Updating My Master Bathroom

*This is a sponsored post written by me for Modernbath.com. All opinions are 100% my own.
     My husband and I have been wanting to update our bathrooms ever since we moved into our home 11 years ago. Picture old chipped formica countertops, brass lighting, plastic shower insert, and cheap builder-grade materials. Some of you may know what I am talking about! I'm so ready for an update. I am always on the look out for great bathroom products and inspiration.

     This is a design board I created for our master bathroom to help me get jump-started. The white vanity with the marble countertop really defines my design style which is classic and elegant yet simple. I've always wanted a chandelier over my bathtub. Balancing a mix of modern and traditional pieces makes a room look more layered and sophisticated.  Placing the chandelier over the sleek bathtub would help give me the look I'm going for.


   
      I have gone to many home improvement stores and showrooms but most of the time their inventory is so limited. I searched Modern Bath and they have a very large selection and variety of vanities, shower equipment, linen storage, mirrors, accessories, doors, lighting, kitchen products, and more. That's where I found the items for my bathroom design board.

      You can order online and if you need assistance there is a sales person you can call. They also have a 30 day return or exchange policy. If you find a cheaper price on the same item Modern Bath will price match it and give you a 10% discount. The majority of their products ship for free as well.

     One thing to take note of when searching is to make sure you read the list of items that come with the product. For instance, some vanities include the sink and faucet and some do not. They do provide a checklist of everything that comes with each vanity or product, just make sure to read it. If it doesn't come with a sink and faucet there will be an option at the bottom of the screen to add them.

     The name of the website is Modern Bath but they have so much more than just modern style. You can also choose from transitional, traditional, and antique style vanities. And something to remember is modern doesn't always mean contemporary. Fresh and up to date is what I think when I think of the modern style.
 Here are some gorgeous bathroom vanities that look like furniture. Notice the one on the bottom right has a farmhouse sink.
If you are looking for furniture to serve as linen storage, they have that as well.


     Although, there are thousands of items to choose from it is easy to narrow your search which saves time and makes it much less daunting. While searching for my own bathroom I was able to filter the search to include exactly what I was looking for. I narrowed it down to painted or stained wood, type of countertop material, price, size, style, and brand.

     Do any of your bathrooms need remodeling? Are you living with outdated countertops, vanities, fixtures, or builder-grade materials like we are? Go search the large selection of bathroom products offered at Modern Bath to turn your space into a beautiful updated bathroom retreat.
     







Ana White Rustic X End Table


This past summer I built two of the Ana White rustic x end tables. I had been looking forever for a matching set of end tables that didn't cost $400 each. I could not find anything that I liked. I looked everywhere! Why are end tables so expensive? I broke down and decided to build my own. I went on Ana White's website and looked for plans and knew these would be perfect. I already had some spindles from an old 1800's farmhouse porch. I bought these last year at the longest yard sale somewhere out in the middle of nowhere in south Alabama.



They were actually still attached to the railing. I took them off and thought they would make perfect legs for something. I just wasn't sure what. Then I saw the x side table plan and knew these were meant for each other. The spindles had weathered to a beautiful gray finish with a little white chippy paint still clinging on. I decided to leave them as is and stain the rest of the wood. I used a combination of Jacobean and Classic Gray stain from Minwax. I just played around with the amounts until I got the desired color. I absolutely love my end tables!  I wouldn't want a real carpenter to inspect my building skills or anything but for me, they are perfect!


I encourage you to try building your own furniture. The first thing I ever built was a farmhouse table a couple of years ago with no help from anyone. However, you don't have to start off with something so big. There are many plans of different skill levels on Ana White's website. She gives really detailed instructions and drawings. The only tools I used for this project was the Kreg Jig and a compound miter saw. The Kreg Jig is the most amazing tool ever invented. I need to dedicate an entire post on my love for the mighty Kreg Jig. How about you, have you ever built anything?


Breakfast Room Makeover


I think the breakfast room could possibly be my favorite room in my house. It has a big window that fills the room with a lot of natural light. It looks out onto my backyard where I plant my yearly Mandevilla vine along with some yellow knockout roses.

I really like for the color scheme in here to be very simple and light. I want the outside view to be the star. Some of you may remember a couple of years ago I did a breakfast room makeover. I had some blue drapes from Target in here but it just wasn't me. I think I kept those for about a week until I changed my mind. They had a wow factor to them but I am all about minimal contrast in design so out went the drapes.

In the new makeover, I tried to make a roman shade and it was a total fail! Instead of scrapping it I just turned it into a faux roman shade. I ended up folding and hot gluing it. It works for now until I want to take the time to try it again and make it correctly. But that's going to be a while! I've been working really hard on "good is good enough". It is sooo difficult for me. I want everything to be perfect.


The above picture was taken in the spring when my peonies were blooming. I got the chairs from TJ Maxx for only 100 bucks each! Similar ones sell for $250 and up. The table I purchased 14 years ago on Antique Alley in West Monroe, LA. It has been painted no less than 5 times. 

This is the breakfast room as of today.



 I painted the table again. This time in a beautiful gray. It has a slight brown undertone that bothered me for a few days and then I got over it. The chairs are painted in Revere Pewter.

I still plan on adding some white plates on the wall around the silver tray. I also want to change out the light fixture. The current one was once a dated shiny gold color that I spray painted with oil rubbed bronze spray paint. It has worked the last few years but it's time for something new.  


I love this tiered stand. I got this at an antique store that was going out of business. I just threw in some hydrangeas that I got out of my yard, pine cones, and coffee mugs. As time goes on I find my style becoming more simple. How does your style change over time?




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