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downstairs bathroom remodel before/after

by Heather

See where it all started…


Very messy and never seemed to get as clean as it should be.


Boring and bare.


Yes, that’s a butt on the towel….


Demo started!



Color up on the wall and wainscoting added in.


Tile was laid.


Then BAM, it was done (1 week later)!


No more boring and bare walls. Now we have ‘bathroom’ pictures in here. Jacob had a great idea to find old pictures of us when we were little in the bathroom — him being bathed in a sink and me going to the bathroom, reading a book upside down. We plan to add our little ones in here too!


The actual color looks most like the two pictures above where the blue walls are first shown. My lighting was a little off last night.




Here’s what was changed

  • paint
  • tile
  • wainscoting
  • pedestal sink
  • mirror
  • light fixture
  • towel bar
  • pictures on the wall
  • shower rod
  • shower curtain
  • toilet paper holder
  • garbage can
  • wall storage – moved from upstairs bathroom (you can kind of see it in the mirror’s reflection)
  • glass soap dish/dispenser/holders
  • full length mirror behind door – moved from another room and painted black

Here’s what’s left to do

  • Build/buy standing storage
  • Buy an old glass knobs for hand towel
  • Buy new mat for bathroom
  • Seal the grout

Here’s the mat I’m eying that I hope World Market has in store so I don’t have to order it online…

I really wanted a round bath mat and they have one… plus it looks old which is cool!

Where we really saved money

  • pedestal sink – free from my parents bathroom remodel — it has been sitting in our house for at least 2 years waiting for us to remodel the downstairs bathroom!
  • mirror – $6 from goodwill — was gold and painted white
  • light fixture – $10 find at the rebuilding center that we pieced together– used doesn’t mean bad
  • Jacob doing the work – I’m lucky he’s so handy so we didn’t have to pay someone else to do the labor

It feels so good to have a clean and pretty bathroom downstairs now. We really love it.

Up next… repaint the downstairs hallway and add shelving/storage then remodel the upstairs bathroom. We’ll see how soon that all happens!

Remodeling is fun 🙂

Have you done any remodeling (big or little) lately? Are you as glad as me that it’s Wednesday? We’re half way through folks!



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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries April 11, 2012 - 7:03 am

you guys are just full of home projects lately!! good for you! the bathroom looks awesome.

Get Healthy with Heather April 12, 2012 - 9:24 am

I know, we love them!!

Erica April 11, 2012 - 7:32 am

Looks great! I love the flooring and adorable pictures.

Get Healthy with Heather April 12, 2012 - 9:24 am

I totally love the flooring too, but it is chilly on my bare feet!

Kristen (swanky dietitian) April 11, 2012 - 8:31 am

Wow, this looks fantastic! I love doing little projects like this.
I never knew the term for the boarding, but I just love it!
Is it pretty easy to put up?

Get Healthy with Heather April 12, 2012 - 9:25 am

I think it was, he just used a glue for it and a nailed a few too.

Lisa@HealthyDiaries April 11, 2012 - 8:57 am

WOW looks great! You guys did a great job. Love the paint color!

Get Healthy with Heather April 12, 2012 - 9:25 am

Thanks Lisa!

janetha April 11, 2012 - 12:47 pm

freaking LOVE it

Nicole, RD April 11, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Oh my gosh! It looks amazing! I love that blue!! Kudos! I am super impressed!!

Get Healthy with Heather April 12, 2012 - 9:26 am

Thanks Nicole!

Jentry Nielsen April 11, 2012 - 3:22 pm

It look so awesome! You guys are amazing, come over any time! 😉

Get Healthy with Heather April 12, 2012 - 9:26 am

Haha we’ll be there tomorrow 🙂

Pure2raw twins April 11, 2012 - 7:15 pm

LOVE IT!! so jealous you bathroom is done. they just started mine

Get Healthy with Heather April 12, 2012 - 9:27 am

You have so much remodeling coming up, I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!!!


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