Category Archives: Bathroom

Living in a White Box: Dollar Store Decor

Are you a student who doesn’t have much money for extras like decor? Or have you just started living on your own and would like to experiment with decorating? Or are you just a thrifty person?

One of the issues renters face is how to decorate on a budget. With all the options out there it’s easy to go overboard with spending, even at stores like IKEA or Target. This latest post in my Living in a White Box series will show you how you can decorate frugally yet beautifully with items that are only a $1 each.

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Get Your Color On! Red

Here in the Great Lakes, September brings a sense of limbo with the weather and nature. There’s still a decent amount of daylight to enjoy, fruits and veggies are still in season, and sunny, warm “Indian Summer” days are common… all while nights turn cool, leaves start changing colors, and animals start preparing for the cold months ahead.

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Fall signifies our last chance to enjoy nature’s warmth before it starts fading into the neutrals of winter… so I chose the mighty color red for this month’s Get Your Color On!.

Get Your Color On! Red  decorating tips tutorials color decor furniture lighting accessories paint red garnet scarlet ruby Continue reading to learn my tips for decorating with varying levels of red, more of my decor picks in this classic color, and how other bloggers have incorporated red into their homes.

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From Ohio to Oahu: How I Turned My Apartment Bathroom Into a Tropical Oasis

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My inspiration for this makeover was my fantasy bathroom: a relaxing oasis, complete with an outdoor shower, nestled deep on a tropical island. In this getaway, I would be surrounded by lush foliage and warm bamboo.

My other goal for the bathroom makeover was to do this as cheaply as possible. This meant using accessories from my closet stash, making over existing items, and using thrift store items. I’m proud to say I spent less than $150 for everything.

Read along to see how my bathroom went from Ohio to Oahu in this island-inspired makeover.

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Plain Jane Wall Mirror Makeover

My island bathroom makeover is in its final lap of completion! I’m currently painting some artwork to coordinate with the tropical theme, so be on the lookout for a super before and after post soon.

In the meantime, I’d like to share the most extensive part of the makeover: revamping a ho-hum, cheapo wall mirror. You can buy these mirrors in any department store or could even score one in a thrift store for less money.

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Check out what cooking utensils I repurposed for this makeover after the jump!

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When the Mystery Smell Is Your DIY Project… FAIL!

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Has a smell or odor popped up in your home from seemingly nowhere? Recently, I noticed this funk coming from my bathroom… but I assure you it wasn’t anything bathroom-related.

One night I came home to this sour, metallic odor from the bathroom. Pretty weird combination, right? Because of how it smelled, I assumed something had gone wacky with the plumbing. Even though everything was still working properly, the smell wouldn’t go away.

I tried everything to mask the odor. No bueno. I sniffed around various spots in the bathroom—the sink, toilet, or shower. Still nothing. One day, something told me to smell the bathmat, and that’s where I found my mystery odor.

Continue reading to see learn more about my latest DIY fail— a wood bathmat.

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Island Inspiration: Bathroom Makeover

Imagine this: after an 8-hour day of being a super customer service rep, a few hours of fun-filled blogging, and an hour of a kick-ass workout, you retreat to a secluded island, deep in the Caribbean. Ready to unwind and decompress, you head to your outdoor shower.

You step into the shower and relish the coolness of the river rock floor on your tired feet. Surrounded by luscious, tropical plants, you surrender to the sensation of the water on your skin. After showering, you step onto a bamboo mat, allowing the rich wood to absorb all your worries from the day.

Right now I can only dream of having my own Caribbean outdoor shower/getaway, so the next best thing is to create my own version of it… from the sheltered comfort of my home in good ol’ Ohio, :) Keep reading to check out my inspiration board for making over my new bathroom and view pics of my bathroom before the soon-to-be makeover. Continue reading

DIY: Shower Curtain

Ever since I struck out on my own, I’ve lived in apartments. I’m actually one of those people who prefer being a renter, as it suits my lifestyle best. Over the past 13 years, I’ve adapted quite well to the disadvantages of apartment dwelling. One of those is not having much of a choice in the architecture and interior design.

Before I moved here, I badly needed a new place to stay and this was actually a place I’d had my eye on before. Because my real estate company owns this property and my last apartment, I had an inside connection to scoring this apartment. Also, because I trust my company, I signed the lease for this place before viewing the actual apartment I’d take.

My agent told me the bathroom would be a neutral shade. Boy, was she wrong. Almost everything is this retro/vintage mint green. Behold:

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