This is what the guest bathroom looked like when we first purchased our home. Now, it looks totally different and will continue to change, as I try new project designs, paint colors, and other exciting ideas.
I chose the guest bathroom as the house project “guinea pig” for three reasons:
- It’s a small space.
- It’s subject to guest opinion.
- It’s a small space! (you’ll see why this is so important below)
When I have major DIY project ideas for our house, I first ask myself, “Could I do this in my guest bathroom?” If it’s possible, I’ll do it. I thought of this as a way to help me practice until I perfect what it is, I’m trying to do. I love it because I have the opportunity to learn and correct all the mistakes one can encounter as a novice. It gives me the confidence I need to start and better prepare for all the major projects I have planned for the future. If I mess it up, its okay(Everything won’t always turn out right the first time). Oh! Did I mention that it’s a small space?! Let me tell you…. It’s better to mess up on a small-scale than on a large-scale. It’s cheaper too!
Also, when family and friends come over to visit, someone always has to use the bathroom. After using the bathroom, they will either say or think…”WOW! When did you do this to your bathroom? It’s beautiful (smiling)” or “When did you do this to your bathroom?!?! (with a crazy look on their face).” No matter the reaction, I love the feedback!
Story Time: (Please don’t laugh too hard). One of the major projects that I eventually want to do is faux marble countertops in the kitchen. So I decided to try it in the guest bathroom first. Let me tell you, it didn’t come out…I mean, it looks… well, let’s just say it doesn’t look exactly like marble lol. This project helped me learn how much I need to follow directions better (Sometimes I just like to do my own thing, even if I don’t know what I’m doing) and to use more quality materials for it to come out excellent next time (Lesson Learned!) Remember, I told you guys that I appreciate all of my guest’s opinions. My dad asked me “what marker did Cason use to mark up the sink?” (How rude!)
I will definitely try it again. They say practice makes perfect and this project definitely deserves a do-over in the future. Until then…
Next project up, Guest Bathroom Board and Batten!