The Main Bathroom Gets a Makeover








Yes, I'm still at it.  Attempt number three to make this bathroom look and feel more spa-like in spite of the fact that I hate the tile and the floor and the tile clash.  Why anyone would think these two would go together is beyond me...

So,  here is the bathroom from the realtor's ad:






and here is my first attempt at changing it:
Lights are changed, walls & cupboard are painted Ben Moore Sundial, new sunshine yellow towels and a yellow shower curtain with yellow accessories.

and here is my second attempt:
New mirror, new hanging rack for towels, brown towels, brown shower curtain and brown accessories.

and now for the third time:






The walls may look yellowish in these photos, but they are off-white.  I painted the storage shelving and the trim in the wall colour.  I went shopping with a specific shower curtain pattern and colour in mind AND I FOUND IT!!  How often does that happen??!  I plan to buy some contrasting towels in the burlap/beige shade from the shower curtain and will be edging the curtain with burlap or white so it touches the floor.  I spray painted the lights and bought new shades.  The spray paint was chrome, but what came out of that can is more like Wizard of Oz tin man shade.  Not what I thought it would be, but I have to say that since I smudged it up with fingerprints (unintentionally!), I like it much better!  I painted the Ikea hook rack and the chrome mirror frame and then distressed them both.  The mirror frame had a grey metal base that matches the lights - YAY!  I even painted my lantern!

So what do you think?  Hit or miss?  When I walk into the room now, I actually feel really good - I think my poor bathroom has found its way into the cottage look of the rest of the house.  Someday the tile will change and that floor will come up, but for now I'm happy.

Have a happy and creative week!


75 comments:

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Like they say Anne...Third times the charm!! Your bathroom makeover looks fabulous, love that shower curtain!

Mel said...

Ahhh, much better and closer to your cottage feel.

Have you considered painting the tile in the bath area? It CAN be done. The floor tile is really nice already.

You know what I would love to see in there? Your markor shelf that you painted. The existing storage unit looks a little too linear, if that makes sense.

Liz - Imageremix said...

You've put a lot into getting it right and you like the feel in there...that's what matters. I can't figure out what to do with my bathroom, so I have done nothing. Kudos for going for it even without some of the finishes you want. It looks great!
Liz

Liz - Imageremix said...

Thanks for stopping in at Quirky Vistas and leaving me a sweet comment! I appreciate it!
Liz

Cristina Garay said...

Yes! I see the cottage feel in there already! I like the changes you have made!

I totally agree with Mel about painting the tile in the bath area!

I love the shower curtain!

Lorrie said...

I think you got it! Looks "spa-like", very pretty!

Garage Sales R Us said...

LOVE IT! LOve the legs on the sink! Thank for stopping by! I am following!

Olga@Stardust-Decor&Style said...

Μuch better now! Love the new framed mirror!

Cynthia said...

The bathroom is a stunner Love the whole room. I like the little touches.

Cynthia

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Anne...third time is the charm!...I love the shower curtain and the colors....Would you consider backing the cabinet with a coordinating print with the curtain?
Like combining the green and your signature aqua...?
I love the bathroom the third time around!!!
Great job Anne!!!

Rebecca @ Time to Organize said...

What a change! I kept thinking the tile was new! Amazing what paint can do to a room. Plus adding the right colors in your decor. Awesome!

Ashley said...

I love what you've done with the room! And also...how lucky to have such a fantastic sink from the get go.

Elise@growcreative said...

I like it! I think the new shower curtain makes a big difference.. it adds more color. And that sink is gorgeous, so unique!

Mimi@blueroofcabin said...

I think painting out everything creamy white did the trick. It looks very cottagey cozy ;) It looks great!

Kifus said...

You did an awesome job, Anne! I love its new look. And kudos to you for all the hard work!

Cornerstone Confessions said...

I love knowing that I'm not the only one who has to experiment with decor a few times before it finally "fits." The bath looks great! I'd love to have you link this up to Titus 2 Tuesday on Cornerstone Confessions.

Hopping over from Creatively Living.

Kathy

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

It's a hit! It just keeps getting better and better. Love that sink!

Sharing Shadymont said...

It's great!!! I love everything you did. The shower curtain brings everything together so well. Great job!

Rona Gregory said...

