My Biggest Home Remodel Regrets

I have shared a lot of my remodel projects on this blog– from putting salvaged vintage hardwood flooring in my living room, to remodeling my kitchen, to building my own bathroom vanity. I always talk about my projects and the things I love about them, but I have never really talked about them afterwards. I’ve been reflecting on a few of the things that I wish I would have done differently, and thought I would share for you to learn from my mistakes!

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Pretty Bathroom Storage Ideas

After my recent bathroom remodel, I wanted to overhaul the storage in the room as well. By removing my old medicine cabinet and updating the vanity, I lost a little bit of storage space. In my new room, I not only had to be smarter with how I stored all of my essentials, I also wanted it to look great!

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The first step was to really clean out what I was storing in my bathroom. I got rid of a ton of old products that I was never going to use. I saw the term “shampoo graveyard” somewhere, and now I always think of this term when deciding what I should keep in my bathroom. Minimizing the clutter meant I actually had way less stuff to store than I thought.

The next step was finding the right storage solutions that were easy to use, but still looked nice. I did a lot of hunting through the bathroom, storage, and kitchen departments to find just the right items.

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Bathroom Remodel Reveal

After what seems like years in the making, I am finally done with my bathroom remodel! The remodel included demoing the old medicine cabinet and vanity, repairing and repainting walls, tiling the floor, and building a new custom vanity.

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You can read more about my bathroom remodel, from the beginning below!

Bathroom Remodel Inspo

Bathroom Remodel: Building a Vanity

Bathroom Remodel: The Demo Begins

Bathroom Remodel: New Walls

Installing a New Bathroom Vanity

Tiling Over an Existing Tile Floor

And now for the big reveal:

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7 Days to a Clean House

Keeping your home clean seems like a constant battle. Sometimes I don’t even know how my house gets so messy when I’m not even around! It also seems like the more free time that you have, the harder it is to spend time cleaning.

As I’ve shared before, I believe the best way to be productive is to make a list and hold yourself accountable. I created this 7 day challenge to help guide you through a deep clean of your home. This should take a max of 1 hour a day, and leave your home in a cleaner state long term!

The key is to commit to the project and keep up with the tasks each day– no cheating! I plan to follow the challenge this week!

Happy cleaning!

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Tiling Over an Existing Tile Floor

The last part of my bathroom remodel project was a new tile floor. I ripped up the most recent layer of tile, but didn’t want to disturb the original 1950’s tile floor. The bathroom was built around the floor, so it was easier just to tile over it.

A couple of things to consider if you want to tile over an existing tile floor are:

  1. The old tiles all need to be secured to the floor. If they are starting to pop up, you either need to reattach them or pull them all up.
  2. The old tiles need to be smooth without corners sticking up or high points. If you try to tile over an uneven surface with new ceramic tile, they could break.
  3. The overall height of the floor needs to be able to accommodate another layer of tile (think transitions in the doorway and any moldings in the room).

Luckily for me, all of these things were in my favor.

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Installing a New Bathroom Vanity

In my last bathroom remodel update, I shared that we had redone the walls and installed the new mirror. The next step was to remove the old vanity and get ready to install the new one! What we thought would be an easy, one day project, ended up being quite a lot of work!

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