Powder Room Can-O-Worms

Hi everybuddy!

You know, and I know, that whenever you start fixing things or changing things, you are just opening one big can of worms. I thought that I was prepared for just about anything on this powder room update… I had planned, measured, thought about this friggin room WAAAAYYYY too much. But alas, I have opened a big, stinkin’, smelly CAN OF WORMS! (Yes, I’m shouting!! Why am I SHOUTING?!?!)

Here’s what’s going down.

Oh wait!! I have walls. Yay, for walls! Let’s give the walls 5 seconds of love because I learned how to drywall!!! Sometimes, I just wanna do myself.

Now that the walls are all patched up, I’ll need to skim coat the entire room. Fine. Not fun, but fine. Of course, before doing all that, I need to make sure that I like where the current sconces are wired. I don’t. Ooooobbbvviioouussslllyyy. So, I enlisted the advice of my stepdad. And he told me (in a lot of words) that I couldn’t move them more than an inch or two (in any direction) because they were old and sucky and there was no extra wire left.

I brought the vanity in to be sure what position looked best. And that’s when a new situation unfolded. Did the vanity look right this far from the wall? Or should it be shoved all the way to the wall? And if I leave some clearance, how much clearance is too much clearance?

Dizzy yet? I am.

I went right to work looking for inspiration on-line. Yup, most vanities have some clearance to the wall. So, that’s good. But it’s not a lot, looks like just a few inches.

Castlewood Builders

At this point I’ve halted all further work in the room until I can figure out what I’m going to do. If I leave the lights where they currently are, then the vanity (to be centered under them) would be about 10 inches from the wall. It just doesn’t look right to me. It’s like something is missing from that space. In the photo I think it seems ok because the door is blocking a lot, but I dunno, it’s perhaps too many inches.

My next little point of contention, is the height of the lights. Where should my sconces go in relation to the mirror? I feel like because they are pointing upward, they should be at the center. Like so…

You can see in this photo, where I’ve pushed the vanity closer to wall (with about 3-4″ gap), that the sconces would go near the top of the mirror. Wouldn’t they look like little antennae or is that just me?!?!

More inspiration. Hmmm… I’m feeling buggy. Are you?

The easiest thing to do would be to leave the vanity farther from the wall than the ideal. Then I could get a larger mirror to accommodate the sconces. OR I could get different sconces that point downward. It’s an idea.

Right about now you are probably thinking, why don’t you just hire an electrician to have them moved, so that they can be in the perfect spot for the vanity, about 3 inches over, and 2 inches down. Then you can keep the round mirror and the sconces… etc. Well, that’s definitely Option 2. I’m hesitant to do it because the wiring is pretty old and I may need to fork out for a new junction box (more fun stuff) because the existing wire in the walls can’t be moved more than 2 inches in any direction.

And if that weren’t enough… I’m unsure how great the lights will look so close to the edge of the wall. AND when I purchased the mid-century vintage lights THEY DID NOT COME WITH THE MOUNTING HARDWARE!! AND I KINDA THINK THAT MIRROR LOOKS TOO SMALL, ANYWAY!!!!

Phew… There I go shouting again.

There’s a lot going on, to say the least, and yet nothing happening. Is one big old stalemate, can o’worms. So much for an easy, budget friendly refresh. Hahahahahahaaaa! Like those even exist.

Tomorrow the electrician is going to come by and we’ll see. Till then.

Castlewood Builders, Domaine, Atlanta Homes Magazine, Park and Oak, Rejuvenation

Barristers Bookcase

Hi there!

Gah! Where is the time going? I can’t believe we’re already well into January and I’m just finishing up storing all the holiday stuff. I’m not sure what’s worse… hauling it all down or putting it all back? It sucks! And every year, I’m left wondering why we all do this. Well, that’s until December rolls around and I’m back at it again!! We really are a bunch of weirdos.

