Have you ever noticed that you call different friends for different things?
There are the friends you call because you think of something funny and you love to hear their laugh.
There are the friends you call when your car breaks down by the side of the road and it’s midnight and you left home wearing slippers because you were just running out to get milk.
There are the friends you call when you discover that Chip and Joanna have a new show on HGTV because you know they’ll scream with you.
There are the friends you call when you need to read someone a blog post because you know they will silently laugh in all the right places and not interrupt (Ashley…I’m looking at you).
There are the friends you call for a little sunshine and conversation and they stop by your house with all of that….
….and the missing piece of a design puzzle.
The puzzle started here.
I know what you’re thinking. I can see you shaking your head and quirking your eyebrow and saying to yourself.
Girl…that’s a lot more than a puzzle.
That’s a hot mess.
This is the before of the bathroom at the Gatehouse. If you are new here and haven’t been introduced to the Gatehouse yet, it’s the little house that sits at the entrance to our driveway that functions as my office. It’s where I write my books. It’s where I dream. It’s where I create. It’s where I plan DIY projects for this blog. It’s where I sit on the couch and wonder why all the baseball games are rained out.
This is what the bathroom looked like when we bought it.
We cleaned it up and cleaned it out and got a new toilet and sink and pretty much left it like this. I already spent all my bathroom budget on craft supplies and most of the time I just used it to store extra paint and brushes and assorted project left-overs. Just between us, most of the time I kind of forgot it was even there.
Until last week.
Last week I got all inspired and full of energy and sold some stuff at a yard sale and had about $127.42 to spend on the room.
The bathroom looks like this.
Now in complete disclosure, the sink and toilet were replaced several years ago.
But the rest of the budget breaks down like this:
shelf: $12 from the local auction
shower curtain: $22
shower curtain rings: $10
folding mirror: $10/ikea
shower curtain rod: $6
baskets: $18 ($9/each)
light fixture: $22
wall decor (already owned)
paint: left over from another project SW Repose Gray
That leaves $1.42 for a sweet tea on the ride home.
I love how it turned out.
It’s so clean and pretty and shiny now.
I think my favorite thing is this bookcase. I bought it when I bought the windmill at our local auction and it was still hanging around looking for a wall. So it was painted it up and decorated with random soap and magazines.
It’s really skinny so it fills up the wall without taking up too much space.
But when we finished the bathroom and everything was painted and fluffed and folded and cleaned up, I realized…
…one thing was missing.
It just lacked one more thing to make it perfect.
It needed a vase for flowers for the top of that bookcase.
I started with a milk glass vase.
It was too tall.
I tried a glass vase.
I tried a brass holder.
It was a vase design puzzle was staring me in the face without an answer.
My sunshine friend showed up with an answer.
She stopped by for laughter and joy and hours of conversation and heart-sharing together…
….and brought along this vase.
And not just any vase.
The perfect, wonderful, amazing, glorious vase.
It’s the perfect height and the perfect shape with the cutest gold dots on the rim.
Good thing she read my mind.
Good thing she knows how to solve design dilemmas.
Good thing she’s a friend who shows up with sunshine and vases.
I had already spent all my money on sweet tea. 🙂