Monday, July 18, 2011

Budget Bathroom Makeover Phase 2 + OC Fair Contest Results

I can finally reveal to you the second phase of our budget bathroom makeover.

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I posted the first phase in here where I transformed the white into a warm-toned vanity. This makeover was spurred when I won $250 from HomeGoods' Mom Cave contest last year.

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When I was a stay-at-home-mom taking care of a baby Princess One, one show stood out during one of Oprah's episodes. It was Peter Walsh who mentioned about a Room Function Chart that sent me scrambling to get a copy of it in oprah.com. I tucked it away in my Personal Folder file to use as my guide when the proper time comes. The proper time came when hubby and I have to update the master bathroom (aka as my Mom Cave).

As a newbie in this DIY thingy, here's how I used the chart to articulate what we needed to do in our bathroom.

ROOM: Master bathroom
CURRENT FUNCTION: All hygiene breaks occur here. In addition to this, it's also the home of our laundry basket.
IDEAL FUNCTION: In addition to hygiene breaks, I want it to feel like a sanctuary, especially when I have to respond to the beckoning call of nature.
WHO USES IT?: My husband and I, and the two girls. (We just have 1 bathroom on the 2nd floor and the other one is downstairs.)
WHO SHOULD USE IT? The same.
WHAT SHOULD IT CONTAIN? Mirror, lights, vanity, tissue holder, toilet bowl, floor, soap, soap holder, shower and tub, some art, soap dispenser, toothbrush holder, rug, towel rod, towels, trash bin, toilet bowl cleaner, scrub, baseboard, door trim
WHAT HAS TO GO? The old mirror, old light, bent towel rod, battered vinyl tile.

This chart already sets the criteria of what our bathroom should be. With this in mind, I had to take it a notch higher, and that is by adding the questions, "How do I want to feel when I step inside? What is working and what is not?" Since this is my mom cave, I wanted it to be a sanctuary for me.

This is how I executed the next steps to reach this bathroom milestone.

First, Mr. HOAD and I needed to agree on a wall color and Martha Stewart's Sea Glass was the consensus. Off I went to Home Depot to have that color copied to 'Behr primer and paint in one' since that's the paint so far that doesn't trigger my hubby's allergies.

I painted with all my heart and enjoyed the process of changing the room's color.

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Even with the best care and judicious attention to detail, some 'ooops' happen just like the painter's tape falling off and a smudge on the vanity...ok, make that a lot of smudges. When faced with issues while DIY-ing, I have this mantra, "There's always a solution for every problem." And for these, I ended up repainting the ceiling white and re-touching the vanity with brown color.

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Okay, I know you're not that much interested about the bloopers I made so this is now the time that I have to show great results. Here's a reminder of what it looked before

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and here's the after. I replaced that 5-decades old mirror with this stylish-and-better-scaled Martha Stewart's Maracaibo mirror ($50 from Home Depot). I also found the bath lights at Costco for $49.75 and gleefully bought it home. Hubby is the master of electrical and mechanical stuff so he installed it for me.

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I replaced this bent towel rod with a double towel bar from HomeGoods for only $24.99.

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I'm a true believer of adding inspiring words on the wall so this "Live well, laugh often, love much" quote from Dollar Tree found its home. It's more personalized and it reflects us as a family.

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The tissue-holder is Ikea's $9.99 Lillholmen and it's such a relief to have a place for our tissue. The liquid soap container is from HomeGoods and costs $7.50. I detailed here how we replaced this faucet.

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So what do you think?

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From this original bath

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to this, will you give me an A?

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My next and final master bath post will detail how we replaced the old vinyl floor. That floor looks like wood but I guarantee you, it's not. And it's the easiest way of installing floors after our laborious experience of installing wood laminates in our bedrooms. I'll also reveal why we did an emergency toilet bowl replacement, how we sent the stocks of Therma Care soaring, and racked up many doctor's visits. Til then, my bloggy BFFs. Stay tuned.

PS: The Orange County Fair commenced last Friday, July 15th and is now in full swing so we went there last Saturday. Remember when I posted about the throw blanket and crocheted floral cross saying that these are our entries to the OC Fair? I'm excited to share with you the results:

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Not bad, eh?

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53 comments:

  1. You are so talented! I love the roses on the blanket and the tiny ones on the cross. Incredibly beautiful.

    And since we are in the beginning stage of redoing the kitchen I look forward to seeing the post on the flooring!

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  2. I love the way it turned out! Gorgeous!

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  3. You are so inspiring to those of us who think they can't. I just can't decide what I want to do first. I love the new look.

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  4. This look amazing! You have given me so many great ideas We are currently working on our bathrooms. It is crazy how just the light fixture and the mirror really change everything. Awesome!

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  5. Great makeover SJ! Love the colors that you picked!

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  6. What a gorgeous transformation!

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  7. looks great, love the double towel bar. you're giving me ideas! lol

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  8. What a lovely makeover! Thank you for the add and invite to the blog party :)! Can't wait to see more of your creative posts!

