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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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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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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