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We’re not talking about italian ice today, but the color of our guest bathroom downstairs.
We call this the “pool bath” since there is an exterior door that goes right out to the back patio.
Unfortunately, there is no pool out there on the patio, but that’s what it’s called nonetheless.
I think baby G2 will claim this as his or her bathroom since it’s right by the second nursery,
and since Kenley has her own bathroom in her room. However, it’s the only bathroom downstairs that
is available for guests to use… got it? Good.

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Much like the rest of the house, the bathroom was pretty boring when we moved in.
White and basic with the standard builder grade mirror, light fixture, and towel racks.

Several weeks ago, Greg found a light fixture on Craigslist for $35!
Since he was in the process of changing out the light, we thought it only made sense
to paint the bathroom since the light was already off the wall.
And you know we couldn’t stop there…
Over the course of the entire weekend, Greg painted the bathroom,
put up bead board (one piece we already had leftover),
installed crown molding (again, we already had a piece leftover),
and framed out the mirror.

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Greg confidently said that this would be the last crown molding project he’ll complete.
For some reason, it was much worse than the family room project.
But, it looks great!

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I contributed by adding the last few accessories we needed to match the bathroom set
we got for Christmas last year. I believe it’s being (or has already been) discontinued,
but it’s the Kate Spade Candy Shop line from Bed, Bath and Beyond.

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I’m pretty sure this shower has only been used twice since we’ve moved in,
but I foresee us using it soon for some baby baths.
This is also where we have our cloth diaper sprayer, so the bathroom itself
gets used every day, even if it’s not by guests.

Overall, I am so happy with how it turned out. The color is definitely bright,
but I like to think ahead several years down the road when little feet are
trampling back and forth from the pool to the bathroom that it’ll be the perfect color.

Have you done any bathroom updates lately?

Impromptu Guest Bath Update

I knew that somewhere down the road we wanted to paint the cabinets in our bathrooms,
but I really had no timetable on that project, so I added it our (3 page) running to-do list.
Much to my surprise, Home Depot was running a special online for the small
Rustoleum Cabinet Restoration Kit in Espresso – half off!! The whole kit was only $40 and free shipping.

Once it arrived, it sat in our bathroom for a good month before we even opened it.
It got neglected much like several other house projects over the last few months, which is fine.
Randomly, a couple weeks ago, we decided to get moving on the guest (and only) bathroom upstairs.
It’s a full bath, but the vanity is small, so we knew it’d be perfect to use these cabinets as a test.
Of course, we decided to do this just 5 days before we had visitors coming into town,
I guess that’s just what we needed. We must work well under pressure.

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This is what the boring bathroom looked like when we moved in.
We threw up the shower curtain from our old guest bathroom for the time being
since we had family in town very soon after we moved in.
Randomly, over Christmas break, we were shopping at Homegoods for some other items,
and walked out with a shower curtain, bath mats, decor, and the other bathroom essentials.

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Even with those items, the bathroom needed more. In comes fixing up the vanity!

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I cannot begin to explain how easy the cabinet transformation kit was to work with.
The cabinets ended up taking about 4 days because we were working on them after work.
We stopped after the first two steps because we didn’t feel it needed the protective or shiny coats.

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The kit really does transform the cabinets. I am obsessed with how good they look!
To add to it, we decided to frame out the mirror, because you know how we love to frame mirrors.
We used two 1x4s and stained them with the kit so they would match the cabinets perfectly.
The fact that the picture frames matched is just an added bonus.

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Since we were so close to being done with the bathroom,
the final piece was to get rid of the builder grade vanity light, since I despise them.
We purchased a brushed nickel 3-light bath light on Amazon
because we couldn’t decide on anything Lowe’s had to offer, and we couldn’t beat the price on Amazon.

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I love how much better the bathroom looks with darker cabinets!