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before & after: our main bathroom

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A year ago, this is what our main bathroom looked like:

Our house was built in 1970. Can you tell?

With the help of John’s dad and brother, Brian, we dove into the demolition of it. We gutted it entirely, except for keeping the tub, the mirror and the light fixtures.

The closet in the photo below exists no more. Instead, we took that space to create a linen closet in our hallway. And even princess Raymie helped out.


What a difference a frame can make on that original mirror. John made the frame himself.



John’s cousin, James, is a great woodworker and designed and built the base of our vanity. I love it! Especially the bottom open shelf to store white fluffy towels. Even Sunny cat approves. We got the chevron rug and striped shower curtain from West Elm. And yes, those are the original light fixtures … all cleaned up.



No more handicap bars in the shower! We put in new tile, even though it looks much like the old stuff. I’m a sucker for white tile. And the paint color? I don’t know how to describe it other than “warm gray/cool brown/purple” … it’s called “Hillsboro” from Ace Hardware.

We like the look of concrete countertops, so we tried our hand at that. It took us two tries to get it right, but I’m really happy with how it turned out. A little rough around the edges is just right in my book. We thought about staining the countertops, but decided to go with a clear protective sealer instead.

We found these glass knobs at Anthropologie. Our nephew, Hamilton, was over last night. He was convinced they were filled with pop … Maybe that’s what they did with leftover Surge? :)

The vessel sink is from Menards and we ordered the faucet online. We originally wanted the faucet and knobs to come out of the wall (the only ones we could find were out of our price range), but this was a good alternative. Clean and simple.

A little framed art completes the look. I designed the ampersand “Fresh & Clean” piece… and the other artwork was from a book I bought at Anthropologie. (named The True and the Questions by Sabrina Ward Harrison.)
It says “With my freckles and messy hair, bruised knee, and chapped lips – this morning I am splendidly imperfect and alive. Another bath it will be.”
It makes me happy to take a bath in this room! Thanks to my honey for making it a reality! It was well worth the wait. :)


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    It turned out great, Stacy…love the counter top!

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