Monday, October 10, 2011

Revealed! The Bathroom Makeover



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Not very much to love here.  Bad wallpaper, wood paneling that had seen better days, funny angles and corners, a dirty glass shower enclosure…It seemed hopeless.


But with some new paint, in two different hues of green-on the walls, wood paneling, built in shelves, and wall cabinets, and by taking out the glass doors and putting up a barkcloth shower curtain (that I made), installing a new sink and light fixtures, the transformation began to take place. (I am so thankful to have a husband who knows a thing or two about electrical work and plumbing!)



I found this wall mounted hand dish and thought it would make a good hand towel holder.



I found these two dishes at Goodwill.  They used to be part of a 50’s lazy Susan snack set.  They will be useful for keeping small items like Amy’s hair bands organized.



A couple more vintage finds-a really neat piece of art pottery that can hold wash cloths, and a 50’s plastic kleenex box cover.  I splurged on two new sets of towels and new bath rugs-both on sale for 50% off!



The biggest expenditure was the two new light fixtures.  I wish my pictures did them more justice, but they are really gorgeous.  I got them from a company out of Portland, Oregon called Rejuvenation.  I also found the new soap holder and cup holder there too.  An incredible source for old house style lighting and fixtures.





I was not crazy about the wall cabinet and medicine chest, but they were too good to get rid of, and so I just painted them.  They look much better now.



So there you have it! 


If I’d had an unlimited budget, I would love to have had a claw foot tub and new floor too, but I am really pleased with how this project turned out.  I never could have imagined that such an ugly duckling of a bathroom could turn into such a swan!


Pinup art by artist Joyce Ballantyne (1918-2006)  She is best known for her iconic 1959 Coppertone ad with the little girl and the naughty dog. 



  1. Oooh! I love the before and afters! You are a master of the vintage find.

    And my contractor husband swears by Rejuvenation. We have their fixtures and hardware all over the renovated parts of our house!

  2. I love what you've done here! The colors are so soothing, and the shower curtain adds such a pop of your style. We actually removed the wallpaper and painted our bathroom over this year too, and freshened the towels and curtains. It feels like a brand new room :)

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  4. (messed up that last post---always proof reead for spelling errors before you post LOL)

    Anyway, I LOVE your redo. The colors are sooo soothing and inviting! Tropical is perfect for the chilly wet PNW.

  5. Oh Valerie I too love this transformation. I find it much more satisfying to see a before and after where the budget is limited. It's those creative touches - the handmade showercurtain, the awesome thrift store finds - that make it. I've never heard of rejuvenation - I'll have to check out their site. How wonderful to have a man who knows his way around an outlet!

  6. Looks great, Valerie! Those lights are fabulous!

  7. Cam-thank you! How wonderful to be married to a contractor-I bet your house is amazing! Rejuvenation is definitely a great place, too:)

    Thanks Joanne! I bet your bathroom is gorgeous! Every time I look at ours I have the same reaction too-it does feel like a brand new room!

    Debbi-I always have similar troubles on Mondays LOL! Thanks for your sweet comment! Those of us here in the NW need all the "tropical" we can get, don't we!

    Kim-Thank you! When I first wanted to redo the bathroom, the word "gut" came to mind. But somehow, it seemed wasteful to get rid of everything, when most everything was still usable. I still would like a clawfoot tub someday, but I'm happy for now. Rejuvenation does sell them too though...

  8. Thanks Courtney! That recipe you posted today!! Oh my!! I'm making it as fast as I can get to the store for all of the necessary ingredients!

  9. It's adorable! I love it!

  10. Really cute and so you. Love it.

    The minty green on white feels fresh. So cheerful.

  11. It looks so amazing! I love all the color you added!

  12. Thank you so much Ms. Givens!!

    Thanks Tina! Can't wait to see pictures of what you've been up to:)

    Lisa-Thanks! I don't think a person can ever have too much green! Definitely my favorite color:)

  13. Love it, love it, Valerie! Amazing what a new color of paint can do and just a few changes. Gorgeous!

  14. Bravo! Amazing what a can of paint will do.. We just painted the livingroom and thought WHY did we wait so long! Love your soap dish. You whole bath is absolutely "For the Love of Pete"! Very lovely!!!!

  15. Bee-yoo-tiful!! I love the little touches, like the dishes from Goodwill. You can find some amazing stuff there!

  16. Thanks Melissa! I really appreciate that! :)

    Lisa-It is amazing what a coat of paint will do, isn't it! Thanks for your comment-I love it!

    Jill-thank you so much! Goodwill is great! I've found some of my best finds there! Thanks for stopping by-I really appreciate it:)

  17. Amazing transformation, Valerie! I absolutely love it. The new light fixtures absolutely ROCK. It's a detail that really makes the room that much more excellent.

    Oh, and that pinup is adorable! When I first saw it, I thought the artwork looked familiar.

    Great job with everything!

  18. Thanks Katie! Your comment means a lot!

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