bathroom before and after

My bathroom has been mostly finished for a couple of months now. I just kept putting off taking the photos since, well, it's not totally finished.  But this is usually the case in my home as I am forever tweaking and hunting for accessories to pull things together. If I wait until it's "finished" we will all be old and gray. Please forgive the photo quality: the lighting was terrible and the space, tiny. I shot many of them from the bathtub.

bathroom update

I created this board to see how my ideas worked together.  With the exception of the trellis fabric and embellished shower curtain, which may happen at some point, I was able to incorporate many of the same or similar details into the actual space.

Before & After:


I'm thrilled with the Marshalls' mirror I spray-painted Pimiento and the two West Elm rugs that hide a multitude of sins.

The curtains in this Covington fabric are my favorite element in the room. The cheerful pattern and colors offered an easy jumping off point for the rest of the space, including the paint color.  In person, the walls are a bit richer and not so washed out.  After testing several samples, I mixed my two favorites, Benjamin Moore's Feather Grey (thanks to Holly of West Pear Avenue for recommending it) and Blue Haze. My local paint store color matched 
it for me.

I learned a lesson after having my light fixture installed.  I bought the fixture before I bought my medicine chest/mirror and measured for centering based upon the width of my vanity. As a result, the light fixture feels a bit puny to me.

These two watercolors (in frames I already owned) are actually pages torn from a traveller's guide of Anguilla where we spent our honeymoon and have visited a few times.  I hope to gather some more artwork/momentos to frame all the way up to where the molding will be. (someday??).
notice my husband's basket on the right is labeled "Master of the House"? Not my doing.
I kept our existing shelf/basket combo as it's in good shape and really helps for storing daily used odds & ends. The dishes holding the q-tips and cotton were in the clearance aisle at Target. They were part of a set of melamine bowls meant for outdoor entertaining and perfect for my clumsy tendencies. I still need to shop my house/Goodwill/Etsy etc. for some  artwork to go above the baskets.

a new towel holder from Home Depot and a pretty towel from Marshalls.

the view from my hallway

While I have lots of finishing touches still to tackle, I am really happy with the transformation from unfinished and sloppy to bright, airy and cheerful.  Now if someone else would clean it for me, I'd be all set!

Next up: painting and stenciling my hallway and basement, hopefully before the summer's over if the beach, yard and pool don't get in the way too much ; )

Do you have any summer projects lined up or are you smarter than me and take the 
summer off?

Have a great weekend!

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  1. OMG - there are sooooo many things I love about this bathroom. I agree, the fabric for the curtains are my favorite, but that vanity, the rugs, the paint color...it's all so fabulous!!

  2. Erin, this is a wonderful transformation! I love the moodboard and the way you translated it into reality. That powdery blue is to die for and the happy little curtains make me smile! Thank you for leaving a sweet comment on my beachy living room :)

  3. Looks great lady! I do love that fabric....you really showed that you can take some bold elements and make a small space sing!

  4. Oh I think it looks great Erin!! Just beautiful!! And I love that red mirror!!

  5. I love how the red mirror looks next to the curtains!

  6. Erin, you must be thrilled with the new look - it looks awesome! That mirror and curtain fabric are perfect and with the rugs and the new wall color - it really came together nicely. Well done (and thanks for the mention too!).

  7. I love that curtain! Such a great makeover:>

    New follower too lady!

  8. What a lovely and fun bathroom revamp! I think the curtains are my favorite part. Thank you for sharing this at my link party.

  9. Very nice!! I love the curtains! Found you through a linky party! Happy to be a new follower!

  10. What a facelift! It looks so bright and fresh! Of course those stunning curtains are my favourite feature!

  11. I love your mix of patterns and color! You have a lot going on for a bathroom and it really works! Super fun!

  12. Love everything about this bathroom. That fabric is one of my favorites! Everything little detail is perfect! Way to go.

  13. Love the transformation and the fabric is so pretty! Thanks for linking up.

  14. See, I'm still on your blog!! This is absolutely gorgeous and I'm loving those curtains!! I've been looking for fabric like that {similar pattern but different colors to match my living room} and I haven't found anything yet :( I never thought of putting curtains in my bathroom before for some reason, but now I am! Thanks so much for sharing! And if you want to come link up, I just started a party {so it's super small right now} and would love to have you!

    1. Had to come back and tell you that your curtains inspired me to keep looking for fabric. I found the perfect fabric over the weekend!! I'm so glad I saw these so I didn't give up and go with something I wouldn't have been happy with!

  15. I love it! So fresh feeling now. The rugs are great, adore the curtains, and the pray painted mirror might just be my favorite.

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