Big News! (& a little makeover)

Well, if anyone is still out there to read this, thank you!  I know it's been forever since my last post, but I have a good reason: Keith and I are planning to adopt!  After researching all of our many, many options and weighing the pros and cons of each, we have decided to adopt two babies from Ethiopia.  We are extremely excited and can't wait until we can travel to pick up our little ones (hopefully this fall).  Right now we are working through the piles of paperwork that accompany adoption, which hopefully is a good enough excuse for my absence!  :)
Right now I plan to keep updating the blog with new projects (hello, nursery decor!), but we'll see how things go after we have two children under the age of one in our house.

I have found a little bit of time lately to work on one or two projects, one of which is our hall bathroom.  This is what it looked like this morning:
The flat orangey-camel paint had to go.  Luckily, last night at Home Depot I found a gallon of a dark dusty blue color on the "oops" paint shelf for $5.

I also wasn't sure what to do about the mirror situation.  When we bought the house we asked our builder not to install mirrors so that we could add nicer framed mirrors of our own.  (And we were able to apply a credit from the cost of the mirrors towards other upgrades we wanted.)  We hung a plain framed mirror for a while, but then I found this at a yard sale for $10 and knew it belonged in this bathroom.
The only problem was it was much too small for the space above the sink.  I played around for a little while with the idea of doing some kind of decorative outline around the outside of the mirror to visually bulk it up (kinda like the painted headboard below), but I just wasn't sure if it would look right.
Then I found these and knew they would be perfect.  I added them to my Christmas wish list and my in-laws were sweet enough to buy them for me!

So with my $5 paint, my $10's worth of mirrors, and a switch with the upstairs bathroom's shower curtain and bath mat, this is what I've got:
Not bad for $15 and a little elbow grease, right?  I still have some accessorizing to do, and I have plans for the vanity light (of course!).  But for now I'm happy with how it looks. 

I've also been working on our laundry room and have started searching for fabrics and paint colors for the nursery, so keep checking back! 
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Karen said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it! The color is gorgeous (why don't i ever get lucky with the oops shelf??), and the mirrors are divine.

And good luck and congrats on the adoption plans. Hope everything goes well.

fairfieldhouse said... Best Blogger Tips


This is my first visit to your blog and I'm so happy I popped in. First off, congrats on the adoptions! Your lives are about to change in ways you cannot imagine and I will be here to watch your progress on your home and family. Love the look of the mirrors and so jealous you discovered the main piece at a yard sale for $10! I'm new to the land of blog but invite you to stop by when you find the time.

Happy New Year!

LeslieJeff1102 said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on your plans for adoption! I can't wait to see your life as parents unfold on the blog! The bathroom looks beautiful, and I look forward to seeing your nursery plans!

Pine Tree Home said... Best Blogger Tips

Best wishes to you in the coming year! BTW, love the mirrors.

Jenna said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so fun! Love those little mirrors! And congrats on the adoption! My hubby and I want to adopt someday. I have friends that brought home three little ones from Ethiopia this year. What an adventure, but they LOVE it!

Victoria said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, you weren't joking about big news! The adoption sounds wonderful! Looking forward to hearing more about it.

Love the bathroom makeover as well.

Miss Mustard Seed said... Best Blogger Tips

That $10.00 yard sale mirror is amazing! Great find. AND how exciting to be adopting two babies at once. You are going to be a busy girl. It's good to hear from you and you were missed. Keep us all posted.

The Domestic Princess said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! That is big news! Congrats

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said... Best Blogger Tips

Your bathroom makeover is so pretty and so creative! I love the blue color~ congrats on the adoption, if you come by my blog and look at my sidebar, you will see a pic of my daughter Katie, who we adopted as a newborn~ I have a bio son and there is no difference!

Miss Guimba said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! I love what you did with the mirrors! They made the bathroom so elegant! And congratulations on the adoption. Coming from a developing country myself, I am so happy that you chose Ethiopia. There's so many kind-hearted folks out there and you're one of them.

Gail said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations on the upcoming adoption! Looking forward to following on the planning of the nursery. Your bathroom looks gorgeous.


Kimberly said... Best Blogger Tips

It is amazing how that paint color sets off the dark cabinetry and makes the space feel so rich. Good job, you!

mrso' said... Best Blogger Tips

looks great! good luck w/ the adoption, what wonderful news... keep us posted!

Annie @ The House That Jade Built said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the finished look! The mirror find is fabulous especially when combined with the other mirrors!

Best of luck with the two babies! You will be a busy woman! I have a 4 year old and 2 year old & they always keep me hopping!

The How-To Gal said... Best Blogger Tips

How exciting for your family! Being a mom is the best thing in the world...even better than crafting! :) Love the bathroom, your makeovers are always so beautiful.

Becky said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE LOVE LOVE your bathroom. What an adorable idea!!!!
Good luck with your adoption!

Lindy said... Best Blogger Tips

I am so excited for you! COngratulations!

Embellished Bayou said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the mirrors! Adding the small ones was a great solution.

Best of luck on your adoption journey!

Miss G said... Best Blogger Tips

That is so exciting that you are planning to adopt! wow! This is my first time to your blog. I just linked over from somewhere today, can't even remember. Anyway, look forward to seeing your nursery decor ideas. I'm still figuring out what I want to do with mine.

This bathroom looks GREAT! I love those umbra mirrors. Wow! Really cool! Kelly

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said... Best Blogger Tips

How wonderful! Congratulations!!!!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW ! WOW ! and WOW! if this were my bathroom I'd probably not want to ever leave it. SO beautiful.

laurelstreet said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a wonderful look! And I love the wall color too. You can't beat $5.00!

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on adopting -- how exciting!! And wow, what a difference you made in the bathroom. Love, love, LOVE that dusty blue. My husband always laughs at me for looking through the "oops" paint, but you just never know when you'll find a treasure!

nell ann said... Best Blogger Tips

I stumbled across your blog looking at your laundry room schoolhouse light. Very impressive! Then I was distracted by your Africa in the sidebar because we have one of those, too! We brought home our son from Eth in June. I'll be checking back in for updates and nursery pics, too! Best wishes!!!

Lauren Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

How did you hang those hand mirrors?
I have some I'd love to hang in my bathroom but they were my grandmother's so I'm afraid to hang them without doing it properly!

Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

I have to say, in the before pictures I was hating your cabinets. But with that color and the added chic of the mirrors on the walls, they are fab.

Trisha said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats! We have a little girl from Ethiopia. I was surprised when I read this on your blog since I was looking at it for design ideas. What a nice addition you will have with 2 more. Good luck!

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