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It Is Not A Redo When I Never Began Doing Plus A $100 Giveaway


We moved to a new neighborhood about 6 months ago. We love our house and neighbors, but after I got the kids’ rooms 90% done, I stopped working on anything decor-related. We keep it relatively clean and every room is functional, but our living room still looks like this:

Living room
One chair, three boxes and a table with photos underneath it. PERFECT! Welcome to my home!

In our old house, I had 6 weeks of planning and painting before we moved in and it turns out that is the difference between lovely and awkward. Just before we moved into our current home, we went to Chicago. I didn’t give up hope. I had so many grand ideas of how August would be while unpacking with two kids and no camps; instead, I went to the pool and left my family room as a dance hall.

fireplace room
The dance party ends at 7:30 p.m. at Club Iwashyna.

Now every room and idea feels overwhelming and uninspiring so I decided to start small. I’m going to (re)design the downstairs bathroom. It’s not a large enough project to send me running to a Netflix TV show binge, but it’s used often enough by us and guests that I don’t feel like all my work will be unappreciated.

I’ve already taken down the random giant towel rack and added our long mirror, trash can, and toilet paper holder. Otherwise, it needs a color-scheme beyond taupe-y yellow, a new picture, a new towel rack and a cohesive theme.

hallway bathroom
Our narrow bathroom from the doorway. The bathroom about 5×6, but we only get the full five feet by the far side of the toilet.
hallway bathroom 2
Wall with stuff.
hallway bathroom 4
I like the pedestal sink and our fixture.
hallway bathroom 5
The picture probably shouldn’t stay. I think a much longer picture would do better but maybe it’s too match-y match-y with the mirror. The ceilings are at least 8.5 feet so we could do something very large to length the room.
hallway bathroom 6
The pretty floor and, of course, a cat

I wanted to add this cabinet I love, but the bathroom is so narrow that peeing became dangerous. The thin room coupled with high ceilings, makes decor, like knickknack shelves, and practical considerations, such as keeping supplies of toilet paper or hand towels in the room, quite challenging. But I’m positive, if I start with this small, well-used room and blog about it, I’ll be motivated to finish the rest of the house. Everyone can stop laughing now.

However, my friend, advertiser and an excellent real estate agent, Shannon Milligan from RVA Home Team at Jefferson Properties, is helping to kick off my FINALLY DOING SOMETHING by giving away a $100 VISA gift card to a lucky Late Enough reader. She knows a lot about getting a home ready to sell or how to care for a home once you buy it so if you are in the metro Richmond area (city or counties), check her out!

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Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

107 thoughts to “It Is Not A Redo When I Never Began Doing Plus A $100 Giveaway”

  1. We recently put down maple flooring and painted our dining room, and also rearranged the furniture. This was my favorite redo so far.

  2. We repainted and replaced tiles in our bath just recently, it is still an ongoing project- need new light and faucets. We got the inspiration from here-

  3. We’ve been in our home almost two years…and we have only two rooms that were actually decorated before I got bored and moved on to other things. The rest of the house lives in a perpetual “I’ll get to that one day…” so I know how you feel.

    I read placing a mirror opposite another mirror, in a small room, is supposed to make it look bigger. I think you should just go all out and do a wall of mirrors. That way people will have to stare at themselves while sitting on your toilet. Oh! Leave some lipstick so they can write you love notes, maybe? It’s late, my ideas are bad, but I know you are going to make that bathroom look awesome.

  4. My idea for your bathroom: After a new paint job, I’d consider getting a smaller mirror, maybe a round one ? and I would add an open shelf on top of the toilet with some baskets to hold towels, tp and other things.

  5. I think new paint does wonders for a bathroom. It also looks lovely when you coordinate towels with the paint. I really like your pedestal sink.

  6. Stop living my life. 2014 is the year of making my house stop looking like a dorm room. I miss my dance hall, frankly. And the pool.

    But I love my updated mantle and the fresh paint of coat on some walls.

    Get a print you love for that room – or do a gallery wall of coordinating images – and it’ll make a world of difference. I think. But I live in a dorm room.

