Thursday, September 2, 2010

operation bathroom: reveal

indeed! your eyes do not deceive you! though i will not declare the bathroom "finished," i will declare it "close enough" and share it with my interweb friends. please note that the photos were not styled beyond putting the toothbrushes in the closet and properly folding the towels. no time for that shniznaws. toss in a tube of toothpaste and a wadded-up pair of c-fan's underpants, and you've got our daily bathroom. house beautiful will not be calling on me and my point-and-shoot anytime soon, but whatev.

without further ado, behold:

BEFORE (check out more befores here and here)







AFTER (plus commentary. of course.)

the new square pedestal sink allows more room for the soap dispenser and toothbrushes without taking up more visual space. the mirror comes down over the bead board trim, which is important for those who have on more than one occasion been referred to as "hobbit-like." the light fixture, which is on because it was too dark for pictures otherwise, came from the pottery barn outlet with a steep discount and is, according to captain fantastic, "exactly like the old one." except not.

wall decor is still up in the air. recently won the fabulous magnetic frame on the right from suzanne at our southern nest, one of my fave new reads. thank you suzanne! where i really want to put it is the kitchen, but there's literally about one square foot of wall space in there. love the stripes of the frame with the stripes of the bathmat and bead board, but thinking it might give the whole place too much of a coastal vibe for landlocked tennessee. not sure what to magnetize to it either, given the rainforest-like conditions at shower time, so it will likely be relocated soon. temporarily styled the above-potty shelf with a print and some candles, but planning to display some clear containers of cotton balls and other bathroom goodies like that instead. so, you know, disregard all of that.

kept the pottery barn shower curtain i've had and loved for years and got towels in the coordinating color from the pb outlet. liked the look of the pb ribbon roman shades (which are no longer on the website), but didn't like that they couldn't be raised and lowered easily, so i made my own with a bamboo roman shade from lowe's, some fabric and ribbon a la john's journal's tutorial. works great!

tip: the lid to the tank on our potty is convex, so everything i ever set back there would eventually slide right on off. i used a little of that tacky clay stuff (like for hanging posters on dorm room walls) to secure these wee pots from local store urban gardener. like magic!

the new double towel bar has saved me i cannot tell you how much anguish over SOMEONE'S propensity to leave wet towels lying on the floor. now that each spouse's towel has a place to spread out to dry, there's no excuse! victory! wouldn't this towel rack look awesome with some coordinating leontine linens hand towels with my monogram? in the rayford style? tomorrow is my birthday. fyi.


we extended the shower's subway tile all the way to the ceiling and capped the whole thing off with crown molding. do you remember what my old shower looked like? the new shower? is like heaven. heaven on earth. delight. we removed the old towel bar and tension rod shelving and installed two tile shelves in each corner. i failed to photograph this. somewhat on purpose. because you are all now aware of my tendency to hoard drugstore bath and hair products. ashamed. but look! crown molding! pretty!


shiny white floors and baseboards. which i love. but i will say, maybe not the best choice for someone with as high of cleanliness standards as i have. i say reasonable, you say type a. i say perfectionism, you say clinical ocd. let's all just agree not to wear our dirty shoes in the bathroom, k?


contractor brad topped the bead board with a lovely chair rail and ledge. we painted the walls a soft gray that compliments the bluish-gray of the shower curtain, towels and ribbon shade detail.

and there she is!


now who's coming to the potty party?

21 comments:

Design Blooms said...

wow-what a transformation. I bet you love going to the bathroom now!

abby @ tales and trials said...

LOVE it Lauren. I especially love that square sink and the beadboard. And you did a fabulous job on your DIY roman shade. It looks very high end.

You should post a pic of the inside of the shower!

elowman said...

You're AMAZING and it looks wonderful. Love you!!

Sarah said...

wow!!! its beautiful!!! love the soft gray and white color palette, so soothing! our upstairs bathroom needs a total renovation but i'm so scared of bathrooms, they're hard. kudos to you:)

Kristen said...

Looks AWESOME! Way to go!

mrs. jones said...

perfect! what a huge, incredible change! so excited for you! as usual, you've nailed every little detail. go stones! xox

Meg said...

Ready for an outdated joke?? I was like Lil' Jon when I saw the reveal as I involuntarily screamed "What?!" and "Yeeah!!" I know, right? Making references from 2004. Absolutely shameful.

Seriously, though, that reveal is jaw dropping! It's gorgeous. I'm incredibly envious!!

Our Southern Nest said...

Love it! The bathroom looks great and I love the shower curtain!!

Nishta said...

how are you so amazing? I really want to come over and use your bathroom, is that weird?

Hilary Dow-Ward said...

Looks like a photo from Restoration Hardware! Ce Bon!

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

Lauren,

Your bathroom looks great! Congrats. Thanks for stopping by RHS always. Hope you are well & having a great Labor Day!

meg said...

it looks amazing!!!! i have that shower curtain too :)

just can't let it go!

Nell said...

This looks so wonderful. We have a similar old house bathroom that we would love to upgrade. I'm bookmarking this spot so I can remember all of your fabulous improvements! Thanks for the inspiration.

lexie johnston said...

Lauren- i LOVE it! i mean i really, really, really love it!!! i am so impressed! it's the little details i love- like the double tile rack and then mirror for hobbit-like people! im coming to the potty party!
xoxo,
Lex

maria said...

Lauren holy moly girl im blown away, outstanding job. may i have your permission to post this on my blog. So thrilled that the roman shade worked out for you, looks amazing!!!

Courtney Fullerton said...

Great work on the DIY shades! Bathroom looks fab!

Nancy said...

I love the roman shades you did. Are yours finished on the edges or do they have a binding like the tutorial on the other website you link to? Thanks,Nancy

MJ @ 517 Creations said...

What a beautiful bathroom! Love your color choices!

Janel said...

I hope that you check this and still know the answer to this question-- what color gray did you use on your wall? It looks amazing and it is just the kind of gray I was thinking of using in a room that we are about to re-do. Thanks!

Waseem said...

What a transformation.....beautiful bathroom....the shades seem to be easy to take care of.
Roman shades concord, ca

Susan said...

LOVE your bathroom! I am in the mist of renovating mine...and am going back and forth on crown molding.

Question: did you install the crown molding first, then butt up the subway tile?

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