Half Bath Reno Has Begun!

It’s finally happening! We started renovating our downstairs half bathroom. This is my least favorite bathroom in the entire house, it’s so outdated and just plain ugly. I try to never use it, but not anymore!

Let’s take a look at what we pretty much started with…no words. Well, I have a few but I’ll keep them to myself ;) ….That blue floral wallpaper though. You guessed it, it absolutely was the first thing taken out of the bathroom when we first moved in.

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Here’s the vanity as it was being taken apart. That pink space on the wall is where the huge mirror was. And yes, blue sink. That is all.

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And the vanity is gone! Blue floor. Yep.

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Adios toilet! You’ve been upgraded.

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New sink! Never thought I’d be so excited to buy a sink. It’s not actually in there yet, just making sure it looked ok before we moved on lol.

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The walls are all primed and ready for paint! And speaking of, we went to Lowe’s the other night and picked out the color! We decided on Valspar’s Magic Spell. Just wait until you see, I’m in love. It’s a greige color – we wanted something neutral to do with our nautical accessories for the room.

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So that’s where we stand. Everything torn apart but I’m sooo excited to basically have everything bought and ready to be installed. But of course it wouldn’t be a complete renovation without some complications. Tiny ones, but we realized our floor is not completey leveled so we have to deal with that. We also realized the sconce we bought wont work because the current one that is in there can only be turned on with a switch on the side of it, there’s no light switch. But Charlie and I literally just ran to Home Depot and got a new one WITH a switch! So exciting. Especially since we don’t have to deal with re-wiring and all that nonsense.

Can’t wait to share the finished result! Ahhh so excited!

 Stay tuned (hopefully next week) to see the bathroom reveal! Total half bath reno for under $500! And by total we mean EVERYTHING in this bathroom will be re-done.



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Valentines Day Printable!

Here’s another freebie for you guys! I realized I haven’t done one since October, and since Valentines Day is right around the corner I thought this would be perfect!

All you need is love Freebie Printable

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DIY Map Magnets

My big sis Molly came home for the holidays from Singapore. It’s still crazy to me that she lives across the world, but she seems to be loving it so I’m really happy for her (But she’s not allowed to live there for too long)! I wanted to do something unique for her for Christmas, so as part of her gifts I made her map magnets of parts of the world she’s traveled to. She’s traveled a lot (I’m jelly), and definitely more places than the magnets I made, but the map I bought was kind of annoying and didn’t have smaller places like Bali on it, which is one of Moll’s favorite spots. Anyway, here’s how I made these cute little magnets…

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A map – I bought one at Barnes and Noble. I got the huge one that rolls up and comes in plastic (not laminated of course)
  • Large clear stones from Michael’s
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Mod Podge
  • Thick Magnet Circles – I bought mine at Michael’s

First, I cut out squares of where the state/country was located on the map. I then glued the stone to this square, centering the city/state/country you’re trying to capture. Press down, and let dry on the square. I let them sit for 24 hours, if you’re in a hurry I’m sure they’re ok to start trimming after a few hours.

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Once each stone was glued to its square, I trimmed the excess paper with an exacto knife, and then went in with scissors to perfect them. After this, I used Mod Podge as an extra layer on the back of the stones. I didn’t want to take a chance with the magnet maybe ripping the map paper, so I wanted a layer of something and Mod Podge worked great. It dried within an hour. I then glued the magnets on to each stone back with the Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue. I let them dry overnight.

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And here they are in action:

DIY Map Magnet


DIY Map Magnet

I love how these turned out. And you can definitely do this with photos too, it would look awesome!

DIY Map Magnet

My sister really seemed to love these, especially since I made them with places she’s actually been to. Best sister award goes to me!

Hope you all had a fab Holiday season. How is it already over?! Boo!

Rissa and Charlie Sig

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