A BATHROOM MAKEOVER WITH RUST-OLEUM

I’m so excited to share our most recent (and definitely one of our most impactful!) room makeovers. We recently underwent a quick but crazy bathroom makeover with the help of Rust-Oleum and their Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit.
A BATHROOM MAKEOVER WITH RUSTOLEUMBefore we get into it, let me remind you a little bit about where we started. I really haven’t shared much, if anything, about tiny little bathroom because it wasn’t anything to get too excited about. Our only full bathroom in the house currently is pretty small and was a bit of an outdated mess, if I’m being honest. With all the work we’ve done to this house over the last 4 years (woah, how did that happen so fast!?) this was truly the last space that I was a bit embarrassed of.
On top of the size issue (which, really can’t be changed at the moment) the bathroom boasted some pretty aggressive teal tile, a haphazardly installed linoleum flooring, and an overall drab appearance. For a long time, I convinced myself that I kind of liked the “charm” of the wall tile and that I could just live with it until we could gut the thing.BUT, when Rust-Oleum offered to send me their Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit to try out, I finally had my excuse to say goodbye to the wall tile and try something new. In true “if you give a mouse a cookie” fashion, one thing led to another, and we ended up refreshing the entire space, including a few new coats of paint, new trim & flooring, and a few new functional changes to really help this little bathroom get the job done. In terms of “bang for your buck,” paint is almost always your best option. It never ceases to amaze me what a fresh coat of paint on pretty much anything can do, and Rust-Oleum’s Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit was most certainly no exception. Even though I wasn’t crazy about the original wall treatment, I was a little nervous to paint the bathroom tile. Painting tile in general just doesn’t seem like a good idea and although I hope to gut this bathroom someday, we’re nowhere near that phase of renovation right now. The last thing I wanted was to have to deal with blotchy or peeling bathroom walls, but this product is no joke. This product is a tough 2-part epoxy acrylic formula that withstands moisture and resists corrosion and is meant specifically for painting tile and tub surfaces. While I didn’t paint our tub (the existing white finish is just fine) I did apply the epoxy to all of the blue tile throughout the entire space. I decided to leave the top row of black original tile as it was in order to add a bit of contrast within the space and I’m so happy with how it turned out. It’s really important to follow the instructions to a T. The most important step is the prep. I can’t stress the importance of starting out with a perfectly clean and smooth surface enough. The 2nd most important part of the process is ensuring you have good ventilation within the space. An open window, a fan, and wearing a respirator are crucial steps in combating the fumes. There’s no getting around the fumes with this product, but that’s because it is an epoxy. This is what makes it withstand the elements it will be exposed to. Be prepared for intense fumes and plan accordingly. We spent a night out of the house in order to really let things air out. It may seem extreme, but it proved to be one of the best decisions we made throughout the process. At this point, while the bathroom was dismantled for the paint job, we decided it was the right time to replace the badly installed flooring and gross rubber trim that existed in the space when we bought it. In the miracle of all miracles (seriously, this never happens) we had EXACTLY the right amount of LVT Flooring leftover from when we installed our new kitchen floors last year. We took it as a sign, and installed the leftover tile in the bathroom, following the same steps we did previously, to really put a stamp on this bathroom makeover. As we’ve renovated each space in the house, we’ve added trim to match the original trim and baseboard in the house by ripping standard boards with a router (a really easy and inexpensive way to add a real finished look to your space), so it was a no-brainer that we carry that trim into the bathroom as well. Since I had painted the bathroom tile white, I decided to go with a color on the trim and doors to create a really soft but till noticeable element of contrast. I used Sherwin-Williams’ Aloof Gray on the trim and baseboard and Frosty White on the upper portion of the walls (colors I have used many places throughout the house) to add that little bit of emphasis and I just love how that subtle color turned out. Subtle contrast is the easiest way to help make a small space feel bigger. Lastly, we swapped out the old vanity for one with a bit more storage, adding function that this space desperately needed, and replaced the old mirror with a more slim-lined one above the sink to really bring the space together.

I’m no longer embarrassed of this bathroom, in fact, it’s a spot that I now ENJOY being in. It’s small but mighty and it just feels so much brighter and fresher. I can’t thank Rust-Oleum enough for making this bathroom makeover happen!

A BATHROOM MAKEOVER WITH RUST-OLEUM

A BATHROOM MAKEOVER WITH RUST-OLEUM

A BATHROOM MAKEOVER WITH RUST-OLEUM

A BATHROOM MAKEOVER WITH RUST-OLEUM

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2018 SPRING BEDROOM

I know it has been a while, but I wanted to check in briefly with a little 2018 Spring Bedroom update. Our master bedroom seems the be the room that evolves the most in our house. When I’m feeling stuck creatively or in need of a pick-me-up, making little changes in our bedroom seems to make me the happiest. There is something about waking up every morning in a space that inspires that really helps to recharge my batteries. 

Since we haven’t seen much change outside yet (it’s still snowing, as I type!) I was feeling the urge to freshen up our bedroom in order to put a little pep back in my step. One of my favorite things to do on a lazy Sunday (as if we ever have time for “lazy” days anymore…) is shop our house and freshen up spaces using what we already have. To me, that’s the ultimate win-win. You can make spaces in your home feel fresh, and new, and different without spending a dime! By moving around some throw pillows, finding new spots for a few small accessories, and swapping rugs from room to room, I was able to give our bedroom a mini spring makeover and freshen up a few other spots in the house with pieces coming out of our bedroom. It’s like two for the price of none!