  7. Bad subject… My husband, whom I love immeasurably, decided to redo our bathroom five and a half years ago when I was pregnant, It was very tiny and he thought I might be more comfortable with more room and a bathtub. He knocked out an outer wall… foundation was poured and our house grew to accommodate my larger bathroom. The tub is in and the bathroom walls are gorgeous, the tub is huge and gorgeous. However, he never finished the floor. we have half 1970’s gold linoleum and half sub-floor bare wood. So my recommendation… do not expand unless you have a contractor (to whom you are not married and is not co-parenting your children). 🙂

  8. My favorite redo of a room? 13 years in our home and I finally repainted our living room. It was purple and not awful purple but its 13 year life was over! Last month I repainted it to a medium gray. And we finally replaced our sofa (also 13 years old!). The sofa was so bad that we placed it outside for bulky item pick up and no one wanted it. No one even touched it! The wear and tear of pets and kids was very evident apparently!

  9. What we did, is put a shelf above the toilet to hold extra roll of TP but also a plant to hide the roll. It looks really nice

  10. i like the color scheme so maybe you can do some type of leopard animal print or cheetah without changing the color or repainting

  11. so, don’t know if I’m smart enough to meet requirements for $100 gift card, but do have some ideas for El bano.
    Make use of vertical space. Install functional, yet tasteful, wall cabinet (preferably with sliding doors so you or other don’t bonk head on an open door). Never store more than one extra roll of TP in bathroom: tacky. I don’t care how practical it is. Besides, you may miss out on the treasured family tradition of yelling from the toilette seat for a roll.

  12. You could try getting a nice shelving unit that is specifically for fitting over/around the toilet. That way, it wouldn’t take up much space and you would have extra storage space!

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  13. I like bead board for bathrooms but suspect it would be a pain to install in that space. You could get a similar effect with two paint colors, one about halfway up the wall. Home projects were my life for about 6 months last year so I’m not sad that we’ve been on a break from them…My favorite so far has been a total transformation of our sad 1960s basement rec room into a bright playroom for our kids.

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  15. My favorite redo of a room was when I took up the tiles in the kitchen and replaced with wooden floor tiles and it improved the look of the room

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  16. I have the same type of sink in one of my bathrooms, and we put a skirt around it just by using material and two sided tape. Works great in our bathroom I have a small tier shelf under it and a trashcan so they are not visable. I love it. 🙂
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  17. While I like your bathroom color..I think something more like a pale blue or plum purple would look a lot nicer with your wood finishing and more artwork on the wall. Instead of that piece of artwork you have that is like 90% framing and 10% actual art..1 larger art piece on the wall facing the door would look really nice.

  18. Your bathroom looks very clean and neat but I’d maybe paint it a little darker like a nice crimson or eggplant and add crown molding assuming there is none since I can’t see from the picture.

  19. This is the beginning of my dream half-bath. I want a pedestal sink like that, for starters. My plan is to do the bottom half of the walls in a white bead board, then paint the top half a cranberry color. I think your plum color idea is great, too.

  20. We recently redid the flooring in our main living room by ripping up the carpet, finding baseboard and putting down hard wood (dark cherry finish) and it has completely changed the look of the room and updated it dramatically. It looks amazing and we painted the walls a greyish color when previously they were an off white. It was a fun project.

  21. We made a nautical theme out of ours.. I painted vertical stripes on the wall, about 6-9″ or so apart (evenly spaced) and we get a lot of comments about the stripes.. I’ll send you a picture if you are interested.

  22. I’m not a big fan about shelves over the toilet. You bang your head a lot. A little kitty corner one would work in your little bathroom.

    However, try putting a shelf above the shower head. Weird idea? Nope.

    1. You can load it with all kinds of soaps and potions.
    2. You can put stuff up there that aren’t kid friendly.
    3. You will LOVE this idea as soon as you reach for a towel BEFORE stepping into that not warm enough bathroom.

  23. I follow you via RSS (old school!). I also have a little powder room that I don’t know what to do with. I hung a few pictures and put a little toilet paper stand in the corner and…blah.

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