I have been SO excited to share this amazing transformation of one of my latest design projects. This client's bathroom was original to the home and had not been updated since they had lived there. I was so excited when they asked me to help with the design and coordination of this renovation especially after hearing their vision and ideas for the space. Miller Team Renovations handled all the tile and renovation work from start to finish and they were wonderful to work with. I appreciated that they kept me updated every step of the way and allowed me to make every single little decision about the space, which is so rare.Read more
The next space up on our organized home challenge is bathrooms! If you live in an older home like me, you are very familiar with the challenges of limited closet space and storage in bathrooms. I've always lived in older houses, so I feel like I've mastered making the most of every inch of space for storage and am always on the lookout for creative storage solutions. This post focuses on three different areas to focus on when organizing your bathroom: open shelving, bathroom cabinets, and the top of your vanity. Let's start with open shelving!Read more
I'm excited to debut our first "how-to" video thanks to Sarah E Dunn Photo + Design! One of the questions I get asked about most often when decorating is how to style shelves so that they are both functional and beautiful. Bathroom shelves or closets are often overlooked when it comes to decorating and organization and can easily get piled up with clutter. I like to keep all the necessities close at hand in our bathroom but there are some tricks to displaying all these items so that they still look chic + organized! Check out our easy to follow video below for step by step instructions on styling your own bathroom shelves like a pro!
For our little family, 2016 has been an exciting year full of change and new projects. It seems as if the majority of our year was focused around our home renovation, beginning the very first week of January when we first stepped foot into our now home. We weren't even seriously looking to move when we happened upon the listing (thanks to Alex's dad) and decided to take a look at this house on Main Street in Versailles with no definite plans in mind. We were overwhelmed while inside the house and initially decided it was way too big of a project for us right now. But as soon as we left, I couldn't stop thinking about the possibilities and both of us decided to take the plunge and make an offer.
Without a doubt the most stressful part of the entire process was in the coming months, preparing our first home to go on the market. The entire process was so emotional for me- that home was my pride and joy, as I purchased it right after graduating from college and poured years of hard work into it. I didn't have hardly any money to do improvements on that house, so we did everything on our own, on a serious budget. We weren't always able to make things perfect or have high-end finishes but it was a wonderful home to us for over 5 years.
Renovations on the new house started in March, just as our old house went up on the market. Having to show a house while you're still living in it is no fun, especially with two giant dogs. Besides having to have the house perfectly clean (and I am a serious perfectionist about this), I also had to take the dogs with me anytime we had a showing scheduled. There were some days when we had back-to-back showings from morning till night, and I feel as if all of March was spent in my car with Dixie and Hank just driving around aimlessly trying to pass the time.
Adding to the stress was the fact that we had purchased the new house before selling our old house. When our old house didn't sell in the first week, I started to panic. I know it's completely unreasonable to expect that quick of a sale, but we needed the profits from that sale to help pay for the renovation. I'm not one who likes to take risks like this, but after many tears and prayers, two weeks later, God brought us the perfect family and our closing was scheduled for late May.
Our renovation lasted about 90 days and during May I spent just about every day at the house moving boxes in and finalizing details of the renovation. As with most renovations of this nature, we ran into some unexpected projects and went over our estimated timeline by a few weeks. We moved in with a few renovation projects still finishing up and lived amongst the dust, piles of garbage, and constant stream of workers in and out, for two weeks.
Summer was spent settling in, beginning to decorate, and placing all our furniture around the house. The dogs settled in easily (especially after all the renovation workers were gone!) and they just love their giant new yard. I still feel like I have so far to go, but the walls are a little less bare and I actually have some curtains hung (in some rooms). I know I will never truly be finished with the house, but that is part of the fun. I like always having a project and endless rooms to redecorate and rearrange.
