Interior Design

Affordable Bathroom Updates That Look Fabulous

Our house was built in 1999, and it has undergone a few updates throughout the years – laminate floors in the kitchen and laundry room and new carpet throughout the rest of the home. I suspect the cabinets in the kitchen and baths are a later addition as well.  Even with those updates over the last 19 years, most of the house still feels a bit dated. We’ve spent the past two years slowly making changes to bring a more modern, current feel to our home. The little bathroom is our latest demolition.

This little bathroom is just down the hall from our kitchen and is the only bathroom for the main floor and basement. As a designer, I have lofty visions for my home, but I have small budgets, therefore I have "phased" remodels. The first phase goals are to spruce up the bathroom and bring it into the current decade.

Bathroom Demo - Crooked Beadboard!

Bathroom Demo - Crooked Beadboard!

Last summer my husband took our son on a Cub Scout campout for the weekend and I thought it would be the perfect time to tackle this "weekend" project. The previous homeowner hung beadboard behind the mirror and vanity, which is cute, but it was crooked! I cringed every time I looked at the wall. I wish I had a better "before" picture, but I was midway through demo when I stopped to snap a picture.

I successfully removed the beadboard, all of the hardware in the bathroom and then I was left this mess. 

Bathroom Demo

I proceeded to walk away in mid demolition, and this is how my bathroom looks today, yes right this minute! A few weeks ago I wrote about Resolutions for Your Soul, and this was one of those moments I decided to put down the hammer and rest while my boys were camping. 7 months later, I am ready to tackle this mess of a bathroom, and I hope you enjoy reading along as we go through the process!

Can you see bits of red peeking through? Wasn't Merlot Red such a favorite color in the late 90's? And then there is this shiny, golden beige that is washed on the walls ALL OVER my home. Here is a designer tip: DO NOT paint your walls with semi-gloss paint, EVER. I have to sand these walls before I can paint over them because the color wants to peel off of the wall. I couldn't make this up if I tried, did I mention it is ALL OVER my home? I also managed to take off parts of the drywall when I removed the beadboard, so I had to re-mud the wall and it has to be sanded too. Oh, the ceiling also has to be repainted because there are hints of gold beige around the edges.

Bathroom Demo - Time to paint the ceiling.

Bathroom Demo - Time to paint the ceiling.

I am so excited to tone down these walls with a soft, creamy white. I chose Sherwin Williams Natural Choice 7011 in Satin. I prefer the Duration line for its thickness and smooth application. It is also incredibly scrubbable and holds up to family life!  Right now the vanity is maple and matches the maple laminate flooring. I plan to paint it Sherwin Williams Westchester Gray 2849 to help create some contrast in the room. For cabinets and trim, I use ProClassic Waterborne Interior Acrylic Enamel. Durability is on point, and it has "stuff" in it that allows the brush lines to disappear as it dries. 

Here are all of the fun accessories I plan to add to bring this bathroom up to date! My favorite part, nothing here is over $50.00. Who said you couldn't have style on a budget? I think these little updates will do a lot to bring our little bathroom up to date.

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I love the simple lines and graphic patterns; I think they pack a punch in a tiny space.  We are going to use  scraps from a previous project to create two shelves over the toilet to display the accessories and add a little storage. Speaking of shelving, the vanity mirror also has a thin black shelf which is a huge bonus considering there is very little counter space.

If you are interested in any of the products I selected, you can click on the photo and buy directly from the site! Sadly the drawer pulls I purchased are now discontinued, but I added a second option if I had to re-select again. Something I treasure in our home is laughter. In every room, I try to add a little whimsy or a piece of quirkiness just to lighten the mood. It creates an environment of comfort and allows for a silly conversation. I am obsessed with my beagle and the Netflix series, Breaking Bad, and not for the dark tones of the show. Those writers are seriously brilliant, the symbolism oozes from the television, and I can't ever get enough of it! My husband found this print appropriately named "Heisenbeagle" and purchased it for me this past Christmas. He is going to greet everyone who uses our little bathroom. 

For phase two we plan to replace the flooring where ever we have laminate floors, and I would love a new vanity and counter that doesn't feel so "beefy" in the room. I also am thinking wallpaper; there I said it and I mean it! But for today, we are going to enjoy these little updates and love making our house our home! 

Are you interested in giving your home a little update? Feel free to head over to The Shop and purchase a consultation. I can create a space perfect for you and your budget, whether you are local or live halfway around the world. Online design is becoming wildly popular, and I would love to help you affordably update your room!

Here is a sample of what this looks like! 
Affordable Bathroom Updates

Kane & Co. Prayer

My Prayer for this week...

