My Mom’s DIY Bathroom Makeover

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After writing an entire post on this bathroom, my computer froze, only for me to realize that I hadn’t saved a draft-ugh!!!! So this will be a short synopsis of my mom’s bathroom makeover but with lots of pictures, unfortunately not of before's because my hubby and I tend to dive head-first into projects and forget to take the before pics!
So for a quick background on my mom’s home and what prompted this makeover:    My mom lives on the first floor of our family’s three story home.  The house was built in the 1920’s, although it has undergone many updates and makeovers, it still possesses lots of it's original character and charm. What started this makeover was a leak in the ceiling over the shower from the upstairs bathroom.

DEMO
So first off in our demo was the ceiling and walls around the shower and tub area.  While in the process we came across several layers of wallpaper.  My favorite though was the underwater ocean themed one, with the bright pink fish and neon green ocean plants.
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One of our main goals was to give her a new shower/tub surround.  Since the home is so old, the space wasn;t the standard size for modern tub surrounds so we had to get creative with the fitting of the shower.
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WALLS
The bottom half of the walls were  covered in faux tile paneling, complete with vinyl baseboards, yuck! and underneath the paneling was--what I think was-- original wooden walls, covered in layers and layers of paint (second pic down).

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We added white beadboard paneling a little more than halfway up the walls, used a thin chair rail molding and finished the bottom off with a 5 1/2 inch baseboard to resemble the existing baseboards in the rest of the house. 
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She also got a new toilet installed.
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The walls received several patch and paint treatments, but eventually we learned to live with them, besides it was a huge improvement from the peeling wallpaper that was there before.

My mom really wanted some bulky crown molding, we installed 5 inch thick casing to appear like crown molding, because it was cheaper and still gave the same effect against the darker toned walls.
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This tile was chosen for above the shower.
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THE VANITY
My mom originally had a white cabinet vanity with cultured marble top, but we wanted something warmer to match the gold tones in the paint color and to warm up the white beadboard walls. So we chose a wooden vanity cabinet in a dark walnut tone with a granite countertop.  The faucet was purchased in a brushed nickel, but was spray painted ORB as well as the light fixture. My mom had purchased heavy brass fixtures (towel holder, toilet paper holder, etc . . .)  back in '98 when she had the last remodel, but during the demo, we misplaced the screws and have been on the search for new hardware for the fixtures-those received a fresh coat of ORB as well.(not shown)
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We had purchased the mirror/medicine cabinet at an antique store and were very excited as it was very similar to one we had seen in a bath fixture store, but for half the price.
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We began to cut a hole fore the medicine cabinet an encountered a surprise-a pipe running horizontally across where the medicine cabinet was to go! Yikes! But we eventually made it work  ...
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The leaky, rotted ceiling was removed and re-sheet rocked--
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We later decided to panel the ceiling with beadboard, battens were added as well for a decorative touch.

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THE FLOORS
The floors were basic peel and stick vinyls that were old, dated and dingy.
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We chose the Traffic master ceramica tiles in “Exodus” as seen here in my kitchen.
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THE SEMI-FINISHED PRODUCT:
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I still have to cut molding for the thin wall between the shower and vanity area (ran in to a few problems due to the sizing of the tub surround) and find that missing hardware (or purchase new) and further accessorize with fluffy towels and other accessories…
Although it is not fully completed, it’s come along way . . .
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Thanks for visiting!
Carli

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7 comments

  1. Carli,

    You guys did a fantastic job! I bet that your Mom is thrilled.

    Hope your day is great,

    Kathy M.

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  2. That is an amazing transformation and I know the incredible amount of work that went into it. Your Mom is truly blessed to have you

    Kudos!!!!

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  3. Hard to believe it's the same house. Beautifully done!

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  4. Great makeover. Very impressive! The bathroom looks sooooo much better! You guys did a fantastic job! I bet your mom is so glad!

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  6. First of all, you did a wonderful job! (LOVE that shower curtain too!) Second of all: are you the best daughter or what?! Your Mom must be so proud that you did this for her. :)
    Best,
    Gloria

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