When I posted a tour of my new-to-me house on a lake in December, I only showed the real estate listing photos of the master bath which were not the best. I thought it was time to take photos to show you how it really looks in real life.
It is the only room in the house that was remodeled floor to ceiling prior to us moving in. Here are a some photos of it along with a few from the other bathrooms in the house.
All the doors in the house are stained dark walnut. When we first moved in I was thinking about painting them, but they have grown on me. As long as the trim around them is white I am OK with them. The two panels that look orange only do in the photo, not in real life. It is because they are being highlighted by the 3 windows across from it and the camera picked that up.
I know I would have chosen a few different fixtures and colors for the decor, but all in all, we love it.
It is nice to have a room that is complete except for perhaps some art on the wall between the vanity mirrors.
The water coming into the house was very hard and left calcium deposits on all the fixtures. We have updated the water system and are working on removing the calcium build up. The new soft water treatment alone is helping lessen it only after a few weeks.
I was a little leery of the glass shower surround after what happened to me in my previous house when the glass shower door exploded and sent me to the ER.
These windows have mini blinds inside the double glass. Two of the blinds would not open all the way when we first moved into the house. I could not live with that since I like every window uncovered. Since privacy is needed in this room, I had to figure out a way to fix the blinds without having to get new inserts which I am sure would have been costly.
I took the inside glass off each window and used a Dremel drill bit to shape cup hooks to hold the blinds in place and allow them to open and close easily. This is controlled with a dial on the side of each window. If you have windows like this then you know what I am talking about. It took some thinking, but they are fixed and working fine now.
I added a few of the white decorative accessories from my previous house that I bought at IKEA. The tray is sold in the candle department. The pedestal glass jar is a recent $6 purchase from HomeGoods. Since moving, I have found all my favorite stores nearby. I would be really sad not to have a HomeGoods to browse and shop.
Moving on to the other bathrooms:
Remember this BEFORE photo?
This is how the guest bathroom looked when we first moved in. It looks like polka dot wallpaper, but they are little images of scallop shells. Shell wallpaper, gold shell towel rack, hooks, and toilet paper and cabinet hardware. On the window was a formal looking swag with jabot. The white 3-globe light fixture looks OK and is actually coming back in style, although with slightly different styling, but it was crusted with layers of paint. When we removed it, parts of it were rusted through. It was there from 1974 for sure! I kept the white globes. They are very thick glass and not like the glass globes sold today that are thin and break easily.
*I have since given this bathroom a beautiful makeover, click here to see it’s new look.
I did a mini-makeover to the room until we can make bigger changes like replacing the vanity, counter, and sink. Since they are neutral in color it is not a priority to change anything right away. I want to get a feel for how guests use the space before we make any major changes
The white on the center of the cabinet is caused from the camera catching a highlight. I am not sure why it is showing up in the photo, but it is not that color, it is the same as the drawer and cabinet to the left.
I found the light fixture on clearance at Lowes for $22.
I updated the drawer pulls with a variety of glass knobs that I have been buying and collecting at HomeGoods, Marshalls, and TJMaxx. They sell for $4 – $9 a box. I love glass knobs. In one way or another, you will be seeing these in every room makeover I complete in the house.
I removed the peach and seashell wallpaper and border using this method, only to find very old sheetrock that is in rough shape. Once all the wallpaper and adhesive was removed, I could see that the walls were a mess. I put primer on just so they would look a little better, but I will have to cover them in some way or another. I am thinking a planked wall either horizontal or vertical.
Let’s pretend the popcorn ceiling is not even there. OK? :-) I like to think like Pollyanna and play “The Glad Game” when it comes to things that I don’t like in life. Lets just say…“I am glad the ceiling is white”. The back-in-style quatrefoil floor tile makes up for the ceiling.
All it needs is a grout freshening. I will be using the whitening product that I used, here to update it.
The white tub and classic bath tile are in great shape. One less thing to have to makeover.
I added a shiny new chrome towel rack, robe hook, and toilet paper holder. I found these 3 hooks at Hobby Lobby. They are the perfect out of the way place for guests to hang their towels.
This is the powder room that is right off the kitchen. It is just plain dark. Even in the day, we need to turn the light on in the room to see. It has the same wallpaper and gold shell accents as the upstairs guest bath did along with a low vanity cabinet. The vinyl floor runs across the hallway to the laundry closet and down to the garage. I would like to replace it with the same flooring I used in my studioffice.
It is large for a powder room, actually too large as space is wasted.
I think if I entered this toilet into “the ugliest toilet contest”, I could win. It is being replaced after the next run to the home improvement store. Especially since it is leaky and constantly running.
The vanity has lots of storage, but is far too low for the average height person. The counter I think is solid surface, maybe Swanstone. It has green veining. I would like to update the cabinet and counter with white. Again, I want to wait to see how we use the room and then I will make the updates, but I would like something like this vanity and counter in one.
To get to the back of the room the door has to be swung open all the way, then you have to turn around and close the door. My plan is to add a rolling door like I did in the master bathroom of my previous house.
I have not found a space for the jelly cabinet that used to be in the mud room of my previous house. For now, it will be hanging out here since it fits. I have gotten rid of many items, but this is a piece I want to keep.
*Update: This bathroom as been completed, you can see it here.
So as you can see I have both shiny new and outdated old bathrooms. Even the outdated are functional, they just don’t look pretty anymore. With some time, money, and elbow grease they eventually will all once again be shiny and new.
Have you ever remodeled a bath or many bathrooms? Any tips, hints, or heads-up on what to do and what not to do? If so, please share in the comments.