How was your fall weekend?
Ours was great and it was beautiful outside as well.
In between the baking, raking, and an awesome bonfire with our besties/neighbors, I gotta chance to get away with bestie Rebecca for a fun little autumn day trip.
We took a road trip and landed in the beautiful countryside of western McHenry county Illinois for a little thing called Autumn Drive:
It was a 5 mile radius of farms with crafts, food, and flowers.
Look at these amazing mums!!
AND they were only 6 bucks each or 4 for $20.
Just to give you an idea, Home Depot gets off selling mums half this size for 11 bucks with tax.
This was a country driveway with vendors lining it.
We found the most awesome wool mitten/gloves there made in Peru for 9 bucks.
Think heavy, cozy mittens that you would pay over 20 bucks for in the store.
Best part of Autumn Drive?
Mini cider donuts.
MINI CIDER DONUTS peeps.
Oh sweet baby ruth.
These literally melted in our mouths.
We may or may not have shed a tear while eating them.
Or maybe that's because they disappeared too fast.
Totally the name of my farm.
If ever I get to own a farm.
Such a fun day.
But the fun didn't end there.
We ended up at a Farm and Fleet store on the way back home.
During the first day of their Toyland.
Umm, if you don't know what that is, well, apparently its like Black Friday.
Only in October.
Peeps were throwing toys at each other, carts filled to the brims, bodies being knocked over...
OK that didn't happen.
I asked an employee what in the hooyah was going on and she said it is the first day of said Toyland, they don't get any more toys than this and that these are some of the lowest prices around.
We laughed and said, "oooohkkkay".
Then proceeded to fill our cart with Christmas presents.
I wish I could tell you what I got but my oldest sometimes likes to read the blog.
Hey Annie- I got you a chemistry set, chutes and ladders, and a book about bugs.
So I have this bathroom.
That adjoins our bedroom.
They call it a "master" bathroom.
But there is nothing master about it.
Only that it is the bathroom that is assigned to the master bedroom.
So really, master by association bathroom.
For years I have wanted to shake it up a bit.
This is the thing; we still had the same paint from the previous owners (we will call them Claude and Mona for the sake of the blog) who lived here 7.5 years ago.
And we may or may not have still had the same storage cabinet in the bathroom over the toilet that may or may not have allegedly been in Claude and Mona's master bath.
I even blogged about our pathetic little bath back in 2010 here.
Here is a picture of my bath from 2010:
See Claude and Mona's white cabinet?
And my saline on the counter?
Apparently I don't know how to clear a counter before I take a picture.
This will make more sense to you in a few seconds.
So the bathroom was this blue color.
Which was nice and serene but also made this very soul crushingly small room even more small.
We also had one of those builder grade mirrors that take up most of the wall as well.
We ended up finding this amazing mirror at Lowe's Labor Day weekend 2010 but before you look at the picture let me offer a disclaimer about the picture you are about to see:
There is Monistat on the counter.
Because in addition to having a really ugly bathroom in 2010, I also must have had a yeast infection.
And don't shake your head.
Because you get them too.
And yes, I could have edited the photo but I decided to be real.
Because you are not gonna get this kind of honesty at the big blogs.
Nor will you get a plug for a feminine product.
Geez, its almost like I posed it there.
Like Monistat was payin' me back then.
Or I wouldn't have had to wait two more years for a better bathroom.
Back to the mirror.
It was only 12 dollars.
It was sheer luck because I have yet to find another mirror that even comes close to that price.
So the bathroom sat like this for another two years after adding the mirror.
Whoa whoa whoa....didn't want to go too fast ya know.
So this summer I said, enough.
We are making this bathroom our own after 7 years.
But I wanted to do it, as I want to do everything, on a major budget.
Or minor budget.
Depending on how you look at it.
My original budget was $150 dollars.
Which isn't much when it comes to bathrooms.
Here is the before circa September 2012:
Do you see how the rugs, towels and shower curtain don't even match.
Or have remotely the same coloring?
I just gave up in here.
I had nothing left to give.
Oooh lookie below at the new light fixture I got to replace the circa 1988 dressing room bulb light fixture!
39 dolla at Home Depot!
To give those who aren't privy to pricing on these types of things some idea, these things usually cost around 100 bucks plus.
So I was stoked to score this.
Plus I paid for it with my first ever Blogher check.
So every time I look at my light fixture, I think of every single one of you.
Oh and see the new faucet?
I love this so much and so much cheaper than at the home improvement stores.
And huge props to the hubs for installing this himself.
He will be the first to admit that he isn't the handiest of peeps but he is always willing to learn and try himself.
And he did this himself.
And I am so proud of him.
And thankful that he didn't break it in the process.
The first step was to get rid of Claude and Mona's blue bathroom and make it Mike and Kari's bathroom.
Here it is after it was painted:
The color is Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.
But I took the swatch to Home Depot and had them mix it using Behr paint.
I also for the first time used low voc paint.
I couldn't smell the paint that night in the bedroom.
I will pay the extra and get it from now on.
And I love the color.
I think it looks more taupe than gray.
What do you think?
OK so the next thing I wanted to change was the floors.
Just your basic builder quality vinyl flooring.
I have never understood why people put light color flooring in bathrooms.
