my master bath is finished

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Every summer we take on a new project, and this summer, we redid our two bathrooms. My son got married in Colorado, and I had two classes and an internship to complete, so the bathrooms were quicker projects since they had been done once before.

    Master Suite BathThis is the master bath. I made the shower curtain, and it took much longer than I thought it would. All of the ruffles are hemmed top and bottom to prevent fraying, and getting them aligned in a way that was at least presentable took about three days. I used my vacay to make the shower curtain and the window curtains. Totally worth it!

ceiling peakIn between the wedding and the beginning of the school year, my husband put in a plank ceiling. Since this is a converted attic space, we had lots of fun peaks to work with.

Well, they are fun for me. Not so much for him. But he did a great job. I showed him Miss Mustard Seed’s bedroom and Layla’s dining room from The Lettered Cottage.

When we started putting them up, and by we, I mean he, we decided that we wanted to preserve the natural wood. I am so glad we did. It has made a huge difference in the room and looks very high end. I think they actually planked together tighter than the examples we looked at because they weren’t painted. But he’s also an expert and tongue and groove after doing floors and walls.

ceiling 4The ceiling cost right at 100.00 using the wood planks from Lowe’s, but it was a great investment. Covering up the popcorn ceiling was a huge improvement.

ceiling windowsOur master suite is a converted attic, and one of the good things the people did that we bought our house from was to put in these big windows.

The bathroom ceiling went straight across at the place where it begins to angle, so it was impossible for anyone to use the bathroom without ducking except for me. When we redid it the first time, my husband took the ceiling out and aligned to the roof line. I love the angles, and now anyone can walk into it.

In the interest of time and money, we left the popcorn on the upper part of the walls but gave it a fresh coat of paint. The bottom of the walls was paneled, and we painted it with Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. Their paint is magical.

Bathroom from door 2I’m going to do a couple of other posts that focus on the accessories and the fabrics, but for now, this is a good look at my new bathroom. I am glad my white knight was born with a hammer and saw in his hands. He saves us a ton of money all the time, and everything in my house is custom.

my bathroom fabrics

I was able to choose anything I wanted to do in our master suite bathroom, and I scoured Pinterest for months trying to figure out what I wanted. I am addicted to pink. Pink and I are soul mates. Long lost sisters. Fused at the hip.

But . . . I wanted something a little more elegant and luxurious. I wanted something that wouldn’t make my husband throw up in his mouth a little. I kept pink to a minimum. I found some look alike linen fabric at JoAnn’s for 9.99 a yard, and with a 50% coupon, I got 10 yards for under 50.00. The shower curtain took more than 9 yards, so it was a good measurement on my part, especially for eyeballing the curtain. Because that’s how I roll!

shower curtain 2Master Suite BathThe shower curtain is really heavy. Really, really heavy. So I knew a standard rod wouldn’t be sturdy enough. Besides, the sides of the tub inset don’t go all the way to the ceiling. This was never meant to be a shower. However, it was meant to be a real cool super-jiving 1970’s avocado bathtub, and I thought it would be nice to cover it up.

In order to hold the shower curtain from a ceiling mount, by husband mounted the elbow joints to a piece of wood and screwed it into the studs. He’s so awesomely smart. ❤

curtain rod and ceilingcurtain hangersBecause I wanted a lighter, airier look for the window treatments, these side panels fit perfectly to marry the linen and cotton together. It also protects the shower curtain since I am not pulling on it to open and close the curtain. The panels are completely washable, but I’m trying to wash the curtain only in spring and fall cleaning sprees and only by hand to avoid shrinking.

I needed to do something to shore up the top of the panel since I was going to use button hole stitching for the hangers, so I added some interfacing and a ribbon to cover the seam. That made the top sturdy enough to hang the hooks on without tearing.

top of shower curtain 3top of shower curtainThe window curtains were made from a simple cotton that I bought at Walmart for 1.97 a yard. The ruffles are different than on the shower curtain, but I hemmed top and bottom to try to avoid fraying. I am a novice sewer, so I had to work hard to get them ruffled just right and pinned straight. I have a ruffler foot, but I did all of the ruffles for the bathroom the old fashioned way. It’s the best way for me to get them even.

ruffle on curtainscurtainsI saw some linen hand towels that I fell in love with, so I made a couple for the bathroom. Since we use the sink frequently and are chronic handwashers, the linen isn’t very practical, but I love how they turned out, so I put them on a hook.

