Friday, April 1, 2011

The Big Bathroom Reveal!

Well we finally did it...we're done!

It's been a long 4 weeks renovating 
the bathroom but it was well worth it.
We did it all ourselves
plumbing and wiring
putting in bead board
and crown molding
building a cupboard
caulking and painting 
and putting in new flooring.
Whew! are some before and after pictures.

The before pictures really don't 
show you how bad the room was.

One of the biggest changes was
putting the bead board on the ceiling.

When we moved in we replaced
the old sink and vanity with one
from Craigslist. It was used
and cheap but it was WAY
better than the old one but when we
got this one home...the sink had cracked
near the top edge. We put up with it 
for nearly 2 years.

Rather than put in a vanity and sink
I decided that I wanted a vintage sink.
We made up for the loss of under sink
space by building in a new cupboard.

The old door-less cupboard above
the toilet held a LOT of
things but we decided that
open shelving would be just fine
to keep the space more open.

I like the open shelves.
Now I need a few new towels!

I hated this wall between the shower 
and the was so ugly.

Hubby cut a door into that wall so he
could get to the plumbing and then
put on some nice trim and beveled 
the edges. I replaced the shower
curtain with one I had bought while
living in our old Victorian home.

It's by Shabby Chic
and I got it cheap
on Ebay ;)

A new coat of paint around the window 
trim made them look like new windows.
I bought the cast iron brackets on Ebay
and picked them up about 25 miles away.
I sprayed them creamy white and then glazed them.

I love that bead board.

Hubby made the cupboard
mostly from wood we already had.
I bought more wicker baskets after these 
pictures were taken. I've been thinking
of spraying then cream then antiquing them
What do you think?

The walls and ceiling are 
Cotton Fluff 
by Behr
It's a very soft white with 
a yellow tint.

We still have to decide
what we're going to do for
the face cloth and hand towel.

Rather than buy a towel bar I just 
got hubby to use a piece of molding.
He cut spots for each towel hook and 
I painted and glazed it.

This old pail was found in the old
building we dismantled.
Someone really liked this pail 
as there was a hole in the bottom
edge that they filled with a nut and bolt.
I should have taken a picture of it.
For now it works perfectly for holding
extra toilet paper and of course magazines 

This old milk pail was found in the barn
before it burned down.

Now I need to fill these baskets 
and buy a few more and get
the rest of the house back
in order!

So...there you have it.
I hope you enjoyed seeing
what we've been up to.

It was a lot of work...but fun.

And I'm so glad it's finished!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Maura :-)


Liesl said...

Your bathroom is just lovely,I have two bathrooms that need a redo fast!

Naturally Carol said...

Brilliant is now a lovely bright room with character and style! I think spraying those baskets would show off your shelves more as they would fit in better and not draw attention to themselves. Good idea.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Hi Maura, your bathroom looks beautiful! Wonderful job! I love the paint color, too. We are preparing to start on a bathroom redo ourselves and we are going to install beadboard, too. If ours turns out half as well as yours, I'll be pleased. Have a good weekend.

quiltzyx said...

Beautiful bathroom....very tempting to spend a LOT of time in there! lol

Windy Meadows Farm said...

It looks wonderful! All your hard work and patience have paid off...wanna travel my way and work the same magic?! Truly, it's lovely. The beadboard is a favorite...I'll keep all this in mind as we plan ours. Love the little touches that bring old and new together...the old pails are perfect. -Mary

GardenofDaisies said...

Maura, it's really beautiful! So fresh and clean! I am so impressed that you did all the work yourselves!

Pondside said...

Maura, it's gorgeous! Well done!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

It's turned out perfect !
I am in love with the colors and that beadboard.
We have beadboard throughout the house, I would like it everywhere :)
The cupboard is fantastic, I like those dark baskets, but I'm sure whatever you have in mind to fluff them, will be an added bonus.
It's all so very cozy, and elegant, you've both created a beautiful room !

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous, what a super job by you and hubby!

Anonymous said...

Oh I love your new pretty and cozy! Love, Love the beadboard! I have a milk pail trash can in my laundry room that looks just like yours, found it in our old barn when we moved here! I love finding things like that and repurposing them.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

It has the feel of a vintage bath but even better! The wainscotting on the ceiling and the cupboard and new sink just are perfect!
Love all the charming details...

Sunray Gardening said...

You did an exceptionally nice job on your bathroom. Love how the bead board looks on your ceiling. Congratulations to you for a super job.
Goldenray Yorkies

Sherry@ Ties2ThePast said...

Your bathroom turned out wonderful!!! After our kitchen redo, I'd like to start on our bathroom. Beadboard is in our future too...I LOVE that look!!

