10 Steps to a Fixer Upper Style Bathroom, Budget Friendly

10 Steps to a Fixer Upper style bathroom, budget friendly! Bring out your inner Joanna Gaines and get the farmhouse look everyone wants for their bathroom! This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.   Everyone loves Chip and Joanna Gaines. Not a day goes by when I don’t see an article about them or a room that they have designed. They are a hot, hot topic on social media! I find myself glued to the tv regularly watching their reruns on HGTV. Hometalk’s hashtag this week is #Fixer Upper Style. Each week Hometalk has a different trending topic on their website and social media. We bloggers love to keep track of the trending hashtags and post relevant material for maximum readership. Fixer Upper made the hot topic list, and this week we are posting about how to bring out your “Inner Joanna Gaines”. The Bathroom Before The guest bath in our new house is rather simple. It is a windowless room, with a standard cast iron tub and plastic tub surround. The previous owners updated the sink and vanity with a new pedestal sink and also up dated the toilet. Modern porcelain tile was added to the floor, but they left the dated wall tile. Other than that, there is really nothing special about this bathroom. It is rather lacking in character and design. The recessed medicine cabinet was removed and the bath was staged with a vintage mirror. I know this because…
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Rental Before and After

While I am waiting for our next move, I thought it would be fun to revisit a few of our other Rental Before and After renovation projects. Seems like we have had quite a few! Okay, we have had a LOT! The Cape Cod Project was the most recent. One of the first things I tackled was the hideous basement bar. Yikes! It was so much fun to make a Tiki Bar out of it! The Closet Home Office was next. It was an under used space and this little office worked great for our son’s homework station. The dining room had good bones, but was very, very dark. A fresh coat of paint did wonders! Read about it here. The upstairs hallway in this house was so dark and narrow it made me claustrophobic. The halls felt so much bigger with fresh paint! Here’s the info on this project. The downstairs hallway got the same treatment!  I was so glad to leave that home behind, I just never felt comfortable there!   Our previous rental home was great. We loved this house, inside and out. The yard was huge and we spent a lot of time outdoors both in summer and winter. This was in my early blogging days, looking back I have grown so much as a blogger since then! The house was wonderful, however the pictures, not so much. Be forgiving, okay? I realize now that I don’t post many things from my early blogging days, I just hate most of the photography. Perhaps I am too…
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Victorian Project Before and After

We are ready to leave our Victorian House behind. Our boxes are packed and we are ready for the move. Just a few more last minute details to work out. We are so excited and impatient! While we are waiting around for the big day, I thought it would be fun to revisit some of the Before and After projects we have done during our time here at the Victorian House. There have been many Before and After projects, even though we have lived here only a short time. Remember the garishly green bathroom? Hard to believe how ugly it was. This is the before photo….. This is the after! It’s amazing what a little paint can do! Of course, my mothers fine art collection helped with the transformation. Click here for the complete post. The next project was to repair the track in the ancient old pocket doors. It was quite a job. But, the doors are still there, and will work well for the next 100 years. Here’s the post on the entire project. The two toned bedroom was next. Well, I guess it’s three toned if you count the pink stained carpet. Yuck, yuck, yuck! The before was so irritating to me, I couldn’t wait to paint this room! This is the after. It makes my heart sad to have to leave this stenciled wall here. One of my friends suggested we cut out the dry wall and take it with us. Except these walls are plaster. I hope the next tenant appreciates how many hours I…
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Announcing the New Abode

I can’t believe I am making this announcement. We have a new abode. We had no intention of moving again, but we are once again in the process. It’s crazy, we have moved more times than I can count. This time though, we are buying a house. We have been renting for years, fixing up rentals as we go, making them our home.   We are so excited to finally have a permanent place of our own. We have dreamed and been disappointed so many times. We have faith that this time, our dreams will come true. I don’t think I could handle another disappointment. It would crush me. This home has everything we have always wanted, and so much more. We love the vintage style of this home. It was beautifully staged.   If they would have offered the furnishings for sale with the house, we would have bought them. My favorite thing about it, is that it has a space for my design studio. It needs a little work, however.   We have to have at least one renovation project or it won’t be any fun, you know? It also has a cute little yard, the perfect size for a little garden and chickens. And a sweet wrought iron fence. It even has a BARN. But the best thing thing about this home is …….   That it is OURS.   Posted with Blogsy