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Monday, December 26, 2011

The Path to Our Dream Home - Main Bathroom Transformation

For the main bathroom transformation, we maintained the layout and size of the original room.  Here is what we had to work with:

There was some significant water damage in this room, so we took the room down to bare studs.  After replacing a few water-damaged studs and adding a coat of KILZ primer to all of them, we used cement board in the whole room for extra moisture protection.  And after all new surfaces, here's what we have today:

This main bathroom is shared by the whole family, as there is no bathroom in our master bedroom.  Luckily my daily "getting ready" routine features face moisturizer (the same natural baby lotion the kids use), toothpaste, deoderant and hairspray.  I keep the make-up, hair dryer and curling iron in bins in the utility room because I use them only a couple of times a year, mostly out of complete laziness!

My Favorite Features:

The neutral palette of the permanent fixtures allows for an instant makeover just by changing the shower curtain and linens.  I especially love the grayish brown color of the accent and floor tiles.

The size of the room didn't allow for a bigger bathtub, so we opted for a soaker whirlpool tub and curved shower curtain rod to make it feel larger.  Both of them make such a difference!  

Clear containers, some with chrome accents, provide decorative storage.

A vase with sand from our honeymoon in Aruba and a sand dollar from a family trip to Monterey Bay, California beautify the space with personal memories, and give simple context to the beachy palette.

The double towel bar continues the white on chrome accents, and multiple towels dry more thoroughly in this small space than they would on hooks.

What a difference!!  I still have a few projects in mind for this room, so I'm sure there will be updates to follow!  
One project for this room will involve framed photos.  How do you put photos in a small bathroom and avoid moisture issues? 

This post has been linked to:
Delightful Order
Home Stories A to Z
Shabby Creek Cottage

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Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

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