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Bathroom & Baseboard Makeover

This past weekend we tried something new: we asked for help on a project. And. It. Was. Awesome.

Two of my favorite couples came over and got down to serious business with us!

We provided the fuel…


And they all went to work! The men (in their matching hats?) started on our new baseboards– HOORAY!


We upgraded from 2.25″ baseboards to 5.5″ baseboards. I love the look of tall minimal baseboards. If you’re looking for a pick me up for your home definitely consider changing your baseboards! I tried to capture what the change looks like in these pictures, better ones to come..

Remodel: taller baseboards, open wall, white paint

And after chatting it up with the ladies for a while I decided, “What the heck, let’s start on our guest bathroom redo.” Mr. G and I were hesitant to start on it when we thought about all the layers of things we’d like to do (counters, floors, baseboards, window..), but the bathroom was so sad and needed a pick-me-up so we decided to paint it and maybe look for a new light.


As you may have noticed here & here, I’m in love with Benjamin Moore’s Witching Hour. I came to this conclusion after seeing this bathroom image. (Click to see the rest of Lauren Bradshaw’s home tour.) They use it throughout there house and it is stunning.


Therefore I feel justified in using this intoxicating color throughout my own house until I run out (which I did after the bathroom..should probably buy more), or I get tired of it! I also planned to paint over the oatmeal ceiling and non accent wall, white.

After getting more paint brushes and pans at Lowes,  I meandered to the lighting section. I was none to impressed by what they had to offer in the form of wall lights. Then I remembered a desire from a long time back to consider using “exterior lighting” inside my house. Generally, the prices of those lights are cheaper than an equal looking interior one because they are coated with a weather proof coating that doesn’t come across as shiny.


They’re wired the same, use normal light bulbs, and have the same wattage as interior lights. So when I saw this gem for $40, I said yes.

Use "Exterior Lights" inside

Here’s the Before and After/progress of the bathroom so far!

Guest Bath Before + After

bathroom decor

bathroom decor

I was so excited about the new light that I took a few things out back and spray painted them silver to have some matching decorations.

I hope you enjoyed the new looks! Have you ever bought anything out of the “normal context” and used it for something else? Please leave a comment below!

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  • Reply Hannah McDonald

    I love those new baseboards! It makes it look so spacey and open. Your house is looking amazzzzing, Karisa. Well done on the remodel, you have the touch!

    July 6, 2014 at 3:54 pm
    • Reply Petite Modern Life

      You’re the sweetest! One day you need to get down here and hang out :) We can create something amazing to eat and decorate with (..maybe both..)

      July 10, 2014 at 7:58 pm
      • Reply Hannah

        I’m game- sounds like a blast! :) I’m planning on painting/decorating my room, so need to pick your brain sometime for ideas!

        July 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm
        • Reply Petite Modern Life

          That would be fun! Just tell your parents to drop you off for a day/afternoon or night when they’re down visiting :)

          July 10, 2014 at 9:42 pm
        • Reply Hannah

          Okay! haha =D

          July 11, 2014 at 7:22 am
  • Reply Mike

    This is awesome

    July 10, 2014 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply Jonathan Halldorson

    I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. This project really transformed the space and you have such creativity. All those decisions add up to an amazing home that’s your making your own. I Love it!

    July 13, 2014 at 6:40 pm
    • Reply Petite Modern Life

      Jonathan! You’ve always been a sweet supporter of me since I met you in our god sent FIG at UW. Thank you friend for all your support!

      July 14, 2014 at 11:47 am
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