Let’s just cut right to it, shall we?  Introducing the makeover of the world’s tiniest and smallest and ittiest and bittiest bathroom of all time.

BECOMING WHITNEY | tiny bathroom makeoverGood-bye dingy white paint.  Good-bye barn wallpaper border.  Good-bye awkwardly placed towel bar.  Good-bye weird wicker cubby.

BECOMING WHITNEY | tiny bathroom makeoverThis makeover was kind of a superficial one.  (If you missed the post with all of the before pictures, you can read it here.)  Eventually we want to close in this teensy doorway, reconfigure the bathroom, and create a doorway along the wall to the left of the toilet.  Then it will open into a bedroom and make a little more sense.  But until we save up that money, I spent around $50 to make it less of an eyesore.

BECOMING-_-tiny-bathroom-makeover-15And before I go any further, let me just mention that this room was a bear to photograph.  I first used Timothy’s dslr, and quickly learned that there is no wide angle lens wide enough.  So my phone it had to be.  And I had to get preeeeetttty crafty so as not to get my face in the mirror shots.   You’re welcome!

BECOMING WHITNEY | tiny bathroom makeoverSo back to the makeover – I hung up a towel ring to replace the space-sucking towel bar, as well as some glass shelves.  Well, lemme be honest.  My Dad hung the shelves.  The day I hung all this stuff, I installed a total of two towel rings, one towel bar, one toilet paper holder, and one mirror (all in other rooms, obviously).  When I got to the glass shelves I had a crisis and literally could not screw another anchor into our old school drywall made of concrete.  Dad to the rescue!

BECOMING-_-tiny-bathroom-makeover-11The walls are a putty color – Frappe by Valspar.  I love this color!  The pictures don’t really do this complex color justice, but the color is a great shade of gray.

Usually I love to decorate with all the colors and all the patterns, but I decided to keep my color scheme small so as not to overwhelm the room.  Timothy feels like no man should be forced to use a restroom so small, so I took my liberty in picking pink as one of the main colors.  Ha!  I also used black, white, and gold.

BECOMING-_-tiny-bathroom-makeover-10These great vintage pink and white hand towels are from my Grandma.  The artwork in the black frame was handmade by me.  The frame came with a really boring off-white photo mat, so I traced the mat onto some polka dot scrapbook paper and cut it out.  I lettered the saying with a Sharpie pen and a metallic gold pen.  And who doesn’t want to hear/read a little pick-me-up when she’s looking in the mirror?

BECOMING WHITNEY | tiny bathroom makeoverOn the shelf below, I made some little flowers with yarn poms and paper straws.  This gold frame was one of the only shelf decorations I had to buy, but on clearance at Target for under a dollar, I figured it was worth the splurge.  Ha!  I used Rachel’s awesome tutorial for some free and easy art.

Side story about the cross in the artwork:  I originally wanted to create a stencil and paint swiss crosses all over the bathroom walls like faux wallpaper.  I thought it would be awesome.  Timothy thought it would be horrible.  The more work I did on the bathroom, the more I came to realize that he was correct.  I never like admitting that I’m wrong, so I made a little cross art to keep me humble.  Ha!

BECOMING-_-tiny-bathroom-makeover-12Fluffy and furry bathroom rugs make me feel icky, so I was glad to find this black and white rug in Target’s kitchen section.  And I’m pretty sure that I’ve been in airplane bathrooms larger than this one.  Ha!

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So there it is.  One of the first rooms in our house *nearly* completely done!  The only thing that’s left is the wood trim, but I’ll be painting it when I tackle the rest of this hall.  We don’t plan to knock down walls and rearrange this bathroom for a while, so I’m definitely glad to spend a little bit now to make it look a lot less hideous.

Have you all been up to any DIY or home projects lately?  Spring is such a great time to work on things around the house.  And besides, painting and making art is infinitely more fun than spring cleaning.

~Whitney

 

On March 14, 2014 · 4 Comments · In DIY, Home
 

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If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

~C.S. Lewis

Quotes.  I love them.

I logged in to my old e-mail the other day and, after deleting all the years of spam and such that had built up, I found some e-mails from my high school and college days.  The fact that it’s been five years since I was in college is astounding.  I still don’t feel like a grown up.  Please tell me that will come some day.

I was so happy to find some e-mails from one of my best friends in college.  He and I met at a campus ministry meeting.  We were both passionate about ministry and were both at this very secular college in the very liberal arts program.  So we kind of naturally created a friendship and helped make sure we kept each other on track.  We would send each other these loooong e-mails with quotes from philosophers and generals and authors and leaders.  We would try to impress and outdo each other with the deepest quote and the biggest words.

