You never really finish decorating and renovating your home, do you?
Our home tells a story, and that story changes year after year.
From the moment you saw it…to the times you picked out paint colors..to the times you re-painted the very next day because you hated for first choice (um…true story, LOL!).
I like to think of it as the evolution of our homes.
So as I’m sitting here looking at old pictures of ROUND 1 of my Master Bathroom Makeover, I get a little sentimental thinking of its story, which started 5 years ago.
This is the room that I’m working on for this month’s 30-Day “Naughty or Nice” November Room Challenge.
I almost forgot how much it’s changed since I had made it over the first time!
I wanted to share with you how this room has changed so much, and share the plan on how it’s going to be changing yet again.
As I said, you’re never really done a room.
If you’ve got a room you’ve been wanting to transform, too, then click below to sign up for the 30-Day “Naughty or Nice” November Room Challenge!
The Evolution of a Master Bathroom Makeover
It was August 2011.
My husband and then-5-year-old son were going to Ghana for an entire month. A whole month!!
What was a mom to do letting her husband take her oldest baby to another continent for 30 days?!
Let’s not forget that it was Africa.
You know… that place where people get malaria and get sick from drinking the water…
My son still put his hands in his mouth, for goodness sake! How would he not get sick!?
I couldn’t sit around and fret about whether my husband would as responsible as I would, or whether our son wouldn’t be picky and eat the local, cultural food.
There was my little 18-month-old son I still had to care for, not to mention the little boy growing in my belly (yes, I was 6-months pregnant at the time).
Instead of focusing on all the bad things that could happen, I decided that since I had 30 days, I would focus my attention on this horrific bathroom.
(**Note: many of these early “before” pictures are poor quality because it was years ago! Please overlook that part… LOL)
August was our anniversary month, so I decided it would be a nice gift if hubby came home to a total makeover!
Now…I understand that women don’t usually give the gift of home improvement, do they? LOL
But it had been nearly a year since living in this older 1973 home, plastered with wallpaper, green toilets, outdated fixtures–you name it.
If the job was going to get done, now would be the best time to start.
I thought it was a great gift idea!
I worked so hard, often times at night after putting my 18-month-old down for bed.
Mind you–he slept right outside the bathroom, snuggled up in our bed, while Mommy was sanding, painting, and sweating. LOL
It was challenging keeping quiet while doing all this work.
But look how it turned out!!!
When hubby and 5-year-old son came home, they couldn’t believe their eyes!
Hubby had left with a nightmarish kind of master bathroom that had a shower stall covered in outdated beadboard, and came back to a freshly painted shower stall! (FYI, I painted the master bathroom Sherwin Williams Sea).
Trust me, this stuff scared (and excited!) me.
There I was… 6 months pregnant… standing on stools in an old shower stall, peeling back things I had no idea would be safe to uncover….
I just remember being scared, thinking, “How the heck will I get this done in 30 days?! I don’t know what I’m doing!!”
But somehow, I figured it out! (FYI: I skim-coated the wall with drywall, sanded it smooth, and then painted it).
When hubby came back, he couldn’t believe the dramatic difference!
I still can’t believe these old pictures as I sit here looking at them. Even hubby had forgotten how bad this master bathroom used to be!
Then I Painted the Vanity Grey with Pretty Stencils
And just last year, I decided I wanted to paint the vanity from white to gray with stencils.
AFTER – WITH WHITE PAINT
CURRENT – WITH PAINT AND STENCILS
But as nice as the bathroom looked for many years (and when it’s clean, it still looks pretty good), it’s now time to make it over again.
It’s Time For an Upgrade!
In order to make my master bathroom affordable over the years, I kept a majority of the major fixtures and just decorated around them, such as the cabinet, sinks, and even the turquoise shower.
Another thing I hadn’t changed was the flooring.
It was horrible, but I worked with what I had.
But there comes a point in a room’s evolution when it’s time to upgrade.
When you look at this flooring, you can see why it’s time.
Peel and stick tiles are very bad, but I understand how economical they are and can really transform a room.
But not when the peel-and-sticks look like this.
These pictures are totally untouched and show the real, raw justification for why this floor has overstayed its welcome. LOL
You can see that when the previous tenants gave this bathroom a “makeover” they went right over the old sheet vinyl with the peel-and-stick tiles.
