Bathroom Looking Much Better

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The bathroom is looking much better. It’s been painted and accessorized, complete with the new tablecloth-turned-shower curtain I went on and on about last week. I had been dreading the painting (taking it from super dark to super light) but I finally broke down and got it done last week.  I even entertained the thought of getting it professionally painted but after hearing the quotes ($200 + materials) I threw my hands up and slapped on the paint myself. The trim and the doors also got a fresh glossy coat of white paint. (As far as trim paint goes, Behr Pure Ultra White Gloss is my by-far favorite.) The door knobs, cabinet knobs, ceiling light and TP holder got a makeover as well, and now all have a nice oil-rubbed bronze finish. It’s nice to have all the metal finishes consistent.

Here’s my bathroom when I bought my house (a bad “before” photo but you get the idea):

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And then I made some progress with a little too much help from Blik:

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More about the previous bathroom here. There were a couple of things wrong with the bathroom: 1.) it was terrible for moisture 2.) it was kind of boring 3.) cavelike light and 4.) it made me crazy bananas

Now for the after. I went very light (a few shades lighter than the trim) – relying on the accessories/curtain to provide the “design” rather than relying heavily (as I’ve almost always done in the past) on paint and wallpaper. My objective was to be more sophisticated yet keep the quirkiness.

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Emily Snuffer

Emily Snuffer

Emily Snuffer

Emily Snuffer

The frame stuff is not for real (did you think I was a Dennis Hopper fan?) but I needed some placeholder graphics for the picture-taking. The plan is to put in silhouettes of me, Aaron and the doggies but that’s another day/another photoshop project.

Here’s all the dirty details:

  • Toilet Tray – HomeGoods – $20
  • Burlap Candle Holders – High Street – $6.95/each
  • Hand Soap – Bath & Body Works – $6.50
  • Frames – Ikea – $14.00, $2.99, $2.99 and $4.99
  • Rise and Shine Print – Aaron made it, but it’s a rip-off of this
  • DIY Shower Curtain – Details are here
Hope you like it. I’d love to hear your thoughts/feedback/suggestions.
– emily
p/s: I am watching Love & Other Drugs. So sad! But what a great movie!

Birthday Business (And Black Room Progress)

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Today is my birthday (go, me!) and my parents were here Sunday to celebrate. Overall, it was a fantastic weekend. It included: furniture assembly, a concrete goose (more on that later), Chinese food, the Dye family, no painting, a semi-calm puppy, the Snuffer’s, a cowhide rug, pink icing, pizza, the May’s, two HUGE clematis plants and chocolate chip cookies. Not too shabby, right?

Here are the details – and some photos of the updated black room (a.k.a. the front room/library/entry way/storage area/dining room/gym/collapse-from-exhaustion area)

On Saturday, Aaron and I went to IKEA and purchased another round of Billy’s (more on that later… I sound like a broken record) and some other items for the bathroom (which I swear I will post soon… I’m waiting for some Etsy stuff to be delivered). Because these dang Billy’s are about 8″ too long for my car they require delivery. If I were left up to my own devices I’d be hanging out of the trunk clinging on to cheap, Swedish furniture for dear life all the way down I-75 south. Really, I would. I’ve actually considered it. In my opinion, there’s nothing stronger than a couple of bungee cords and several ounces of fear-induced adrenaline. But, I was with Mr. Safety (thank god for Aaron) and I paid for the more efficient and less risky IKEA delivery. That was the second best part of the trip. The first part was our next stop – Home Emporium to pick out my very first cowhide rug (a birthday gift from Aaron – isn’t he the sweetest?). Later that night, Aaron’s parents came over with dinner in-hand. They are the best and I love hanging out with them.

Now we’re at Sunday. When my parents asked what I’d like to do for my birthday (it was too late to go to the Zoo, as previously planned) you can guess what I had in mind – IKEA furniture assembly! It sounds terrible to most, but it is tres (I don’t know how to enter the accent mark) exciting for me.

