Creating a Pretty Cottage Bathroom - DIY Renovation

Welcome to my "Impossibilities Challenge"!  I completely tore apart the old, ugly bathroom in my 1930s bungalow and remodeled it, BY MYSELF! (well except for the plumbing lines and new electrical wires).






I kept the budget down by doing almost all the work myself.  A basic bathroom remodel runs between $8-15,000.00 in my part of the world and I spent $4300.00 - not as low as I'd hoped, but you know what happens when you open up the walls in old houses...

I began by tearing down all the wood plank paneling, the ceiling, the tiled tub surround and the tile floor.  Then I ripped down the wall covering on the insulated outer wall and installed a window and new insulation.  Rather than living with drywall dust, I opted to install bead board panels on all the walls and the ceiling and used a vintage style look for the trim.

I bought a fibreglass tub and surround for $500.00 on sale and a sink/cabinet combo for $88. The most unexpected cost was the 3 gallons of oil based primer to coat all the wood (both sides, edges and ends).  The building inspector advised it was a necessary step to avoid mold and mildew from forming behind the walls.  Steam gets into every crevice and if it has a lovely unfinished wood surface to cling to, mold and mildew begin to grow very quickly.  Since I never, ever want to do this job again I paid attention!

I  installed a vinyl plank floor and saved on the fixtures by looking for big markdowns.  The door is a 5 panel fir door from another room in the house and installed using a door jamb kit.  I bought the light fixture at a garage sale and found the mirror for $20. I splurged on buying pre-primed pine trim - by the time I got to the trim phase, I just couldn't face using that oil based primer any more! The plumbing was the biggest single cost because I moved every fixture.  I had budgeted $3000.00 and I spent  $4300.00   I also went through about 8 tubes of caulking.  This bathroom would have cost me $12,000.00 if I had hired a contractor to do the whole job so I am pretty pleased with the final tally!!

Since I never photographed it, I prepared a collage - a kind of mood board - of the old bathroom look for your viewing pleasure:



The ivory tiles weren't nearly as clean looking as the mood board photo, they had grungy grout that had a green tinge to it.  The dark photo is of the paneling that was on every wall.  Note the lovely shade of puke green in the fixtures and that hand held shower head - wow, what a thing of beauty!  Anyhow, here is the actual bathroom mid-way through demolition.


On the left is the room after I pulled down the panelling and tiles.  See the storage over the tub?  Weird... and claustrophobic!   On the right is after I ripped the whole tub enclosure down and installed the new insulation.  Lucky for me, someone had walled over the original window opening so all I had to do was cut through the sheathing and siding and add a little more framing for the size of the window I bought.  Are you beginning to understand why this room needed to be gutted?  I only wish I had thought to photograph it before I began!!!

Please note the mold on the unfinished wood surface!!!  Ick!



It almost looks professionally installed don't you think??

This old house has 2x4 exterior walls (2x6 is the norm nowadays) and I wanted to insulate up to today's code.  I used a combination of stone wool insulation (ROXUL) and rigid insulation to avoid having to reframe the walls to get the correct depth of insulation (R22).  Rigid insulation was a much easier fix.


Oh so pretty ... NOT!  But at least I now have an insulated room with a view.

Window was on clearance sale.

I built my own shutters as a window treatment - $40. I love them!  




I used reclaimed wood for two shelves.  I painted the surface but left the edges natural with a coating of satin polyurethane.   




The towel hooks and rack were on sale and  I bought all new towels.

The glass shelf and soap dispenser set are from Ikea. The little "Soap" sign is hung  with command strips.





Another big challenge was installing an attic access in this room.  The only other attic access is in my master closet which has a closet organizer in it.  Call me crazy, but I prefer NOT to take all the clothes out of the closet and uninstall the closet organizer to get into the attic. Not to mention all the loose insulation that gets tracked all though my bedroom when I go up into the attic.

For the attic access I built a box with a regular sealed panel door and then I allowed a 6 inch drop to the actual bathroom ceiling where I have a hinged panel door to allow me to install extra insulation and another seal.  THAT was a fun job, let me tell you!!


The part of the reno that I found the most difficult was creating a new opening to the space.  The door had originally opened into the kitchen, I wanted it to open into the laundry room.


