Guest Bathroom Reveal! - ORC : Week 7

Hello everyone! Reveal day has finally come! For the very first time in ORC history, designers and guest participants received the opportunity to revel in the excitement from an extra week of decorating. Thanks to our lovely host, Linda, who graciously considered individuals affected by our most recent natural disasters. 

A big thank you to my amazing sponsors - Pfister, HomeRight, and Sylvie Demers, who assisted me with the completion of this makeover. 

...and without further ado, I present to you the long anticipated Guest Bathroom Makeover!

Let me remind you of what I started with

Unfinished paint job, missing towel ring, and the list goes on...
The linoleum was ripped out about three months prior to the ORC.

Now, let's just pretend we are re-entering, only this time, it's a newly refreshed space - Come on in!

I love how calming the wallpaper is. It gives me the feeling of being transported to a place of tranquil whenever I step inside the room. 

Laure Art print

I partnered with the lovely Sylvie Demers to use two of her beautiful art prints in the space.  Both prints are from her "madam" collection and she undoubtedly, has amazing skills.  

Well, enough chit-chatting. I will now let the rest of the photos speak for themselves, and I promise to only interject whenever it necessitates the situation.

Isn't this faucet a beau? It is by Pfister, from the Ladera collection, and is very well-constructed. It has such a sleek and unique design. I love its clean lines, classy look, and not to mention, it also comes in different configurations. The centerset is my favorite, and the interesting thing about it is, unlike many other faucets, it has no need of plumber's putty seal because it is made using Titeseal technology. This feature made it a breeze for my hubby to install.

It is perfectly functional for kids with stubby little hands. Due to its long curves, they can easily reach forward, without stretching or tip-toeing too much to get to the water. My five year old is very happy with it, and enjoys washing his hands just a little bit more now. He exclaimed, "Look mommy, I can reach it!" lol. Did I mention it comes with a lifetime warranty? Awesome right? 

The faucet comes with a push and seal drain. This is a new and improved drain assembly that installs easily, unlike older models that are usually attached to a lever found behind the base of the faucet. Using it is as easy as pressing once to seal, and again, to reopen. The warranty covers function and finish for a lifetime. It can be purchased here.       

Can we just talk about this "so-called" vanity light for a minute. I love it so much. It was made solely for the purpose of being hung vertically, and could either be hardwired, or plugged in.
My dedicated hubby worked his magic by shortening the cord, re-routing it, and mounting the light horizontally, to make it work in the space. 


I am happy I found these galvanized hooks. Unlike many other towel hooks, they have limited protrusion, and the towels seem to stay put when hung. 

I shopped around for a Tub/Shower faucet but could not find anything I truly liked. While perusing the Internet, I stumbled upon this one, and fell in love with the aesthetics, its "all-metal" construction, and even more compelling, the Pfister Pforever warranty that covers finish and function for life. What more could a girl ask for? Well, I could ask if I could try it out, ha, and I did. 
Pfister was kind enough to honor my request, and upon reception of the product, I was amazed at how sturdy, and well-constructed it was. My plumber had a similar reaction to seeing it, and when I removed it from the box, he blurted out in a soft tone, "This is really a good faucet!" I must also add, that Pfister included the bath faucet as well. 

I love rain shower heads because they are often water sense. So even though this is the guest bathroom, I do intend to use it on occasions :). The entire construction is made from metal with the addition of brass ball joints. Usually, there is some type of plastic material mixed in when you examine most faucets.

DISCLAIMER: I received the Pfister Bath Faucet, and the Pfister Tub and Shower Faucet for the purposes of testing and reviewing them. I received no other compensation. All opinions expressed, are unbiased, completely honest, and 100% my own.

Thanks for stopping by. Please go here to see the amazing finale of the ORC. Have a great weekend! 

HomeRight Paint Stick EZ Twist Review : ORC - Week 6

This post is sponsored by HomeRight.