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  9. Looks amazing! I needed inspiration to finish my own bathroom makeover, and this is it! I’m like 80% done, but I needed this extra motivation to finish it up.

    Aren’t double towel bars the greatest?! I bought one for my bathroom and I’m in love!

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  10. nice makeover! Love the words on the wall. A very nice reminder for everyday.

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  11. Love what you did to the bathroom! I can't believe that you are a newbie to DIY! Experienced DIYers have booboos happen all the time......that's what makes it so much fun(lol). You are very talented! The color is awesome!

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  12. This is amazing and I love the wall color. I have been thinking of redoing our bathroom. Seeing your project makes me a bit more confident! I have yet to figure out how to remove some of my bathroom tile!

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  13. Colors are great together! Really want to read the followup, especially about the new floor- need to do one in a room here. Congrats on the win, too!

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  14. Congrats on the crochet wins! As a fellow crocheter, I know what an honor it is to be recognized for your efforts. Great job on the bathroom too!

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  16. How did you get the big mirror off the wall? I have one I want to remove and have no idea how to do it without breaking it all over the place and possibly injuring my clumsy self!

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  17. Yes, you definitely get an "A". Love the colors you chose, the light fixture and the towel bar especially! blessings ~ tanna

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  18. That looks great!!! One day...one day...lol.

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  19. great job, I am also doing a bathroom and am sure impressed with yours!

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  20. You did an Awesome job! I love the new mirror and towel bar... great inexpensive upgrades.

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  21. This is amazing! My husband and I rent a run down basement suite and the bathroom is one of the worst parts. These are affordable changes, some of which I think we could make too. Thanks for posting!

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  22. I love the paint! Thank you for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman's Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

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  23. That turned out really pretty! I love the colors you used!

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  24. I LOVE this! I have a tiny house with a tiny bathroom and while most makeovers are pretty, they're out of my financial and space reach! I think what you did here is fantastic -- love the colors you chose! Also I really like that double towel rack -- I've not seen those! Thanks for sharing your project -- I give it an A+!

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  25. Great makeover! I love the paint color!

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  26. Lookin’ good! I can’t wait to find out how you did the floor!

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  27. I love the classy lights above the mirror and the color scheme is beautiful:) Thanks for sharing!

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  28. What a beautiful transformation.

    I would love for you to share a link to this DIY on my mommy resource and solution meme!

    http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2011/07/the-mommy-club-share-your-resources-and-solutions/

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  29. Awesome! Love the Room Function Chart!

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  30. Good job! What a great update. Amazing what a few changes can make to give it a whole new look. :)

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  31. Congrats on the fair awards! And oh yeah, that is a huge change in the bathroom. It looks so fresh and updated now.

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  32. You definitely get an A!! It looks really nice.

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  33. Looks great! Thanks for sharing with {re}create into something new!

    Thanks,
    Kaitlin
    http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com

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  34. It looks great! I love the color!

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  35. Looks great! I did something similar with our bathroom vanity - one of those horrid Mediterranean style ones - and it was such a transformation. You've inspired me to finish the project. On to the faucent/horrible linoleum! :)

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  36. From drab to fab- definitely! I love the wall color and the way you painted the vanity. We always have a few bloopers too, no worries. (:

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  37. Lookin' good! I'm renovating on a budget too; just finished a kitchen reno. Stop by sometime and have a look!

    Sue
    xo

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  38. You are so creative! Love the way it turned out! Great..great job! Beautiful wall colour.Thanks for sharing:)
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  39. Beautiful bathroom makeover - love the inspirational words on the wall!
    And congratulations on the 1st prize in the fair!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  40. you did an awesomely fabulously amazing job! My bathroom is my absoute nemesis! It's gold and has the ickiest carpeting invented and the cabinets are just weird and the towel racks are installed at the oddest heights. I would love to redo it but know I don't have the budget. Yours inspires me to keep planning!

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  41. I love that color! You did a great job!

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  42. I think you are amazing! That is quite an incredible transformation. I love all of the details and thought you put into this. Congratulations!

    Best wishes and happy week,
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me.

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  43. I totally give you an "A" :)
    I'm a follower of your blog now - everything looks great!

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  44. What an adorable DIY project! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Happy Monday!

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  45. Amazing job!!! I love the new bath. Found you on Creating my way to Success.

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  46. The makeover looks GREAT! Love all that nickel hardware....such a polished look.

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  47. Thanks for joining Pinkalicious Thursday. As always, your projects bring a smile to my face, Tres magnifique!
    I hope to see another beautiful creation this Thursday!
    XOXO,
    Tasha

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  48. Hi there again :) I wanted to let you know I featured this awesome project today as part of my Friday Faves on my blog today! I hope you can come by and take a look!

    http://creativecarmella.blogspot.com/2011/07/friday-faves_29.html

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  49. I love it! It's so bright and cheery! And that saying on the wall is one of my favorites. Thanks for comig to link up at the Weekend Wow Me party! Hope to see you next weekend!

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