Blue House Tour: Guest Bathroom

Our guest bathroom is located between the two guest bedrooms in our split floor plan home.

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Originally the guest bathroom looked something like this:


Now it looks a little something like this:

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There’s not much difference between the before and after, since all we’ve done is slap a coat of paint on the walls, change up the cabinet hardware and add some pretty things. In fact, we haven’t even painted the trim yet.

The linoleum floor isn’t my favorite thing ever, but it’s staying for the foreseeable future. As in, it may never change, and I’m learning to be alright with that. The off white sink, toilet and shower are also not my favorites, but they stay too. I’m coping.

Directly behind the vanity is a piece of art I love.

BetweenWeekdays Guest Bathroom Art
It reads:  “It’s a funny thing about life, if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” -W. Somerset Maugham

I just love that. The other piece of art in the room is a mirrored powder room sign you might remember from our last house. A barn star hangs from the sign on a ribbon.

Looking back toward the door, you can clearly see all of the items we leave out on the vanity for guests.

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A tiered serving piece from Walmart holds some pretty items along with items our guests might need while they’re here: lotion, mouthwash, toothpicks and a Tide to Go Pen. The top shelf holds bath salts, and the bottom holds a pumice stone, sea sponge and shower glove. I love how function meets pretty for our guests.

The shower curtain came from T.J. Maxx, and I’m in love with it. Here’s a closeup:


The vanity in this bathroom boasts a ton of storage. It’s actually bigger than the one in our bathroom.

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These drawers are huge! And Empty! It’s amazing.

There’s still plenty left to do in this room, but I’m going to break what’s left down into two lists:

The list of things that are feasible:

  • Paint the trim and doors
  • Organize the linen closet
  • Replace the vent light
  • Trim out the mirror
  • Add some more pretty

The dream list:

  • Replace the linoleum floor with tile
  • Replace the sink, toilet and shower stall with white fixtures
  • Replace the vanity top

It’s hard to believe that such a small room turned into such a long post (just under 450 words!). Next up on the tour are the rooms we use most in our new, blue house. Who’s excited? I am!

Update: This bathroom could be next on the renovation list!

Source List:

Mirrored Art: Yard Sale
Peacock Art: Framed Greeting Card
Quote Art: Etsy
Rug: Target
Shower Curtain: T.J. Maxx
Tiered Bowls: Walmart

Paint Color: Winter Flannel, Valspar

The Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013, Part VII: Everything Else

We’ve finally come to the end of the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013. We’ve already discussed the majority of the lights within our home, and believe it or not, there are still a couple of lights left: the ones we didn’t change.

The back guest bedroom (tour coming up next week!) had a nice ceiling fan already. Remember, we live in the South, and most people love having ceiling fans in bedrooms around here. Since this is a guest bedroom, I think it’s important to consider what guests like even though I’m not a fan of the ceiling fan.


As far as ceiling fans go, I think this one’s actually very pretty. The only problem I have with it is when the light and fan are both on, the blades make the light flash on the ceiling. It’s a strange thing to watch, especially when we can see the flashing light from our living room. I’ve decided just to keep the fan off for now. Problem solved.

Here it is with the light on:


See how it casts strange shadows up? Now just imagine what happens to those shadows when the fan is on. Even with its challenges, I have no plans to change this fixture. (At least for now.)

There was another ceiling fan originally in the house that also made the final cut. This one is located in the living room.


Right now, the fan blades are brown. Pretty soon, I’ll be painting them black.

The star in this space is definitely the crystal chandelier in the office. This fan doesn’t compete, but the nickel finish doesn’t match as well as I would like. However, I have no plans to replace this fixture any time soon. Maybe one day, but probably not.

The only other original light fixture to stay is in the guest bathroom.


It’s nothing special, but I like it. So it gets to stay.

That wraps up the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013. I can’t promise that I won’t make any more lighting changes before the end of the year, but for now, we’re done.

To look back at any of the lighting changes we’ve made so far, click any of the posts below.

Part I: The Dining Room
Part II: The Office
Part III: The Entryway
Part IV: The Laundry Room
Part V: The Kitchen
Part VI: The Master Suite

The Blue House: Before Pictures

Life has been crazy around here, but things have slowed down enough for me to take some time to finally show you the before photos of our new house, affectionately known as “the blue house.”

Our New House

I showed you the house’s floor plan in this post, but feel free to reference the photo below if you get lost during the slew of pictures.

Floor Plan

Without further ado, let’s jump right in to the photos!

If you enter the house through the front door, you’ll land directly in the foyer, which is open on all sides. Looking into the living room, you’ll notice two convenient coat closets to either side. You’ll also notice some less than ideal light fixtures above.


The foyer opens directly in to the living room. The living room is a great size for us, and we can’t wait to use the wood burning fireplace!


You’ll notice in the MLS photo above that the living room looks directly into the sunroom. The sunroom is sure to soon become one of my favorite spots in the whole house!


In the floor plan post, I shared with you one of my favorite features of this house: the circular floor plan. Not only is the living room open to the foyer and sunroom, it also leads directly to the kitchen.


Following the circle path through the kitchen leads to the dining room. I’m so excited to finally have an actual dining space!


On the floor plan, you’ll notice that the master suite in this house is rather large. In addition to the ample bedroom, it also has its own bathroom and a walk-in closet. We’re sure to become so spoiled with all this new space.


The split plan allows the master suite to be completely separate from the rest of the bedrooms in the house. On the opposite end of the house are two bedrooms with a bathroom in between. So far, we’re loving the idea of the split plan layout.


That wraps up the before photos of the house. I didn’t include the laundry room or the garage, but I’m sure I’ll be sharing those spaces with you soon enough. All of the photos above are either MLS photos from the for sale listing or taken by me as soon as we took posession of the house. We didn’t edit any of the rooms before the pictures were taken, so these truly are before photos!

What do you think? I can’t wait to show you the updating we’ve been doing in here!

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