Thursday, July 26, 2012

Guest bathroom - Done!

Hello everyone!  I know I said I would have the final product posted yesterday, BUT I had a little emergency with my wee little Lola & was taken away from the project for a bit.  Don't worry, she is fine :)

We finished up the bathroom this morning.  We were all done with the painting by Tuesday night but Scott had to install the new white shelves above the toilet and install the little towel ring by the sink.  We are still waiting to get the light fixture installed and that will be done tomorrow.  But I wanted to go ahead and show you the finished product.

Let's start out by looking at why my inspiration was.

This is the rug I found at Home Goods awhile back and this is in front of the vanity & then I have a smaller one in the tub/toilet area.  I love the way the blocks are placed and all the shades of purple with a little bit of gray.  Our dining room is a lot similar to this with the grays and the purples (not lavender walls).

Let's take a quick look at the before's:

So without further ado, here is the bathroom! :)


I added some personal touches in the room with two large pictures of my babies bathing (get it? We're in a bathroom?) :) I have a teeny little frame on the top shelf above the toilet of Scott & I when we were about 19 & 21.  I know, we look super young.  I will most likely change that picture and put something more "bathroom" in it, but we'll see.  Let me explain what I have on the counter top.  On the far left is a tumbler of Q-Tips & then right next to it is a little jar of cotton balls and little make-up remover puff thingys.  Then soap, then a tumbler of some sort that holds Liam's toothbrush & tooth paste & of course when we have guests, they can utilize it as well.  Then on the far right is a reed diffuser because let's face it...I have a little boy & little boys tend to smell after playing outside.  :)

The painting on the far right wall is something I bought yeeeeeeeeaaarrsss ago but never parted with.  I wanted to incorporate some browns & grays in the room to balance out the purple & not make it look to "feminine".

Well I hope you enjoy the room & once we get the light fixture installed I will post a new picture of the vanity area.  Have a good night!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese - A Pinterest Recipe

I wanted to share with you guys an amazing recipe I tried last night.  It's a creative turn on a typical, boring grilled cheese & a lot better for you!  Scott & I normally don't eat meat (especially red meat) but we will have our occasional chicken & ground turkey.  But my goal this last week was to make a dinner every night with no meat, all veggies.  And I succeeded and made some awesome dinners, including this one.  The green goddess grilled cheese.  I have seen this recipe a lot on Pinterest so I decided to try it.  I found the recipe here.

Let's first look at the mess I made...Yes, I am a messy cook.

These are the ingredients that you will need: *This is to make one sandwich*

- 2 slices of bread (preferably a multi grain bread)
- Pesto (the link I attached has a recipe to make your own pesto. I bought mine)
- 2 slices of mozzarella cheese
- Crumbled goat cheese
- Baby spinach
- Slices of avocado

Pour a little olive oil in the skillet.  Spread the pesto on each slice of bread.  Place one piece of mozzarella cheese on the bread, then add the avocado on top.  Put some goat cheese on next, then add some spinach and top it off with another slice of mozzarella cheese.  Then place the other piece of bread on top and press down.  Put the sandwich on the skillet and let it brown, then flip it over and press down and let that side brown.  Take it off and cut in half (if you so choose) :)

YUM!  Look at all that green goodness.  I didn't know if I would like the goat cheese, but it gives it a creamy taste.  So delicious!  We ate it with some sweet potato fries!

So make this!  It was really easy and it was a crowd pleaser in my house.  We will make this again, for sure!

Oh. P.S.-The bathroom has been painted and now we are putting everything back.  I am hoping to get the photos all taken tomorrow and get it up here so ya'll can see :)


Monday, July 23, 2012

Guest Bathroom Makeover - Part 1

Hello everyone!  I hope everyone had a great weekend!  So sorry for the delay in posts :)  Having a wee little baby & a 3 year old is quite the challenge!  I'm sure a lot of you can understand.

A lot has changed in our home since I last posted.  I will be showing all the new updates within the next couple days.  But the first project I wanted to discuss was our guest bathroom/kids bathroom.  We've left it the exact same since we moved in.  Boring beige walls and all the nasty fixtures.  The ONLY change we made when we moved in was the faucet.  That old 1999 fixture had to go.  So we replaced that ASAP.  But the colors, the $1.00 towel bars and etc was all the same.  Until now.  So the first step - pick a paint color!  I love the shower curtain & the rugs that I have in there already.  I got them at Home Goods a while back & those are staying so I needed to pick a paint color that worked around the rugs.  Well if you didn't know, Sherwin Williams is having their semi-annual paint sale where all their paints & stains are 40% off!!  I know, right?!  Normally, we never go there because quite frankly, I think their paint is a little expensive.  HOWEVER, all their paint is non VOC & has amazing coverage.  So you get what you pay for.  Anyways, we decided to go with a light lavender color from HGTV.  Yes, HGTV has a paint line from SW (Wow, I sound like an endorsement for Sherwin Williams-I swear I'm not). :)  Here is the beautiful color we decided to go with.

Yes, it's the one with the arrows & smiley face & circle.  It's called Grape Mist.  This picture is pretty true to the color.  Well we got down to business this afternoon and started removing everything off the walls & all the crappy $1.00 towel bars & stuff & did some MAJOR spackling.

Yep, I'm getting my spackle on.  Pardon the no make-up :)

This is all pre-sanding, so it looks lumpy.  Don't worry ; I'll sand.
Here are some BEFORE pictures you might enjoy (well, probably not-this wall color is awful).

Ok, now here's the to do list.  I hope to have this all said & done by Wednesday.  We have already done part one.  Tape everywhere & remove everything & spackle.  Painting will come tonight once the babies are in bed.

Guest Bathroom To-Do List:

1.  Remove all hardware, tape & spackle
2.  Paint!
3.  Remove light fixture? (If I can find an inexpensive one at Home Depot)
4.  Get a new towel bar
5.  Hang two white shelves above the toilet (Already own shelves, need to get decorative brackets)
6.  Hang pictures, art, etc.

That should do it!  If anything else, I'll update later.  Stay tune for part two tomorrow!  Have a great night!

Oh, PS-I'm making another Pinterest recipe tonight.  I'll let you know how that goes too.