The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Maura,

BEAUTIFUL. I love the buckets, what a creative idea.

You both did a wonderful redo, maybe there is a new career for you two? (o:


Cindy said...

Your bathroom looks wonderful! So vintage, fresh and clean...GREAT job!!!

Deborah said...

Maura...this is so beautiful!
I love the beadboard so much and having it on the ceiling as well is gorgeous!
Love your sink cupboard and the moulding is beautiful!
You both did such a fantastic the white!!
I love how you added those pails too...what a nice touch to the room!
The hooks are soooo dreamy!!
Well done my friend!!!

Deborah xoxo

Rural Rambler said...

Maura it is very pretty! I love the beadboard and the sink is cottage lovely. You two did great :) I bet you can't stop smiling!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Your bathroom is beautiful! Love the bead board. I want it in my ceiling too, I am jealous :). I love the colors that you have in there, so calm and soothing. What color is it? Love the cupboard too, hubby did a great job.

Leslie said...

Magnificent!!! I love it.

Linda said...

What a lovely makeover. Have a great weekend.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Congratulations, all your hard work payed off. It is not easy to transform such a small space. it turned out great, love the beadboard, the sink, the cupboard and esp love the bucket for trash and the enamelware to hold your toilet is all wonderful!

Janet said...

Your bathroom looks wonderful ! well done ! I love the bead boarding and all those little finishing touches-the pail , baskets and vintage brackets- thats my kind of bathroom !
Perfect -ever thought of becoming an interior designer ?

Deb said...

It's all so pretty, Maura. I especially love the cupboard with the dark baskets. That I'm sure will always stay and then the top can be changed up whenever the whim hits. I would be spending a lot more time in the bubbles now. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

Toni aka irishlas said...

Maura the new bathroom is stunning! Absolutely gorgeous! I love it all! The two of you did an incredible job and it shows.

As far as your baskets on the shelf - the dark baskets are a great contrast to the rest of the room, but, I know I would paint them to keep the soft, vintage feel you have going in there.

Congratulations on a beautiful remodel!

Vintage Gal said...

Maura ~ the bathroom is absolutely gorgeous. Love that bead board. ;-)

Kritter Keeper at Farm Tails said...

oh wow! can i hire your husband!!! i love it maura, great job and excellent use of space while still be pretty and inviting!

Shabby soul said...

Darling Maura you did a great job! Now your bathroom is stunning!
I like specially this wonderful sink, the home made cupboard (!!) the white wood ceiling.
Have a serene weekend

Dawna said...

Love your new bathroom! You did an awesome job! Bead board is one of my favorites too and we have it in all three bathrooms at the BnB and also in our bathroom in the house. You did good! Love the old pails that you found and made use of in a great way.

Scrappy Grams said...

We installed bead board in our upstairs bathroom of our home in the country (built sometime in the 1830s). I love bead board!
Congrats on all the hard work. Look what you have, such a bright, lovely room! It does seem that the baskets are crying out, "Paint me!

Dagmar said...

Hi Maura,
fabulous both should be really proud if your hard work! great photos. loved how you re-used many things and the pail is a great find.
we are heading back to BC in a week,,was 100 here in AZ.,hot....
if you ever come back to BC..make sure you email me and we can get together and have a coffee.
can you tell me how you made your "follow me" photo? I would appreciate it!

Kymberly Foster Seabolt said...

It's gorgeous! I love the colors and how bright and airy it feels - and with such vintage charm!

Sherri said...

Maura, your bathroom turned out absolutely wonderful!! It looks like an entirely new room! I love that sink!! Great job!

Kim said...

It's just as cute as can be! Love the brackets, hooks for towels, sink, everything. I would keep all the baskets the same and add rolled towels to the shelves. You guys did an amazing job! Bet your spending lots of time in there even if it's just to admire your work.

Genny said...

Maura, your bathroom turned out great, and I love the fact that you recycled the pails into useful items. The beadboard is a fantastic idea on the ceiling! I personally like the dark baskets on the lighter shelf, but whatever you decide to do will be just gorgeous! You and your hubby are very talented.

Catherine Holman said...

Maura, It's absolutely beautiful! You must be very proud of all your hard work!

Country Gal said...

It looks wonderful, I love the cupboard your hubby made. Awesome job guys ! Have a good day !

Michaele said...

Very professional and very elegant. Really, really nice! Bathrooms are not easy to photograph.

Scufty said...

Wow Another fantastic job done by you and hubby! Your bathroom could for sure be featured in Better Homes and Gardens. I just love it! I'd leave the baskets as they are or just do a dry brush with a bit of white or cream but I like the contrast. Could you put up more hooks around the sink for the hand towel and wash cloth? What a great idea! So nice that you're both so handy and have such great ideas! It's been awhile since I've been on here but hopefully next week will be catch-up time! Can hardly wait to get down there and use this new bathroom!! Much love....Scufty

Marie-Ange said...

