Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bathroom Unveiling

Friends, I honestly thought this day may never come. It has been nearly 7 months in the making, and this is by far the smallest room in our house. I guess what I'm trying to say is, the house should be finished by roughly 2013.

When we moved in, not quite 2 years ago, the upstairs bathroom looked something like this:

Sponge paint! Peach and mint green! (Did anyone out there use those colors for their wedding? I remember that being all the rage around 1990.)

Puffy toilet seat alert! They really creep me out.


This past Christmas, the room took a real turn for the worse.
Once everything was torn out, the real fun began.

I've always wanted to try installing horizontal paneling and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. We installed it backwards, so it had more of a rough-hewn finish, and we did not sand it smooth. It has a rustic presence, in person. And it was very cheap.

Sidenote: For the first time ever, I painted a room, hated it immediately, and painted it again. We are kind of cheap-skatish around here and I thought I could get by with using the bright turquoise paint from the toy room, but it just didn't fly in this tiny space. It was jarring. It screamed "Clown Bathroom", which wasn't the look I was going for.

This bathroom was challenging because it is small and has a very odd shape. It will mostly be used by the kids and guests, but I didn't want it to have a "little kid" feel. I wanted it to be something that would grow with our family and flow with the rest of the house.

Look closely and you'll see that the "wall" behind the vanity is super short. I have to duck down to look in the mirror and I have hit my head on the "ceiling" more times than I can count. Old farmhouses have character, right?!

The vanity cabinet is very tiny. We looked at Lowes and Home Depot and found a couple of stock cabinets that were made of particle board and cost around $200. We almost went with a "scratch & dent" model that was marked down, then my brain kicked into gear. We called a local cabinet maker and they were able to custom build a solid wood cabinet with a perfect, glossy finish for under $150. Score! The faucets were found inexpensively on Ebay.

From the start, my inspiration for the room has been vintage maps. Specifically, I was inspired by the bathroom designed by Heather Chadduck (my FAVE!) for Cottage Living magazine (R.I.P.).
A light and airy remodeled bathroom
We quickly discoverd that decoupaging maps to the wall would be a very permanent fix, and I was a little concerned that they would be too busy in such a small room with only one tiny window and not much space for other items to break up landscape.

Instead, I decided to decoupage old maps into old, white frames. For a personal touch, we used maps of Korea (for Calvin), Africa (Ruby is half Malawan), Indiana and the USA.



No clue what that round thing is, but I love it! The blue shelf hung over Calvin's changing table in a previous life.

The white shelf brackets came from Ikea for $3 each and Cory cut the actual shelf to fit, then painted it all. Galvanized bucket? Anthro!


The numbered tags are enamelware and came to me from Germany, by way of Ebay.

I bought a bag of random, black letters several years ago. They were dusty and cruddy and I nearly forgot about them until exactly 2 weeks ago. I dug them out of the garage and hoped I would find the right combination for a bathroom-worthy word. I was hoping for "SCRUB", but I think I'm even happier with "CLEAN"! Maybe it will inspire me to keep it in tip-top condition?

The lack of vanity space and the general lack of storage space required some creativity. I found the wooden crate to hold towels at HomeGoods a couple months back. The metal rack is actually from Bed Bath & Beyond ($4) and was designed to hold flatware on a drying rack. Cory cut the hooks off the back and screwed it into the wall. It will soon hold tooth brushes, toothpaste and maybe even a bottle of liquid soap, if I can find a soap holder in the right size.

Last but not least, the trash can! I've had it for years and planted flowers in it last Summer. Nothing excites me more than discovering that I already own what I am looking for!

Ahhh...it feels so good to have this finished! Now, on to the real bathroom.......



86 comments:

  1. Wow, what a transformation! I love it- so clean and simple looking. I love all of the metal aspects and the towel crate. Beautiful!

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  2. You guys did an AMAZING job!! It's really beautiful. I bet you just love it.

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  3. This is freakin' fantastic!!!! I will be stealing more than a few ideas. Wait for it. ;)

    Susan @ www.peanutpetunia.blogspot.com

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  4. Beautiful job - has lots of character. Why not put one of those mirrors that pulls out and is wall mounted beside the other mirror? The mirror is round and flips to a regular or magnifying side. I bought mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Used to be called a shaving mirror.

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  5. Mama says "Thanks for using all my tips for the bathroom remake. I take it as a complement when you use my decorating as your guide." :) :)

    Yea right! Sis we all know better... but she is wishful thinking, I'll give her that.

    Job well done, once AGAIN!!!

    We can't wait to use it next week.
    xx Mama & Lil Sis

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  6. What a beautiful inspiring redo! Great job!

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  7. totally wow shannon, you have certainly got it all together!

    i don't know what's my favorite...i love it all!

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  8. LOVE it!!! Love the bucket from Anthro... I've been thinking about buying one. Love the whole look! Especially the box that holds the towels! Great job!

