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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Bad Gas Station Bathroom is No More

Today is reveal day where you finally get to see the complete transformation of the Bad Gas Station Bathroom.

This remodel was done in just six short weeks on a budget of $500.

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A year and a half ago we purchased our 30 year old home, Storybook Cottage. We have slowly been updating each room. This small powder room truly needed for a makeover.

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane to show you what we started with:

Starting from the ground up we wanted to update the warped tile linoleum floor.

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Remember when sponge painting was all the rage? Well it was this brown sponged wall treatment that earned this bathroom it’s moniker - the bad gas station bathroom. Of course the yellowed sink and spray painted faucet helped add to the ambiance as well.


Many loyal DTA readers were completely heartbroken when we decided to remove the grapevine wallpaper border and wine rack. Yes folks, a wine rack… complete with wineglass storage system, IN the bathroom.  

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This was the nautical themed inspiration board for the space.

"Bathroom" by decortoadore on Polyvore featuring interior, interiors, interior design, home, home decor, interior decorating, CIMARRON, Ralph Lauren, Superior and bathroom:

A big challenge was photographing the finished space. I don’t think I ever mentioned that this half bath measures a miniscule 6’ by 3’.

In the image below, taken with a wide angle lens, you can see three walls in one shot.

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Mr. Decor and I began the makeover by first replacing the linoleum with ceramic tile laid in a running bond pattern.

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I found a tiny antique oriental rug to soften the flooring.

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The faded colors are a perfect match to the sand colored flooring and navy vanity.

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The vanity, as you may recall, used to sport a chippy black finish.


It now features a lovely shade of dark blue with new chrome hardware.

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I love how it looks against the pale blue walls.

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I am so thrilled with our new sink.

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It features a gorgeous widespread Arterra Faucet in a polished chrome finish.

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Price Pfister generously partnered with Decor To Adore and provided all of the new bathroom hardware to include the Arterra Towel Ring.

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Mr. Decor wanted to make sure that I shared his favorite new feature ~ the Arterra Paper Holder.

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When the tissue roll is empty you simply just lift the bar to replace it.

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In decorating spaces I like to select accessories and artwork that are truly meaningful.

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Mr. Decor grew up in Panama and the Bridge of the Americas is a landmark that holds a special place in his heart.

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On another wall a lovely lakeside watercolor picks up the colors of the rug, wall and vanity colors.

The painting is joined by collection of seashells.

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Whenever we are on vacation we love to beachcomb and over the years have gathered quite a lovely collection of shells and sea glass.

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We’ll add other art in time. For now a few of our favorite shells rest in the windowsill.

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I wanted as much light as possible to filter into the bathroom. This lightweight gauzy Roman shade fits the bill beautifully. It provides much needed privacy while keeping with the beach theme.

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I hope you have enjoyed this bathroom transformation. You can see each week’s progress by clicking on the links below.

Week 1 – The Bad Gas Station Bathroom

Week 2 – Crickets chirping, nothing was done.

Week 3 – A new tile floor.

Week 4 - We’re just now doing demo.

Week 5 – Still NO sink!

This POST includes a breakdown of all of the product specifications and costs.

Feel free to leave any questions in the comments. 


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Auntie Em said...

Love it! Your newly finished little bath room is way too classy for any garage now. :D
The colours are perfect and look so sharp with the shiny polished chrome fixtures.
But basically you did it in a week! Which is even more amazing!
Great work! It is missing it's wine rack...but it is still classy! lol
Your renos are always so impressive. Thanks for sharing! :)

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Applause! Love how it turned out. That toilet paper holder is very smart- I can see why your hubby loves it. The seashells looks great the way you displayed them and I like the artwork- especially the one of the bridge in Panama since it has a special meaning to your family. Excellent job!

Linda said...

It looks lovely!! Not much bigger than our 2 tiny full size bathrooms and I know what you mean about trying to photograph a small space like that, but you've done it wonderfully. I love the idea of painting the vanity that deep shade of blue - it's lovely. Gives me ideas for our own home, though right now, all of my attention is on being outside in the yard since we have such a short growing season here - have to make the most of that. :)
Anyway - great work as always, Laura (and Mr. Decor)!

Stacey said...

Laura, this looks amazing! You really did transform that space in a small time. Thank goodness the wine rack is gone. :)

I love the blues especially on the cabinets. The hardware is the jewelry of the room. Love it!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I love it all. So pretty and fresh. The colors are perfect to go with the family/room and your accessories are beautiful. Great job.

Vel Criste said...

Ooooh-la-la! LOVE IT Laura! Another successful and gorgeous ORC for you! I love the relaxed feel in your loo and the personal decor just perfect! Congrats for a job well done! CHEERS!

Eilis said...

Wow! The rug is perfect. I didn't know there were such toilet paper holders, but now I want several of them. Your room is completely transformed. You must be so glad that you did it.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

IT looks fabulous!

