Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Bathroom Nook Reveal

We live in an older home, which means we don't have a master bathroom. In fact, we have one bathroom on our main floor and one in the basement, which needs to be redone in a bad way (along with the entire basement, now that you mention it...) so really, for all intents and purposes, we are a one-bathroom house. And it's small. This means we have to make the most of what we have.

When we bought this house last June, the bathroom looked like this:

It's okay, right? Meh. It was just okay for me. You can't see the whole bathroom, but the previous owners had done a few nicer things to the room. The tile on the floor and in the shower was new, and the countertop was a granite-esque laminate. But still, it lacked a certain cuteness factor that I expect from my ONLY bathroom, you know? It was just kind of...boring.

One day, I asked my sister's husband Joe to remove the shutter-door medicine cabinet from its odd location on the wall and put a new built in shelf over the counters. Joe's a contractor so I often bug him with silly questions and requests. He's definitely a good sport about it.

When Joe pulled the existing cabinet out of the wall, a whole mess of paint came with it. I'm not sure if the previous owners primed the new wallboard when they redid this room... but it was a-peelin' like mad. I could pick through the paint with my fingernail, and pull giant strips off the wall.

So with that, our mini-bathroom redo of 2010 began. I had to peel all the paint from the walls, which was more fun than a barrel full of monkeys.

(Guess how much this sucked?)

Joe finished my new shelves, we had the walls textured, I chose a new color and painted the walls, and I made a new shower curtain from curtains I found at TJ Maxx for $18 (a standard 72" shower curtain hangs 5 inches off our floor because of where the rod is mounted to the tile... not the best look.)

I replaced the laminate backsplash with some mosaic tiles...

Joe lowered the lightbox from its bizarrely high location and installed a new light for me. (see what a good sport he is?) I brought in a new mirror (which needs to be moved higher as soon as I find the energy to turn the light bar around so the glass shades point up...) and I couldn't be happier!

What do you think?

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  1. soo cute! i love the niche you did to replace the medicine cabinet. :) You think your bathroom was old? Ours has PINK countertops and the cabinets were also pink (they've been primed white for the time being until we're ready to get to work on it)and then there's white tile on the floor and least my kitchen is nice to look at.

  2. It turned out great! I love that sea grass

  3. I love it! The niche is awesome!

  4. I agree that the niche is FABulous! Nice makeover.

  5. You are amazing! Another great before and after!
    Bonnie :)

  6. Awesome transformation!! Love your bathroom!

  7. Gorgeous transformation! I love the window you have there...such character and the built-in shelves you added look great!

  8. that looks awesome. I love how you transformed it so beautifully, great job.

  9. That's a great make-over! I love the mosaic tiles! Great job!

  10. Wow, I love the built-in shelves.

  11. What a great transformation! I love the colors and the mosaic tile you chose.

  12. This is so like our house w/ arched doorways etc, but including the medicine cabinet in the wall. This nook would be perfect!

  13. Great backsplash choice, I just used a similar tile in my kitchen.

  14. like the the window there..look fantastic.

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  15. i love that wall niche, it's perfect with that open shelving. we turned a window in our add on sunroom into a shelving area like that, since at one time it was an exterior window, and with the add on, it looked into the bathroom! no thanks, lol!


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