Our Home

We've been in out house in the Austin TX suburbs for a year now and I am still working on changing all the rooms to fit my style.
 Luckily it's something I love to do! Our entry way started out as one long, brown wall. 
There was no where to hang a coat or slip on your shoes.

My hard drive crashed so I no longer have a before photo of the entry way, but this is our hallway and it is the exact brown/plum color that our entry way used to be. 
(painting the hallways is on the to-do list!).
I painted the entry way Sherwin Williams Pussy Willow. I love this gray!

I wanted a little spot in the entry way where we could sit down and put on our shoes before heading out the door. 
Years ago a friend gave me this sweet little stool and told me that I could paint it.
 I really liked the sage green and left it alone for years, but finally decided to strip it down to the raw wood.
 Ugh, I hate stripping furniture. Such a yucky, messy job!

Here it is...worth the work! 
It turns out under the sage green was dark green and under that was white paint.
 I ended up leaving bits of white on the stool because I liked the way it looks.
 I also love how the raw wood shows off the cool old screws on the top.

Now my favorite thing in my entry way makeover are these amazing Made In England hooks. Abodant sent them to me and I love them!
They are like a beautiful piece of jewelry that just makes an outfit!
They are so nice and sturdy too. 


I placed the hooks on a cheap wood shelf that I painted white.
 I feel like the hooks took a cheap piece and made it look high end. 


The shelf on top can be changed out seasonally which is fun.

Fresh flowers forever!

So there you have it.... a small space, but now it has a ton of function with a place to hang things and a place to sit.
 Normally I would hang a mirror in the entry to check my hair before I walk out the door, but there is a mirror in my living room which is just a few steps away.


I decided to try out a shoe basket under the hooks as well, but ended up placing the basket next to the front door and put the stool back.
The canvas art covers up a light switch (which is rarely used) and our alarm. 
The canvas is light so it's easy to slip on and off if we need to access the switches or alarm.

Thanks again to Abodent for the wonderful hooks! They really make the space!



It's reveal day for Calling It Home's One Room Challenge!
For the last six weeks I've been giving my bathroom a compete makeover.
I have to tell you I am thrilled with the results!

The room used to be very dark and kind of dreary.
It's now so light and bright.
I smile every time I walk by.

A new hand towel hangs next to the sink.
Above the towel I hung this little metal deer head.
It was originally part of a wreath holder, but I took it apart and just kept the little deer.

Above the door I propped up a little chalkboard I've had for years.
I like that it has a galvanized metal frame to tie in with other metals in the room.
I am horrible at chalkboard lettering, so I just used stickers for now.


The vanity used to be "orangey" oak and the mirror frame was plastic, but I updated them and tied them together using chalkpaint. You can read more about it here and here.
I also replaced our broken toilet paper holder with this cute metal basket which I gave a mini makeover you can read about here.

Now let's keep moving around the room....

I hung a gray and white striped shower curtain.
In between each thick stripe is a tiny metallic gray stripe, which is such a cute detail.

Above the toilet I hung this cubby/shelf.
We're never running out of toilet paper in this room!
The middle row has little metal buckets from Target's dollar spot.
They were shiny, but I soaked them in vinegar to age them.
I'm thinking I might put some faux succulents in the pots.
The top cubbies are filled with vintage marmalade jars and a reproduction apothecary bottle.



I decided to use plain gray bath towels because a pattern would look too busy next to the striped shower curtain and the subway art.


I've had the subway art for years.
It fits nicely in the room.
Although to be honest I'll probably replace it with something else down the road.

And now we're back to the door.
I wanted to try to give you a complete view of the whole room.
It's not easy taking photos in a small bathroom!

I adore before and after shots!
The dark blue walls are now bright and white. 

The cheap looking mirror now looks like it's meant to be in the room.

The dated oak vanity gets a fresh new look with paint and handles.

White and soft grays brighten the room.
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A lot of you have told me that you have bathroom's that have this same lay out.
I am hoping you decide to tackle a makeover in your bathroom too!
 I assure you it was really not too much work and very little money.

Sources for the room (some of this stuff I've had for years)
Shower Curtain: Marshall's
Subway Art: Homegoods
Deer head: Pier 1
Cubby: Target
Gray Towels: Target
White & Gray hand towel: Marshall's
Rug: Kohl's
Hand Soap: World Market
Toilet Paper Metal Basket: Walmart
Wood Vase: Home Decorators
Cabinet Handles: Lowe's
Chalkboard: Kirkland's
Wall Paint: Benjamin Moore Simply White
Vanity Paint: Home Depot Rustoleum Chalked paint in Aged Gray

Check out the other room reveals at Calling It Home.

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