Kiki Nakita said...


Yay! It turned out wonderfully! I especially like your new faucet.


Lisa said...

It's beautiful! The rug is so pretty and adds so much to the space. Tell Mr. Decor that his toilet paper holder is really nifty!

Simply LKJ said...

It looks fabulous Laura! Love the navy cabinets.

Curtains in My Tree said...

I agree the bathroom is much better with the vine rack gone haha

love your choice of color

Karen Hess said...

Elegant and SO welcoming!! Beautiful work, Laura!
XO. Karen

Denise said...

Oh Laura, this is just beautiful!! Just like every room you've renovated -- I love them all!! Pale blue paint makes me happy, and yours is lovely. I also love the new sink, pretty mirror, and sleek, navy vanity cabinet. The artwork and shells are perfect, and the gauzy, Roman shade is one of my favorite elements of all. Bravo, my friend!! You've done it again. :)

Thanks for sharing and enjoy this pretty new room.


Denise at Forest Manor

Mountain Mama said...

Amazing transformation!! Love all the sea touches - it seems so peaceful now!

Katie Mansfield said...

Timeless, gorgeous and so you. Great job. I love it and your custom art piece.

sarah said...

Another fabulous job. Did you do a tutorial on painting the vanity?

Jeanie said...

You would never in a million years recognize the one from the other. Totally different and masterful! Plus it just fits YOU and that's exactly what a room should do. Four stars!

Hey said...

Hi Laura,
Your bathroom is lovely! I adore the color selections that transformed this space into something beautiful. Well done!

The Boston Lady said...

Love it! I have to agree w Mr Decor about the toilet paper holder. The blue cabinets look great. I will pause for a moment of silence for the wine rack :) Ann

Lorrie said...

Congratulations on completing another great project. Love the blue walls and the dark blue cabinet. I do hope you've saved that wine rack!

Terri Steffes said...

I'm loving the reveal. I am loving the rug in the bathroom, too. I debate about rugs in the bathroom all the time.

Botanic Bleu said...

Ta-da! Beautifully executed. Love the blue walls, the blue paint vanity, the window shade, the shell decor, and the new tile floor.


Manu said...

Laura, this bathroom is so lovely. I do love the color of the wall!
Have a nice day

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Gorgeous! I love what you did, especially the navy blue and the kilim. What a difference! xoxo Su

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh Laura, what a lovely transformation! The wall color is so calming and a nice contrast to the navy cabinet. Your art work is so thoughtfully chosen and the shells bring back treasured memories. The antique rug adds a nice pop of muted color and looks great against the tile.
I'm going to comment here on your vintage tablecloth transformed into a gardening apron because my iPad likes to shut down and reload at your blog for some reason! Anyhow...the apron is just darling and you're even more darling!! The Fashionista took cute pics of you!
Thanks for hosting your party, too. ❤️

Donna said...

Fabulous transformation! Your hubs did a nice job on the work. The little oriental rug is the perfect touch. Love the navy blue cabinet...Sheila at My Kentucky Living featured a navy blue dining room today...great color...

Morgane @ Bear,Dolly and Moi said...

very pretty, blues are so pretty in bathroom and always perfect with seashells!

Wanda @ From House To Home said...

Hi Laura...your bathroom is so pretty! I love the different shades of blue with the much better than the "before" room!

Laura said...

So so pretty Laura!
I love the dark blue cabinets with the color of the walls. I bet you are ready to put your feet up!

Sam | Away She Went said...

I fully support any toilet paper holder that makes it easy for anyone in the house to change the roll! I don't know why I'm the only one who ends up doing it! Anyway, love the light blue walls and navy cabinet. I was just thinking about doing that in my guest bathroom, so I'm excited to see how it might look. Great job!

therelishedroost said...

Looks fresh and clean and traditional with a twist great job!! I love the romans cant go wrong with simple white linen!! Bravo!

Tiffany said...

I love the new vanity color. Just lovely!

Gypsy Heart said...

Major transformation ~ and so beautiful! Love the navy cabinet and the nautical theme. The window shade is perfect!


Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

The bathroom is amazing. It looks so peaceful and serene while before it looked "angry". The sheer roman shade creates such a soft light.

Kirby Carespodi said...

Great job! I love it!
(PS-let me know if you ever miss the sponge painting. Sometimes I wonder if we will.)

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

The end results are fabulous! Enjoyed watching the journey.

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

I knew you would pull it off and in great style! It turned out beautifully! I especially love the new tile and the rug!! Of course, the other features are wonderful too and I know you're glad to have another room re-do complete.
PS- I can't wait to see what you did with that wine rack!

Tara Lehman said...

Your bathroom looks amazing Laura! I really like the dark color you painted your bathroom cabinet and love the rug!!!