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Our Main Bathroom Makeover Reveal


Mid-century bathroom renovation makeover

There is one type of home renovation that scares me the most, and that is bathrooms. We were able to do a fairly extensive renovation on one of the bathrooms in our old house, and I would never want to do that again! All we did was hire someone to update the small stall shower in that space with new tile, new plumbing, and a new glass frame, but the process was a mess and took a long time. I work from home, so managing contractors isn’t too much of a scheduling hassle, but there’s something about being at home working with contractors that increases my anxiety. Will I be in their way? Will they find something sinister behind the walls or underground? Would I bother them if I had to go make a cup of tea? It’s all very stressful overall.

So, before we bought our new home, I wanted to make sure the bathrooms were usable as they were for as long as possible. I love the an idea To design a bathroom from the ground up, but that’s not something I really want to tackle anytime soon – not that my tiny home budget would allow for it anyway! Fortunately, the two bathrooms in our new farmhouse seem to be doing great, and I’ve been able to make cosmetic changes over the past year so the rooms feel like “us” without digging too deep into the walls and under the floors (if there are any).

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These photos above show the bathroom in our master bedroom suite before we moved in. Busy antique wallpaper was moved from the bedroom to the bathroom, making it appear smaller than it actually was, and the huge overhead closet, old light, and ornate mirrored medicine cabinet didn’t fit in with our modern, clean style. Perhaps you remember the hall bathroom renovation we completed after about four months of living here? Well, this process taught me that new paint and fixtures can really transform a bathroom without I had to hire contractors, so I decided to put my head down and give our master bathroom the same treatment.

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Mid-century bathroom renovation makeover

I ultimately took things back a bit with this change because my motivation to tear down another room’s wallpaper was practically non-existent at this point. Instead, I asked my father to come help me with the installation New lighting fixtures And Tap. I thought making these two major changes would help jumpstart my energy to tackle the wallpaper – and it worked! We got stuck Gorgeous lighting fixture consisting of 3 bulbs On the existing vanity (matches Lighting unit with 4 bulbs Which we put in the hall bathroom) and then hung Mirror with gold frame Under that.

Once I checked those items off the list, my dad and I ticked them off New gold faucetWhich also matches the pair we had in the hall bathroom. Consistency was key in these bathrooms because they are so close together. I also like to repurchase the same fixtures for room projects within one home because it takes some guesswork out when choosing which items to purchase. I knew the fixtures and plumbing accents in our hall bathroom worked great and were fairly easy to install, which made purchasing our master bath very quick and painless.

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the new a light And Tap It made a huge difference in this small bathroom, and gave me the push I needed to tackle the wallpaper once and for all. It feels like I’ve spent the last 10 months or so removing wallpaper from rooms in our new house. The kitchen, my office/home studio, and the hall bathroom have given me a run for my money in terms of wallpaper removal. The walls were not prepared properly, so removing the wallpaper took several days in each space, and then I spent a lot of time more The days of repairing the walls in every room only to then suffer through painting.

Overall, it was a tedious process that I wasn’t looking forward to in our master bathroom. But the (unexpected) good news is that the master bathroom wallpaper came off really easily, what I assume is thanks to the proper professional installation at the time. Maybe it rose in the 1970s? By the way, I love the “1972” signature we found behind the old medicine cabinet, don’t you?!

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The photo you see above of the room without the wallpaper is a good indicator of what the space will look like for about two months after you’ve finished removing the wallpaper. It was a straightforward process, yes, but it was still stressful, and I knew fixing the wall wouldn’t be nearly as attractive. But I finally mustered up the energy to make another big push to get to the finish line two months later, and started prepping the walls for painting.

First, I liberally sprayed the walls This wallpaper paste remover liquid. I left it on, then wiped the walls with it Baba scrub sponge Soak in a bucket filled with hot water and dish detergent. I scrubbed and scrubbed to remove all final traces of wallpaper glue, then sprayed the walls again with all-purpose cleaner and wiped them down again, this time with Microfiber towel. Finally, I patched all the remaining holes and dings with Composite going to spackling. I let that dry, then John helped me sand everything smooth for me and vacuum up all the dust and debris.

Mid-century bathroom renovation makeover

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Finally, I primed the walls with Zinsser 1-2-3 PrimerWe leave it until it dries, then we paint it on two layers of cloth “Sea Salt” paint from Sherwin Williams. I love how the light blue/green complements the classic wallpaper, which is my preference an act Decide to leave (at least for now) our master bedroom right outside this bathroom door. After that, it was just a matter of bringing out all the beautiful things I had been storing to complete the room – things like Wall shelfBeautiful artAnd other small decorative bathroom touches. Keep scrolling to see the final results, including a side-by-side before and after photo!

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Mid-century bathroom renovation makeover

Mid-century bathroom renovation makeover

Mid-century bathroom renovation makeover

Mid-century bathroom renovation makeover

Mid-century bathroom renovation makeover

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resources: faucet, Mirror, Vanity light, Light bulbs, Garbage container, Wall shelf, Towel hooks, Paint color, Shower curtain, Shower head, Towels, Abstract art, Black and white art, Antique rug, Hanging macrame plant holder

My favorite thing about this bathroom renovation is that we were able to salvage a large portion of the original elements. The vanity stayed in place (I don’t mind the clean white silhouette of it), the wall tile didn’t have to be ripped out (I actually like the speckled and square look), and the toilet and shower work well. . Because we were able to work with these key pieces, we kept costs down road under. You can list all of the resources I linked above if you want, but I don’t think this project would cost much more than a few hundred dollars, at most! A lot of the things I used that are linked above actually came from our old house anyway, so I don’t count them as part of the final renovation total.

So, what do you think of our “new” old bathroom? Do you like the fixtures and wall color we chose? What would you do differently? I’d love to know if you’d go all out on a complete bathroom renovation, so let me know in the comments below. It’s always great for me to hear how people approach a room makeover differently, so never hesitate to share your own thoughts and opinions! Who knows…maybe this is just ‘phase one’…stay tuned.

Mid-century bathroom renovation makeover

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