Thursday, July 2

The Big Reveal

And now, the moment you've all been waiting for....Before and After Bathroom Pictures!

Disclaimer: I apologize for weird lighting in the before/during photos. They were taken mostly at midnight, otherwise known as DIY Home Renovation Hour.

First, let me start by saying that the green was leftover from our kitchen, and I forced Noah to paint our bathroom this color as a temporary solution to the Depressing Beige Question. The people who used to own this house did not know how to pick neutrals. Our bedroom and bathroom were painted that very special shade of beige reserved for places nobody ever wants to go, places like junior high schools, DMVs, and prisons. I'd like to now present you with the Befores, featuring the hormonally induced green, hideous vinyl tile, inexplicably black baseboards, an ugly and massy builder-grade vanity, a plain old square mirror, and fake Hollywood dressing room lights:

Here are some during photos, featuring demolition...


and what I can now fondly with little emotion refer to as The Low Point:

Of course, there were pleasant peaks even during the low points, such as when Ethan decided to help measure:

Based on the number of Oopses we had, we apparently shouldn't have relied on his numbers.

And now, (drum roll please)....THE BLESSED AFTER:

Here's a rundown of what we did: replaced the floor (with ceramic tile we got from the Habitat for Humanity Restore for just $40); replaced the vanity with a pedestal sink (which we got for $35 on Craigslist); replaced the mirror, the vanity light, the fixtures; added some moulding about 3/4 way up the wall; added 4" baseboards and shoe moulding; hung new white shelves; replaced shower rod with a hotel-style brushed-nickel rod; and painted (using Valspar paints, I can tell you which if you really want to know but I'd have to look it up).

As for my makeup and hair stuff: The makeup is kept in our former toilet paper holder (the woven basket); my brushes are kept in the milk glass vase I got at a junk shop for $1; and my blow dryer, straightener and curling iron are in a basket on the floor.

If you're wondering where we put all our junk that one normally keeps under the sink, the answer is "in the trash." Think about it, people. How much of what you keep under your sink is totally essential? I mean, sure, you can keep toilet paper under there, but if you keep toilet paper out in the open (where it can double as some on-point modern art) then your guests never have to go through that horrible moment when they realize that their bum is dirty, and the roll is empty.


Kate Riley said...

Oh my, how fabulous are you? I mean, I repeat, how fabulous are you? Oh, and shout out to Noah too - wonderful job !

By the way, I so use toilet paper as modern art. Yes, I confess, it is out in the open in my downstairs bath, due to that pedestal sink. And aren't I so nice to keep it off the floor by putting it in a basket? How kind of me.

Fabulous Loo.

Slamdunk said...

Congrats on the good work. The Mrs. went with the brushed nickel on our bathroom makeover as well.

Maggie May said...

Great job, it looks so soothing and pretty!

Tina said...

Awesome, awesome job! What a difference!

a mouthy irish woman? ridiculous! said...

holy potty batman! great work!

Dusty @AllThingsG+D said...

Fabulous transformation--it looks fantastic!

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