From Boring to Bright – Guest Bathroom Photo Tour

About two years ago I painted our guest bathroom cabinets green as a quick refresh for the space. Today, I’m sharing how I recently upgraded this “so-so” bathroom from boring, to bright and relaxing!

The use of vertical shiplap, mix of natural and neutral tones, and the functional pegs turned this bathroom into one that’s convenient and stylish. Keep scrolling to check out more of the space to learn about my design and DIY process.

THE WALLS

From the start, I knew I wanted to add some sort of accent and texture to the walls. I originally thought I would use board and batten but eventually settled for vertical shiplap.

I created “do it yourself” shiplap using 1/4″ plywood. I purchased the plywood from Lowes and had them rip the plywood down to 6″ strips. This ended up being much more cost effective than purchasing tongue and groove shiplap.

I painted the walls and the shiplap “Baby Artichoke” by Behr in a satin finish. keeping the walls and the planks the same color gives the room the feeling of having taller ceilings and it keeps from breaking up the space too much.

THE PEG RAIL

I am loving the peg rail trend and wanted to incorporate it into the room as well. I knew I had a very specific look I wanted for the pegs and decided to make them myself. I purchased 3/4″ and 1.5″ dowels and and cut them to the appropriate lengths for the pegs. After a little wood glue, sanding and staining I had the exact look I wanted.

THE MIRROR

We have a very basic builder grade 2000’s home. This means the home is PACKED with cheap builder grade finishes, including oversize unframed mirrors.

I decided to frame the mirror instead of buying a new one and I’m so glad I did! I framed out the mirror with pine common board and stained it with my favorite color stain, Early American, by Varathane. Framing the mirror was definitely worth the effort and really upgraded the entire space.

DECOR

I incorporated additional color and texture with the textiles, rug, and bath tray. This chambray shower curtain by Target’s new Casaluna brand is beautiful (and affordable).

I swapped out a traditional bath mat with this affordable vintage look runner by Unique Loom.

I added in Turkish towels — these towels are super absorbent, stylish, and lint free.

Finally, I found a simple way to incorporate a trendy terrazzo look by using a fun bathroom tray by Target’s Project 62 brand.

Links to all the items used in the bathroom are outlined below.

Wall/Panel Paint: Baby Artichoke by Behr in Satin

Vanity Paint: Fig Tree by Behr in Eggshell

Bathroom Tray: Terrazzo Bathroom Tray – Project 62

Shower Curtain: Chambray Shower Curtain Clay – Casalunaâ„¢

Rug: Bright Tones Vintage Traditional Green Runner Rug

Cabinet Pulls: AmazonBasics Euro Bar Cabinet Handle in Oil Rubbed Bronze

Wood Stain: Early American Classic Wood Interior Stain

Vertical Shiplap: RevolutionPly 5mm Poplar Plywood ripped to 6″ strips

Liquid Nails: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Liquid-Nails-10-oz-Extreme-Heavy-Duty-Adhesive-LN-907/205089262

Caulk: Alex Fast Dry 5.5 oz. White Acrylic Latex Caulk Plus Silicone

Turkish Bath Towel: 77×38 Bath Towel

Turkish Hand Towels: Bazaar Anatolia Set of 4

Birthday Cake Crispy Rice Cereal Treats

July is the month of birthdays for us. My husband, sister, father, nephew, brother-in-law- and sister-in-law all have birthdays this month. Two of these family members even have a birthday on the same day!

So in honor of the month of birthdays, I’m sharing a recipe for crispy rice cereal treats. It’s yet another twist on the traditional treat. To achieve the birthday cake flavor you mix in salt, vanilla, white cake mix, and sprinkles!

It’s an easy treat that comes together really quickly… and it has a flavor that both kids and adults will enjoy.

Birthday Cake Crispy Rice Cereal Treats

  • Servings: 16
  • Difficulty: easy
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White cake mix is the secret ingredient for this crispy rice treat cereal recipe. The cake mix gives these treats that birthday cake flavor!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 10 oz package of marshmallows
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup white cake mix
  • 6 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • Food coloring, additional white chocolate chips, and sprinkles for decorating (optional).

Directions

  1. In large pot, melt butter over low heat. Add in marshmallows and stir until melted.
  2. Add in the salt, vanilla, and cake mix and stir to combine. Once combined, remove from the heat.
  3. Add cereal and sprinkles. Stir until combined.
  4. Press the mixture into an 8 x 8 inch pan coated with nonstick spray. Let cool completely
  5. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave (using short 30 second bursts until melted).
  6. Pour the chocolate over the top of the treats and spread it in an even layer.
  7. Melt additional white chocolate and tint it with coloring. Drizzle over the top and add more sprinkles.
  8. Place treats in the freezer until the chocolate has hardened, about 5 minutes.
  9. Cut the treats into 2″ x 2″ pieces and serve.

Deck Upgrade + Favorite Finds

As many of you know, my husband and I purchased a home about a year and a half ago. Slowly we’ve been upgrading, remodeling, and decorating.

Although kids are going back to school, we still have about a month and a half of the real summer season left. I figured there was no better time than now to get some furniture for our back deck.

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Our deck is actually pretty big, and purchasing fancy deck furniture such as sofas, side tables, and picnic tables isn’t a priority right now. I did however want to add a little something to our huge deck.

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