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Vanity & Details

Thank you so much for your comments about my little bathroom makeover!
You had so many favorites in the new space- just like I do ;)
 One of your favorite things in the bathroom was the old antique sideboard
that we turned into a vanity.
If you missed the original $500 Bathroom Makeover with Lowes  reveal post
 you can find it HERE.
This piece was a lot of work to get usable... a lot.
 But it was worth it.

So here's the good, the bad and the ugly.
The Good:
It was a yard sale find for $20 and it had soo much character!

I fell in love when I found it.
The urn carvings & the glorious details that covered it!

love love love.

The bad:
It was not without issues.
Veneer issues, one of the doors was  missing on one side, some of the adornments were chipped off
 though most of the original super charming hardware was there~
a couple pieces were broken and needed to be repaired.

Then there is The Ugly:
It was completely covered in dust and dirt-and even mildew. Yuck.
There were dings and dents  and a lot of sanding required on some areas that were really bad.
 It was a big. old. mess.

Did I care?
 Nah.  I loved it.
I knew it would be fabulous fixed up and flaws and dings and damage on old pieces really
don't bother me too much. I think it adds to their character.
So when I started dreaming up designs for the bathroom-
 I thought about what type of sink we would use.
I love a pedestal sink and I also love some of the beautiful new sink cupboards
 they have at Lowes- they are so gorgeous!

But I had a lot of things I wanted to do in the bathroom with the $500 so I decided to
save money on the sink purchase and create my own vanity out of that lonely forgotten sideboard.

After scrubbing and getting any loose paint and mildew off-
 we started by removing the long top drawer and taking it apart.
That drawer would have to become just a drawer front and be fixed in place
 in order for this to become a sink- a little glue and a couple of nails do it.

We then measured the inside part of the sink-and drew a template for where to cut.
Usually new drop in sinks have a template with them when you purchase-
 we found this one on big time clearance at Lowes and it was nothing but the sink-
so I think it was probably a return.
After you have drawn your template- using your drill with a large bit-
 poke several holes in the 'sink' area to have starting points for your jigsaw blade to start cutting.
Then take your jigsaw and follow the lines and cut the sink area out.

The second drawer is fixed as well but the third drawer is usable.
We also needed to remove a piece of the wood liner that was under the top drawer
 to allow for pipes to go through and head out the back of the sideboard.
The above photo shows where the liner was removed and how
 the second drawer will interfere and needs to be modified.

The next consideration was the height.
This sideboard was too tall for a vanity- it measured about 38" tall and a standard vanity
would usually be around 33" so we needed to cut the legs down a bit.
We took 5" off and unfortunately we had to cut the detailed part of the legs off.

Since most of the dirty work was done-  it was time for the transformation and a little paint.
I love the color of french linen chalk paint but chalk paint by itself would not stand up to water
 and daily use so I do not recommend using it by itself.
You can either tile the top- have a piece of marble or granite cut to fit or you can seal up the wood
with a good varnish or shellac to keep it from being damaged- which is what we are doing.
 *We have not sealed this with super duper varnish yet
it's too cold and moist right now for a really thick varnish to dry in a speedy amount of time
but we will be doing that before the bathroom gets too much use*

 Remember to caulk your sink with silicone when you drop it in to keep moisture from
getting under the rim and into your beautiful new vanity.
Other than plumbing- I think that is about it.

There were also several of you who emailed asking about some of the other elements
 in the bathroom.

The Sconce Lights
They are $49 each available in store or on the website
Our store was sold out when we were shopping- so I ordered them online
and got free shipping and they arrived within 2 days.

The Vanity Mirror
I had a lot of questions about the mirror.  It is an antique and was found several years ago.
It has been repaired and painted several times- and is in no way perfect- but it was perfect for the space.
It was white when I bought it though had old gold paint chipping through.
I love old brassy gold frames and so I painted it gold again for the bathroom.

 Plank Ceiling 
 The knotty pine planks that we used on the ceiling are available online or in store.
The ceiling had great lines to begin with and an exposed original part of a beam that we made work for us.
The planks from Lowes are super easy to put up with a nail gun-
just notch them together and nail them!
You can also use these same pieces on walls for wainscot or wood walls, etc.
Lowes everyday price of $8.99 for 14 square feet is incredible!

The shelving was not pre-made I made it myself while the Mr was out of town. 
 I LOVE crown moulding and have used it on several projects.
 I would recommend prefab corners to save on time, energy and aggravation ;)
There are a ton to choose from at Lowes-from solid wood-to foam- to pressboard.