2018 Spring Bedroom

I owe you a few more photos once I can get my act together, but I owe you a house tour update soon! In the meantime, be sure to follow along on Instagram! I seem to be much better with occasional updates over there :)

How are you freshening up your home for Spring?

 

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KITCHEN MAKEOVER REVEAL: ONE ROOM CHALLENGE – WEEK 6

Today is the day!! It’s the final week of this year’s Fall One Room Challenge hosted by Calling it Home, and I’m so excited to show you guys the big kitchen reveal! This space underwent a whole lot of cosmetic changes and even a few structural adjustments and our “new” kitchen has me so excited! I love being in here now and feel like it finally looks like it was always meant to look!

kitchen makeover reveal

kitchen makeover reveal

I plan to go into much more detail in upcoming posts so today I really want to let the pictures do the talking! If you need a reminder of just how far this kitchen has come, you can check out my posts from weeks one, two, three, four, and five

kitchen makeover reveal

kitchen makeover reveal

This kitchen really has gone from a dark and cramped space to such a light, bright and airy space that finally feels like the heart of the home. 

kitchen makeover reveal

kitchen makeover reveal

Opening the space up to the rest of the house really did make such a difference in not only the general flow of the space but also literally added some much needed square footage in this small kitchen. The added pantry provides an immense amount of storage space (that was sorely lacking), the new LVT flooring adds so much visual length to the kitchen, and the newly painted cabinetry really lightens and brightens the everything.

kitchen makeover reveal

kitchen makeover reveal

kitchen makeover reveal

While I do have plans in the future to replace the countertops, add a backsplash, and eventually update the appliances, I’m beyond thrilled with how this space have transformed. We’ll make those additional changes when the time is right, but right now, I’m busy enjoying this “brand new” kitchen.

kitchen makeover reveal

And since you know I’m a sucker for a “Before & After”, here are a few good ones…

kitchen makeover reveal

kitchen makeover reveal

kitchen makeover reveal

kitchen makeover reveal

kitchen makeover reveal

Oh what a wild few weeks it has been! Don’t forget to check out all the other reveal posts from the Featured Designers and Guest Participants! Thanks so much for following along!

Look for more detailed posts about the entire kitchen makeover in the coming weeks!

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TWO-TONED KITCHEN CABINETRY & RECESSED LIGHTING: ONE ROOM CHALLENGE – WEEK 5

Well, it’s officially week 5 of the one room challenge! Last week, I left you with a look at our new LVT kitchen flooring and my thoughts on re-painting the kitchen cabinets. (Here’s a reminder of where we were for weeks one, two and three!) While I really thought the white cabinetry was a major improvement, once the floors were down, I started to crave a bit more contrast in the space. With the one week extension of the One Room Challenge, I decided to go for it and I’m so glad that I did!

two-toned kitchen cabinetry

I chose Sherwin Williams’ Link Gray for the lower cabinets and it added the perfect amount of contrast and softness that I was needing in the kitchen. It’s one of those colors that changes throughout the day based on the sunlight, sometimes feeling more warm gray and other times, really showing its green undertones, which I love so much!

I knew I needed this contrast in the space, but I still wanted everything to feel very soft, so I used one of my favorite paint selection tips for deciding on the final cabinetry color. 

two-toned kitchen cabinetry

The wall color in the kitchen, and throughout the majority of our first floor, is Sherwin Williams’ Aloof Gray. When choosing the cabinetry color, in order to add some contrast but in a soft way, I pulled out my paint deck to look at darker shades of that wall color. All colors that share a card on your paint deck will be the same hue, meaning they will be the same base color and have the same undertones but with varying amounts of white or black to make that hue either lighter or darker. Adding black to that base color gives you a darker shade of the original color.

two-toned kitchen cabinetry

The color I ended up choosing for the lower cabinetry was three shades darker than the wall coloring, ensuring that the colors would marry perfectly and provide me with the contrast I was wanting in a soft way. 

two-toned kitchen cabinetry

We also added some additional trim pieces along the bottoms and exposed sides of the cabinets in order to give them a more substantial look and really finish off the edges nicely. 

two-tones kitchen cabinetry

Another noticeable change is the recessed lighting in the space. If you recall, the kitchen originally had one large ceiling fan in the center of the ceiling. This fixture not only created frustrating shadows along the countertops but also made the already small kitchen feel even smaller. The standard 8 foot ceilings and the small footprint of the kitchen really couldn’t handle such a bulky fixture. So, back when we originally opened up the kitchen space into the dining room and the ceiling joists were exposed, we added electrical wiring above the kitchen ceiling knowing that we would eventually want to add recessed lighting.

Even though we lived with that hole in the wall for over a year, when we were finally ready to pop in the recessed lights, the wires were there waiting for us and all we needed to do was cut the holes and insert the fixtures themselves.

two-toned kitchen cabinetry

The standard ceiling instantly felt much taller and the additional lighting sources made using the kitchen in the evenings a whole lot brighter!

two-toned kitchen cabinetry

Even though we still have some work to do in the space, I continually find myself struggling to believe it’s the same kitchen we started with! 

Don’t forget to follow along with the other Featured Designers and Guest Participants over at Calling it Home

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