Nerdy?  Very.  But awesome?  Totally.

(Side note.  One day I was on my way to meet him to hang out when I saw him talking to a girl from our campus ministry group.  I thought that they would make a great couple and that I should try to do some matchmaking.  Well, I’m a horrible matchmaker and never got them together.  But now, years later, they are happily married to each other.  Through no doing of my own.  Sooooo, maybe I’m better than I thought I was?  Ha!)

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I was in college for Sociology, but was taking more and more classes on literature and writing.  College is a crazy time in any young person’s life, but for me it was abundantly so.  I think I used these “deep” quotes and ideas to try and make sense of life.  I turned to words.  I started writing these complicated papers about life and meaning and God.  I got straight A’s, but I just wasn’t content.  I had no clue what I was doing or what I was supposed to be doing or what I was going to end up doing.

So, I took a break from college.  My grandfather had just died and I wanted to be home with my family.  I thought it would help me find my place.  And maybe it would help me answer the whole what-am-I-supposed-to-be-doing-in-life question.

To make a long story a bit less long, once I made the decision to leave college, the pieces all started to fall into place.  I immersed myself in my home church and stopped looking for deep quotes to direct and label me.  Once I stopped trying so hard to find myself, contentment came.  Oh, and I met my husband. (hooray!)  I was able to answer the whole doing question with a joyful and confident “I do.”  I do to ministry.  I do to who God says I am.  I do to a Godly marriage.  I do to contentment and peace and joy. 

Everyone’s path is different.  Mine just brought me back home.

Now I’m back to writing.  I write all the time about life and meaning and God and ugly bathrooms.  Ha!  And I’m still enamored with quotes.  But instead of trying to impress myself with how deep I am, I just write the quotes on my chalkboard with little swirls and flourishes and flowers.  My English professor would be so proud.

~Whitney

 

On March 11, 2014 · 2 Comments · In Lovely Life
 

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Sometimes love is exuberant and loud and extravagant.  It’s romance and roses and chocolates and Facebook PDA.  It’s big displays and surprise dates.  It’s glamorous and exciting and thrilling and unmistakable.

That kind of love is what is exalted in the movies and written about in novels and marketed as true love.

But sometimes love isn’t as glamorous.  Sometimes it’s compromising over budgets and taking care of business.  Sometimes love is arguing over things because you care about each other too much to avoid important issues.  It’s taking out the trash and spraying extra stain remover on his collars and pulling the covers over her feet when she kicks them out in the night.

Sometimes love is asking for help cleaning the house and walking in on him taking the chandelier apart and cleaning every inch until it looked as new as it did in 1982.

The awesome thing about marriage, and the thing I never understood or believed until I was married, is that you have to have both.  You have to have the exciting and the mundane.  When I walked in on my husband standing on the ladder dusting with Windex (??? ha! he’s cute), my heart melted and jumped around all at the same time.  He’s not just in this for the show and excitement and the romance.  He’s in this for the hard, the every day, the unglamorous, and the unseen.

(Yes, cleaning a chandelier isn’t the hardest thing we’ve been through.  Obviously.  Let’s just say the chandelier is a metaphor. ha!)

You need the romance and the big moments and the emotion to remind you of why you fell in love in the first place.  To keep the spark still a’sparkin’.  And you need the consistency and every day moments to remind you that love is deeper than just emotion.  That you’re in this together, forever.

Love is glamorous and it is hard.  And it is so much better than I ever imagined.

~Whitney

On March 7, 2014 · 5 Comments · In Mr. and Mrs.
 

We will be having guests this weekend, and in true-to-myself fashion, I haven’t even started cleaning the house.  I’ve just started some house projects.  Hello, welcome to my house!  It may be covered in cobwebs and dust but at least we have a new towel rack in the bathroom!  Fannnncy.

Sometimes starting projects overwhelms me.  I have so many goals and plans and dreams and visions for our house that I don’t know where to begin.  In this case, I only had a small time frame to work on the chosen project and an even smaller budget.

So I looked around and decided to tackle our guest bathroom.  It will be used by our guests and is probably the worst spot in the whole house.  It’s seriously bad.

It was charming when we first got our house.  Oh, what a teeny bathroom!  When you sit down your knees touch the wall?  How quaint!  Oh, and a sliding door thing?  How quirky!

We actually didn’t use it very often until the toilet in our main bathroom upstairs started running water.  One gigantic water bill later, we decreed that bathroom unusable until it was fixed.  (Spoiler alert: my handy husband fixed it!  He’s so dreamy.)  So we’ve been using the guest bathroom and have really noticed how annoying it is.

