May 27, 2010

My Bathroom Remodel

     I purchased a small 1984 home in downtown Orlando Florida.  The house was pretty much in it's original condition including the Blue Bathroom.  I budgeted myself $1200.00 to remodel it.
Before and After

Yes folks, we are talking blue, blue fixtures, blue tub, and blue ceramic surrounding the tub, and then we kept the blue theme continuing with a blue towel and TP holder. 

I had to stay on a budget so to save money I did every inch of it myself,  with the exception of paying someone to spray the tub and surround white.  It is a process that involves using some kind of acid to prepare the tile and them spraying it.  It looks wonderful and they were even able to spray the silver handicap bar from the previous owners. 


This process was $450.00, but so well worth it and since it is the hall/guest bathroom it should last forever.  The guarantee is 15 yrs. for normal use.

The next thing I did was chipped up all of the old white tile and then wall papered with a Laura Ashley wall paper.  

Then on to installing new tile and base boards, yes I am a girl with power tools and I know how to use them!

I installed a shelf I purchased at an antique store

Then added some old drawer handles to hang the towels

I pulled out the standard issue vanity mirror and hung a new one

To match with the vanity

I also picked a smaller toilet to give a little more space in the room

This is a Rachel Ashwell  shower curtain I topped with a RA curtain valance.  Now, I think RA got this wrong because the ruffles were to be at the top, but I decided to reverse it and hang them at the bottom.

And then Hello! I love polka dots, so I attached pink ribbon with polka dots to the curtain between the ruffles.

Now what to do about the medicine cabinet?  I pulled the old cabinet out and then thought, OH HECK who needs a medicine cabinet in a hall bathroom anyway!  I put decorative trim around the opening and then added a shelf to the bottom and put in a cute cat picture.

Look at the fun vintage boxes for my guests reading enjoyment!

"Vigorets for all nervous and broken down men", and a little Salt Petre that was thought to stimulate sexual desire.

I was so lucky to find this vintage green food canister at a thrift store and then wallpapered the outside, the inside was the perfect green color

I found this at an antique store, I am not sure what it is.  I decided it was a TP holder I put on the side of the vanity.

A pretty flower picture from an antique store 

And there you have it my $1200.00 blood, sweat, and tears, bathroom!! And a great deal of satisfaction that I did it myself!

 Happy Creating!
Linking with Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch


Connie said...

What a beautiful transformation, sweetpea! I like it much more than the stripes...

Meadowsweet Cottage said...

So cute! I love your idea of using drawer handles on the antique shelf as towel holders--clever!

Sherry said...

Great transformation. It is fun to see all of the attention to detail and creative repurposing of things you found. Thanks for sharing

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

You did an amazing job on your bathroom!

Sue Richardson said...

Absolutely unbelievable what you have done yourself. As a stager & realtor, I just ran across a "blue" bathroom. I had no idea you could spray these!! Wow.All of your ideas... from the curtain atop the shower curtain to the medicine cabinet are genius. Please don't tell me that you replaced the toliet yourself! (I'm going to start feeling really inadequate) Love it, Love it, Love it! Sue@awelllovedhome

Karen said...

Oh Carol you have made such a beautiful bathroom honey! Goodness...I haven't seen a blue bathroom suite like that since the 70's over here!!! Well done XXX

Debbie said...

You rock Miss Carol...a woman who knows how to use power tools....Not me...I would be deadly with those things!~ I never knew you could just spray tubs like looks awesome!~ Ha I laughed when I read your comment....not everyone will like the piece...I get that, it is weird looking....but we are weird too, so it is perfect for us:)!~ I love your sense of humor and your honesty...I appreciate it.

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Carol ~ Your bathroom came out gorgeous !! Oh my goodness !
I didn't know that you can change colors of the bathtub and sink ~ wow that so cool !

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

WOW!! That is one fantastic transformation and on a budget to boot!!
I am swooning over that lovely wall paper!!
Everything is so pretty!!

