BAYVIEW BARNHOUSE | Wooded Bathroom Renovation Reveal


I’m finally sharing a tour of the downstairs bathroom with you all! This might be the quirkiest room in our 1875 Barnhouse. I don’t have any before images that make sense because this used to be a bedroom…that had a door that opened into the kitchen….hmmm. And the old bathroom was next to this bedroom, and it also had a door that opened into the kitchen….yikes. So I moved things around a bit, and the former bathroom is now the pantry and the former bedroom is not this bathroom. Make sense? 

Another quirky thing: I moved the bathroom entry from the kitchen, and rerouted it so you enter through the office.  It’s a little random, but I love giving a tour of this part of the house, because people are always surprised by this large hidden bathroom on the first floor. It’s always fun to see poeple’s response to the bathtoom, the sink and shower are standouts that make this space so fun! 

I have a list of ALL the shopping links at the end, so head there now OR I check out answers to your most asked questions about the bathroom below:

What’s the wall and trim paint color?! (all colors are Behr)
Blue Metal – The bottom of the bathroom walls are painted this beautiful shade of deep blue. This color is a little tricky to take pictures of because is some lights it’s super blue and in others it looks a little more green. I would definitely suggest testing it on your walls to make sure you like how it looks in your space. I got it in a matte finish, because the deep color looks so rich without a shine.  

Swiss Coffee – The ceiling and walls outside the bathroom are painted with my favorite white, Swiss Coffee. The finish is matte. 

Cotton Knit – The door trim is the smidge darker Cotton Knit. The finish is Eggshell.

What is this AMAZING sink? I KNOW! It’s so good right? It’s the Farmstead from Kolher, and it can be used in a kitchen, laundry room, bathroom…anywhere! You can mix and match with different legs and accessories, I used these:
Farmstead Free Standing Enameled Cast Iron Sink w/Black Underside
Transitional Legs
Farmstead walnut cutting board
Farmstead utility rack
Artifacts deck-mount bridge faucet
It’s an investment, but a total statement sink that would be a showstopper in a kitchen!

Thoughts on the shower enclosure, and did the spray painted base hold up? I love this corner shower! It fits perfectly in the space. And I will be honest, I have not showered in it, but my hub has and said it’s a comfortable space and not claustrophobic. The doors are plastic, not metal, and the grids and sandwiched between the glass, and it opens at the corner. I got a white base, but immediately regretted it, and wish I got the black, so researched how to fix it. I got some black appliance spray paint, and taped off the outer curb and sprayed it black. I was SO HAPPY with how it turned out, and it has held up amazing. I *think* it would have held up on the inside too, but was nervous that the water might cause it wear it away.

How did you finish off the edge of the tile in the shower? I bought subway tile for the shower, and at the last minute has them switch it to run horizontal, just for something a little different, and I am super happy with the change. To finish off the edge I used a metal L-angle tile edging trim in matte black, check out a bunch of options here.
More info about the DIY light fixture!
The Schoolhouse Ceiling Light I got on Amazon is sold out, but there is still a nickel version, that could be spray painted. I created the stripes using Black  Whiteboard Grid Art Tape(3mm).  It’s been a few months and the light is on regularly, and the tape has held up great!
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Where did the little signs on the door come from?
I bought them both from boutiques, the WC one from Orange & Blue in Milwaukee, and the Laundry one from In The Moment Restorations in Manitowoc. Give them a call and see if they can mail them 🙂

What the deal with the tile/wood floor? And are you worried about a wood floor in the bathroom?  These are the original hardwood floors from 1875! If you want to know a little more about how they were re-finished, head this way. I’ve received some questions about the hardwood floors in the bathroom, and honestly, if this would have been the main bathroom we shower in, I might have considered running tile through the whole room, but this is the main floor bathroom and guests only shower here occasionally, so the floor does not get wet often.
This is a new entry to the bathroom that used to be a closet, and sadly the original hardwood floor was not in the closet, so I made the decision to patch it in with the same porcelain tile from the kitchen/entryway. The washer/dryer is in the closet next to the bathroom, and the built-in office in behind me in this photo. Check out the image below!ispydiy_barmhouse_woodsybathroom6
Is that removable wallpaper? And is it ok to put it up in a bathroom? YES! I love Chasing Paper Tree Toile Wallpaper adhesive wallpaper and have put it in two other bathrooms and I am so impressed at how easy it is to install and how well it stays up (you can remove it with no harm to the walls). We don’t take a ton of showers in the bathroom, but the one in my Airbnb gets used NONSTOP and the wallpaper has not peeled anywhere. I could not recommend it more!
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What the deal with the black toilet? I am pretty surprised at how often I get asked this question. Toilets are not the chicest item in the bathroom, so why not make it extra fancy… while also disguising it a bit. Ha! This is my third bathroom designed with a black toilet and I plan on putting one in my next bathroom!  ispydiy_barmhouse_woodsybathroom7
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AS SEEN ON | Rachael Ray Show – DIY Dog leash & treat holder


A while back (before I painted the back door pink, ha!) the people at The Rachael Ray show reached out to see if I could share a couple doggie DIYs. Of course! I crafted up a personalized leash holder and treat container for Big Papi and Griffin, and sent in an At-Home video. It just aired yesterday! If you missed it, the supplies/steps are below and the segment is a the end of this post! 
Personalized Dog Treat Container
What you need:
Plastic bones

What to do:
Spray paint the plastic bone in a well-ventilated area outside.
Super glue it to the top of the canister.
Personalize the canister with letter stickers.
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Personalized Leash Holder
What you need:
Slice of wood (which you can get at a craft store)
Double hooks
Paint pen
Pen or pencil

What to do:
Trace your dog’s face with a pen or pencil on the piece of wood. (You can free hand it or find an outline online as a guide.)
Fill in the outline with paint pen.
Attach a double hook with a drill and screws.
Mount to your wall and hang leashes!

WATCH THE RACHAEL RAY Segment Below! Or watch it HERE! 




DINING ROOM REFRESH | Breakfast Bistro


Remember earlier this Summer when I did a little bedroom refresh with Spoonflower? Well, they JUST launched their Dining products, so I gave my dining room a little breakfast bistro makeover!! I picked a few patterns to get printed on a tablecloth and dinner napkins to create a little Parisian dream in my dining room.

What I love about Spoonflower is that you can DIY (design-it-yourself) a pattern, or pick from one of the million in the marketplace. It’s perfect if you are throwing a dinner party with a theme or color palette, and you can’t find the right fit…create your own!!  Plus, you get a 10% designer discount when you order your own design! ISPYDIY_SPOONFLOWER_DINING3ISPYDIY_SPOONFLOWER_DINING2   ISPYDIY_SPOONFLOWER_DINING7
I picked out a french feed sack stripe on the table cloth, with a blush check dinner napkin to add just a little color to the table, plus a cheeky black and white rooster print for the egg bowl. The combination of prints makes me so happy, and I wish every morning I could sit for hours, and sip coffee at this carb loaded breakfast!!  Next, I want to order some fabric to sew up some Roman shades for this dining nook.

Check out Spoonflowers new Dining products here, & search millions of prints in the Marketplace!
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