Farmhouse Guest Bathroom: Before and During

Anyone renovating will know it takes time and more importantly money to get things done. After a long beautiful summer, we’ve picked things back up. Unfortunately, the money we had been saving for our master bedroom went into renovating our guest bathroom.

What started as a drip in our bath-fitter, turned into a full on leak and we were faced with spending $500 to fix and replace a gross plastic bath-fitter…or spend our master bedroom funds and putting into our guest bathroom.

We decided to split the labor between professional and ourselves to cut financial corners.

If you can remember our bathroom when we moved in looked like this:

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As you can see the overall bathroom is a pretty good size for a guest bath, however, it’s an awkward¬†back corner that housed the bath-fitter (I promise there was sweet frosted plastic sliding doors with handles that came off every time you pushed it closed). It also had an odd header above the shower doors, but once in the shower the real ceiling height was the same as the rest of the bathroom.


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There really wasn’t anything wrong with the wood/laminate vanity. I struggled with the decision of painting it and removing the countertop. Ultimately, I decided that I just didn’t like countertops that butted up against a corner wall. In the bathrooms that I loved, there were more free standing. The toliet is next to the vanity, and we decided to keep the same layout to save money.

Step 1: We did the came up with a plan to demo, and to renovate the vanity, toilet part of the bathroom ourselves.

Step 2: We hired (in true form) another horrible contractor to move some electrical, and tackle the shower portion. If you’re interested in a list of horrible contractors to stay away from, feel free to email me. I’m pretty sure we’ve had them all over at some point.

Step 3: Chose materials. We decided to go with the same slate floor that we used in the mudroom to go all over the bathroom floor and continue up/over the transition, as well as, the bath seat (I wanted the slate to be the flooring inside the actual shower, but Mr. Manor vetoed that for some tumbled pebbles). We decided to use subway in the same stacking pattern that we used for our kitchen backsplash and carried the same metal finish (brushed nickel) that we used throughout the house.

Step 4: Due to horrible contractor, blow the 4 day timeline to almost 2 months.

So here’s where we are at now:


The contractors gifted us with awesome white caulk around the pewter grout that at least I can paint.



We chose a semi traditional, modern exposed hand-held shower with sliding rail. It does have a 6-inch rain shower head and then we put a 10-inch shower head centered in the shower.



We took our antique pine dresser and lacquered it to be waterproof.




It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the bathroom feels much larger now that we included that whole back wall as the shower (76×48)

After we have the drywall added, we some final touches to add:








Stay tuned!


How to Recover a Stool

Look at me, I’m on a roll! Here’s a quick step by step on how to recover a stool.

Things You’ll Need:

– Staple Gun (I bought the ‘Heavy Duty’ on from Michaels, it came with staples, but I needed more because I messed up a lot)

– Fabric Glue

– Trim

– Fabric

– Scissors

– Stool



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(I bought this carved Lion Foot stool off Craigslist two years ago for $10. The fabric I bought from Goodwill for maybe $2.)

I measured the fabric to fall about an inch off the side of the stool. Choose a side that feels comfortable and lay the stool with that side facing up. TIP: push down on the stool sides and feel the construction underneath the existing fabric. You’ll be able to feel where there is wood, or a brace, or nothing at all. Obviously, staples won’t adhere to nothing, so you’ll know where to actually staple. I didn’t do this and just thought I would staple as close to the edge where the old fabric ended, but none of the staples would stick. I pressed down on the stool and realized that the structure didn’t have anything actually there. It was all a half cm above where I was stapling- which is why I stated I needed to buy my staples.

Pull the fabric tight and keep stapling. I literally stapled every other inch. If you come across the same scenario that I did where you’re stapling well above where the fabric meets the actual stool- don’t worry, you’ll just have to buy wider trim ūüôā


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You can see that I’m about a half an inch above the frame. I actually added more staples after this photo. It’s my first time people. Flip the stool over and do the other long side the same exact way. Now you’ll just have the sides to deal with. For the sides, I pulled the right corner towards towards the left as tight as it with go and then stapled the bottom. This will give you a nice creased boxed edge. I then cut a big chunk of that excess fabric off. I did the same thing for the left corner, bringing it as far to the right as tightly as possible and stapling. Then cutting the excess fabric. Then I pulled the fabric from the middle down and continued stapling over the entire side. ¬†Repeat for the opposite side.


