Home Makeover: Bathroom

I’m happy to report I’m here today with another home makeover post! We’ve been steadily working on different areas of the house. Parts are looking really awesome, parts still have a long way to go. We’ve recently finished (for now) updating the guest bathroom. Our house is not terribly out of date, but it’s dated enough to make me go ewww 90’s, blech!

Our house was constructed with all the lovely builder grade materials that were popular in the 90’s. The bulb light fixtures like this…

… the chrome hardware for all the towel bars, etc. The plainness of it all really bugs me — it’s all just so ugly and very unoriginal. On top of that, when we moved into the house they left everything in the bathroom as is. There was a fishy wallpaper border around the whole bathroom, fishy towel hooks glued to the doors, and the worst part… bubble and fish stickers glued to the walls, the shower tile and the front of the cabinet doors! UGH! How awful! The whole thing was way to fishy for us!

Fishy wallpaper, fishy door knobs, fishy decals GLUED to the cabinet

We started by giving the whole thing a good cleaning! The bathroom was pretty gross. I think unless you live in the house you automatically think all bathrooms are gross. That’s how I felt, it could have been spotless and I still would have felt like it was dirty.

We also spent a Saturday tearing down the wallpaper, cleaning off all the decals from the tile and cabinet doors and removing the uber sticky stuff from the doors where they had the wall hooks hanging. It was quite the chore. It made a huge difference simply doing that.

Next up we painted. Fortunately my wonderful sister was spending some time with us, and we put her to work. She and I painted the entire bathroom and the home office. She rocked! (Good tip: Always put house guests to work when they stay — it’s amazing what you can accomplish when you have a couple extra sets of hands!! ūüėČ )

We chose to paint the bathroom “Restful” by Behr. It turned out to be a beautiful relaxing green. It’s very spa like, perfect for a bathroom. I recommend not painting a small bathroom this color as it could easily be too much color if it was a tight space.

Restful by Behr

After painting, we decided the chrome fixtures needed to go. We replaced the towel bar and hand towel bar. We also decided to replace the mirror and the light fixture for something more updated.

knobs for the vanity

I already had the shower curtain I wanted to use. I did, however, need to find wall art. I found a towel hook at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $3! What a deal! I also found the metal wall art next to the towel hook at Michael’s on sale. It fit perfectly and I’m so happy with it. I’m still on the hunt for a nice shelf or cabinet for above the toilet. We’ve got a bare spot there and I think a shelf would be nice.

For now we are really pleased with the improvements that we’ve made to the bathroom. It looks much more welcoming and a lot less fishy than before. I’m also happy to report that this project came in well under $200! What a small investment for such a noticeable return!

  • Light fixture – Home Depot – $25 (we asked if we could buy the floor model for a discount – they said yes! Score!)
  • Mirror – Home Depot – $30
  • Paint + supplies – $40
  • Towel Bar – Home Goods – $18
  • Hand Towel Bar – Home Goods – $10
  • Wall Hanging – Michaels – $24
  • Shower curtain rod+rings – Target – $20
Total = $167
We still have hopes of replacing the flooring, the toilet and the countertop/faucet in the future. We already have the flooring picked out, we just need to get it and install it. The countertop, faucet and toilet is somewhat of a pricey project. Those will have to be on hold until we can save a little cashola. It’s going to be very trying on me to put this on hold because the chrome faucet is driving me nuts! ¬†It certainly doesn’t go with all the bronze in the bathroom. Oh well. Good things come to those who wait. Right?
What do you think of the new look? Any other changes or additions you would recommend? 
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Chicken Apple & Asparagus Pasta

Most days I’m not the adventurous type when it comes to making dinner. I prefer tried and true recipes that ¬†I know I can’t mess up yet still taste good. However, after hosting Easter dinner this past weekend, I was left with a lot of leftover items in my refrigerator. David and I have been trying to get much better about about our grocery budget, spending less on food in general but also being more careful to use what we have and not waste a bunch of perfectly good food.

Tonight I decided I was going to be creative. Take what was in my refrigerator and make it work. I forewarned David that he would be a guinea pig when he got home. I told him if it was awful we would head to Chipotle. It was a deal. I was going to make a pasta and it was going to have chicken apple sausage, asparagus, and white wine in it. The rest was to be determined.

The result?

Chicken Apple & Asparagus Pasta

I’m pleased to share this wonderful healthy recipe. It turned out so well it’s most certainly blog worthy!! Unfortunately I didn’t know it was going to be as good as it was so I don’t have step by step pictures.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg Chicken Apple Sausage, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 ¬†bunch asparagus, ends discarded, then cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 box whole wheat penne pasta, cooked
  • 1/4 tsp Red pepper flakes
  • Pinch of italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • Grated Romano for topping

First, slice all sausage links into slices (side note — I recommend using Aidell’s Chicken Apple Sausage, it is a savory sausage, many of the chicken apple sausages on the market currently are meant to be used as a breakfast food, they have brown sugar in them, you don’t want a chicken apple sausage that has brown sugar in it or this dish will not turn out the same). On another cutting board, finely dice 2-3 cloves of garlic and cut¬†asparagus¬†into two inch slices. Next, brown both sides of the sausage in a skillet. Start boiling water for the noodles. Once the sausages are browned remove from skillet. Set aside. Add noodles to boiling water (wheat noodles will take longer so plan accordingly). In skillet, add 3 tbsp butter, melt, once melted add 1 tbsp flour. Create a roux by whisking butter and flour mixture together and cooking until lightly brown. Next, add half and half, white wine, garlic, red pepper flakes, italian seasoning and sun dried tomatoes. Let reduce. After reduced add milk until desired¬†consistency¬†and amount of sauce is correct. My sauce was thin, I didn’t want it thick, just enough to give everything a nice coat. Let sauce simmer and flavors blend for 5-10 mins. During last two minutes of pasta cooking time, toss asparagus in with pasta. At this point add sausage back to the sauce so it can heat through. Drain pasta and asparagus return to pot. Pour sauce over noodles. Mix well. Serve in pasta bowls and top with Romano cheese (this cheese makes the whole thing delicious!)

Eat and enjoy!

This together so easily and was so light yet incredibly flavorful! The white wine added a great depth of flavor. This is a perfect dish for a beautiful spring night.

To prove that this was a success I thought I would share a picture of David chowing down. He loved it, he had seconds and look forward to the leftovers for lunch!

Bossypants

I read Bossypants. Let’s get one thing straight, I am no reader. I have just started reading for reals this year. This will mark a milestone in my life as the year where I successfully read two books for pleasure. I had been wanting to read this book because it seemed like everywhere I turned there was somebody reading it! Sitting in the airport for our trip to Mexico I counted at least 5 people reading this book. Tina, you did yourself good by putting your thoughts in the form of a book.

Seriously, this book made me laugh so hard I cried. I didn’t even know reading a book had that ability. Hands down, I highly recommend this book. I actually kind of want to read it again. Mostly because I love¬†laughing¬†and this book really made me laugh.

So do yourself a favor, if you haven’t laughed in awhile get this book.