Updates To Our Half Bath

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Finally! One project can (almost) be marked off as completed! I say almost because I'm still planning to add a wood slab on top of the washer and dryer... and if I'm being honest I also TOTALLY want to do subway tile in here! But for now, yay! one project "completed"!

(Links to most items will be posted below, so keep scrolling if that's what you're here for!)

Let me begin by saying, re-doing any space in your home seems like it takes forever. I mean that... FOREVER. I'm also (unfortunately) the kind of person that if I have a mess in one area of my house it's really hard for me to keep any other area of the house put together. That's why it's easier for me to just do everything at once. Live like a maniac for a month or two, but know there might be some light at the end of the tunnel.

When we first moved into the house, I was particularly excited about this half bath. Well, that is, after my sister kept raving about how cool it was that my washer/dryer would be on the main living area! I had never owned my own washer/dryer so that meant nothing to me, but she just kept raving about it so I got excited! I really wanted to make an otherwise completely normal and basic room functional and cute.

Here's the before:

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Pretty basic, let's be honest.

After many weeks of DIY's and desperate calls to friends who are more talented than I, I present to you...

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I'll take it section by section. First, the laundry area.

So only a complete idiot would order the wrong washer/dryer set so one is silver and one is white. Hey, it's me, Francesca. WHOOPS! I'm told it "happens more often than I might think" but also "sucks to be you..." I'm learning to live with it. But I've also noticed it's one of those things that until you point it out people don't totally realize, but as soon as you do it's like "OHHHHHH".

I picked up the shelves for the laundry room but I wasn't crazy about their natural finish. I grabbed some stain and about 2 hours later I had some AMAZING and (faux) expensive looking shelving! Staining is super easy, if you haven't tried this I highly suggest it!

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The shelves were not something I attempted on my own, I had a professional come in to hang them. Thanks Alex!

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The washer and dryer ended up being just a hair too wide for the doors in this part to close. I ended up just taking the doors off which made me feel better about making this space super cute! I'm definitely excited for the wood topping though to really pull this space together!

Now on to the bathroom!

When I first started working on this space I had originally planned to do a white vanity, because HELLO I just love everything white, remember my apartment?

But once I made it this far...

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I realized I made a mistake! First, the color just wasn't me at all. It was more of a country white, but second, I also decided doing too much white really wasn't going to give me the contrast I was looking for. So I ventured out and bought my first sander and away I went!

Side note, a sander REALLY makes you feel like you have a lot of power!

I ultimately ended up going with black and switching out the existing silver hardware for gold.

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I'm totally okay with mix-matching metals. I have gold hardware, dark silver faucets and dark bronze towel racks. I feel like as long as everything flows at the end you don't need to be too picky about everything perfectly matching. But that's just me!

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I'll post links to the purchased items below, but the ladder is from a local store, Farmhouse Finds. I gave them the dimensions and they made it for me based on a photo I had seen! Unfortunately I WAY over shot the dimensions so it was a little bigger than expected. My friend Chris came over and cut it down for me so now it fits perfectly to size!

That's a wrap!

Here's the links:

P.S. For this space, anything mentioned "purchased locally" was purchased from Farmhouse Finds. If you click on the link it's to a similar item found online. But as a reminder, whenever possible, shop local!

Mirror

Baskets (purchased and then spray painted)

Ladder (purchased locally)

Black chalk paint (color: Boot Black)

Hardware for cabinet

Soap dispenser (purchased locally)

Bathroom rug (purchased locally)

Towel rack (purchased and then spray painted)

Toilet paper holder (purchased and then spray painted)

Spray paint

Laundry room shelves

Stain for shelves

Laundry sign (made locally)

Plastic storage containers

Faux plants (purchased locally)

Metal storage bin