Bathroom? What bathroom?!

We’ve been busting @$$ on our bathroom now for 3 months and I’ve been so busy with bathroom-ing, working and hosting out-of-towners (7 out of the previous 10 weeks – and people wonder why we have a dedicated guest room??) that I honestly have completely forgotten to update you on some of the other things we’ve been working on.  See, when I got frustrated or overwhelmed with the bathroom (which still isn’t completely finished – yet), I’d focus on other things like, say, the dining room, the Room of Requirement or our Living Room.  In most cases, they weren’t massive changes, but I thought now would be a good time to update the Nickel Tour page with more up-to-date pics.  Since I actually don’t have paint, caulk, grout or thinset stuck in my hair now is a good time to actually clean up the house a bit and take some pics!

Living Room

One of our big changes in this room actually happened last fall and was F-R-E-E.  But we’ve made one other major change in here which really brought it all together.  Basically we a) changed around the furniture layout (FREE) and b) bought a rug from Pottery Barn for a super duper clearance!  I bought the rug back in March sometime and told you all about it here, but then that pesky bathroom kept getting in the way of my reporting and blogging!  It has a nice big pattern and is loop pile (almost feels like berber), which means stains, footprints, etc all kind of vanish – meaning, when you spill red wine….which never happens around here….it’s not such a big deal to clean it up!  Not that I’m inviting your lush-ass to my house to spill red wine.  Don’t get your hopes up.  We don’t live in THAT kind of house.  Actually, I don’t let red wine drinkers in the family room.  White wine?  Hit it up!  Beer!  Belly up!  Red wine and spaghetti sauce?  Get your ass in the dining room where you belong.

Our new rug!

We’re still playing around with furniture layout in this room.  But this is what we’ve settled on for now.

The room is such an odd shape and then I have this ridiculously long wall here that just confuses me with what to do with it.  I’ve never been happy with this wall of mirrors – it was just a cheap solution until we could afford something grander/larger:

Oh, how I can't stand super long walls!! The possibilities are endless!

I’ve thought about doing something similar to our upstairs landing like so…

Check out the photo collage on the right

….but I can’t really decide.  Oh, and then there’s that pesky bathroom that keeps getting in the way (link to pesky bathroom).  Sooner or later I’ll get around to switching it up.  Or I might not….that’s how we roll around here people.  But back to the family room – do you notice how light and pretty the family room is?  And then the kitchen in the background just kind of sucks the life out of the rest of the room?

Urg….how I would love to have a white kitchen.  No, really….a white kitchen!  Cream…don’t care…anything but what we have…

The Front Door

Ok, don’t get me started on our front door.  Before we moved in, the previous owners kicked in the door, so the outside (and inside) is just in crap shape.  Add to it the fact that we still haven’t changed out the brassy sherriff’s locks and our whole door is really ready for a makeover, which we’d love to tackle sometime this summer if we have time.  But in order for us to do that, we need to take the door down, sand it down, do some repair work and then put it back up.  But as lovely as it sounds to have no front door for a few days while we’re working on the door, we thought a better alternative would be to get a storm door and call it a day:

I took this picture forEVER ago - look at how cloudy it is...

…of course it also serves a functional purpose once the door is refinished and pretty, which is to say that it will protect the door from water damage and warping down the line.  Oh, and it gives Maggie something fun to look out of :-).  It’s like her personal TV set.

Room of Requirement

You’ve seen the pics from awhile ago, but we still didn’t have an end table, we hadn’t hung artwork and we still had our old ginormous TV.  So here are the FINAL pics to our makeover.

…and I must say, I LOVE this room!  It’s so much fun to hang out in.  We play the husband plays a lot of video games up here (especially lately since Portal 2 came out – yum!).  And even though we don’t have Cable up here, we do have access to our XBox live account, which is attached to our TV downstairs, so if we want to watch recorded cable shows, we can easily do that up here.  We’ve even had a few four person sessions of Rock Band and I’m so glad we got the two green ottoman stools because we can just move those around the room for the drummer and the singer.  It’s awesome!  And although we haven’t yet needed to use it as a sleeper, we likely will at some point in time, so it’s so great that we have an extra sleeping space when we need it, a reading room AND a fun media room.

So there ya have it!  A couple of updates on some rooms (and not rooms).  These are the projects we’ve been tackling behind-the-scenes since the bathroom has essentially taken over our lives!  But it finally feels like the end is near when it comes to the bathroom (oh, it’s still not completely done, m’friends!), but now that it’s completely functional, we feel like the “urgency” aspect has kind of been removed thank goodness!


47 thoughts on “Bathroom? What bathroom?!

  1. I absolutely adore your wall color in the final pix — I’ve been thinking about a slate/blue color for a focal wall in my home, but I’m not quite sure I’m brave enough.

    Thank you for sharing!


    • Hi, Mikalee Byerman –

      Thanks for stopping by! The colors are by Glidden, actually. I think the dark is Blue Gray Slate and the lighter gray is French Gray, maybe? I’d have to look at the paint buckets at home to be sure, but I think that’s what they are 🙂

      Hope it helps!

