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Our Guest Bathroom

Jennifer —  April 8, 2013 — 2 Comments

As you can tell, if you have spent any time on my blog, I am in this massive process of reorganizing this whole place. It has been fun and frustrating all at the same time. Fun, because I am finally learning how to make it all look how I want it to look. Frustrating because it is tedious, sometimes doesn”t work like I want it to.   Things that can take hours to figure out, and honestly drive me crazy. Thank you for being patient.  My house tour has been very unorganized, so I am trying to get some posts that compile all the room in my house.  Just for fun, here are the posts that I have done so far…

Today I am going to reveal my Guest Bathroom.  I have shown you many projects but its just fun for you to see the process.  I am done with this room.  I might add a picture or change out something but with renovating…I am done. Here is what the room looked like when we moved into the house.

Bathroom before


“Holy Orange!”  The first thing that came to my mind when I walked in was “Orange Power.”  All you Oklahoman”s get that reference, I realize that might be a little weird if you are not from Oklahoma.  “Orange Power” is what the fans of Oklahoma State University (where my husband went to college) yell at their sporting events.  Click here to experince it.  The problem is that I am a Sooner, born and bred.  Even though my husband is a Cowboy, the last thing that I want to think of is “Orange Power”.   My school has the better, more storied in tradition,  “call and response” Boomer Sooner.  Click here to experience it. See, doesn”t it sound more epic?   Sorry, OSU, I like ya because your part of my state and because my husband loves you, but I don”t think “Orange Power compares to Boomer Sooner.  You can even see it in the vidoes.  The passion and unity of Boomer Sooner just inspires chills down your back when you in the middle of it.  Anyway,  my husband was not going to be okay with a Crimson and Creme bathroom, so we decided the bathroom was going to be neutral ground.  The orange had to go.  Therefore, I painted it white just to be a little neutral.  This is how it stayed for three years.

Guest Bathroom



guest bathroom

Then, I decided to tackle the room.  The shower tile, countertop, and faucets had been replaced before we moved.  They weren”t exactly what I would have picked but I still liked them.  We didn”t want to spend to much on this bathroom so we decided to work with what we had.  The only think I didn”t like about the countertop was that it was mostly creme with white swirls.  I love a good bright white in the bathroom, but I decided to make it work with painting the walls a creme and white stripe.  The creme was Valspar”s Oatbran.

DIY Striped Walls

Here is how the bathroom turned out:

Guest Bathroom 2

You can read how I built this blue mirror from scratch, using the wall mirror that was in my master bathroom that we replaced with the medicine cabinet.

iloverehabs,com, guest bathroom

Here is the bathroom from the other angle.  I easily changed out the knobs to match the faucets (they were an antiqued bronzish color) and it made the cabinet pop.

Guest Bathroom 1

I spray painted an exterior light from Lowes for the vanity light.

Barnlight Bathroom Fixture

Here is the tub, I decided to add floor length curtain panels to frame out the shower.  You can see how I did that here.  The actual fabric shower curtain is hidden behind it.  The window that you see is to the front of the house, YIKES!  I made a waterproofed roman shade out of a fabric shower curtains and some old

blinds.  It works perfectly.  No inappropriateness in our house.

Guest Bathroom 2

My favorite find was these floating shelves on clearance.  They were the exact size of the stripes and the same color.  They look like the stripes just decided on popping off the wall., bathroom shelves


Since the cabinet has tons of storage, we decided to just decorate these shelves with pictures and then some supplies for when our guest come to town.


I did the same thing on the vanity.  The jar contains extra shampoo and conditioner from Hotels I have stayed in for work.  The taller containers have extra soap (for the hand soap pump refills) and mouth wash.  When I have guests, I will give them dixie cups so they can pour the mouthwash in the cup.  If you come to my house, all you will have to bring is your toothbrush.  I will provide you with everything else.

Guest Bathroom 5

Finally, I added a magazine rack above my towel rack.  So, now you can read if you want to…..yeah, you know why. I DO read when I take a bath, but others might read at other times in the bathroom.

Guest Bathroom 3


As far as the flooring and tub goes, we also worked what we have.  Its all pretty neutral.  I just had to scrub the grout to brighten it up.  I am thankful that the Orange is gone…

 Guest Bathroom 2

How about you?

Happy Monday,


I Am Beaming

Jennifer —  January 21, 2013 — Leave a comment

Last Friday I shared with you how the wall between a living room and kitchen came crumbling down.  The good news is that it didn”t.  We built a temporary wall to remove a “load bearing” wall and then replace that wall with a beam.  If you want more information on what the temporary wall look like or on the potential costs of removing a wall and a load bearing wall check it out here.

Here is the room before we picked up a sledgehammer:

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The Walls Came Crumbling Down

Jennifer —  January 18, 2013 — 2 Comments

…on purpose.

When we walked into the house we are renovating the first thing that came out of my mouth is “that wall has to go.”  To understand what I saw I made a floor plan of the house.  You can see below that when you walk into the front door (lower left hand door) you enter directly into the living room.  It looks small and really boxy, so much that I felt clausterphobic.

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Turn On the Light Please

Jennifer —  January 4, 2013 — 3 Comments

Warning:  I had a reader tell me that she experienced a fire due to a folded/knotted chord.  Mine is not like this anymore so maybe don”t do this.  I still want to post it because its all apart of the learning process.

