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Monday, August 5, 2013

The 80’s Wants Their Bathroom Back is Finished!

Sweet Boy is officially back in school! With summer vacation over let the DIY delights commence!

Did anyone even remember that I was working on the Fashionista’s bathroom?

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I don’t blame you if you forgot. After all I began the project back in March. If you remember there were all sorts of setbacks. But basically this was the “BEFORE”. Brown yucky cabinets, old faucets, a nasty vanity top…you get the idea.



I had talked about painting the cabinets HERE. They are Annie Sloan Paris Grey. I still need to add one more coat of wax, but that isn’t something that will show up in pictures. :) The glass knobs were found at Hobby Lobby at 50 % off.

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Let’s talk about artwork. Two things my daughter LOVES is velvet and daisies. She was born in April which the flower is the daisy. We were looking for art that would fit in with the yellow, grey and white color palette. If you remember, Sarah Richardson’s bathroom was our inspiration. Sort of a delicious country meets modern design.

I think a touch of black in a room makes things elegant. We spied this little daisy loving girl in a gold and black velvet frame at an estate sale for $4. The Fashionista loved her 60’s era bouffant hairdo so she came home with us.

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Here’s a closer peek of her. It’s not great art, but my girl loves her and that is what matters when you select art.

Did you know that the Daisy Girl has a secret?

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She covers the big ugly electric box that some yahoo decided to put right in the middle of the bathroom wall. Boo to bad design!

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This biggest update was the vanity sinks and faucets.

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They were a dated, gross  mess. If you remember the close up of the sink looked like this:


Eww and double yuck!


I really shopped around for options. The entire process almost deserves its own post. Given that the condo was built in the early 80’s I could not just buy an “off the shelf” sink vanity. It was a custom size. You know what that means~ $$$. I checked out granite, engineered stone, and laminate. In the end we went with a cultured marble vanity top by St. Paul in white. It took 15 days to be delivered. 

Taking out the old vanity was no picnic. It required major pulling and prodding.

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That blasted vanity was so wedged in there! Like most old homes the walls were not completely straight so some of the drywall ended up walking off with that old vanity. Patch job straight ahead!

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The new vanity wasn’t exactly light and it had to be hauled upstairs.

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Finally the heavens parted and angels began singing.

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The wide set chrome faucets were provided by Moen. They are from their "Boardwalk" line.
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It was finally time to start accessorizing.

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The towels and hand lotion were found on clearance at HomeGoods. The various soaps were gifts. I nestled them on a silver tray I bought years ago in an after Christmas sale at Target. The glass dish was my great grandmothers that held her sewing pins and the crystal cup belonged to my grandpa Roy.

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The one thing I forgot to do was get a good after shot of the shower area. Because I did get yet another horrid “BEFORE”.

You can see a glimpse of the curtain that we found last fall on clearance at Target.

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All in all I think it went from drab….


…To fab!

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For those who may be interested the wall color is “Biscuit” SW6112 by Sherwin Williams and was painted two years ago.

We would still like to:
Replace the dated light fixtures and frame out the large mirror. At some point down the rental road we will also replace the floor.

Here’s a itemized breakdown:
One custom St. Paul double sink vanity top in white: $449.00
Quart of Annie Sloan Paris Grey paint, half a can remains so I could technically halve the price but… : $34.95
Two complete sets of towels and tube of hand lotion  from Homegoods on clearance: $15.00
Shower curtain on clearance from Target: $10.00
Two yellow bathmats from Wal Mart: $8.00
Four crystal knobs from Hobby Lobby at 50% off: $5.00
Daisy girl artwork from estate sale: $4.00
Two Moen Boardwalk faucets (in exchange for a sponsored blog post) : $0
Silver trays, crystal cups and soap: All previously owned/gifts: $0
Daisy artwork for over the toilet from Goodwill (still to be spray painted)  $1.00

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A grand total of $526.95. Yippee indeed!


GSGreatEscaper said...

Stellar! Wish I could have you do mine!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Looks AMAZING!!!!! I love the colors!!!!

Rita C. said...

What a nice, bright difference! When I see something like your breaker panel where it is, I always comment that a man must've engineered it {shaking head}. I'm about to tackle just some faucet switch outs & caulking, and am totally dreading the mess - have to move almost the entire guest BR to have an access panel created (must've been a man that engineered it).
Have a great day!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Great job Laura!
I love the colors and the funky 60's vibe.
I am confused though. Is this your daughters condo?
I must have missed that post.
Hugs friend,

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Wow! Great makeover! I have 80's bathrooms that definitely need an overhaul! We've painted the cabinets and updated the lighting but I can't wait to do more!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Laura, the bathroom looks amazing, you did such a great job of updating it. Love the yellow and gray color scheme. Hugs, Marty

Vicki said...

