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Monday, July 25, 2011

room tour - ensuite (finished finally!)

"just finish it slowly....one thing at a time...."
that was our motto with the ensuite.  that is our motto with our house.  i'd love to have just moved in, and had a crazy few months of reno's and be done, but our schedules and our wallets didn't allow for that!  
we moved in, did a new kitchen, new hardwood, and pretty much painted all the walls....then slowly over the past 4 yrs we've done things as we could afford them.  tests my patience for sure!  however, the bonus, is that you get to live in your house for a while, get to know it, see what you like.....your mind changes, and eventually you settle on a scheme that has evolved from something you may have originally imagined. so, while it takes longer, it's a far more organic process.

this past weekend, we trimmed our the big boring builder mirror and hung a new light, finally completing the room!  we didn't wait until we could afford to do the whole room.....we just did one little thing at a time.  paint.  time passes.....  chip out tile.  time passes..... install new floor tile.  time passes....
you get the idea.  

i guess that's why i'm so happy this room is done.  it's small, but it took us 4 yrs to get here!

here's a reminder of what we started with:


and now.....sigh!


better right?!



i'm not a huge fan of the giant builder mirror, but couldn't argue it's practicality, so to give it a bit more personality and 'shrink' it a bit, i added some leftover baseboard, which we painted a pretty blue



just glued the 4 trim pieces onto the mirror using "no more nails"




sea fan i bought in florida, brought home, spayed it white and pinned it into a shadow box from ikea


knobs - $6 - anthropologie



used inexpensive, in stock white tiles and only a little bit of more expensive glass tiles (leftover from my kitchen) as decorative trim to create a look that's a little more interesting 


created some artwork, using a piece of mdf, which i slathered with drywall mud and painted with some artist's acrylics....i think it mimics an oil painting










but, yeah i'm pretty proud of the transformation considering how small the budget was for this room!
floor tile - approx. $60 - discontinued product, clearance priced
shower surround, sink and tub backsplash - white tile - in different sizes - varied from 35 cents - $1 each
marble vanity tiles - approx $65
paint color - benjamin moore - silver satin
hanging light fixture - $100
sink - $139
faucet - $149
knobs - $6 each
light fixture above mirror - $47



phew....glad it's done! :)

34 comments:

  1. umm....MUCH better! It looks like a retreat at an amazing hotel!

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  2. WOW!!!! natalie that is AMAZING! and all done on my kind of budget- LOVE it!

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  3. Beautiful bathroom ... I especially like the fact that you include where to buy and the cost of items - I've certainly benefited from it. Keep up the amazing work

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  4. That is amazing! I think a lot of people would have been contented with the basic builders bath you started with because it wasn't horrible, but it is amazing what you've turned it into. It is literally a dream bathroom. Into the pinterest it goes for future inspiration!

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  5. That is absolutely gorgeous!

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  6. You and your husband have done a phenominal job! So serene and beautiful... perfect!!
    Congrats!!
    Victoria

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  7. That is absolutely GORGEOUS Natalie!!! I love love the tiles and the floor and that is such a great idea on the mirror, we have a large mirror like that that is screaming for some love! :)
    Just beautiful! Enjoy!!
    xo

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  8. This looks SO good! You must do a tutorail for the art you did above the tub. It. Is. Perfect! Also, where did you get your branches with pink buds? They look great!
    Twentysomethingtransue@gmail.com

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  9. It looks gorgeous!! So bright & airy!! Great job! Beautiful pics too! :)

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  10. Hi Natalie, The mirror looks great with the frame around it. What a beautiful bathroom. Nice job! : ) ~ Catie

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  11. Wow! beautiful transformation! The frame on the mirror makes such a difference and i looove your vanity counter top.

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  12. It's gorgeous! What a beautiful transformation. I love every detai. It's so peaceful and tranquil. Your artwork is a nice touch. Great update with the vanity mirror. Do you mind me asking what blue you used on the mirror? It's so pretty! Lovely job, Natalie!

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  13. It's gorgeous!!! What a difference! Great work! = )

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  14. so tranquil, i love the aqua pulls and the painting you made is fabulous!!

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  15. Love Love EVERYTHING.... about your bathroom !!!!!

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  16. Oh my goodness, I love everything about this space! The floor, the light, the mirror frame {where is that from?}, all beautiful! I also have that same piece of coral that I sprayed and framed :-)

    http://www.decoradventures.com/2011/06/summer-mantle-from-beach.html

    It's all really nice, congrats for bringing together such a wonderful space.

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  17. WOW! Amazingly beautiful space. Enjoy:)

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  19. Amazing as always...

    I'd love for you to share your adorable room on my link party...

    I hope to see you there

    http://www.thirtysixthavenue.com/2011/07/sticker-and-party-time-12.html

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  20. This is so so so gorgeous- it looks like it was straight out of a magazine! I love the knobs, the light, everything! I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw how you made it over so inexpensively. Great job!

    Coley
    www.whatyoumakeit-coley.blogspot.com

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  21. Incredible. That's all I can think of. It's just incredible. Ya dun good.

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  22. You have such a gorgeous bathroom!

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  23. That is absolutely gorgeous! I love everything about it. The artwork your did just fits the space and feel of the room perfectly. Amazing!!
    Jenn :)

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  24. In love with this space, it's just gorgeous!
    I'll be featuring it tomorrow :)
    XO

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  25. This room looks amazing! I love the dreamy white and blue palette!

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  26. Well I guess I love your whole house!! This is just as awesome as your kitchen and Master Bedroom!

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  27. Your new bath looks great. I love your look and feel. Do you have any closeups of the marble tile counter top? I would love to see how that looks. I love marble and this might be a cheaper way than a slab of marble. I am worried about staining -- with my makeup. Is it stain resistant? Sorry for so many questions!

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  28. Do you mind sharing where you got your light fixture? It's gorgeous!

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  29. for sure! light fixture was bought at rona!

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  30. thanks everyone for the awesome comments! i'll make sure and do a tutorial on the artwork!
    and for the request regarding the marble countertop close-up, check out a previous post, where i do show it up close!

    http://beachhouseinthecity.blogspot.com/2011/06/room-tour-ensuite-almost-finished.html

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  31. Oh Natalie, it is so beautiful and tranquil. I absolutely love what you have done. I just want to sink into the tub and listen to music. You are a talented photographer as well. Your newest follower, Andrea @ townandprairie.blogspot.com Hope you will stop by.

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  32. Just so peaceful and airy. Love the artwork!!

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  33. it was worth the wait its absolutly gorgeous. so light and fresh i love it xxx

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