Introducing: Our New Master Bathroom and Bedroom Remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

Confession: I’ve somehow managed to sit on this post for a little bit longer than I should have. Time got away from me. But it’s finally time for me to show a little before and after of our house renovation. Introducing: our new master bathroom and bedroom remodel!

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

We have been talking about a revamp of this space ever since we moved in a few years ago. Our bedroom floor was covered with carpet, which was just a disguise for the water damaged hardwood floors below. I know some people love carpet, but I am NOT a fan. It catches dog hair, dirt, allergens, and is just a pain in the butt to maintain. I much prefer a hard floor that I can easily vacuum and mop. It was such a DELIGHT to see the carpet ripped up, rolled up, and removed from our house.

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

Let’s talk about a few more details that I was excited to improve upon. The bathroom vanity, to start. Oh boy, how I despised that thing. The sink was mounted above the counter, which made it a pain in the butt to clean. It was a cheaper vanity, with a veneer that was peeling back in some places. The previous owners had drilled holes in the side to mount a toilet paper holder…but they drilled in the wrong place the first time so there was just a set of holes in the side of the vanity. Ugh.

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

Don’t get me started on the tile on the walls. I am not a fan, and the peachy, flesh colored tiles were just too much for the small space. Whoever had tiled it previously didn’t do the best of jobs either – they were somewhat uneven/not flush to the wall in some places.

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

And the shower? The horror. The gold plated track/frame? YUUUUCK! Cleaning it was terrible, and the shower glass was etched horribly thanks to non-softened water and what was probably little upkeep from previous owners. I tried so many times to remove the buildup, but that glass was permanently foggy in appearance no matter what I did. The tile inside was all the way up the walls AND on the ceiling of the shower. Danger. We had a number of different contractors come through our house to give us an estimate on the work, and one of them in particular was telling me a story of how a potential customer of his DIED because a tile in the ceiling of her shower fell and cracked her in the head before he was able to come to her house to do the work. Needless to say, as soon as he told me that tale I no longer showered in our master bedroom. ***Shudder.***

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

But hey – it’s all gone now! After sifting through so many options, we settled on a tile that we would take throughout the entire bathroom and bedroom. I am SO happy with how it turned out. The style is called “wine barrel,” which I found appropriate for me. There are hints of gray, blue, and green throughout the wood-like tile. I am slightly obsessed. After just a few weeks of having the floor in place, I can already vouch for how much cooler in temperature it feels in our bedroom, how much easier it is to clean, and how much cleaner it just FEELS in general in the room. Whew!

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

Let’s not forget about the shower. Be still, my heart. We were able to take the ceiling up to meet the rest of the room’s level – a bit more than a foot of extra space! I picked out a 12″ x 24″ white tile with a leaf-like pattern on it. When pieced together properly, it created a continuous pattern. The grout lines are barely even there – you can’t tell unless you get up close.

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

For the shower floor, we were lucky to find that our floor tile was offered in a mosaic tile as well. That decision was easy to make!

Now, this picture doesn’t include the final piece of the puzzle – the shower door! We had a glass door installed that swings in and out instead of back and forth on a track like the previous one. It is sleek, clean, and is barely noticeable. We are getting a water softener/conditioner installed, and I have my squeegee on hand to make sure this glass stays absolutely perfect.

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

The bathroom vanity is a DIY project my mother and I took on, and I could not be happier about the final result! I am going to show some more detail shortly, but in the meantime just enjoy! Of course, at this point our mirror was not yet hung over the sink, so I’ll have to follow up with another glamor shot in the near future.

All in all, I am SO happy with the before and after of our bedroom/bathroom! It feels like an entirely new space. Of course, these pictures only show a sneak preview of the room before we added the furniture and decor back in. I have a few things I’m working on to show (changing out the hanging light by the bathroom, revamping our headboard for our bed, etc.), but you’ll have to tune back in for those!

Have you undergone a home renovation in the past? What did you take on?

