Sunday, July 25, 2010

Bathroom Redo!

My house is 17years old.  We have been here for 3 years now and truly love it.  There is no love however for the bathrooms!  The rooms are small, but have good bones.  I can't complain about the tile in the shower or the floor.  The grout however is another story...The lighting consisted of brassy gold Hollywood dressing room lights (ughh).  The previous owner painted the walls and baseboards the same color and obviously did not protect the other surfaces from getting paint on them. 

I decided to start with my kids bathroom first.  After all it is the main that visitors see.  There were several problems that needed to be addressed.
  1. The previous owner allowed tan paint to get all on top of the shower tile.
  2. Caulk was put over the existing grout (that is original to the house) instead of replacing it.  Leaving me with a lovely mess that was breeding mold and mildew!
  3. The cabinet was (badly) painted white (I am guessing) in a hurry.  Hinges and all were slathered with glossy white paint!
  4. Baseboards needed to be painted
I decided to fix it all!  This is when someone who loves me should have interjected and put a stop to my madness!  (Does anyone else think they can do it all and then at the midpoint of a project regret their Superman complex??) 

I tackled the grout by using a grout saw and razor blade.  I found that the razor blade worked best on my grout.  The grout saw can (and will) scratch and chip the tile if you are not careful.  I am not always careful!  I used a premixed grout to re grout.  A heavy duty (yet unforgiving) caulk was used where the tub and tile connect.  The end result was great and I am now thankful that I attempted to do this!

The cabinet was sanded down and repainted black.  I used silver handles on the doors. (I have yet to put them on the drawers??)  A fresh coat of paint (Valspar Angel) was put on all the walls.

I still have to frame the mirror and add a few more accents but am happy with the finished job!

Before Pictures:




This is the large hole left after we replaced the lights!


Excuse the mess.. I forgot to take my befores!

Afters:
















Now that is clean nice grout!

I hope you enjoyed my little tour of our little bathroom!  Stay tuned for the fine tuning of this space!

I am linking up with:
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt it Friday
504 Main for Tickled Paint
Its so very Cheri for It's so very Thrifty
Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase
The DIY Showoff for DIY Project Parade
Between Naps on the Porch for Met. Mondays



8 comments:

Jo said...

It looks fabulous! You did a great job and the finish project is a real reward.

I'm taking on our half bath {thought I'd start small} this week. First on the list is the popcorn ceiling. I know this is going to be a mess but I can't stand it any longer!

Jo

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow, Lacy! You did a fabulous job! The bathroom looks great...worth all the work! Now I am inspired to tackle my caulk! Have a great week!...hugs...Debbie

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh how fresh and lovely everything is. You did a great job. Great work. The bathroom looks fabulous now. Hugs, Marty

Denise said...

Hi, thanks for your lovely comment, love what you did in the bathroom, I love the beachy theme. Have a great night.
hugs
Denise

Jennifer said...

It looks good!!! I haven't done anything with our bathrooms and we have been here 7 years!

Anita said...

That is a great transformation!! I like the coastal theme too! Thanks for stopping by!

Amber Dawn said...

Your bathroom looks awesome now! It's crazy how much lights, etc can change a look!

Kim said...

That looks great--I think grout projects are the least rewarding, but necessary projects to tackle. You ended up with a much improved space.