The Least Offensive Room in Our House

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Friends! I have to start off by saying THANK YOU for your hugely overwhelming support of my new eBook Simplify: 25+ Printables to Help You Organize Your Life which launched on Monday. I seriously felt so encouraged by all of your sweet words and enthusiasm toward the project, so thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart!! You guys are the best.

And now you’re thinking, “Abby, enough with the mushy stuff! Tell us about all of those ugly pictures in your teaser image!” 😉 I haven’t talked about it very extensively on the blog, but when we first bought our townhouse, it wasn’t the most attractive thing you ever did see. Many of the walls (and some of the ceilings and baseboards) were painted pink (yes, pink), the carpet was worn and stained in spots, and the previous owner had an extremely outdated taste in light fixtures of all things. We had spaces that looked like this…

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{the living room}

And this…

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{the dining room}

And even this…

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{The stairwell. Note the sponge painting and leaves (?) on the railing. Awesome.}

So after seeing all those rooms that needed crazy amounts of help, this boring bathroom seemed only mildly offensive:

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Ya know that saying “The squeaky wheel gets the grease?” That’s kind of what ended up happening in our house. We were so anxious to change everything we possibly could about the really, really ugly rooms that the bathroom sort of got overlooked. We ended up just removing the seat cover, putting up our own (extremely boring) shower curtain, and calling it a day. And this is the way this room has looked for almost six years now:

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{Zzzzzzz…. Oh, I’m sorry. Did I just fall asleep looking at this bathroom? 😉 }

We always had the best intentions of making this space more beautiful, but with the massive amount of work that needed to be done in the other rooms, it kept getting pushed further and further down the list. Until now, that is. In the next week or so, this room is going to get a little refresh. Why now? Because it’s January and in January you do all the things that you’ve been putting off forever, right?

Notice I didn’t say that it was getting a total overhaul. We just did that in the master bathroom and call us crazy, but we’re not quite recovered enough to take on another project of that size quite yet! But paint, fresh accessories, and a little TLC? We can totally handle that! Here’s what I’m thinking…

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Paint- Behr’s Dreamscape Gray | Shower Curtain* | Candle | Frame | Bath Mat* | Towel* | Shelf

I would love to do some sort of soft floral shower curtain in this bathroom, but since it is primarily used by the Cs, I don’t think that’s going to fly. I wanted to do something that they would like but that didn’t scream “Two little boys live here!!!” too loudly since guests use this bathroom as well. 🙂 The room is small and window-less, so I plan to keep it fairly light so it doesn’t feel like a dungeon, bringing in color with the blue shower curtain and maybe lime accents? I know I want to add some sort of shelf or other interest to the wall, and art is a must too! Add some cute accessories and I think we’ll be good to go!

This will not be the most extensive makeover ever done on Just a Girl and Her Blog, but after six years, it’s time to do something! I’m only giving myself a week to pull this thing off, so we’ll see how it goes!

Is there a room in your house you’ve put off decorating forever?

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  1. I cannot wait to see how this all comes together my friend!!!

  2. I can’t wait to see the results! Your ideas look great. Love the colors.

    P.S. What do you use to create your mood boards?

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks, Heidi! I use Olioboard for the mood boards… . Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  3. Katie @ Little House of Four says:

    Your house sure has come a long way! I can’t wait to see what you do with the bathroom!

  4. It’s going to be gorgeous!!!

  5. I have a neglected room in my house, too. I have no real use for it, so it becomes a junk room, we clear it out, store junk in it, clean it out, then start over again! I need to break the cycle, so it may become my new office space. I can’t wait to see the changes you make in your bathroom!

  6. Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness says:

    Sounds like it will be simple, but lovely! We’ve been putting off OUR guest bath, too. Right now it’s still adorned with a bright pink/orange/yellow shower curtain and beachy orange accents from my college days. YIKES! Can’t wait to see your makeover, maybe it’ll give me a little inspiration to finally get going on ours! 🙂

  7. Rebekah @ Charming Imperfections says:

    Love what you have picked out! Those little touches are going to make a huge difference, I’m sure. We have a tiny (like literally 3’x3′) bathroom that could use a total overhaul.

  8. Emily, Our house now a home says:

    I love the colors you chose for this overhaul. BTW that stencil on the stairs, wow. I always wonder if our kids will look at our awesomely fresh and oh so cute decor as we look at stencils or other outdated stuff. I don’t see how because we are all awesome. But I am sure it will happen. Sadly the room left untouched is my master bedroom. There is stuff there, but not even the fake wood door and floor trim is painted unlike the rest of the house. It is the one room I am NEVER in. With little ones it is the rest of the house first. I will get to working on my room…..

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