No, I can tell you why.
The people who make those decisions have never cleaned a bathroom floor in their life before.
White shows every hair, piece of dirt and splotch of makeup.
The dirtiest room in the home should not have the lightest color floor in the home, in my humble opine.
So I had noticed on blogs and through home improvement shows that they now have peel and stick vinyl flooring that looks like hardwood floors.
And that you could put them over the existing floor.
So after price comparing at Home Depot and Lowe's, I found what I wanted at Lowe's.
Peel and stick plank flooring.
And I knew just the person to help me install it.
My bestie Rebecca.
I should first say that my hubs was out of town on business for a week when I decided to do this.
As a surprise to him.
This was on day 5 of being alone with both my girls day and night that we decided to install it.
Rebecca was amazing.
She pieced it all out like a puzzle.
Then she wanted to know if I wanted the planks to look staggered like real hardwood.
Because if I was doin' this alone.
It wouldn't have looked this good
And I wouldn't have thought this through.
And I would still be in this bathroom with stuff stuck to my hair, shirt and body, rocking back and forth.
Looking good already!
So we were peeling and sticking the planks away and literally cheering each time we finished a plank.
Clap. Clap. Clap.
Then we started getting all cocky.
"This is sooo easy!"
"OMG who in the world would pay anyone to do this?"
"A toddler could do this!"
Until we hit a stumbling block.
The...dum dum dum....toilet.
The potty, the crapper, the john....call it what you will.
It was a pain in the....you know.
No pun intended.
OK a little pun intended.
Rebecca literally made a template, then traced it onto the vinyl pieces then I would take the
Then try to fit it into place like a puzzle.
This is when it happened.
We literally lost it.
We were laughing so hard that we had tears in our eyes.
Oh wait, maybe we were crying.
And that is when we said, "OMG this is sooo why people pay other people to do these things".
And that is when we also said, "OK I get why labor costs so much".
Here I am enjoying my new floors.
Whilst Rebecca is laboring away with the templates.
And here is the new floor!
I absolutely love this so much.
You have no idea.
I never ever ever ever thought I would have floors like this.
I love you so much for this.
The cost for this?
50 bucks at Lowe's.
50 bucks for hardwood looking floors.
My brother mentioned it would have been easier to take the toilet out altogether to install.
I told him, that I am replacing the girls bath flooring as well and I should expect him at my home to help.
Because if we had trouble putting the vinyl around the toilet, I am gonna say we are gonna have even more trouble taking said toilet out.
Isn't that the theory of relativity anyway?
Sure it is.
OK are you ready for the big reveal?
Here we go......
The Egg Harbor sign was a gift to ourselves 8 years ago.
We got engaged there in that little Wisconsin town and always wanted a reminder.
The clock I have had since I moved into our home.
It used to be in our family room and has been in the bath for a few years now.
I got it at Walmart but not sure how much I paid since it was over 7 years ago.
I do know that they still have this exact clock on their shelves still.
The two little plants on the potty have been all over my home.
I love them here.
My friend Christine gave them to me a few years ago.
The jewelry organizer on the counter is from Container Store from a few years ago.
When you have a teeny bathroom, storage is key and love this so much since it doesn't get my jewelry all tangled up.
I think I paid something like 14.95 for it back in 2008.
I just can't stop looking at these floors.
Just so perty.
We were originally thinking about installing a new vanity.
We saw one we loved at Home Depot (Ashland model) and it was 299.00 on sale but just hated to spend so much money on something like that.
So we decided to go with the new faucet and new knobs from Hobby Lobby.
70 dollars compared to 300 dollars.
I love this so much and am so glad we decided to keep this vanity now.
Here it is before:
And in 2009:
So here is the thing.I did not put one thing on a credit card to create this bath.
Still stayin' true to the debt diet that I mentioned in the original bathroom renovation post.
1- flooring- I got it at Lowe's for 46.95 a box. I only needed one box of planks. It is called Style Selections and I do not remember the exact name of this color. It is serial # 0399147.
2- faucet-Peerless at Walmart for 64.95
3- towel bars and accessories- 23.95 for a package at Walmart
4- outlet covers- 3.95 each at Walmart
5- oval mirror- 12.00 at Lowe's 2 years ago.
6- light fixture- Home Depot for 39 dollars
7- paint-revere pewter by Benjamin Moore but used Behr low VOC paint from HD- 30 for a gallon. I still have enough leftover to use in the girls bathroom makeover.
8- shower curtain- 19 bucks at Target. Inspiration? My mama. She has the exact same one in her beautiful Tennessee mountain home. And now I feel like I have a part of her in my home. :)
9- knobs on vanity- 3 bucks each on sale from Hobby Lobby so 6 bucks total.
Grand total for a total master bath re-haul?
(50 dollars less than what the new vanity alone would have cost.)
OK so I went over my budget, as I always seem to do, by 100 dollars.
But I was told by a realtor that any improvements you make in a bath or kitchen, you will get back and then some.
I also did not shell all this money out at one time.
So I am on a mission to redo the girls bath after seeing how doable this is.
And it will be a little less since we can use the paint we have leftover.
What do you think?
I love it so much.
And I love that I didn't have to break the bank to do it.
I wonder what Claude and Mona would think.