I had to knock down extra studs to get the tub surround into the space.  Then I had to build it all back up again to fit the door that I was going to use - a vintage door from the same era as the house.  I used a door jamb kit and put it together myself.  Then I installed the door and the trim.  This one job was a lot of work but it came together beautifully in the end.  So happy!

If you want to see all the posts in my Impossibilities Challenge series, click HERE.  You'll see I changed my mind a few times!


Thanks for stopping by!

103 comments:

  1. OMG, Anne, you are a SUPERSTAR! I would never have had the guts or the know-how to do all the work that you did! Your bathroom looks great - love the pops of turquoise and all the cute accessories :-) Awesome job!

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  2. You are just amazing!!!! This looks phenomenal!!! I adore your bistro chair! So bright and cheery, you must be so thrilled!!!

    ~Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.

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  3. I am absolutely blown away! I consider myself a pretty good DIY'er but not sure I could tackle this alone. Its is gorgeous. Cottagy and cozy and just darn cute. Awesome job!

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  4. Wow, Anne! Very very nice. It looks fabulous!

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  5. I'm pretty sure you deserve the GRAMMY AND OSCAR for your performances here....one, because I know you did some serious singing while working on this project and your acting skills are over the top as a DIY extraordinaire (only you're NOT acting)! OHMYGOONDESSOFALLTHATISBEAUTIFULANDWORTHY!!!

    All of the above that YOU did scares me except for the buying beautiful towels part and the sign making. Yep. You're my NEW HERO!!!!

    It is one of the loveliest bathroom redos that I have laid eyes on because YOU DID IT YOURSELF and LIVED TO TELL ABOUT IT!!!! It's GORGEOUS and CLEAN, ANNE!

    XO
    ~K

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  6. Anne - It looks so fantastic! hurrah for doing all the work yourself - that's a ton of stuff to take on. I really like the blues, and it looks so bright and cheery now. That window is going to be so nice in the summer!

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  7. You've done it!!! And you done it good too :)

    Oh Anne, I'm so proud of you for persevering through your long reno, but what a sense of accomplishment you must be feeling!

    It looks mahvelous!

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  8. It came out really darling, and I love the blue accents! And I know it was a ton of work, because we DIY'd ours.

    I have to take down my Easy Track closet organizer to get into the attic, those shelves are extra organized to do it quickly. It's great that you had another space to move the access door. It will save a lot of trouble!!!

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  9. I love the attic access! So cute.

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  10. Bravo Anne, très belle salle de bain.

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  11. Anne - this looks amazing! All of that work! Well done! I wish I had the guts and the DIY prowess to tackle a project like this!

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  12. Wow, you took on a big job and it turned out wonderful. I was thinking....do you like homemade soap? If so, send me your address and I would like to send you some of mine. You may have seen me talk about it on my blog. It's made with olive oil, palm oil and coconut oil. This batch I just made has French green clay in it and the scent is lavender essential oil and vanilla. If you would like some for your new bathroom, I would love to just send you this gift. My email is thyme4giving@yahoo.com No strings attached. I'm just trying to pay it forward. :)

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  13. Anne, this is amazing! I'm in awe of your re-hab skills!! The fact that you brought this bathroom to code in every way possible is such a true test of actual skill and understanding of real re-hab. Anyone (even I) can throw some paint on, but making your house more valuable, because it will pass inspection, that's not easy. I only know this because I work with installers, trust me I don't have the skill! And I love the bead board idea because I hate dry wall dust, yuck!! Such great final touches with detail right down to your signs!! Love it!! Congrats that you're finally done ~ Amy

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  14. Wow Anne after all this work it looks amazing!! Oh I bet you are thrilled with it too.I know you had some bumps along the way but look at the amazing job you did! You should be so proud of yourself!LOVE your pop of color with those towels!
    xx
    Anne

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  15. Oh my goodness Anne! As I tell my son sometimes, YOU SO TOTALLY ROCK!!! Seriously, you are a SUPERSTAR DIYer. I love everything about your bathroom redo. It's amazing!! I am so impressed that you did that window by yourself, I would have been intimidated. And making sure it was all up to code?? That takes the cake. My very favorite part of the whole makeover? The shutters. I love them. Well done Anne! I think you've earned a nice, long, hot soak!!

