Downstairs Bathroom Reveal

First of all….I have NO IDEA why my posts are not going to Google Reader, Bloglovin, or e-mails! My feedburner verifies that it has burned the posts. If anyone is a smarty in this area…or knows someone who is….help! Who do you go to for blog computer problems?
OK moving on from my cry for help….
The downstairs bathroom…..
Really it’s our boy’s bathroom, so I wanted it to be boy-ish, without being boy theme-ish.
I also wanted it to be neutral for sales purposes and decent for company, since they usually stay in the basement.
Here are the befores….
The one to the right was the original before. It was flat white, with greenish trim.  Why do people take the time to paint trim green?
My sister lived with us and used this bathroom for 2.5 yrs. She painted it tan about 3 yrs ago.
I also put some arrows to the gold fixtures, and the random glass shelves that were here and there.
I’m not incredibly happy with these pictures. This bathroom has the oddest angle and has to be one of the most difficult places to shoot.
This bathroom was one of those “do it in two nights” type projects.
I painted it, and put those brown-cream sticky tiles. My hubs put in a new toilet and I filled and sanded holes.
When it came to the decorating point, it was late, but I REALLY wanted to finish it, so out came some random stuff from my back room!
I found this old drawer, and some “this and thats” to go in it, the frames, a sailboat card and a wooden number 9….all seemed to fit a “nautical” theme.
I love the color of this frame and the worn detail.
Can’t go wrong with an old chippy drawer.
We added new sconces, painted the mirror, took out that random glass shelf and added some pictures.
The mirror was originally white. It came with the house. I painted it black and highlighted the details with silver paint.
So what art can you find late at night..randomly in a back storage room?
I happened to have this awesome yellow frame, and I had purchased this yellow scrapbook piece at a craft store. I’m not sure what room I bought it for, but I have a lot of yellow, so who knows. I just placed white scrapbook paper behind it.
I love it. It’s perfect for a guest bathroom.
I really wanted some vintage nautical prints. I started by looking on line, but my printer was out of ink, so I started looking in some old books of my husbands, remembering how he loved sailing in Hawaii, hoping there would be some picture that would work.
…and yup! One book had the most perfect pictures!
Another picture from that book.
For the Sail sign, I used a old piece of beat-up wood, and cut some old vinyl lettering to make the word “Sail”. The letters didn’t start as the letters they are now, but this is called “late night improvising!”
Remember the nasty, green trimmed cupboard in the before pictures? It got a fresh coat of white paint, a wood storage basket, some new towels, and…..
…this really great shelf liner from Walmart. It has a bit of cushion and looks like a grass. I highly recommend it for a good shelf liner.
I wish I had a good before pic of the light. I was going to replace it and my husband said, “I think it looks really cool and nautical.” So I gave it some silver spray!
….I love it, and the milk glass shade!
So that’s it! I know I bombarded you with pictures! So I might as well add one more!
* Update since I did this photo shoot (less than a week ago). My husband was tightening the sconces and dropped that old black, (super heavy) mirror on the sink! The mirror was fine, but the sink cracked on both side (figures). It leaks everywhere. So…I guess the bathroom isn’t finished after all!



  1. it looks absolutely positively beautiful! What a great space you created!

  2. Katie it looks great! Amazing what some paint, floor and decor can do! Really nice! Bummer about your sink!!!

  3. The bathroom is so fun. Love the unique artwork! The crate in the cupboard is genius!

  4. That came together great! Love the new white trim 😉 and the light, the shelf is awesome, oh and the framed number! Sorry about your posts not making it to where they need to go, I am no help if that happened to me I would cry.

    • I went back and looked at the date…realized that they haven’t been going anywhere for two weeks! It really hasn’t effected my stats (surprisingly), but all my followers probably think I’ve stopped blogging or something! and I’m scared to blog about really cool projects, because I want to save them until everything is working. I’m sure there is someone I can hire to figure it out….but who?

    • Just reset my feedburner feed to a lower amount…it was saying my blog feed was too large. Hoping it helps!


