Guest Bathroom Magazine Feature

Guest Bathroom Magazine Feature

Happy New Year! 2017 was definitely a memorable year over here on both a work and personal level. On the work side, Vintage Refined continued to grow, specifically gaining a greater presence in Chicago. I was lucky enough to work with some really great clients who continue to challenge our creativity and capabilities. In my personal life, we moved into a new home and I became a mother (to more than just dogs). Looking back, it's no wonder this year flew by. It's going to be a tough one to beat, but 2018 is already off to a great start. I've had some exciting news that I've been eager to share with you, and can finally do so. It's been one of my personal goals for awhile, and I can finally check it off my list; our lake house was featured in the magazine This Old House!

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Great Room Renovation Reveal

Great Room Renovation Reveal

Ok, so who's ready for a room makeover reveal? Like, a biiiig room makeover reveal! Because that's what you're in for today. I've been working up to this post for a looong time, and although there are other changes that will probably be made to this room, I think it's finally to a point where I can put my perfectionist tendencies aside and share the end product. Given this is the main room of the house, and it actually doubles as two rooms, I guess I can understand why it's taken me so long to write this, and why this post is going to be so long. If you're still here by the end of this post, God bless you!

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Master Bathroom Renovation Reveal

Master Bathroom Renovation Reveal

It is almost bittersweet that I write this post today, as it wraps up the final bathroom renovation reveal for our lakehouse. However, considering we have now been in this home for over three years, I guess I should just get on with it already! In case you missed the other bathroom renovations, make sure you catch up on the downstairs bathroompowder room and guest bathroom.

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Mud Room Renovation Reveal

Mud Room Renovation Reveal

"Okay, it's time." "You can do this." "It's just for a day, then things can go back to normal." These were the encouraging words I kept telling myself when preparing for this room renovation reveal. Why? Because it's the Mud Room. The room we enter through after being outside and dirty all day. The room we lock the dogs in when we're too lazy to clean them. The room we use as overflow storage. The room that has a never ending pile of laundry next to the washer. So, as you can imagine, the thought of getting this room photo-worthy was daunting to say the least. It meant I had to clean up our 'real-life' clutter and present it as a tidy and organized space. Trust me, I tried to photograph it 'as-is' and those pictures were less than appealing. I learned long ago I'm no June Clever when it comes to being a domesticated house wife.

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Condo Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Condo Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Oh yes, it's time for another renovation reveal today! To mix it up, today I am sharing a project we just finished at our condo. Since we purchased the lake house almost three years ago, the majority of our attention has been focused on renovating that home. The lake house is finally to the point where the projects are slowing down, it really feels like a comfortable and inviting space, and we can sit back and relax. Oh wait, I take that last part back. Sit back and relax? I'm still working on that one! Because we had been so focused on the lake house, our condo has been treated like the cast off, neglected step child. But, last Fall we agreed to spend the Winter shifting our focus back to some condo projects. Well, Winter became Spring, and now with Summer right around the corner, we finally have completed the bathroom renovation. Just in time to sit back and relax all Summer, right?! Doubtful.

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Nautical Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Nautical Bedroom Makeover Reveal

I have to admit, the home renovation reveals are always my favorite to write. Maybe I write them more for myself than anything else. Even though I lived through this whole crazy process, it never fails, every time I write about one of our room makeovers, I am completely amazed at the transformation this house has made over the past 2 1/2 years. (You can check out other room reveals here...KitchenDownstairs BathroomGuest BathroomPowder RoomMaster Bedroom.) I promise you, when it comes to dramatic changes, this room is no exception. Seeing these old photos also makes me question my sanity just a bit. What we were thinking when we decided to take on such a huge project is beyond me. Saying that we were a bit naive at the beginning of this whole ordeal is probably a bit of an understatement. 

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Condo Kitchen Mini-Makeover

Condo Kitchen Mini-Makeover

Seeing that less than a year ago, the Before picture in this post was being proudly displayed as the After picture in another project, it's safe to say that when it comes to decorating around here, change is the only constant. I am forever moving knick-knacks around, swapping out one throw pillow for another, and in general always looking for what I can change next. You know that moment where you look around your home with a sigh of relief and think, "Finally, it's all done!". Yeah, that lasts for about all of 10 seconds for me...then it's onto another project! If you remember from earlier this year, I updated our dining room table. Inevitably, this has led to several other updates, the latest being the kitchen. 