    Debbie

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  16. Come and redesign my whole house, you are amazing, i love it so much

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  17. Ann, you are truly AMAZING! I cannot imagine doing that by myself, I like to help my hubby do things around the house, but I could not do what you've done, my hat is off to you!
    You bathroom looks very clean, bright and pretty now. I love the use of the bead board and all the trim! And your little signs are the icing on the cake.
    Fabulous makeover!!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  18. Anne, I love love love that bathroom shelf with the little Lantern hanging down...wow...another great inspiration from Annes House!

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  19. I know how long and hard you worked on this project. I remember how excited you were to find that cabinet/sink for such a great price. It's been a long road, but you must be so proud. It is absolutely stunning. You did that. You're my hero!!

    XO

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  20. You rocked it girl! Your bathroom looks beautiful. There's nothing you can't do now ;) I have never taken on a project that big I'm impressed!

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  21. Looks so awesome! Great job, Anne!

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  22. Whoohoo! You did it Anne and it looks AMAZING! I'm proud of you! Way to DIY!

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  23. Can you hear me clapping?!? I am clapping!! Great job Anne, You are amazing! I especially love the shutters!

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  24. Oh Anne, your bathroom look beautiful - you've done a lovely job!

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  25. It's official...you are my hero! I envy and adore your mad plumbing skills! I've pinned this to my bathroom makeover board for oh so many reasons! So awesome and inspiring. When I do mine....I'll have a perfect picture to go in there too!

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  26. Just gorgeous Anne!! Love the color and styling details. Job very, very well done!!

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  27. It looks amazing Anne! Good on you, you clever lady :)
    Cas x

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  28. WOWZA Miss Anne, unbelievable makeover! Just lovely. I am pinning this pup and then getting off this computer for the day. I can sit here and bop around and look at all the awww inspiring ideas all day long. Just love this makeover!

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  29. Just beautiful Anne! I'm so super impressed by your skills. Once again!

    :) Linda

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  30. What a project! Totally inspiring for our DIY bathroom this summer. I can't believe that you FOUND a window... that is amazing. The finish project looks great; can't believe you only spent 5K

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  31. Wow, Anne, you did an awesome job! You should be so very proud of yourself! Everything looks so fresh and pretty!

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  32. You got some skills there lady, it turned out great. And I love your shutters too. Wonder how much cold showers cost?

    Bliss

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  33. OMG Anne, you did such a fantastic job and you are so skilled and talented. You should be so proud of yourself!! Everything turned out great and it looks so beautiful and you made great choices. You Rock Girl!!!

    Cynthia

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  34. I absolutely love your new bathroom Anne!! The bead board is just fabulous, and what a great way to avoid the mess of drywall. There are sooo many lovely accents in lovely blues and silvers. You should be seriously proud of yourself. Totally amazing job!!

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  35. Great project Anne (including incorporating an attic access, wow!) ... great to see you using ROXUL too.

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  36. What an absolutely spectacular remodel, Anne ~ can you PLEASE come here next???? I have a downstairs bathroom that desperately needs some love and attention.

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  37. Stunning Anne! I love what you did, you should be super proud of yourself. I am going to share this on my google+ and facebook. Great job!!
    Krista @thehappyhousie

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  38. Okay you are now officially....MY HERO. You did this all yourself!! Wow! I have been toying with the idea of doing as much of the work possible in our bathroom renovation. What an inspiration you are.

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  39. Wow, what a transformation! You did an amazing job, your bathroom looks beautiful! Enjoy it.

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  40. I am filled with awe and admiration. This is seriously amazing. Love the aqua, love the beadboard, LOVE the faucet. Well done girl!

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  41. Your bathroom is absolutely gorgeous, Anne! I admire your ability to do all that yourself- you are fearless! I have aqua in our upstairs bathroom, and I love your fluffy aqua rug- I want one!

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  42. I love it Anne! It looks beautiful & fresh! You must love your new space so much! Have a wonderful week! Angie xo

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  43. AMAZING ... you have done yourself proud. Love it ... it is so beautiful and love the colors.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasrues

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  44. Wow, you just amaze me, I love the door to the attic and the whole room is just adorable. Love the tulips too!

