I might have mentioned several times in my kitchen post how much more I love my kitchen now than when it was a dark, paneled dungeon. Well. Take that love and multiply it by a million and that’s how much I love my bathroom now. I think you will too!
Of course, I don’t have very good before photos, so bear with me, please.
First thing: Woody Woodpecker, more wood! Also, sticky laminate tiles on the bathroom floor, like in the kitchen but not the same tiles. Of course!
This picture is from when Dave put fan in the bathroom last September, a much needed fix. The picture also displays the laminate tile in all it’s glory as well as my old shower curtain. I do love that shower curtain. McWomen have a genetic predisposition to loving toile, so I was and still am a big fan of that shower curtain, but it didn’t quite go with the final product and Dave (and any other male visitors to la casa) would make fun of it so… bye bye toile.
Awww. New kitchen, new Catholic Gus on his baptism day, but look behind my shoulder…
That bathroom vanity was UGH. Let’s start at the top: that light fixture. Need I say more about that? The cabinet was one of those awful 3-panel mirrors that makes you look thin if you stand between one pair of mirrors, but if you shimmy over between the other pair of mirrors, you’ve instantly put on 20 pounds. THE WORST. The cabinet was unusually high and wood of course and the top had very little counter space because the sink came up over the counter and sucked up half of it.
Like the kitchen, the bathroom was depressing to me because I would clean it and it wouldn’t look clean. The biggest problem in there was lack of storage. We had to put things above the medicine cabinet and even the lights, as you can see in the picture. It was always cluttered in there. All this was doubly depressing because it’s our only bathroom. This is the bathroom our guests use and it’s our whole family’s every day, all-use bathroom. It definitely needed a little TLC.
It took Dave a couple of weekends in October, and now the bathroom looks like this:
Ahhhhhh. So much better, right?
Dave continued the same laminate sheet flooring from the kitchen into the bathroom. [Editorial note: Claire has informed me that it’s not laminate flooring, it’s vinyl, for what it’s worth.] When we picked it out, I really tried to make sure the color and pattern of the flooring would work well both in the bathroom and the kitchen. We painted the walls a soft gray and the trim bright white and I switched out my green and white Target wedding towels for dark gray towels from Costco. I also switched out my beloved toile shower curtain for that funky number from Target. I honestly don’t know what possessed me to buy that shower curtain. I’m not ordinarily into psychedelic geometric patterns, however, the hexagon pattern did remind me of a beehive, and I have a thing for bees. (WHIMSY!) Also, I picked out the curtain after we painted and after I had decided on gray towels and white cabinets and gray countertop on the sink. There was a lot of gray and white and the bathroom need a little sumpin’-sumpin’. So there you have it!
We bought two new medicine cabinets. The one over the sink is from Ikea and it’s one whole mirror, fancy that! The one over the toilet we found on Amazon and we got that one because of the exposed shelf on the bottom. It (usually) holds toilet paper rolls. Now we have more than enough cabinet space!
The shelves next to the sink were there, but Dave painted them white and I splurged on matching baskets for them at Target. They don’t fit the shelves perfectly but they look good. The biggest splurge for the bathroom was the sink and cabinet. They’re from Lowes. It’s actually a smaller sink than the one that was there before, but we can afford less storage below because of all the new cabinets above. The light fixture above the medicine cabinet is also new, much better than that old marquee lighting situation before.
The other subtle change is all the new hardware. The sink, tub fixtures, (not pictured) towel bars, cabinet knobs, toilet paper holder are all matching brushed nickel fixtures. And speaking of things not pictured, (and I don’t know why it’s not pictured, there’s nothing wrong with it, I just don’t have my act together) in the tub, Dave re-caulked the corners of the shower and the seam on the bottom between the tub and the beginning of the tile where the grout really showed some wear and tear. Actually, come to think of it, he had to scrape out the old grout because whoever did it before used the wrong kind of grout and he then re-grouted and caulked. It was actually more of a project than he thought it would be.
All together, this is what we did to renovate the bathroom:
-Installed a bathroom fan
-New laminate sheet flooring
-Paint on trim and walls
-Caulk and grouting in tub and other seams in the bathroom
-New hardware and fixtures
-2 new medicine cabinets
-3 new baskets in shelves
-New light fixture
-New sink and cabinet
-New shower curtain and bath mat
It’s a lot of things, but they’re all little things, so all together it didn’t take as much time as the kitchen renovation and not as much money either. The end result is a bright, clean bathroom with enough storage space to put all the ugly odds and ends out of sight.
Quite simply, it’s my favorite room in the house. 🙂 That is, until we work on the living room!
Thanks for sticking with me. I’m no home renovation blogger or expert for that matter. Dave is the one that does all the work, I just make design choices. But I wanted to share our little renovations just to encourage you to maybe try some little, inexpensive fixes in your own home. They make such a big difference!