Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Pink Bathroom Makeover

Brother:  “Why are you cleaning my bathroom?”

Me: “Because I’m going to snap photos for the blog.  Hope that’s okay.”

Brother:  “Want to photograph my upstairs bath then too?  How about my kitchen?  The dining room?”

Good try, little brother.  Good try.

This is what the bathroom looked like when little brother bought his house.

Pink Tile Bathroom Before

I don’t know about you but I was totally digging that stencil.  That dirty pink tile was to die for.  The oversized vanity and shelving unit where pretty stellar too.

But for some reason, little brother hated it.  I just don’t get it.  He was afraid of the cost to fix it.  Luckily his sister is an important DIY/home decor blogger.  (I kill me.)  Or he’s lucky he has a brother-in-law that is handy.  And a dad that likes to destroy things. 

Some sweat, family bonding and around $350.00 left his bathroom looking like this.

Bathroom Makeover (Beadboard, Peppercorn, Hex tile)

One thing that has surprised me about my brother during this whole house renovation process is that he actually has really good taste.  (Well, minus the deer heads in the living room.)  But overall, his selections have impressed me.  He usually asks if what he likes is okay but I rarely have to tell him it’s not (minus the deer heads).

The makeover started by gutting the bathroom. (We make our father proud.)

Powder Room Makeover

Moving the plumbing and adding a new outlet revealed a giant mass of razors.  About a week later we watched a home improvement show that had the same issue. I guess it was common to just drop razors in a slot in the medicine cabinet and let them fill up a space in the wall.  Guess those dudes weren’t thinking about the poor people in 2013 that would have to clean that mess up.  (Soccer sandals and socks are a favorite trend in Iowa.)

Powder Room Makeover

After cleaning up the hot razor mess, it was time to prime and paint.  I did feel slightly bad covering up someone’s time consuming stenciling.  But only slightly.  Brother could have cared less.  He chose Dutch Boy’s Peppercorn for the wall color.

Powder Room Makeover

It was then time to lay the tile.  The tile was purchased at Menard’s.

Bathroom Makeover

My dad and brother then installed bead board and molding to cover up the tile grossness.

Bathroom Makeover

They then replaced the toilet.  He also added a new sink, light and medicine cabinet. It’s hard to believe it’s the same room.

Bathroom Makeover (Beadboard, Peppercorn, Hex tile)

Pretty impressive finishes for a bachelor.  (I’m still looking for a sister-in-law.  Contact me if interested. I mean, you get a cute house out of the deal.  I’m sure the deer heads are negotiable if you’re not his sister.  Man, I’m going to get sucker punched for this one.  Let’s look at more pretty after photos.)

Bathroom Makeover (Beadboard, Peppercorn, Hex tile)

Bathroom Makeover (Beadboard, Peppercorn, Hex tile)

Who thinks the pink tile was pretty rocking?  Any takers on that whole future sister-in-law thing?

45 comments:

  1. Beautiful!!!!! I LOVE black and white - and this is just gorgeous - the floor - and the beadboard and black above - perfect!
    ( can't believe I'm talking about a bathroom like this )
    XOX

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  2. it's amazing! so sleek and much less feminine! ;)

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  3. I have to admit that at first I felt sad thinking about the old vanity and shelving out being ripped out. I adore Mid-Century and I actually liked what was in there.
    I hope you have a ReStore in his area and were able to donate that. Someone would probably be happy to have it.
    That being said, I was amazed how lovely it ended up and to be honest, yeah I would rather have his NEW bathroom! Well done!
    He's lucky to have such a fabulous DIY/home decor/matchmaker for a sister.
    I love it, Absolutely beautiful.

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    1. The cabinet was either donated or put on Craigslist. One of our pet peeves is those home improvement shows that take sledge hammers to perfectly fine cabinets.

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  4. Tell me you kept the pink swan thingie. I need that.

    Looks brilliant!

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  5. But that pink bathroom was soooo manly!
    & I spotted soccer sandals & socks.
    Travis always wears that, and asks me if it's in style.
    He even told me to take pictures and post it on the blog,
    to prove that he was doing something stylish - I turned him down.

    But seriously, that bathroom looks amazing.
    At first I didn't believe it was the same space,
    and then I remembered who's blog I was reading.

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  6. You guys are awesome! What a difference on a small budget! And get the heck out about the razors! What's up with that?
    I agree with you, your brother has great taste!!!!

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  7. If you hadn't shown me pictures to prove that was the same bathroom I wouldn't have believed you. It will definitely make a future sister-in-law proud.