  5. This is so lovely!! That drawer turned shelf is FAB and I love all the aged finishes and little decorative touches. Great job : )

  6. Your bathroom turned out great and I love the light fixture. Glad to see you kept it!

  7. Love it! I love that you know exactly when to stop decorating. You nail it every time! Just the right amount of stuff and nothing looks cluttered or overdone. It is a very classy bathroom!

  8. Every time I see one of your newly decorated spaces I want you to come “fix” my house. You are a fantastic decorator! Love your eye for all things cute!

  9. Ooh, I love that drawer on the wall. it’s perfect! And that shelf paper is a very cool idea. I’ll have to check and see if they have that at my walmart. Thanks for sharing this cute makeover. It was fun to see what you’ve done!

  10. Sweet! Love all the little things you’ve added, that drawer is fantastic!!

    btw all your posts from I don’t know how long ago showed up in my feed on blogger this morning.


  11. Love all the details! Great job! Visiting from Homemaker on a Dime. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. Wishing you a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  12. Love your new bathroom. Beautiful job. Sorry I’m no help with computer problems. Good luck.

  13. I am in love with your bathroom! Thank you for sharing at our
    Pinteresting Party.

  14. Very cool! Love the lamp and maritime touches :o)
    (came across your post at Costal Charm)

  15. Looks great…I love that perfectly chippy drawer 🙂 Laurel

  16. Looks fantastic for only two days of work! Love those old book pages with ship drawings. Very cool.

  17. Just found you thru Coastal Charm and am your newest follower! LOVE the bathroom redo-esp.the old drawer-just my style 🙂
    must love junk

  18. I love it! Your use of the old drawer and your sail sign are the best parts! Enjoyed seeing this make-over. Thanks, Gail (

  19. Oh, it’s lovely! I really like the light fixture! Found you through the Just A Girl linkup.

  20. mmmm rustic wonderful!

  21. I love it. Lots of simple charm.

  22. Gorgeous!! That old drawer looks amazing on the wall. I love everything about this bathroom 🙂

  23. Beautiful makeover! It is filled with gorgeous touches but my absolute favorite thing is the chippy drawer! Great job!! Visiting from Southern Lovely: Show & Share.

  24. Love that shelf and the light fixture is super cool!

    Visiting from Savvy Southern Style and am a new follower!

    Ashleigh @

  25. I love the drawer as a shelf. It looks amazing!

  26. Wow – you did an AMAZING job with your downstairs bathroom. I’m very impressed – all the pieces look great together. Thanks for sharing it at Romance on a dime. I’m pinning this.

  27. Gorgeous! I’ve been wanting to spruce up our bathroom and you have lots of great ideas here! Thanks!

  28. Love the weathered shelf, and frame.

  29. I love the rustic look of the pallet on your wall and all the fun accessories you have used. Thanks for linking up at Friday Fun Party. Have a nice weekend

  30. Love, love, love the drawer! and everything thing else, such a cute space!

  31. Cute! Cute! Cute! I love the shelf!

  32. Wow it’s beautiful! Love it!!

  33. I adore that drawer! I just want to keep staring at it. It is just so cool. Thanks for joining the party!

  34. LOVE the drawer made into a shelf. You are amazing!!!!
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  35. I am the loving that shelf!

  36. I love the nautical theme! Do you sail?

  37. Cute! Love the way you did this theme. 🙂

  38. So fun and eclectic – just my style. I love it, Katie!

  39. Wonderful info. It is nice to see you express from the heart and your clearness on this vital topic can be simply observed.
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  40. This turned out so cute! I especially love the “sail” sign and the way the 2 star fish look on the shelf! I found you on Simple Home Life’s link party 🙂

  41. I’m featuring your bathroom tomorrow for Romance on a dime’s TIOT party!

  42. Well, it was good while it lasted!
    Story of my life!
    Looks great anyway!
    Thanks for linking – love the chippy old drawer – LOVE!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  43. Featured you!
    Stacey of Embracing Chnage

  44. Beautifully done Katie. Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday 🙂

  45. Looks fabulous – love that old drawer and the new and improved spray painted light! Too bad about the sink – but just think of it as an excuse to go shopping!

  46. oh no!! It never ends does it? Great transformation, The space and your details are wonderful!

  47. I love all the great details in that bathroom, Katie! And I really love that you found everything in your house!

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