Under construction: our bathroom renovation…

bathroom and bedroom renovation

Things have been a little crazy around the house this past week. It’s finally happened: our master bathroom is now under construction! I honestly was wondering if this time would ever come around. I think we have been talking about remodeling our master bedroom and bathroom for over a year now. The suspense has been killing me, and now the bathroom renovation is underway!

Everything is in motion. Last Sunday we moved everything out of our bedroom and bathroom and attempted to organize it all into our spare bedroom and my office. It was a challenge, but we somehow managed to get everything to fit. Justin and I are now camping out in the spare bedroom for the next two weeks or so.

bathroom shower renovation

On Monday, the demolition began! I was so excited to see everything removed – the bathroom vanity was ripped out (it was not good quality and had a plastic-like veneer on the outside that was peeling back from the drawers), the toilet, the sink, the shower door – everything out! The tile on the bathroom floors AND the walls was torn out: bye bye, ugly tile! Then, the carpet from the bedroom was pulled up, and the hardwood floors that were UNDER the carpet were ripped up and carried out. So, basically our master bedroom and bathroom is a demolition zone for the time being.

This past week the progress has been pretty simple: the demolition of the bedroom and bathroom, and then the start of the shower! I am SO excited to see the finished product. Our shower ceiling was one foot lower than the rest of the ceiling in the bathroom (we actually raised the ceiling in the rest of the room at an earlier date for a quick fix), which was not a great situation. The low shower ceiling meant that it was harder for the shower to air out/ventilate…so the hot and humid air was always trapped inside the shower. Even if we left the door wide open, never shut the bathroom door, and had the fan running, it always seemed to be a problem. Well, our new shower will have ceiling another foot higher, and we are putting in a glass wall instead of a door, so it will always be aired out and open!

bathroom shower tile

As for the tile for the shower, I’m slightly obsessed. I found these wave patterned white tiles, and I love the continuous pattern they make. So far, the tiles are in place, but we still need to have the shower floor put in (and the tile grouted). We have the rain shower head and the valve selected and ready to go…I can’t wait to see how it all comes together! Maybe at this time next week I will be able to show off the bathroom vanity my mom and I found and revamped…the finished flooring…and mayyyybe the rooms will be finished? I might be dreaming at this point, but I’m hoping to see our new rooms complete in the very near future!

Have you done any home renovations? What did you undertake?

An Under the Sink Makeover, plus Palmolive® Multi-Surface

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Under the sink makeover

It has happened to many of us at some point in time: plumbing issues. They never occur at a convenient time, do they? We recently had some major trouble with our kitchen sink when Justin and I discovered our faucet was leaking. One afternoon when we opened the cabinet below our sink, water poured out onto our kitchen floor and flooded it. We spent an hour or so cleaning everything out from under the sink, drying it off, and trying to fix the problem. In the end, we had to call a plumber and ended up installing a new faucet. In the end, everything was fixed, and inspiration struck. I was going to take this plumbing disaster and make it into an opportunity for an under the sink makeover.

Under the sink makeover

I am about to show you what the underside of my sink looks like. This makes me nervous. But I have to show you the before so you can appreciate the after. Gulp…here goes nothing:

Under the sink makeover

If you look underneath your sink, how many different bottles of cleaning solutions do you own? I know in my case, the total is quite large. I have separate products for every surface, for different cleaning purposes, even for different seasons. Why, oh why do I need so many different items? Surely there are some solutions that can allow me to compress the amount of items I store under my sink, plus help me reduce my time cleaning the kitchen each day. The more “me-time” I can get, the better!

Under the sink makeover

I found my answer in a product from Palmolive®: Palmolive® Multi Surface! Let’s talk about how genius this product is. It is formulated to clean both dishes AND kitchen surfaces. How amazing is that? It combines two of my kitchen cleaning staples into one simple and easy to use product, which makes my life easier…and keeps the area underneath my sink less cluttered.

