Before and After Bathroom Renovation

Sorry for the radio silence you guys! Jay and I have been working like mad beasts to get this bathroom finished so you can see a good before and after bathroom renovation and we’ve been pretty consumed with a world full of tile and toilets as of late. Very glamorous 😀

So, this is the official shot of the bath before, pre-demo days.

Bathroom Upstairs Before

It was fine, really, and in complete honesty we could have just cleaned the hello dolly out of it and bought a nice shower curtain and called it done. But I knew sooner or later I’d want to gut this baby, and my mantra is “no time better than the present” 😉

Plus, my kid sister Rachel is moving in next week (WHHAA??) and Jay and I have been using the bath off her room for the past 6-months, so we wanted to spruce up this upstairs bath so that we had a nicer place to suds up in the am.

My biggest beef with this space was that it was just ugly, and not really my jam.

Black Diamond Tile in Tub

It was redone (to look vintage) sometime in the 90’s. As we started in on the demo work for the bathroom renovation, we realized how poorly the work had been done, which made me feel better about ripping it all out 🙂

Although it may be functional, another ugly vote (in my book) was the ginormous mirror that took up half the bathroom. Oh, and the light about it, not so much man, not so much.

Large Bathroom Mirror

For the last few months I have been scrubbing lots and lots in this room, and there are certain stains that just did not want to budge. Kinda gross, kinda ugly.

Updating Tile

And overall, it just felt like the room was getting eaten up by stained tile. On the walls, in the tub, it was just a bit overwhelming.

Another annoying detail – the only storage – in the entire bathroom – was this little rinky dink medicine cabinet.

White Medicine Cabinet

It just wasn’t a very functional space, so you know me, I got the itch to fix it.

Here is my inspiration board for the space. We’re finishing up the tile work today, and I should definitely have some details on the space for you next week! 😀 WOOT!

Bathroom Renovation

Want to see the full before and after bathroom renovation, go here.

Boo to This Loo

What can I say, I’m really just not a hot pink kinda gal. Lipstick, underwear, my bathroom walls. So when we moved in, and our downstairs bathroom looked like this… well, it just wasn’t my jam.

Small Walkin Shower

Needless to say, my paint-crazed hand was a twitching and ready to do some switching. Remember how I told y’all that I decided to be all spur of the moment and just randomly select the paint color for the bedroom next to this bath? Well ladies and gentleman, I went and did it again. This time my color of choice was Behr Swiss Coffee. Sounds nice, and whatdayaknow, it looks nice, too!

Behr Swiss Coffee

Here is that same angle, on move-in day.

Bathroom Before

Hoooolllyy mackerel, are your retinas still recovering? Cause let me tell you, mine sure are.

Here is the other side of the room, where the shower resides. So much better!

Swiss Coffee Behr

Now, this room. This room is most definitely not finished. Truth be told, I have every plan of gutting this little b-room and putting in some ultra-chic marble floor tile and a subway tile shower, but since I’m feeling all sorts of broke these days, I thought the $30 can of paint was a good place to start, right?

Some other low cost improvements I plan to make pre-gut job include switching out the ever lovely mirror and classy light fixture. For the mirror, I’ll probably search through HomeGoods. I’d love something like this guy (luurrrve)

Updating Bathroom On Budget

I’d also like to add some artwork to the main wall, which is your main view when your sitting on the loo. Awfully bland these days, in my opinion.

Artwork for Bathroom

Truth be told, I’ve already started my deal scavenging for this space and by the grace of the thrifting Gods above, my hands have not come up empty.

Guess how much I spent on this pretty little toilet paper number?

Thrift Store Basket

.49 cents, people!! Wooootttt.

And this guy, the price was a bit steeper at .99 but ya know, I sprung for it.

Hyacinth Trash Basket

Since there isn’t much room for storage in this bathroom, I also think that we’ll add some floating shelves down the line to give the room some much needed locales for stashing junk. And since I know you guys know how much I love to dream and scheme, here’s how I’d style that little bugger.


Towels // Candle Holder //Picture Frame // Baskets



Getting Vain

If you came to our little abode to visit me right now, you’d find me sitting in front of a clock and staring down the days, minutes and hours until our plumber arrives. This lady is ready to bust a move and get some b-room action a-happening. In the spirit of getting this boat out of the harbor, I’ve started some serious vanity shopping. Actually, some serious everything shopping. Our rough-ins are getting installed on January 6th, so our main game objective is to have all of the fixtures purchased before hand so that we can get right to the installation after the plumbing work is done.

Just thinking about how close we are to actually installing the finishing touches upstairs makes me want to do this.

Crazy Dance

For the vanity, in many ways I’d love a nice deep gray or charcoal. Yum. But in all honesty, the most affordable options I’m finding have almost all been white. Le sigh.

See I really, really want the top to be marble. If I can’t have it in my kitchen, then by George, I want that beautiful stuff adorning the walls of our bathroom. The thing about a marble top vanity, is that 1) they are a bit harder to find than your average run of the mill variety and 2) turns out, they’re also more expensive. Go figure.

Right now, my top vanity contenders look like this.

Marble Top Bathroom Vanities

Hard to decide when there are so many delicious options. A few things helping me my choices down is that big fat bottom dollar.

  1. Hamilton Vanity: $593 (granite top)
  2. Amelia Vanity: $850
  3. Hampton Bay Vanity: $519
  4. Smithfield Medium Gray Vanity: $750

Of these options, I’m liking #3 the best right now, since the final price is a bit more manageable. Although I LOVED the last one, is just north of $1k, for a fa-reaking vanity. Ya hear me, fine brothers and sisters?