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(you can see the boxed edge above for the short sides)

Since I have no idea how to use piping, I went the super easy route- trim. I had to staple about a 1/2 inch above the frame, so I went with a 1/2 inch trim. I happened to find the exact color match in the clearance bin at Michael’s for only $1.49 a yard. I literally just put glue on both the trim and fabric and just made my way around the stool. I folded the very end over and glued that down to make it a more finished end.

UPDATE: it’s been 3 weeks since I’ve completed this project and Nothing has come apart yet or fallen off!!


Living Room Fabrics

Construction is still at a stand still. I aimlessly walk around the house staring at the 2×4’s ¬†and drywall trying to convince myself we’re not too far behind *sigh. Yeah right. In the meantime, I’m trying to move the needle the only way I know how; by peddling off anything we don’t need and to slowly purchase quality pieces and finished textiles. On that note! Take a look at some of the great textiles that will be visiting our living room:

Cotton Velvet Leopard:

This beauty is going to reupholster this slate blue bench (see below).

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I’m going to be painting the legs dark and adding casters from Lowes to cap off the horrible saw job I did. It’s funny the before and after of this space. Before.

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AFTER. We finally drilled so we could move that cord- thank god.

Alligatory Ivory:




Subtle texture. Soft sheen. Yummy. This rockstar fabric is going on my 70’s Eames style chair seen here:


I’m going to be painting the frame Benjamin Moore¬†Onyx (inky brown) so it will really show off the ivory alligator. We have a slate room in the back of the house.

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There isn’t anymore barn wood on the walls- we repurposed all of it for our barnwood island. We also had to remove our wood stove (mixed feelings on that). No one would insure the house with the wood stove without major renovations to this back room that would have eaten up 1/3 of our budget to a room no one uses and the children would be sleeping directly above it which I’m pretty sure I don’t think I would sleep a wink knowing there would be a live flame situation going on below them while we all slept. So we tore it out. ¬†I have plans to remove the side exterior door (not pictured), concrete skim the floors and cover it with our tribal rug:


Paint the walls black. You can see the egg chair pictured- as my inspiration.




Linen Chinoisie Toile:



I found this awesome fabric on clearance at Joann’s of all places. I bought two 27″ inch ivory linen pillows from Christmas Tree Shop for only $9.99 a piece- which is crazy. I only needed 1 yard of this pretty fabric to cover one side of each pillow. These huge pillows are going to be so comfy on my couch.

Pictures to come next week!!

Random Thayer Updates

With summer in full force and the holiday- we’ve been enjoying the weather and spending as much time as possible outside. I’ve been slowly trying to get things done inside, but it hasn’t been a priority. To be honest just making sure the kids are bathed, the bottom of their feet and teeth are washed seems a chore in itself. I can share with you some small updates around the house…

Here’s a picture of our garden from two weeks ago; you wouldn’t even recognize it now- it’s massive and we’ve already harvested the lettuce and about to do it again.

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We were lucky for the first couple of weeks to have a front row seat to two mommy deer and three baby fawns galloping around our property. They actually didn’t touch the garden, so we decided not to fence it, and to wait until the local nurseries had their closeout sales and get some deer resistant plants and line the garden with them. Unfortunately, after a quick overnight visit away at a friends house we came home to all of our bean tops missing…so that expedited our original plan to put up a natural reed fence- see below.

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It’s not 100% completed yet- but it’s up. We will go in and line some bushes around it to softscape so it’s not such a heavy box, but it definitely is starting to feel like an English countryside around here.

I re-arranged the bookcases in the front- so much cleaner now. I need to carve out a larger hole to rewire everything so that you won’t see that cord. I’m also loving a simple pedestal table filled with large branches. So simple, but beautiful with the door open. I couldn’t wait for Mr. Manor to order the SOSS concealed hinges for the bookcase doors so if you look closely, the hinges, are actually exterior brass 1/4 inch door hinges. THIS IS NOT A LONG TERM SOLUTION. Every time I have to open the doors, I have to kick the doors shut. But at least it looks so much cleaner all put back together again. I reused my Anthropologie glass knobs from our older home- in the Nursery. I think they look great. ¬†You can see the base heater to the left of the door. Just after that heater is where the vestibule mudroom will be-eventually- so you will walk through the new entryway there- into the new tiny foyer- then into this space. I can’t wait.

