House Update: Bathroom Vanity with Marble Contact Paper

We are completing small projects over here until we do our big overhaul this summer.  A couple of weekends ago, I decided that the biggest impact In our master bedroom (besides the floor, walls, and ceiling) would be to update our very dated vanity.

Don't get me wrong, I do love its funkiness.  The light fixtures are my favorite, and I hope that we can salvage them when we do a complete bathroom overhaul, but the green had to go.  And the white paint and hardware had seen better days.  Here is the before.

Look how green it is!  We opted to use contact paper like Jess did In her kitchen.  We figured that since the vanity is not exposed to water and since it is temporary,  contact paper seemed like the perfect solution.

First, I removed the caulk, so that I could get the contact paper to fold around the edges.  Then I realized that it was an impossible task to fit in the crack with the sticky side exposed, so I just did my best.  I will cover it with caulk later.

I unrolled and tried to keep everything straight while Taylor used a credit card to express any of the bubbles.

We went as slow as possible, but we still struggled to remove all bubbles.  I didn't take any photos of the second piece we needed to cover the side closest to the mirror because it was quite a disaster to do, but it worked anyway.  Not perfect but much better.

It's pretty amazing how much this looks like real marble.  I removed the hardware, filled the holes with wood filler, sanded, and painted the cabinets. Woohoo!  So much better!

Here is our before and after.  Next up: carpet, walls, and ceiling. NBD.

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Coffee Table Shopping

In our last home, we had two little multi-sided figures (I tried to find the math name but gave up) to place our coffee and remotes on.  They were cute, easy to move, and kid friendly. However, they have gone to live in other parts of our home, and so we are in the need of something new.

Right now, we are using a coffee table borrowed from our housemates. Using it for the last couple of months has made us realize how functional it is to have a large surface in front of your sofa.  Here is what we are curently working with.

Try to imagine the room with pretty greyish wood floor and paneling painted a lighter color.  Clearly, we have lots to do, but since it is a rainy day, and The O.C. is on Hulu, I thought compiling all of my favorite coffee tables here is as productive is as I am going to get. Plus, it helps to have them all in one place for when I show Taylor.

Here is what I was looking for in my browsing.

  • At least 4 feet long to fit the length of the sofa
  • Multiple tones or at least multiple finishes. The reason for this is because I love wood, but we have a leather sofa, so that's a lot of brown.  So I need some wood and some metal or marble.  No glass please!
  • Clean lines
  • I like all of my pieces to be stars, but nothing too flashy.
  • Also, cheap but well made

Here are my top picks:

1 | 2 | 3 | 4

5 | 6 | 7

What do you all think? Drawers or no drawers?   I think that storage is ideal, but then I can just see a bunch of junk piling up in there.  However, at least said junk is hidden.  I think my favorites are 4, 5, and 7.  5 is on super sale, but there are no reviews, so I have my concerns.

One of the other options for a coffee table is this bench from Overstock.  House Tweaking inspired me using this bench as a coffee table in their living room.

I would like to put together a mood board for the living room soon, and a coffee table and a rug are the only pieces that will be new to the space.  I made a decision last week, but I am curious for your thoughts.  Which one would you pick?