Wayfair Bathroom Inspiration

Hi friends, today I am talking bathrooms. This has been a regular topic of conversation here at the Penny Drawer as I have worked away at our main floor bathroom the last few years. The most recent update was when I decided to paint the shower tile and tub. Unfortunately, this was not a successful DIY. You can read more about it in my original post here. The most disappointing thing has been that it did not hold up despite all the gruelling work that went into it. It is something we will eventually replace all together but for now we are dealing with it. Thankfully, the other DIYs completed to update this space were totally successful.l! Some of my favourite design elements of this room are the shiplap and the stencilled floor. Both are easy and affordable ways to add interest to a space. They were also chosen as a way to camouflage a dated, dingy floor and a wall with tons of holes in it. I also love the wood accents included with the DIY framed mirror and the industrial style shelves. My painted vanity is also a favourite which has been my most commented on and shared blog post on Pinterest to date. This was such an easy way to update my bathroom and given that lots of others have the same 80s/90s laminate cabinets, I get tons of questions and am always so thrilled to have so many people express interest in updating their cabinets using my tutorial! 

Recently I was contacted by Wayfair to compete in a blogging campaign for dream bathrooms. Despite our shower mishap, I do love what we have done to update our bathroom and I especially love that it was done affordably and 100% ourselves. If I was going to invest in updating this space, I would definitely turn to Wayfair. They have a massive selection ranging in prices to fit any style and budget. And free shipping!! I have included some of my favourite bathroom items for you to browse as well;

I chose brushed nickel for our bathroom fixtures including the cabinet hardware, faucet and light but have always thought about switching them out for gold or brass. I love wood mirrors and feel that they fit so well in a bright and airy bathroom. This would look beautiful hung vertically above the grey vanity. I also chose natural looking wood shelving with the industrial bar for hanging towels. Similar to my own industrial style shelf for those that don’t want to DIY:) And who can resist some beautiful bathroom linens! With our upcoming wedding I’m pretty excited to upgrade our towels and bath linens. Unfortunately my bathroom would never fit this amazing free standing tub but a girl can dream (literally #dreamboard). So what type are you, DIY or buy? And what style do you gravitate towards?

-Jess xx

Pineapples, Palm Trees + Flamingos Bridal shower

Last Saturday I hosted a backyard bridal shower for my girlfriend Laurel and wanted to share some of the details with you! She and her soon to be husband are honeymooning in Hawaii so pineapples, palm trees and flamingos were so fun and fitting the decor! Tropical inspired decor is very popular this year so there is an abundance of decorative items that were easy to come by in most stores I frequent. We will be keeping this theme going for her bachelorette cottage weekend next month as well!  

I started collecting items a few months ago along with completing a bit of DIY decor and signs. I was able to repurpose the tissue paper garland I made for our Cinco De Mayo stag and doe  I simply removed the red tissue tassels to and kept the pinks, greens, yellows and blues that felt more Hawaiian (And I just realized I didn't take a picture of this hung inside). My favourite DIY was the balloon garland. I hadn’t made one before but it is so easy!! I tied a long piece of string between two chairs several feet apart, blew up an assortment of pink, green, white and yellow balloons in various sizes and attached them to the string forming a garland.  It fit perfectly as the backdrop to the conversation set on my patio.

 I borrowed the little light up palm from my mother-in-law :) 

I borrowed the little light up palm from my mother-in-law :) 

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Dollar Tree was my go to store for decor believe it or not. They had an entire section of luau, hawaiian, tropical theme decor and party supplies. I grabbed lots of their bright coloured and patterned table cloths and serving trays, napkins and cups, along with drink accessories, some fun straws, as well as garlands and banners.

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I also got several items from Party City including the ‘eat, drink, flamingle’ tray, ‘flocktail’ coasters, and the ‘you had me at aloha’ sign.

