A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: BEFORE & AFTER Bathroom Renovation

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12 July 2012

BEFORE & AFTER Bathroom Renovation

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Remember a few weeks ago when I told you about my philosophy when it comes to renovating on a budget?  Well, today you get more info and a peek into what used to be the most embarrassing room in our house.  Welcome to the bathroom...



 That's what it looked like when we first moved in, complete with wallpaper from the 90's, brass fixtures from the 80's, a beat up vanity and sink and ho hum faucet.  Want to see more?  (You know you do!)  HERE are more before pics.

Now.  That is not even mentioning the shower.  The hideous shower of doom.  Don't get me wrong -- I loooooooove white tile in a bathroom.  I love white kitchens too.  ...but our house has a problem.  We get our water from a well, and that well must be a giant cavern of rusty red because we have iron issues big time.  Even after replacing the water treatment system with a new ($1,000!!!) system, the water is better, but not perfect.  You see at the beginning of the month, things are fine, but as the filter starts to fill up with gunk, more iron gets through.  (Don't worry...there isn't anything harmful in the water...just yucky looking iron and stinky smelling sulfur.  In fact, in some periods of history, we might have made our own little spa thanks to our mineral water...but anywhooooo)  Anyway, we start changing filters more often, using better filters, etc, etc. but still the iron seeps it's way in before we notice it.  Mix that problem with white tile and we have a serious problem.

Not only was the tile already stained and nasty when we moved in, but it just gets worse and worse.  Cleaning it is a MASSIVE chore and even with super harsh chemicals, it is never truly white again.  what to do??  Dirt colored tile!

I have always been a fan of dirt colored carpet and flooring to hide a little dirt, but I am seriously stoked about ditching the white tile for iron hiding porcelain.  Wanna see?
Halfway through shower/bathroom renovation

Next problem in this bathroom?  The sink!   The sink was perfectly functional, but the problem is that I share this bathroom with 4 boys (FOUR BOYS!) and anytime we have guests -- it is their bathroom too.  We have a second bathroom in the basement, but it doesn't get used very often because it is so far away from the bedrooms.  So this one sink bathroom -- this is it!

While I couldn't add on a master en suite (someday!), I could remedy one part of the problem by adding two sinks instead of one.  There was plenty of space along this wall and 2 sinks and vanities would at least separate the boys from the girl on a daily basis.  Can I please tell you it is delightful?  Seriously.  As delightful as a sink can be and I'm so happy we were a little brave with these sinks.  They are from IKEA, and the sink itself is $100 while the vanity was $69.  Our contractor balked a little at how lightweight the vanities were until we told him they were $65 -- then he got it.  The sinks are fabulous  -- I wouldn't be surprised to find them in a home store for $300+.  Go IKEA!
The hardware on the vanity was a matte silver, so I bought a can of Rustoleum in an aged brass finish and painted them out to match the fixtures.  The fixtures were probably the priciest pieces in the renovation at $89 a pop.  However, we touch them a thousand times a day and remember my keys to renovating on a budget?  SPEND those pennies on the things that you TOUCH!

The mirrors were $20 from WalMart and are light as a feather.  We hung them with those little curvy "as-seen-on-tv" hook thingamajigs.  The light fixtures were $5 each on clearance a few years ago at Lowes?  Menards?  Not sure?  The glass shades were from Lowe's for $8.























The tile is a mixture of styles from Home Depot.  The main tile is 'Biltmore Grey'.  Whew those are a lot of details -- Did I cover everything?  OH, the toilet was a floor sample I picked up for $70  (and I rejoiced to see someone elses dirty toilet exit the house FINALLY!!!) and the towel racks and towels were clearance finds at Target for $5 and $3.48 respectively.  Now I covered everything, right?

On to the paint choices.  I had two gallons of OOPS paint ($5 each) that I wanted to use in the bathroom.  I wanted the effect to be as if you were sitting in a tree and looking out into the sky.  We used to actually have a tree outside that window and in spring it would bloom all kinds of white and I miss it (stupid ice storm...).  So I think I was subconsciously paying homage to my tree and that hideous old wallpaper.  Anyway, the lighter green went on the far wall and on the ceiling.  When you walk into the space, the effect is pretty wonderful (if I do say so myself).  You don't notice the two different paint colors at first, but your eye is drawn up and out thanks to the lighter color surrounding the window.

So we solved the iron problem, solved the sink problem and healed those magnolia papered walls, but we still had one more issue.  Towels.  I put up 4 towel racks (...and let me tell you how VERY happy I am with my choice to hang 4 short bars on top of each other against our contractor's wishes...they are so wonderfully framing for those mirrors and I just adore them...) and about a thousand hooks.  Towels are still a problem though.  With 4 boys (FOUR BOYS!), myself and any number of guests hanging out, swimming and needing towels, what we have doesn't cut it.  Sooooooo what to do?  That's where Kleenex comes in.  They have a brilliant new product that is basically tissues, but for drying your hands.  A paper towel that you can use once and toss.  Perfect for those weekends when guests are over and the towels get too wet too quick even with 4 towel bars and about a jillion hooks.  PROBLEM SOLVED.

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6 COMMENTS:

Becky Jane Thursday, July 12, 2012  

Excellent re-do. Love the colors and especially the shower and twin sinks. If ever I'm driving by and need a potty break, I know where to come! LOL

Robyn Thursday, July 12, 2012  

I love what you did !! and I really love the tile color.. I need some of that in my kitchen and dining room on the floor.. With 7 dogs it sure would be perfect..I also love how everything you did, didn't cost tons of money and it look absolutely fabulous!
Robyn :)

Gray Shelton Friday, July 20, 2012  

Amy, This looks Great!!! My favorite detail (because I love details) is the basket under the window hung with towel hooks! That is just brilliant. :) I noticed it in the close up of the toilet and thought, "How clever!" Congrats on the new bathroom! Also, I may have to make the 4 hour trip to Ikea one of these days (I think I'm the last person on the planet who has never been!)

Amy Renea Friday, July 20, 2012  

Becky -- stop by anytime! ;)

Robyn -- It might be a bit slippery for doggy feet (It is fine for humans in the bathroom, but not super matte...I don't have dogs adn don't know how slippy their paws are?!?)

GRAY! I dunno where your nearest IKEA is, but if it is Philly or Baltimore, CALL ME! I would LOVE to take you your first time -- for reals!! (any excuse for a trip to IKEA ya know...:)

Kim (TheMoney-Pit) Monday, August 06, 2012  

Beautiful! I love IKEA stuff. I know it may not be the best quality in the world, but as a ratio of what you pay to what you get, it ranks really high. nd you won't feel bad replacing down the line if it ever goes out of style.

I love your do-over.. and on a tiny budget! KUDOS!

Amy Renea Monday, August 06, 2012  

Thanks Kim! I'm firmly in the IKEA love camp as well :) ...especially thanks to the playland and free breakfasts -- if only it were CLOSER!

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