    And if blogging had existed back when people kept old razors in their walls (??????seriously) I bet someone would have posted about putting up that stencil and everyone would have said "ooooh ahhh I want one just like it!" :P

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  8. How the heck did $350 do allll dat?! Beautiful transformation!

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  9. Wow! That is a really impressive reno for only $350!! It looks amazing! I love your writing style too...this post cracked me up!

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  10. We had the razor-in-the-wall thing going on, too. So weird. Um, holy cow! That transformation is amazing. Nicely done, little brother. Although, the stenciling WAS pretty awesome....

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  11. this looks so stinkin' good, and bachelor appropriate without screaming MAN (like deer heads). we encountered the razor thing, too, when we did our bathroom. such a strange idea, no?

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  12. love the dark wall against the beadboard- I'm envisioning something similar for mine, but I think I may dare to just paint the tile (which is wildly intimidating me).

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  13. can you give a price breakdown? i'd like to do that to mine!!

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    1. It's a small space so that helps. $30 mirror - $100 toilet - $80 sink/faucet - $60 tile/grout - $40 light - $30-40 bead board/molding. Paint was left over from another room but it didn't take much.

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  14. Wow, this is impressive! I love to see a budget breakdown as well.

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  15. Looks great Michelle! Love that paint color...with all this recognition on your blog, your brother is on his way to finding a lady to share in this renovated home in no time!

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  16. Wowzers, what an amazing remodel!!! I can't believe it was only $350! That included sink, toilet, tile, and paint?!?!

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  17. SO MUCH BETTER! Now come do mine! LOL xo Kristin

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  18. Nice makeover! It really doesn't look like the same bathroom at all. I think I would've felt at least a little bad painting over someone else's stenciling too - but that pink just had to go!

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  19. I love this! What if I am not a bachelor, but just want you to come re-do my bathroom? :) It looks fabulous!

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  20. As usual, I laughed pretty hard throughout the post. The bathroom looks amazing! But we all know the best part is having a dad who likes to destroy things :)

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  21. either you and your bro have similar taste, or you helped with choices a lot because this room fits your style to a tee :)

    dont worry, this is a good thing brother of michelle!!

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  22. It looks great! What an awesome job! I'd really like to do something like this with our tiny half bath too!

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  23. What a great update!! I'm sure he's so glad to be finished with the pink bathroom. Seriously will you be my sister? I can't so much marry your brother, but surely there's another way.

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  24. Oooh, purty! I'm loving that floor tile. Did they have to use a tile cutter to install those? I want to use tile in my bathroom, but I don't have one of those huge cutters. I was also wondering if they just installed the beadboard right over the pink tile. It looks like it, but I can't tell for sure.

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  25. That tile is seriously gorgeous! I would like to hire you to be my sister. What is the going rate for sisters these days?

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  26. Love the bathroom and your blog! I just wished you lived closer!!!
    Debbie in California

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  27. I love the floor tile. Just love it. And what a great idea to cover the previous tile area with bead board. I love how that looks. This bathroom is just so pretty now... as much as I hated seeing that super stencil go ;)

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  28. This looks SO STINKIN' GOOD. I'm really impressed with the choices of styles in this. I guess his awesome sister is wearing off on him. Lucky him to have you. All I give my brother is a hard time.

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  29. I really like the ground. Just really like it. And what a smart idea to cover the past floor tile area with pellet panel. I really like how that looks. This bathing room is just so pretty now... as much as I disliked seeing that extremely stencil go ;)

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  31. You guys seem like such a fun family!! I LOVE the gray. LOVE IT SO MUCH!

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  32. Awesome makeover! Loooove the black. I want to do black walls in my tiny bathroom but people think I'm nuts. Maybe? But now I can show this to them :)

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  33. Any idea when the tile was laid? Our bathroom was built in the 40s and looks similar and we were told the tile might be hard to remove because it may be "wet-mounted" (i.e. laid almost directly into the wall, no drywall). Was the tile hard to remove? Regardless, this looks great and I am totally inspired!

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  34. Very nice! We're doing something similar in our half bath!

    Julie @ WhereWeAreBlog.com

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  35. the razor chute! is it just a midwestern thing? the first time I heard about one was from my boss; now you guys. Awesome job on the reno - it looks terrific.

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  36. No pics of the room with the deer heads? After all those mentions, I'd expected at least a quick shot!

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  37. I can't believe you did all that for $350?! Nice work! Good decorating must run in the family, and what is with the razor thing?! How weird!

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  38. Wow! The transformation is amazing, can hardly tell its the same room!

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  39. The bathroom looks a lot better now! From the simple pink tiles, it now looks elegant and classy with those black and white tiles. Shades of black and white is always a good choice for a bathroom, as neutral colors emanate calmness.

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