Photo by Sarah E Dunn Photo + Design
From fall through the end of the year we hosted many parties, gatherings, dinners, and endless tours at the house and even Thanksgiving dinner for both our families. My seasonal decorating was taken to a new level with a house that was double in size to our old one and a giant front porch to deck out! We also shot our autumn lookbook around our new home and I will treasure having all the beautiful shots by Sarah of this first year in our home. One of the highlights of the year was our anniversary trip to the Magnolia Silobration. It was a dream come true for me to see all things Fixer Upper in person, especially after just completing our own renovation.
all photos by Sarah E Dunn Photo + Design
Through this process I recieved so many requests about offering decorating and design services. I had been planning in the back of my mind to eventually add these services but decided to jump right in and try them for the holidays. The response I received was amazing and I can't thank all my clients enough for allowing me to work on your homes. I was fully booked for my first season of holiday decorating and already have several follow-up appointments to start out the new year. My husband and I loved the entire renovation process and are hoping to begin buying and flipping more homes and properties in 2017 (hopefully just not anymore that we are living in... for now). I can't wait to focus on this portion of my business more in the coming year and continue to grow the brand of Miss Molly Vintage.
It's amazing how much we have accomplished when I sit back and reflect on the entire year. Every day we pinch ourselves because we have truly created our dream home and we can't imagine living anywhere else now. Thank you for following along on this journey with us and I hope to share many more projects and renovations in the coming year!
Even though this little powder room is by far the smallest room of the house, it still went through a major transformation! The main problem in this room was lack of space! There was hardly enough room to maneuver and it felt very tight and uncomfortable. I knew that simply switching out some of the fixtures would really open up the space since it already had such great original features like the moldings, large window, and high ceilings. Here is what this half bath looked like before:
This clunky 80's style vanity wasn't helping the space situation at all. It was taking up way too much unnecessary space and blocking part of the window which visually made the room seem cramped. There were original floors in here but they had significant water damage from the bad plumbing so we unfortunately were not able to save those.
Another problem was this large ledge along the right wall which was causing the toilet to stick out over the doorway! After tearing it apart our contractors found that it was just some lazy plumbing that should have been under the floor all along. Since we were already replumbing the entire house we were able to get the pipe that this ledge was hiding back underneath the floor and have proper space to move the toilet over away from the doorway.
The room also was covered with some lovely wallpaper but since there was so much plumbing work in here we ended up having to basically re-drywall the entire room. The walls and trim were all painted which also opened up the room even more.
This was one of the few rooms in the house that had this textured ceiling. This was covered with new, smooth drywall and painted as well and we switched out the old light fixture.
I knew immediately I wanted a wall-mount metal bucket sink for this bathroom. I searched online for hours and just when I thought I would never find one within my budget, I happened across this sink from Rejuvenation. If you have never visited the Rejuventation site, it is part of the Pottery Barn/West Elm family and has SO many amazing reproduction fixtures and vintage-inspired finds (this is about the only thing I could afford though!).
I needed a wall-mount faucet to accompany this style of sink and I really wanted to try brass for something different. Wayfair has a great selection of brass faucets and I liked the simple, industrial style of this faucet. Since there isn't any kind of countertop or ledge with this sink I added a little wall shelf next to it from Target and a towel hook that matched the brass faucet.
We used the same ceramic slate-look tile in here that also is in our kitchen and mudroom/laundry. So far I really love this tile- it's super easy to clean and doesn't show much dirt/dog hair in between cleanings (which is a total win in my book!). This is one of the perks of ceramic tile vs. true slate tile, which is very difficult to maintain and actually sheds a little throughout the first couple of years. I already have two shedding dogs, so the last thing I needed was a shedding floor too!
Here you can see our new toilet which is actually centered on the wall now like it should be! Just moving it over those couple of inches made the biggest difference in the overall flow of this small bathroom.
I wanted a neutral wall color that also complimented all the industrial/vintage elements of this bathroom, so I went with a light gray color that has some green tones and new bright white paint on all the trim and the ceiling.
This light fixture is one of the first things I bought to inspire the overall style of this bathroom. We found this at Blue Ocean Traders in Louisville which is a wholesale furniture warehouse with amazing vintage and reproduction finds. This is a reproduction but everyone has thought that it was an original, old light! I love the quirky, unexpected touch it adds to this space.
