Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My Private Escape

We've been so entirely busy these last couple of weeks!  We redid our bathroom!! 

Well, we didn't do all of it ourselves.  We had contractors install the new whirlpool tub (squeal!) and hubby did the electrical part and we redid the rest ourselves!

Wanna see what it looked like before we bought the house??  Please don't puke.  It is pretty nasty!

and a close-up of the tub:

Since we moved when I was pregnant, I just tried to decorate it as best I could with whatever colors were already there:

And after a long couple of weeks...  welcome to my private escape!!!

(Shower curtain coming soon lol  still haven't decided what I would like... )


I absolutely lurve lurve the color!!  The photos just do not do it justice!  It's called Soothing Aloe and is by Dutch Boy.  Just gorgeous! 

We decided to eventually replace all our cabinets (finances wouldn't allow it right now :( ) so we just got new hardware and I painted the cabinets above the toilet to white so it wasn't so brown.  I was so tired of seeing brown!!

And you want to know a secret???   We did not remove the fugly tanish brown tiles from the walls!!  We used cement adhesive and just put the beaded wainscoting right over it!  Voila!  Easy peasy! 

Still want to replace the light fixture, get a new mirror and some crown molding but all in good time!!  For now, I have my bathroom back and the icky nasty window is gone so no more water damage and mildew!  Yay for a private relaxing escape!!! :)


  1. Hi there,
    Your new bathroom looks great! It looks like a spa. My husband and I are troubleshooting our yellow and green tiled bathroom. Like yours, our tile goes halfway up the wall. We really like the idea of putting beadboard up, but I worry about how to prep the tiles for it and if there are mold/mildew concerns? (Especially between the tile and the panels) Did you paint the beadboard with a mildew-resistant paint? I'm encouraged to see that this is a do-able DIY project with such nice results. Thanks!

  2. Hi there Martha! I wanted to email you directly but couldn't find your addy. Hopefully you will read this here.

    First of all, THANK YOU for the compliment!

    To answer your questions; Our tiles were OLD and icky. We just did a quick good clean of it and that was all. No special prep. We just used cement adhesive and so far the beadboard has not come undone and trust me, we take some hot steamy showers here! It has not budged at all!

    I'll let you in on a itty bitty secret. Bad me never got around to painting the beadboard, but yes, I highly HIGHLY recommend doing so and using the paint one would use for a bathroom (gloss/semi-gloss with mildrew resistant paint). So far I haven't had any problems and we got the pre-primed beadboard so it's ready to be painted.

    After weeks of not having the use of the bathroom and having had twin infants at the time, I just wanted to have a functioning bathroom again! The babies outgrew their baby bathtub we used in the kitchen sink and were drenching the kitchen each time when getting a bath lol

    So anyway, months after we've completed the bathroom, I have still not painted the beadboard, but it is going to happen!! --One day! ;)

    I hope I answered your questions. If you have anymore, feel free to drop me a line!

  3. Martha medfordsox@gmail.comAugust 28, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Hi Heather,
    Thanks for the fast reply! I realized that I forgot to post my addy. It's great to hear that you've had such good results. Even higher praise to you for doing it with your twins! I was worried at first but I think we are going to do this. Previously, we considered re-glazing but it's expensive and I don't think I like the idea of all white tile and grout. Plus, the floor is in good shape but would wind up look dingy next to new shiny white coated tiles. I'm impressed that those are just the pre-primed panels! Thank you for the advice and inspiration, I really appreciate it! If I have any questions once we get cracking on it, I'll be back!

  4. We looked into many other ideas, as well. This one seemed the simplist and most affordable! I'm glad I could be of some help and an inspiration :)

    I would love to see your new bathroom when you guys have completed it! Be sure to take before and after photos! And feel free to email me if you have any questions. My dearest hubby who did most of the labor intensive work would be happy to answer any questions you guys may have. My email is posted on the side bar if you need it!

    GOOD LUCK!!!