Tuesday, August 10, 2010

DIY Before and After: Half Bathroom

A few weeks ago, B and I spent a weekend redoing our guest half bathroom.  It is probably the only room in the house that hadn't been previously remodeled so we were happy to put our stamp on it.

Here it is in all its glory, complete with 70s fixtures.  We couldn't change out the sink because space-wise the door is just able to clear it when open:

We removed all the hardware, including the medicine cabinet, towel rack, toilet paper holder, etc.

Then the taping and painting began.  Note to self: always choose the lightest shade on the paint color chip.  The first blue we chose was blinding so we went back and got a lighter color which turned out a bit more soothing and beach-like.

The finished product which consisted of:
  • new paint
  • mother of pearl mirror which replaced the medicine cabinet
  • new glass shelf above the sink
  • new faucet
  • spray painted toilet paper holder 
  • new toilet seat
  • new octopus towel hook
  • new light switch
  • little decorations sourced from around the house

 The new lightswitch that B put in--yay that he could put that EE degree to use:

And this octopus hook is probably one of my favorite details:


  1. I love your new bathroom, and am impressed with your skills! I am even more impressed at how you were able to shrink that whale and put him in a glass bottle. Totally better than a ship in a bottle.

  2. It is so pretty. What a lovely guest bath. I love the color, and the beautful little painting over the toilet. The octopus and the whale are such charming touches.

  3. i love it! love the color and all the little detail! love the octopus! do they walk in the ocean? lol ;)

  4. Where did you get the octopus?