I still have a little decorating and finishing touches to add. I'm not 100% sold on this mirror but I found it on super sale and it is the perfect size so it will do for now. I also want to get a new wastebasket and hang some more art/pictures on the walls. The windows are frosted glass so I don't necessarily need a shade or curtains but it might make the room look a little more complete- what do you think? I also like all the light that is coming in now with the window bare. Thank you for following along with our progress and stay tuned for more updates!
Metal bucket sink: Rejuvenation
"Restroom" vintage bulb light: Blue Ocean Traders
Brass sink faucet: Wayfair
Brass toilet paper holder: Amazon
Brass towel holder: Amazon
Wall shelf: Target
Mirror: Target Threshold via Bargain Hunt (similar here)
Hand towel: Target
Flooring: Ceramic slate-look tile via Louisville Tile
Wall color: Sherwin Williams "Chatroom"
Trim Color: Sherwin Williams "Pure White"
I'm so excited to share our master bath progress! Besides the kitchen, this was probably the 2nd biggest transformation in the house. We basically gutted the entire bathroom and started from scratch. The biggest problem in here was that we had ZERO water pressure (and I mean just a trickle of water if that), coming out of the shower, tub faucet, or sink. One of our biggest expenses was replumbing the entire house with new PEX plumbing which is the latest innovation and best option in plumbing. We also got a new tankless hot water heater which is super energy efficient, takes up much less space, and provides basically an unlimited amount of hot water. We turned the old tub/shower into a large walk-in shower with two shower heads. We got lucky because the tub in here already had a unique layout that was kind of inset into the wall which worked perfectly space-wise for a walk-in shower. We also replaced all the flooring, moved the toilet, and replaced the vanity. Take a look at what our master bathroom looked like when we first purchased the house below:
Above you can see the overall layout of the master bath. For the most part this stayed the same except for the toilet which we moved out of that awkward corner and onto the adjacent wall so it had more space around it. We also removed that built-in cabinet in the corner above the old toilet.
Here you can see the old tub/shower that was very outdated and not in the best shape.
The tub ledge that leads into the shower was super tall and took quite an effort to step over! By converting this space into a walk-in shower we were able to take advantage of the space better, push the walls back a bit more, and remove that awkward feature.
The flooring also wasn't in great shape and many of the tiles were loose or cracked.
The vanity was a good size for the space and I didn't necessarily mind the style but I really wanted something with a little more character. I kept the sconces that were placed on each side above the vanity and updated them with more industrial looking lights.
Above you can see the progress after they demo'd the entire tub and started tearing out the walls to work on the plumbing.
More demo progress in the master bath before any plumbing work was started. After the plumbing was redone we had to hang new drywall over all the opened up walls.
Here is the finished master bath as of today (still a few finishing touches/decorating to do). We are so happy with how it turned out and love how all the finishes came together!
This vanity is one of my favorite features of the bath. I love the character it adds and how the rustic style contrasts with some of the super modern finishes and glossy subway tile. This vanity was an old antique sideboard that I have used in various rooms in our old house. It was my first thought when trying to find a vanity piece for this space and thankfully it fit perfectly! It is also so nice to have these huge drawers for extra storage.
These sconces were a STEAL at under $40 each (I had been planning on buying some similar ones on Wayfair for over twice that price and then stumbled across these). I like the super simple yet industrial style and the oil rubbed bronze finish also fits in perfectly with our other fixtures. The old wood mirror is another item that I already had (it was left in my brother-in-law's barn and he let me take it!) and it was the perfect size for the vanity.
Here's a look at the new shower which is so clean and modern- such a change from the previous tub! We went with my favorite white subway tile with dark grout in here with oil rubbed bronze fixtures. Like I mentioned in my post about our master bath plans, we would like to eventually get a seamless glass shower door but right now we did not have enough money left in the budget. One of my biggest challenges in decorating this space was finding a shower curtain for the extra long, not-standard-size opening. I was able to find an extra-long shower curtain liner on Amazon but there are not many attractive options for decorative extra-long shower curtains. I had an idea to try a regular curtain and use curtain clip rings to hold both the curtain and liner together. I was able to find a curtain and rings that fit perfectly over my tension rod at Target and I'm pretty pleased with the look! It slides easily and works just like a regular shower curtain!
