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Today I am excited to reveal our guest bathroom makeover. This past month I participated in Apartment Therapy’s Style Cure to makeover one of the rooms in my house, so I gave the guest bathroom a little love.

I always love looking back on how a room has evolved, even before I touched it, so to start here’s what it looked like right before we moved in:

Guest Bathroom Guest Bathroom

Here’s what it has looked like for the past year and a half:

Guest Bathroom Guest Bathroom Guest Bathroom

All we did was remove the dusty floral, replace the light, add a fresh coat of paint to the walls, updated the shower curtain, and added a little bit of decor.

Now it’s a nice little space, ready for guests:

The Guest Bathroom Reveal Guest Bathroom

I painted the walls the same color as our master en suite, and I updated the 80’s oak cabinets with some paint and hardware. To paint the cabinets I decided to try Rust-Oleum’s Cabinet Transformations kit. It cost about $75 and it gave me everything I needed to paint the cabinets.

Painted Bathroom Vanity Cabinets

The process took quite some time from start to finish, and I had to do four coats instead of two to get the coverage I wanted. Overall, I am happy with how the cabinets turned out, but I don’t think I would go so far as to paint my kitchen cabinets with this. I have plenty leftover, so I plan on using this kit to paint the linen closet cabinets.

The tray, candle, and orchid are all new, but the apothecary jars I had previously. We put in a new toilet, which was desparately needed since the previous one was always getting clogged way too easily.

Bathroom Counter Decor

I was also able to finally put my RIBBA shelf up so that my bathroom books have an official home.

Bathroom Books

Yes, I have a guest book for the bathroom, and yes, guests have filled it out. My favorite entry was by my coworker who accidentally locked himself in the bathroom with my Roomba; needless to say he rated privacy a little low.

Bathroom Towels and Art Guest Bath Shower Guest Bathroom Guest Bathroom

A big shout-out and thank you to my husband for helping me throughout this entire process and putting up with my incessant, “Please do this because I gotta take pictures for my blog!”

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November
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The last couple of days 320 Sycamore has had various bloggers showcasing their favorite things, and today is the open link party for everyone! Here are my favorite things I found in 2014.

My Top 10 Favorite Things from 2014
  1. Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Face Cleansing Brush – I got one for Christmas last year, and I absolutely love it! Between using this and the Jan Marini skincare line my face feels so clean!
  2. FitBit Flex – The FitBit has come a long way since I had one a few years ago, and I’m digging the Flex! It’s a fitness and sleep tracker and it syncs with my Weight Watchers eTools, so it helps keep my activity in check.
  3. iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robot – Joshua got me a Roomba for Christmas last year, and it cleans like a boss. Even after replacing all our carpet with laminate flooring I still can’t believe how much hair and dirt it manages to pick up.
  4. Sugar Paper – Their stuff is so adorable, and I get so giddy over their products every time I walk into Target. I have one of their calendars in my laundry room, and I just picked up this 2015 planner.
  5. Dove Dry Shampoo – Sorry Sauve but you’ve been replaced! This stuff smells awesome, works like a champ, and comes in a cute spray can. Love it!
  6. West Elm Pure Candle Collection – I just fell in love with these candles a couple days ago. They all smell divine, but my favorite scent is cloud. The candles put out an amazing amount of scent even when they’re not lighted.
  7. Dave’s Gourmet Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce – Another Target find! Last year butternut squash soup was my new favorite, and this pasta sauce is super yummy! It’s also gluten-free, and it goes great with Simply Balanced’s gluten-free spaghetti.
  8. Simply Balanced™ – This is Target’s wellness brand, and I can’t get enough of it! The collection of foods is made up of all kinds of organic, gluten-free, and overall healthy options, and given that it’s by Target it’s affordable. It just came out last year, but the variety of foods available is growing. I will usually get the Simply Balanced version of a food/beverage if they have it.
  9. Pinkberry – My love for Pinkberry grows every year. During the summer I was going here on practically a weekly basis. It’s just so simple and good!
  10. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University – 2014 has been the year of Dave Ramsey in our house, and it all started with taking Financial Peace University. It was seriously the best thing we ever did for both our finances and marriage.

I did this last year too!

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November
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In preparation for painting and working on the guest bathroom this week, I put together a moodboard.

Guest Bathroom Moodboard

I have a whole brand new gallon of paint that I used in our master bathroom, so I’m going to use it in the guest as well since it’s a nice calming color. I’ll be painting the cabinets white and adding some new hardware. We’ll be getting a new toilet as well since our current one desparately needs to be replaced.

Got a lot to get done this weekend!

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November
2014
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After many trips back and forth to both Home Depot and Lowe’s, Monday was the day we made our decision. We headed to Lowe’s and picked out the first set of closet doors.

My New Closet Door

I snapped this shot while waiting for Joshua to come back with a cart. It was only appropriate I take a selfie picture of the doors. Oh yeah, I’m also holding a new light for our entryway – I accidentally broke the old one.

Tuesday night Joshua put the doors in! I’m loving the way they look, especially the beveled glass since it matches the cabinets above the vanity.

My New Closet Door My New Closet Door My New Closet Door

There’s a bit of a gap at the bottom because the doorway is a bit tall. This weekend we’re gonna play around with some solutions and get the doors for Joshua’s closet next.