Friday, January 13, 2012

The Upstairs Bathroom

Our house was built in the mid-80's.  When we moved in, our home was a bit outdated. Aside from painting some walls, we had no intentions of jumping into renovations.  As we've settled in, I've tried to slowly bring certain rooms into this decade.  I've changed light fixtures, painted the dark wood trim throughout the first floor white and updated a few appliances.

Our upstairs bathroom was the most outdated room in the house.  Everything screamed 1980's: the tile, light fixtures, faucet, vanity and shower were all outdated.  I painted the room three times thinking that may do the trick.  Lesson learned...paint can almost always improve a room. In this case, the bathroom needed a lot more than paint. 

These three "before" pictures are the only ones I have. 


I hung this mirror when we moved in.

Fast forward to last Spring.  We had an issue with a vent in the attic and the upstairs bathroom's fan needed to be repaired.  My husband gave me the green light to contact my brother, who owns a construction company, to determine what renovations we could afford to do.  We decided to keep the layout of the bathroom intact (which saves a lot of money) and gut the entire bathroom.  I was beyond excited about this project and completely nervous. 

My husband doesn't care about home improvement projects so he left it to me to design our new bathroom.  I knew one thing going into this...the walls would be pine tongue and groove running horizontally.  My best piece of advice about going into a room renovation is to choose a focal point that can guide the whole project in the right direction.  It was still very hard for me as this was my first time planning a construction project.  When renovating a room, the possibilities are endless.  You can spend months looking at inspiration pictures, talking to people about the project and visiting home improvement stores.  To complete this project, we were confined to a tight budget of time and money.  My brother and his crew had a one week window to finish this space.  It was a whirlwind (and not so much fun when you inevitably hit those bumps in the road) but the outcome was worth all of the hard work!  I love the new bathroom!
 








                           










This wire basket is sentimental to me.  I bought it in Wyoming for $1 at the coolest thrift store.  This past Summer my family of six hit the open road for almost an entire month!  We had the most amazing adventure and will never forget it!  The soaps were collected on our trip at various hotels we spent the night at.  If you'd like to check out our incredible journey, you can visit my "road trip" blog here!  I'd be curious to see if we were in your neck of the woods.  Let me know in the comments!
I'm linking up with:
Hookin Up With HOH @ House of Hepworths
Be Inspired @ Elizabeth & Co.
Rock 'N Share @ The Shady Porch
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Crafty Scrappy Happy Me @ Crafty Scrappy Happy
Overflowing With Creativity @ It's Overflowing
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Ineriors
It's So Very Creative @ It's So Very Cheri
DIY Project Parade @ DIY Showoff
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday's Treasures @ My Uncommon Life of Suburbia
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Coffee & Conversations Thursday @ Passionately Perfect
Catch as Catch Can @ My Repurposed Life
Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous
KISS Bash @ The Tattered Tag
Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots and Jello

59 comments:

  1. That is one gorgeous bathroom! I just love those walls!

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  2. I LOVE your bathroom! What an amazing job and it looks like it's been there forever! Love the color of the vanity too!

    Meg

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  3. Can I just say W O W !!!!!!!!!!!!

    luv, luv, luv this

    xox

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  4. Wow! What an update! Love the walls and the colors you've chosen! Visiting from Elizabeth & Co.!! Drop by and see me sometime!!

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  5. You had great vision for that room and it shows! We need to remodel our master bath & it's original to the 1970's, so I can relate to your desire to change in a big way. I just hope ours turns out just as great!

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  6. Wow! That turned out fantastic! I was blog browsing this evening and came across your blog. I'm your newest follower!

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  7. Love it!! Thanks so much for linking up! Just a reminder also to register for my $50 Stencil Giveaway!

    XO, Aimee

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  8. This turned out amazing!! I love the cozy feel of your bathroom! I featured you today!

    http://craptastickatie.blogspot.com/2012/01/five-feature-friday-22.html

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  9. wow, jeannie! this is amazing! it looks beautiful- love the shower curtain, the walls..... everything!

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  10. Love it! I just re-did our bathroom as well. Yours turned out lovely!

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  11. Seriously your bathroom is amazing. You have serious talent. I am saving this post in my "inspiration for my future home" folder. Great job!

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  12. Wow Jeannie, I am totally blown away by the fabulous transformation you made to your bathroom. It's amazing. I love the shabby chic look, completely opposite from the plain bathroom of yore. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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  13. I found your blog via Craptastic... and your bathroom is AMAZING. i fell in love with your shower curtain, at first, then EVERYTHING else.. the colors, the wood paneling on the walls. You have great taste! I am a new follower and I look forward to seeing what other great things you post up!

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  14. found your blog via Craptastic!!
    love the makeover, very creative!!
    did you buy or make the shower curtain??

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  15. Hi, just found your blog tonight and LOVE the bathroom makeover. May I ask where you bought your shower curtain??

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  16. What a beautiful bathroom! It kinda has a sauna feel to it. The shower curtain is lovely!

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  17. This is gorgeous! The paneling is beautiful, and I truly love love love the vanity.

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  18. L.O.V.E.!!! What an amazing transformation! Would you (or your brother) give us a little info on how you did the walls? I'm assuming you took it down to the studs.

    Love all your design choices. Great job!

