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From This To That!


The final piece to our entire home remodel was our guest bath. When you hire a designer and crew to completely gut and remodel your entire home and take things out to stay in budget - DON'T! I cannot tell you the regret we had to have our entire home look beautiful and current and then our guest bath was OUTDATED. 1 year later my husband, Kurt spent 3 solid weeks with all of his spare time to gut and remodel the bathroom! It was the perfect 30 year anniversary gift. Initally the cost was about $10,000 for the bathroom to be done by our contractors. We did it for about $6,000 and a lot time and energy.


A little background on Rachel's home here in Muskego. We bought and live in my husband's childhood home. His parents retired in 1998 and moved to Florida. This was never my dream home, but most certainly was my desired location. We live on a cul de sac where our kids played growing up. Yes, they played in the street. We have a great yard with a pool, playset for the grandkids and the location is 5 minutes from our dance studio. But the home itself was closed off and filled with honey oak - NOT my style at all. Unfortunately, we lost both of Kurt's parents and we were in a position in our lives as empty nesters. I wanted to move or improve. Ultimately, after researching building a new house or improving our current home we decided to IMPROVE. In October of 2019, we embarked on living through a complete gut and remodel of our late 1960's home. I will share more of other spaces and adventures of our remodel in future posts.


The bathroom remodel......

With the panedemic still in play as we planned the bathroom remodel in the Fall of 2021, there were still supply chain shortages and delays. We were able to use some left over floor tile from our master bath and the patterned tile from my master shower for the shower niche. I was able to find the vanity and sink from Wayfair along with the light fixture and round mirror. The shower tile was a basic subway tile 4x12 from Menards. I chose to use an off set pattern and to not use spacers. My feeling was less grout was going to be easier to keep it clean.


I loved thinking outside the box with the navy blue shiplap. I wanted to do wallpaper, but the supply chain for what I wanted was months out and also Kurt had concerns with potential the moisture in a bathroom and having wallpaper. Since I have shiplap in other areas of our home, I wanted to tie in the design but not have the bathroom be all white. I purchased rustic white shiplap and spent hours painting it navy blue in the garage. (I used Naval from Sherwin Williams). The wood sucked in the color and it took me 3 coats before the install and 1 coat once we installed it. We used some trim to finish the corners and top edge. I encourage you to think outside the box and put color and patterns where you want. During my full home remodel, my designer taught me to not be afraid of trends. Do what makes you smile and comfortable in your space.


My barn door style shower doors were from Menards and the design tied nicely into the barn door hardware we have in the entry to Kurt’s office.


Overall this space is bright and fresh and the Navy blue actually opened the space.


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Here is the link for the adorable labeled soap bottles that fit into my shower niche.

Perfect soap bottles for the 12x12 niche.

This is the link for the farmhouse hooks. I used 4 of the 6 hooks. One for the hand towel and 3 on the open gray wall positioned under the square signs.. Farmhouse Hooks


Towels were from Target along with the shelf above the toilet and the wire baskets under the bathroom vanity. The gray vase on the vanity and greens are from Target.. Kohls sold the 3 square signs on the gray wall.


Here are some more views of the bathroom.







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