Hello everyone! Welcome to the final stretch of the One Room Challenge that involves 20 designers and more than 200 guest participants decorating a space in 6 short weeks. Regretfully, I did not post anything for week five so I worked hard this past week trying to catch up. You can refer back to each week to review my progress.
                       Week 2 - Started here
               Week 5 - No post
                        Week 6 - You are here

I mentioned in a previous post that I planned on painting the bathroom ceiling before tackling the installation of the wallpaper. I had heard great things about the famous Paint Stick EZ Twist, so I thought it would be a good idea to try it out. HomeRight was gracious enough to send me one immediately after I reached out to them, and, oh my gosh! Let me just say to you that this paint stick totally changed my "painting" life. First of all, I had no need of a drop cloth because there was absolutely no drips to contend with. Second, there was no reason to use a paint tray. Remarkably, the Paint Stick came with a fill tube which transfers the paint directly from the can to the stick, then finally to the roller. Last, it helped me complete the job in a very short amount of time.  

Guest Bathroom Update - ORC: Week 4

Before I begin, let me first say how happy I am to learn of the one week extension to the One Room Challenge, provided to us by Linda. I happened to have gotten this information from cocoandjack's blog, in case some of you are interested in verifying it. 

Well, I must add that this week has been pretty much smooth-sailing, as I do not recall experiencing any hiccups. I patched and sanded the torn drywall, and painted the room. Although I plan on using wallpaper, it only adheres to painted surfaces, so painting was a must. I received the vanity, and I like the white, but I am really itching to paint it - decisions, decisions, hmmm. Also, after much seeking, I finally got a contractor who agreed to install the floor tiles this upcoming Saturday. Believe me when I say, I cannot move forward until this happens because almost everything else is contingent upon the tile installation. I cannot have a vanity and toilet put in before this work order is completed. So, do you really know how excited I am about gaining an additional week? Super-excited! :)
 The contractor will be replacing the tub/shower faucet this weekend, as well. 

If you have been following along, you would recall I changed my design plan. Here are few items I received to use in the space... I am in love with this wallpaper. The colors are so very subtle.

New Guest Bathroom Plan: Week 3 - ORC

With time swiftly passing, I catapulted into "Usain" mode, where I picked up some lightning speed  :). For those of you who are unfamiliar with the name Usain Bolt, he is a recently retired Jamaican sprinter, and is the first person to hold both the 100 and 200 meters world records since fully automatic time became mandatory. 

Well, before I delve into my situation, let me first say thank you to my amazing sponsor, Pfister who graciously partnered with me to redo this space. I am eternally grateful for the brands that help to support this blog.

Now back to basics - if you have been following along, then you might recall the design board I previously posted for my bathroom makeover here. The plan included a very bright floral wallpaper, colorful pom pom basket, and a tassel shower curtain. Well, I should let you know, I received the wallpaper in the mail, and was very excited to have it hung. But alas, to my dismay, after unrolling it, I watched as the bathroom quickly drowned in all its brilliance. It was difficult to accept that the wallpaper dominated and overwhelmed the tiny space, when held up against the wall. This disappointment quickly prompted a change, however, and here I am today, with a new plan of action; ready and anxious to execute. I have included links to the items in case you are interested in purchasing. 

Bathroom Design Revamp

Guest Bathroom Makeover - ORC: Week 2

Well, after much pondering, I decided to join with the group of participants in the ever so famous One Room Challenge. It is now in its 10th season, and involves a group of designers and guests who make over a room/space in just 6 short weeks. The excitement comes from watching each of us push ourselves to the limit while working within time constraints; and might I add, the end results are always amazing! 

For this challenge, I will be making over my guest bathroom which unfortunately, is quite a mess in its current state. No worries, I created a design board to take my mind away from all the ugliness that surrounds me :).

Design Board

The floor tile I chose, is temporarily out of stock, so I am keeping my fingers crossed it will be restocked in time for me to complete the work. If not, I will need to go searching for something else. 

Land of the Free! Home of the Brave!

Happy Independence my friends! It is the best feeling in the world to have the reassurance that you are free - free from oppression; free from pain, free from bondage and chains. Just possessing basic knowledge of the fact that we can move about expressly as we so desire, brings total peace of mind. 
I am thankful for this God-given freedom and for the men and women who fought valiantly so that we could attain this right. 
Yesterday, I celebrated with my family in the simplest of fashion. Despite the simplicity, we bonded over food :), and all plans for dieting went out the window. 