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Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Ok guys, this is a big one. In the words of Julia Roberts from Pretty Woman (which is, by the way, a Top 10 classic in my books), if you don't read this post, "Big mistake. Big. Huge." I can't really say why I haven't shared this bathroom makeover yet, seeing as it was one of the first rooms in our lake house renovation we completed. I think the main reason was because it is such a dramatic change, and I wanted to get it just right, so I kept procrastinating. Well seeing as some of the rooms are already on round two (or three) of renovations and makeovers, I guess I better get on this!  

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Staircase Makeover

Staircase Makeover

You know those projects that just seem to drag on, like a looooong time?! Every time you think about tackling it, you take one look, then decide otherwise, settling for something a bit more manageable. Pretty soon you're so used to looking at the half done project that you don't even notice your home looks like a construction site. Well, that's definitely how I would categorize this project. I was really holding out, hoping that raw wood staircases were going to take the interior decorating world by storm. I mean really, stain and paint are so over rated anyways! Every major design magazine would  be raving about this new trend, and I was going to be on the forefront of this style! So I waited, and waited some more. About a year into my waiting, I realized maybe I had mis-calculated this raw wood trend, and I would finally have to accept defeat and finish the staircase.

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Custom Built Fireplace

Custom Built Fireplace

You all ready for some home improvement goodness today?! I hope so, because it's coming at ya! One room in our lake house I haven't shared yet is the Great Room. We're still waiting on a couple pieces of furniture until it's fully complete, but today I thought I'd share my favorite feature of the room with you - the fireplace. I think all rooms have features that, if executed properly, become the focal point of the room and really define the space. But if ignored, those features just become a missed opportunity. Here is what the fireplace looked like originally.

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Creative Pantry Solution For Small Spaces

Creative Pantry Solution For Small Spaces

While I have spent this past week working on some projects (but not actually finishing any) I thought it'd be a good opportunity to show off a project my sister just finished. You know how some people claim "they don't have a creative bone in their body"...well I'm pretty sure every bone...and muscle...and ligament of Emily's body is just oozing with creativity. Whether it's  painting, jewelry making, sewing, woodworking, or just general crafting, she does it! (Ok, maybe the woodworking is a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the picture!)

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Mud Room Update

Mud Room Update

We've been making some major progress with the Mud Room lately. I'd like to call it 95% complete. But I guess I never can consider a room fully done considering I live my life in a constant state of re-decorating our home. I have a couple creative ideas I want to do with wall decor in this room, and there are a couple cosmetic issues I want to fix, but we're getting there! As for the full Mud Room reveal, that's a different story. The thought of having the entire Mud Room clean and photo-worthy sounds a bit daunting! So, I guess I'll continue down my path of showing off the room corner by corner. 

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Kitchen Makeover Reveal

Kitchen Makeover Reveal

I thought it was about time for a lake house renovation update. And guess what, it's not another bathroom renovation (However if you want to check them out, you can see them here and here.) But for now, it's time for the kitchen reveal. Get excited, I promise, you're going to want to see this one!

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Bathroom Makeovers

Bathroom Makeovers

If you've been following me for awhile, you know I'm no stranger to bathroom makeovers. Ok... that may be a slight understatement. It's probably more accurate to say that I live for a good all-out, down to the studs, bring out the sledge hammer kind of renovation. (And for the record, there's still more to come)! Over the past 1 1/2 years we've tackled everything from large renovations like our guest bathroom and powder room  in our lake house to smaller bathroom updates in our condo. Over the course of these renovations, I've picked up a thing or two about remodeling a bathroom, and have a better sense of how to make a room look nice while still allowing it to be functional. I want to share with you some lessons I've learned along the way, as well as some awesome makeovers other people have done. You can check out the details of these makeovers by clicking the board below, but I'll highlight just a few.