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  45. I've been waiting for that! Anne you did a great job! Love the turquoise touches!

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  46. Hi Anne, Wow, you did a great job!! Love the details, you have great style.

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  47. Holy Moly what a job! Anne your new bath looks so great now, very light and airy. Your hard work definitely paid off! XOXO

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  48. Wow Anne, your bathroom renovation is fabulous! You should be very proud of yourself for taking on such a big project and the wonderful outcome. We've been house hunting and one of my pet peeves in older homes is the door to the bathroom being right in the kitchen. I'm sure you mentioned this before, but where did you re-locate the entrance? The mudroom?
    Have a great week!

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  49. Good for you Anne! It looks beautiful and I can imagine how pleased you are with yourself - I would be!! You go buy yourself a drink GF! :) xoT

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  50. Anne, what a beautiful and professional-looking remodel! I love everything that you did and am so impressed. We have a small upstairs bathroom that is in desperate need of of remodeling. I'm going to show your post to my husband. Perhaps it will get us motivated!

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  51. We are in the mist of a redo as well. Ours is taking a bit longer then planned, isn't that always the case!

    xoxo. Michelle. thebashfulnest.blogspot.com

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  52. Yourself?? You did this yourself?? Anne you are amazing! I don't even understand half the words you used to describe what you did! Major congrats!

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  53. Amazing!!! You deserve a dozen hot baths after that reno. I'll send you the 75cents for the first one!!
    Love the blue colander towel holder
    Kelly

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  54. That was a mind-boggling ambitious project! I hope you get warm fuzzies every time you walk by (or go in ;-)) just to think "I DID THAT!" Way to go!!

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  55. Wow, what an amazing transformation! It looks gorgeous!! You did an amazing job ;)
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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  56. You blow me away! I'm so impressed with you and your stick-to-it-ness, and your skills. The bathroom looks fantastic!

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  57. Truly inspirational Anne! I can't believe that you did the lions share of the renovation yourself. I am so impressed!

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  58. amazing! you are superwoman! I would never tackle such a job, you're my hero anne!

    beautiful bathroom!
    gail

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  59. You did a great job! I love that you are using a colander for storage -- such as cute idea.
    - Lora

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  60. Wow! Fantastic work!!! Your bathroom is now adorable!! Kudos to you for such a wonderful job!

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  61. Wow, wow! You did an amazing job. You have some serious skills and patience and it sure payed off with your savings and the beautiful results. Love the finishes and the pretty accessories too.

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  62. Anne I love your enterprising nature. In Australia we'd refer to you as a 'goer' due to your spirit of getting things done. Love your new bathroom...and would really have liked to see the old one too....LOL

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  63. I love your new bathroom! Great Job! If you get a chance, please share this on my linky party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/05/sunday-link-party-6.html

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  64. Girl, you've got room for a chair in there? You're already bigger than ours! You did an amazing job on this. My hubby just started ours and is pulling off tile as I write. You rock, Anne!

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  65. Impressive!! You are a rock star! It turned out so fresh and pretty!
    Visiting you from Blogger Homes. :)

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  66. Beautiful! I love the bead-board, all the accessories, and the color of the towels!

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  67. Hi Anne,
    Just stopping in to let you know that I've chosen your bathroom makeover as one of my favorites from last week's Project Inspire{d} linky party. Thanks for sharing it!
    Nancy

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  68. Anne, I'm so impressed with what you accomplished with your bathroom. It is simply amazing, and I know you're so glad that it's finished. You deserve some long soaks in that tub!

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  69. Hello Anne,
    Outstanding DIY makeover...LOVE all of it!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  70. Wow, Anne. I can't believe you did it all yourself. So impressed. Well done you! Thanks for sharing, liz

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  71. Love your bath remodel - so pretty and I love all the details you added! Featured you today here! http://www.settingforfour.com/2013/05/12-beautiful-and-creative-ways-to.html Thanks for sharing at project inspired linky party and hope you visit this week's party too! Shared and pinned as well :D

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  72. WOW Anne. I just don't know what to say!! I always look forward to reading your posts as you create and remodel so much....AND all by yourself!! I just don't know how you do it!! It looks wonderful. I just love those blue colours (my favourite!!) and the red tulips against it surely set it off!! I think you're incredible!! Joan

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  73. Wow! This bathroom turned out so pretty! I can't believe you did most of this yourself. I'm impressed! It must feel so nice to have this done. I like the pop of blue you used in the room and the cottage style feel you gave it.

