Tiny Bathroom: Finished!

Ok, well there’s no door on it yet (is that important?). Peter plans to build that in the coming week or two. But here it is, the tiny bathroom that we added to our 1900 home in an effort to bring it into the modern era.

Sorry about the photos; this room is impossible to photograph. Well, that’s probably not true. I’m sure there are some people who can do it. But they run other blogs.


It’s small, but it really doesn’t feel so small when you’re in there. That toilet, by the way, is the third one we’ve attempted to put in here. The first toilet, from Home Depot, was cracked in half when we opened the box. The second one, also from Home Depot, made it all the way through installation, only to leak water from the connection between the bowl and the tank. Finally, we bought one from a local place (I’ll have to find out the name) and we now have a toilet.

We really tried to go classic on some of the finishes in here. The sink is a Deco throwback that I found on Vintage Tub and Bath. I love the retro faucet I picked up there, too.


Over the last few years, I’ve come to realize that a nicer switch plate really does make a huge difference in the feel of the room, so for $4-5 more than a plain one, I picked up these.


When it came to mirrors, I was done spending money. Why are mirrors so expensive? I ended up buying a cheap black frame from TJ Maxx and taking it to Lowe’s, where they cut a piece of mirrored glass and even installed it and disposed of the frame’s original glass.


Well, that’s about it for the tiny bathroom. There’s not much to it, so there’s not a lot to photograph. We’re glad the project is over, and glad that the second story of the house is put back together. Even when you don’t go up there every day, isn’t it crazy how much having disarray hanging literally over your heads can throw you off your game?


Sis had to make sure I was doing a good job photographing the room.


Inching Toward Our Goals, and Finally, a Habitable Guest Bedroom

Hey guys!

In all the hubbub surrounding getting a new bathroom built (almost finished!), rebuilding and finishing the porch (also almost finished!), repainting the house, and my general updates about sewing and/or gardening (I’m sure they’re fascinating!…cricket noises…), I forgot to show you all the guest bedroom!

I started trying to make this room more pleasant last October by repainting it. Then I shared a resource I had found for downloading and printing Audubon book plates for your home. And then…well, I dropped it and never looked back.

I haven’t shared to this point because the entire upstairs has been one hot mess due to bathroom renovations, but we’re in the home stretch of those, so on Sunday, Peter and The Boy and I finally cleaned up the second story. After we cleaned up, I photographed the guest room. Here’s what it looks like now!


Rather pleasant, if I do say so myself!

And we finally got The Boy’s playroom put back together after, as well.




The wall with the artwork is new; it’s the wall of the new bathroom. To get to The Boy’s room (I guess the anonymity is shot to hell when I post a picture with his name in it), you just walk through a tiny hallway that we created in the process of carving out a bathroom.


The tiny bathroom is to the right, but you’ll have to wait to see it until next week-ish because we’re still waiting for the actual, permanent toilet, a mirror, and a couple other odds and ends.

We don’t feel like taking 4-5′ out of The Boy’s room hurt it much, and it was certainly worth it to add another half bath. And the more we talk about it, the more we’re pleased with how the little addition went in; we think it looks like it was either there all along, or was a later addition to the house, maybe something in the 20’s or 30’s for modernization’s sake. We’re okay with that. Lots of homes have later-than-original additions that make them more livable. We like that ours is unobtrusive but super practical.

Finally, an update on the porch saga which started…well, last summer? We’re getting closer!

Peter did most of the scraping while The Boy and I were out grocery shopping, but I got to do some, too. My family and I scraped an entire barn one summer when I was a teenager. This felt very familiar and unpleasant, especially in the 93 degree heat.
Best way to cool down on a HOT day…Minions popsicles!


Doesn’t everybody decorate with massive hunks of wood, satellite dishes, and power tools?

We’re getting closer to meeting all of our springtime/summertime goals!

A Sewing Milestone: My First Wearable!

I’m sure everybody’s wondering about the big Tiny Bathroom reveal. Well, you have to wait. In a couple of weeks, I’ll tell you a long and fascinating story about a toilet…

In the meantime, I have crossed a very important threshold in my sewing. I made my first dress! And it looks good enough to wear to work!

I’d been wanting to move into wearable projects for a little while. A few weeks ago, I spotted this fabric on Fabric.com and knew right away I wanted to make a dress out of it:


I love the retro colors and the flat design. The fact that it incorporates mustard yellow, which is a color I love but cannot wear, is a bonus!

After trolling the web forever, I found a tutorial for a simple jersey knit dress. (It’s on a fabulous blog, by the way; I generally don’t like fashion blogs, but this girl sews a lot, though not all, of her own clothes and her designs are fun and current in a way that it seems a lot of sew-it-yourself designs are not.) I cut out the pieces using a sweater that I already own that fits me loosely, and then Friday evening and Saturday morning, I sat down and made my dress! It’s not perfect, and there is a mistake I need to fix, but all-in-all, I’m proud of my first dress! If you want to make a similar dress, I highly recommend her tutorial; I didn’t post pics of my process here because it’s her process and it’s brilliant.

Saturday morning, no makeup pic.


I love how soft the material is; it feels just like a t-shirt!


And I really, really love the pattern!

If I make another of these dresses, which I probably will, I’ll make sure the cut the collar a bit lower. I kind of like how high it turned out, but I know it’s not supposed to be that way, so I’ll try to fix that. I’ll also do a better job with the collar lining; that was my first try at it!

I also spent about 45 minutes hemming The Boy a pair of cut-0ff shorts. Almost nothing drives me crazier than finding out he hasn’t worn a piece of clothing I’ve bought him. If he outgrows something, he’ll never wear it and I’ve just wasted money. So I hate sending new or usable clothing to sit in his (very necessary) emergency stash at school. This time, I just cut off the legs of a pair of pants that he’s almost grown out of it, hemmed them up, and sent them to school with him. They’re stained already, and I didn’t spend more money on a pair of shorts (to be fair, kid shorts from Walmart are like $5, but that’s $5 I don’t have to spend and I hate going to Walmart; sewing on the couch while watching the boys play trains and listening to a baseball game is a much better pastime).

My not-that-even whip stitch. Whatever, it’ll do the job. Nice stain there on the leg, huh?

So that’s what I did all weekend! I feel very productive!