Third time lucky, it's perfect! I love it, it's hard when you have a base you don't like and have to work around it but you certainly did it! To be honest I love the white towels I think they give it the 'spa' look to be honest, beige may just take that away? Just a thought, hope you don't mind me sayin'

Tammy said...

I like it!!!!! Nice and airy. I have seen worst tile patterns and matches in bathrooms. Yours looks a little tame. Maybe they were going to change the tile in the shower before they moved, but they ran out of time???? You are too funny--Tin man color :)

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

It is gorgeous!!! So much brighter, thanks for linking up.
XO
Kristin

skooter8 said...

I love your third attempt! The shower curtain is lovely. We were just talking about taking a drive up to Kimberly...(I live in Warfield) :)

Sandy said...

Third time is the charm! You nailed it! I love the sink and yes, it does look more like a spa bathroom now. Sometimes we just need to tweak, tweak, tweak.

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Great job, I'm glad I'm not the only one who redoes my redo. Beautiful.

René said...

Oh it looks so light and airy now. Love the baskets, sink, and shower curtain!

Deb said...

This is so funny. I'm on my third bathroom makeover too and I'm from the east coast of Canada!

girls said...

Wow I love how it turned out! Lucky you on finding the shower curtain! I know what you mean, its usually so hard to find exactly what your looking for!
-Peggy

pam {simple details} said...

Ha! Makes me feel good to know I'm not the only one! Love your pretty new shower curtain, it's pefect and ties everything together!

My Little Home and Garden said...

I think the bathroom looks great, Anne. What a huge improvement from the real estate ad! I don't know how the tiles and floor look "in person", but they look really nice with your new "spa treatment" for the room.

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Oh wow! You have done a fabulous job changing the look and feel of your bathroom.

Dee

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I am in LOVE with that shower curtain. How often does that happen, that you shop for something specific, and find it. Congrats to you!! I love all of the little details. Great, great upgrade!

At The Picket Fence said...

Great job!!! You really transformed that space and it looks so light and bright and definitely spa-like. Well done! :-)
Vanessa

MONICA LIVAS said...

Well done! It turned out BEAUTİFULLY!

twelve-O-eight said...

I think you got it! Love the sink, the shower cutain is so pretty. Turned out wonderful, :)Hugs, Tanya

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Awesome make-over!
Greetings from Australia♥
~Pernilla

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Looks MUCH better now, Anne. Are you aware that there are several refinishing kits that you can buy to change your tile color?

You might want to check this video out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wptjSPQ2HFg&feature=related . I'm not sure if they sell this particular kit at the home improvement stores, but I know you can purchase it through Amazon. Rust-Oleum also makes a similar kit. Question is, are you up for more painting? ;)

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday again this week. ;)

Blessings,
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

CAS said...

I'd say "3rd times the charm;" it looks beautiful, Anne. Isn't it frustrating when you know something is off but can't figure out what it is? I certainly have those moments. Usually the solution comes to me in the middle of the night, & I'm trying to write myself a note on the toilet paper roll in the dark....lol! Great job!
CAS

Cindy said...

I think the third try is indeed a winner. It looks really great, Ann, I love it!
Hugs, Cindy

Kim (TheMoney-Pit) said...

Each attempt is getting better and better.. I think you may have found a winner (well, until you can remove one set of the tile)

Compared to the pics when you bought it though.. it is 10,000x nicer! Great work!

Pamela said...

What a lovely space! I adore your sink! I want on alike that for our half bath but they are so pricey. At least for a half bath!;)

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh it looks amazing! It is my favorite of the three. You did such a wonderful job.

Meeha Meeha said...

Third time is a Charm, they say! I love the bathtub pic the most - all that white and the fabulous shower curtain certainly lighted up those tiles! And the mirror is the perfect shape and size.

Peggy Meckling said...

I love the final products. Isn't it funny how it can take awhile to see what the room really wants to look like. Especially when you are working with someone else's tile choices. You did a fabulous job! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jennifer said...

Hi Anne, There is always an improvement in each update you do. I like the new shower curtain especially. Next time round, and I assume that there will be a next time around because you love decorating so, I would replace the cupboard with something lighter and more open. I would choose a decorative metal shelf unit like the one near the window, but on a bigger scale. I got one at HomeSense for about $125. I'd hide the things you don't want people to see in covered baskets and put the rest on display. You could even paint the metal to have a pretty patina. I think this might open the space up.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh, definitely a HIT! It looks just great...