Reviving an Old Love Seat

Hello everyone! Today is the first day of summer and I hope you are hydrating to stay cool. I am sharing with you my very first attempt at reupholstery. A few years ago I received this old, beaten down sofa and did not want to part with it because of its good bones. Despite its unappealing nature it is extremely comfy and firm. The first thing I did was remove the seat covers to get an accurate measurement for the replacements.

Now, this is what the sofa looks like now...

and here is the sad state it was in before 

Afterwards, I got rid of the skirt to expose some beautiful wooden legs underneath, which I proceeded to paint white. I pretty much winged the rest of it, tugging and stapling until I was done. I am sorry to say I do not have progressive photos because I got extremely caught up trying to finish. I must also add that I used a manual stapler to do the job, which was a big no, no. (Please never try that at home- I beg of you). My fingers really suffered as a result :).

Now, here is the end product; a beautiful lounger that my kids can enjoy. Thanks for reading and have a great day/summer!

Mini Mudroom Reveal! - One Room Challenge

Welcome to the final reveal of my mini mudroom. As part of the ORC more than 200 linking participants accepted the challenge to decorate a space in just 6 short weeks. Funnily, I considered this space a "no-brainer" because of it's tiny size, but little did I know how much mental planning it would require.
 I further maintained a sort of laid back attitude, until time; Father time, nearly caught up with me (ha!). Eventually, towards the end, I developed some serious momentum :).

So, let's take a look at the space before the makeover, (useful but lacking total functionality and accessibility). 

Now, let's see the transformation that occurred after the necessary changes...

BEFORE                                        AFTER

The wallpaper is my favorite part of the room. I purchased it at Target on clearance, and it was well worth it because it totally transformed the small area. The mudroom went from blah to ah with the mere addition of it. Never in a million years would I have considered installing wallpaper but this one makes it all the worthwhile because of its peel and stick capability. It was super-easy to put up, and will be even easier to take down should the need arise.

I purchased these beautiful canvas art more than a year ago to use in my master closet but never got to hanging them.

Can you believe both phrases are printed in two separate languages? 

1. Haute Couture is French for High Fashion and
2. Alta Moda is Italian, also for High Fashion

Presumably, it all worked together for good because these high fashion ladies walked right into my tiny little mudroom having no qualms about it 😉.

I think this other piece goes without saying...


Wall Hanging Unit - for schoolwork and library books.

These woven bins make me very excited because they are very sturdy, and mimic the look of straw/wicker. Even a close-up view does not giveaway the fact they are faux. The bins are constructed of a material called polypropylene rope. The texture is similar to that of an electrical or cable wire. They will be used to store winter accessories for the kids (hats, gloves etc.). 

The cute little magnetic animals will help them personally identify their bin. I attached metal labels to the bins to mount the magnets on.

Coat hooks, yay! Now the kids can hang their coats with ease; no more coat hangers. 

Dual-purpose furniture (bench and shoe stand). 

You are currently looking at the ceiling (painted black). The white strip in the center is 1 of 2 sensor-operated lights added to the mudroom. The other was placed directly under the shelving unit that is mounted on the back wall.
The lights really superseded my expectations as they are extremely bright and function as they should. I figured that was the best direction to take for such a small room. As you may notice, the rest of the ceiling is sloped so I painted it white to create the illusion of a bigger space. can I forget the first thing you see before entering the room - our lovely door.  It chimed in on the makeover and received a fresh coat of paint, along with spray-painted oil rubbed bronze accessories. All the knobs, hinges, and strike plates in the house are brass. So now I need to upgrade them all to match this one. To see how I achieved the look, go HERE.


I must admit how much my heart pined (still does) for this room to use as my sewing space, and seeing it in its improved state makes it even more difficult (sigh).

Another room conquered and I'm pleased. I look back and reminisce on the day I relayed my plans of redoing the mudroom to a friend. The reaction was that of laughter followed by, "All you need to do is just straighten up the shelves," implying it was ok as-is. In a sense that was true, if you look back at the before, but I needed to get more out of the space.

Well, today I am the one laughing and by golly, I think I do it best 😃. 

My Current Mood - Happy

Huge thanks to Linda for the effort she puts into ensuring the ORC stays afloat. Also, to you my readers, thanks for stopping by. I wish for you a very warm and peaceful weekend! Check out the other spaces here

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