Congrats to you on a job well done!!



Morning Carol :)
Blue is a fav color of mine...not a blue toilet..your do over is very pretty. Lots of great ideas that you shared. Thanks.
Happy weekend.
Deb :)

Ginger said...

AWESOME!!! You did a great job on your beautiful makeover. Such a big difference, who knew they had blue toilets??? Love everything you did. Isnt it fun to have a complete makeover, and such a beautiful one.


Jacalyn @ said... a blue 1980's bathroom! Ahhhhhhhh!!!!! Your make over is simply beautiful! Your creativity is so inspiring Carol! Thanks for sharing!


Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

We have that same 80's blue bathroom upstairs and it's on our list of redo's. Someone in the past painted the kick tiles white. I pulled all the dark wallpaper down which made a huge difference. You did a fabulous job. Do you hire out? :) I was in Orlando Christmas before last. We could have met up. :)

Gina said...

You did an outstanding job! It looks beautiful!

Kat said...

What a great job you did! I love the wallpaper.

Fabulously french said...

Wow what a transformation, it looks fabulous. Love the shelf with the handles idea and that shower curtain is gorgeous.

Bon week-end,

Leeann x

Pam said...

What an amazing job and you were able to stick to your budget. Congratulations.

Our Back Porch said...

Wow! What a talented person you are! It looks simply gorgeous!!! Have a blessed weekend!


Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

You did a FANTASTIC job on your bathroom remodel!! I used to be a Kitchen and Bath Designer (well, still am but, just haven't worked n awhile at it. LOL) and I know how much a remodel like this would cost. I am so impressed with your budget and sticking to it!! It is so pretty.

Herbgirl said...

Love it! How very charming.......especially love the towel rack and the vintage treasures. Super good job!
Hugs N Herbal Blessings, Mandy

Jen T said...

This bathroom make over is SO pretty! I love the wallpaper, the shelf with the drawer pulls is a great idea and the vanity is gorgeous. Thanks for following & I'm going to do the same. I love your blog! Jen

Sew Much Ado said...

Hi Carol! Are you missing the blue bathroom? Heehee. It looks great, you find such great antiques!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Carol....this is so impressive...and you did it yourself! Wow! That's awesome! It looks how fresh and pretty it turned out!
You definitely need to link this post to Metamorphosis Monday when it goes up at BNOTP tomorrow evening. This is a fabulous Before and After!

Katie said...

I just love your vanity and since I am in a house full of boys I really love your ruffles on the shower curtain. One day I will try to throw some ruffles in my house somewhere.

My Cottage Charm said...

Hi Carol! Thanks for being my newest follower! I'm glad you like my laminate cabinet, it was so gratifying to see something so ugly, turn out so nice. It is one of my favorite pieces now! :-)
I LOVE LOVE LOVE what you did with the guest bath! And attaching those handles on the shelf for towels was total genious! You and I seem to have the same taste....we could shop together! LOL (except I live in KY....that would be some commute to go shopping huh? lol)
Did you go back and look at my kitchen makeover? I did it over several posts...I think it's in March. I think you would really like it. :)
Have a great weekend!
Melissa :)

Lisa said...

That is TRULY an amazing makeover! You did a fantastic job. Love the colors and the wallpaper. You gave that little space new life.
Thanks for visiting Recaptured Charm earlier.

Jenn said...

Carol! Thanks for leaving a sweet comment on my blog {redberrybarn}. I absolutely love your blog. You have beautiful taste!
Have a fabulous day!

Melanie said...

You did a great job! I love the sink the best. You can't go wrong with a creamy glazed cabinet.

Shelia said...

Oh, your bathroom is so charming. What a great deal.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

sweetpicklesandchocolate said...

