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I know you’re not supposed to lust…but seriously…Ethan Allen has captured my heart with this display. Bill and I visited Ethan Allen while we were waiting to close on our house back in March of 2010. I love Ethan Allen (sorry Martha, but they do compete for your place in my heart)…I do not however love their prices. SOOO I’ve been trying to capture this kind of look in my living room. Except with yellow and gray, black and white. I’ve purchased several great pieces, trash picked a few others, and was gifted still a few others. Our couch is the same style as the one in the picture, only cream, and so old that the style has come back around. I l-o-v-e that chair…and the lamp…and the zebra pillow. Sigh. One day my living room will be complete.
I’ve been busy. Life has sort of taken me by storm. In the midst of it all, while trying to do some simple painting in our hall bathroom, I noticed a small little thing…the vanity was rotting. Like crumbles when you touch it rotting. Then I noticed the vinyl tile, it was coming up around the toilet. Bummer. So a simple paint job turned into a full remodel of the bathroom, all for under $500. Yes. Be impressed.
Here’s the whole remodel and how we did it for under $500.
The Original Bathroom
I took these pictures when we first saw the house back in February. It was staged and they were taken with my iPhone so please excuse quality and the bird house/accessories, not my choice.
Ok so it was this can of paint that began the remodel. I must thank you again Martha. Martha Stewart Paint $25, except Home Depot was running a special so I got a $5 mail in rebate. Score!
After I saw the stupid leak from the toilet we gutted the bathroom (everything except the tub). Our good friend Bill is so awesome, he came over and helped us with the whole project. We never could have pulled this off without him. Especially when we realized it wasn’t just the toilet leaking but also the sink area. So key #1 to an under $500 bathroom remodel, have a friend help you who knows what he’s doing.
And you’re thinking, “Oh your husband works at Home Depot, so you got a discount on everything, that’s how you did the whole remodel for under $500.” Yeah well, Home Depot does not give an employee discount. I know, shocking right? Its also horribly disappointing. I suppose sticking your tongue out a little helps?
New tile! We went to a place called Floor and Decor Outlets, they were very helpful and we got the tile, thin set, and grout for about $80. Not too shabby!
The Big Reveal
We got the vanity at Home Depot as well, on sale for $169. It included the sink. We were going to just use the toilet we had, but I figured the few hours I was going to spend cleaning the tank and everything was worth at least $68 so we just bought a new one for…drum roll…$68, which included all the insides. We bought new trim, it was roughly $15. The trim paint was around $15 as well (and I have a TON left over). I went dark which was a brave step for me, but it turned out awesome.
As far as the accessories go I had most of them already, but in case you’re curious…The shower curtain I purchased when we first moved in for $15 at Wal-Mart. I had the rug and accessories, they’re from Bill’s bachelor days, but they are pretty cool. The towels I had as well, but they are Thomas O’Brien from Target, Best.Towels.Ever. So plush and awesome, and very well priced, around $15. The tulips are made of metal and about three years ago I managed a cafe that was inside an interior design/boutique/art/market thing. They were in a booth directly across from our cafe and I lusted after them for months until the manager of the market bought them for me for Christmas. They hold tea light candles and I just love them. The frame was a wedding gift and it has photos in it I took when we went on a cruise last October.
I still have to hang the mirror. I purchased a basic beveled mirror from Wal-Mart for under $10 (you can see it leaning against the wall in the first picture). I’m going to frame it out with fat wide trim and paint it with the same paint as the trim in the bathroom. We’ll eventually update the shower head and the light fixture but this was project we weren’t really planning on doing so it will have to wait until later. Also, Sam Dog snuck into the second picture, she’s the black blob near the bottom of the shot. And yes, that is a book on the back of the toilet, its titled What’s Your Poo Telling You and I highly recommend it. And that’s our bathroom remodel for under $500!
There are just a few things that I am pretty obsessed with…Martha Stewart, Shoes, Design, Humorous Moments of Life, the few things I’m probably forgetting, and color. I wrote my senior thesis paper on color and its effects on advertising. It was fascinating really, and, it was beautiful. Because its color. And I often think we take it completely for granted. I’m sure of it. I’m also sure I could post a very lengthy blog post on color, but I’ll refrain. Instead I will focus on the topic at hand: Pantone.
If there was a god of color it would be Pantone. They are the self-proclaimed, “world-renowned authority on color”. And it’s totally true. Basically, back in the early 1960s this guy named Lawrence decided to fix a problem; inconsistency among colors in the graphic arts (which he noted was due to every single person interpreting the spectrum of color differently, which makes total sense if you think about it). So Lawrence decided to make a book, fan style, called the PANTONE® MATCHING SYSTEM®, or PMS, that would set the standard for what color was supposed to look like.
