Saturday, August 27, 2011

Bathroom Redo

Awhile back I posted that I was re-doing some things in my bathroom.  My whole house is always evolving, actually.  When are we ever really done.  Anyway, when we first moved in, the bathroom was gross.  The glass was falling out of the window and ready to fall on someone down below (literally), the tile was old and cracky and moldy from a leaky toilet, the mirror was hanging off the wall and ready to kill someone (we removed that right away), and the decor included egg yolk yellow walls and cabinets with navy curtains.  I DID take a before photo, five years ago, before I owned a digital camera.  That picture is in an album of all our befores and afters.  Consider yourself spared. 

Here's what the bathroom looked like after we moved in and freshened it up.

The tile, paint, vanity, tub, window and window treatment all got replaced.  We kept things simple because we had a lot to do around the house.  Really, every room was worse than the last one.  But, I had always wanted to do more in here and just never got around to it.

Then, one evening we found a prairie dove shelf/hutch thing.  I was going to restyle her for our summer garage sale, but then Melanie, of My Sweet Savannah, posted about a bathroom shelf she picked up at a thrift store.

I love Melanie's style and she always seems to know just what to do with any space in her home.  Her blog is an inspiration to anyone.  If you haven't checked out her site yet, please do.

Melanie's shelf was very similar to mine.  I was really diggin' what hers was doin'. 

I decided my husband would be hanging our prairie dove shelf on our bathroom wall.  I also purchased some Shabby Chic curtains from Target in a grey linen fabric.  They have beautiful white embroidery on the bottom.  I got some odds and ends from around the house to spice up my rack...voila!

It is so much cozier now!

Of course, it's still a work in progress.  I want to find/make some strung shells or skeleton keys or decorative washcloths to hang from the pegs.

Right now, the display is set for the end of summer.  Soon, I will be swapping out my deco for fall acorns and a metallic pumpkin or two.  But for now, let's enjoy summer while she's holding out.

There are still a few more plans for this room.  1) White wainscotting under the window and behind the toilet, an easy add on.  2)  Picture frame molding around the bathroom mirror to make it more cohesive with the rest of the room (I'm just going to miter it and stick it on with heavy duty double-sided tape.  Someone else I know did this and it is

But for now, it feels new again!

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Katie said...

Love the shelves and your display items are so pretty!

Raindrops and Daisies said...

It looks fantastic.

Well done your work has paid off.


Erin of said...

Your bathroom looks great. I think you like birds as much as I do! I am obsessed! Thank you so much for linking up at Savvy HomeMade Monday. We are partying again and I hope you will stop by! :)

Audrey said...

Lovely! Your bathroom looks so clean, fresh and beautiful.Sweet shelf....can't wait to see your Fall decorations.

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

What a great idea and it looks fabulous!

I hope that you will visit my lovers!

Terrie said...

Wow, just a showcase. Not only for bath. So cozy.

Bobbie said...

Your shelf find looks great in your beautiful remolded bathroom. So lovely...thank you for sharing. Have a great week. Bobbie

Tutuland said...

Love it! Im in need of a shelf in my daughters bathroom. Great idea instead of one from a big box store that I was dreading to put up out of need and desperation. Great tips.

I found you through the Newbie Party at Debbies.

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I look forward to following you- Allice

Emily@LovelyBeasts said...

It's amazing how different a bathroom can look with simple curtains and a shelf. It's definitely a cozier room. And I love the little lace hanging you have in front of the mirror. I would have never thought of that!

Sandi said...

Your shelf looks right at home in it's new space! Very nice.

A Cottage Muse said...

I love the shelf and the way you've dressed it up!

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

Hi Andrea! thank you so much for your comment on my dresser! :) I was noticing your wreath in your first picture- I have the same one! Your bathroom is looking great- love those shelves.
thanks again for stopping by!

ImSoVintage said...

Aren't you happy you didn't sell it. It looks fabulous. I am so happy to be a new follower from White Wednesday.

Anonymous said...

WOW! Your bathroom is beautiful now. I especially love the little birds and nests vignette!

Pattie @ On Hollyhock Farm said...

Love it! I just picked up a hutch/buffet top, also. I am painting it white and using it in my kitchen. Love these ideas. Found you at Coastal Charm. I now follow your blog. 8^)

Erin of said...

I said it before and I will say it again... what a cozy bathroom. Well done! Thank you so much for linking your post up at Savvy HomeMade Monday!

freckled laundry said...

The shelf is very pretty! I loved the magnolia wreath too. Shells or keys, etc. hanging from the pegs is a great idea. I think little clay tags would look cute too. I know someone who makes them. hehe! Totally shameless plug, right? I love the little frame hanging in the center of the large mirror. What a cute way to break up the vastness of it. If memory serves me correctly, Decorchick posted about a super easy kit made to frame mirrors like that. The post was quite a while back but if I remember, the kit wasn't expensive at all. {LOVE} the apothecary sign beneath your window.

Happy Labor Day weekend,

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