Hits and misses: the bathroom renovations!

October 12, 2017

Goodness my friends...we're about a week out from moving in and I can barely stand it! We did our walk through today and things are really wrapping up. The house is so incredibly beautiful, I can hardly wait to show you. (If you missed our last update check it out here!)

I've been recapping all of my favorite room makeovers in our last house and it's been fun to look back! I LOVE before and after pictures anyway, but seeing the different designs over the years and all the work I put in is a great feeling. I'm sharing our bathrooms through the years today but you can look back at our dining room, guest bedroom, kitchen and family room as well! (See the bottom of the post for links for these rooms and their resources!)

When we finished our basement years back, we were able to complete the bathroom. It ended up being a long, narrow room because we added a laundry room and storage area as well. This is what we started with: 

We went with a teeny tiny shower in here because we knew it wouldn't be used much. And then of course for years I ended up using it a bunch. 😜 We later put the cat litter trays back there so we didn't use the shower a lot the last year or so. 

I knew I wanted to add some storage to this small space, and the area next to the shower was perfect for it:

You can see how I built the DIY floating wood shelves for that spot. This spot was screaming out for them!: 

We really used them too -- they weren't just for looks. Other than the small vanity in there, this was the only storage in the room. 

I decorated with some items from Target and it turned into such a sweet, pretty space: 

I just loved the colors in this room! And of course, because there were no windows down there, I added the daylight bulbs I told you about earlier this week. ;) 

The next before is one of the best in our whole house! Or I should say befores, plural. Our powder room was one of the first spots I added trim in our house and I went dramatic with the color:

I've always said you should do something fun in the smaller spaces in your home -- laundry rooms, powder rooms, mud rooms -- all great places to try a color or treatment you wouldn't do in a bigger living area. 

And boy did I do that! Next was the chocolate brown bathroom...everywhere: 

I mean. When I commit, I commit

This was around the time I did the same with the dining room as well. I must have really loved brown at the time? I loved this tomb room!

Well, my tastes changed. I slowly but surely started brightening up the house, and after a lot of wood and a LOT of painting, this was the result

I get a lot of questions about that Hemnes bathroom vanity and YES I would highly recommend it! We had one little tiny sliver of the finish come off in all the years we had it, and that was right away. 

Otherwise it's held up beautifully. It's a great deal for the size and the pretty sink that comes with it. 

Later I finally painted that closet door black like the rest of the doors on the bottom levels and I loved it against all the white!: 

See the awesome detail we put in that closet here. At first I didn't use it much but I came to LOVE having it!

And finally, my piece de resistance -- our son's bathroom redo. I worked my tail off on this room!! Blood, sweat and tears, literally. Here's how it looked for nearly ten years

I had an itch to knock down that wall in the middle for forever. One day earlier this year I just decided to start taking it down. It was so exciting. ;) 

It took me a few months but I finally finished the space. It's one of my top three makeovers in the house (I'd say up there with the kitchen and the dining/library). Here's how it turned out: 

Oh I do miss that pretty shower! Someday I'll do the same tile in his bathroom at our new house...someday, a lot of days from now. ;) 

I loved every single inch of this room. I am so proud of it:  

I still love looking at it. :) 

One room we didn't touch much (probably the only room in the house!) was our master bathroom. I shared that with you here -- I made some small changes over the years but since it was set up well and we knew it would be so expensive, we never tackled a big reno. 

Bathrooms are no joke people! They are hard work -- even the small ones. But they make a big impact in your home and can give it tons of personality. 

I'll be back next week as we pack up and count down the hours till we are in our house! As always, thanks for coming along for the ride all these years! :)  

You can see more about each bathroom at the links below, but let me know if you have any questions!:

     - Resources and links for this bathroom

     - Resources and links for this room

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  1. Your DIY floating shelves are my favourite. Such a perfect way to decorate AND make use of the space. I could actually do the same for my tiny bathroom! Thank you for the idea!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  2. I love it! Can you tell me where you got the basket organizer above your toilet in the powder room? I see you replaced that for the boat paddle that was there before.

  3. So excited to see you move into your new home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe it, only a week to go, that's awesome - good luck with the move!!!


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