I am back with a another rehab in my master bedroom. I am excited to begin another rehab journey this year so stay tuned for Monday!  Have a great weekend.

Our Bedside Lamps have transitioned just as much as our master bedroom has. I am sad to say that I do not have pictures of our first try at our bedroom. It really was not much. It was just four walls, our matching bedroom set and a couple of sliding mirrored closet doors. Yuck. When I went to Ikea with to get our billy bookcases for bedside storage I had to figure out what I wanted to do for bed lamps. I had an idea….hanging pendent lamps. The problem was I didn”t want to hard wire them. I thought I could figure it out and picked up two Hemma cord sets for $3.99. I knew I had two shade covers at home that would work. Here is what I came up with:

1.) I spray painted the black part of this cord white:

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Five Dollar Curtain Rod

admin —  September 28, 2012 — Leave a comment

Wednesday I showed you a little more of the evolution on my Laundry room.  Lucy went from being alone…

Laundry room,


to now having some friends.

Laundry room,


I decided to upgrade this window a little.  The window was covered with this plain white roman shade.

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Canyon’s Room

Jennifer —  September 28, 2012

Welcome Pinteresters…..did you come for all the nitty gritty details about a little boys nursery?  

Don’t worry you are not in the wrong spot.  I have moved blogs!!!  

Check it out here!

Our New Desk

Jennifer —  September 14, 2012 — Leave a comment

I posted on Wednesday that we decided to change our desk arangement from two desks to one long desk.  The goal was to be modern, white and not bulky.  We wanted two work stations with storage in between.  Here is what it looked like before.  I explained here why this wasn’t working.  In short, it was cute but not a workable system.

Here is the space cleared out.  We wanted the desk to go on the left-hand wall. (Please excuse the mess.  Scary things come out when you move furniture)

We were willing to spend enough for it to be done right, but we also didn’t want to spend a ton, so we of course I headed to Mountian Country Homes of Hope and got this sliding closet door for $5.

I chose an old sliding closet door for two reasons.

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The Evolution of a Laundry Room

Jennifer —  September 12, 2012

The Friday of Labor Day Weekend the Hubs and I decided we wanted to revamp our laundry room.  We love our laundry room and we are in it a ton, so a year later we realized that we wanted the room to evolve to what best fits our needs.  For a reminder of this space I thought I would share a few photos.

Laundry Room Before

Welcome to our laundry room when we moved in.  We did a major rehab in space plan a few years ago.  I explained how we did that here.  A year or so later it was finally finished as best we know it.  This is the laundry area.


This is the office area:

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30 Hour Backsplash

Jennifer —  August 31, 2012 — 2 Comments

A few years ago I tiled my kitchen backsplash with subway tile.

It was my first tiling project and I really enjoyed doing it.  It took me forever but I learned a ton.  Since that time I have helped a friend tile her shower, I also helped her tile a backsplash and paint her countertops.  The hubs and I tiled our master bathroom:

The Hubs and I tiled two floors in a house we renovated.  Part of the budget for that renovation was a tile wet saw, which is one of my favorite tools.

When Debbie called me and asked me to come, she asked if we would have time to do a tiled backsplash.  I told her it depended on how fast everything else went but I would bring my tile saw just in case.  Their budget was a  $100 for the backsplash.    They have a really small kitchen as you can see below.   They had 48 inches long and 14 inches high on the window side.  On the fridge side, they had 85 inches long and 16 inched tall.  They didn”t have alot to tile so I figured we could get it done quickly.


With subway tile being .22¢ at Home Depot.  I only needed 115 tiles.  All my former math teachers should be proud.  I used my math skills.   I really only needed 100 tiles but I knew I would mess up on some of the tile cuts so I got extra.

Price of tile:  $26

Did I mention that I had about 30 hours to do this project?  That meant no mortar.  Yep, you have to wait 24 hours for your mortar to dry before you grout. and then another 24 hours for grout.  No worries.  I decided to use this product.

I have used Bondera, which is a different brand of tile adhesive mats and loved it.  I used it for replacing tile in this bathroom.  I had not heard of this brand of tile adhesive, but Home Depot didn”t have anything different…so we went for it.  Here are the other tools needed:

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Galley Kitchen Rehab

Jennifer —  August 20, 2012 — 3 Comments

If you have been a reader of this blog for  a little while you know that every once in a while a friend of mine asks me to decorate their wedding.  This time last year, I was spending my free time getting ready for my friend Debbie”s wedding.  She got married in October of last year. She and her husband have since bought their first home.  It is old and it is oozing with lots of character.  This past week they committed to do all the necessary renovations/ painting that needed to be done before they moved in their stuff.  Her husband starts school next week so their time was limited.  This summer she showed me a picture of their new kitchen and enlisted my help.  You all know I love a good kitchen renovation so its hard for me to turn down that invitation.  Plus, she is a good friend….and she is pregnant!  I know when the baby comes there will not be much time or motivation to rehab a kitchen so we set the date to get it done last week.  I arrived at their home (two hours away from mine) on Thursday and I was there until the job was finished 2 days later.  Here is what her kitchen looked like before I got there.

It is a simple galley style layout with old countertops, old cabinets, old hardware, and a few random quirks such as this old, but yet working well, under-the-sink dishwasher.

Another quirk was this laminate backsplash behind the stove.  It was leftover from the shower remodel so the old owner just added it to the kitchen.


In the next few posts I will share all the little details of making this kitchen….

break down into this….

and then finally turn into this…..

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