Sunday, June 6, 2010

Bathroom Remodel Reveal

Welcome to our new bathroom!
We couldn't be happier to reveal our extreme bathroom makeover. DIY Ohl style. I'll be the first to admit, it was a lot more work than I expected. But now that we are on the other side of it, I'm glad we went for it. We learned skills that we did not have before we started, and it challenged us to work as a team on a huge project. A true test of marriage! We're very happy with how it turned out. After months of planning, serious demolition, weekly (sometimes daily) trips to Home Depot and Lowes, rebuilding, installing drywall, painting, tiling, running electrical, plumbing, and everything in between, here's a look at our new bathroom.

The wall color is "Cosmic Rays" by Olympic paint, a dusty light blue. I really wanted a relaxing spa-like feel. Since the room is so small, my goal was to keep it light and airy. All the fixtures are brushed nickel.

This sink/vanity from Lowes was the piece that started it all. I saw it one day while shopping and I liked the dark brown wood with black granite top and deep white sink. It was a good price and perfect size for the room. It is slightly smaller in width than the old vanity, which provides a little extra space left and right. The black framed mirror was a great find at Kirkland's. I got it for $16 because it was the last one and had a tiny nick in it.

This tall narrow white shelving unit is the one piece we kept from the old bathroom. I purchased it at Christmas Tree Shops three years ago, when we first moved in. I love that it fits perfectly behind the bathroom door. As you can see, we store toiletries and extra supplies in the frosted cupboard.

This is my favorite new piece, that I couldn't wait to put in. When we removed the old closet door and shelves, I wanted to keep it open but still have something to store towels and bathroom items. Because the space was so tall and narrow (24.5 inches wide by 90 inches high) I had to do an extensive search for something that would fit. This wine rack, measuring 20 inches by 72 inches, was just what I was looking for!

I ordered it from around Christmas time. It was on clearance and almost sold out! I had to act fast. Here is a look at it's intended design. I just didn't install the wine glass holders.

Perfect shelves to hold my new Pottery Barn pale blue and white towels. I had a field day picking out new towels, thanks to some gift cards from my Uncle Bob.

Baskets on top for storing extra TP and other supplies. New lighting, keeping in the brushed nickel and frosted glass style.

Here's a closer look at my decorative bath supplies. Washcloths tucked neatly into a basket. Bath bubbles. A large glass jar with extra puffs (poofs?) for guests. And my special hands soap dish (sans soap).

We installed a combination exhaust fan light. Much more attractive than just a square fan. We previously did not have a fan, so this required running a vent outside through the ceiling.

I was looking for a brown bamboo type of shade for our very long window. I found this one at Christmas Tree Shops for $15.99. It was affordable and easy to install.

This is my tablecloth-turned-shower-curtain project, that turned out even better than I thought it would. I found a tablecloth at Marshall's for $19.99, in the colors and a pattern I loved. It was just too wide. So I did some measuring, sewing, added grommets and voila! I think there will be an upcoming post on how to make your own shower curtain...

Here's a look at the shower curtain border detail, baseboard trim and fluffy white rug. I also got the rug at Marshall's, years ago and had not been using it. I like being able to utilize things I already have.

Did I mention that the tile floor is heated? Talk about luxurious. This awesome feature was all my husband's idea. He made it happen by wiring floor coils, pouring cement and installing a thermostat, complete with timer. The only reason I'm looking forward to winter this year, is to test it out on a snowy day. How great will it be to step onto a nice toasty floor?

And now, the heart and soul of the bathroom: the tub. This is what I was looking most forward to. The old bathtub was pretty old and gross. I could not wait to enjoy this 19 inch high deep soak Kohler tub. Kohler even has "Ohl" in the name! It is every bit as relaxing and wonderful as I had imagined.

And the shower is just as great. Here is a look at the fruit of our labor, installing approximately 460, 3 inch by 6 inch white ceramic tiles. And one corner shelf. This was definitely the most challenging portion of the entire project, in my opinion. We had never tiled anything before. It was so time intensive, messy, and precise, with all of the cutting and measuring involved. I think it took a total of 5 nights after work, just to stick all of the tiles on. Then came the grouting and the sealing on the weekend. In the end, it was worth it, because it came out beautifully and looks really nice.

