DIY Bathroom: Updating the 80’s to 10’s


Our house was built in the 80’s and I don’t think our hall bathroom had been updated since then either. Every time I walked past it and saw the faux marbled sink, orangy wood vanity, pink rose linoleum with pink walls to match, I would shudder. When we first bought our house we updated almost every room except this bathroom. Money was tight from all the other updates so instead of a full overhaul, it was time to give it a face lift.

Here are some before pictures so you can relive the 80’s style in all its glory.

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The first step was to take everything out! Since the vanity was in good condition I knew we could re-purpose it. We carefully removed the sink top and then the vanity. Next was the mirror, light and toilet. The wall cabinet was attached to the wall really well so we left it to just paint around. The tub/shower was in good condition and since this was just a facelift – it was saved from my sledgehammer. We then primed the vanity, wall cabinet and baseboards and painted the walls a lovely shade of tan. [we weren’t thinking of needing to see when we originally removed the light -ha!]


Now to tackle those hideous dated floors. We decided on a large tan/grey and white glossy porcelain tile. We first installed the tile cement board and nailed down all the creaks. Then it was placing and cutting the tiles and adhering them to the floor. After many years of watching and helping my mom remodel her house and do tile – I had a general idea of how to. Just apply a generous amount of tile adhesive to the floor and mark ridges using the trowel. Do the same to the back of your tile and stick them together! Using spacers to allow room for grout and a level and more adhesive to keep things even. Once all your tile is in and set a day or two – apply your grout using a float and then a large sponge and water to wipe away the excess. Boom – beautiful tile.

Note – Keep a damp cloth over the hole for the toilet – this well help trap the odors a bit! 

We then painted the vanity and cabinet a light Robin’s Egg Blue and reinstalled the vanity. We topped it with a pure white sink and new brushed silver faucet and hardware. We installed a new light fixture, white toilet, towel rod and other accessories. Our mirror isn’t pictured because it took us a while to find the right one… but I finally found a white framed mirror at TJMaxx.

Here is our updated 2010’s hall bathroom. We were able to complete the entire revamp for less than $500 and in about 4 days!

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May the 4th be with you

May 4th was always just another day, until I met this amazing man…


Now May 4th is known as “Star Wars Day”.

Before meeting Leep I had never seen a single minute of a Star Wars movie. [gasp] Now, I’ve seen all 7 [there’s currently 7, right?] and Star Wars has become a part of my everyday life. I’ve made Star Wars cakes, hosted Star Wars birthday parties, dressed in Star Wars clothes and even had a glimpse of it at our wedding.

So in honor of today, and my amazing husband Leep, here’s a photoblog of some of our best Star Wars moments.

May the 4th be with you.


R2D2 cake – homemade


Storm Trooper Cupcakes


Lightsaber Wedding Entrance


Lightsaber Wedding Entrance


Lightsaber Wedding Exit


Lightsaber Wedding Exit


Star Wars themed Christmas ugly sweaters


Star Wars themed Christmas ugly sweaters


Storm Trooper onesie


Leep’s Star Wars birthday


Leep’s Star Wars birthday


Leep’s Star Wars birthday

Bee Keeping: Shore Thing Lavender

Last year my family started the adventure of a lavender farm on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, with my mother being the fearless leader, green thumb and brains of the operation. We all have done our fair share of weeding and tending to the plants and are proud to be entering our second year.

This year we’ve added an exciting addition – BEES! The bees will not only pollinate the lavender plants, but provide healthy local honey to customers.

Shore Thing Lavender also has an amazing line of natural, organic products for the body, home and culinary use. Be sure to follow along with our journey and adventures at the site below!

Source: We have bees!