This Old Colonial Home

Filling our house with love and a lot of DIY


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Bathroom Improvements

Our downstairs bathroom is finally getting a little attention. This is what it has looked like for the past year.plain white bathroom No personality and all white. Pretty boring, right? Well not anymore! Jamie breathed some life into it by painting the room Cliffside Gray by Benjamin Moore. bathroom painted Cliffside Gray by Benjamin MooreIt’s actually the same color we have in our master bedroom. Don’t you love how something as simple as paint can improve a room?!

But the biggest improvement has to be the new cabinet doors he made!

Above the toilet we have a built-in cabinet.sliding bathroom cabinet doors cabinet above toilet with paper holderIt’s great for storage, but looks kinda blah. Plus, the doors slide open and it’s hard to get anything out that’s in the middle of the shelf. Also, notice where the toilet paper holder is. Not very convenient. Any new guest in our home would always comment they had the hardest time finding it! Haha! Don’t worry, Jamie fixed that too.

If you follow me on Instagram, you would’ve seen that we picked up some supplies a few weeks ago.cart with wood suppliesThis project is what we were up to. We picked up some 1×2 pine boards as well as some beadboard. Jamie decided to take the existing doors, make them hinged, and reface the fronts.

He started by removing the doors from their track and removing the handles. He then used the backs of the doors to be the new front. He cut the 1×2 boards and glued and screwed them on to get this pattern.Refacing cabinet doors in progressJamie also spackled the seams. He then decided to cut the beadboard to fit inside each individual triangle, making sure to keep the pattern lined up. He attached them using glue. You could put the beadboard down first, but to make it flush, you would have to use a tongue and groove type process.

Once all of the pieces were in place, Jamie primed it and then gave it a few coats of white paint. He then added the hinges — 3 on each side.

Hanging them ended up proving to be more difficult than we thought. It was definitely a 2-person job between holding the doors up, lining it up properly, and screwing everything into place. It took some trial and error, but we eventually got it.

I think they turned out great, don’t you?! It’s hard to believe these are the same doors!Redone bathroom cabinet doorsBeadboard and x-patterned doors And here’s the highly anticipated new locale for the toilet paper holder. Much more logical!Relocated toilet paper holderWe also added these cool towel hooks that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.Towel hooks from Hobby Lobby Of course there’s more we want to do in here eventually — like replace the vanity, mirror, and lighting.  But for now, this is a pretty good start!

 

 

 

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Shades of Gray

I’ve been wanting to paint our master bedroom gray, but little did I know how hard it would be to find the right shade. I picked up a few paint cards from Lowe’s. But I really didn’t like any of them once I had them on the wall.Gray paint card samples with undertonesThe problem with gray is it has so many different undertones – brown, blue, green, etc. I was really looking for a true gray without an undertone. After doing a lot of online searching, I then started looking at Benjamin Moore paints. After going through several options …Pile of gray paint card samples … my husband and I finally decided on Cliffside Gray by BM. It looked to be the truest gray in the lighting in our bedroom.

Of course, once we actually got the paint on the walls it was a little darker and had more blue in it than I wanted, but it still looked nice. I think part of the problem was that our blue bedding was affecting the color.Dark blue bedding with gray walls Gray walls with dark blue comforter I hadn’t anticipated needing or wanting to change our bedding, but I had to do something so the room didn’t look so dull.

In between that search, we also planned on adding an accent wall using a stencil.  I found this one called Marrakech Trellis from Cutting Edge Stencils.Cutting Edge Stencils Marrakech TrellisJamie had painted the whole room in a matte finish. For the stencil I used the same Cliffside Gray color, but in a semi-gloss finish. This is a shot taken during the process.Stencil wall project in progress It was fairly easy, but painstakingly slow. The main thing I struggled with was getting each section to line up. But I love how it turned out! Here are some pictures of the transformation from when the room was all white to where it is today.

Master bedroom before

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Master bedroom after

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Accent wall before

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Accent wall after

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Master bedroom bedding before

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Master bedroom bedding after

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Did you notice the improved bedding as well?! Instead of breaking the bank by getting a whole new set, I made 3 simple changes. I added the white and gray chevron patterned sheets, which I found at Kohl’s for only $30 (after a 30% off coupon). I added the colorful pillow, which I found at Marshall’s for $17. And I simply changed the way I make the bed – pulling the comforter down and folding it halfway up to expose more of the sheets. I feel this helps break up the blue. Doesn’t the bed look so much more inviting now?!Cutting Edge Stencil accent wall in master bedroom