Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My Fixer Upper - The Downstairs Bathroom.

First, the Homefront Giveaway is still on! Leave a comment here and check out another layout from this Collection on this post.

Now, as promised, I am going to share part of my home.

First, I was 6 months pregnant when we moved in, so all I really cared about was a nap, which means I was really annoyed, because the bed was in pieces and the couch was in the back of a trailer being moved, you know? Everything was in upheaval so I didn't really care about anything else. AND in order to even move into this house, a lot of things needed to be done to make it livable. The house was previously heated with solar heat, but it was inefficient, so the previous owners also had a woodstove, which was old and in a terrible spot for young children. So the first thing we had to do was buy a heat pump, which came with air conditioning, which was a big chunk of money. And that was only one of the zillion things we had to do in order to live at the house.

I did manage to take a few before pictures though. I wish I had taken more detailed shots, but at the time, my pregnant self took a photo and was done with it, lol.

Without further ado, this is the before photo of the bathroom downstairs:

You'll notice linoleum, a rusty metal shelving unit of sorts over the toilet, an old icky vanity mirror with those sliding doors. And a 1980 sink. I know this bathroom could be much worse, but the thing that turned me off the most was the rust and general lack in cleanliness. ick. I didn't get a photo of it, but the door needed replaced too. The whole house had those cheap hollow core doors, meant for mobile homes, I think? They didn't even fit properly in a standard door frame. There was major air space underneath... which certainly wouldn't have made any quality time in the commode very comfortable, you know? heeeee.

Okay, I will say I am extremely disappointed in the upcoming photos, because they don't do the room justice. But it's extremely difficult to photograph a bathroom without a window or a 360 degree lens, ya know?

First, the bathroom door:

To the left is a guest bedroom.

Solid pine doors, full of knots and bumps. I love love love these doors. This is what all the doors in the house look like (as soon as we get them all hung, anyway). No more hollow core doors for us!

This next view is the from the open doorway, looking at the shower. There is no tub anymore. Steve laid tile floors, and a tile shower, with these really cool rocks on the floor. The floor is not even and it feels heavenly on your feet. It's almost like a foot massage when you take a shower.

I didn't get a photo of it, but the shower head is huge and is one of those "raining" shower heads. So when you go into this bathroom, shut the door and turn on the shower, it's almost tropical. You just have to drown out the sounds of the small children banging on the door, lol.

This next photo is my favorite part of the bathroom. I was at an antique store and saw these matching windows, so we backed them with mirrors and used them in the bathroom over the sink, as we bought a double sink. They still have the window latches on them, the paint is scruffed up, and I love these window/mirrors a lot.

Lastly is a view of the double vanity from the shower.

You can also see a niblet of the bathroom floor from that last photo. Steve laid tile floors as well.

The walls are painted a very light shade of grey.

So that's that! My downstairs bathroom!

I think the next tour I'll do is my scrapbook room and the mud room. Before, it was a single car garage and a separate room that housed an 800 GALLON water tank. A HUGE tank. Imagine THAT transformation!


Have a great day!


  1. I am so glad that you did post your bathroom makeover pictures! It looks soooo amazing, just like I was expecting. Keep working on that scraproom so we can all drool over those pictures soon as well!

  2. Oooh, so pretty! I love the mirrors and the rock floor, too cool!

  3. Jennifer.T7:56 PM

    thanks so much for sharing!
    I can't wait to see your scraproom and as far as the mud room goes well, I have never even heard of such a room, so that shall be interesting!!

  4. Great renovation!! I love those doors!

  5. Dav, the bathroom looks fantastic!! Steve did a great job with the tile, especially like the river rock shower floor. That would be my pick for sure! Great taste you have, cause I just love the mirrors and the doors couldn't be more perfect for your side of the mountain!

  6. Anonymous5:55 AM

    very nice! I love the vanity... where did you get that?

  7. this is one GORGEOUS bathroom dav! you have such fabulous taste...are you for hire?!? :)

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  9. So you almost have remodel the bathroom, and its looking nice and guest bathroom also. Thanks for letting us know about this.