Sunday, October 19, 2014

Before & After: Bathroom Renovation

It's been awhile since I've done a home post, and primarily, it's because our bathroom has been under construction for awhile.  I'm happy to say it's finally complete!

When we first moved in, the bathroom needed some major updating - carpeted floors (ick), tiny tiles w/ endless grout, chipped brass fixtures, and a leaky shower head.  Here are some before and after pics:

Updated fixtures (with a shower head to spray down the tub - yay!) and tub, replaced tile surround with stacked stone and porcelain 

Replaced shower doors with frameless glass, updated tile and fixtures, extended the bench

Ripped out carpet and replaced with the porcelain tile you see in the above pics, replaced maple cabinets with espresso, updated sink / fixtures / mirror / countertop / lighting, painted a pale gray

And finished it w/ some espresso and stainless steel accessories.
I LOVE the Ikea Droppar jars for Q-tips and cotton balls.  The styling caddy is convenient since it declutters the counter and allows me to put the straightener away even when hot. 

Next up, I'd like to create some artwork for the walls.  Given that I'm not particularly artistic, this will be interesting :)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

DIY Script Shift Dress

I originally bought the Ikea Britten Nummer fabric a while ago, but it wasn't until this pin that I finally made up my mind on what to sew with it.

DIY Script Shift Dress

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 2-3 hours (I kept having to readjust the armscye after I Frankensteined a sleeve onto this bodice from a commercial pattern)

Pattern:  Dress from this tutorial and sleeves from a commercial pattern  (any will do, but just keep in mind the above for adjustments)

  • 2 yds of fabric (mine is Ikea's Britten Nummer - link above)
P.S.  Funny story about that giant shin bruise.  My 3-year old bounced onto our bed as she usually does, except that her knees hit my shin.  Her reaction?  "You should have moved, Mom."  I couldn't help but laugh.
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