Thursday, January 23, 2014

My Half Bath Renovation - Part Deux

I realize I’m often influenced by my surroundings.  My home, while a reflection of me, takes on differing personas as a direct result of those influences.  Ours is a symbiotic relationship — I create and nurture my home environment and it nurtures and encourages creativity in me.  Home provides the quiet space I need to allow ideas to form and roam free.

My home is a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath townhome that was built in 1974.  It came replete with avocado green appliances and those ‘70s cabinets with black wrought iron hinges.  A rental unit before I purchased it, it was livable but needed a lot of work.  I’ve now been renovating for what seems like forever, and have not yet completed my bedroom and bath.
I’m located near Emory University in Decatur, Georgia, just five miles from Downtown Atlanta.  This major metropolitan area is a far cry from the quiet Southern lifestyle I was used to in Savannah.  But after the initial adjustment I fell in love with this community I now call home and its people.  More than these four walls, it’s that sense of community, of belonging, where neighbors become your friends  not just acquaintances that makes this home.
Moving to a new city, with a new job and new home, I was ready to embrace change.  Although, admittedly, where home was concerned I thought more in terms of decorating, not DIY.  That changed shortly after closing when my daughter came to visit and suggested we do a project, something small to start with that we could do together.  That project turned out to be remodeling the half bath — by ourselves, in just one weekend.  I share that transformation and our learning curve *HERE*.
With the project almost complete I found an artist for the faux treatment I envisioned; I wanted a copper finish on the walls.
I had a gilt mirror, acquired a number of years before at an antique auction which would work in the space...
...  as well as brass rubbings that I did in Westminster Abbey that complemented the wall color.
I decided to use an antique Egyptian oil burner, which once belonged to my mother, as a tissue holder.
A reproduction oil on canvas along with an Italian sconce fills the remaining wall.
Lastly, I added a rug from Target and hand towels from Tuesday Morning that, when paired with the other elements, fit in well.
In just one weekend, we decided on a project, bought the equipment we needed along with fixtures and supplies, laid the flooring, set the fixtures, did the plumbing and prepared the walls.
My first project in my new home was almost done.
I love the way it turned out, and, every day, I'm 
amazed by what can be done with a little inspiration and
a lot of encouragement.

Have you ever begun a project to only have it escalate to more than
you ever considered...
or thought you could really accomplish...
... then turn out better than you could ever hope for?
I'd love to hear your story and hope you'll share.

In the meantime, thanks for stopping by.

P.S.  In the spirit of full disclosure, this post was prepared for and I was compensated for this article.


  1. A bathroom renovation makes the bathroom look better as well as also make your home as a whole look better. Are you looking for San Antonio bathroom remodeling, visit geniebathsystems.

  2. This is my first time visit to your blog and I am very interested in the articles that you serve. Provide enough knowledge for me. Thank you for sharing useful and don't forget, keep sharing useful info: Bath towel Supplier in USA

  3. It gives you better control of the pace of stream than the 2-control valve with the diverter and you can have the two showers on simultaneously which you can't with the diverter variant since that one switches between them. Best Shower filter

  4. The use of towels was quite limited in that era, as citizens didn't bathe so often. bathroom towels

  5. Great blog. Your work is very good and I appreciate you and hopping for some more informative posts. wholesale bath towels suppliers

  6. Acts, Luke records with incredible detail the verifiable setting and order of the principal century church as it unfurls, from the time paving the way to the day of Pentecost 33 AD and the years quickly following.liquor bottle manufacturer

  7. This information is meaningful and magnificent which you have shared here about the bathroom renovation. I am impressed by the details that you have shared in this post and It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. I would like to thanks for sharing this article here. Bathroom Remodeling Expert near Me

  8. An intriguing discussion may be worth comment. I do think that you should write regarding this topic, may possibly not often be a taboo subject but usually people are there are not enough to dicuss on such topics. To a higher. Cheers bathbombmold

  9. All over the ground compact spas are loaded up with water utilizing a nursery hose. Inflatable Hot Tubs

  10. Regularly it is seen that individuals purchase revamped items, yet for what reason do they go for the renovated ones when they can get new things in the market? The facts confirm that the new items have their own preferences and accompanied guarantees. London renovation

  11. It is safe to say that you are befuddled about endeavor an outside home renovation venture? Try not to stress. There are a few things that you can fix and renovate so as to build the check allure of your home. Wolf bake repair

  12. I am really happy to say it’s an interesting post to read . I learn new information from your article , you are doing a great job . Keep it up Room Addition Agoura Hills

  13. They will know how to deal with plaster boarding, covering, flat, skimming, float and set work. plastering supplies hobart

  14. Home renovation regularly expands property estimation. This is one of the most widely recognized purposes behind renovations, notwithstanding refreshing a home and making it more fit to your own preferences. roof replacement

  15. Home renovations can be tedious and exorbitant. All things considered, regardless of whether your home stylistic theme has become tired, Toronto Roofing

  16. Regardless of whether you are a do-it-without anyone else's help home renovator or you are recruiting an expert, you will need to dodge these regular home remodel botches. roof repair waterloo