 Ruffled Curtain Panel
The ruffled white curtain is actually a large tablecloth that I made as part 
of a little something I am working on.
It has a double ruffle edging around it and while thinking about window covering options-
 I thought of the white ruffles and knew it was perfect for the bathroom window.

Hope that helps answer some of your questions!!

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Olive Route Letterpress Giveaway

photo credit- Olive Route
 A lot of you already know that my sister in law Via owns 
Olive-Route Design and Letterpress
Olivia “Via” San Mateo is the sole proprietor of Olive-Route, a design and  letterpress studio which opened its doors in April of 2005. Her approach to design is collaborative, resulting in unique and custom pieces for your event, business, or personal needs. She prints (obsessively) on two vintage letterpress machines and feeds each piece by hand, mixing colors to match just right. 
Olive-Route is both passion and play, striving to always create beautiful things with equal parts mind and heart at work.
photo credit- Olive-Route

She does amazing things with her antique letterpress and she designed and pressed my business cards - which I absolutely love!!

 If you aren't familiar with letterpress- you will most definitely want to check it out. Instead of something being printed onto paper- it is pressed and Via uses an antique press to do her work in Berkeley.
The result is a beautiful embossed type feel and finish to the card.

photo credit- Olive-Route

She does weddings, invitations, Holiday cards, business cards and much more.
She has worked with celebrities (that we can't talk about of course!) and been published in Martha Stewart Weddings as well as many other publications.

photo credit- Olive- Route

Via contacted me about a week ago letting me know that she and her interns had pressed
 some goodies using lace and she thought of my readers when she saw how they turned out.
 Aren't they so cute? I think they are darling!
There are 2 little notebooks that have stitched detail and 2 beautiful cards as well.
 They each are pressed with a lace pattern and natural designs and are perfect for keeping
 for yourself or for giving as a gift.
photo credit- Olive-Route 

photo credit: Olive Route

She has offered a pack of these treats as well as a $20 gift credit to Olive- Route at her Etsy shop!

To be entered to win~
say hello to Via at OLIVE ROUTE on FACEBOOK - she loves meeting new friends :)
( since I know some of you don't have FB-please stop by her Etsy shop and take a peek)

Make sure to leave me a comment on this post 

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 or share the giveaway on your blog
 and let me know you did any of those things  in a separate comment.

That's it!
Winner will be announced next week!

Petite Cottage Bathroom Makeover

Crisp clean white bead board.
Soft gray accents and maybe a pop of pink mixed with 
a little bit of elegant gilding and a lot of cottage charm.

Those are some of my inspirations for the petite cottage bathroom makeover
 that we have been working away on for the past week.
It's a small room and is part of the little cottage on our property.
It was basic with just the essentials  & there was water damage from a leak
 which resulted in damage to the walls and floor in one area.
The before shows the replaced sheetrock area  and work starting on the ceiling -
We pretty much looked at this project as starting from scratch with the damage that had already been repaired.
It was more than ready to get a new look and be made over into a beautiful space!
(Apologies for the dark photo) 

Lowes gave each of their Creative Ideas bloggers $500 to head to Lowes
& find the elements to do a bathroom makeover
I love all of the design and decorating projects that I always find at Lowes while the Mr. shops
 for lumber so I knew I would find the perfect elements to make the bathroom amazing.

It was supposed to be a quick trip in to grab supplies but truth be told...
I wandered and dreamed and drooled for several hours. 
 I even used their free in store wi-fi with my ipad to search a couple products online as well.
All I was missing was a cup of coffee and a little lunch in the garden department. 

On my makeover want list:
New Lighting, different ceiling & wall coverings,  flooring, trim and a new sink and faucet

Everything I found was already priced fantastically and even better- on sale!
 I also found a couple amazing clearance deals
As a big time bargain shopper
 I LOVE that!

  My first stop at Lowes was the lighting department.
I knew exactly what type of sconce I wanted for the space.

Something with a vintage feel and lots of charm AND since I had a lot of things
 I was planning on doing in the bathroom they had to be priced well too.

I found these beautiful sconces and fell in love.
Shabby, french cottage and so sweet and just $49 each-
 yep, they are perfect. 
(I already had the chandelier)

We had great bones with the angled ceiling - but it was just plain old sheetrock originally.
We found thin grooved knotty pine planks from Lowes to finish the ceiling with
These pieces come in packs of single pieces that you groove together and then finish as you like
 I painted them with Valspar right off the shelf white paint watered down a bit.
Love the character they add to the room with their knot holes and rough texture
and they are priced at $8.99 for 14 square feet.