Prepare your eyes.  And your Pinterest pinning button.  You’re gonna want to pin this goodness.

BECOMING-tiny-bathroomThis is what you see when you just glance at the bathroom.  The expandable door/slider thing doesn’t fold all the way back into the door frame.  So you see a sliver of goodness.  Cramped goodness.

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We haven’t changed one thing in this bathroom since we moved in.  Well, I placed some colorful glass vases and bottles in the shelves in a last ditch effort to inject some color.  I previously had some picture frames in the shelves, but that ended badly.  I know this look awful.  Hideous in fact.  A few months ago I tried to take down the storage unit, but it was bolted into the wall with super strength anchors.  Pulling it down would have left huge holes in the wall.  Since spackle is not the Gothra’s friend, I decided to just leave it for another day.

Which is today!  The time is now!  Shelves, you are coming down!!  Muahaha.

BECOMING-tiny-bathroom-2Oh, and lest I forget the best part, we have some nice 1992-style wallpaper border.  I tell you, this bathroom is just a treat for the eyes.

BECOMING-tiny-bathroom-3We seriously haven’t touched the bathroom since we moved in.  This picture of the handrail should be proof of that.  It also shows how teensy this bathroom is.

So what are the plans for the bathroom?  The doorway is too narrow for a conventional door, and even if we put a door in, we’d have to keep it shut all the time due to the location.  Eventually we want to close off the wall with the doorway, reconfigure the layout of the bathroom, and create a doorway on this wall that is holding the toilet paper.  On the other side of that wall is a bedroom.  That’s the long term goal.

The short term goal is to remove the shelves, handrail, and the towel bar, spackle all 14 anchor holes (yes, I counted, and yes, the previous owners LOVED them some anchors), and paint the bathroom.  Then with a few accessories it should look a lot better.

The room is currently *almost* finished.  I may have lost my temper a few times in the process, though.

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BECOMING-tiny-bathroom-4In case you’re wondering, THAT was fun.

Hopefully I’ll have some pictures for you by Friday.  Right now the project is on hold until my Dad can come over.  I may or may not have broken something in the wall, so there’s that.  But at least I bought a cute new candle and soap for the bathroom.  I’m totally ready for company.  Ha!

~Whitney

On February 26, 2014 · 6 Comments · In Home
 

If there’s an opportunity to knit, I’m so there.  I’m just waiting for speed knitting to become an Olympic sport.  The knitters could knit in a cozy yarn-bombed arena as fans throw balls of yarn and chocolates at them.  I’d watch that.

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Last year for my birthday, my sweet husband got me a new iPhone.  I took forever to decide on a phone case, so in the meantime I knit a little pouch to keep it safe.  The last time I got a new phone I kept it in a knit hat until I could get a case.  Trying to avoid that past ridicule, I busted out this little guy.

BECOMING-knit-phone-case-1I cast on stitches until I got the proper amount to make a snug case, and then I knit a little fair isle pattern based on this pin.  I knit a provisional cast on, started from the bottom, and then went back and did a kitchener stitch to close up the bottom opening.

See, knitting commentary at the Olympics would be fascinating.  Ha!

BECOMING-knit-ipad-mini-caseThen for Christmas, my parents completely surprised me with an iPad mini.  I know, best family ever.  So I quickly knit up a fair isle case for my iPad.  This isn’t a case I plan on keeping forever, but it was so much fun to make!

BECOMING-knit-ipad-mini-case-2I used the phone case to find out my gauge and then did some math to figure out how many stitches to cast on for my iPad case.  (See kids, stay in school.  You’ll need math for really cool things like knitting.)  If I were to do it again, I would make it a little bit snugger since knit stretches a lot.  I probably wouldn’t do an i-cord bind off as well.  It looks really cool, but it stretches out the opening quite a bit.  I also wouldn’t use such cheap yarn if I planned on keeping this case for awhile.  I used some yarn from Walmart (the horror!) and it fuzzed up within the first few hours of use.

For the fair isle parts I found a few random charts online, but I designed most of them myself with some graph paper.  The case is lined with some felt so the side buttons don’t get caught on stitches.

For both cases, I crocheted a button and a chain loop for the closure.

BECOMING-knit-ipad-mini-case-1I love little projects like this that you can finish in a day.

What have you all been working on recently?  And do you totally see the potential in knitting Olympics?  Surely there’s a petition we could sign somewhere.

~Whitney

On February 21, 2014 · 3 Comments · In Crochet & Knit