One of the things on our DIY house projects list for before the baby is born was to redo the kid/guest bathroom. It wasn’t a huge undertaking, since the previous owners of our house gutted both full bathrooms within the last five years or so. There wasn’t anything horribly wrong with the bathroom, except that it was totally not our style. (I think you’ll see why.)
Anyway, I “broke ground” on this project just a few weeks after my appendicitis surgery in April. I think it all took about four weeks to do (utilizing just evenings and weekend naptimes), but then we had a few more weeks of pulling together the final details, too. And finally, it all came together… and I LOVE IT.
It was hard for me to get “after” photos of this room since it doesn’t get much natural light this time of year. When I took the before photos in April, the trees hadn’t all filled in yet, but now that all of the leaves are here, the window doesn’t get direct sunlight really ever. But I cranked up the ISO on my camera and made do. Ignore the “noise” in the photos. :)
Before we get to more “after” photos, let me show you what we were starting with. The previous homeowners were in their 50s or early 60s, but they had their taste was of people much older, if you ask me. They redid a lot of things in the house fairly recently—it’s just unfortunate that a lot of their choices were pretty ugly. OK, enough words… I’ll let the pictures do the talking:
The walls were a soft sage-y green, not terrible. But the vanity, although of good quality, was medium-oak colored. And I hate oak. The vanity top was creamy/beige… just like everything else in this bathroom. BOR-ING.
That brings us to this monstrosity:
If you’re me, your first reaction to seeing this was “WHAT IN THE HELL?!” This gigantic medicine cabinet/light fixture combination had.to.go.
The other big problem was that all of the fixtures were two-toned brass and shiny chrome. Gag.
My first order of business was to eradicate the oak. I decided to do this by painting the vanity. I found several tutorials for how to do so through Pinterest and Google. Not surprisingly, it was basically the same process as we followed when painting our kitchen cabinets. Degloss, sand, prime, paint. I can’t even remember how many coats I did now. I want to say it was only one coat of primer, but three coats of paint since it was such a dark color. Of course, I removed the doors and drawer fronts to prime and paint, and could only do one side at a time (then had to let it dry fully before flipping over), so… you can imagine how long that took! Thankfully it was only four small pieces, not the multitude of doors and drawer fronts like the kitchen. So in comparison to that, this seemed simple.
After the vanity was transformed, we ripped apart the rest of the bathroom. All of the chrome/brass fixtures were removed and thrown away. I patched and sanded all of the holes left behind, then painted the walls. We decided to stick with green, but a more earthy/nature-like green. We had already picked out the shower curtain and we were matching/coordinating the paint color with that, actually.
Then it was time for new everything. Fixtures—we decided to go with oil-rubbed bronze in here because it better fit with our overall color scheme. New medicine cabinet (I couldn’t give up the storage!), light fixture… and a granite vanity top. It wasn’t in our original plans to do a new vanity top, but once night when I was browsing Lowe’s website for fixtures, I came across their ready-made granite vanity tops and on a whim, we decided to upgrade. Dude, I’m so glad we did. This makes such a HUGE difference in this bathroom.
We also did new knobs for the vanity, which came out really well, by the way. It’s amazing what a little quart of paint can do!
Haha, oops, please excuse the appearance of a PLUNGER. Seriously, no one can ever really see that nook back there, but of course, when I stand in the tub to take photos from this angle… there it is. Whoops. Whatever. This is real life, folks… not a Pottery Barn catalog! :) Continuing with that thought, you can see Nora’s little potty seat and hook, and step stool. It is a kids’ bathroom, after all.
Another problem I aimed to solve with this makeover was bath toy storage. The little pod things or hanging mesh bags that they design for bath toys were not cutting it anymore. Nora has too many. And we were just leaving them hanging out in the bottom of the tub after every bath. Not acceptable. Thankfully, I came across an awesome solution on Pinterest, and made it come to life in this shower:
WINNING! It’s amazing what a tension rod, a few plastic shower hooks, and three baskets can do, huh?
AboutI'm Heather. I'm 33 and have been married to Michael for seven years. Together, we have two beautiful little girls we love more than anything, and a miniature dachshund who drives us crazy. I'm a full-time working mom who has very little time for my own "stuff" these days, like home improvement, cooking/baking, cake decorating, and photography. Despite the team not making the playoffs since 1999, I'm STILL a Buffalo Bills fan, which I think speaks to my loyalty AND sense of humor. I can't wait to pick up the pace with travel again some day... you know, when we're done being ruled by tiny fists. Welcome to my blog.
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