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My favourite were the favours— each guest had their choice of a pineapple or palm tree cup to enjoy their beverage in and take home with them. My girlfriend and the MOH Kelsey who is a graphic designer made the ‘Thank You’ tags. The yellow pineapples were from Party City and the palm trees from Dollar Tree. Such cute an expensive take homes. And we will definitely be using these again for the bachelorette party! 

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I used a chalkboard I recently picked up from Michael’s as the sign for the favours. I also used a rustic wood sandwich board chalkboard for the welcome sign on the front porch to greet guests when they arrived (I only managed to snap a picture of it inside due to rain that morning). I have been practicing my chalkboard writing for my wedding and didn’t want to erase what I had on it so I covered it with craft paper. I loved the way it turned out and how well the wood fit with the theme.  I also found a few cute lanterns and the ‘Let’s Flamingle’ banner from Michael’s.  

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We only did one game where each guest wrote their favourite memory of the bride and then the bride had to guess who said it.  We turned this into a drinking game of course.

 The bride is a teacher and we sent this notebook home with her. 

The bride is a teacher and we sent this notebook home with her. 

We made a big batch of Long Island iced tea as the signature drink which is also the bride’s favourite. We snacked on spinach dip, pigs in a blanket, taco dip and veggies and then had a buffet dinner of salads, sweet and sour meatballs and pulled pork tacos with pineapple salsa and slaw. For dessert we had different flavoured macarons and a pineapple cheesecake. 

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I used some real pineapples and coconuts for decor along with some faux palm leaves from the dollar store and some framed prints.

We opened gifts and enjoyed drinks in the backyard around the fire after the sun went down. It was such a fun evening and I was so happy that the weather improved and we were able to enjoy some sunshine! It rained all morning which had me worried. I have had terrible luck in the past when hosting outdoor showers as it always seems to rain. I guess that’s why they call it a shower (hardy har har). 

Thankfully I managed to take photos prior to guests arriving as I was having too much fun the rest of the night to get any more pictures. 

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 Unfortunately our stain didn't hold up very well over the winter so this will have to be touched up.

Unfortunately our stain didn't hold up very well over the winter so this will have to be touched up.

I’m also so relieved the shower took place when it did as the Monday following we were hit by a huge storm that uprooted a tree in our backyard, damaging our neighbour's house and our yard. Thankfully the swing that TK built last year wasn’t destroyed!!

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 this has been my motto this week :) and my DIY chalkboard sign

this has been my motto this week :) and my DIY chalkboard sign

I absolutely love to plan parties and host. It is so fun to see all the little details come together. With our stag and doe and then this shower, there has been lots of planning and making my own decorations. We have a very busy summer ahead but it’s back to wedding prep! I have a long to do list of DIY projects to complete prior to our October wedding. I am excited to share some of them with you soon!! 

Jess xx

Our Cinco de Mayo Stag & Doe

Hello friends! Today I am sharing details and decor from our Cinco De Mayo Stag and Doe!! For those of you that are unfamiliar with what a stag and doe is, they're also referred to as a buck and doe or a jack and jill. Essentially it's a party thrown by the soon to be mr and mrs along with their wedding party that's sort of like fundraiser for the engaged couple. There's food, drinks, DJ and dancing, prizes and games. It's most common in small towns like the one we live in but it definitely isn't as common as it used to be. We were super lucky to have our awesome family and close friends that make up our wedding party help us pull it off! We were also very fortunate to have a great turn out of our family and friends who helped us celebrate and it was a ton of fun! 

You know me, I love any excuse to plan and decorate and this was no different! We chose to have it on May 5th months ago because we could do a Cinco de Mayo theme. I spent a ton of time on Pinterest and lots of nights crafting different decorations. I also purchased a lot of items from Party City and will be passing along a lot of the decor to another bride with an upcoming stag and doe. I handmade different signs and posters and also printed some free "punny" printables. It was a ton of fun getting ready for it and I am so happy with how it all turned out. 

