modernizing old lighting

Another bathroom update! I’m on a roll and picking up speed.

The tiling in the guest bathroom is a design challenge to say the least. For this primary upgrade I knew I wasn’t going to rip it out or paint over it so I needed a different color in the room to play off of the yellow.

Last weekend when I was reorganizing the vanity a thought popped into my head so I texted my sister. My question for her was, What color do you wear with your barf yellow tank top? Turquoise right? And by barf yellow I didn’t mean it in a negative way! It’s a great shirt and she knows this. Anyways, I had remembered that she wore an outfit with those colors a couple weeks earlier. Jewel tone outfits are the coolest and I love them. Like, totally stylin’.

Inspiration is a funny thing, isn’t it? Sometimes you go days without a creative solution for something and other days it just comes to you out of no where.

So a jewel tone bathroom is what I’m working at now.

I didn’t want to add in a ton of new color since the yellow takes up 50% of the room already so I first painted the walls a crisp white. The white walls seemed to help calm the tile down a bit.

Now all I needed were accents, accents to compliment the barf jewel tone yellow.

The original lighting (1 light over the vanity and 1 on the ceiling near the shower) had awesome character so I decided to update them and add my color there.

I started by wiping down the pieces, taping off any electrical, and sanding down the rough spots.

I also prepped the pretty switch plates. I wanted to spray paint them white so they’d blend in with the new, white walls.

I may have jumped in excitement when I started spray painting with the turquoise. Happy color! I was still a bit afraid that my idea wasn’t going to work out but at least the color was pretty, ha.

The ceiling light turned out quite lovely although I still need to paint the little gold screws. Can I just tell you that I first lost the original screws so I had to buy new ones that turned out to be the wrong size. I then took those back and finally got the correct kind only to have one of my screws from the other light fly out of my hand and fall down deep into the depths of the A/C vent… and I was on my last screw before the lighting was to be complete. I think I yelled out, ‘You kidding me?!’. I’ll have to take a 4th trip to Lowe’s to get yet another screw. Silly.

You can also see from the photo below that we still need to paint the ceiling and the trim. All those areas are supposed to be white but after 30 years they sure aren’t anymore!

Here’s the turquoise light above the sink.

The glass texture is awesome.

And here are the white switch plates.

Next up I’ve got some art decisions and a vanity to paint.

It’s official -> I love interior design.

Do you have tons of bathroom tile? How did you work with it?

organizing the guest bathroom

This month is crazy with a capital C!

I’ll be out of town next weekend, I’ve got family visiting around my birthday (the 22nd) which also happens to be the day that I want to open my Etsy shop full of fun paintings, AND the following weekend I’ll be subbing in for Lauren at the Farmer’s Market. Eek. These are all very exciting things to say the least but it’s a lot!

And now, on top of my 10 hour workdays at the Vet and creating/finishing paintings, I’ve decided that I want to get the guest bathroom updated for our guests.

I plead insanity.

Supposedly in the blogging world, you aren’t supposed to apologize for not writing so this is just a forewarning. My posts may be irregular in the next couple weeks and you’ll probably be seeing a little more DIY. I don’t think you’ll mind though, it’ll be fun!

On to the task at hand.


Here’s what the bathroom looked like before we moved in. The only thing that was left when I started on the upgrade was a little bit of the wallpaper (my sister took down a lot of it a while back). The seller hauled off most of the decor items when he left and I donated the rest.

My plan is not to rip out everything and start for scratch but to work with what I’ve got. The (excuse my language) barf yellow tiling that engulfs the room is my main challenge but I’ve got some ideas up my sleeve. Let’s hope everything works out!!

First things first, organizing.

I had my makeup somewhat organized in this big, clunky set of drawers that sat on the counter while the drawers and cabinets in the vanity lacked order altogether.

To start, I pulled everything out and tossed what I didn’t use. Then I assessed the situation and measured the vanity drawers. I headed over to Target to find some baskets and organizers.

I found these great drawer organizers in the bathroom section at Target and some baskets to wrangle everything else under the sink. I didn’t want that plastic drawer eyesore on the counter anymore so I needed to make room down below.

And I did!

After downsizing I was able to fit both my hair and makeup items into the two vanity drawers.

Now in my official hair drawer, from back to front I’ve got: overflow of hair ties, nail polish (not hair related but oh well), current hair ties, decorative clips, bobby pins, functional clips, headbands, and finally my brush, comb, and big hair clip on the left.

As for the makeup drawer, from back to front I’ve got: extra chapstick, eyelash curlers, lip glosses, lipstick, tweezers, powder, blush, q-tips, concealers, eye shadows, brushes, eye liners, and makeup remover wipes on the left.

Under the sink the baskets hold, from left to right: frequently used products, hair styling items stacked above excess items like deodorant and toothbrushes, and cleaning products which sit behind a stack of toilet paper.

A little side note: I didn’t even realize that these baskets were stackable at the time! If you can see on the right, there’s a little plastic piece on the handles that can fold in to make them stack. Pretty sweet.

The counter is now clean. Our guests will have room to place their things!

Let’s recap:

  1. Take everything out of the space.
  2. Donate or trash whatever you don’t need or use.
  3. Measure and figure out what you need to organize.
  4. Buy organizers.
  5. Organize and pat yourself on the back.

I have often done steps 3 and 4 backwards which makes for an inefficient space!

I can tell you, I’ve made my mom and sister proud. These ladies love a good organizing/decluttering project. I understand that love because man does it feel good to have some order!

In the next bathroom posts you’ll see some wall, lighting, and vanity upgrades as well as a little bit more organizing and final decor touches.

I can’t wait to have a completed room!!

Are you super organized? I have a lot more to do in that department.