Now, everyone uses it. Yes, everyone. If you deal with color, you know Pantone. And they’ve branched out from that little fan book into just about everything. My favorite lately is paint (sorry Martha).
Today I got an e-mail from Pantone alerting me that the Top 10 Pantone Colors for Fashion Spring 2011 have been released. Knowing this is not only cool, but makes me feel super fashion savvy. The seamless integration of the Pantone system into the fashion industry makes my heart go pitter patter. You can download a PDF of the Spring 2011 colors which includes color picks from top designers such as Tommy Hilfiger, Betsy Johnson, Carlos Campos, AND sketches from some of their new lines. I love fashion design sketches and will one day have a few framed on my walls. The Fall 2010 PDF is very awesome as well. So, I strongly encourage you to check it all out on Pantone’s website here.
The full history of Pantone can be found on their website www.pantone.com.
(Pantone LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated. © Pantone LLC, 2010. All rights reserved.)
So, while driving in my little 240 Volvo on my way home from work I’m listening to the radio, sort of tuned out because they’re on a five minute stream of commercials but two small words jump out at me and register in the conscious part of my brain…Martha Stewart.
She has a line of carpet.
I am in awe of her business prowess.
A. Skill or expertise in activity or field.
B. Bravery in battle.
I assume Martha is both.
Check it out, so new they barely have the website ready. Martha’s Carpet.
Today, while flipping through Martha Stewart Magazine I saw an ad…Martha Stewart Pets. Then I went here.
And its true, the mighty Martha has now developed a pet line. I don’t know why I didn’t see it coming. I checked out all of the items, most of them are for small dogs, which only furthers my desire to make a line of pet stuff for larger dogs 75lbs and up. The colors and designs are nice, very Martha-ie. Not a lot to choose from yet, I’d assume this is the trial line. I do like some of the clothes (yes I put clothes on my 85lb black lab, don’t judge me), but I’m pretty sure they are all too small. Either way, kudos Martha, you’ve inserted yourself into yet another market. My love for you only grows.
The Office. Not the show. The place where I work. Though the show is quite awesome and I would really love a general “office” sign for my door. Anyways.
Its the first room I’ve really focused on in the house. I have a general idea of what I want in the other rooms as far as color schemes go:
Living Room: Grey, Black, White, Splashes of Yellow (possible tiny splash of turquoise as well, though I haven’t committed to the idea)
Kitchen/Dining: Black, White, Lime Green (LOVE IT)
Master Bedroom: Shades of Brown, Cream, and Olive
Master Bath: Undecided
Spare Bath: Chocolate Brown, Blue-Green
Spare Room: Chocolate Brown, Blue (mostly because I have all this stuff left over from college)
Back Patio: Eventually Blacks, Browns and Burnt Orange
Office: White, Martha Stewart’s Ash Bark for walls, With Accent Wall of Martha Stewart’s Feldspar (color accents in this as well).
Feldspar looks more blue green in real life.
I had a white drafting table already so I purchased these two things from ikea
Sorry the picture of the table is so lame, they didn’t have a picture on their site of it all put together. Any who, the table matches up perfectly with my drafting table giving me an entire wall of table top work space. Plus it all sits in front of a window which will eventually be flanked by Feldspar colored fabric covered cork boards. The book case is on the wall to the right with a small filing cabinet. On the left wall will be a giant 8′ or 10′ by 6′ dry erase board (yeah I’m pretty into them).
Now, the wall across from the desks, also where the door to enter the room is, needs a couch. I’m being very picky about said couch because I’d love for this space to double as a second guest bedroom if need be. So a normal couch just won’t do, a sleeper sofa it is. I’ve been searching and searching for one that I like and will fit in the budget. So I found this one from CB2, fantastic, not really budget friendly.
At over $1,000 after taxes and shipping my husband would have a heart attack and I think so would I. I look at $1,000 and go, thats a new computer (well a macbook) or a new lens, or some nice soft box lights. Not a couch for guests! (sorry to any future guests, its not that I don’t care, it’s just that’s a whole lot of money, I think you would want me to spend it smarter).
So I looked at my beloved Target, no such luck. And then I remembered my friend Bethia got a similar couch at Walmart and thats when I found this:
Smooth, fake leather, sexy, sleek, not the same couch as my friend but for a very very sweet $149 who can complain. The reviews all looked fantastic and just like the CB2 couch it lays flat, reclines, or upright. Nice. But then…I saw this…
I have a soft spot for 60′s-ish design. This couch sings to me. Also fake leather, extremely more sexy than the black couch, goes with the decor, will sit against the Feldspar wall (thanks Martha, you’re awesome). I might be in love with this couch. Oh, and did I mention its $249? Oh with free site to store shipping? Why thank you Wal-Mart, I think I will.
With that said the Bella Convertible Futon in White will be mine shortly. Future guests, prepare yourself for this beauty.