Friday, February 12, 2016

Bathroom Revamp

Last week was the first week of school for two of my boys; their first steps into the world of formalised education.  What a shock to the system that was!  Although a few teething problems, they are both enjoying it immensely, although how long that lasts remains to be seen.  This step into schooling also meant my 2 year old daughter had her first day care session, which went fabulously.  She bustled in with complete confidence, made 'goo goo' eyes at a little boy, then settled down happily with a puzzle at the table.  As I said goodbye she replied quite calmly "Bye bye Mummy", and waved in my general direction without even giving me a glance!  Awesome!  Needless to say I was out of there in a flash and off to spend my first Monday child-free......the first day to myself in a long long long.....well you get the general idea......

Anyway, I decided to go to Kmart.  Yes, I know.  With all the wonderful places I could have ventured on this remarkable day, I choose to go into a chain store.  BUT (in my defence), we had received a catalogue in our junk mail the weekend before and in amongst it I saw the prettiest things that I thought would be great to help spruce up my bathroom.

You see here is the THING....(and I'll put THING in capitals because this has been a bit of a dilemma for me for a few years now).  I have never bothered to actually decorate my house.  A few reasons.  The main one is I have little kids, so you dare not put anything valuable out (or in the case of my kids...anything at all because without a doubt it will be destroyed).  The other reason is the house I am in now is not the house we plan on being in forever.  Our home is fairly non-descript.  When we built it we had to go all budget-y with it and as the plan was to eventually sell (more in the short term rather than years and years down the track), we picked out an even more non-descript colour know, all creams, beiges and a hint of light-ish chocolate brown in the ensuite and laundry.  We just 'played it safe' knowing that something basic and....well bland really....would appeal to more people when we put it on the market.  SO my point is, when I think of decorating properly I always think of my dream house.  You know, the house that we are aiming for, the one that we will have when we finally get our farm.  The plan is (and who knows if this will ever eventuate), is a lovely weatherboard country style home with big verandas and inside it will have lovely country-isque (my made up word for the day) décor. 

Now, this is my problem.  For a few years now I have been NOT decorating because the style of things I like do not suit our boring plain non-descript house.  As well as the destructor kids I have bred (is that my gene or my husbands???...hmmmm....I think I might blame him (!)...everything I think of doing I always pause and end up thinking....NO....I can't do it because it will  So I haven't.  Until now.

Back to the Kmart catalogue.  Perusing through it one weekend I noticed all the pretty pastel items as well as the copper things (which weirdly appealed to me) and also the repetition of the geometric triangle patterns.  I don't know but something about it got to me and I began to circle things with a pen.  What a break through!!! 

Now Kmart is cheap.  Ridiculously cheap, and for the first time EVER I thought...what the heck (!)...why don't I decorate my house a little?  Why don't I decorate to suit THE STYLE IT IS!!!!  Honestly, I can't believe it's taken me this long to figure this one out.  I must be stuck in some kind of brain time warp or something.  Why didn't I think that perhaps I could decorate with cheaper items for now and then later get the things I really like and want, even if it means just passing on the cheaper "just for now" stuff.  Anyway..... to Kmart I trotted....(child-free and very gleeful)...and within HALF AN HOUR (I know....I could not believe how quickly you can get stuff done without children in tow!!) I had found absolutely everything I had circled in the catalogue, plus a couple of other little bits besides.  I had decided to start with my ensuite because basically it drives me mad.  I'd done a little bit of a 'clean up and throw away' and decided how sick I was of the limited storage space.  Honestly, our sink is this big square thing and we have literally four inches of bench space on either side of the sink.  THAT'S IT.  It's ri-donk-u-lous.   There's a cupboard underneath, but it's not massive, and that is all the space that this particular building company (in their infinite wisdom) think that a couple needs.  Pffttt. 