Here's a look at where the toilet was re-positioned. It looks so much better and it's hard to believe it was ever tucked into that corner to begin with. I added a little shelf above it and vintage painting to break up all the white. I found this vintage sailboat painting while we were moving and had completely forgotten that I had it in the attic! I love the colors and wood frame for this space.
Another view of the shower- I had originally tried a neutral shower curtain but decided I definitely needed a pop of color against all the white tile. This Nate Berkus curtain has a little bit of texture and matches the other navy tones I have going on in the room. I also love the super modern, minimal look of our main shower head. It was a little bit of a splurge but I think it was worth it because the rain shower head feels so spa-like and the look is so unique compared to other shower heads I was looking at.
These horse hooks were another thing I re-purposed from our old house. I got them from At Home and just spray painted them gold- they are perfect for holding towels! I also went with my favorite bamboo shades (again) for the window. The glass is frosted so we don't necessarily need a window treatment but I thought this added some texture and made it look a little more finished.
I had been saving pictures for years of old pieces of furniture re-purposed into vanities with vessel sinks on top. I immediately knew this is what I wanted to do in this bathroom and I also liked the unique touch of a wall mount faucet. I think it perfectly matched the style of our other fixtures as well. You can find our vessel sink here and sink faucet here. I like this sink because it has clean lines and is much deeper and more substantial than most vessel sinks.
Another big change was the flooring- we went with the same slate-look ceramic tile we did in the kitchen and mudroom downstairs. I really like the look of the dark floors and how it flows into the shower. We purchased all our tile from Louisville Tile Company which has a showroom in Lexington that you can visit anytime. We were on a tight budget for all the tile so everything we used is within their most affordable price range.
One more finishing touch I have yet to add is some open shelving in this little corner crevice (where the toilet/old cabinet built-in used to be). I would love to do some distressed wood floating shelves floor to ceiling (like this).
This entire room (walls, trim, and ceiling) also got a fresh coat of paint (Sherwin Williams "Pure White"), which in addition to all the new drywall really made it feel brand new!
A huge shout-out to TJH Construction Company for making this entire master bath look so good! They completed the entire renovation (down to installing my old vanity so that it was perfectly level!) We can't thank everyone enough who was part of making our dream master bathroom possible (we still feel like we're on vacation at a fancy hotel every time we use this)! If you would like to shop any of the features or fixtures I used in our bathroom, check out my sources list at the end of this post. Stay tuned for more before and afters from the rest of Our Fixer Upper journey!
- Construction: TJH Construction Company
- Tile (floor + subway tile): Louisville Tile Company
- Wall + trim color: Sherwin Williams "Pure White"
- Main shower head: Delta Vero from Lowe's in Venetian Bronze
- Handheld shower head: Wayfair
- Vessel sink: Lowe's
- Sink faucet: Wayfair
- Ceiling light: Lowe's
- Sconces: Bulbs.com
- Shower curtain: Nate Berkus for Target
- Shower curtain liner: Amazon
- Shower curtain rod: Target
- Curtain clips: Target
- Horse towel hooks: At Home (spray painted gold)
- Corner shower caddy with basket storage: Target
- Bath mat: Nate Berkus for Target
- Bamboo shades: Big Lots
I can't believe how quickly the renovation is moving in the last couple of weeks! After all the plumbing work was finished, new drywall went up and now they have been able to start with flooring and tile. The bathrooms are all transforming more and more each day! Take a look at all the progress we have made on each bathroom:
Here's what the half bath looks like mid-renovation. The old vanity and sink has been removed, damaged wood floors have been pulled up, plumbing all fixed, and new drywall in almost the entire room.
On the other side of this tiny half bath, we were able to remove that awkward ledge that ran along the wall. It was just covering up some old pipes that had lazily been put in above the floor instead of underneath like they should have. Now we are able to push the toilet over closer to the wall saving us some much needed space in this bathroom! They also dry-walled the ceiling and made it smooth since it was that outdated textured style ceiling. If you need to catch up on the full plans for this bathroom design check out our post here.
