March 26, 2012

✥ Reader Feature: AWEsome Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover ✥

I hope you guys had a fabulous weekend! I went to my nephew's play, the movies and also a pedicure party, I made some new friends and hung out with some old ones! Now I'm back to the daily grind- but the good news, it's also time for our feature! Yay!! I look forward to these so much and I am constantly amazed {and thankful} for the talented gals who read my blog!

I have gotten to know Karianne from Thistlewood Farm- and man is she a sweetheart! I asked her to share a before/after with us today, so she chose her delightful bathroom makeover. She wasn't blogging when they got her house- so she's short on "before" pics. But her "after" pics speak for themselves!
Karianne could have chosen any room in her house to share- no joke! Each is more fabulous than the last. Basically, she could be our feature each week for like the next two months as we check out her home room by room! It's that great. Not to mention her writing skills put me to shame! She's got a great sense of humor and I think her posts have a poetic feel to them.
You'll see...


I should have taken more before pictures.
You see, a marketing genius and I were talking recently and she told me I need “before pictures”.
Why oh why didn’t I take more?
Before I lifted a paint brush or a roller or a sander, I should have lifted my camera.

I have a few pictures.  They don’t really do the guest bathroom justice.
Why didn’t I zoom in on that shell toilet seat?
Why didn’t I know that I would have a blog and that before pictures were essential?
I mean you barely see the wallpaper….and the sink….and the faux brass towel rings.  This is not an accurate representation.
I feel like I have let us all down.
Why didn’t I take more time with the before?

Maybe because I was too focused on the after.

I wanted clean and light and bright.
So instead of photographing terrible before shots, I painted the walls.

Instead of photographing the process and journey….I hunted high and low for the perfect baskets on clearance and filled them with tea-stained flowers.
Instead of creating tutorials and step-by-step instructions, I just painted signs.

Next time I will know.
Next time I won’t be so unbelievably careless.

You can count on me.

NOTE TO SELF:  When starting a project…..

Take a plenty of before pictures of this….

…..before it turns into this.
If you want to see more before and after click here.
Thank goodness for next time!

Don't you just Karianne and her home? Now, do yourself a favor and check out Karianne's home tour. You will not regret it. As a little bonus,  two of my favorite rooms are:
Her rustic glam farmhouse kitchen, look at those glass-front cabinets - they're up to the ceiling!! Love.
 Her children's playroom- which I think looks totally Ralph Lauren-esque {and I want those chairs}!
Have a happy Monday you guys! I hope you enjoyed Karianne's home as much as I do.