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bathroom: after

bathroom-after-8Everyone, welcome to our new bathroom!

bathroom-after-6A few days ago I showed you the before pictures. It was a white disaster. We decided to go with grey for the walls. Always a creature of habit, this is the exact colour that we used in our first condo that we owned together, as well as in our next home. But it’s been a few years since then. When we went to the paint store, it was the first colour that I gravitated to, and Geoffrey agreed that it would look best. It’s called Fine Silver by CIL.

bathroom-after-7If you recall, I was originally going to choose one wall to hang wallpaper on. However, after searching through a few stores, I couldn’t find any wallpaper that I loved as much as what I hung in our back porch or what I saw on Pinterest. Still wanting a feature wall, I was contemplating painting one black. In being such a dark and drastic colour, I decided to paint all of the walls grey first, and if I felt that something was still lacking, to do it then. In the end, I’m glad that I decided to wait.

bathroom-after-3We purchased a new toilet for our bathroom. I also bought a white shelf to hang above the toilet, as well as a picture for the shelf. I reused an old tin as a plant pot and found a purpose for our IKEA spice rack that I gotten a few years ago but had never used. We put it above the sink and it now holds the hand soap and a succulent.

bathroom-after-2I love the way that the bathroom turned out. I think that it has a somewhat modern yet peaceful feel to it. I’m shying away from rustic elements with our new home given that it’s so old, and am going for more of an updated look but with modern and antique elements. I hope that it shows.

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bathroom: before

bathroom-before-2Remember this post? In it, I had written about how we were going to renovate our one and only bathroom. Today I will show you the before photos.

bathroom-before-1Everything in our bathroom was either white or a variation of white. This included the walls, baseboards, flooring, bathtub, sink, registers, and more. It was too much. It felt sterile and dated.

bathroom-before-5bathroom-before-6Additionally, the technique that they used on the baseboards made them look dirty. No matter how hard we scrubbed them, they never looked clean. It annoyed me to no end.

bathroom-before-3I really wanted to replace the linoleum flooring, and I even inquired about doing so over the Christmas break. However, given that we would have to remove absolutely everything in our bathroom, it would’ve turned into too big of a job. This is something that will have to wait until we have a second bathroom in the house, since we will be without a toilet while they replace the floor.

bathroom-before-4I’m so pleased with the way that our bathroom turned out. I’ll reveal those photos to you in a few days. I knew that this bathroom was ugly, but I didn’t realize just how ugly it was until we made it over.

Until then, stay tuned!

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what i bought: zara

zara-baby-1zara-baby-2Remy is at a stage where she is currently in between sizes. In being a somewhat smaller baby, she is always right on track for her age and clothing. When she was 2 months, she was wearing 0-3 month clothes. At 5 months, it was 3-6 month, and 8 months was 6-12 months. You get the picture. Now that she is 10 months, she is slightly too big for 6-12 month but not quite big enough for 12-18 month clothes.

zara-baby-4I’ve recently purged Remy’s closet and now am left with only a few items. I started ordering a few pieces online, hoping that they will fit her. These socks and this dress from Zara are included in my purchases.

zara-baby-5The dress is actually one that she will be wearing for her 1st birthday. I’m planning a big soiree for her, and will reveal all to you at the beginning of next month. The theme is near and dear to my heart, just like my little girl.

zara-baby-7Have a wonderful weekend!

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animal magnet diy

animal-magnet-diyHi everyone! Today I’m sharing my most recent DIY that I’ve made. These magnets are a great addition to any country or vintage-themed kitchen, or one that has a child or children with busy little fingers.

animal-magnets-1Supplies:

Any animal toy(s)
Magnets
Crazy glue
Miter saw
Clamp
Spray paint (optional)

animal-magnets-7Steps:

1. When choosing an animal, make sure to select one or more that can easily be cut to have a flat neck and midsection. This is where you will eventually be gluing the magnets, and so you will need to consider how they will look once placed on your fridge.

animal-magnets-22. Once you have your selection, the next step is to saw the animal into three parts. Clamp the animal down, and using a miter saw, saw the head and the bottom off as smoothly and carefully as possible.

animal-magnets-33. Next, glue one or two magnets onto the backs of the head and bottom. If the magnets are larger, then you will most likely only need one. If you have smaller magnets, then two or more will be needed.

animal-magnets-84. Once the glue has cured, the animal magnets are ready to be used. Alternatively, you may wish to spray paint them. If so, then do so between steps 2 and 3. Either way, they make a pretty unique and fun DIY to add to any kitchen!

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cheesy potato skins

potatoskins-3Cheesy Potato Skins:

Ingredients

6 large red potatoes
1 bag of shredded cheese
salt
pepper
butter

potato-skins-4Steps

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Wash and pierce each potato several times with a fork. Place directly on the oven rack and bake for approximately 1 hour, or until thoroughly cooked through.

3. Remove the potatoes from the oven, and set aside. Let cool.

4. Peel each potato with a knife, making sure to have large slices of skin with a little filling. Place each skin filling side down on a cookie sheet.

5. Set oven to broil. Brush each skin with butter. Place in the oven and broil for 4 minutes. Remove, and flip each skin over, filling side up.

6. Brush each potato skin with butter once more. Add salt, pepper, and cheese to the tops. Place in the oven one last time, and broil for 4 minutes.

7. Remove the skins from the oven. Let them cool slightly, and enjoy while still warm!

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