 Entry table

Entry table

 Prize table- we we so incredibly fortunate to have some really incredible prizes donated for our raffle. Seriously, our friends, family and community are truly the best!!

Prize table- we we so incredibly fortunate to have some really incredible prizes donated for our raffle. Seriously, our friends, family and community are truly the best!!

 DIY tissue paper backdrop

DIY tissue paper backdrop

 the streamer area was our "Mexican jail" where you could pay to put your friend in.

the streamer area was our "Mexican jail" where you could pay to put your friend in.

 table decor including DIY painted Corona bottles with dollar store florals.

table decor including DIY painted Corona bottles with dollar store florals.

 I poured acrylic paint into the bottles and rolled them around until coated with the paint. Easy peasy table decor that's perfect for a fiesta theme!

I poured acrylic paint into the bottles and rolled them around until coated with the paint. Easy peasy table decor that's perfect for a fiesta theme!

 Empty Mexican food cans used for floral decor

Empty Mexican food cans used for floral decor

 The most important part-- the BAR! Handmade posters + tissue paper garland- DIY tutorial found  here.

The most important part-- the BAR! Handmade posters + tissue paper garland- DIY tutorial found here.

 Our margarita and shot bar station!! A busy spot the entire night!! It's a tradition to use this Tiki hut constructed by a friend of our's dad. Each couple who uses it at their stag adds their names and event date. It's running out of room for names!

Our margarita and shot bar station!! A busy spot the entire night!! It's a tradition to use this Tiki hut constructed by a friend of our's dad. Each couple who uses it at their stag adds their names and event date. It's running out of room for names!

 DIY sign for the shot bar

DIY sign for the shot bar

 more handmade signs

more handmade signs

 DIY cactus cutout prop for the photobooth

DIY cactus cutout prop for the photobooth

 Plastic sombreros from Party City that I hot glued to dollar store headbands. I hate those elastic chin straps. 

Plastic sombreros from Party City that I hot glued to dollar store headbands. I hate those elastic chin straps. 

 Our nacho and taco bar station. Fiesta banner from Party City, Handmade posters, free printable taco banner, Nachos and cheese from PK Snacks. 

Our nacho and taco bar station. Fiesta banner from Party City, Handmade posters, free printable taco banner, Nachos and cheese from PK Snacks. 

Thanks to my husband-to-be's job working for his dad's company, PK Snacks, we had nachos and cheese for guests to munch on and a margarita station! We had a taco bar as our late night snack and tons of people commented on how much they enjoyed this. I did a crockpot of shredded mexican chicken as well as a crockpot of pulled pork for tacos. We had flour tortillas, sour cream, salsa, tomatoes, green onion, jalapenos and guac for toppings! It actually ended up being so easy and much more affordable than ordering a ton of pizzas. The margarita and tequila shot stations were a big hit!

 My beautiful bridesmaids !! I made our flower crowns with dollar store floral stems, hot glue and head bands :) I also made the backdrop using plastic table cloths strung on some twine.

My beautiful bridesmaids !! I made our flower crowns with dollar store floral stems, hot glue and head bands :) I also made the backdrop using plastic table cloths strung on some twine.

 the groom and his men

the groom and his men

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 My beautiful Mama and my big sister/ MOH

My beautiful Mama and my big sister/ MOH

 Our cutie patootie niece and nephew (flower girl and ring bearer) were also able to join in on some of the fun early in the night!

Our cutie patootie niece and nephew (flower girl and ring bearer) were also able to join in on some of the fun early in the night!

Despite all of the work to put it together, it was an absolutely blast and we truly felt the love all night!! We could not have done it without our wedding party and families! We are so excited to continue to celebration on our BIG DAY! I cannot believe how soon it will be here. We have been engaged for over 10 months already with less than 5 to go. With a busy summer ahead, there is lots on my TO DO list to continue wedding planning and DIY decor. I am so excited to share all of these details with you !!

 Bride and Groom :)

Bride and Groom :)

Jess xx