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It’s Bathroom Reveal Day!


Our DIY bathroom renovation has been officially complete for about two weeks now since we hung the curtains my mom made for us (the final element!) (thanks, Mom!), but every time I have thought about taking pictures, I wasn’t anywhere near the house.

Jim and I are so very happy to be finished with this, the largest DIY project we’ve ever tackled. We did every ounce of work in the room with the exception of the new tub installation; we left that part to our plumber. After hours and hours (and hours) of work and in just a few short months that seemed like forever, this room went from being my most-hated-for-twelve-years-since-we-moved-in to one of my favorites. Okay, currently it IS my favorite.

Let me rewind for a second and show you the “before”:

Bathroom = Stuck in 1969

Blech, right? Whoever thought “salmon” was a good bathroom color should be severely punished.

Anyway, you can read all about how we started (in thirty easy steps!) here.

What I love about the new bathroom–besides EVERYTHING–is the group of decor items we put in there. We started with framing our two favorite pictures from our family trip to Germany in 2010. The things on the countertop weren’t purchased for this room: I pulled them from other areas of the house. There is a glass and iron candle holder that I purchased years and years ago at Pottery Barn which was in the living room: I just bought a green candle to match the bathroom, put it near my sink and suddenly it has new life. For Jim’s side, I grabbed a vase that we fell in love with at Z Gallerie (years and years ago) that had been in a corner on the family room floor: nobody ever noticed it. As it turns out, it’s actually perfect for the bathroom in line and color.

Lastly, and this was Jim’s brilliance, our “new” bathroom glasses are from Spain: Jim bought them literally twenty-five years ago when his Navy ship stopped in Barcelona. They are tall, thin glasses decorated with bullfighting posters and came in a set of six. These glasses have literally been in the back of our kitchen cabinet ever since, and I’m not even sure we used any of them more than once or twice. Now, in the new bathroom? They are perfect. It just goes to show you that you don’t have to spend money to decorate a room: you might have the perfect items already!

So now, without further ado, our new bathroom. Sigh.

Bathroom renovation finally complete! This countertop weighs about 250 pounds and is not going anywhere. We doubled the available storage with our new cabinets. Traded in old, icky shower doors for a lovely curtain. It stays this clean most of the time, even! Pulling decor elements from other areas in the house was a WIN. Favorite picture from our family trip to Germany in 2010 (Rothenburg o.d. Tauber)

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  • Liz January 22, 2013, 7:36 am

    Oh…my…GAWD!!!!…it is beautiful!!! You guys did a fantastic job of making it feel so gosh-darned inviting, I’m about ready to jump on a plane and…you know…live in your bathroom.

    • Melisa January 22, 2013, 7:41 am

      And Momo wants my bed…this could be fun!
      You two should start packing and come on ova! 🙂

  • Momo Fali January 22, 2013, 7:39 am

    I love it! You two did a fabulous job. Also, it’s kind of fun to see pictures on the internet and say, “Hey! I sat on that toilet!”

    • Melisa January 22, 2013, 7:40 am

      SO glad I wasn’t drinking anything when I read that.

      • Momo Fali January 22, 2013, 7:42 am

        Don’t worry. I didn’t poop. FOR FIVE DAYS.

        • Melisa January 22, 2013, 7:43 am

          I remember. (That’s a real friend, remembering how constipated you were.)

          • Melisa January 22, 2013, 7:44 am

            Also, wow, where better can you have a totally appropriate comment thread about constipation going than on a post about a bathroom reno?

  • Ally Bean January 22, 2013, 7:44 am

    Gorgeous cabinets. Beautiful floor. I want these, too. Wonderful remodel.

    [Also, I agree that we need to punish those who use “salmon” color in a bathroom. Could we also include “mint green” on the banned bathroom color list? I believe it to be just as offensive as “salmon”!]

  • Dawndi January 22, 2013, 7:47 am

    BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love it! Add me to the list of people who have used that toilet. haha

  • Hope January 22, 2013, 7:48 am


  • Carol January 22, 2013, 7:51 am

    Daaaaaang! That looks NICE! Great job guys!! So great : ))))

  • TheNextMartha January 22, 2013, 8:21 am

    Yeah! Looks great.

  • Kari January 22, 2013, 8:29 am

    I love this so much!!!
    Great job!

  • Headless Mom January 22, 2013, 8:35 am

    Looks fantastic!!

    Mine SHOULD be done by April. But don’t hold your breath.

  • Cher January 22, 2013, 8:58 am

    Where are the Barcelona glasses, I’m curious now 🙂

  • kim/themakermom January 22, 2013, 9:07 am

    Great job! It’s nice to not have to think pink each morning, isn’t it?

  • Grandma W January 22, 2013, 7:08 pm

    I love it great job. The curtains look great too. What is your next project? HA HA HA!!
    Grandma W

  • Niri January 22, 2013, 8:07 pm

    Love it!! Before and afters gets me so excited to make changes too.

  • Toni January 22, 2013, 9:23 pm

    Looks great….very inviting actually, tho’ that sounds wierd! Smiles, XO

  • Patty January 23, 2013, 1:49 pm

    Wow! It looks gorgeous! I love how you pulled in items that were already in your home. Looks amazing! Nice job!

  • As Cape Cod Turns January 23, 2013, 3:22 pm

    Love love love!!!! Can’t wait to see it in July 🙂

  • Abigail January 23, 2013, 5:46 pm

    Wow, looks fantastic!

  • Mom24@4evermom January 24, 2013, 1:39 pm

    Wow! Great job!

  • Colleen January 25, 2013, 10:21 am

    SO MUCH AWESOME! I love that green color and the floor! <3

  • Jennifer January 25, 2013, 11:16 am

    It’s awesome! Congrats on finishing 🙂

  • Paula @ Frosted Fingers January 27, 2013, 10:22 pm

    It turned out beautiful!I have a bathroom that needs some help now that you have some free time 😉