Sunday, September 18, 2011

My Bathroom Grew Up (Finally)

Well, now that we're moving, I might as well show you our bathroom.


For almost four years, we lived with it exactly like this:


The day we moved in, we stripped the wallpaper and then...well, that's it.

I thought the walls looked sort of like venetian plaster.

Okay, that's a lie.


Honestly, I didn't give it a whole lot of thought. (Oh, you noticed?) We were busy working one room at a time on the rest of the house and for some reason, the bathroom drew the short straw.

Plus, I've always been a fan of 1980's pastel-brushed linoleum.


You might not believe me, but that shell sink is not real marble.


Dear Heavens, we could have at least done something about that.

We had people over all the time. We have overnight guests routinely. And this is our main bathroom. It just never fazed me, I guess.

Once we put our house on the market, we knew we needed to spruce the place up a bit. Of course we did this on a budget, especially since we were doing it with the intention of the house selling.

We used the left-over paint from our upstairs bathroom re-do.

Cory tore out the tile on the walls and replaced it with inexpensive tongue-and-groove pine paneling from Lowes and painted it white.

I am in life-long amor with the paneling, by the way.

I found the cabinet for $20 at a garage sale.

The shutter was out in the garage, so I hauled it in.

I told you about the Beauty Full art a while back.


We strategically screwed some hooks in the walls for towels.

(Shower curtain is from Anthro, circa 2005-ish.)

The sink cabinet and closet doors were painted white. Hardware was on clearance at Lowes.

We replaced the sink-top with a new laminate counter top in the perfect shade of gray.

The Kohler sink basin was found for a song at a Habitat ReStore.

Faucet on clearance at Lowes.


Light fixture found on clearance at Lowes.

New linoleum flooring.

My windmill came from my friend Glenda's antiques store.

It is one of my favorite things.


The art was found at a thrift store on our vacation for a buck.

I popped it into a previously thrifted frame.

I mistreated another curtain. It's really the only way to go, if you ask me.


I dug out a remnant piece of Lowes drop-cloth. It already has seams, so I cut around them.

I found a lace tablecloth for $0.25 at a thrift store and cut the edge of it off.

Then I stitched it on, ya'll. With my own two claws. That was the only sewing involved in these curtains. Two straight lines. I didn't even cry or cuss in the process!

I could have hemmed and sewed the top, but why? I just folded them to the right length and clipped them up. I adore them. They let in the perfect amount of light and they are unfussy and fresh looking.


It will be ever-so-slightly difficult to not replicate the whole darned thing when we move.

I just really dig it, is all.

And speaking of the big move, things are heating up!

Thank you all so, so much for your kind words and prayers.

I'll have an update to share before you know it.


More re-dos here.