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Bathroom Makover Magic

August 28, 2012 in Bathrooms, Building and Repurposing, Crashing at Christy's

This could quite possibly be one of the best Before & Afters YET at Crafted Niche! I won’t blab, because I want you to dive right in. Today my sister is sharing her master bathroom makeover and Ummmm yeah. It’s increadible.  Seeing how this is my blog, I can totally steal her thunder and show you guys the REAL eye-candy:

Oh. Emma. Gee. right?!  Nooooow I’ll turn the show over to Christy and let her walk you through how she made the magic happen:

Hi again!!!

So, I’m mainly writing this post to get my sister off my back.  Hehehe.  I’m soon going to be redoing this bathroom (AGAIN) and Dana wanted me to post about the original projects I’ve done in there.  Being the world’s best sister, I agreed to write this.  I also want to apologize for the blurry and not-so-great pictures.  This was before my sister started blogging, so we’re lucky that I have any in process pictures!

My upstairs bathroom, when I moved in, was U-G-L-Y.

This is meant to look like a cheaply done panoramic.  Perfect, right??  Okay, let’s highlight all the lowlights of this bathroom:

  1. The toilet faces a wall.  Boring and if you leaned too far forward, you could rest your head on the wall in front of you.
  2. Um, the wallpaper is like a bad 80’s hotel painting.
  3. I can’t handle glass shower doors.  I like the steam shower effect they give, but I’m way too clumsy for glass doors.  It would have been a matter of days before I fell through one of those bad boys.
  4. Random, hung-in-the-corner-so-you-can’t-open-the-door-all-the-way, medicine cabinet.  The door would hit the light fixture when you would open it.  Plus, there’s a HUGE linen closet in the bathroom.  So, no need for that thing.
  5. The gold flecked laminate countertop.
  6. CARPET.  Oh, and they really went all out with the carpet.  It was carpet scraps (3 pieces) that they just kind of cut and laid over the linoleum.

The first thing I did was remove the glass shower door.  Super easy.  My mom helped clean up the caulk that was left behind and filled the holes in the tile wall from the screws.  Easy enough.  My dad then hung up a curved shower curtain rod.  I have a love-hate thing going on there.  I love how much space it gives me in the shower.  I NEVER touch the shower curtain.  But, It takes up a little extra room in the bathroom.  When I redo this bathroom again, I’ll be going back to a straight rod, hung high like Young House Love.  I did that in my downstairs bath and I love it.  Plus, I plan on tiling to the ceiling when I finish the redo, so it will be perfect.

Next up was tearing down that medicine cabinet, the old light fixtures, and also looking under the carpet.  You know what was under the carpet?  Just some old linoleum tiles.  They were waaaay better than the carpet pieces so my mom just cleaned them up for me and I lived with it like that for quite some time.  But, like all good DIY-ers, I had plans for it.  Hold tight.

Use a steamer to get old wallpaper off.  My mom has one, so I just borrowed hers.  I know there are other tricks that make it easier than just scraping and peeling, but odds are that you know someone who knows someone who owns a steamer.  Use it!  That paper came off so quickly.  And, what did we do with the walls??? Wallpaper!!!  I know, I know.  But, this was a gorgeous print and really girled up the space.

BEFORE:

And, AFTER:

Some other changes you’ll notice in the picture above:

  1. I painted the vanity white to get rid of that lovely orange stained wood.  Don’t forget to sand and prime before painting finished wood!!!
  2. We went from a plain mirror to a framed mirror.
  3. My dad replaced the light fixture.
  4. I replaced the old hardware on the doors with brushed nickel.
  5. Pictures were taken by me and then I used Paint (the computer program) to remove the background and had them printed on Walmart.com.  My mom still likes to look at them and say “I sure grew some pretty flowers!”.  Dork.

OH!  And, my dad installed two electrical outlets for me.  Previously, the only outlet in this bathroom was in the light fixture.  So, my dad cut a couple holes in the wall and ran the wiring down to the outlets.  He also installed GFCI outlets so I would be safe around the water.  It totally changed my morning routine when he did that.

So, things were looking better…

But, the vanity top and the floor were still an eyesore.

And, I was still facing the wall whenever I happened to sit on the toilet.

Time for a new floor and a new countertop!!!

In the spirit of honesty, those two events happened two years apart.  But, since I’m blogging about this bathroom that started four years ago, I can make it look like it was a fluid process.

I went with a hexagonal tile from Daltile.  Very affordable and easy to work with.  I did, however, learn a couple of things:

  1. Use the correct size slotted trowel when putting down the tile adhesive.  Otherwise, the adhesive will ooze up into what should be your grout lines.
  2. Wipe up your grout immediately instead of letting it dry overnight.  Otherwise, you’ll want to scrape up the whole project and start over.

I won’t get into the details too much because I’ll cry, but it was a lot of hours of me laying on the floor with a Dremel to clean out the grout lines.  Then, a lot of hours of me laying on the floor scrubbing and SCRUBBING to get the dried grout off the top of the tiles.  (Dirty little secret:  Inside the linen closet, there is still dried grout on top of the tiles)

I also spun the toilet around so it was facing outward into the bathroom.  I’ll show you that in a little bit.

I’m still in love with the floor.  I feel like it goes well with my 60’s era home.  Updated, but still with the decade.  The countertop was an in-stock option at Home Depot.  It’s just black granite with the white under-mount sink.

