Downstairs Bathroom: Before and After

Hi y’all! Do you remember when I showed you pictures of how ugly our condo was when I first bought it in 2008? Today I wanted to show you how at least one room has been transformed over the last almost-5 years.

The downstairs bathroom is situated between the office and the downstairs bedroom. The pass-through area contains a linen closet and a sink and vanity, and opposite the vanity lies a little room with the toilet and shower. So this is what it looked like when we had our inspection (please ignore the previous owner’s lovely personal items) -

Before

*WARNING – you may not want to look at this if you are eating.*

Before

Don’t look too closely at that shower curtain or you may lose your lunch! Wasn’t it bad? The pictures don’t really do it justice – it was horrible! The floors were a greenish brown dirty-looking linoleum and the walls were covered with a dark brown and green wallpaper so the little toilet/shower room like a dark, dirty cave. The wallpaper extended into the pass-through area of the bathroom where the vanity had water damage and the carpet flooring was really disgusting.

I spent a lot of time trying to strip the wallpaper in the bathroom, but apparently there were two layers and the bottom layer wasn’t put on properly so any wallpaper that came off brought drywall with it. Since I had a lot of other painting and projects to do before I felt comfortable moving in, I decided it made sense to hire a professional to strip the wallpaper and paint the bathroom. It was so worth it!

Before I show you the post-painting pictures, I want to apologize for the coloring in the photos. The green was a lot prettier than it looks here but it was so bright and bold that I couldn’t photograph it very well. I wouldn’t necessarily pick the color again, but at the time I needed to forget how dirty and dark it felt and the green was just the cheerful splash of color to fit the bill. My Mom and I found a cheery, striped shower curtain at Target and I picked the green color to match the green stripe in the curtain.

Painted Green

In the first month after I bought the condo, my Mom and sister did a lot of work to put in bamboo flooring in the bedrooms, office, and loft upstairs. So you can’t tell from any of these pictures, but the floor in the pass-through area was redone at this point.

Painted Green

By the time I got to take these pictures, my awesome sister had visited and replaced the light fixtures over the vanity and in the toilet/shower room. It made such a huge difference! She also installed a towel ring next to the sink and a towel bar behind each of the doors in the pass-through area. Oh and yes, the mirror is propped up on the counter. We took it down for the stripping/painting process and I switched it out for the smaller one from the half-bath; I wanted to have it re-mounted and framed but other projects were higher priority. {Sorry for all of the junk on the counter – I think I was in the middle of a project.}

Painted Green

The bigger changes took place in the toilet/shower room. I started noticing that the grout between some of the tiles was coming out and when I had someone come to look at it, he popped a tile off to show me the sad state of my shower. He told me that when the shower area was originally completed, the contractor did not use the best backing so behind the tile was molded and deteriorated. Paying someone to re-tile the shower area wasn’t something I had planned for that year, but it really needed to be done so I went for it. It was only a little bit more for him to tile the floor and add a half-wall of tile in that area, too, so I splurged to get that done as well.

Painted Green

Tiled
Much better, right? Oh and imagine my shock when Young House Love did a bathroom makeover for their niece and they used the same shower curtain and a similar green color! (I promise I had mine done before I saw their post! :-) ) Don’t you love the chandelier?

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After a year or two, I started studying amazing blogs (like Young House Love, Ten June, Home Stories A to Z, Hi Sugarplum! Nesting Place, House Tweaking, and Miss Mustard Seed…just to name a few) and I realized how much more I liked calm, serene rooms. The crisp whites and more muted colors I saw made me smile and ever since I’ve been trying to make changes to make the vibe in the condo more calm, comfortable, relaxed, cozy, etc.

I wanted to make the bathroom more serene and I thought it would make it fun to give it a beachy feeling; my Dad is from Key West, FL and we lived outside Orlando until I was about 10 years old, so something about the beach always feels like home. I mentioned it when I showed the transformation in the half bath, but I started pinning bathroom ideas to my bathroom board on Pinterest that included favorites like these -

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So I repainted the bathroom a tranquil green/blue color in the fall of 2011 and I’ve been making other tweaks since then. I’m going to do a separate post on the last big event in the life of the bathroom, but let’s just say it involved a lot of paint.

Done

So without further delay, here are the most recent pictures of the bathroom -

Bathroom: After

Bathroom: After

Bathroom: After

Bathroom: After

Bathroom: After

Bathroom: After

Bathroom: After

Bathroom: After

Bathroom: After

Bathroom: After

Bathroom: After

Bathroom: After

Just a couple of things that I wanted to mention -

1. I painted the bathroom cabinets brown and white and it was pretty simple. Since then, I’ve seen a lot of posts about staining cabinets rather than painting but I’m not sure which I would do if I had to do it over again.

2. My awesome brother-in-law Tyler framed out the mirror and I am so excited about how it came out!

3. I love the crispness that the white shower curtain and white rug each add.

4. The branch artwork that’s hanging over the toilet is based on an idea from this post. If I make another one (like I hope to), then I’ll do a post about it.

5. The shower head was replaced with the shower tile redo. A good shower head makes all the difference in the world – am I right?

6. To the left of the sink I framed vintage-looking postcards of Key West. I did a faux-canvas finish on them that I think is a fun touch!

7. It may be cliche, but I put starfish over each doorway. They make me smile, so I don’t care if they are cheesy. {That’s probably true of a lot of things in my life! :-) }

 

I’m linking up with A Bowl Full of LemonsHome Stories A to ZSugar Bee Crafts, 36th Avenue, Thrifty Decor Chick, Start at Home, and Stacy Embracing Change.

  • C. C.

    Really beautiful, Helen. I love the soft colors!

    • http://www.mrsbomb.com Helen

      Thanks, CC! :-)

  • http://startathome.blogspot.com brooke

    What a fun Make over. I love the colors and how calming it is!
    I would love for you to come link up at my Furniture and Paint Party start tomorrow @ 8PM MST! Hope to see you there!

    brooke
    startathome.blogspot.com

    • http://www.mrsbomb.com Helen

      Thanks, Brooke! I’ll definitely come link up!

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  • http://www.livingandlearningwithluisa.com/ Luisa

    Aaaahhhh…so much better! Bravo! Visiting from TDC!

    • http://www.mrsbomb.com Helen

      Thank you! :-)

  • http://www.rhinogutterguard.com/ James Davis

    You have used very beautiful colors. I just love all colors you have used. You are amazing.

  • http://www.roca.sg/ bathroom

    I think you did a fantastic work on your bathroom! It looks fantastic! I have to do something similar at home, I talked with the builder because I wanted to put new tiles from the firm Roca and I wanted to change the bath and put a shower column from this firm, too. I also wanted to paint the walls blue and white. We’ll start next month, in october… I can’t wait! :)
    Best regards from SG!
    Hwee Ying