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Bathroom Before & Afters

We got started on the two upstairs bathrooms shortly after the new year & I am excited to finally share the details as well as some before & after pictures! These bathrooms were so fun to update, I think bathrooms might be my favorite room in the house to remodel. Give me all the subway + hex tile!

In our second upstairs bathroom, which is smaller & we use for guests, we did a very similar style but used one large mirror & undermount sinks.

sources: faucets // overmount sinks // overmount faucets // mirrors (similar here and here) // light fixtures

A lot of you have asked about doing bathroom updates on a budget so I wanted to share a few of the things we did here to save money & some tips for adding style while doing it yourself!

  1. Salvage whatever you can, most importantly the tub & existing cabinets. This can easily add up to a few thousand dollars, but also helps to keep the original feel of the house. We painted the cabinets using an oil based paint (Fieldstone by Benjamin Moore in eggshell finish) & added new black hardware. If you are able to leave existing vanities, you don’t have to mess with flooring, and in our case was hardwoods, so it saved us a ton of money.
  2. The countertops were super dated, but by finding an affordable style of quartz (under $50 per square foot) we were able to replace them which completely updated the look of the vanities. We added new sinks & faucets, all for around $50 each from Amazon (significantly less expensive than high end hardware companies).
  3. White subway tile & hex tile on the floors are both crazy inexpensive, but allow you to update a bathroom and still feel super classic. I don’t think they will ever go out of style!! They also make a huge statement, so if you can carry them to the ceiling or wrap them around a water closet, it wouldn’t cost much more! Our tile for both of these bathrooms cost less than $500!
  4. Skip traditional towel bars for fun wall hooks, lots of style and a custom feel for little money & work.
  5. Don’t skimp on lighting or mirrors, they’re the custom pieces that will make the room, and again, you can do these quite inexpensively, look at amazon or home goods!

And here is a shot of one of the bathrooms before (the only picture I could find which I think is from the original house listing!).

I would love to still add some framed art on the walls but we will have to save that for another day, it’s bath time! XO

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Favorite Things // For the Home

How are we already halfway through February?! This month has been crazy (aren’t they all?) but we are feeling all the Spring vibes and finally coming out of our extra long month of post-holiday rest! Today I am rounding up a handful of my favorite accessories for the home, all (but one) under $50! These are the things I love no matter the season & think they are all truly timeless accessories for making your home feel cozy + a little whimsical!

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven

Cutting boards are great for kitchen styling but also make perfect photo props when you are shooting food! I love that they’re functional & durable, and also bring warmth to a kitchen. Obsessed with this one from Target for only $13, and the little copper insert makes it even cuter!

WeΒ  have updated almost all of the lighting in our house, I think it is a relatively inexpensive way to totally update a space. If you or your spouse are handy, these can be super easy to change out, otherwise it is also pretty inexpensive for a professional to pop in and change them. We LOVE this wall light for under $50, we have it in bronze in our hallways & powder bath, and in chrome in our other bathrooms. I also love the ceiling version found here to update boring boob lights! πŸ˜‰

Storage baskets & trays are the easiest way to contain clutter and make it not feel so messy. All of our closets & drawers are filled with baskets like these, they’re perfect for makeup, headbands & bows, puzzle pieces, everything! These are the cutest and are under $5! Give me all of them.

Coffee table books are probably my favorite accessory of all, I have absolutely no shame in buying a book that has a pretty binding & also find it so therapeutic to flip through actual book pages instead of scrolling on a rainy day!

I will never stop collecting all of the colored latte bowls, they’re the easiest way to switch up kitchen decor for holidays & are the perfect size for your favorite bowl of cereal! Also in the kitchen, cake stands! I use them for every single holiday & birthday, and they’re an easy way to add height to a tablescape or just to keep on your counter for year round decor.

And of course, throw pillows! I am definitely a pillow & blanket hoarder. But most of the pillows in our house rotate between rooms, they could easily be on our bed, couch or even in the girls rooms and still feel like they fit! I am in love with this embroidered one (with tassels!) and would most definitely claim it for my own bed.

May have to buy it for myself for Valentine’s day! πŸ˜‰

Hope you all get to enjoy lots of fresh flowers & heart shaped things tomorrow! Happy Valentine’s Day Eve!! XO

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Laundry Room Refresh

Our laundry room might be the hardest room in the house to photograph, with a big window pouring light right onto everything but also so small I can’t quite get a big picture shot. So these are going to have to do for now, and we are so excited to have an updated & super functional laundry space c/o my handy (and handsome) hubby!!

We tore out the existing cabinets above the washer & dryer, added some exposed shelves (using these brackets) and a surround. Having a table top over the washer & dryer is SO functional for sorting and folding. It definitely doesn’t help my lack of enthusiasm for actually putting them away though, sometimes they sit folded all week (oops!). We took out the plastic sink & added a large basin stainless steel sink, which we use all the time for the girls muddy boots + all of our paintbrushes from projects. Instructions for how we did everything can be found here!

Here is the before picture!!

We did this entire project for under $500 and I think it adds a ton of character & charm! If you are looking to do an affordable laundry update, I hope this can give you a little bit of inspiration!

Now back to actually folding that laundry. XO

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