A Bathroom Overhaul + a Barn door Bonus

Since we were on a remodel roll, we decided to re-do the upstairs bathroom before Nina’s arrival.  (Nina is a foreign exchange student from the university in Germany that will be living with us and studying teaching for a few months – we are super excited she is here!) We started with this regular old builder grade bathroom.  If you keep up with our blog at all, you know that builder grade just isn’t our style…at all.  So we demoed it!




We wanted to model this bathroom after the spa bathroom we did downstairs, but this bathroom is MUCH larger and needed it’s own look.  We did use the same flooring (because I love it so much) and the same shower curtain and white towels, but everything else turned out a little different.  In the end we kept the same “spa feel” in our thoughts as we redecorated, and I am thrilled with the final outcome!




This sink bowl and faucet are probably my absolute favorite thing in this whole bathroom.



Decorating this leaning shelf was so much fun!  I got to put so many awesome memories in this space, along with some perfect little antiques.


This is my hotel soap bowl, and a super sweet, super special gift that Nina brought us from Germany.  This is a little stuffed lamb that she said is exactly what all the lambs in her area at home look like (with the black face and ears).


I have a weird obsession with blue antique mason jars…not the new dyed ones, the real deal faded ones from back in the day.  In this one I store cotton balls, and the jar next to it holds sand from one of our couple of vacations to Cape San Blas, Florida.


Joe picked out this super beautiful Koi fish. (Many of the attributes of the koi symbolize several lessons and even trials individuals often encounter in life. The koi fish has a powerful and energetic life force, demonstrated by its ability to swim against currents and even travel upstream. Some of the characteristics associated with the koi include:  Good fortune, Success , Prosperity, Longevity, Courage, Ambition, and Perseverance)  I love all the wonderful meaning behind having a Koi in your home, so we are proudly displaying it in our new bathroom.  Next to the koi you see another blue mason jar with my Q-tips, and a jar full of sand from Jamaica. 


You may recognize this precious  little bird candle from the antique store in Cleveland.  Yep, I love the smell so much of the one in my office that I made Joe drive me all the way up there to pick up another one for our bathroom.  And this antique medicine jar holds sand from the Bahamas.


When it was all said and done, I couldn’t have been more happy with the final outcome of the new upstairs guest bathroom.


And because we can….

We went ahead and completed another small project for the basement.  Our laundry room door has been a pain in the patoot because it opens up into our outside door and causes a big ole door traffic jam!


So I have wanted to transition it to a barn door for a long time.  For Christmas last year the hubs got me the track for the barn door and we just needed to build a door….so today, with Nina’s help, we did!









Pretty awesome huh??  I mean, I am pretty much in love with the new laundry room door!!  A big thanks to Nina for jumping in on her first home improvement project!


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