Next to the kitchen, the bathrooms were in the worst shape in our little HUD repo house we bought. They had to be totally gutted. This is the guest bathroom in the hallway. We hired a plumber because we needed the whole house replumbed. He offered to rebuild both bathrooms for $1500 labor each, which we thought was a deal.
We’re glad we made the decision to install handicap tall toilets in both bathrooms. At the time we thought it was smart because we’re tall – but now that we’re getting older with arthritic joints, it really makes it easier getting up and down.
The plumber/carpenter guy was old-school, so he used oil based gloss paint in a pale yellow color, which he rolled on with an orange peel finish. He stained the trim with oak stain to match the vanity and cabinet.
I initially decorated the new bathroom with a sage green, palm tree decor – complete with wallpaper border.
A few years ago, I got tired of the orangey oak, so I gel stained the vanities in both bathrooms with antique dark walnut. I was also tired of the Mediterranean decor and was starting to lean toward a softer country look with birds and flowers. In this bathroom, I kept the pale yellow walls and decorated with navy to tie in with the guest room decor. I found the perfect flower wallpaper border that people think is actually painted on. The shower curtain and towels came from Kmart. And I painted the trim white – I never did like the stained trim.
Stay tuned for the next makeover in the works. Plans: remove the border, paint the walls, fresh new color scheme changing out the towels, shower curtain, decor and accessories. I also want to create white board and batten all the way around – and new flooring. But don’t tell Papa. 😉
Supplies for this makeover:
- General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain
- General Finishes Wipe On Topcoat in Satin
- Towels, shower curtain and accessories: K Mart (discontinued now)
- Bird pictures and wallpaper border: Online (don’t remember where)