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I got my canvas slipcovers back! So I will eventually do a post to this all on it’s own. I bought some very inexpensive Lowes drop cloths, soaked them in bleach for 2 days, and had my go to lady make slipcovers with a back tie/back pleat combo. She’s in the process of making one for the sofa as well. The upholstery is just taking such a beating from the kids sticky hands, and dirty feet, that I need something I can throw in the washer until they are older that I can reupholster. The curtains are a thin grey stripe that I bought for $14.99 for the pair from Ikea, that I needed to get a visual for my navy ticking strip before I invest in 44 yards of fabric. The pillows on the chair I bought at Goodwill for $2.99 a piece. They are a tan linen with an off white floral¬†linen stitching. The stool in between is my fake thebes stool- I found in my garage- I had it in our old bathroom for the kids to brush their teeth. It actually works for right now.

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Lastly, a finishing touch of a console table behind the sofa…until then, I have my primitive pine desk. It’s awkward, because it’s waayyyyy too short, like 40 inches too short. I love the exposed hardwoods, but I’m also toying with adding a possible antique hide rug in the foyer area. You can see my daughter’s zebra rug peaking out when I was playing around.

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Little Miss’s headboard came back and I love it!! I bought the upholstered headboard with a generic girly pattern from Target- you can see it here. Since her new room ceiling’s are so low, I really wanted a headboard shape that was taller ‘point’ but was proportional. The one at Target was the cheapest I could find that had a shape that wasn’t cheap looking with the extra lower points on the sides since I want to keep drawing the eye up. I found this girly¬†chinoiserie fabric that reminds me of Thibaut’s Enchantment fabric at a Thrift store for $20 for 5 yards

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As you can see the walls and ceiling aren’t done…but at least I’m collecting things to assemble once it finally is!

Summer Cleaning

We’re gearing up for our ‘white trash’ extravaganza- a crazy birthday bash that includes white trash themed dress, country music, adult beverages, slip and slides and lots of grilling, so my posts have been far and few in between. We’ve also been cleaning out the boxes and boxes of items still unpacked from our move and putting up for sale!

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There’s still so much more that we just donated…What have I learned from all of this…I definitely hoard fabric…I apparently LOVE textiles, but have no idea how to use them. I also have horrible taste in curtains- which I’m pretty sure we’ve already established. Furniture I’m pretty good at choose investment pieces, but when I get inpatient I buy stupid pieces. Looking back, that plant stand; I actually cut a piece of cardboard and stapled fabric around it and used it as a high table….whhhhhaaaaaatttt????

I can’t tell you how good it feels to off load some of this stuff!

Thebes Stool

I’ve had an ah-ha moment!! In between the two chairs, I want a stool to fill that space. I don’t know why, but I do. I like the idea, of being able to use it as an ottoman to put my feet up if I’m in one of those club chairs, or as extra seating when we have people over- and just because. ¬†I know the general shape and style: rustic, angular, possibly leather and wooden. I’ve been stalking Craigslist and I haven’t found anything yet…what I have found is a name for what I’m searching for. Meet the Thebes Stool:

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Custom Iron Open Shelving in the Kitchen

The shelves are up! It’s been a long process, getting the corbels to tie in to our custom iron staircase (click here to see the stairs). If you remember my last post about the corbels (click here to catch up) they were just being welded.

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A couple things- I need to tweek the joint on the wall sconce so everything isn’t on the same plane. Also, we had a terrible time using the barn wood. There were so many nails in that they couldn’t be milled, so sanding them took off a ton of character which really made me upset. The upside is that they can be cleaned now which is important since our plates and glasses are going on there. I also wanted to remove some of the wood depth, but the wood wouldn’t lay flat if we did that, so they are a little more bulky than I wanted. Lastly, the overall stain after the clear coat does tie in with the floor, but I wish it tied in with the barnwood island. They’re not completed yet, they still need to have to tops put on them so they carry to the ceiling, but those won’t be completed until end of July. We decided to have them installed so we could use them until then- so I could at least unpack.

Just some tips if anyone is thinking of doing something like this- I would definitely not do an organic material left in a raw state as shelving. It’s too difficult to get just right. Also, make sure you block heavily inside the walls, and don’t rely on the just the studs.

Follow me on instagram to see pictures of the shelves styled tonight!