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A Bathroom Renovation: The Plan {and $100 Home Depot Gift Card!}

A Bathroom Renovation: The Plan {and $100 Home Depot Gift Card!}

So it is pretty obvious if you have been hanging out with me for long — I love old charming houses. LOVE!!! I especially am giddy about old house bathrooms and kitchens that have been remodeled but retain the original charming features and style. I’m in love with old fashioned white porcelain sinks, pretty faucets, interesting lighting, classic subway tile, plaster and wood walls and unique ceilings. I’m all about the details.

But, I am learning to appreciate the pace and opportunities in a newer house. It is nice to not have to rush into any project. And it is really nice not to have to tear out electrical wiring in the walls and fix plumbing under the house. That stuff was necessary in an old house, but it was always way more expensive that I ever imagined and worst of all for me, it was NOT FUN to look at.

No one really cares if you have beautiful plumbing under the house that cost you fifty bajillion dollars. No one ever asked to enter the crawl space to see our new water pipes or asked to hang out around our new electrical panel. Well, maybe the men did. But the funnest projects for me in my old houses were always the pretty parts of renovation. Sinks, faucets, tile & fresh paint …. oh my!

My new house is going to be really fun once I get on a roll!

In this house, we can jump right into updating things that we actually LOVE looking at — as time, budget or opportunity allows. Now THAT is my kind of fun!

A Bathroom Renovation: The Plan {and $100 Home Depot Gift Card!}

While my only real expectation for renovation projects this year was to paint the interior of my house, I was recently given the opportunity to do a small bathroom makeover through Home Depot! I’m feeling pretty blessed right now, because this was just the incentive my husband and I needed to tackle a fun renovation of our powder room.

Yes, I know, I just painted that powder room this past spring on a rare impulsive whim where friends graciously offered to help me out and paint with me. A paint makeover did wonders for our powder room and I do think it turned out pretty cute, considering all we did was paint! The cute updated vanity will be given to someone in need.

But now I’m excited to begin our very first real room makeover in this house by updating it with some of my favorite classic details. Because it is the smallest room in our house, I’m hoping we can make a big impact and it will help set the tone for what I want my house to look and feel like.

Home Depot is kicking off a Renew and Redo Event this weekend (it runs through February 23) so I was in Home Depot THREE TIMES exploring all my options! I was in complete heaven. I wandered the aisles dreaming of possibilities. I went online and was amazed at the variety and selection they offer there as well, including some really cute vanities and faucets.

A Bathroom Renovation: The Plan {and $100 Home Depot Gift Card!}

I love that you can update a bathroom with as little as new cabinet hardware, a new faucet, new paint or even expand your project to include new tile or a brand new vanity (they have some cute ones online that I was really tempted by!). Simple and fun updates are so affordable! I have two other bathrooms that will hopefully be getting paint and new cabinet hardware this year too so it was fun to think through all my bathrooms and what I could possibly do in time.

Check out the Home Depot Renew and Redo event and see what might inspire you!

Here is what we found to kick off our new “old house” DIY makeover.

  • A classic white pedestal sink
  • New classic faucet
  • White subway tile
  • Wood paneling & Paint

SQUEEEEE!!! Ah. I’m going to feel more at home here REALLY soon. That is all I’m gonna tell you for now.

I’ll be getting this bathroom renovation project underway once I’m back from Blissdom next week! It should be fun — it has been awhile since my hubby and I have tackled more than painting a room, so this could be humorous. We’ll see.


To help one lucky reader get started on a little project of your own, Home Depot is offering a $100 gift card to one of my readers! HOW AWESOME is that, we could redo our bathrooms at the same time!!? All you have to do is leave a comment here on this post!

Tell me what updates you would like to make to your bathroom (or about your favorite bathroom updates) and if you are scared for me knowing I’m going to be tiling something. I know. It is kind of scary.

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Cottage Bathrooms

Cottage BathroomsMy Home Ideas: Cottage Living

I‘m trying to get my house headed in the right direction. I think things might be finally starting to come together a little bit in my mind.

In order to get myself inspired, I spent some time last night searching through some images of a few details in cottage bathrooms that I like. It is tricky deciding what direction to go — for me it is a combination of finding the right inspiration pictures and deciding how to best work with what I already have. There are so many things I take into account before I get started on a project!

I wish I was a decisive person who could make decisions quickly and easily! But, I’m not very decisive, at least until I get going in the right direction. Then things seem to come together quickly.

My lack of decisiveness might be because I don’t have endless funds. It is easier to be decisive when you can do whatever you want and money is never the issue. I like to work with what I have as much as possible, and it can take time to come up with the best ideas.

It is also easier to be decisive if you have a live-in handy man or the desire to become a handy woman. Neither of those are true for me.

Of course, it is also difficult to be decisive about your direction when you happen to love so many different options (and your husband likes to weigh in with his opinions too!), how can one ever decide?

Cottage BathroomsCoastal Living Seabrook Beach House

But, I am getting very excited about finally feeling at home in my house. I should have clarified one point in my 2011 home goals…and that is not only do I want to make our home work for us, but I want to make it FEEL like us. I want it to feel like home.

I miss so many details from all of my old houses. I’m convinced I can make this new house feel more like home by adding a few of my favorite elements from the past and combining them in a new way for this house. It will take some more time, but I think I can do it.  I just have to be clever, creative, patient and inspired. I’m working on all of the above.

Cottage BathroomsCoastal Living (photo: Erica George & Tria Gloven)
via Coastal Living’s Daily Catch blog

Once I get going, watch out! I’ll be on a roll.

I remember this feeling when I was making decisions for my kitchen remodel at my old house. It took me about a year to finalize plans for that kitchen, but in the end, I loved it. I’m hoping that in spite of lack of funds this time (darn that lack of money), I can transform this house. I think I might be starting to feel a little inspired.

In fact, I think I’m about to start rolling. Kind of. I just have a few more things to decide first. Then I’ll roll.

I’ll share about one of my next projects later this weekend!

Cottage BathroomsCoastal Living (photo: Erica George & Tria Gloven)

Cottage BathroomsCoastal Living: Daily Catch blog

Cottage BathroomsThibaut via Holly Mathis

Are you impulsive when it comes to home projects? Or do you take your time to mull things over?