Anyway, here's what I bought......
Stupidly cheap shelves, with a smaller shelf at the top, increasing in size towards the lower shelves.  Came in a flat box with all the screws and an alan key thingo.  Took me ten minutes to assemble with NO swearing involved!
As well as the lovely candle and mug (with the flowers in it) in the top photo, I also picked up these two canisters, which were actually from the kitchen section.  My daughter particularly likes the pink one which I keep finding all over the house.  It's breakable but since it cost me $5 I won't burst into deranged mummy tears if she drops it.
Pink terracotta pot with a honeycomb pattern (super cute!) and a new plant that has matching pink on it's leaves (a real plant!.....fluke I found one with matching leaves).  I shall call him Llyod.  (in honour of my late indoor plant 'Flyod who no doubt died from a 'non-watering' related incident)
Why oh why have I never discovered copper coloured things before??  I love this!  It's actually a fruit bowl but I decided to do this with it.....
By chance the towels I use in the ensuite are pink and white....which as it turns out, are the colours of all the bits and bobs I bought.  (this was another fluke by the way...I don't ever have the presence of mind to coordinate anything with bits I already have).  I also got a toothbrush holder, a soap dispenser and the little dish on my sink was something I found in the local chemist the other week and just couldn't resist.
Weirdly this ended up being in the same colour scheme.  After discovering all of this I realised that this was NOT just a pointless shopping spree but was indeed fate, there were higher powers at work, and that I could indeed justify it completely to my husband.  Ok, just keep telling yourself that Amber.
Bathroom revamp success!!


  1. Seriously Success !~! I love the touches of pink-my first bathroom in my first house was decorated in pink and I loved it at that time. Your delightful revamp takes me back to those days-thanks, it's been a while since I went down that memory lane.

    The copper basket is a gem; I bet you will find All Kinds of uses for it as time passes.

    Did you miss the kids or was it so nice to be able to just Do what you needed to without any extraneous interference ?~! I love my kids too but alone time matters so very much in our overall health that we are doing a disservice when we refuse to make the time we need just for us. Congrats on your new schedule, Amber, I bet it is a real fun experience.

    1. In all honesty I don't miss the kids at all Lynda! Am I bad!?! The time between dropping them off at school and picking them up again goes so quickly....(doesn't feel like enough really!)..that you don't have time too!

    2. No, you are not Bad !~! Not missing them is Good; they don't miss you as they are busy too with their Kid-Stuff and friends and playgrounds and new art projects and books they've not seen before.... No my sweet, you are doing the right thing by enjoying your time without them. Rock on and have fun. Soon enough they'll be home looking for a snack !~!

  2. It looks great!

  3. Ha! Congratulations on so much Mom-success here. You've had a day to yourself, your children made it through school unscathed and your bathroom organizer is straight-up ENVY evoking.. Right on, Ambah!
    It is very understandable that you'd want to play it safe when building a budgeted and temporary house. Too bad you have to live in it for so long, but thus is life no?
    It seems we have a very similar taste. Copper also has started appealing much more to me recently.
    You really did an outstanding job, I love everything you bought and this the final "result" is perfect!! I hope you decide to "temporarily" decorate the rest of your house and share more of these revamp posts. I really enjoyed it!!

    MUCH LOVE!!!!

    1. Well...semi-mum success. Jesse did get sent to the Principal's office on his second day of school (ever!), which I think is a new world record!! I keep seeing nice copper things about actually, today I saw a lovely basket which would have been great but what would I put in it...hmmmm..... I am actually 'temp-decorating' so stay tuned!

  4. I love all the rose gold touches you added. From the bowls to the copper "thingys." haha I think it adds a warmth to the room. Very nice Amber! I think a lot of people think they HAVE to spend an arm and a leg to make a room look spruced up. I've purchased decor from thrift shops to garage sales, you can always find small budget friendly ways to make a room look nice. Love this!

    1. Thanks Kiki. You certainly can find goods things where you don't have to spend a fortune.

  5. Oh, how I wish I could find a soap dispenser like that over here! I've searched for pale pink bathroom accessories for months to no avail :(