Living in New York City, our apartments never had more than one bathroom. Then we moved to Boca Raton and poof! Our fixer-upper house comes with 3.5. You might see this as a blessing…I saw it as 3.5 expensive intimidating projects (and more to clean- yuck!). The two bathrooms upstairs are simply sitting there in their full 1980’s glory…seashell shaped sinks, a bidet, brown fixtures…we’re pretty much the only people who see them (luckily). However, the 1.5 downstairs needed to be renovated…like yesterday, especially when we have guests over. So over holiday break, we decided to start with our powder room and give it the chic Boca Raton bathroom makeover it deserved…on a budget.
#modernbocadad thought himself capable of tackling this project himself. (BTW, it’s appropriate his name is Andy…like “Handy Andy.” Get it??) And, I was game since all of the holiday shopping and hosting were rather rough on our budget this year. What could go wrong?
Boca Raton Bathroom Makeover
Well, quite a bit, but luckily my husband was able to handle it. You tend to find a lot of surprises when you re-do a house built in 1981! Loose electrical wires, poorly done drywall. It’s so much fun!
After a tiny bit of assistance from our plumber, Andy installed this Kohler toilet. I love that it has a low back and is all one piece which equals easy to clean. And at night it becomes a “disco potty” courtesy of this awesome seat that you can add to any elongated toilet in your home! 🙂 You’re welcome.
Next was the Kohler pedestal sink. Ours isn’t available online, but this one is pretty close. I’m also pretty proud of the mirror we chose to hang over the sink. It’s an antique frame that I simply had a local glass company replace the broken mirror inside it for $30 bucks. I love re-purposing household objects!
I ordered this towel ring and matching waste basket to round out the look of the powder room. So what do you think? Vast improvement right??
Here’s the side by side Boca bathroom makeover “Before & After” shot: Can’t wait to tackle the guest bathroom next!
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Why is it so hard to stick to a budget, mamas? There’s always some amazing clothing sale or impulse purchase that sucks me in. And monthly bills? Hardly any companies actually provide you with ways to SAVE money. Except for one. Make sure you see if you can switch energy provider to save on your costs. Here’s how I power up my savings each month with FPL:
How to Power Up Your Savings Each Month with FPL
1. Monitor your air conditioning
Have you seen those “Your Wife is Hot” (better get the A/C fixed) billboards on the side of I-95? They crack me up every time, but #TRUTH! I would pretty much pay anything to keep cool during South Florida’s scorching summer months.
Did you know the average A/C unit lasts about 15 years in Florida? According to FPL, over time your A/C will lose efficiency. However, yearly service and maintenance can help extend its life. If your current air conditioning system is more than 10 years old, has needed frequent repairs, or if you have noticed that it is running longer to keep your home comfortable, it may be time to consider buying a new one. Yikes.
Purchasing a new A/C is a big (and expensive) decision. But if you are thinking about replacing your A/C before it stops working, you may be eligible to take advantage of FPL’s $150 rebate toward the purchase of a new qualifying unit. A new energy efficient cooling system could save you $ on your energy bill! Time to power up that savings!
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3. Power down when you’re not home
The amount of money I save on energy while away may not be life-changing, but every little bit helps right? Here’s a tip: Before you head out on vacation, make sure you leave your A/C on, with the fan switch in the “auto” mode and set the thermostat to 82 degrees or higher. The A/C alone can account for over 50% of your energy usage.
If you have a pool, your pool pump can be the second biggest energy user. FPL suggests running your pool pump four hours per day in the winter, and six hours per day in the summer. If you have a multi-speed pump, be sure to talk to a certified or registered pool contractor on how to set it while you are away.
The third biggest energy user? A traditional, tank-style electric water heater keeps your water hot day and night so it’s available when you need it. If you’re not going to be home, you’ll save energy by turning it off. See how to look for your tank’s on/off switch. If you’re going to be away for an extended period and don’t have an on/off switch, you may want to turn off the circuit breaker to the hot water heater.
Lighting can be the fourth largest energy user for homeowners. Make sure to turn off your lights when you leave for vacation and consider using automatic timers.
Perhaps now you’ll get inspired to power up your savings each month with FPL! Hope you liked these tips, MBMoms. 🙂
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