Okay, okay everyone who knows Joanna Gaines loves Joanna Gaines. And with good reason. She’s smart, persistent, talented, and an amazing wife and mother who spurs thoughts of #lifegoals with everything she touches. I recently whipped through The Magnolia Stories by Joanna and Chip in three days and literally the next day started to do a mini makeover on my bathroom, chose paint colors for our hallway, and convinced my husband that we need to rip up our carpet in the living room to expose the hardwood.
How does she have this effect on us all? I’m sure I’m not the only one who watches Fixer Upper and who has read her book and thinks, “Why do I spend so much time sitting around when I could be tearing down walls and building dining room tables out of aged wood?” The book chronicles the couples life together from the time they were dating, focusing on their their individual perspectives, and provides great detail on all the business ventures that eventually led to them landing their hit tv show. They both offer advice within the book about what has helped them to build a marriage and family filled with drive and happiness.
My take away from the book is that I need to start taking more risks in my life…in the realm of design and renovation. No sky diving for this lady! We moved into our first house in April. It was previously owned by an elderly woman and has a lot of dated touches. I have been making list after list of all the things I eventually want to change, but hadn’t actually put anything into motion because of that voice in my head saying, ‘What if you screw it up? What if you rip up the carpet and the hardwood is shitty underneath? What if you paint the whole thing and then hate it 6 months later?’ The what-if’s were killing me! So I started answering them, ‘If I screw it up, I’ll watch a youtube video to fix it. If the hardwood looks like crap I’ll get an area rug. If I hate the paint I’ll re-paint in 6 months.’
So, I’m starting with our bathroom. It has those outdated grey/blue tiles on the walls so we needed to find a paint color that would compliment them in some way. I looked into painting the tile and there was no way that was fucking happening. We went with a brighter white paint and bronze accents (shower curtain rod, curtain rod, light switch panels). I love the farmhouse look in other people’s homes, but prefer more color in my own. We now have a lot of white happening in the bathroom, so we’re going to spice it up with a colorful shower curtain and wall accents. There is also an original 1950’s built in vanity in our bathroom. I’m going to paint that white and switch out the drawer pulls to make it look a bit more modern while keeping the integrity of the original piece in pure Joanna Gaines fashion.