bathroom remodel ♥

hello friends.
i posted a few pictures of our bathroom remodel a while back on Instagram 
and i promised i would post in more detail about the project here on the blog, 
with some source info & a few before pictures too ♥
(even though i always forget to take those until it's too late #bloggerprobs)

we moved into this house almost 13 ago after leaving a small starter house that we had lived in for a couple years ... when we got here the house had been updated in some ways but in a lot of ways i knew it would take a while before we made this house our home. 

over the years we've been through every room in the house updating, tweaking, renovating ... except for the main bathroom upstairs - it had been one of the last things on the list because we knew it would be a big job as well as a pain to tear apart because it's the only shower in the house.

my husband & my dad did most of the work installing a new window, shower/tub, vanity, sink & toilet - and we purchased everything right at home depot.

Home Decorators Collection 49 in. W Marble Vanity Top in Arabescato Venato
Home Decorators Collection Thornbriar 48 in. W x 21.52 in. D Vanity Cabinet in Cement

the old tub & shower unit was original to the house (almost 40 yrs) and needed to be torn out completely - new drywall had to be installed behind it as well because of water damage

Delta Classic 400 32 in. x 60 in. x 74 in. 3-Piece Direct-to-Stud Alcove Surround in White

Delta Classic 400 60 in. Left-Hand Drain Rectangular Alcove Bathtub in High Gloss White

all the hardware for the sink & shower was from Home Depot as well

we opted for a separate tub & shower instead of a single unit mainly because we wanted the bigger/deeper tub since my girls love to take bubble baths (and by bubble baths i mean sitting in the tub for an hour reading books & watching 5 minute crafts until i yell time to get out) 
(the other day one of them asked me if i would bring a snack up to them cause they were getting hungry....???? um. no.)

the aqua rolling cart was from ikea a few years back, but i think they still carry it and i know i've also seen a similar version of it at Michaels as well. i'm using it to store hand towels, washcloths and some shower supplies that are handy to have nearby but not in the shower 
(razors, shaving cream, shower comb... you get the idea :) 
the shower curtian (which i love) was from world market ... i purchased it probably three years ago and was holding onto it for when we remodeled. i can't seem to find it anywhere on the interwebs so i'm thinking it's been discontinued :(

i've had a lot of questions about the flooring we chose - it was a grayish wood colored waterproof laminate safe for bathrooms, and yes, we went right over the existing tile, added new molding and it worked like a charm. we considered tearing the tile out but it was level and undamaged so we decided against the extra work & mess!

thinking the wall behind the toilet is looking kinda bare
got my eye on this adhesive wall paper from target but we'll see :)

the window in our bathroom was fairly large (not a typical bath size window) so when we replaced it, i knew i would want to keep it open as much as possible since it lets so much natural light into the bath & upstairs hallway - i shopped for weeks to find panels that i liked but they were either room darkening, too long or too short. so when i saw this simple white shower curtain it dawned on me to cut it right up the middle in half and i would have two panels that were the perfect size. i also bought a cloth shower curtain liner (did the same thing by cutting it in half) and hung it behind the white curtain on the same hooks for another layer of privacy (i hemmed the raw edges i cut with stitch witchery and the iron:)

the green clock was on clearance and target & the canvases are from at Home

we have one storage space/closet on the upper lever and it's in the bathroom behind the door - not ideal but we make it work - it's an open space with no doors so i try to keep it organized and a bit styled since it's all out in the open - the metal caddy holds products we use on daily basis and are within easy reach (plus it looks pretty :) the baskets house towels, products, toilet paper, kleenex etc.

the large white framed mirror is from Lowes

i forgot to take a picture of the old vanity and mirror before it was ripped out but it was just an average builders grade bathroom setup, nothing special 

i think the previous color was called lettuce leaf green ... yikes.

and the dreaded boob light ... who's idea was it to install those lights in every house in america? :)

it honestly feel like i'm in a hotel bathroom everytime i go in there ♥ it's clean lined & simple with a little bit of color here & there - such a huge difference! if i missed anything or if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask me in the comments, i'll do my best to answer. :)

Lego figure display frame ♥

my youngest currently loves minecraft, legos & books - we did a huge overhaul in her room last month really purging and cleaning everything so that we were left with only what she really loved and wanted to keep. i always tell my girls that every inch of their rooms are valuable real estate! i try to equip them with the thought that if it's taking up space in their space then they should really love it or really use it! 
if not - gone!

we were talking about how cute the little lego people were and that just hiding them in one of her bins seemed like a sad thing to do :) a quick look on pinterest (how did we live without pinterest?) 
and we found the frame display idea

 the frame they used had a solid white back but we went to joanns 
and decided to use this clear glass floating frame instead

 next all you'll need is some hot glue, a ruler, tape and some white lego bricks like the ones pictured ... we have lots of extra legos from sets that are no longer played with or are outgrown so we were able to take from there, but if you need to buy some i know individual legos of every kind can be purchased at the lego store if you have one nearby 

we measured, divided then decided 5 lego people per row was how we wanted to lay it out

we used the ruler (with tape to keep it in place) and a sharpie to mark where the bricks would be 
then glued them on near the top of the ruler line so they would be even and straight

there was some trial and error to it ... like some of our DC super hero girl legos have feet that are wider than the traditional lego people and their feet hung off the front and back of the brick - so we added a bigger dab of hot glue to raise the brick off the glass a bit for more room which you can kind of see in the picture below

she put them on their pedestals in the order she fancied and we were done :)
we had about 20 figurines that she really wanted to display, but if you have more than that they had so many different sizes of these glass frames at joanns you can go bigger! or to use a frame you have on hand just remove the backing and leave the glass in the frame on it's own.

we installed new shelves above her desk to display the bigger pieces she's built and made room for some of her favorite books too. let me know if you try this idea! i'd love to hear how it goes.
much love ♥

2018 daily tracker - free printable

happy new year everyone!
and the new year means new goals & fresh starts for everyone
so i thought i'd share a little printable i made to keep a visual reminder 
of the habits i'm trying to make stick!

every year i tell myself that i'm going to read my bible through by the end of the year and every year i drop the ball somewhere - whether i'm weeks or months in, i somehow lose track and just revert to my usual quiet time of journaling or reading certain passages that are outlined in my current devo...

last year i stumbled onto this daily reading bible at my local christain bookstore
 and fell in love with it ♥ the One Year Bible Expressions is on amazon here
it's different in the fact that it's sectioned off into 365 daily readings with chapters from the old & new testament, one chapter of psalms & a short passage from proverbs.

it has wide margins for bible journaling and some of the pages have pre-drawn pictures for you to color - if you're new to bible journaling just do a quick search on pinterest and you'll be inspired!

most of the pens and pencils i use in my bible are whats pictured here in the post
sometimes plain old colored pencils 

black skinny sharpies are my go-to everyday pen and the bonus for bible use 
is that they don't bleed through the thin pages

and check out this inside cover!
i started filling it in with colored pencils last year and have yet to finish ...

i carved out a dedicated space/desk area in my craft room for all my bible journaling/reading supplies
but i rarely use it ... the kitchen table or tucked in bed is usually where i end up :)

if you're trying to start and stick with a new habit this year - 
and color in the days as you go along throughout 2018
whether it's reading your bible, journaling, exercising or eating healthy remember!
don't strive for perfection - just strive for progress ♥

if you download & print or share pictures on instagram 
be sure to tag me so i can see your progress! 
and share some of your goals with me in comments below
i'd love to know what you're up to in 2018!
much love ♥ 
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