A few before and afters……

A while ago, I posted about a bathroom remodel that I was working on and I asked you to guess which antique table we decided to go with for the vanity (if you follow me on Instagram then you got a sneak peek!)  Here are a few before and after shots of the bathroom, although please keep in mind these are not the ‘styled & professionally photographed’ after-shots, but then again you guys know me better than that.  ;)


The easiest way to hide dated wallpaper is to cover it up with a wall treatment and these planks did just the job.

The bathroom is part of a basement living area that also consists of a family room and a small secondary kitchen.  My client wanted to make a few cosmetic changes to the kitchen that would update the look without gutting it.  She already had a navy blue sofa and we selected 2 navy and white striped chairs from Ballard’s in the family room (you can see a little bit of the chair in the picture below).  So for the kitchen design, I worked off all of the navy and white and went with a classic, nautical look…..and the fact that this home is on the river, it just seemed perfect!

Kitchen:  Before

Kitchen:  After

You know I love seersucker!

We added navy grass cloth and a polished nickel light fixture and my client painted the existing table and chairs.

The antique ice chest was in her garage, yes, her garage!  She texted me one day and asked if I thought this would work in the kitchen.  I quickly said, “yes, and what else do you have in there?  I may need to come shopping”.

We are now working on the upstairs living room and dining room and I promise I’ll have real pictures to show you when it’s finished.

And just so you know I mean it…I signed up for The Lettered Cottage “Shoot Fly Shoot” course last week.  The thought of finally learning how to use my camera has me beyond excited!  My friend Maria is taking the course with me so we can hold each other accountable (Maria, have you started yet?!?)  Uh-ha, see what I mean?

Have any of you taken the course?

Thank you for stopping by!


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  1. Lisa
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    I love the navy with the wood in this space Lauren! Navy grasscloth….swoony. And the planked wall with the new sink, vanity and mirror looks gorgeous!!!!!!! You worked your magic….again. Nice work on behalf of your client too :)

  2. Mary
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Your client is lucky to have you. Her space looks gorgeous! The new vanity is cute. And I love the antique brass faucet & plumbing pipes.
    I have some wallpaper in my laundry room that needs covering up. This idea is genius. So much easier than trying to remove the old paper.
    I can’t wait to see more pictures.

  3. holly
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    I think navy is the new black! Love the navy & the plank wall!

  4. Maria
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    This is too precious. I love how that bathroom turned out, cannot wait to transform a vintage table I have been hoarding into a vanity in my near future. The faucet and plumbing are perfection, and loving the kitchen nook and striped chairs! I am a little behind schedule on the photography course…gotta get my act together!

  5. classic•casual•home
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful job!! Love the bathroom.

  6. Stacey
    Posted April 22, 2014 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Love the bathroom and kitchen area! Super cute! I just signed up for shoot fly shoot as well, since I didn’t know how to work my camera at all.

  7. Elle Woeller
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Lauren, The bathroom looks great…I’m in the process of using planking (but vertically) for a client’s space. I bought the Shoot Fly Shoot class back in December, and have yet to do it…ugh! Hoping it will be a summer project when things slow down a little. You’ll have to let me know how it is! Elle

  8. sherry hart
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    That is exactly what I did in my DR since the walls were in such bad shape! Love using navy because it is such a classic and looks great with the warmth of wood. You do such beautiful work!

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