The brick pattern white tile inspiration came from Pottery Barn (see below) and the incredible bathroom makeover done by John and Sherry at Young House Love. I really like how clean and fresh it looks.

Here is the upper portion of the shower. We tiled all the way to the ceiling to elongate the area and reduce moisture. Jesse, our expert, suggested adding a shower light, and we're really glad we did.

The light switch for the light is conveniently located next to the shower, near the window. We had the toilet paper fixture and towel ring, so they went back into the room.

And last, but certainly not least, the new toilet. We selected the American Standard Mainstream FloWise WaterSense high-performance round complete toilet from Lowes. We liked that it came with everything needed for installation and is high-efficient and ultra-low on water consumption. It looks nice too.

One final detail... I have been waiting to use this decorative glass shelf for 5 years. Seriously. I got this pretty shelf 5 years ago when I worked for Chase-Pitkin, a local home and garden chain. But I never had any where to put it. It finally has a home. I love how it adds to the "spa" feel and is both functional and decorative. Right beneath two little art paintings I had, originally purchased at Marshall's for $5 each.

There it is, the finished product .

Shall we take a look back at the before?

This is how the bathroom looked when we walked through, before buying the house. It probably looks better than it did up close.

You can see the old white closet door, which collided with the room door when both were opened. Also, a look at the old tan colored plastic shower walls/shelves.

Here it is stripped down in all of it's plastic white-ness. White peel-n-stick floor tiles, white plastic wall-to-wall tile board, white tub, white closet, white sink and light wood vanity. Not my style.

This is how I tried to dress it up and live with it for 2 1/2 years. I couldn't even paint the walls though, because they were plastic tiles. The floor and the cracks drove me nuts because it just never looked clean, despite my rigorous cleaning efforts.

The vanity mirror and lights were something right out of Hollywood. You needed your sunglasses to get ready!

The sink seemed like it was below normal height and I could never get the drain completely clean either. I didn't care for the light wood either.

Besides being door-to-door, the closet was a mess.

When you opened it, this is what you saw. Hand-made-white-contact-paper-covered-uneven shelves.

And a hole in the ceiling.

And exposed pipes and deteriorating wood below. Lovely.

Here is what it looked like when we started taking up the floor, and realized we would need to replace the entire wood floor base. What did we get ourselves into?

It was quite a job, to say the least. We couldn't have done it without the help of our remodeling expert, Jesse, who guided us every step of the way. And our friend Aaron, who helped us with the floor.

Most of all, I want to thank my husband, my hero, for making this bathroom remodel possible and for putting up with me! I'll share a bit more of the process in another post, and show some pictures of our journey from before to after. Click here to read how the project began, check out my bathroom mood board, and an update along the way.

What do you think of the transformation? I simply love it.


  1. Wow, I'm totally impressed! You guys did an amazing job!!! The tile work is great, and heated floors? Love it! And your shower curtain is such a good idea.

  2. Sarah, thanks for the tour. It looks great and I enjoyed reading about the journey! It looks like the trim is completed. Yeah! Good job to both of you. Love, Marilyn

  3. What a beautiful bathroom! I can't wait to see it in person. It looks like your vision and hardwork paid off! Any ideas on what your next project will be? How about OUR master bathroom! :) Justt kidding - Great work!

  4. great work. very thorough job with the pics!!

  5. Well done Sarah! Looks great!

  6. looks absolutely gorgeous, cant wait to see it in real life :)

  7. Beautiful job! By the way, what sheen is your paint? I painted my bathroom a similar color in semi-gloss, and I don't like the way it shines. Yours looks more flat, but I wasn't sure if that would work in a bathroom.

  8. What a dramatic difference! Looks great! I was doing a search for glass shelving and came across your blog.
    My fiance and I just bought our first home and our bathroom layout is almost identical to yours! Too funny! We're doing similar things like the window shade, and dark wood vanity, and shelf above the toilet. :)


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