Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ambitions Realized - Guest Bath & Dining Room Reveal

It’s certainly been a LONG time coming – we’ve had a very busy month here and I’m not sure why that surprises me, but there’s something about April the last few years that just keeps me hopping like it was December. A lot of it could be Royal Wedding Party #1 and Party #2…

While trying to keep up with everything else and listening in as my kids practically educate themselves some days, I’ve finally finished the redecorating of my guest bathroom.

Remember what I started with:
The burnt orange and yuck green paintDSCN0354
The crumbling wallsDSCN0357
The peeling paintDSCN0360
The horrible light fixture and giant mirrorDSCN0361
It took weeks of working just a little at a time DSCN0424(scraping the paint took the MOST time. I wonder how some of it even stayed on for the last six years we’ve lived here…)

I repaired the walls, purchased a good Kilz primer to cover the awful orange and bond the new latex to any oil based paint underneath, new paint for the walls (I ended up with one of the very same paints I used in my living room faux finish and it only took me about an hour to pick it out.) I had trim paint on hand – all the trim in the house will eventually be this color. I picked a new lovely brown metallic (by Martha Stewart at Home Depot) for the vanity – I’ll also be using it in my master bathroom, a new mirror and light fixture from China-Mart, new towel bar, towel ring and TP holder from Home Goods, and for the rest I shopped for in my own home.
Here’s the result:
It’s hard to tell with my camera – but that’s a very, very pale yellow spelling our sir name over the dark brown.

I get all of my monogramming done at Shop 24 – an excellent Etsy shop with superb service and quality.
Better, eh? I was going for a five star luxury hotel look – I think I arrived more at the Hampton Inn, but it’s an improvement nonetheless.

The dining room is done too, but  not quite as exciting or awe inspiring.
Yes – it’s a little bigger… just kidding – the leaf is out of the table. But I do think it opens up the space a little to be rid of the drapes. Plus the added benefit of having the blinds now. It’s MUCH cooler in the afternoons when the sun comes blazing in the west side.DSCN0346DSCN0431
It’s difficult to see changes, but I repaired the corners where the walls were cracked and shifted, removed the drapes and installed blinds and new valences (tutorial later.)DSCN0430
Next on the list… the Master Bath.

You can see where I did some of my “shopping” for the “new” bathroom above…
All paints used in the bath re-decorate are Behr Premium Plus from the Home Depot
  • Bathroom Walls – Biloxi
  • Vanity – Martha Stewart Living Precious Metals Eagle Brown
  • Trim – Swiss Coffee
Dining room wall paint is Glidden (from Lowes) color is Apple-A-Day
I’m linking to:

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special


Stuff and Nonsense

TONS of fabulous inspiration at these link parties… go check them out!


  1. Love the new bathroom - so much brighter and cheerier. Lots of work I know, but so worth it, isn't it?

  2. WoW amazing differences...very nice!

  3. WOW! What a transformation and such a great payoff for all of your hard work. It looks gorgeous! I love the new cornices in your dining room too. Thanks so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!

  4. Nice job! Love where you "shop", ha! And I do love Behr paint!

  5. What a great makeover! Totally worth all of the hard work, I'm sure :)
    I'd love it if you'd link it up to The AFTER Party @ 3 Meadow Lake Cottage...


  6. THANKS for the kind words, ladies.

    Susanne - I find shopping my own home to be the most affordable - and sometimes even fun ;0)

    Erin - thanks for the invitation - I linked up - some great inspiration you've got goin' on over there!

    Happy Mom's Day!

  7. I've seen the bath in person and it looks even better than the pictures. Sara, you did a fabulous job! It's gorgeous. Better than Hampton Inn for sure. Maybe Omni Hotel. :) Lisa~

  8. Wow, it looks so light and bright! So much work, but so worth it! Visiting From Metamorphous Monday


  9. Love your bathroom redo! Hampton Inn, indeed! :) Your dining room looks great too, and the window treatments are fascinating! Thanks for sharing with us at Between Naps -


  10. What a lot of work--you did a great job!

  11. just wanted to tell you that i featured your bath reno today at fridays unfolded...have a wonderful weekend!

    stuff and nonsense

  12. Sarah it looks great, well done! Love the monogram towels too.I always enjoy my visits to your lovely blog.I hope you'll stop by Katherines Corner. The new giveaway is up! xo


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