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  74. Woo Hoo! Congrats. What an elegant bathroom and amazing remodel! xo

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  75. This is so lovely! I'm hosting a new linky party at http://hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/efforts-and-assets-linky-party-1.html

    I would love to have you!
    Angela

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  76. Just love what you did to the bathroom, holy hard work!!! amazing!

    Lynda @ www.ohsoshabby.com (I don't use my google blog anymore...)


    ps- are you going to Haven??

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  77. Anne...you did it!!...the bathroom is magnificent...love all of the beautiful details, down to the aqua colander holding the towels...I so remember you working so hard on this project...Congrats...you did an unbelievable job...you should be so very proud..I am!!!...

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  78. Wow, what an adorable bathroom!! It has come a long way from the before pics. You did a great job. I love the aqua pops of color, and all the charm;) I'm currently in the process of sprucing up my bathroom too.

    Jenny from diywithjenandb.blogspot.com

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  79. Well done! You have me inspired for a Spring Spruce Up :) You are a STAR over at I Gotta Create!

    http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2013/05/sprucing-up-for-spring.html

    Thanks so much for linking up to the party,

    <3 Christina

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  80. Thanks so much for linking this up to Give Me The Goods Monday, Anne. You did an ah-mazing job!! Can't wait to see what you bring next party!
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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  81. I am awed by the DIY you carry out in your home. I would never have the courage to take on something so big! Your finishing touches are wonderful too!
    Sarah x

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  82. WOW Anne! You can bring home the bacon and fry it up in the pan! Great job. Love the way you decorated the room. I'm so impressed!

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  83. Looks great! I love how you used a colander in the bathroom---so creative! All the colors flow nicely together. Perfect colors for a bathroom. Looks like such a calming place to be. Thanks for sharing!

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  84. WOW! turned out great! I'm happy for you!! Now enjoy it!

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  85. I am really shocked by the info of this website and i am glad i experienced a seem over the weblog. thank you so a lot for sharing this sort of wonderful data.

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  86. OLÁ ANNE,SEU BANHEIRO FICAR MUITO BONITO,EU AMAR A PLACA SOAP.BOA QUINTA.VALÉRIA.(BRASIL).

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  87. Congratulations Anne! Your remodel is awesome and you did it yourself. I am sooooo impressed!
    LOve the end result - perfection!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  88. Again, love it. Sharing on FB tomorrow morning along with the big winner announcement!

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  89. I just love the bright look of your bathroom, Anne! You did a fantastic job. You go girl.

    Thank you for linking up to Throwback Thursday!

    xoxo
    Denyse

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  90. I'm impressed! You did a great remodel.

    Thanks for the link up to Throwback Thursday.

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  91. Wow, Anne! You weren't messing around were you? I'm impressed by your skills. By yourself? Mad skillz, girl! Heading over to vote...good luck!

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  92. I voted-I hope you win!
    Your bathroom is gorgeous.

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  93. Stopping by from Hooked on Houses, and had to tell you what a great job you did! I love the beadboard panelling, and all the blue accents add such a sweet touch. I'm most impressed that you did it yourself! Way to go!

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    1. Thanks so much Mary Rose! I really love how that bathroom turned out. I have to admit that when I go in that room now, I can't believe I did it by myself either... and then I start remembering all that work LOL! Thanks for visiting!

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  94. Soooo pretty! My favorite part is the window and the shutters. It looks like something you'd see on windows in old French houses. Love the color scheme too! (I'm visiting here from Hooked on Houses)

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    1. Thank you Connie! My inspiration for those shutters was Downton Abbey ;)

      Cheers!

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  95. This is a truly amazing renovation, Anne. I'm so glad you shared it at Every Room In The House. You'll be featured in May's kick-off, and I hope you'll join the party again. Hugs ~ Nancy

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  96. wow great post i like your blog...
    Thanks! for sharing amazing bathroom..

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    1. Thank you! and thanks for visiting too!

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  98. Wow! Your bathroom makeover is truly impressive!

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