Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Bathroom Redo Reveal...

We flew back from an eleven day vacation in Virginia and North Carolina on Sunday. For most of that time we stayed in the Outer Banks in Corolla. My daughter took the picture below. It was easy to relax when you had a view like this every day...

 

All 26 members of our immediate family were there {heaven}, but that's not really what this post is going to be about. During our vacation our handyman was hard at work. He started our basement bathroom redo before we left, but while we were basking on the beach he refurbished our entire bathroom. I'm so grateful. I seriously think a good handyman is worth his weight in gold! Ours is anyway. He took the bathroom down to the studs and started from scratch. Here are some photos to give you an idea of what he was up to...

Before: 
{Don't judge -- I know this redo was about 15 years too late!}


During:


After:


I'm a horrible indoor photographer. Someday I'll read up on how to take a good photo indoors, but suffice it to say it is a huge improvement. I know the rage right now is painted cabinets -- white/black/gray -- but I love these maple cabinets and you should always get what you love. They are a beautiful, rich dark chocolate brown -- they show lighter in the photo than they really are. Fads change yearly, so it's always a safe bet to buy what you love -- not necessarily what's popular that year.

Here's a photo of the solid surface of the countertop we choose...


More photos...
Before:


After:


Now comes the fun part -- decorating with accessories. I prefer a minimalistic approach to decorating in a bathroom. I don't like clutter, but I do love to add color and character to these rooms. Because this room was finished while we vacationed at a beach house, I'm going to add the cool, calm colors of the pool and the ocean to the room. Here are a few photos from our trip that will serve as my inspiration...




The bathroom already has a backdrop of sandy colors, but I'm looking forward to adding the shades of blue and green that are found at a pool and on the beach!

10 comments:

Kathleen OGrady said...

Your bathroom looks very nice. Funny, we have the exact same light in our spare bathroom and I love it. I agree that blues and green will really make the room pop. Looks like vacation was fun and beautiful weather.

barbara woods said...

love those dimples

Suzanne said...

Yes, those dimples are adorable!

Lesa said...

I love the redo! How fun to be away on vacation and come back to that..awesome.

Jboo said...

Wow -- turned out fabulous!! What a little cutie too and the beach -- how lovely was that!!

Chris said...

The bathrom looks GREAT!! I completely agree that you should get what you LOVE and not whats "in". Besides thats a lot more cost effective :) That little grandson is adorable, those dimples just make you want to hug him! :) SO glad you had a good week, the weather was PERFECT wasn't it?!

Suzanne said...


Chris,
We were so fortunate to have wonderful weather the whole week. It was so beautiful!

Anita said...

Hi Suzanne,
I love the redecorating you've done. Super! Thanks for sharing your pics too, they're lovely.
Cheers, Anita.

Jillian said...

The bathroom looks amazing! I can't believe how different it looks!!

Mia said...

I can't wait to see all the redone rooms! They look amazing.