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Take A Peek At Santa’s House… And Get The Look In Your Home

Whether you’re working today, traveling, shopping, or getting ready for your loved ones, I hope this joyful post about Santa’s house brings some festive cheer to your day. Merry Christmas, everyone!
santa's house info graphic

Have you ever wondered what Santa’s House looks like? You no longer need to leave it to your imagination! This year, you can rock around the Christmas tree – Santa style – by incorporating his décor into your home. When it comes to decorating for the holidays, the more the merrier, so pile on the layers, extend your trimmings to the bed and bath and spruce up your dining room with a festive tablescape that can inspire good cheer well into the New Year.

In 2013, Santa’s house underwent a remodel. Find out which details went into renovating Santa’s house, hear from the insiders who worked on the remodel, and view some of the Claus’ statement home features, including an oven with 12 different cookie settings, a floor-to-ceiling fireplace and state-of-the-art toy making facility. Kick off the holiday season with a few seasonal pointers from the big guy himself.

This fun info graphic was provided to me by the nice folks at Zillow.

Board and Batten and New Paint in Bathroom

board and battenWhen I bought our house, the only bathroom in the house wasn’t cute at all. I’m being polite – the bathroom was gross. It had mold, several layers of tile, a yucky floor, broken vanity, ugly wall paper, cracked mirror… A tight budget and the fact that this is the only bathroom in the house didn’t allow for a major remodel. So I worked with what I had.

Bathroom BeforeThe first thing I did was rip out the old sheet rock, tile, and floor.Panolam 8-ft Fiberglass Reinforced Wall PanelI replaced the broken shower tile with this Fiberglass Reinforced Wall Panel. It’s extremely durable and easy to install.

bathroom refreshbathroom cabinet beforeI repaired and stained the vanity.

bathroom makeoverI also added new knobs.

Vinyl FloorFor the floor I used this vinyl tile. It’s super durable, easy to install, and unlike ceramic tile, vinyl doesn’t feel cold.
Vinyl FloorRecently, I also installed a board and batten.

board and battenSince I didn’t replace the base board, all I had to do was pick up two primed lattice strips at Home Depot.

bathroom refreshA couple of years back, I painted the walls a  bluish/turquoise color. But now I wanted a classic grey so I went with Benjamin Moore “Moonshine”.
benjamin mooreInstalling a board and batten is fairly easy yet time-consuming. There are hundreds of tutorials on the internet… no need to bore you with mine. Installing board and batten involves lots of cutting, nailing, caulking and painting. Oh, btw, most tutorials will tell you to use a nail gun. Well, I don’t have one so I used a regular hammer and finishing nails. It worked just fine, but one of these days I’d love to get a nail gun.

bathroom refreshThis board and batten isn’t just pretty, it’s also practical. In a small bathroom, every inch counts and you want it to be as functional as possible.

bathroom refreshbathroom refreshbathroom refreshI’m happy with the results. Although the bathroom is small, it feels bright and fresh.