Sunday, January 23, 2011

From Ugly Duckling to Beautiful Swan (A Bathroom Metamorphosis)

I’ve been itching to  post the results of  the house in Hooterville hall bathroom renovation but I was detained in Hooterville last week babysitting my daughter’s two cats and dog while she was out of town and didn’t have access to my blogging computer.

So even though Rodney, the cabinet guy who remodeled my kitchen, is still working on the storage cabinet for this bathroom, and I don’t have the chair rail molding up yet,  I’m now ready to reveal the transformation…which turned out to be a pretty remarkable transformation, if I do say so myself! 

Just a reminder of what we inherited when we bought the house…

a mish-mash of bad flooring


a privacy wall that made the toilet area extremely cramped

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a pedestal sink that afforded ZERO storage


no mirror

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and approximately 5 feet of wasted space to the left of the pedestal sink.

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After we bought the house, I painted the peach walls white, just to freshen up the space until I could decide what I wanted to do in here.

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While pondering renovation options,  I was of the opinion the privacy wall should come down but there was just a hint of doubt in my mind so I asked my readers.  The overwhelming consensus was YES, rip it out! 

You don’t have to tell me twice!  Out it came!

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In fact, the whole bathroom was gutted, right down to the studs.

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Below the new bathtub is in and the tile being installed. 

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I used bead board wallpaper on the lower part of the walls and the paint color on the upper walls ended up being  a happy accident.  I couldn’t decide what color I wanted to use in here and on a whim I thought I’d  *try*  the the same color I painted the formal living room and dining room since I had a whole gallon of it left.  It’s  a bluish gray called Winter in Paris (Valspar paint sold at Lowe’s).  I actually like it better in this bathroom than I do in the formal living and dining room.

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When you compare it to the aqua in the adjoining bedroom and the green in the hallway, you can see that it is really more gray than it appears in most of these photos.

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Inspired by user Colleen_Christine on Rate My Space,  I went on the hunt for a free-standing vanity similar to hers and found one identical  here  (although I didn’t get as good a deal as she did).  I was pretty nervous about ordering it sight unseen but when it arrived, I was 100 percent pleased.  It’s a solid, sturdy piece and it made the trip from New Jersey to Florida without getting so much as a nick or scratch on it.

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With a  little paint, new hardware (instead of the wood knobs it came with), and a top made from the same  LG Hi-Mac solid surface  I selected for the kitchen  (fabricated by my amazing cabinet guy, Rodney), and ta da…

WOWSERS!  Ain’t she purdy????

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(For my readers who voted on the other style vanity, I’ve decided to use something similar to it when I renovate the 3rd bathroom in the house within the next few months.)

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As I mentioned, my cabinet guy  is building a storage cabinet for that far corner.  It will be 24 inches wide,  go all the way to the ceiling to look like a built-in and it will be finished off at the top with crown molding.

**Update:  the built-in storage cabinet can be seen here.

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I love the flooring!  Believe it or not, it’s vinyl planks from Home Depot.  This was one of the special order colors  but it only took about 7 to 10 days to come in.   Oh how I wish I had used this product instead of the wood laminate I selected for some of the other rooms in the house!

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I’m still keeping my eye out for some little something to add a pop of color in here, and as soon as my cabinet guy gets the storage cabinet installed, I’ll update with photos of it but in the meantime, I’m totally loving my new bathroom. 

Hmmm….I think the cat is liking it too!

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Product Sources:

48 inch Vanity:  Sagehill Design Heartland Home  (Model #HH4821D)

Vanity top:  LG Hi Mac Solid Surface in “Graphite Granite” (G103)

Vanity cup pulls and  knobs:  Lowe’s

Chrome Sink Faucet:  Moen “Caldwell”  (Lowe’s)

Paint:  Valspar (Lowe’s) Winter in Paris  (5002-1A)

Bead board wallpaper:  fellow blogger, Rhoda’s (Southern Hospitality)  shop

3 light polished chrome vanity bar:  Portfolio (Lowe’s) #0226810

White Framed Mirror:  Allen & Roth 32 x 44 inches (Lowe’s Item #239797)

White ceramic & chrome tissue cover, soap dispenser and cup:  T.J. Maxx

Wicker basket:  T.J. Maxx

Shower Tiles:  Ceramiche Guocera Glazed Tiles in Canyon White

Shower/tub  faucet:  American Standard Colony in polished chrome  (Home Depot)

White ceramic tile corner shower shelves:  Lowe’s

White waffle weave shower curtain:  Target

Vinyl Plank Flooring:  Traffic Master “Allure” in Mahogany from Home Depot

Bath rug:  J.C. Penney’s Linden Street



Linking up to:


Adrienne said...

Your bathroom is gorgeous! I love the way you put it all together and so glad you found the vanity you wanted. Can't wait to see more!

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Oh My Goodness!! It is completely FABULOUS!!!!
That vanity is awesome!!!!
The colors, the flooring... All of it. Just Lovely!!
It has been fun to watch & now I am going to go look for that flooring...
Thanks for the inspiration

Terry said...

This is amazing and so beautiful. When you get the cabinet done and the chair rail on top of the bead board, be sure to post again so we can see the final result!

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

That is a fantastic renovation - such an inspiration. I would have hesitated about removing the privacy wall too, but it was absolutely the right thing to do. I love the beadboard and blue paint, but most of all I love your vanity.

