Friday, February 11, 2011

GuestBath Complete

I feel like we have been working on our guest bathroom forever. We've actually been working on it since July to be exact, so I am very excited that this room is finally finished. To read about phase one of our bathroom redo and to see some before pictures click here.

Without having to spent a whole lot of money, the bathroom went from dull and outdated to clean and somewhat modern. We didn't gut the bathroom - we simply painted and updated the old fixtures, but we are both really pleased with how it turned out. It was a long process, but all worth it in the end.

Here are a few stories of why the bathroom took so long:
  1. The Mirror - We purchased a very trendy mirror from a local design store, but when we got it home we found that it really didn't fit the space, so we went back to the store to return it and find something different. They didn't have anything in the store that would work, but we looked through lots of magazines and found one that we both thought would work. It ended up taking two months to get that mirror when we were told would take four weeks. But either way, we still like it a lot and have no regrets about this mirror that we picked out from a catalog without first seeing in person.
  2. Wallpaper - When we removed the wallpaper we were either not careful or the wallpaper just damaged the walls (a little bit of both, probably). We not only had to fill in holes and sand but prime, sand, and paint the walls twice. This is the real reason why we waited so long to finish the bathroom. Once we finally got around to sanding the walls and repainting the walls, we realized how dull the trim and doors looked. So we had to find another weekend to paint the doors and trim. We started this over the Christmas break but because of the cold weather (Justin removed the doors and painted them in the garage) the paint took forever to dry and what we thought would take only 2 or 3 days took over a week.
But finally we are done. This has been a long time coming but it was worth the wait. We both love the bathroom and are excited to be finished with this project and move on to something else.

Here is a list of what we did to turn our outdated bathroom into something that we are glad to call our guest bathroom.

  • Removed two layers of wallpaper
  • Filled, spackled, and sanded holes in the walls
  • Primed and painted the walls (twice)
  • Painted all the baseboards and doors
  • Replaced the vanity and shower faucet
  • Replaced the mirror
  • Painted the vanity
  • Updated the light fixture
  • Replaced all brass knobs (including the door handle)
  • Added some artwork
  • Added new rugs
  • Replaced the toilet
  • Changed out the old shower curtain curtain and rod
  • Add accessories
  • Updated the blinds and curtains
  • Replace the magazine basket with a wall mounted magazine rack

I love fresh flower in the bathroom!
Sorry, for the poor lighting, wnated you to see the window

This does not look like much but I had to show you the white doors and new knobs
Wow, that is a lot more than I remember doing. I guess you forget all that you did when it takes all most a year to finish the project. I very excited that this is done and now can move on to another project.


  1. I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Sally, I left you a surprise on my blog--go check it out! Congratulations:-) See you Thursday!