It’s time for all of that to be ripped out!
Let’s not forget to mention that it’s discolored, too.
I could see if it was just ugly for its pattern, but it’s very yellowed in many areas.
Over time, the kids caused my cute IKEA glass shelf to fall and break, so we’re left with nail holes in the wall behind the toilet.
And I don’t know how this happened, but those cute little curtains I once sewed for the window have since shrunk and have become so wrinkled, you’d never think they once looked so inviting. HA!
Usually, when people participate in my 30-Day Room Makeover Challenges, they’re embarrassed to show the “before” pictures.
Well, I know how they feel.
I’m embarrassed to show you the inner-most intimate place in my house, with its dirty floors and stained bathroom rugs.
This is the floor we step on day-in and day-out as we brush our teeth, wash our bodies, and prepare for our day.
Of course, I wasn’t going “clean up” first before taking these pictures.
I want you to see its true “before” so that when it looks fabulous at the end of the challenge, you can appreciate the “after.” 🙂
Call it “shock value,” if you will. LOL
The Importance of Setting a Deadline
I just want to point out something so significant in this story.
Not just to shock you with these embarrassing pictures. LOL
But I wanted to point out that if it weren’t for this master bathroom makeover back in 2011, I don’t think I ever would have created the 30-Day Room Makeover Challenges here on the blog!
There was something to energizing and electrifying about having that deadline looming (30 DAYS!!) to make things happen.
Without deadlines, we simply sit around and dream about what we could, should, and want to do.
A deadline kicks your butt into action and you work to rise to the task.
I realized that many people who read this blog are like me: facing embarrassing rooms that sooooo need attention, but not sure where to begin.
But I’m here to tell you, this is where you begin: with a deadline.
And that’s exactly what we’re going to do this month!
No more excuses about being “too busy.”
It’s time to take the ugliest parts of our homes and turn them into something we can feel proud of.
And sometimes, as you can see with the evolution of my master bathroom, it takes years to achieve!
Okay, so here’s the exciting part!
Let me explain to you what I plan to do in this master bathroom.
First, the floors gotta go.
I’m sorry, floor, you’ve served us well for 6 years since we’ve been here, but we can’t look at your stained face anymore!
I’m teaming up with Carpet One and installing Verostone tiles. I’m so thankful to them for sponsoring this floor! They’re going to be doing the installation, but I’ll be documenting the entire process! Plus, Carpet One is going to be giving one lucky Room Challenger some great prizes, which I’ll tell you about in tomorrow’s post! I’ll also share my recent trip to their store to pick out the flooring.
It’s going to look so good!
A New Vanity!
Hubby thinks we should just “go to Home Depot and buy a new bathroom vanity.” But does he realize that new vanities in 60″ lengths are at least $800??
I don’t have money for that.
So I am going to attempt to either make one…..(wish me luck….) or I will try the ReStore or another place.
I really like the idea of building one, so we shall see!
Sadly, this is what our lighting looks like. It needs to go.
Ideally, it will be hung over the mirror, if we decide to keep it.
LOL that 3 of the lights went out and we never replaced them. Ghetto-fabulous!
A New Shower Stall??
Not sure on this one, yet.
But at the very least, this glass door is coming off and it will be replaced. It’s nasty!
We might need to stick with the turquoise for a little while longer, depending on our budget!
Yes, indeed a new toilet.
We’ll get something a little taller and more water-efficient.
I think I am going to make one for this bathroom!
I can definitely use some new DIY wall art! I’ll be making some.
Since there’s not a ton of space in here, they won’t be a lot to purchase.
However, as you can see, we have two rolls of TP sitting on the stand because our toilet paper holder is on the fritz!
I’d like to keep the little stand, which I found years ago at a thrift store. Perhaps it will get a new coat of paint. 🙂
And new rugs!! Jeez….these ones are so stained, it’s embarrassing we’re still using them.
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Now it’s YOUR turn!
What room in your house has gone through an evolution of change, but needs to be updated, decluttered, cleaned, and polished?
Which room are you tired of ignoring?
Sign up for the challenge by clicking below! It’s time to write the next chapter of your home’s story, too
Stay tuned because later this week, you’ll get to see everyone’s “before” pictures so you can see which rooms everyone else is tackling this month!
Read the Rest of the Master Bathroom Makeover Series!