Wow! Love the bathroom transformation! It does look much bigger and I love the vintage touches.
The Rachel Ashwell re-do? Love it, I think RA would be proud. You put a lot of effort and thought into it and it shows.
Thanks for visiting me! Hope to "see" you again!
Sweet Pickles and Chocolate

Andrea said...

Wow! Come and do mine! Love what you did! I have never seen a blue toilet or bath before!

Marti said...

What a great remodel! My knees and back hurt at the mere thought of chipping up more tile. You did a wonderful job with all of it, and I love your finds from the antique store. Nearly choked on my tea at your Salt Petre. lol

mishebe said...

i just love your ruffle touches!

Lana said...

This is a wonderful, TRULY wonderful bathroom remodel!!!

And so great that you did this yourself.

YOu should show it on Shanty2Chic's I did it without my hubby link party!! They're girls who like to use their power tools, too!!

Blessings to you,
Lana in Huntsville, AL

Susan said...

Hi Carol...FABULOUS job on your bathroom makeover. You really did a super great job. Love the bright wallpaper and white fixtures, mirror, everything. Very unique use of materials, too. GREAT JOB! Sincerely, Susan

Sailing Simply said...

This is a stunning redo! I love it! I love that you did the majority of it yourself too! I love the whole look, right down to the very intresting items on the display shelf. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Wow! You deserve a huge round of applause. You've worked up a storm. And your taste is so cute! It shows that you've really paid attention to all the details.


Everything looks fabulous, you did an awesome job. I love the wallpaper and the color you used, so pretty. My favorite is the drwawer handles you used to hang your towels from.


Hello, Thank you for becoming my newest follower! I'm so happy you enjoyed my Pink Celebration Table! I had so much fun designing this table to celebrate "PINK"! Thank you for visiting and leaving your sweet comment!

Linda said...

Fabulous transformation! Love it! How clever the door handles to hang towels! Very cute!

annieg said...

Carol, pack up your tools and come on out to CA for a visit. I have a bathroom/utility room that needs you BADLY!!!

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

WHAT?? YOU got rid of all the lovely blue??? Ha!!
I have been thinking of painting one of our old tubs. I have had one done before in another home but did not like the results because they said I could only use liquid cleansers and it didn't seem to do the trick. One of our tubs in this house really needs it!!! I just haven't made up my mind. Love what you have done. The toile paper holder almost looks like a door stopper missing the rubber on the tip!

Sandy said...

If I could "Stand and Applaud" for you to see' I would! I know how much time and energy you put into that beautiful bathroom!
You had a company spray your tub and tile.. hmmm,,,? I was going to try "Epoxy tub and tile paint", after reading how easy it was.. will have to think more on this?
Wonderful job!
I love a lady who uses 'power tools'....

Lucy - By the Hill said...

How did I miss this post? Wow! love your reno and especially love how you took out the medicine cabinet and what you did with it!

Who said diamonds are a girl's best friend......I'd rather have the power tools although I certainly am waaaay behind you in that department!!

Kathi said...

Awesome. Can you tell me what type of company to contact for the shower/tub color change. I have a 1976 master bath that still has the harvest gold shower..ugh. I would love to get rid of that awful gold. Thank you.

Kim said...

Hi Carol! What a pleasure to have you visit my blog. I am delighted to meet you! You have a wonderful blog and you certainly are a jack of all trades!

Jennifer said...

great job!! I love seeing how people manage to get such a nice look for so little - very sweet and inviting!

sewingseeds4U said...

Great job...unbelievable transformation and I love your toilet paper holder. lol

red.neck chic said...

Oh my gosh - this is gorgeous!!! I am all over the drawer pulls as your towel holders! Those are fantastic!!!

And the ruffles... I'm such a sucker for ruffles...

:-D robelyn

jana said...

I desperately need the cast iron tub in my 1928 bungalow redone.

What search terms did you use to find the people who did yours?

Anonymous said...

Carol - Well done! I am looking for the drawer pulls that you used on the shelf - do you remember where you bought them??

Please email me with an answer if you would