Our Bathroom Makeover

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In the wake of our accident and losing Kalkidan, my sweet friend, Sarah, wanted to do something as a gift for me. She is very talented and loves to decorate, paint, and build. She even makes excellent kombucha, which I find impressive.

Sarah asked if there was a project in my house that she could tackle for me. The first thing I thought of was the horrid wallpaper in the upstairs, kids bathroom. Could it be stripped and could the walls be painted?

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She recruited another Sarah to help, and soon this became a complete bathroom make over.

The Sarahs stripped the wallpaper and prepped the walls for painting. Then they added a ledge all around the room. There is no natural light and I wanted to brighten up the space, so they painted the upper part of the walls white and the lower part a lovely blue. It’s actually a lighter version of the blue in my dining room.

We didn’t want to pour a lot of money into the project, so they opted to paint the existing vanity and just replace the top, including the sink. They also added new hardware to the drawers. We left the flooring in order to keep costs down.

The Sarahs took down the mirror and hung a new one, building a frame around it. One Sarah enlisted her husband to tear out the soggy drywall in the shower ceiling and replace it with fresh, white tile. He also hung a ceiling mounted shower curtain track.

Lastly they hung new towel hooks and another friend monogrammed new towels for the kids. We opted for the first letter of their names rather than the entire name.

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This project is an incredible gift that blesses our family every day. The girls love having a nice place to get ready for the day. The boys love throwing their towels onto hooks rather than attempting to hang them on towel rods.

I just like to walk by and look at it; what a dramatic improvement!

I’m keeping my eyes open for meaningful things to hang on the walls. Maybe a sign propped up on the ledge above the toilet; words I want the kids to read every morning. I’m also planning to hang the letters of their first names above their individual towel hooks.

Thank you to the Sarahs for your friendship, kindness, and good taste. What a gift!

Question: If you could make over one room in your home, what would it be?

Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

26 Comments

  1. Janna
    February 2, 2016

    What a thoughtful friend.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 2, 2016

      I have to say, my friends are amazing.

      Reply
  2. Julie
    February 2, 2016

    I am a firm believer in hooks in kids bathrooms!!!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 2, 2016

      Me too! So much easier.

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  3. Melissa
    February 2, 2016

    This turned out amazing- what a gift!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 2, 2016

      We've got some talented friends, Melissa.

      Reply
  4. cathylank
    February 2, 2016

    I'm hoping to make over our basement into a family room/movie room. Right now we are sitting on cushions on the floor of our breakfast nook to watch movies and it just hit me the other day, oh my goodness I'll be FIFTY in a year and half, I'm just feeling a little old to be sitting on the floor. And my girls are now both teenagers. So my wish list is a couch and larger TV/DVD player. Dream list would be putting in a tiny kitchenette down there so we could make popcorn and easy dinner without running up and down the stairs. We'll see!!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 2, 2016

      It's exciting to dream about making our homes more useful and beautiful.

      Reply
  5. Laura
    February 2, 2016

    Wow it turned out so pretty. The Sarahs did a great job. I will enjoy using it on my next visit.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 2, 2016

      Yes, come and admire my bathroom!

      Reply
  6. Emily
    February 2, 2016

    Omg.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 2, 2016

      Amazing! Come and see.

      Reply
  7. Susan Poisson-Dollar
    February 2, 2016

    Wonderful…redecorating can be such a mood enhancer. This made me laugh though because for over our 'kids' toilet—–I grabbed a sign from a street vender in Addis that says 'FLUSH' in Amharic and English. Practical rather than inspirational, that's me!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 2, 2016

      Ha! That is hilarious. Here I am thinking something like, "You are loved," and you're thinking "Flush!" Maybe I should compromised with "You are loved, so love us back by flushing and washing your hands."

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      1. Emily
        February 2, 2016

        Growing up ours had one, "Poop happens". So true!

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        1. Lisa Qualls
          February 2, 2016

          I can see it now.

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      2. Susan Poisson-Dollar
        February 2, 2016

        Would you like the sign? I'm done with non-flushers and can pass it on to you! You can get a "LOVE" one and hang it alongside!!

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        1. Lisa Qualls
          February 3, 2016

          Absolutely! Thanks.

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  8. Molly Kitsmiller
    February 2, 2016

    Wow – it looks great – I wish I had an eye for that kind of thing. it doesn't have to take a lot of money – just the right touches. she did a great job!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 2, 2016

      I wish I did too! I'm hoping to learn from both of them.

      Reply
  9. Julie
    February 2, 2016

    What a beautiful blessing and transformation!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 2, 2016

      Thank you!

      Reply
  10. DFNY
    February 2, 2016

    It looks great! You are so blessed to have friends who are willing to use their talents for the benefit of others. Enjoy!

    Damaris

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 2, 2016

      I feel very blessed. So nice to hear from you, Damaris!

      Reply
  11. Joelle
    February 3, 2016

    Beautiful!!!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 3, 2016

      Thank you, Joelle. You need to come visit.

      Reply

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