Corey and I are currently packing up and moving into our new home. While we’re busy over the next couple of weeks, I’m sharing a look back at our first home throughout the years. You can go back and see the living room, the dining room, the kitchen, the master bedroom, and the other bedrooms.
Let’s chat bathrooms today. Our house has three (two full bathrooms and one powder room) and when we moved in they were all in desperate need of help. One of the funny quirks about our home is that the kitchens and bathrooms all have a very strange texture on the walls that is completely unlike the texture anywhere else in the house. We’re pretty sure it’s because these bathrooms were originally wallpapered, and when they textured over the wallpaper they just got creative.
I’m not sure why they did it, but I don’t love it.
We debating scraping the texture on these walls, but then they’d still be different than the rest of the house (since it has heavily textured walls everywhere else), and it would be a lot of work. Not to mention messy. And really, is it worth it?
We quickly learned that a good coat of white paint can work wonders to make the texture less noticeable (because it didn’t help that they were all the same “oops” paint color that was everywhere else in the house), and it doesn’t bother us at all anymore.
Another fun quirk that these bathrooms all originally shared was a shell-shaped sink. In every bathroom. Two in the master. So cute.
Despite all of the annoying quirks and dated features that these bathrooms had when we moved in, we knew they all had potential. We managed to renovate all three bathrooms prior to selling our house (though we got the powder room done by the skin of our teeth – the sink wasn’t even connected yet when buyers were doing walkthroughs!) and I’m so proud of how they all turned out.
Ready to see ’em?
JACKSON’S BATHROOM – BEFORE & AFTER
This bathroom is one that we ignored for entirely too long – we left it completely alone for most of the time that we lived here, and when we finally got around to working on it, we were able to knock the whole renovation out in about a weekend. Here’s a peek at how the bathroom looked when we moved in:
This entire transformation came together with just a few simple projects – we painted the walls, we painted the cabinets and replaced the counter, and we framed out the mirror. Other than that, it was just a little bit of accessorizing and cleaning up! We were able to work with the existing tile, which made things much easier, and we didn’t do anything to the bathtub and shower other than replacing the shower curtain.
Here are a few more “after” photos of this room.
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Here’s the source list for this bathroom (just hit the arrow to scroll and see more products):
And, if you want to read about this makeover, here are the related posts:
Next up? Another bathroom that got ignored for too long…
Our powder room is a tiny (and I mean tiny) bathroom right off of our kitchen. It’s the only bathroom on the first floor of our house, and it has a ceiling that’s significantly lower than the rest of the house (why?). At one point, we had big plans for this little room, including raising the ceiling, adding a pocket door, and removing the vanity in favor of a pedestal sink. However, in the end, we left this room pretty much untouched until we decided to move, which meant that we finally reached a point where we just needed to do something even if it wasn’t as big of a renovation as we would have liked. We took this bathroom on as a part of the $100 Room Challenge, which meant we gave ourselves a budget of $100 and a timeline of a month to knock it out (apparently we like limitations when it comes to our bathroom renovations…) and I’m so glad we did. The room got a nice little refresh and it looks a million times better, and we didn’t spend a ton making it happen.
POWDER ROOM – BEFORE & AFTER
I really am a little blown away by how big of a difference it made to just paint a few things, replace the countertop and sink, and give this little bathroom a bit of love. It was a very simple, budget renovation that didn’t take very long, and I can’t believe we didn’t do it sooner!
Here are a few more photos of the completed powder room:
And here are the related posts:
And, of course, who could forget my favorite bathroom of them all?
Our master bathroom is really the best room in our home. This room made my jaw drop when I saw it for the first time – even though it was dated and brown and ugly, I knew it could eventually be amazing. The original bathroom came complete with a tiny shower, poop-colored walls (whyyyy?), two shell-shaped sinks, and a toilet spotlight (seriously. A spotlight – pointed directly at the toilet).
Despite the strange choice of decor in this bathroom, we knew it had the potential to be something amazing (and, spoiler, I feel exactly the same way about the master bathroom in our new house, so get excited). Here’s a look back at the master bathroom.
MASTER BATHROOM – BEFORE & AFTER
We took on this (major) bathroom renovation over the course of 6 weeks for the One Room Challenge in the fall of 2016. It was basically a complete and total gut job (though we did salvage the vanity, and kept the bathtub) and I’d be lying if I said we weren’t in way over our heads. Prior to starting this renovation, we had never really tiled anything before – and somehow we thought it was a good idea to tile an entire shower surround, bathroom walls, and bathroom floor. (It wasn’t a good idea. I don’t know how our marriage survived).
I’ll share a few more photos of the finished space (for those of you who haven’t already seen it a zillion times), but first let’s take a few more looks at this bathroom right after we moved in.
Told you there was a toilet spotlight.
And, here’s a peek at what the bathroom looked like from the winter of 2014 until we renovated it in November of 2016. We had an issue with the shower (it was originally built with drywall instead of cement board), and ripped it out just a few weeks after Jackson was born, thinking we’d be able to fix it soon.
Hah. We had a newborn. And three dogs. And we both worked full time. And had no money. And we thought we could renovate a bathroom.
Sometimes we’re dumb.
I’m so, so proud of how this room turned out, but I still can’t believe we were crazy enough to take this project on with such a short timeline. We definitely won’t be taking on such tight restrictions when we get around to doing the bathrooms in our new house. Our new master has the potential to be just as amazing as this one (maybe even more?!), but we’ll be taking our time with that renovation.
Since we all love staring at this room, let’s see a few more photos of the after, shall we?
Mmmm. I just love it.
Here is the source list for this bathroom (again, just hit the arrows the scroll):
And if you want to take a walk down memory lane, here are all of the posts where we talked about this bathroom:
Renovation Intro and Plans | Choosing Tile for the Bathroom | Demo and Painting | Installing Tile | DIY Cedar Planked Ceiling | Choosing + Installing Fixtures | Installing Shower Glass | Bathroom Renovation Reveal | Adding a Spa-Like Feel | DIY Bathtub Tray
Whew. That’s a lotta bathroom. We’re almost done with this look back at our house – tomorrow I’ll be showing the garage, workshop, and exteriors of the house and after Thanksgiving, it’ll be time to see the new house!