handtowel and benchhandtowel ruffleFinally, I had an ottoman that I was no longer using and fit perfectly under my chippy little vanity. I made a slipcover for it out of the same look-alike linen and monogrammed the corner of it. I think it is about four or five yards of fabric because I gathered it as tightly as I could. I made this skirt twice because it just wouldn’t lay right. The second time, I added piping. If you have never sewn piping, it is difficult to work with and is as intimidating as putting in a zipper. In many places, it isn’t perfect, but it is, as The Fly Lady says, good enough.

vanityvanity bench113We have a garden bench in a nook in the corner. The vent is on the corner wall, so we need to make sure it doesn’t get covered up. I love the bench, but it needed something. I made a cushion with fabric from JoAnn’s that I adore. I think it was about 40.00 a yard, but I got it half off then used my teacher discount to get another 15% off. The cushion took about a yard, and I had purchased the fabric for my craft room closet, so I had just enough left. In fact, I think I have enough to make a couple of pillows.

benchbench cushion script 2Even though the bath mat is not a fabric, I think it adds some texture and interest to the room. We did not change out the tile, but I plan to put down a penny floor next summer, so I’m just working with the tile we have. It’s not horrible by any means, but I do need a mat by the tub, and I had this one in my craft room where it didn’t work nearly as well as it does here.

bath matI’ll have one more post to discuss the accessories I used, but I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Feel free to share, pin, or whatever else you want to do, but please, please link back to my site if you do!

Wishing you a great day!

Shannon

grandma’s desk

Not long ago I decided to fix a major problem with a desk that has great sentimental value to me. My grandmother had this elegant, feminine desk in her house when I was young, and when she passed away, I got the desk in my bedroom. I took very good care of it for many years, and when I was grown, I left it in our spare bedroom. My nephew moved in with us one year to go to college, and he left a wet towel on the floor that damaged the bottom of the desk.

blue  with glaze

blue with glaze

closeup of desk

Now, I love Justin, so this post isn’t at all about him but is about fixing something that was basically beyond repair. Nothing I did would remove the water damage and some of the other damage done from moving and rearranging, so I decided to paint it.

If you know who Miss Mustard Seed is (and if not, follow my blog roll on the right because she is magical), then you’ll recognize the style. Now, I can’t blame my poor skills on her because she has some wonderful tutorials and never makes the kind of mistakes I made on this piece, but still, it was my first attempt to salvage furniture, so I’m okay with the mistakes. I’ve made fewer since then. Here is the desk along the way. The pictures are from my i-phone, so I am def going to have to take new pictures, but for now, this at least gives an idea of what I’ve been up to.

Grandma's desk repainted

Grandma’s desk repainted

What is really fun about this picture is that you get a sense of the mess my living room was in when I was in between craft rooms. It’s a huge room at the front of the house, and it seemed like a good idea to use it for my craft room since I had outgrown the bedroom. Of course, it wasn’t long before the room became totally dysfunctional, and after my son moved to Austin (boo), my husband built me an incredible craft room (yay). The important thing is that this desk now has a home in the guest room and gets the loving care it deserves. I still think of Grandma every time I see the desk.

the dream closet

We moved into our corner farmhouse about fifteen years ago, and it was love at first sight for me. I, of course, agreed to look at lots of houses, but I knew the moment I saw this house, it was the one. When I called to inquire, the realtor told me they had put the for sale sign up that very day, and it was listed below our budget. Below. That never happens to me. I knew it was a match made in heaven.

The upstairs was a converted attic space that was usable, but by no means premium. One summer we gutted the entire thing, insulated it, and built a master suite. I am sharing a couple of pictures of the finished closet because it is amazing. A. Maz. Ing. A dream closet. I’ve purchased a good camera and a camera class, so I intend to take new pictures, but for now, let me share what was one of the nicest things my husband ever did for me.

This is the bedroom side, with the French door leading into the closet. We left the beams exposed and put a wonderful ceiling in.

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It’s hard to tell, but each of the racks running down the middle has a rack on the other side, so we have approximately 72 feet of hanging racks. The window seat is surrounded by shoe shelves, and each side has shelves for purses and sweaters. This summer, I sewed cushions and curtains for the window seat, and I will show updated pictures when I post pictures of our bathroom redesign from this summer.