In the name of getting things all ready for our very exciting installation (Yes, I’m still dancing like crazy man above every time I even think about thinking about it), we decided to put on our big kid pants and commit already and buy it. To save some mollah, we went with option #3. Done.

Now onto toilets. 😀 Ready for some fine looking porcelain potty’s? Annnd GO.

Dual Flush Toilets Once we started our search for the almighty throne, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I actually overestimated the cost we’d be looking at for the new addition. Which is good, cause I underestimated the cost of this whole shabang in general, so I’ll take any extra casho I can get.

  1. Glacier Bay Dual Flush: $158
  2. American Standard Dual Flush: $199
  3. Glacier Bay High-Efficiency Dual Flush: $98
  4. Kohler Memoirs: $349

Initially, I had budgeted $300 for the toilet, so  we were pretty happy to find the majority of our options comfortably fell within that. We immediately ruled out the cheapest option (Choice #3, it just looked chincey), and moved on to some of the other dual flush johns. Just sounds swanky, doesn’t it?

We landed up jumping for options #1 on the list. It seems to be a good mix of function, price, and looks.

So right out of the gate, we were able to decide on the two most important fixtures that we’ll need to get this bathroom up and running. Bam. That feels good. Now onto some of the trickier parts.

Slanted Ceiling Bathroom Mirror

This is the wall that the vanity will be going on. See that slant action happening? Yeah, that makes mirror and light shopping a wee trickier. A light above is definitely out, since that would be way too tight. Right now, we are thinking we might be able to squeeze in two side mounted lights flanking a mirror, but we’re going to have to get creative.

When we were out and about at HomeGoods this weekend, I snapped some pictures of a few possible contenders. Like this one.

Gold Sunburst Mirror

And this one.

Gold Round Mirror

I thought I should give y’all a nice smile, since I’m chilling in the picture, too 😀

Although I lurrrve the first one (hello sunshine!) I’m concerned that 1) the mirror part is a little rinky dink and 2) that the sunburst part may interfere with our side mounted sconces. Tricky thing with HomeGoods, if ya don’t snag those goodies, next time you walk in you risk the last Joe Schmo snagging your treasures away. So, in the name of playing it safe, I may just cart my bootie back there and snag the sunburst options and return it if it lands up not working. 😀

So, now that we’ve got au toilet and the vanity ordered, our bathroom is at least (starting) to take shape! Once they are installed, the layout of the room will be like this. Cozy, but I think it will work!

Adding Bathroom to Attic

Want to see more bathroom renovations? Here’s how our newest bath turned out!



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Why is Everybody Always Looking at Me

Yeah, our bathroom had a bit of a problem. I distinctly remember the first morning in our new abode, I groggily hopped in the shower, only to realize that the neighbors were getting a hard core view of me suddsing up … from their kitchen. No, they are not creepy stalkers (that I know of), our b-room is just like RIGHT on the property line with no frosting on the top panel. Houston, we have a problem.

There was a half-hearted attempted to fix this issue by the previous owner in the form of a little dainty curtain, but let’s be honest, a dainty curtain just doesn’t cut it when it comes to this particular room. A window above a kitchen sink, sure. But not the window in your shower. Here is how the it looked prior to us getting our paws on it. See the ivy growing on the other side of the window? That’s our neighbor’s house. 🙂

Downstairs Bath | Before

Since this room will be primarily used as a tub room, we opted to put a stick-on diffuser on it for now.  The bottom portion has frosted glass already on it, which works great for the bottom panel but since we did not want to shell out a few hundred bucks for a new glass block window, we opted to go the $19.99 route. Vastly preferable. Plus, I think glass block windows are kind of funky looking anyway, especially for a window that is just sitting in the middle of an open room on display.

Privacy Window Film
Privacy Window Film

Overall, the install was pretty stinkin’ easy. Basically if you ever put a window cling on as a kid, your golden. Same concept, only bigger. Jay actually started reminiscing about his super-cool, I’m in high-school and need to have tinted windows so everyone thinks I’m like a rebel days. Yeah, I could see the twinkle in his eye as he slapped this sucker up.

First, get the window a wee bit wet so that the decal as something to stick to. Jay just sprayed it with window cleaner, per the boxes directions.

How to install window film
Window File Installation

After you got the window wet, just apply your piece of film right onto the window and squeegee out all of the air bubbles from the surface.  We cut our piece just a bit larger than the window itself, so that we could trim it out with an exacto knife after all the bubbles were out of it. It took probably 10-minutes to get all the bubbles out, so you have to be pretty patient. Plus, it was a bit annoying that new bubbles seemed to magically appear as you were working to get one out. Since you are constantly re-positioning the film on the window, the bubbles just kept popping up as we worked our way across the surface.

How to install window film
Installing Window Film

After the window was officially bubble-less, we grabbed a small, sharp object (i.e. razor blade) and started carefully trimming the excess film off the sides of the window.

How to install window film
Trimming the Window Film

And although this shot doesn’t show all of the window, here is an after shot for you. The best thing about this option is that it doesn’t really block any of the natural light coming into the space, so the room still feels nice, bright and open. Plus, the neighbor’s can no longer see me in my loo. Which is a very good thing.

Marble Hex Bathroom Floor
Bathroom | Progress