I finally put the finishing touches on my little bathroom makeover, so drum roll, please, because I have BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES. Woot woot!
(Seriously, aren't B&A's the best? Sometimes I go binge on Better After to get my decorating fix.)
Now, to be fair, I don't think my "before" was awful:
There were mostly practical issues that prompted the redo: cracking walls, a broken exhaust fan, and too much dusty clutter.
The light and fixtures had been painted several times already, and were ready to retire:
Plus I didn't like the wall color. Or the over-the-door towel rack, which kept the door from opening all the way.
John was raring for a new project, and had the room mostly gutted before I even knew what I wanted.
Boy moves fast.
He only mostly gutted the room, though. My secret shame, the 1960s peach shower tile, still lives on behind the shower curtain:
Someday, shower tile. SOMEDAY. [meaningful glare]
Within two days John had installed a new exhaust vent in the attic, door, trim, vanity, sink, light, fixtures, and painted the ceiling, trim, and walls.
The new, wider vanity meant we had to shift the mirror and light exactly 2 inches to the left. ARG. I at least helped come up with a solution for the light:
We traced a pretty shape onto plywood, which John cut and routed to make this backer plate. Since our new light has a smaller base than the old one, and since we had to move it over a few inches, the hole in the wall would show without this piece to cover it. Yay for less drywall work!
Here's all of John's work done:
The new wall color is a petal-soft peach, and I lurrrrve it.
I actually hated to add anything after this point; it's just so clean and pretty! But sadly I still need towels and toiletries and stuff. Bah.
Right, here we go, big reveal time!
Natural versus artificial light:
I reeeeally didn't want another shelf over the toilet tank (again, major dust trap), so after much deliberation I hung these pretty copper-and-teal glass jars instead:
I found them on clearance at Burlington for $5 each. SCORE.
Plus the silver hooks let me skip putting up a bulky towel ring or bar.
My larger towels hang with John's behind the bedroom door now.
(You can't actually see the towel rack at that link, but I figured you'd want to see my bedroom redo again anyway. :D)
The galvanized metal box on the tank corrals all my bottles and tubes, and has a chalkboard front for when I figure out something to write on it. Any suggestions?
John trimmed out the bottom of the vanity, so no more dust can get under/behind the sink base:
... which is AMAZING. (Can we talk about the dusty backsides of pedestal sinks? No? That's fair.)
New faucet - which is exactly like my old one, 'cuz it's cute and only $30 - plus orange silk happiness in a jar.
New TP holder:
And my non-matching loopy rug, which is squishy heaven, but which will be replaced when/if I find a brighter teal rug.
Can I show you my favorite part, though?
It's the one feature you can't even see: the access to my hidden waste bin.
Yep, I convinced John to cut a hole in my new vanity. The room is so small I can't easily open the cabinet door while standing in front of it, so this cut-out is just about the handiest thing ever. And no visible trash can! YAY!
The ombre shower curtain is from Amazon, and cost about $19.
The light fixture is from Lowes, and cost around $60.
The vanity and sink combo is from Home Depot - about $100 on sale - so with all the other bits and trim and new door and such our little makeover cost a bit over $300.
It's not the most dramatic of changes, I know, but I'm really diggin' my new space:
Oh, did I mention I painted the poppies a brighter orange? They were more reddish before.
Welp, hope you guys enjoyed a peek into my bathroom! ...which, yes, is a little weird for all of us, but I promise I won't mention my fabulous Japanese automated toilet seat if you won't.