After all the new plumbing was finished, this room also got some fresh dry wall to repair any places where they had to open up the walls for plumbing repairs. They also added a new shower that will extend over the clawfoot tub and come out from the wall. The clawfoot tub will be flipped the opposite direction from what it was, with the fixtures closer to the window, so the plumbing was adjusted for that as well. The old sink and vanity was torn out and plumbing prepared for the new wall mount sink that will go there. They have begun laying the marble tile too and are almost finished with that. The biggest change in this room is the clawfoot tub which we had reglazed and it looks so amazing! I love the look of the outside black and the inside is so smooth and perfect just like a brand new tub. I highly recommend Electrostatic Painting who reglazed the tub onsite for us and is going to help us also recoat our kitchen island. If you want to check out our full plans for this bathroom design check out our post here.
The master bathroom is probably the room in the house that is closest to completion. The floors are now completely tiled in here as well as the new walk-in shower. I LOVE the bright, clean, and shiny subway tiles in this shower- what a difference it makes from the dingy, yellowed tiles that were there before. Get ready for lots more of this subway tile with dark grout in our kitchen too! We were able to move the toilet out of that cramped corner space and the plumbing is now set up on the adjacent wall. Our electrician also added a can light inside the shower and moved the bathroom fan to the middle of the room. Next they will be installing our shower fixtures and sink with faucet, as well as new lights, and then after some painting it will be done! If you would like to read about all my design plans for this bathroom check out our full master bathroom post here.
It's amazing how much progress has been made even since I took these pictures above. We are hoping to have all the major work wrapped up in the next few weeks which means I'll be sharing more and more progress pictures every couple of days. I haven't even mentioned all that is happening in the kitchen, because that is enough for an entirely new post! Stay tuned for many more updates this week!
via Lily All Sorts
Let's talk about what is sure to be the most fabulous room of the house: my dressing room. When I bought my first house and had an extra small room, I decided that it would be best used as a walk-in closet/dressing room. I was also not married yet so I pretty much had free reign to do what I wanted with the house (which is also probably why every room ended up being a different pastel color- you live and you learn!). As I have told many people, once you have a dressing room, you can never go back! It is so nice to have room to display and organize all your jewelry, accessories, and clothes, and I really think it helps you get more wear out of things because everyting is easy to see. Besides that, it is a great space to get ready so that I don't occupy the bathroom and my husband can pretty much have that to himself! In our new house, my dressing room is going to be quite a bit bigger than it is now. Take a look at what the space looks like now below:
This is just one of our several extra bedrooms in the new house and it is perfectly located between the guest bath (where I will be relaxing in the clawfoot tub often!) and our master bedroom. For some reason this is the room of the house right now that is the most "blah" to me. Probably because of the dirty old carpet that has definitely seen better days, but the bright turquoise walls and mismatched trim don't help! The natural light in this room is AMAZING and there are so many beautiful big windows that I love!
Here you can see the entrance of the room- it has a unique layout which I liked. There is also a little closet which I plan on making over and utilizing somehow (maybe as a shoe closet!). Some fresh paint will do wonders in here, but the biggest difference will be made by the new flooring. We plan to do a dark hardwood in here that will also flow into the halway and master bedroom (all of these rooms have carpet or are missing flooring now).
I also love the unique molding around this room and on the ceiling! I plan on changing out the light fixture for something more modern (you can see all my fixture picks at the end of this post!). There is a great view of the entire backyard, so I can watch the dogs and make sure they aren't being mischievious (which they almost always are!). My inspiration for this space is much different from my dressing room now. I'm steering away from super girly and going for a more modern and neutral feel. Take a look at some of my favorite designs below:
I love the simiplicity and layout of this space. I definitely want to do a furniture piece in the middle of the room like this to store my jewelry and smaller accessories in. That will also allow me to drop a pendant/chandelier light fixture a bit lower to create a real focal point of the space. I also like the sleek shelving across the top of the clothing racks- a great way to sneak in extra storage!