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  9. SO BEAUTIFUL! I scrolled up and down your post a number of times. I just think it is a soothing and pretty room. I really love the clean lines with the old, personal items. I think the black faucet is so cool. Your inspiration is perfect and so well laid out. I would be honored to be a guest in that bathroom!

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  10. OH! That is beautiful!!! heheh What is the story with that old wallpaper? Looks like 80's splatter paint?

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  11. WOW! What a beautiful labor of love! The enamel numbers, framed maps and towel box are a few of my faves :) GREAT job.

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  12. I love it! So clever to put the towels in the crate...I often see those at flea markets and Homegoods and am tempted to buy, but have no idea what to do with them or where to put them. Towels! Why didn't I think of that??

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  13. Really nice job! I love the letters and the trash can - very resourceful and very cute.

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  14. Beautiful job

    Keep us included on your next project.

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥

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  15. Shannon, it is truly fantastic! You have a great eye, and wonderful taste. I love it down to the last detail! Are you sure you didn't just scan a few pages from the Pottery Barn catalog? You are still using that puffy toilet seat aren't you??? Don't lie now. :-)

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  16. LOVE it! LOVE it! LOVE it! :) You guys did a great job Shanny!

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  17. Gorgeous Shannan. I think you could easily have a second career in interior design (but you might need to learn to sew first) ;) Love it!

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  18. The round thingy under the shelf looks like the rack that's on the bottom of my antique pressure canner of my grandmother's.

    The bathroom looks great--I love the attention to detail...

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  19. Shannon-Kudos to you girl! Another fabulous room makeover!!! Love the colors, the vintage style, the maps are GENIUS, but I think my favorites details are the towel crate and the enamel number plates! The numbers represent the years that myself and my brothers graduated from high school! I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to have those! Email me and let me know if there are more, please! You did a fantastic job. Just WOW!

    ~Misti

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  20. One more thing...The way you hung the paneling horizontally makes the room look huge! So super smart of you!!!!!!!

    ~Misti

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  21. looks great, you guys did a fantastic job.

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  22. You have done a fantastic job with the bath. Your creativity amazes me. I love every inch of it. Thank you for sharing.

    Charla

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  23. I love it!!! You are, as always, amazing!!!

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  24. i love all the details. very beautiful indeed! can i hire you when we get down to the nitty gritty on our place?!?

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  25. Love it! Beautiful and very cottage-like.

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  26. What a great makeover! You did such a good job. love the look.

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  27. Amazing translation of the "inspiration" room. I like yours better! The touches of maps (so personalized!) are really sweet and all the other details are top notch! It may have taken a long time, but the attention to detail really shows!

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  28. Beautiful! I love the vintage touches too! Great work, and cool maps!

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  29. Once we're able to buy a house (when ours sells up north), will you do my bathroom b/c I LOVE yours! I want to move in. lol

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  30. be proud be very proud! It looks marvelous!!!!

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  31. It is just beautiful! So serene and soothing!

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  32. Wow! This looks wonderful. Great ideas here. And I love the colors!

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  33. I know your bathroom is proud of you.
    No fussiness, everything you need, room to turn around, maps for endless wandering.

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  34. Love it!! Those letters were a great find!!
    Elise

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  35. Your bathroom looks so amazing! I love every single detail. I have been looking for bathroom inspiration lately because of our huge house undertaking. Thank you so much for sharing....you did a fantastic job! I'm saving this as one of my favorites!

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  36. Wow Shannan! It is absolutely beautiful. :)

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  37. Beautiful. I love all the fun, personal touches. What color did you end up using in the bath? It looks lovely.

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  38. Found you through Inspired Room.

    Just love your makeover, especially all the little details.

    We have a holiday cottage near the sea here in Ireland, and this is just the sort of look I would love. The maps in the frames are perfect - definitely going to "borrow" those.

    Thanks for inspiring me some more :)

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  39. Super gorgeous! That transformation is amazing.

    And I love the small bits of character you've added here and there, like those numbered tags. You've really it made it your own.

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  40. I love it! A million dollar bathroom done on a budget. Thanks for sharing the details. It's inspiring.

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  41. Your new bathroom takes my breath away. It is so very beatiful!!!! BTW, I remember going to several teal and peach weddings in the '90's. ugh!

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  42. Very nice ! Love the colors - so soothing !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  43. I love your style. The maps in the frames look way nicer than if the walls were completely covered.

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  44. Were those the dusty "letters" you purchased while with me and Mel in Saugutuck? ;) My favorite thing in the room is the wooden crate, but then I am amending that comment to include all other of the tins. It's all stunning. Can't wait to come over and stay and take a bath! :)

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  45. I love it. I love the overall look but more importantly the little touches that make it unique. I live in an old four square and totally understand how long these "simple projects (or so we thought) take". Enjoy the next 20 years of remodeling it is quite a ride :)
    ~tammy
    Oh hope you dont mind I will be using some of your ideas..great ones you have.