Blessings,
Spencer

Katie Goldsworthy said...

Beautiful makeover Anne! I love the way it looks and I love that curtain!

--Katie

Meg said...

It looks so great love! I'm in love with that sink and the curtain is to die for! Really, REALLY love it!!

XO

Dee said...

That is a big improvement. It looks great. Painting the wall tiles may be a do-able project.

Karen at Bargain-ista.com said...

Love it! It feels soothing and spa-like :) I dig the shower curtain an love love love how you merchandised the shelf ivy the window!!!

Linda @ Home is Where My Heart is said...

I love your sink with the baskets underneath. Very pretty! I definitely like the third try. Great job! ~Linda @ Home is Where My Heart is

DIY Show Off said...

Every change is a success! You've done an amazing job at changing the look. It's hard to believe it's the same space. Beautiful job, Anne!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the final look. It is stunning, the tile seems to all go together now. Beautiful shower curtain and yes it is fabulous to find what you are looking for. Beautiful job. Hugs, Marty

Revi said...

Loving your changes, and you're definitely getting the spa-like feel, Anne. :)Following you back,
Revi

Kimberly said...

LOVE THIS ONE. The shower curtain really does capture a spa like feeling.

Jenn said...

Wow - the 3rd time really is the BEST one. The lighter colored shower curtain really lightens up the room and I do think it looks spa like.

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I'm thinking that third times a charm ... love that shower curtain! And how amazing that you went shopping with a vision in your head and found the perfect shower curtain that met that vision ...

:)

Linda

Stacey said...

Very pretty on the third try - you shower curtain is just perfect!
Thanks for linking up!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Bliss said...

Wowza!

~Bliss~

Jody and Stan said...

You always amaze me. What a beautiful job you did, Anne. Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays and leaving such wonderful comments!

Jody

Nancy said...

I like this Anne. It's very pretty and cottagey. Nicely done. Long term, I think the tile around the tub is fine. It has a kind of terra cotta look in the photos and that type of tile is very versatile. Just about any decorating style works with it. Rather than changing out the floor tile, I'd consider a large area rug to cover most of the floor. You certainly have the room for it in front of the commode and sink, all the way to the tub, and it could really change the feel of the room. Whatever you do, it will be very special. You have the touch. Blessings.

Anonymous said...

This is lovely.. Love the bathroom makeover .. thanks so much for linking up to the ALL STARS BLOGGING BLOCK PARTY ...Hope we get to see you again next week... LOVE IT! =)

Carri
simplydonewright.blogspot.com

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

The bathroom got better every little makeover. I just love the leggy sink!

Eclectically Vintage said...

You go girl - 3 times! Love that sink - very vintage feel!
Kelly

Charlene@APinchofJoy said...

Looks great -- 3 times over! Love the shower curtain. But the best part is what you said at the last -- "it makes me happy" and that's what counts! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy. Hope to see you again soon!

Full Circle Creations said...

Looks wonderful! Thanks for linking up to the All Star Block Party.

Holly

Marcie said...

I love this bathroom! Please come share at my linky party!
http://www.igottatrythat.com/p/blog-hop-linky-colde.html
Thanks
Marcie @ www.IGottaTryThat.com

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

I can so relate to the trial and error of redesign. But, I have to say, in this case, third time's the charm. The new accessories really tie the tile and floor together as well as soften the look. I think it looks great. Your feature at Creativley Living is well deserved!

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

simple~needs said...

you saved the best for last!! love the 3rd redo!! i want the shower curtain! :)

Becca said...

Beautiful Job! You styled these shots so beautifully! I love the sink and baskets underneath!
xo Becca

Honey at 2805 said...

Are you kidding, it's a definite HIT!
Great job!

I'm so happy you shared it at Potpourri Friday!!

Bobbie said...

Wow...three times and a great bathroom. So lovely!! And all the extra little touches...really makes this room magazine worthy ....for sure!!
Have a beautiful weekend.
Best Wishes,
Bobbie

Anonymous said...

The sink makes the room!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

This is it. I wouldn't worry about it again until you can replace the tile. It looks cottagey and cozy!

Kathy Moreland said...

UNBELIEVABLE!!! Love this!

Anne said...

Thank you!