  2. Making an new house your own is so exciting! It looks great so far, and have complete faith that you can make your bathroom and kitchen into something you love as well. We’re doing the same thing down in the San Diego area and just finished our bathroom after six months of hard labor. If you want to check it out:

    What colors did you use for the skyline mural? Those blues look really good. We have a similar long wall problem in our living room… I’ll be keeping my eye on you to see if you come up with any grand solutions.

    Good work, and good luck!

  3. Great post – love the themes in each one of your rooms. If you’re looking for a cheap fix, you could always sand and paint your current kitchen cabinets white – save you money that’s for sure. Be sure to post follow up pics when you get your projects completed.

    • @Miki –

      Can I get an amen and an AMEN?! I’m trying to convince the hubs to paint the cabinets….we’ll see how it goes ;-). You KNOW I’ll post pics when I’m finished. That bathroom is the last really big thing that needs to be on the nickel Tour! Stick around!


  4. OMG, your house is beautiful! I love the colours and the layout and everything! You could, (just a suggestion) on the long “pesky” wall that you dont know what to do with…get a long, low cabinet with glass doors or wood ones and display stuff on it! 🙂 Congratulations on being freshly pressed btw! 😀

  5. I love your home. The simple elegance is fab! The colors are phenomenal. Love love love the TV room with the scenic building mural. Soooo classy! How many square feet is your home?

    • Hi, Liz –

      The house is just under 2k square feet. But we don’t have a basement or an attic so we have to cram in a lot of function in the space we have – including the garage! Thanks for the props and thanks for stopping by! We’re finally starting to feel like the house is “ours” now 🙂


    • Hi, 4kidsunder4 –

      OMG, your blog title is crazy! If that’s true, holy cow! God bless you! Hey, I’d love to do another house….i’m starting to feel like maybe I’ve got nothing left to do here :-).


  6. I don’t know you but since this post was Freshly Pressed I saw it, and have some suggestions. I didn’t read the history of your redecoration efforts, so if I’m repeating some plans you have that haven’t materialized yet, please forgive me.

    Those nooks next to the fireplace would look great with built-in shelves, probably white to match the trim around the fireplace. I would take them right up to the bottom of the window sills, and trim them out the same as the fireplace for continuity. You could paint the backs one of the colors in the rug to punch up the colors in that room. I’d use teh green or blue in the rug, because there is green and blue in the crewel embroidered pillows on the couch, and it’s best to spread an accent color around the room to make it look deliberate.

    Then the tiny bookself could be taken out. It’s too small for that giant wall. Also, the tiny side table and armless chair are very small in scale, but they could be moved closer to the newly installed bookcase, and I’d flip the chair to the corner and put the small table to the left of the chair (with the lamp). If you bump up the # of pieces on the wall and fill it out more, it could work. I think they’re hung too high, though, but it’s hard to tell w/out someone standing in front of them. The rule of thumb on hanging pics is to hang them at eye level. Right now that grouping, to my eye, is floating too high up on the wall.

    If you don’t have $$ to redo the kitchen right now (and yes, it’s ugly), you could still paint the cabinets. You’d have to take the doors off and sand them, but it would really brighten the space and wouldn’t cost a lot. And it wouldn’t suck the life out of the room any more.

    • Oh, yea! We have almost everything you mentioned planned for a later date but it’s all about time and money…

      Thanks for stopping by!

      L blogger

  7. This makes me want to take on a DIY home makeover project now! I love how the Room of Requirement looks busy but in a very CLEAN and deliberate manner, as if it’s inviting activity without anything even going on.

    Others have surely commented on the skyline outline, but I must say, that’s one of the more creative ideas I’ve seen. The hung artwork certainly complements it well, and I love the consistency of the color scheme. Great job!

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  9. I like the city wall. Our daughter’s room has the wall painted with a life size tree but I’ve never thought of doing silhouettes.

  10. Hey L-blogger, I’m loving your Room of Requirement! The work you two are doing on your home is such a design inspiration. I was looking at older pictures of your living room, and wondered what was wrong with the layout before? Placing the couch against the long wall really opened up the space and made the wall seem not-so-long by balancing the proportions. I really liked the way you arranged your photos upstairs, so I started looking at other arrangements to “learn up” on the design method. The visual issue with the living room arrangement seems to be that it’s a mix of symmetrical and asymmetrical. The large rectangular mirror with the three photos placed perfectly along its upper edge creates a focal point, but the other mirrors placed to one side confuse the eye. A balanced set on the other side would help, as would a different, more asymmetrical arrangement. However, the chair, end table, and small bookshelf full of things make the area too busy when paired with the mirrors. I really loved the couch there as an alternative! For a different idea on that wall, floating display shelves would be awesome! I’m really loving this style:
    and this use of shelf design: . I hope this gives you some ideas.

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  12. it’s good to play around with your furniture placement. Sometimes the best layouts happen just from experimenting. Don’t be afraid to go for it!

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