I adore this soft, neutral color palette! I love the gray tone of the built-ins and the soft flowy curtains.
via One Kings Lane
One of the photos that inspired my idea for the shoe closet! I especially like the pop of color she chose for inside he closet and on the door. I think this would work perfectly for that small closet in this room.
via Pretty Stuff
Another great neutral color combo with amazing, flowy curtains! I really like the combination of different built-ins in this room that all fit each space perfectly.
via Refinery 29
An inspiring little corner of a super simple and chic closet. I love the sconces and combination of different built-ins. I hope to have lots of different shelving options in my space too!
via Solid Frog
I love the way they used old furniture pieces in this closet for both display and storage. I'm hoping to use as many antique and vintage pieces as possible and then supplement with some more modern Ikea fixtures where needed.
Just one of the spaces that inspired my color palettes for this room! I'm pretty sure I'm going with super pale blush walls with tons of gray, wood, and neutral accents. Do you like the dark gray trim too?
I want to use whatever furniture piece I get for the center of the room for jewelry storage- both on top of the piece and inside of it. I love this idea of organizing jewelry inside the drawers using vintage dishes, trays, and bowls!
via Coco's Tea Party
Another important element of this space: the vanity! I am undecided about whether I should use a vintage desk/ antique piece for this or go with something super clean and simple like Ikea's "Malm" dressing table (see below for pictures). I love this super glam midcentury desk above especially when paired with the giant vintage mirror.
It also has a ton of storage in the big pull-out drawer- perfect for all your makeup and beauty supplies! I don't have a ton of makeup right now so I could very easily contain everything inside this.
I love the look of this built-in with glass doors and the tone of the wood. I also like the distressed wood beams in here. There are actually small wood beams across the ceiling of my dressing room but they have been painted white. Perhaps I could sand them down to reveal some of their original color.
via My Domaine
Another amazing shoe closet inspiration! I love the mirrored door and back wall and I also love the unique black and gold bar shoe racks.
via Lily All Sorts
I adore this mix of shelving and clothing storage. I definitely want to utilize all the space available and I like the idea of a lower clothing rack with lots of different shelves above it.
A more masculine space but I love the moody, neutral colors and antique elements. I really like how they used an old vintage wardrobe and then attached a clothing bar to the right of it, extended to the wall. If I can find the right pieces, I definitely prefer the look of a mixture of antique storage pieces with newer shelves and built-ins.
This space is super inspiring because it's so clean and minimal and I love the modern feel. I like the long shelf across the top for extra storage and the antique cabinet is the perfect dose of vintage in this super modern space.
via Avenue Lifestyle
I do like the cluster of free-standing clothing racks and these exact ones are actually only $9.99 at IKEA, so I could afford as many as I needed! Even if I decided to eventually do some different built-ins these free-standing racks would be a great temporary option and I could always use them for the shop when I was done with them.
This is a great storage idea for shorts and pants (which I am just messily folding and stacking right now in my current dressing room!). This would definitely help me keep everything more organized and visible, and all the supplies are available at IKEA (I see an big IKEA shopping trip in my future!).
via Hooked on Houses
A great example for what I'm picturing as far as the layout of the room. I definitely want to do some kind of storage/dresser in the center for my jewelry and accessories with a hanging pendant/chandelier above it.
This is exactly what I'm picturing as far as color palette for this room. I love the pale pink walls, neutral trim and curtains, with pops of jewel tones.
Another photo of the PAX storage system from Ikea. I definitely want some drawers in my built-in and I just love these drawers with clear fronts. These are what sold me on this storage system- they are so expensive looking (without the price!) and they allow you to see everything that is inside!
A more industrial look for storage that I also really like- I love the combination of shelves, piping, and cubbies.
This closet is completely stunning and super glamorous. I probably couldn't afford a single thing in here, but I do love the overall layout of the room, especially the furniture in the center with storage shelves on the back.
More inspiring jewelry storage- this is exactly what I'm picturing for inside the drawers of the center furniture piece. I definitely want to get different dividers and organizers so that everything is perfectly placed inside.
What do you think of the overall design for my dressing room? I can't wait to get started on this space but I have a feeling that with all the other projects this might be something that gets put on the back-burner for a while. That's ok though, it will just give me more time to find all the perfect furniture pieces that I need!