Friday, June 1, 2012

Bathroom renovation happiness!

It took a while to get there, but it's done!    And I LOVE it! 

The project was impacted by everything from tornadoes, procrastination, undecisiveness on my part, scheduling with the Bassman on stuff we were going to work on together, and too many other fun things to do other than WORK in the bathroom!  Do your DIY projects go like that or is it just me?

This was my inspiration at House Beautiful. 

I considered the grey color trend that is going on now, but just couldn't commit to that, not in a bathroom anyway.  I learned a lot about choosing whites at Color Me Happy.  There were some things that we weren't planning to replace like the toilet and the tub so the whole white decision was stressful.  What if it looks too yellow?  too green?  too pink?  or don't match?  Ugh!  I'm not sure I got it right, but I'm happy with the results, and I think that's the bottom line in a DIY project.

We removed as much of the construction grade stuff as we could.  We ripped down the knee wall to make a little more space.  Why do they call it a knee wall?  

The wallpaper was awful.  It was applied directly to the drywall with no paint underneath.  What a nightmare!  This stuff wasn't coming off, it was one of those projects that I wish I had never started!  But I was determined it had to GO!

Potty room before:

The Bassman and I did the crown molding ourselves.  Yes, scary I know.  And we're still happily married, ha ha!  We used the crown molding from Lowe's that's the same on both sides making the cuts easier.
Potty room after:

In the old shower, the Bassman had to duck down to get into and out of the shower.  Not anymore.  And look at those two access panels, they're not even the same color!   Obviously, the builder cut a few corners.
Shower before:

I love the shower now!  We hired a tile crew to do the floors and the shower.  They did an excellent job and were wonderful to work with.  I love the frameless glass, the little corner seat and the niche for shampoo and soap.

Shower after:

The vanity area had one of those cheap gold light strips with the 6 globe lights, standard mirror and those 1980's Longaberger baskets that I tossed my stuff into!
Vanity before:

We used our Costco membership to hire Old Castle Surfaces to install the new countertop.   The Bassman swapped that 6-globe-light out for updated lighting over the sinks. 

Vanity after:

The existing cabinets got a facelift with new doors, new hardware and a coat of paint.

I like it simple and uncluttered.   I may hang some faux roman shades at some point but for now I'm happy!

Linking with:

Metamorphosis Monday

TDC Before and After

Boogieboard Cottage Masterpiece Monday
Meet me Mondays at You're talking too much
Get Outta My Head Please Show it off party
 The Shabby Nest Photobucket


  1. Kerry, your bathroom is stunning! I cannot believe the before pictures, you have completely transformed it! Love it! You an your husband outdid yourselves.

  2. Kery, your new bathroom is beautiful! What a complete tranformation!

  3. Sorry for the name typo above! ;)

  4. Absolutely gorgeous!! I love the materials that you chose to use. Megan

  5. Oh, it's beautiful! You did a great job. That wallpaper reminds me of our main bathroom in Hartselle. The wallpaper that we did ourselves and afterward I knew we had a good marriage. lol

  6. An amazing and wonderful transformation! I am like yourself...I prefer simple and uncluttered. Great post!

  7. You guys did an awesome job! I know how hard it is and you did great. We did our bathroom about a month ago, and had to hire a contractor who ended up having to tear everything the studs...
    It is beautiful...

  8. what a difference! we are finishing up our second bathroom renovation!

  9. I was excited to see your pics because we are starting our bathroom reno on Thursday. Lots of decisions! Yours turned out great!

  10. Wow what a transformation! I hate it when wallpaper is stuck on the wall, ugh. I've done that many a time in our house - it's not fun. I like the uncluttered look too.

  11. What an amazing and dreamy retreat you've created! And I'm impressed with your carpentry skills (or should I say your husband's?) ...

    Thanks for the inspiration!



  12. Your shower enclosure looks great! The part where it splits in half and leaves up from the wall is so cool! I'd love to see more from where your inspiration came

    -Irwin Zinkin

  13. Amazing! You've really transformed your bathroom into a really beautiful room! I love the way it looks! :)

  14. Fabulous. WOW that wallpaper must have been a job. Looks fantastic now.THanks for sharing with the newbie party.

  15. It turned out beautiful!

  16. What an outstanding transformation! Beautiful job!


  17. What a beautiful space you created! I know you are really enjoying your updates.

  18. Wow.... These are attractive designs are used in the bathrooms. They are with nice colors and looking so charming also. Pictures are taken very well. This is an informative post and I also get great ideas from this kind of renovation.

  19. Better! Much, much better! I like your bathroom looking simple and tidy too. I am so glad you got rid of your old wall design. Now, the room looks cleaner and brighter. Your shower area is exquisite! I have to say, the work that was done here, is absolutely, positively impeccable!

    Kristopher Diss

  20. Love it! And the marriage survived...that is a two for one deal ;-)

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  22. You’ve done great on your bathroom, Kerry! It’s simpler but absolutely looks more elegant. It has become bright and warm too! I think my favorite features would be the shower room and the countertops. :’>


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