Sorta Fairytale Girl said...

such a beautiful job...what an amazing difference! love your kitty laying on the towel, they always find the best spots to sleep ;)

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Love, love that vanity! It is beyond gorgous!!! Your bathroom is becoming a picture. Can't wait to see the end results. The cat pic cracked me up. I have three furry babies, too. That's exactly something they would do. TFS - Blessings, Barb

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love your new bathroom. It looks gorgeous. Your vanity is stunning and I love the color. Awesome transformation. Hugs, Marty

Shelia said...

Hi Shari! Oh, your bathroom is beautiful! I love it. Your vanity is gorgeous. You had great vision!!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Pam said...

It looks amazing! I love the color, the flooring, the vanity, etc! GREAT job!

Suzann said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the new bathroom!!!
Love the beadboard and the vanity!!

You did a great job!!!!


Marie said...

Oh Shari - I soooo love the transformation of you after bathroom. The new vanity is to die for! I love everything about it.

Deb said...

Looks fantastic!!

Custom Comforts said...

What an amazing transformation!!! Love all your choices and can hardly wait to see it with the corner cabinet and chair rail. Great job!

The Inspired Nest said...

That is one gorgeous makeover! I am blown away! I love every thing about it and I can't wait to see the cabinet put in!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Wow, Shari, it looks gorgeous!!!
Love the vanity! I'm loving the bathroom color too!


Mary said...

I am very interested in this make over! I love what you have done. Such a nice, clean and happy change. I am in the process of selecting things for my master bathroom and the choices are overwhelming. Your selections are smart! Well done and thank you for that detailed list-so helpful :)

From Virginia

Ann said...

OMG!!! I LOVE it--the floor looks so great! was it easy to install? Want that vanity for my bathroom!

Cindy said...

WooHoo!!! That is one gorgeous bathroom now! I love the vanity that you chose, it is truly beautiful!
Hugs, Cindy

Diane said...

It looks really nice. I moved into my house a year ago and I am still trying to decide what to do with the rooms I have issues with. The house came with epoxy coated cement floors :( so I am looking into flooring. I can't decide if I want tile or solid wood. My kitchen is nice and big and pretty well laid out but they (previous owners)chose cheap cabinets that have to be replaced. I have navy blue carpet in the family room that has to GO! But I can't decide if I want tile or carpet. Too many decisions for a girl who can't decorate to save my life! I envy your ability to decide and have beautiful results.

Kathy said...

Oh Shari! I can see why you were excited! The end result is fabulous! Love the free standing pedestal! Simply gorgeous! Love it!

A Cottage Muse said...

Oh I love it! It is just beautiful, wonderful job! I am so happy I stopped by!!

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Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous, love the vanity.

Marilyn said...

I ♥ ♥ it! You did an outstanding job on it. Thank you for not waiting for the corner cabinet to share. Now we will have another treat coming! ♥♫

Emily@TheWickerHouse said...

What a transformation.
Love the Vanity.
So I have the same floors in my bathroom and Love them.

Nancy W said...

WOW Shari! This bathroom looks amazing!! We hope to get started on ours in the next couple of months and so I am going to refer back to yours for inspiration! Thanks for all the supply info too! hugs from Conroe, TX!!

Wendy said...

That turned out fabulous!! Love it!


What a great change. I really love the vanities that look like furniture. So pretty!


Honey at 2805 said...

Love the vanity! The room in indeed a swan.

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Gorgeous! Your is one of the prettiest, and most do-able and most practical, bathroom renos that I have seen! Love , love, love it.

Katie said...

It looks gorgeous!! I love the paint color (both in the bathroom and the hall)! That vanity is great!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow! I love this transformation. Crazy about that vanity and what you did with it. Your cat looks right at home there. Thanks so much for sharing this at the party!

Sherrie said...

This is a beautiful transformation! That vanity, oh my what a piece of gorgeousness!

Jane@Little House of Projects said...

I love it!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow Shari, what an amazing transformation! It looks fabulous!


Heather said...

Hello! I am visiting from Kim's link party. I am also in the midst of a bathroom remodel. I just had to stop by and tell you how beautiful your new bathroom looks! I simply love the vanity!

Teri said...

I love your style. In tune with what I like. I just bought some of the bead board wallpaper.Can't wait to use it.Thanks for your ideas!

Agatha said...

Beautiful transformation, you did an awesome job i love it.

BECKY said...

Love the redo! Great choices, gal!
About the photo sizes...are you already using windows live writer? If not, do you know if you are using the updated blogger editor or the old one? You can send your reply to my so we don't crowd up your comments with unrelated stuff. I am happy to help in any way I can. It took me awhile, too!
Have a blessed day!

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

That is AMAZING!!!
What a great re-do!!!!

Rita May said...

You did a fantastic job! Love the floor. I've seen it at HD and you'd never know that it's not laminate wood.

Lottie said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!!!

Kim said...


Low Tide High Style said...

What a stunning transformation, I love the vanity and the flooring!

Kat :)

Katie @ Cowboy Phraseology said...

love the new look! where did you get the blue shower curtain used in the "before" shot?

Linda said...

This is such a beautiful remodel...I love everything about it! Very inspiring! I am a new follower!

Nikki said...

Oh my goodness! What a transformation! We just put beadboard in our bathroom and I think our paint is very similar. Great job! Love it!