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  46. So when are you free to come and do my bath? I totally love what you accomplished and applaud you on your hard work. Pity now I have to go and look at my old bathroom that is crying for a makeover:) Your bath creation has inspired me.
    Joyce

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  47. Beautiful bathroom...very calming and everything fits together so well. I especially love the map prints...and how sweet that you added a touch of personalization that really makes them special. If you'd like, I'm having a giveaway this week, so feel free to come visit me and signup to win.

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  48. As a matter of fact my wedding colors were peach and emerald green all the rage. Your bath looks fabulous looks so fresh. I'm incredibly jealous as I have a hideous 1920 bath that has never been touched(other then the vanity we replaced) Maybe when the kids are out of college my day will come!

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  49. I love the makeover! Such a tranquil spot now. And toning down the color doesn't make the space look so small. Very clever!
    Brenda

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  50. I love it! I could hang out in your bathroom. Not that I would, but I could.

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  51. Wow what a metamorphosis!! Every little piece in your bathroom is just perfect. It's just lovely. You definitely made the right decision to frame the maps. I like it much better than the inspiration room. The hooks are unique pieces.

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  52. I love your Mt Monday post! Its all the little details that really make it shine... and look so "clean". :) Stop by my blog for my 100th post giveaway if you get a chance!
    Have a great week!
    ~Really Rainey~

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  53. Wow! You did a great job transforming that space! I love all the accessories and great use of the little space. Nice!

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  54. It looks like it's right out of a magazine! I'm sure you have a great sense of satisfacion knowing that you created that lovely little space! NICE>

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  55. It's beautiful! I love all the little touches; I think the tags from Germany are my favorite.

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  56. This has to be one of the most beautiful bathroom transformations I have ever seen! I love all of your vintage touches. Great job!!

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  57. What an amazing job!! Absolutely gorgeous! When I was in my early 20's I babysat for a close family friend who had a bathroom similar in shape to yours. I would stay with the kids for a week or so while their parents went on a cruise, etc. and during my stay I would hit my head over and over and over again (slow learner) on their low, slanted bathroom ceiling! :)

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  58. WHAT!! how did i miss this post!!!! u are a genious!!!!!

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  59. Your bathroom is GORGEOUS!!! I love it. The colors are just perfect and the CLEAN? Brilliant.

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  60. This bathroom is gorgeous!

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  61. ok, I love your new remodeled bathroom the blue is beautiful, you did an outstanding job.
    Love your blog and your children are beautiful too.

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  62. Stopping by from ASPTL and checking out some previous posts. So glad I found this one. Our ensuite bath is a similar colour scheme (although ours is builder new without your great farmhouse uniqueness.) Love the little touches~~trashcan, towel crate etc. etc. You guys have great vision and obviously endurance to take your before and come up with this great space. Thanks for sharing!

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  63. Once again, new house right? lol Your bathroom looks amazing!

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  64. Really love your bathroom....seriously beautiful. Someday I'll live in an old rambling farmhouse or an urban bungalow or a foursquare or a cape cod...*sigh*

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  65. Oh my goodness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love, love, love that bathroom....and your blog! Great style! I may have to use a few or many of your ideas! ~ Ashley ~ shanty2chic

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  66. It looks fabulous! You really did an awesome job! LOve that bathroom! I am so glad you could join in on the party! Jen

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  67. It's gorgeous, so refreshing and "clean". Love the look of the maps without the "commitent".
    Debra

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  68. That is incredible. You made a small space seem big, inviting, and relaxing. Way to go!

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  69. Beautiful redo!! Love your blog...it's my first time visiting!! Have a lovely day!

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  70. Amazing redo!!! Love all the touches, and detail in the accessories,
    LuLu

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  71. Wonderful! Well done It looks so fresh and clean! well done!

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  72. Fantastic, it looks amazing and all your accessories are perfect.

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  73. Your bathroom redo is absolutely fabulous!

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  74. Wow I am loving the crisp feeling in this room and what a wonderful blog to find!!

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  75. Love your bathroom! Love the wooden crate, the numbers from ebay, the framed maps and the big CLEAN! Great job! :)

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  76. Awesome work! I love the whole feel of the room! Saw you on the Lettered Cottage!

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  77. This is the greatest bathroom of all time I love every thing about it. THANKS FOR SHARING AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

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  78. Your bathroom is gorgeous - you've certainly inspired me!

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  79. I just stumbled onto your blog, and your bathroom is AMAZING!!!! WOW- I am going to borrow some of these ideas!

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  80. It's very nice and clean. My practical side though is wondering how does bath time water actually stays in the tub without a curtain in place?

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  81. Hello sweet Shannan - Oh how I love this bathroom re-do! Everything about it. Especially love the hardware and numbers above the hooks. And the "CLEAN" sign. And the wire shelf. Yah, everything. Great job!

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  82. I love this room. What brand/color paint is that on the walls? I have been looking for the perfect spa like blue & this color looks perfect!

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