Bathroom Update

March 25, 2020 at 6:47 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I thought we were going to live with the 85% bathroom update for a while. But we got a little shove to take it to 98% done now. 🤣 What this means is that we redid the flooring! Yay! And we added a mirror and a couple more custom shelves in the laundry room.

We used snap-in wood and vinyl flooring and it was super easy! Except for dealing with the uniqueness of an antique house with crooked walls and missing trim, etc, but we managed and it’s been amazing and seems super durable already. We ended up going with large quarter round as trim because we need to hide some of those flaws from a very old house. But I love the look here!

The ONLY thing left is to replace the faucet. Soon. We are going to live with the sink and counter top for a while, but I can deal with that.

How cute are the little shelves holding laundry items?! We made them the same way, with plumbing pipes and hand whitewashed boards.

Remember, this is a mini refresh, (see the before shots, yikes, 2 posts back!) not a total overhaul, so this girl will still have to dream of one day having a stacking washer and dryer and wall cabinetry. This is gorgeous to me for now! 😉



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Bath/Laundry Room Update

February 11, 2020 at 8:38 pm (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We knew we wanted a fixer-upper, and we sure got it with this one! But we are enjoying putting in the work and making it into what we want for a home. The bathroom was no exception. We can’t afford a complete gut and overhaul of every room (I wish!), so this is a little refresh.



We will put a new faucet in soon and plan to redo the bath and laundry room floors in a few months. But for now, wow. Its clean. Its peaceful. I’m in love.

We made the bathroom hook boards because in old houses you are at the mercy of where the studs may or may not be when hanging things. Attach the hooks in the spacing you want and then attach the boards to the wall where the studs allow.

We also made the shelves ourselves and hand “grayed” the boards by smearing white paint with fingers. Tedious but so worth it. The brackets are plumbing hardware and can be found at Mendards. We painted the parts with a light oil rubbed bronze spray paint.

We made the jar light fixture by painting the old silver fixture with oil rubbed bronze paint and adding the jars. We took solid jar lids and made holes in them to fix the jars to the fixture. Once it’s all painted you can’t see what method you used to attach them.

All on a budget for a quick fix up. We did add a new shower, as ours was a walk in when we bought the house and we needed a tub for the kids. Paint and curtains, and especially shelving, make a huge, but affordable difference!

Here are some fun detail shots.

A few detail links:



Light fixtures

Amber jars

Wood laundry sign

Laundry rack

What do you think? Any recommendations?



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Home Offices

December 29, 2011 at 12:59 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have been pining away at lots of beautiful home offices lately.  There’s a reason… I finally got a job in Iowa! Not only am I completely stoked to be officially living in Iowa full-time, but also, this job allows me to do a lot of my work from home! 😀

This is the perfect set up for me.  It will allow me more spare time to get projects done, and we also have the office space set up for me to do it!  But, currently our bright red and semi-cramped office space is needing a major spruce.  So, enter blogland inspiration. 

Some photos of offices out there are gorgeous.  However, social work doesn’t allow me to be glamorous or clutter my work space with pretties.  That leaves me fewer options.  I need a functional space that I also feel comfortable and like myself in.  Plus, we are hoping to leave the futon on the other side of the room and use the space someday for a partial play-room as well.  Oh, and did I mention that I can’t change much as far as items because I am working with a non-existent budged!? Let’s see if I can pull this off…

Here are some faves for you all!

I love the bookcases in this photo.  It utilizes the space well, which is what I really need to do!

This office also has great shelving for storage, while also remaining a bit feminine and glam.  I need an office that can work for me from everything from my personal business, to kids and family projects, to social work moments.

I also like having my desk in the middle of the room or at least facing outwards instead of towards a wall.  It helps if I need to meet with clients.  Here is another one like that.


I’m not a huge fan of green walls, but I love the black frames in this office.

This office has been my dream office for years now and was the inspiration for the office in my last house being light blue.  This one might end up light blue as well, with the addition of the red items. Again with the black frames!

Another blue office.  Reminds me of mine with the couch.  Something so sweet about this one!

This one is so sweet and has that touch of glam I’d love.


Well?  What do you all think?  I’d love suggestions for my new home office!

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