was a little worried that the frosting would look ultra tacky, but actually it’s pretty inconspicuous and doesn’t really take away from the window or the light streaming through.

Have you guys used this peel ‘n stick frosting stuff before? Have a window directly into your neighbours pad? Feeling a little too ‘out in the open’ like we were?  Have a great weekend!!