But, I still wasn’t in love with the vanity.

I didn’t like how everything was just black or white.  It was starting to feel a little kitschy.  Plus, I hated that scroll detail on the doors of the vanity. It just looked dated to me.  So, why not use some of my favorite lattice and paintable wallpaper to dress things up??  I used the same process as what I used for the closet door makeover and got to painting.

The doors are open so that the paint could cure for a week so that it wouldn’t stick to the doors/drawers when they were closed.  I love how it looks like a piece of furniture now instead of a built-in cabinet with a granite top.

So to recap, this is the BEFORE:

And this is how the bathroom looks today!

The wallpaper is a bit “exciting” for my home look now.  I’m more into greys and muted blues so I have a bathroom update in the works that Dana will show you when I’m done.  But, I’d love to have a bathroom like this one day for a little girl to get ready in.  So, who knows, maybe I’ll be calling on my mom to use similar print wallpaper one day!

Thanks for keeping up with my long-winded post.  I can’t believe how far this bathroom has come!  One thing I wish I had done more was taken a lot of “before” pictures.  It’s definitely a motivator to see how much work you’ve done when you’re finished!

-Christy

Pretty flippin’ great, right?!  That girl never ceases to amaze me. Her projects always push me to work harder on my own house. Hope you guys loved her bathroom makeover. I can’t wait to share the next chapter with you – I’m taking her some supplies to get started on it THIS weekend! Woop!

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Guest Bath – Beachy Rustic Bathroom – The Flip Side

August 14, 2012 in Bathrooms, Gettin' Crafty, Wall Decor

Last week I showed you the planked wood wall in this tiny, tiny guest bathroom. Today – I’ll share the other side!

It’s a work in progress… I’m not sure I’m every really DONE with a project. Do you ever feel that way?

Tuh dah!  No really…. That’s wall-to-wall in this tiny space. That nook is less than two feet wide. It’s probably right at 23.5″. I know this because the stand is 23″ and with the added screw heads it just baaaaarely wiggled its way back there.

Just to give you a reminder of how far she’s come… remember these posts?

Tiling the floor  -  Removing the shelves  -  Installing the toilet  -  Plank Wall

Yeah… that was a collapsable bookshelf that was glued, nailed, screwed and caulked upside down on the wall. To say that I beat the hellsinki out of it to get it down is an understatement. I chip-chip-chipped away at the caulk and then went at the wall with SEVERAL layers of spackle. When it came time to sand the surface I broke out my random orbital sander… no joke… and went to town. I was a dusty mess… NOTE – when you’re in a pinch and you just want to get it over with, take off your tank top and wrap it around your head as a poor-girl’s dust mask. Hey… it works. I swear.

Originally I was going to try to build shelves for this space, but when I saw the perfectly-sized bathroom stand I knew I had to go with option B. It cost me less than the wood would have for the shelves! … and was MUCH faster.

I created the Ball Jar print using graphics from the oh-so-fab Graphics Fairy. I’m not sure if it will live there forever, but I needed something to fill the space until I find THE ONE.

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Guest Bath – Beachy Rustic Bathroom Update

August 6, 2012 in Bathrooms, Building and Repurposing

I worked my butt off this weekend on my guest bath. I was officially SICK of having only one bathroom with a mirror. You see – my motivation to work on this space comes in waves. I may only go in that room once a month… so it’s not exactly top of mind. For some reason, Saturday it became my mission!

Here’s a reminder of what the space looked like when I moved in:

Sorry about the photos… when I did my first walk-through of the house I never dreamed I’d be blogging about it 2 years later. Check out those flippin SWEET plastic bathroom towel racks. You know you wish you had them.

It’s the world’s SMALLEST bathroom. Ok… maybe not a world record holder, but still – it’s pretty dang small. Somehow they managed to squish in a shower, vanity and toilet… into what couldn’t be bigger than 5′ x 5′. Seriously tiny.  I’ve used the shower ONCE and let me tell you – that. thing. is. tight.  …and not a super cool, street-cred type of tight… I’m talking keep-your-elbows-tucked-as-you-raise-your-arms-to-shampoo-your-hair tight.  ….and absolutely-impossible-for-a-girl-to-shave-her-legs-in-tight.  Yup…. it’s THAT small.

So a quick run down…

…and then it sat in waiting… Until this weekend!

I’ll blog more details in the coming days, but here’s a fun, fresh look at what the space looks like now:

I haven’t exactly “staged” it… It’s so small that I think I’ll have to keep the decor to a minimum so guests have room for their things when they come to visit. There’s nothing worse than having zippy counter space to stick a bag o’ toiletries!

I’ll eventually replace the mirror, but for now, this one will do. I’m tossing around the idea of a crisp white or maybe a brushed nickle frame mirror. Thoughts? The faucet needs to go… as does the light fixture. One step at a time though! The funky three-pronged hook on the wall is from Ikea and the blue ball jar was a thrift-store find for TWO BUCKS! (If you haven’t noticed – I love ball jars. Remember my three-jar kitchen light and recent jar lamp?)

I’ll give you the scoop on how I did the plank wall and info on the paint I used for the vanity in a day or so. Sorry… I’d spill ALL the beans tonight, but it’s already 10pm and this girl needs her beauty sleep. Plus – there’s still the space above the toilet to reveal. Woop! Stay tuned!

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