Thursday, July 23, 2009

Another Bathroom Facelift

Our small bathroom had a bad case of ugliness so we gave it a little facelift. Nothing major, we didn’t move any of the big stuff.

Vintage 1975 blue shower, blue vinyl floor with glitter in it. Can't believe anyone ever manufactured that stuff.
The light and mirror get the award for the worst things in the room. And the sink... well... it is what it is.
So I went shopping and when I got home it was time for the real work. First, that med cabinet was out of there, it had been installed way too high on the wall and I wanted it lower. Which wasn't as simple as it seemed like it should be. Never is.
Some fancy drywall patching, a coat of paint and the new light fixture installed and it's already looking like a different room. There he is, looking pleased with his work! And I love the extra space inside this mirror/med cabinet!
I put down a new floor, vinyl tiles go down fast and are pretty easy to cut if you have the right cutters. Hubby put the baseboard back down and that finished up the floor.
On the window I used a piece of vintage textile from my collection and it fits beautifully on the window. I hung it from a tension rod on clips and the hand work on it is a nice detail and a touch of color in the room. A new white shower curtain, and a nice new extra long towel holder. (curtain rod)
I painted the vanity "Italian Leather" and was surprised with how much I liked how it turned out. Removing the old hardware and patching the holes and some new hardware from the Restore and it's a big difference. A new GFI outlet and white switches and plates were more nice details.
We visited our friend John Sproul to make some bracketless shelves in his woodworking shop and for the price of a sheet of MDF we built some serious shelves. Hubby is putting the finishing touches on them after he'd attached them to the wall.It didn't take me long to fill those shelves after the paint dried. Three of my hand painted vases look great here, and a landscape photo taken from our front porch when we lived in the artist/witch's house. Of course there is a bowl of beautiful soaps. The fleur de lis are a theme with me, have been for a very long time. I don't know if that plant will make it there or not, I guess we'll see.

I found this great clock at Big Lots and it even has storage space inside which tickled me pink.

There are a few more details I will to attend to at some point in this room but for now I'm really pleased with how it is turning out.


  1. I think you saved the room! It really was ugly.

  2. I am inspired! I love that you put new tiles over the old ones. We have three or four different tiled floors in this house, all beige!

  3. That looks great! I have mirror-envy over your medicine cabinet.


  4. A super transformation! You did a great job on this. Love the floor ... makes the blue look up to date again.

  5. Aw... I want you to come to my house... I need a makeover... I wish I were as creative. I'm jealous. You got skill, woman!

  6. Melody? Beige? In YOUR house? This can not BE!

    Wendy... thanks, I have a degree in Interior Design but my prof would have a cow cause I used fake marble. (Not to mention that I didn't tear anything out.) "Only authentic materials... NEVER anything that looks like something it isn't... Honesty!! Integrity!!" LOL! Can take the student out of class but can't take the teacher out of the student's head! =)

  7. I can't believe there is another bathroom as small as mine! Love what you've done with it. Especially the floor.

  8. Teresa, it is a tiny bathroom but I like it. I lived in a house with a bathroom bigger than most people's kitchens and I just felt like I could never get warm in there. This one is warm and cozy in winter and just right in summer. Thanks

  9. We had a bathroom that was literally the size of a closet (about 3 x 4). I couldn't use it because I'm claustrophobic. When we remodeled, I insisted on a 'rip and replace' (moved the basement stairs to make it bigger!).

    Also, you realize that when your kiddos come home that your bathroom will never be that clean, or look that good again, right? ;-)



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