De bien jolies idées pour ce nouveau décor ...
Lorsque le pratique rejoint le charme, quel plaisir !
Beau dimanche

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Thank you for your kind comments everyone! My husband is going around beaming after reading what everyone has said...I think it's going to his head ;) He really did do a wonderful job though...but he always does. I'm going to have fun looking for things to put in there but for now I just used what I already had. I would have loved to have used the old floor boards but they were very uneven and to put another layer on it would have made quite a height difference. I also would have loved to put hexagon marble tiles on the floor but it just wasn't possible. Oh well I'm happy with the way it turned out anyway. My claw foot tub is still waiting for a master bathroom...this bathroom was too small for it but that's ok as I have big plans for it one day ;) I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Maura :)

Catherine said...

congratulations to you and Keith! you did a great job. I like the way you decorated it. i LIKE the sink, very nice. Have a good rest now. Good Sunday

Anonymous said...

Oh Maura your bathroom looks so fantastic! I just love everything you did!What a gorgeous cottage bathroom.


Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Maura - it turned out beautiful! {Sigh} I can't wait until mine is finished. I love the beadboard - adds a wonderful charm. And the cabinet with the baskets is a great idea. We will have some open shelving as well although the bathroom we are re-doing is smaller than yours, so it will be less shelving. Great inspiration you have given!!


Hi Maura, a beautiful transformation. So bright and fresh looking, love the bead boarding. Love your blog. xx

Dog Trot Farm said...

Just beautiful Maura....wonderful creative touches...a lovely transformation....and I'm impressed with the fact you and your DH did this work yourselves!

Rural Revival said...

Maura, What a transformation! I just love the bead board, nothing says country and vintage looking to me more than it. You've really brightened up the room and opened it up. Wonderful job. I think painting the baskets cream on that wonderful cabinet your husband built would look awesome. : )

Congrats and well done!

Thank you so much for your comment on my last post. It means so much to me to have so much love and support from my blogging friends. : )

Hugs ~Andrea~

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Love your bathroom tranformation - especially the beadboard.

CHERI said...

I LOVE the beadboard! The whole bathroom looks fabulous. Such small personal touches that make it your own style. Thanks for sharing the journey with us.

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

yay Maura!!!!!! it is so crisp, clean, and simply beautiful!!!!!! i LOVE it all... and yes... just a tad jealous!

Midwest to Midlands said...

Great job on the bathroom makeover. I bet you just love it!

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...


Your bathroom is perfect! I love the beadboard on the ceiling and the shelves. You and your husband did an amazing job.


Thibeault's Table said...

Absolutely beautiful. You really did a wonderful job.


Anonymous said...

Absolutely & undeniably beautiful work! I love that bead board, too... very nice addition... it really cleans a place up! =)
The dark colored baskets are a nice contrast, but the cream color would look good, too.
The towel bar in my bathroom recently broke, so I've been trying to find something else & you've solved my problem... I would never have thought of that for hanging towels... great idea!!! =)
You & hubby really did a terrific job!!! Congratulations! =)

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Great job!!!


Verde Farm said...

Oh Maura, it is beautiful. I absolutely love the bead board and the color is perfect. Your hubby is the envy of the blogosphere after this. I mean serious--that awesome towel rack and that built in? Wow! It couldn’t be prettier. The sink is so perfect and your shower curtain is adorable. Well Done Lilac Lane Homeowners...Well Done!! :)
Hugs, MM
I’ve missed you :)

Mélanie A. said...

You did a fantastic job . I love the shower curtain

Joy said...

Fantastic! I think leave the baskets the color they are. You did a great job, the pedestal sink looks great, and you can put pretty things under if you want. I was inspecting the trim work, looks great. great idea on the towel hooks just mounted on a strip of wood. Open shelves look great, love the beadboard, just like you do. Flooring looks great, just a neat little bathroom, totally servicable. No views of the bathtub area? Was that re-done? All in all, what a beautiful room.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hi the bathtub wasn't re-done. It still has the old 1940's tub that I'd love to replace with a claw foot but the spot is just too small. I doubt we could find a tub to fit in that space and you can't extend the area because of the door and plumbing. So...the plan is to just re-glaze it once we add on a master bathroom. Our old claw footed tub will go in there. Now lets hope we get to build it! Thanks for your comment :)

Cheyenne said...

OH my! This is absolutely lovely. I'm having such a nice time looking through your blog-so many ideas to glean!

gtyyup said...

You did a beautiful re-do!!! Got some great ideas from you too for our two bathrooms that both need a make over!


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