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Guest Bathroom Makeover

Guest Bathroom Makeover

When we first bought our lake house, we relied heavily on the help of our friends and family for the initial work that needed to be done. It included everything from cleaning, demoing, painting, hauling stuff away...pretty much anything and everything! I thought it seemed like a great trade-off - we'd invite our friends up for a weekend of inhaling asbestos, exposing themselves to lead paint, stepping on rusty nails leading to tetanus shots, and in return, we'd buy them a round of beers at the local bar. Apparently they thought otherwise, and the lure of coming up for a 'fun weekend at the lake' quickly wore off. So, we resorted to Option #2 - a new guest bathroom. We figured if we were going to succumb our guests to hours of manual labor, the least we could do is give them a nice bathroom where they could enjoy 20 minutes of peace and serenity.  

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Mud Room Storage Lockers

Mud Room Storage Lockers

It seems like it's been awhile since I've given you a lake house update...so here it is! We are wrapping up another round of renovations, and included in this round was the mud room. We waited until the end to refinish this room because with all the chaos going on in the rest of the house, it was nice to have a 'dumping ground' for our stuff we hadn't yet found an official spot for. I was actually a bit apprehensive to redo this room because that meant I may actually have to get organized (yikes)! However, now that it is nearing completion, I am so thrilled with the way it turned out that I am actually excited to get organized and make the room 'pretty'. Because lets be honest, decorating is the best part! There are still a couple finishing touches yet to be completed, however I want to share with you the custom storage lockers. I know I'm starting to sound a bit like a broken record when I say this, but a final reveal of the entire room is coming soon! As for now, here's a teaser of just one corner.

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Gel Staining Kitchen Cabinets

Gel Staining Kitchen Cabinets

I'm excited to write this post for one reason and one reason only - it means this project is officially done and I can have my kitchen back! There were moments during this project when I really questioned whether or not we may ever have a tidy, organized kitchen again. If you remember my post from awhile back, I recently repainted our bathroom cabinets. I was really happy with the way they turned out, so I decided to set a loftier goal for myself - the kitchen cabinets. Mind you, I started this project over a month ago, and our kitchen has been in a state of chaos ever since. The only upside of having a dysfunctional kitchen is that you can order in take-out five nights a week without feeling guilty (the other two nights you eat out of course). However, although I've been enjoying my weekly Spicy Tuna Rolls, I was ready to have some normalcy back in my life. 

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Custom Bathtub Frame

Custom Bathtub Frame

I'm just going to be upfront here - I'm sure what I'm about to write about could be a great DIY project and a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. However, the only thing I DIY-ed during this project was pouring myself a glass of wine while I watched in awe as the carpenters transformed a standard bathtub into something HGTV worthy. But, I did take notes during the process and asked a lot of questions, so I want to share with you how to create a custom looking built-in bathtub. This project takes a standard builder's grade tub and gives it a face lift, giving it the appearance of a custom-made tub.

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Creating A Gallery Wall

Creating A Gallery Wall

So the seemingly never-ending project of finishing the guest bedroom continues. If you want to get caught up on the progress so far you can read about it here and  here.  This week I finally finished creating a gallery wall. I have always loved the looks of gallery walls, but quite honestly, the thought of creating one myself has always intimidated me. Therefore, I've always stuck with the safe bet of 'pairs of two' or just one really large picture. Well, I decided it was time to face this challenge and take a stab at creating my own gallery wall. 

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Painting Bathroom Cabinets

Painting Bathroom Cabinets

We purchased our condo in the city five years ago. From the beginning, we knew it wasn't someplace we were going to live long- term, but was an ideal home for our current lifestyle.  With this in mind, I've been reluctant to do any major home renovations. It's hard to justify dumping money into a place you don't plan on living long-term. On the flip side, I also don't mind using our condo as a guinea pig for projects because if they don't turn out, again, I don't have to live with them long-term! This past week I turned my attention towards our master bathroom (and I use the word 'master' very lightly). I've tried to ignore this room and really had no motivation to make any improvements. I think that was due to a lack of inspiration. But I finally gave in and decided even if I'm not going to create a dream bathroom, I can at least give it a face lift. So, that's what I set out to do. 

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