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Guest Bathroom COMPLETE!

The day is here!!

I am so excited to share with you our remodeled guest bathroom. This was the first of many projects to come in this dream home of ours, and we’re so excited to have one small corner of the house complete. 

As a reminder, when we moved into this home, it was a beige palace. Beige walls, beige built-ins, beige toilets and sinks, beige carpet. Everywhere you turned, there was beige. We’ve since painted the walls a soft Grey,  trimmed out everything in bright white, and now we’ve taken this corner of beige bathroom and created an updated, bright and clean oasis for our guests to do their business! 

Jake worked his booty off in this room.  He demoed the walls, laid tile, installed sinks and toilets, and I did my part by folding some towels and hanging some pictures on the wall...ha!

I really am so in love with the room now. From the beadboard to the hexagon penny tile, it’s a totally reimagined space. Our style is very “farmhousey” (I mean who’s isn’t right now, right?) and this room became much more chic than vintage and I really like that the finishes we chose will last throughout the trend of chippy white paint. (although mama loves her some distressed white paint!) I think I want to add a vintage window or lettered sign on that big empty wall when you’re looking right into the bathroom, but for now, I wanted to live with a little white space that we can change if we stumble upon the perfect piece! 

We really stretched our DIY muscles in this room, doing our first ever soup-to-nuts gut job and I think we officially caught the bug. We’re going to take a few weeks to baby proof and clean up some things here and there before the holiday season starts, all while saving our pennies for the BIG kitchen reno coming early next year! 

I linked most of our finishes on this inspiration post , but if you have any other questions where something is from, please feel free to comment below and I’ll be glad to share.

Until Next Time,

30 Minute DIY Barn Door Baby Gate

Happy Friday, friends!

Now that we have a little mover on our hands, we're quickly learning the importance of baby proofing. A mobile baby is NO JOKE. It's like these little ones were born with a radar for any and all danger, and they go right towards it every time. We were tired of blocking off the hallway to protect Sawyer from the stairs, so we decided to build a baby gate that fit in with our home decor a bit more than the plastic ones you find at your local Walmart.

This entire project start to finish took less than 30 minutes! I couldn't believe how quick it went, and it was super simple with basic cuts, a drill, and a little paint to pretty her up. And pretty she is :) (insert heart eyes emoji) I'm absolutely in LOVE with the way it turned out and I think it's a real show stopper now, rather than an unsightly plastic fence I would want to hide when company came over. I also like that its a bit of a permanent fixture in our home now, since we will be having  babies i'm sure for the next few years, we'll need the baby proofing for awhile!

To start, head to your local hardware store and pickup the following:

(2) 8 foot 1x6 boards
(6) 6 foot 1x4 boards
box of 2 inch wood screws
wood glue
wood filler
sand paper
mounting hardware
Gate closure

Tools required:
Wood Glue, Miter Saw, Hand Drill, Tape Measure

Start by measuring the width and height of the area you're blocking off, and cut 2 of your 1x6 boards to the size equal of the height, and 2 equal to the width. You're building a box frame for the gate.

Lay the wood together to create your box, ensuring all of the corners lay flush together. Seal with wood glue, and then use wood screws through the back so no screws show in the front of the gate.

Next, you need to cut the inside of the gate to size. Using your miter saw, cut the 1x4s to the size of your frame, and using wood screws, drill them into the frame. A tip- make sure you're leaving a little space in between boards for a more "farmhouse" look.

The "x" is the hardest part of the build, but it doesn't have to be perfect, that is what wood filler is for! Measure diagonally from corner to corner of the inside of your gate. On a 45 degree angle, cut your 1x4 to size. Use wood glue to secure it to the gate and screw into place from the back of the gate. To create the "x" you'll need to measure the distance on the opposite corner to corner and cut the ends at 45 degree angle like you did the first piece, and where it will meet the first diagonal, cut at a 40 degree angle. Don't stress if there is a bit of a gap. Fill in with wood filler, as well as any imperfections you'd like to correct in the wood, and let dry.

From here, I painted on 2 coats of eggshell white paint, lightly sanding between coats, and Jake screwed in the mounting hardware as well as the gate closure. Mount it on your wall, and admire your handy work!

Woodworking can seem intimidating when you first start, but there is nothing more satisfying than using scrap wood from your garage and putting together something wonderful and functional for your family! I should note that Jake has absolutely 0 handy experience that he hasn't just taught himself over time. As scary as it might seem, I promise, with a saw and some wood, you can make miracles happen!

Happy Building!

Until Next Time,

Guest Bathroom Update & Budget Check In

Hey, ya'll!

Happy Hump Day. Seriously, it was high-time for me to share what's been happening in our guest bath! I have been totally snap-happy with all of the progress, but haven't done much to update you over here on the blog since sharing the Mood board a few weeks back.

For real-time updates, be sure to follow along on snap @absolutelykylie but in the meantime, lets break it down!

We are so close to finished I can practically taste it! I seriously underestimated how much I would detest either walking up or down stairs to use the restroom. It's the only bathroom we have on the main floor of the house, so it's been a pain in the booty (literally. stairs make your rear sore) to have to go up and down a million times a day.

We have been lucky to face minimal issues along the way. Demo day went easy, we were a little bummed because we wanted to save the cabinetry to donate to Habitat for Humanity Restore, but they were literally glued onto the walls (wtf?) so we had to take a sledgehammer to them. Which was a little fun, I can't lie ;)

We ripped up tile and backer board, scraped popcorn ceiling, and patched and repaired walls, and finally it was time to get to work.

Our tile came in (which I love so much I could lick it! but I won't because its a bathroom floor, and ..gross) and Jake installed it all in a weekend. We painted with leftover paint from our Master Bedroom (Ben Moore Greystone) and last weekend we got started on installing the beadboard.

This was really our only issue of the project so far. We had planned to do board and batten with cheap hardboard, but the after spending an hour at Lowes we found out they did not have the thickness we would need and it would have to be special ordered. I really didn't want to special order something that would set us behind 2-3 weeks, so we changed the game plan and purchased some 1/4th inch thick breadboard instead. It is almost completely installed, and tonight we'll go ahead and slap on the trim pieces, fill and caulk, and hopefully get the toilet installed tomorrow! HOORAY FOR A PLACE TO PEE!

As for the budget, we've gone a little of course, I won't lie. Our original budget was $1000.00 for the entire room, which is pretty conservative when you figure we took that room down to the drywall. I did my best to find deals for most of our finishes and decor, but we did splurge a little in some areas because this is our forever house and the only remodel we can afford this year, so lets make it exactly how we want. As it stands this is where we're at:

Tile: 150
Tile Supplies (grout, quickset etc.): 100
Beadboard & Supplies: 130
Mirror: 90
Light Fixture: 180 (eek this was a major splurge but it's PERFECT!)
Sink: 90
Toilet: 200 (on sale!)
Faucet: 40

Total Spent So Far: $980.00

I already went decor shopping and fixture shopping and spent a bit there as well, but i'll save that for the reveal post. Don't forget to check Snap for real-time fixer upper action!

Until Next Time,