Bathroom Makeover Reveal!

When we originally bought this house, one of the first things we planned to do was gut the master bathroom since it was so incredibly ugly. We hated the handicapped bars in the walk-in shower. I wanted to get rid of the shower and install an antique clawfoot tub. We couldn’t stand the forest green tiles with the pale green walls. The sink and countertop were made out of some awful, really porous material that kept every stain (that really did not work well when coloring my hair). The sink also had a leak, and the vanity was starting to rot away. We also didn’t love the glass block windows since they looked a bit outdated, but I did appreciate how much light they let in. It seemed like we would definitely be tearing everything out and starting from scratch.

However, our first major project had to be the kitchen since that was barely even usable when we moved in. Then once I got put on pregnancy bed rest, we decided the bathroom project would have to wait since I couldn’t walk all the way to the guest bath. Before you know it, I was sitting in my hospital bed after E was born, reviewing  a handicapped products catalog with an occupational therapist. Suddenly, I felt like our hideous handicapped bathroom was actually a blessing in disguise from God, saving us a major expense and project. I decided that I would make some lemonade out of a huge lemon, and see how I could improve the bathroom without having to do a complete remodel. Now that I have to use a shower chair, I can’t use our tiny guest shower in a practical manner since it is a bit too tight.

The first thing my husband did was remove the vanity and sink. He used leftover bits of bamboo counter from the kitchen to make the new bathroom counter. He cut a hole in the wood for the sink, following the instructions from the sink manufacturer. Unfortunately, we then realized that the instructions they gave were for a hole that was too big, and made the sink sit way down inside the counter. To counter this problem, I came up with the idea of surrounding the bowl with a mosaic. It took me a long time to get that mosaic perfect since the pieces I used were all of varying thickness, but we absolutely love the end result!

Next he replaced the medicine cabinet to something with a bit more style. He bought lights but soon realized that he would need to replace a big  chunk of wall to switch out the lights since the previous owners left a mess behind the light fixtures. The lights are going on the “good enough for now” list. 🙂

After that, I started working on finding a way to make the existing colors and features in the room feel cozy and intentional, and less outdated. I painted the same dark tan that is in our bedroom, which I love against the forest green and brown flooring! I re-stained the grout to freshen everything up. I brought in tons of amazing exotic plants, a bohemian dream of a shower curtain that I found at World Market, and some other little finishing touches that really seem to complete the room. One of my favorite things is the plant hanger next to the window. Suddenly, with the plants there, the glass block window doesn’t bother us anymore! The best part was that the plant hanger display that I put together for the window was all with bits and pieces of things that I found around the house.

I absolutely love the end result, and am perfectly fine if we never get around to a “full remodel”. My most hated room of the house has quickly turned into my little bohemian spa retreat and I am so happy. 🙂

Here is the before picture:

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And the after photos….The flooring isn’t really shown in the new pictures since it is still the same (and that is the one thing that I still do not love). Eventually we will get around to replacing that once we decide if we are going to reconfigure the bedroom layout and redo all of the flooring at that point.

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We Are Currently Experiencing Technical Difficulties….

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The past week has been pretty frustrating. It started with an incredibly disappointing loss of photos on one of my memory cards. The weekend before this past one, we had a pretty mellow weekend, running errands on Saturday and relaxing at home before we went to evening mass on Sunday. Nothing too exciting, but we did get some cute pictures of our outfits and some amazing food that I cooked up. Last week when I went to offload the pictures off my memory card, they disappeared as soon as I put the memory card into the laptop. I did everything I could think of, including running recovery software, and nothing worked. Those pictures are gone forever. I was so sad because E had been making some particularly cute faces in some of them! I usually reformat my memory cards periodically to prevent this type of thing from happening, but I guess since I had not done that since E has been born, the cards were overdue. Very sad and disappointing.

This past weekend, my husband had the fun task of working on our main bathroom, which suddenly had developed a bunch of problems within the past week. The toilet stopped flushing regularly, the sink was leaking from the pipe (and therefore starting to rot the vanity and cause mold to grow), the sink was also draining very slowly, and the shower backed up and stopped draining. By Sunday morning, he still hadn’t gotten the shower to drain yet, so I took a shower in our guest bath. After I finished, I went into the front yard to turn on the sprinklers while I got ready to go to church, and noticed that there was water pouring out of the side of the house where the guest bathroom is located.

