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My mint tiles

OK, guys. I have a new obsession and that obsession is Restore. Habitat Restore, to be exact. And it is amazing. AH-MAY-ZING!

My neighbor first introduced me to Restore in Baltimore and then Restore came to Columbia! Are we lucky or what? (Hint: The answer is yes!)

I go there pretty often now and had to share my newest find: Mint Green tiles!

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I scored about 50 of these beautiful tiles for $.25 a square foot. Yes, $.25! I paid $4 total 🙂 Love it!

As you can see in the photos from the store, the tiles were pretty dirty. I scrubbed the tiles for over an hour and they cleaned up beautifully.

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Neither of those photos do the color justice, but this one is a better representation:

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You might be wondering why I bought tiles? Well, for my birthday gift next month we are going to redo our master bathroom.

Here’s a couple of not-so-hot pictures of our bathroom. It’s teeny, so it’s hard to get the whole thing in one shot.

Out bathroom looks a little different now with a shower curtain and a few pieces of art hung on the walls. But it’s nothing spectacular.

Here’s what I’m thinking….

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Yes, it’s a sketch. And yes, this will likely change. But anyway… I am thinking a faux wainscoting treatment to the bottom half in white with a neutral color on top. We’ll replace the vanity to get something a little larger in the space, update the medicine cabinet and the lighting…. and then add the mint tiles as accent tiles. Like I said, the final product probably won’t look a thing like this… but this is my inspiration for now.

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And for $4, I was willing to take the risk that these beautiful tiles will fit into my not-so-final master plan.

Happy Tuesday!

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Family Room Bathroom Renovation Reveal

Our bathroom is finally finished! I say “finally” like it took ages, but it really only took us about a week to do — not too bad!

I decided to tear down our bathroom about a month ago when I just couldn’t take it anymore. The rest of our house looks pretty nice, but the bathroom was just yucky. Not to mention it was especially gross compared to our beautiful new family room. So I tore down the ugly brass fixtures and the old mirror.

Then my step dad came over to help us remove the vanity and the toilet since we had no experience with plumbing at all.

Afterwards, the hubby and I went shopping for a new vanity, toilet and light fixture. After shopping around, we found what we wanted for a decent price and scooped them up. Then I got to painting.

I stayed up until 1 a.m. painting our bathroom a light purple, Behr’s Silent Ripple to be exact.

Then the boys got to installing our new stuff! So exciting.

Doesn’t he look so hot with his headlamp on?

It felt so great to have our new stuff installed, but the bathroom still wasn’t complete. I needed a vanity mirror, but the hubby didn’t want to buy one. We also needed a new towel bar and shower curtain. I got those at Wal-Mart.

For the mirror, I had two options: First, I could redo a mirror my best friend gave me for Christmas. It was big and bulky and kinda ugly, but it could work. Or, I could use the builder-grade mirror that we took out of our master bathroom when we installed our medicine cabinet.

I figured to give the bulky mirror a try before resorting to an ugly, frameless mirror. So I taped it and took it out back to spray paint it with primer. I broke the top part off so it would actually fit in between the vanity and the light fixture. Then I taped off the mirror and sprayed with Krylon Primer. I barely beat the thunder storm before pulling the mirror inside to paint it white.

Three coats of white paint later…

I loved it! Bye-bye, builder-grade mirror!

All of the pieces were ready to go, so I installed the towel bars, hung up my new shower curtain, popped some curtains into the window, hung some artwork and placed our new mirror. I’m in love.

And for the final reveal… **drum roll, please**

Now if that’s not a cute bathroom, I don’t know what is! I love the dark espresso of the vanity against the light purple walls. I love that the curve of the white mirror meets up perfectly with the faucet. I love the bright white accents and the subtle bird theme in the bathroom. Love. I love love love it. It is SO much better than before!

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An almost finished room

Our family room renovation is finally drawing to a close. I say “finally” with a tinge of sadness because I really enjoyed redoing a part of our home. In fact, I can’t wait to begin a new home renovation (the hubby and our wallets can totally wait, though)! I have my sights set on the bathroom on the same level as our family room. It is by far the most dated part of our home and would be relatively inexpensive to redo since it is so teeny. Plus, it should probably look just as sweet as the family room it services. But, that will have to wait for a little while.

Anyway, without further delay, here are some of the final touches to our family room:

1. Our finished wine rack: The hubby DID NOT want me to paint the wine rack. He also doesn’t want me to paint his TV shelf. Clearly, he lost the battle of the wine rack. (The jury is still out on his TV stand). I didn’t mind the color of the wine rack before it was painted, but Glen used MDF to construct the wine rack. MDF doesn’t look like a final product should, so I had to paint it. I went with white instead of the blue/green of the walls, and I’m very happy I did. I like that the rack pops out and says, “COME LOOK AT ALL THE WINE I’M SO GRACIOUSLY STORING FOR YOU UNTIL YOU WANT TO DRINK IT!” It was a pain in the butt to paint (of course it needed two coats of paint, too), but it was definitely worth it. When we get our bar, you won’t be able to see the shelf full of liquor at the bottom and part of the second wine rack. It’s going to look totally baller 🙂

2. Our TV stand actually has a TV on it: The TV shelf looks a lot less massive when it actually has a television sitting on it. I’ll be honest and say that I hate that we didn’t plan for cabinet doors. Brian did that purposefully because he likes looking at all of his electrical equipment, but I think it looks a little tacky. Maybe someday we can add doors to the front. Either way, the cabinet looks pretty darn perfect in our room. Now we just need a bigger television! We actually joined Costco this past weekend and might be getting a sweet 60″ TV from them. Excitinggggg.

3. Our mantel is painted: I know I’ve already gone on and on about how much I love our fireplace… well, with our mantel painted white I love it even more. It looks fantastic.

4. We have a couch (and a rug, and decorative pillows, and curtains… OMG): Check out our super sweet new couch. We picked it out from Gardiner’s and we’re really happy with how it looks in the room. We were a little worried that it might not be big enough, but it fits in the room perfectly. It’s great because it’s made from  micro suede, so it’s pretty much dog proof. It also has a queen-sized pull-out bed, which will be great when we have guests over!

We also picked up an area rug (on clearance at Bed Bath and Beyond for $50!!), throw pillows with birds on them (I adore birds), and neutral curtains.

We still need an end table and either a coffee table or an ottoman, but our room is looking pretty fly.

Add our bar in front of the wine rack and no one is ever gonna leave. Muahahaha.

I should add a picture of the room coming down from the stairs… maybe later.

The room still needs a few things, like photos on the walls and such, but we can actually use it as our family room. I can’t even believe how far it came. From a cramped little family room covered in paneling and a long and skinny fourth bedroom to a gorgeous, large family room… it suits us perfectly.