Heavenly Father, I ask that you bless all who walk through our home with your presence and that they know you love them. I pray that our home is filled with joy and laughter and through your grace, we tackle the challenges we will face with you first in our hearts and minds. I know when this home was built in 1999, you had our family in your sights with every piece of lumber nailed together, it was with us in mind, and we will cherish you all of our days. Amen.

Friday Favorites & Birthday Celebrations

Happy Friday!

When I started dreaming up this blog I wanted there to be a mixture of real-life lessons swirled in with fun little treasures. Today I want to talk about some of those treasures.

My week was a mixture of pure fun and the usual chores and routine.

Martin Luther King Day brought more snow and an extra day to enjoy with my sweet boy. The rest of the week included chocolate chip cookies, sledding, watching “I am Not Your Negro,” grocery shopping, finally packing away all of the Christmas decorations, making new business cards and working on our goals, and reading my new Magnolia magazine!

Sometimes these cold winter days make me want to crawl back into bed and hibernate. Luckily, my dad bought me the coziest robe for Christmas, so I slid that on, poured a cup of coffee and snuggled up at the computer! I’d like to call this hybrid hibernation… half productive, ALL cozy.

I thought it would be fun to talk about some of my favorite finds this week!

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  • I can't believe I am saying this but Valentine's Day is right around the corner. (I just finished saying goodbye to Christmas!) I snagged this cute garland for our fireplace mantel. Look at those sweet felt hearts with the stitching and beaded embellishments. I can't wait to hang it up.
  • We are currently doing a small renovation in our powder room and I picked up this Project 62 mirror at Target. I love the clean lines and the little shelf at the base. It will be perfect for getting things off the counter in our small space. Next week I will share more details on the project, stay tuned!
  • Speaking of that robe I am hibernating in… click here to check it out. 
  • My sister-in-law always gives the most thoughtful gifts and I am currently reading my first subscription to Magnolia Magazine. I am in love with all of the photos and the articles, it is a great combination of design and cooking and everyday life. A small way to press pause on the day and enjoy something just for you! The pages even feel velvety... what a treat!
  • I couldn't resist these red and white buffalo plaid pillow covers for my living room chairs. They are 18"x18" so make sure your insert is 20"x20," and your pillows will be plush and beautiful. I also have these in black and white. 

This weekend we will celebrate my sweet baby's 8th birthday around our Good table. It is true that the days are long but the years are short. He blesses our home with a larger than life personality and fills our walls with joy and laughter always. I believe he is an old soul; he is so wise for 8, he will move mountains one day. Grandpa is coming down from Chicago, and we are planning a day of Carter's favorites. Cinnamon roll breakfast, a trip to the Wonderlab in Bloomington, In, and dinner at his favorite Bub's Burgers.  

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My prayer this week for my boy...

Heavenly Father, You have given me the most precious gift in life. Your works are awesome; Carter is perfect because of You. I could never explain how grateful I am to experience the love and joy he brings to our lives. Protector, keep my baby safe under your watchful eye and continue to fill his soul with faith and keep his heart and mind open to accepting you. Let me never take this priceless gift for granted. Lord, please bless his steps today and each day forward. 

It is in Your name I pray, Amen. 



Around The Good Table

Photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash

My name is Julie, and I’m the blogger & designer behind Kane & Co. I am delighted to have you here with me!

I have found in my life that so many Good conversations happen around the table with people we love. These talks are often inspiring, full of laughter and smiles. Other times they can be awkward, uncomfortable, or downright miserable. However, they are always “good” in that communication is vital in relationships, human interaction is how we thrive in this big world with hope invited in. My wish for this blog is to create The Good Table for us to come together and share what makes us tick as wonder women, faith believers, and side hustlers!

On the blog, you’ll find inspiration for decorating your home, creating simple life hacks to thrive in a super fast-paced life, favorite finds for fashion and home decor and thoughts on family, faith, and life.

Kane & Co. began as a side hustle in 2013 as a residential and small commercial interior design business and is adding e-design services along with a blog in 2018. Interior design has always been a passion of mine and blogging feels like a natural extension of my love for the built environment, connecting with others, and real-life living, in all of its glory and not so glorious moments!

Over these past several years growing the business, I have uncovered a sincere desire to encourage and inspire women to be creative in their everyday lives. Creativity comes out differently in all of us. For you, it might look like picking up a good book for the first time in years, giving yourself 15 minutes of personal time, moving furniture around to make a room more welcoming, or trying new ways to organize your family schedule. Allowing yourself the time to explore and discover your passions will fill your heart with joy, and that is when you will feel your best. Now that is something to feel Good about!

So pull up a seat at The Good Table. You’ll get a little bit of everything – home decorating, crafting, organizing, beauty & fashion and always a real, raw, never perfect, but still, faith-inspired post – all in the hopes that you’ll leave feeling encouraged and permit yourself to be creative in your everyday.