Palmolive Multi Surface

I was able to easily pick up a bottle for myself at Walmart: it was located right by all of the other dish soap products! Palmolive® Multi Surface eliminates 99.9% of bacteria (*staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica and E. coli ((157:H7)) from dishes and hard non porous kitchen surfaces, which gives me peace of mind when I’m in the kitchen. It is one of the most important places in my home that I want to keep perfectly sanitary, so I enjoy that I can be sure that both my dishes and my counter tops are safe!

Under the sink makeover

So – on to the under the sink makeover! My old habit was to simply shove every cleaning item under the sink. There was no rhyme or reason to where things went: I simply threw them under the sink and went about my business. However, when the time would come for me to find a specific item, I would find myself down on my hands and knees, reaching to the back of the kitchen sink. It wasn’t fun for my body, and it took time out of my day. UGH! So – I acquired two simple items to help organize my products (including my new Palmolive® Multi Surface).

Under the sink makeover

First up: a wooden crate! It sounds simple, but placing your under the sink items in a crate or box can keep them in line: they won’t fall over as easily, and if you are looking for a specific product, you can simply pull the entire crate out from under the sink and locate it without crawling to the back of the cabinet. Time savers: I love them! I found this simple wooden crate and knew it would be the perfect size for under our sink…plus it looks super cute! My Palmolive® Multi Surface now has its own perfect little home in there.

Under the sink makeover

My second easy fix for under the sink: a tension rod! This simple little item is a life saver for storage! I simply added the tension rod towards the front of the sink cabinet, then used it as a hanging rod for my spray bottles.

Under the sink makeover

Since that space under the sink is usually just empty and unused, it really helps with creating an organized area! In addition, the spray bottles are easier to reach this way: I can just open the cabinet door, grab, and go!

Under the sink makeover

All in all, I am pretty pleased with how my under the sink makeover turned out! I have to say: turning my plumbing disaster into something positive was just what I needed!

Do you have any tips for organizing your kitchen? How would you use your extra “me-time” by using Palmolive® Multi Surface?

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

They’re baaaaaaaaack!!!! Our two friends were such a hit in front of our house last year (and on the Internet as well), that Justin and I certainly could not resist setting them up again. So today I am sharing with you our 2014 DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween!

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

Of course, we already had our two skeletons on hand from last year (CLICK HERE to see our previous setup), but as a refresher, we found them at two locations – a lucky score at Ross, and one from Target!

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

We figured since we live in Florida, it would only make sense to take that into consideration with this year’s pose. Justin and I replaced our beach chairs with a new set this summer, and we still had the old ones in the garage. They served as a perfect seat for each of our skeletons. Posing them was a bit easier than last year, as they didn’t need to be standing up like before. We did use some wire (from coat hangers) and fishing line to shape and pose the arms a bit.

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

A bit of rummaging in our house yielded a few extra pairs of sunglasses we don’t wear anymore…and were destined for the garage sale bin. Perfect! We wouldn’t want our skeletons to be blinded by the Florida sun…

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

Our new addition to the lawn skeleton family came in the form of a flock of friends. As soon as we stumbled upon these skeleton flamingos (which I lovingly refer to as “skelemingos”), we had to have them. I love them! Posed next to our large skeleton friends, it just seemed like the right thing to do.

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

I can’t help but chuckle every time that I walk outside and catch a glimpse of this duo. To me, they look like they’re two best pals having quite the chat! Perhaps I should name them? Hmmm.

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

And my skeleton crew is not alone this year. We had some leftover bones from last year’s setup and we decided to add them to our dying flowerbed (which needs to be replaced/spruced up…but looks great for Halloween purposes, haha!). A skeleton coming out of the ground? Spooky, and easy to set up as well.

DIY striped skull wreath

Of course, my DIY skull wreath from last year had to grace the front door as well! I still love that darn thing! If you’re looking for the instructions, CLICK HERE.

So – how have you decorated your domicile for Halloween this year?