Polka dots in the bathroom

I wanted to share with you a little project I worked on last night. I decided to cover our bathroom shelves with some cute polka dot contact paper.

Here’s what they looked like before. Pretty ugly.

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I started by removing the the drawers and shelves that would come out.

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Make sure you give each surface a really good wipe down. You don’t want any dirt getting stuck under your contact paper.

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I then laid one of my shelves on the sheet of contact paper to measure it.

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The instruction recommend leaving 3/8′ overlap on each side. You can cut off any excess after you’ve got it positioned just right.

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I used a pen to mark where I was going to cut.

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And then I cut four sheets of that same size out. One for each of the two shelves and two for each of the bottoms of the tall cabinet.

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Then it’s as simple as peeling off the backing and positioning it on your shelf.

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Don’t worry if you don’t get it just right at first. It’s easy to peel off and reapply, plus you have the excess from each edge to work with.

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Then take a flat hard surface or a rag and slide it across your contact paper. Work from the middle out to the edges to smooth out any bubbles.

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Now the drawers were a little trickier to measure so I made sure to leave extra on each side just in case. After you cut out your drawer piece then push it in to place inside the drawer. Use your flat surface or rag to smooth out any bubbles.

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Use a razor blade to cut off any excess paper around the edges.

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Smooth it down one more time to make sure it’s all stuck in every corner.

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Since the bottom of the cabinets couldn’t be removed, I used one of the shelves as a template, cut a piece of contact paper to fit (leaving a little extra on each edge just in case) and then applied it right in place. I had to use the razor blade to clean up the edges.

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Then I put my shelves and drawers back in place.

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So much cuter than those dingy unfinished cabinet shelves and drawers! This was really an easy project and came together pretty quickly.

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I love that there’s a surprise pop of color and pattern when you open the cabinets!

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Don’t you think that sometimes it’s the small changes we make to a room that can really liven it up?

*Polka dog contact paper is from Kmart

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Monday

Morning everyone. I had some pictures to share with you today but never got the chance to upload them. I’ll share them on Facebook later tonight. I’m getting much better at updating it and I’ve got some fun plans for it in the future. Be sure to like the page using the sidebar widget or by just hoping on over to the page itself.

PS- We chose a shower curtain for our bathroom remodel. It’s from Kmart but we ordered it online. I wasn’t planning on anything ‘flowery’ but this just works really well, I think.
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How was your weekend? What are you looking forward to this week?

Basement bathroom remodel

I am in love with our new bathroom. What once was a dark, dank scary hiding place for spiders is now a great space!! There is still some small finish work that needs to be done and I’ve got the job of decorating but it’s pretty much ready to go.
As far as decorating- it’s a bathroom so I won’t be doing much more than some art on the walls, a shower curtain and bath mats. I’m going to keep it pretty simple because I already love how fresh, clean and open the room feels now. I don’t want to clutter it. I did buy THIS for the room, though! Got to have a little whimsy in there.

I’ve never really been that great with the play by play, so you’ll just be getting photos today. But if you want to know how we did something or what we used, ask in the comments and I’ll for sure get back to you!

I was a little late on starting to photograph this room. The real ‘before’ was a room with no drywall or plumbing hooked up. Andy hooked up the necessary plumbing as well as the ceiling fan and then he did the drywall and mud before I actually started taking pictures of the room.

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You can see in this picture that Andy had already put the new tub in.

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We painted the room with Behr Lime Light and I love it! I was worried it would be too ‘minty,’ but it turned out great.

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We got this tile on clearance from Home Depot. It’s actually more gray than it looks in the picture. Lighting is terrible down there. We chose to tile all the way out in to the hall, and we’ll also be tiling the landing at the top of the stairs, by the front door.

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I wish I could tell you exactly what this surround is for the shower. All I know is that I like it- it’s seamless and I can clean it by simply rinsing it off or wiping it down. Easy peasy! Andy’s buddy put it in for us, so if you want to know the deets, message me and I’ll get the 411 from Andy.
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My favorite part. I love the new mirror and the light fixture. This mirror was $50 at Lowes and when we move from here I’ll definitely be taking it with me. It actually wasn’t our first choice- we thought it would be too big for the space. We bought one mirror and ended up exchanging it for this one in the end. We have to hang our mirrors high because Andy is so tall.

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We chose to put in a tall cabinet to the left of the sink for extra storage. We bought the vanity and cabinet from Sutherlands. It was unfinished and Andy stained it this dark color. We bought hardware for it but haven’t put it on yet. I’ll show you more pictures when we finish that. The countertop with built in sink also came from Sutherlands. The faucet came from Lowe’s. The toilet paper holder was originally gold. Andy spray painted it silver.

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Hard to get a picture of the whole room, but the bathtub is opposite the toilet. We are extremely happy with this project. It has turned out so beautiful!

Should I get a plain white shower curtain like this one or go for something with a pattern?

We don’t have a bath mat upstairs because Andy didn’t think it was necessary. I want to put one down here though. It’s always felt weird to me to step out with wet feet onto the cold tile. I bought this one from Target (which is actually more white than it looks on the site) but I’m not sure I’m sold. Any ideas?