What a terrific job! Love the daisies from Goodwill... The whole room is light and bright.

Cindy said...

Love it!!! You are very talented!!

Blackberry Lane said...

It really is lovely! Gray and yellow are so popular now. The artwork brings back sweet memories from my early years. Daisies will always remind me of your daughter now.

khess136 said...

GORGEOUS!!! You've walked quite the road to get to this lovely oasis, but I'm sure you must be thinking "it was all worth it!" You've inspired me to use my quart of Paris Grey to paint the cabinets in our guest house. DDs decided it would be "cool" to have pink cabinets! Now that they're home owners, I'm free to take back the GH. Thank you, Laura, and best wishes for happy moments in le bain, for your Fashionista!

Vel Criste said...

Fabulous Laura! I love that estate sale artwork too! Perfect! You also chose a pretty glam sink! Great job!

Rainey Shafer said...

I love the yellow and grey, especially for a bathroom! It really brightens up a window-less room.

Louise said...

Wonderful colors, the cabinets are so well painted (of course) and I love the glass knobs. What I like best is that the daisy girl REALLY does look like she has a secret! She was meant for that spot. I like the glimpse of the grey and yellow floral shower curtain (think that is what it is) also.

Phyllis @Around the House said...

your bathroom looks wonderful, I really likel the builtin sinks and faucets..very pretty, I need to do mine, one of these days I

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

It turned out fab, yes. Love the color scheme.

(We're neighbors at Amaze Me Monday).

Have a blessed week.

The Boston Lady said...

Looks great Laura. I hear that color scheme is quite popular these days and now I know why. School has started already??? Ann

Ashleyncola said...

My baby girl has a similar bathroom. One day I'm going to make it just this FAB!

Love the yellow and the retro artwork!

Thanks for the inspiration!
Ashley @ 3littlegreenwoods

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love the gray, yellow and white colors, all work together so well and what a treasure the estate picture is!

Laura Turner said...

I DO remember this bathroom remodel! Hahaha! :-) The before looked like every bathroom in every CA house, no matter what the price--this was a shock to me when I moved here! And yes, all the cabinets are built into the wall the same way, and yes, require a bit of swearing on all parties involved (at least in my experience). One time hubby and I were near the breaking point (that is breaking into the wall) taking out a cabinet in our kitchen, and a little card fell out (as if from nowhere) just as the cabinet gave way. It said: "keep on smiling!" HAHAHAHA! Love the remodel. And those prints were ones I loved as a little girl. You got them free with Northern toilet paper! :-) Thanks for stopping by to visit.

Laura at Sunday View

Maureen Wyatt said...

That's a beautiful makeover on a very tiny budget. That's one lucky daughter to have such a talented mom to pull it all together!

Dawna Motz said...

I love daisies, they are so cheerful and I love the colors you ave chosen for this great reno! Great job!!

Kit said...

Bravo!!! It looks fantastic. Great job! Kit

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Great transformation! I know that she will enjoy the fruits of your labor. It turned out fantastic!

Debbie said...

Absolutely fantastic makeover. I love it all!!

Carol said...

Great job, Laura! It's nice when our young adult children can pay their own way for the things they want, but it's fun to help with the labor part of it!

Bloggymom said...

Wonderful makeover!!! Love the bright yellow.

Blackberry Lane said...

I could not help but think of your daughter when I saw these bookends today!'s+daisy+decor&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_search_type=all

eye to eye said...

Love the makeover. I fell in love with the refinished cabinets. Can you tell me if you put a wax finish on them after the chalk paint? I think they look spectacular!

Kathy Moreland said...

Gorgeous color combo! Love the gray cabinets!

Becca Diestelkamp-Woodham said...

Looks great! Love the sinks! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

Auntie Em said...

It always makes the whole house feel fresher and cleaner when the bath looks great. I like the grey vanity with the yellow accessories. Very pretty and easy to switch out if you get tired of it (but who in their right mind ever gets tired of a lovely soft yellow!)
I am so very impressed with your go-to guy for removing that old vanity top and not a bit of damage to that large sheet of mirror. He is worth every penny!!!
Thanks for the great bufget reno ideas! :)

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Looks amazing! Your counter tops and faucets look wonderful and the color you chose for your cabinetry is perfect! Great way to hide things on the wall, cute pic!
Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday!

Liz Hockamier said...

Fabulous! I've been waiting to see the finished project. I love it! :)


Sherry Thecharmofhome said...

Looks great!