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Quirky Masculine Guest Bathroom

 

Our style in this house has definitely skewed towards the masculine side of the decorating spectrum and the guest bathroom is no exception.  As with every room in this house, the guest bath was white, white, white, and standard 90’s.

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Try to control your excitement.

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I wanted to soften up the look of the room with a shower curtain, so we removed the glass shower doors.

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Removing the shower doors was a lot easier than I anticipated.  It was just a matter of taking the doors off, unscrewing the frame, and then scraping off the residual caulk.

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I decided to paint the walls the same color that I used in the great room–Sherwin Williams “Grizzle Gray” #7068 in a flat finish.  I know many people choose to use a paint with a sheen for kitchens and bathrooms, however, I love flat paint on all walls.  It hides imperfections and softens the look of textured surfaces.

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I had originally intended to paint the wood on the sink cabinet, but after getting the dark gray paint on the walls, the wood appeared richer in color, so I kept it as is.  After hanging the shower curtain, putting down a rug, changing out the light fixture, and adding decorative elements, we have this:

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I picked up the shower curtain at Marshall’s, the shower hooks from Target, and the rug from T.J. Maxx.  The mirror, plate, and framed pictures are all from various antique and thrift stores.

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It’s hard to get good photos of this room since it is small.

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Here are some close up shots:

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This shelf is one of my favorite thrift store finds to date.  It’s old and rustic and perfect for the space.

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Like most of our projects, everything was done inexpensively.  I believe that the grand total for this room came in under $200.

 

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Rock Me Mama

I’m going to start right off by saying that this is my absolute favorite project that we have done yet.  Last December we picked up this old rusty wagon wheel from the “Epic Estate Sale.”

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I had been stewing on the idea for some time about making a wagon wheel chandelier to hang above the dining room table and this lovely old gal fit the bill to a “T.”  After some debate about the best/most attractive way to run electricity for the lights, we settled on drilling 5 holes through the hub.

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Hanging the wheel was also a challenge as she is nearly 60 pounds.

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We went with some heavy duty chains that wrap up and around a double joist in the attic.  I decided to spray the chains with a mix of Rust-Oleum paints to try and mimic the rusty look of the wheel.

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We went with an antique gold vintage style socket and olive colored cloth wrapped wire for the lights.

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Then it was just a matter of running the wire and deciding how to stagger the lights.

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And done!

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It’s pretty awesome, right?  I think I’m in love.

Epic Estate Sale Haul

When a friend calls on a Sunday morning and says a combination of the phrases, “huge, estate sale, western memorabilia, and happening now” you can bet your bottom dollar that Slowhand and I got off of our asses and hightailed it across town to check it out stat.  Let me tell you, it was beyond awesome.  Every inch of the house inside and out was PACKED with western and movie memorabilia–posters, autographed photos, film props, southwest décor, books, records, tools, and many, many, many odds and ends.  Needless to say, we didn’t leave empty handed.

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We scored a number of nicely framed movie posters.

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The sale went on for 3 weekends.  We were there the first weekend and then I went back alone the last Saturday and Slowhand ended up there on the last Sunday.

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We got quite a bit of stuff–much more than what is pictured here.  As I post more pictures of the house in the future, I’ll point out items that came from this sale.

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I have big plans for the wagon wheel and the little bench pictured above.  I actually have a full-time job now, so I don’t have as much free time to devote towards working on house projects, but as I get to them, I will be sure to share!