And now pictures from the day:

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Emily Snuffer

Emily Snuffer

Some things to note about the above:

  • How yummy does that pink icing look? (It was.)
  • I’m having second thoughts about the curtains, which is why I have a test fabric draping over it. Do you like the new pattern? I am iffy.
  • I still don’t have chairs for the table, which is why we’re lounging pretty in the retro rockers. More about those here.
  • How cute is my mom?
As you all know, I’ve been slowly getting more Billy’s for the black room. Aaron and I picked up two more units (one double, one single) as well as the doors to add to the collection. Well guess what, the single wasn’t manufactured correctly. Boo. So we put up the double as well as the new doors. The original idea was to wrap these babies around the corner but now I’m thinking it would be too much. And where would Nicki Minaj rest her pretty head? I think I am satisfied for now. I still need to mount the extensions (it’ll add 14″ to their height) and install the cabinet lighting but I think it’s looking pretty good.
Here is where we were before, back in November:
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And then, I made a little progress in January:
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And yesterday, with the help of my parents and Aaron….
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… we got to here…
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Emily Snuffer
It is almost there. Almost! I need chair help. And that cheap-o lamp should not be there. I’m sort of annoyed that I didn’t remove it before taking these pictures. So that’s where Black Room is today. And where were Tweedledee and Tweedledum during this entire process? Well they were right here:
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I swear I didn’t drug them or anything! They were so well behaved. I think the warm sun and the new comfy doggie bed helped. Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes. I cannot believe I am 27 (TWENTY SEVEN) years old.
– emily

Ceiling-to-Floor Shower Curtain

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A ceiling-to-floor shower curtain? What’s this you say? It’s my new “thing” and the blog world seems to agree, with posts popping up over the last few months on the very subject. It’s a great way to add drama and height to your bathroom – not to mention makes your piddly little shower (if you have a stall style like me) feel much larger and grandiose. Since the shower curtain people have yet to jump on this trend bandwagon, it requires some DIY to get one of your very own. The great thing about making one of these yourself is the fabric options are endless. It is super easy (even for me… my crafty level is at a 2/10 I would say… with 10 being Martha Stewart). Read below for all the meaty details.

First, the fabric – I chose Marimekko Lumimarja from Crate and Barrel’s shop. Get this – it’s actually a tablecloth. Nothing too revolutionary but can you imagine my surprise to find that tablecloths (at least at Crate and Barrel) just happen to be sewn to the exact width (60″) as a standard shower curtain? AND they come in several lengths. I chose 108″ to get the floor-to-ceiling effect, knowing I would need to cut off 15″ – 16″. It’s expensive for a tablecloth/shower curtain (pssst…they are on sale on Crate and Barrel until April 27) at $69.95 but with all the money savin’ I’ve been doing lately on house stuff I figured I could splurge on designer fabric, especially if that designer fabric is Marimekko.

Here’s the Marimekko fabric. It’ll look familiar because of this bathroom idea board from a previous post.

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Before we go on, let me wax poetic a little bit on Marimekko. I love it. I wish I could afford more of it. There’s not a pattern or designer I don’t like. I wish I could say I was inspired by  Jackie O., who wore Marimekko dresses throughout JFK’s 1960 presidential campaign. Or that it’s a pleasure to own a part of Finnish/design history but for those of you who know me, I’m not that cool. To be honest – the only reason I love Marimekko is because Carrie Bradshaw rocked it all throughout Sex and the City. Oh, those curtains. And do you remember that bikini from Season 2? So awesome.

Are you still with me? Let’s get back to things. I needed to take the tablecloth from 60″ x 108″ to 60″ x 92″ so I had some cutting and hemming to do. Because my width was perfect I only needed to hem the bottom. Woo hoo! I used my no-sew tape and got to work, measuring three times to make sure I was straight.

Shower Curtain DIY

With the fabric and hem work cooling, I installed the shower curtain rod. This step is easy. I used a normal tension rod in oil-rubbed bronze I tracked down at Bed Bath & Beyond. I was going to spray my existing rod, but I figured the constant friction on the rod would give me problems (that’s what she said) so I forked over $15 for a new one. Here is how that looked:

Shower Curtain DIY

The next part is ALSO easy and the best part – hanging up the new shower curtain! Here she is! I am trying to keep my shots tight because 1.) it’s a small bathroom and 2.) I don’t want to reveal the rest of the bathroom re-do.

Shower Curtain DIY

Oooo aaahhh. And some more pictures for me you to look at:

Shower Curtain DIY

Shower Curtain DIY

Very easy. Total time was probably two hours. Total dollars spent was $105 with the tablecloth ($70), the curtain rings ($20 – I needed two packs) and the tension rod ($15). I already had the no-sew tape on hand. For those of you freaking out about shower liner details, Bed Bath & Beyond carries an extra long model (84″) which should do the trick. It worked perfectly for me.

Let me know if you’ve decided to up the height on your shower curtain. I would love to see pictures!

Have a great day and pssst… my birthday is only 4 days away! Yay!

– emily

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