The Bathroom Makeover Begins

Yay!  It’s finally time to start some fun stuff around here!  We’ve got our 80’s beauty queen house stable and in working order, so now it’s time to bling her out!

Project number one: The Bathroom


Guess what?  This space is not only the boys’ bathroom, it also the guest bathroom.

Which is super awesome.

Because boys are so clean.



This project will involve rehabbing the space as economically as possible, while still achieving a big impact.  Nothing is particularly nice in this bathroom so I feel very free to try out some crazy unconventional stuff.  What do I really have to lose besides some 80’s tile and a rather questionable vanity?

So yeah, nothing.

I have nothing to lose.

First, let me regale you with some lovely before pictures.

(Please excuse the pictures.  It’s nighttime here and the awesome lighting is working against me.)

The Vanity


So yeah, this doesn’t look so bad and clearly someone along the way decided to try and help the 80’s beauty queen out by installing a new vanity.  Sort of.  I use the term “install” loosely because upon further inspection, you will notice that this thing was dropped in and cobbled together in all sorts of unholy ways.  But it’s not a total loss.  I think with a little chalk paint and some lovely drawer pulls, this vanity can be saved (and so can my budget).

The Light

img_3605I mean, I can’t even.

What was this person thinking?

A giant fluorescent light???

Please stop.

Under said light I have discovered two holes in that weird header thing that have electricity going to them.  Of course the placement of the two holes make absolutely no sense in relation to ANYTHING in the bathroom, so unless I come up with some super smart way to center the holes, I may be calling in the handyman on this one.

I am imagining two lovely hanging lights though and that makes me happy.  (I say hanging lights, because right now, I have no intention of ripping that header thing out.  I will eventually, but re-drywalling the ceiling is just NO right now.)

The Tile

img_3609I am going to just give you a minute to listen to what the tile has to say for itself…

Did you hear the 80’s whispering in your ear?

So I have a super top secret plan for this.  A plan that may be my greatest triumph or my greatest fail to date.  Stay tuned…

The Doors

img_3606We are friends, so I am going to be honest with you here.  These are not the worst doors in our house.


So obviously knobs, and I am looking into replacing the doors with something more along the lines of 2016, and less along the lines of “cheap, hollow flat doors from the 80’s that have been badly painted and a dog has scratched to death.”  Not the look I am going for.  I know you’re shocked.

The Walls

img_3611Ultimately I would love to plank these walls, but for now, I am looking for a faster fix.  I am leaning toward a very light gray, which is proving to be more difficult than I first anticipated, as you can see.  I am six paint samples in and haven’t quite found “it” yet.  I will though.  The paint guy and I are close.

So that’s the big stuff.  There is a lot to do, but it thrills me to no end to get to this point with our 80’s beauty queen house and I can’t wait to share my progress with you, friend!

PS- Have you checked out my new little craft shop on Etsy yet?

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