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  19. This bathroom is lovely. What a beautiful job you did. I may have two bathrooms to do here soon. I want to know though how was the board attached to the wall and how were the edges finished? I ask because board are thick compared to paint or wall paper so how are the edges finished off so they aren't just sticking out awkwardly? I hope that makes sense.

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  20. Your bathroom is beautiful! I love the ruffled shower curtain and your walls! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Your bathroom is absolutely gorgeous! I love the color of your vanity!

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  22. Hi Jeannie~

    Your bathroom is simply lovely! All the little touches make it one big "WOW"! Happy to be a new follower and I invite you to link to my {k.i.s.s.} blog bash on Sunday.

    Christina

    Drop By & Visit {The Tattered Tag}

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  23. wow - stunning AFTER shots! i love love love it! c'mon over for a visit & play at our linky party going on now!

    www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

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  24. You did a great job planning out your first construciton project. The tongue and groove looks great horizontally. You have such an eye for attention to detail. The room looks understated....not over the top, but the finishes and all the details are just lovely.

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  25. Beautiful!! I love that dresser and the paneling especially!

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  26. Oh my! Your bathroom is fabulous! I love the vanity!
    gail

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  27. OMGoodness! You totally rock! This makeover is amazing!! Thanks so much for linking up!!

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  28. I really really love everything about this bathroom, especially the walls and the vanity!

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  29. Just one word! AMAZING!

    That looks so pretty;)
    Thank you for sharing!
    Lovely greetings...

    http://pudel-design.blogspot.com/

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  30. Great looking bathroom. I love the color of the vanity. Great planked walls. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

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  31. What a transformation! I love the plank walls and the farmhouse feel of the vanity. Awesome job!

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  32. That is a beautiful bathroom. Love those planked walls and the vanity is gorgeous. I stopped by from Wow and am a new follower.

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  33. GORGEOUS!! I love the walls and colors..great job:)

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  34. This is absolutely beautiful!!! Found you though the Savvy Southern Style linky party. Love your blog and your style, I am now a new follower :D Cant wait to see what you post next. Would love for you to swing by some time!

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  35. Your bathroom is gorgeous! Now I want to add pine planking somewhere in my house. And that vanity, fabulous! I'm your newest follower. Found you at Savvy Southern Style.

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  36. Beautiful! You've thought of every little detail. There's no way I would have guessed that this bathroom belonged to a home built in the '80s.

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  37. LOVE the walls, great job! We are soon taking possession of our 'new' home, a 1980's house with alot of wood panelling and high raked cathedral ceilings, all honey pine colour...can't wait to get some whitewash on it!

    xx Karen

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  38. Super job! I am very impressed, you hit a home run here!
    Did you buy the vanity new or just paint?
    Came from Wow us Wednesday, lovely, lovely, room!
    Cindy

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  39. Looks amazing. Now I can't wait to go browse around and see some of your other projects. I'm a new follower! Pop over for a visit sometime.
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  40. Hi Jeannie,
    This is my first visit to your lovely blog, its a pleasure meeting you.
    Your bathroom turned out beautifully I love every thing about it.
    Where did you find that amazing vanity?. We are in the process of remolding our Master bath, we are having the vanity custom designed and I love the color of yours very much. I have enjoyed my visit with you today and have become your newest follower.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

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  41. I am in love with your bathroom! It is so beautiful! Great transformation!!

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  42. Your bathroom looks fantastic. Beautiful!

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  43. Love your bath! Where did you get that vanity?

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  44. Oh my goodness! What a beautiful transformation! Would never have guess you pulled it together on a budget. Love the vanity and the pine paneling. Definitely not an 80's bathroom anymore!

    Would love it if you linked up to my Room Evolutions party on 1/31 - this is one wonderful room transformed!
    Jenny
    www.evolutionofstyleblog.blogspot.com

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  45. SOOO beautiful! I'm in love with those walls...and that charming wire basket. New follower here. Hope you'll stop by the Farmhouse Porch when you get a chance...

    ♥Linsey

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  46. You did a wonderful job! I love the sink and all the details...they look perfect! I also collect pictures for months (or longer) when taking on a project like this and somehow it all comes together!

    Would love for you to post your project at my website www.ohmy-creative.com.

    Susan,
    http://www.ohmy-creative.com/
    A community to Create - Share - Inspire

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  47. I love the way your bathroom turned out! I just have to Pin it. So cool!

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  48. Found your bathroom redesign through Tatertots and Jello. I LOVE how it turned out. It's amazing how something as simple as tongue and groove pine can take an 80's bathroom and make it a special little getaway room. It looks like a bathroom you'd find in a sweet new england b&b or in that beach rental you find yourself wanting to return to every year. But my favorite part...the basket filled with collected soaps. I love to travel with my family too and I would adore finding thrift store treasures along the way! This summer we're taking an rv trip and I'm going to have to save room for all my treasures that will be coming home with us :-) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  49. Love everything about it! The walls are amazing and adding in the ruffly shower curtain really softened it up. WOW, great job!

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  50. Your bathroom is beautiful. I love it!

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  51. I just love the country feel that bathroom has. The wreathe gives it a unique touch, and the drawer has that perfect vintage color that complements the floor and the walls. The curtain looks whimsical, but it's lovely! Overall, I admire your new bathroom. :-)

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