Friday, September 23, 2011

The Big Bathroom Renovation: Reveal!

Finally. I can't tell you how long I've been dreaming of this. It feels like our wedding day all over again: months of planning, agonizing over every tiny little detail, pouring over photos online and in magazines, hours spent working and creating. And it is so worth it! I'm giddy with excitement that I now have a bathroom that is so close to the ones in the magazines!
Here's what we started with (see the process here and here):

And here's the (almost) finished product!

Sorry for the not-so-great lighting! The curtain is an old embroidered runner that I box pleated and hung on string. The vanity is my very favorite part. After much searching and much pleading to hubby, we found a beautiful, rather beat up old dresser, marked for $75. In the process of talking to the store owner, we found out there's a lovely mirror that goes with it (which is now on my mantle), and he knocked the price down to $50! Sold!

My favorite part: the bottom two drawers are actually usable, in spite of the plumbing! Huuby did this to both drawers. It doesn't give a lot of storage, but a little is better than none!

You can see my only issue a little better in this picture:

That is not the lighting, the dresser is very yellowed. I painted it with several coats of Valspar's Cream Delight, which is actually much more white than cream. Then we applied several coats of polyurethane to the whole thing. Since we do painting in the basement, I couldn't really see the result until it was already installed. That yellowing from the poly is so frustrating to me! So at some point (probably very soon!) it will get sanded, repainted, and a new sealer will be applied. From what I've read, I believe a water-based poly should do the trick.

I have a little accessorizing to do. We need something to hold the toilet paper (can't decide whether to re-hang the normal holder, or get a floor stand), we're going to get a new shower curtain and soap dispenser, I have some prints to hang, and we have this little cutie to put up:

This is the color that vanity should be! So not yellow!

So that's the Big Bathroom Renovation! I am so thankful that it's done, that no one got hurt in the process, and that we saved money on so many things. One day I might add it up and let you know what the whole thing cost, but for now, I'm just enjoying the beauty of it!

I'm linking up this post at Remodelaholic! Go check out the other great projects there!


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