Of course, today I’m not even thinking about any of this. I’m thinking about barristers bookcases – which I LOVE!! Aren’t they so cool?! Very hip in the nerdiest of ways.

Or am I describing myself?

It’s funny, for years I’ve been scouring high and low to get my hands on one of them for my husband’s office. Yeah, I would spot one once in a blue moon only to find out it was $600 or $800 or $1,000 bucks. And even with that price tag, I was definitely tempted. I mean, wouldn’t his baseball card collection look SO, SO much better in one, than all over the freaking place?, I would rationalize to myself. Well, NO MORE!! I finally found one and now it’s in our home, happily filled with pictures of dudes. Ha. But then the most miraculous of things happened.

I found another one.

You guys?! Isn’t that insane? How did TWO of these creatures just fall into my lap? Right into my tight, little hoarding hands.

I literally just sent it on over to Chairish, so it’s not even listed with them yet. It’s freaking amazing!!

I was tempted to keep both, I’m not going to lie. But then I thought perhaps one of you is looking for one too!! And see all the fun ways you can style it out??

I once saw one filled with bugs and butterflies and old books – It was incredible. Of course, now that I went searching for it, I couldn’t find the photo. This one above, crammed to the brim with books is pretty spectacular though.

I think the one on the kitchen counter is probably my favorite! That’s just so creative. Second? I dunno, that shoe collection is off the chains.

If you happen to be interested in the one I’ve got listed, please let me know! I will definitely give y’all a better deal, wink wink!! And if you already have one, then yay, we are bookcase twins!!

Lauren Liess, Homefeed, Globe Wernicke, Lonny, 52Soul, Design Soda, Apartment Therapy

Happy New Year! Let’s Get Cleansing

Happy New Year My Peeps!!

I am feeling so… optimistic about this year. I REALLY want it to be a good one.

And I have to tell you that 2017 was a bit rough for our family – not in terrible ways or even really that bad. It just wasn’t GREAT, y’know? And honestly, it hasn’t started off that well so far because all 6 of us have been recovering from the WORST. COLD. IN. THE. UNIVERSE. It’s the sickness that doesn’t die.
Listen sickness. I’m going to kill you. It’s on.

So, in the spirit of get rid of bad germs/vibes/negative energy, I’m thinking I’ll start 2018 by doing a cleansing of the house. I’m not entirely sure I believe in it all, but hey, I DO believe in the placebo effect!! If I WILL it, IT WILL BE!! I found this easy to understand article here about burning sage or sandalwood. Yes. I can do that. Easily enough, I plopped over to Etsy and grabbed 3 bundles from Weekend Warrior TX for $3.75 for a 3″er. There is a 5″ option, but maybe that seems like a lot… or perhaps I needed a 10″ with these knuckleheads. Who knows? We’ll see how cleansed I feel after one, and the others should make a nice gift to my mom and friend. (Hi Mom!)

So that’s fun.

I’m not sure how crazy I’m going to get with resolutions, but I definitely need to get my butt back into the powder room with some drywall and I’d love to grow my following on Chairish. Selling has been a surprising new hobby, that has certainly taken me away from home stuff, but I’m having fun for now and I’m all about letting my heart roam where it wants. One day, fix up a vintage piece… the next sew up a cushion. I’m happy with that.

Of course, if I had to nail down a few improvements I’m looking to make this year, it’s to keep the house tidier and to drink more water and to HAVE MORE FUN!! My boys have been slowly coming around to helping me more with chores and that’s going to continue (much to their dismay, I’m sure). In the past, I held on for dear life and was just happy if there were clean socks in the morning. But it’s the future now and it’d be nice if I didn’t say things like “dear life.” Or things like, “Did you flush?”, “What’s in that tissue on the floor?”, “How long has it been since we cleaned your ears?” I literally said all of these before 8am this morning. So, baby steps.

And progress is really all we can aim for. Be better humans. Period. And if you’re feeling damn extra, figure out why the lights keep making those weird noises.