We initially thought there must be a clog in the main line, but it turns out that they were all separate problems, totally non-related. The timing was crazy! My husband was able to get the leak in the drain in the guest bathroom shower repaired, and after a lot of work, he got our main shower draining again. The toilet and the sink still need work, so it looks like that is how we will be spending our upcoming holiday weekend. We were originally planning to leave that bathroom alone until after we are finished with the whole having babies thing since it is handicapped friendly, and it came in very handy during my pregnancy and postpartum recovery period. We have a few things planned for it that we will do in stages, hopefully getting the most urgent things completed this coming weekend!

So, there may be a shortage of outfit posts for a little bit, since we don’t look the most photogenic while we are running around stressed out and trying to help with an unpleasant project. 🙂 Hopefully once the main bathroom is functional again, we can finish up some of the smaller projects that have been put off for a long time, like finishing the trim work in the guest bathroom and the kitchen!

Bathroom #1 Preview

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I started redecorating this bathroom a long time ago, but never posted a full set of pictures yet thanks to this disaster.  I painted and decorated, and was just waiting for my husband to put up the chair rail and replace the floor trim.  Since we still are a little worried about the shower leak problems, putting that trim up has been very low on the priority list.  We know that we will have to completely gut this bathroom at some point anyway (there are some very strange areas with the walls), and it is a balancing act of trying to prioritize projects and find a balancing act with my husband’s limited time availability.  For now, all of the big pieces of trim that we have purchased for the kitchen and this bathroom are sitting around, waiting for their chance to come up on the priority list of projects. 🙂

I put some vintage lace as decorative trim on the edges of the built-in shelves, and put in some adhesive cork shelf liner as well.  The two little vintage wicker shelves were awesome thrift store finds that I painted and use to organize my pretty little toiletries.  The towel hook was also a thrift store find, and was a little beat up looking.  I distressed it a little more with the sander so it had a more intentionally distressed look instead of just beat up.  I put some of my own artwork on the walls, along with some estate sale mini portraits, and one of my favorite Anthropologie signs on the outside of the door.

This bathroom is far from being finished, but at least it looks a lot better than it did here!  I will be happy when we at very least get the new trim installed. 🙂

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Easy DIY Project: Bathroom Toilet Paper Cozy

I am generally not a big fan of a toilet paper cozy.  I never understood the purpose of my grandma’s crochet toilet paper cozy when I was a kid.  However, as much as I love all of our big pine trees, they make a mess that drives me crazy.  The pine needles get everywhere, including coming through the bathroom vent and into the bathroom.  I keep a spare roll of toilet paper near the toilet, and do not appreciate it getting covered with pieces of pine needles while it sits unused.

I decided to cave in and make a toilet paper cozy to keep the fresh roll nice and clean.  As an added bonus, it will match the tissue box cover that I made a while back from an Amy Butler pattern. 🙂  The cozy was quite simple to make….

1.  I measured the diameter of the rolls that I used, and cut out a circle in that size with an extra quarter inch for seam allowance.  I cut it using my circular rotary cutter, and made sure that the fabric was well ironed prior to cutting.
2.  I calculated the circumference of the circle, and again added in about a quarter inch to each side for seam allowance.  This measurement is for the rectangle that I cut out.  The height of the toilet paper roll (plus extra for seam allowance) made up the other measurement of the rectangle.
3.  Once I had my two fabric pieces cut, I ironed them onto some fusible interfacing for stability, and then trimmed around the excess.

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4.  I pinned the rectangle around the edge of the circle, insides facing out.

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5.  Next I pinned the seams of the rectangle together, and then along the bottom hemline.
6.  I sewed it all together along the pin lines.

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7.  Once I finished sewing all of the seams and the hem, I just turned it right-side out, and put it to work in the bathroom!tumblr_mao3y3aAbu1qh2ttzo4_1280

On a side note…This bathroom is painted, but is waiting for my husband to have a chance to install the chair rail and new base board trim.  We had an issue with the shower leaking, so the trim project got postponed for a while.  Once that is completed, this bathroom makeover will be unveiled!