Next was a drop-in bathroom sink.
We found a perfect white rimmed sink on clearance for just a few dollars

I thought about a pedestal sink-and Lowes had some gorgeous ones for sure
 (already thinking about replacing the sinks in my master bathroom with a pair I found)
but I had the perfect shabby old sideboard stored just waiting for a new life as a vanity.
It was A LOT of work to clean it up as it had several issues  but it is so charming for the space. 
I love the chrome and white faucet- another sale priced find at just $37.
 (I'll share the how to on turning this sideboard into a vanity in another post.)

 Being a big time bead board girl -of course that was on my list. 
I wasn't sure if I would go with bead board wallpaper or bead board panels.
I found both of them at Lowes- but when I saw the panels,
I absolutely loved how detailed their wall board was.
It has a different rounded type groove instead of the more flat ones
and it really makes a difference in how it looks on the wall in person.
Being that this is a pretty small room- we didn't need too many sheets-
 they were priced around $18.00 each.

These shelves are made with crown moulding pieces that are actually foam trim boards
I love them because they are fantastic for moist areas like a bathroom and their architectural detail.
They are placed high up on the wall- at 8' to cover the seam where the bead board panels
came together  in this 10' tall room.
Some of this trim was leftover from a previous project so we didn't need much more.

I am a big believer in re-using what you can, finding elements that you already have
 and re-imagining them  and also in mixing old and new.
The old bathroom door is original to our house - just a new coat of paint was all it needed.
The transom type window was a flea market find from a couple years ago~
  perfect other than it has one pane of glass that needs to be replaced

The floor was replaced with a creamy sand colored tile that was a Lowes Special Purchase
and just .78 cents each so the whole new floor was around $45

The work was all done by my husband and I
After we worked on the beadboard & the Mr got the bulk of the heavy lifting done-
I came in and finished up the trim & finish work, built the shelves and wrapped it up.

I am so impressed by the design and room elements I found and used for this makeover at Lowes
and how incredibly far $500 went! Working with some of what I already had and mixing vintage finds in-
 we were able to makeover the bathroom on a budget.

Is it wrong to love a bathroom?
 I hope not...
because I'm kinda loving it.

I was compensated for this post as a member of the
 Lowes Creative Ideas Network of Creators and Influencers  but the designs and opinions are my own.

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Feathered Nest Friday

It's time for Feathered Nest Friday!!
French Country Cottage
It's been a busy week over here working on the bathroom so I didn't get too much else done-
 I did share my grandmothers china cabinet that I painted and turned into a
 library cupboard

as well as a few color, style and design inspirations for the bathroom project
we are working on. 
I need to get back to work so without further ado...
let's get on to the review from last week!

HouseTalkn shared her charming desk and 3 different ways she styled it

The Painted Hive shared her updated living room

My Shabby Chateau shared her chalkboard creations

Dixie Delights shared her den makeover
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Eclectically Vintage shared her beautiful kitchen remodel

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I want to share some fantastic finds from a couple of my sponsors
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 AND it is only $16.00!!!  Seriously. $16.00!  Definitely on my list along with the Madame version!!!
Brayton Cottage has this darling little watering can available
I would love this for using the bathroom I am working on!
Curly Willow has this darling art available in her shop- love it.

Onto this weeks edition of Feathered Nest Friday!! 
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Cottage Bathroom~Inspirations
 We have been working away on a little bathroom project over here- 
I'm not ready to share it yet... 
It is so close...
and yet so far from being finished and photo ready
So thought I would share a few of the inspirations I have collected for the space

Each of these photos represents a color, finish or style I am loving for this cottage inspired room... 
or maybe just something I am drooling over too! 

I adore the white on white on white.
Simply gorgeous

 Love the vintage or vintage inspired tile on the floor and the wood running the width of the room in this one.
 Classic. Simple. Beautiful.
 Can you tell I love bead board in a bathroom?
 I am really loving the gray with the white here

 The mantel behind the tub? So dreamy!
Oh I just love this bathroom!
 The gray vanity. The marble floor. The wood walls. The chandelier and THAT MIRROR!!!
 This is one of my favorites- so gorgeous.
 The black and white tile, clawfoot tub, french doors and chandelier- love it all.
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 Love the wide plank wood walls.
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 Light, bright, and beautiful!
Enveloped in beadboard- this is so charming.
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In our master bathroom- which is also vintage and was a remodel job-  I used beadboard mixed with wallpaper. 
 My bathroom is far more romantic than the look I am going for in the bathroom we are working on
 but I do love how the ceiling came out in here so I am including it as an inspiration as well.

I am tanking up on coffee this morning
 & am hoping to get everything all wrapped up and it ready to share by the weekend!
Happy Wednesday!

See you tomorrow for Feathered Nest Friday!