November 15, 2013

Guest Bathroom Before

Happy Friday!

Before we talk about our guest bathroom, I want to remind you that voting in the Lamps Plus 2013 Best Home Blog awards ends tonight at 11:59 pm PT!



[ Image via Lamps Plus ]


You can cast your vote here for your chance to win $500! If you'd like to vote for me, I'm sweet #16 in the DIY drop down category!

PSA over :)

Let's talk about our guest bathroom! It's a small room but it has a great layout:



The bathroom is at the top of our stairs and looks like this upon entering:





We haven't done anything to the room aside from making our own pipe shower curtain rod:



Its looked like this since the week after we moved in...almost 18 months ago:



I keep going back and forth on whether or not to replace the big builder mirror. Currently I'm thinking of keeping it and framing it out. I have a fun frame idea in mind and am hoping it'll translate well into reality!



We'll definitely be replacing our current light fixture. I have a GORGEOUS one in mind but it's nearly $300 sooo I'll be looking for something cheaper haha



In a perfect, no budget world, I'd replace the mirror and then hire an electrician to remove the current light fixture and re-route the electricity so I could have two sconces added to either side of the new mirror. I'd also have my imaginary electrician add a ceiling light fixture so there'd be more light in the room. Maybe someday!



I'll be replacing the towel ring and painting the door:



Behind the door is a skinny little wall:



I had originally planned to hang some art here but then I thought about adding some recessed shelving since there's nothing but dead space behind the wall:



I'm envisioning it looking something along the lines of how Rambling Renovators' recessed shelving looks in their recently made over basement bathroom:



[ Image via Rambling Renovators ]

To the right of the skinny wall is the tub/shower area:



I plan on raising the height of the pipe shower curtain rod all the way to the ceiling and then buying a really long shower curtain and liner. Maybe I'll hang something above the tub surround too!

If you turn to your right once more, you can see the back of our guest bathroom AKA what you see when you walk up the stairs:



I plan on replacing the towel bar with towel hooks and getting a new toilet paper roll holder.

I have a plan of attack in mind but I'd love to hear your thoughts on how you'd makeover the room!

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22 comments

  1. I love the idea of built ins and framing out the mirror! I'm working on my bathrooms now too and it can be so tricky to keep a small space like that open but also make it super interesting.

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    1. You're so right! I'm so impressed with the demo work you've done to your bathroom already! I'm scared to cut open up a section in the skinny wall to confirm there's nothing behind it and yet you're ripping out pipes and covering mold, etc. Bravo to you! :)

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  2. Love the idea of the recessed shelves! That's the kind of thing that would never occur to me...actually using dead space :). We have some of the same dilemmas in our master bath....I'd love to switch out the long vanity light for sconces, but it's not going to happen right now. I think we're spared the choice of whether to frame out the mirror by the fact that the mirror isn't in good shape, though. Excited to see it all come together!

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    1. Thanks Gretchen! I'm 90% sure it's dead space based on what I remember our builder saying and some of the construction photos I have but I do believe there's a duct running along the left side of the wall. Only way to tell is to cut it open and see what we find!

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  3. can't wait to see what you do- to me it already looks gorgeous!

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  4. That curtain rod is awesome. Me likey. Sounds likes some awesome plans!

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  5. Great ideas! Can't wait to see what fab things you do :) Have a great weekend Caitlin :) xo Kristin

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    1. Thanks Kristin! I hope you have a great weekend as well :)

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  6. Any sources in mind for that long shower curtain? I'm in the market too and I can't seem to find what I'm looking for!

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    1. It's the chevron shower curtain from West Elm but it's sadly been discontinued. You might be able to find one on eBay though! They also sell a very similar looking fabric (http://www.westelm.com/products/fabric-by-the-yard-chevron-h356/) that you can buy by the yard to make a curtain yourself if you're handy with a sewing machine :)

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  7. I love that shower curtain! I can't wait to see how you spruce up the space...that narrow shelf is great source of inspiration! :)

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    1. Thanks Gabbi! Their whole bathroom makeover is amazing! I'm sure you've already seen it but if not, you should check it out :)

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  8. Wow! I actually love how it looks now lol, but I think the changes will definitely make a difference. I hate our bathroom cabinets, the old, oak, cheap stuff and its not a pretty sight. I can't wait to redo ours one day! Love the shelving idea and high shower rod, looking forward to the after pics :-) P.S. I voted for you!

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    1. Thank you! Congrats on your new home by the way! Homeownership is great :)

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  9. It's funny, we just started demo on our basement bathroom that has the exact layout of yours except smaller--shower instead of bath. I just posted on our plans today, including our idea for the 'dead space', if you'd like to check it out: http://imgladiexist.blogspot.com/2013/11/surprise-bathroom-reno-current-and.html Love that curtain!

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  10. I can't wait to see this room come together. we had recessed shelves in our last home's bathroom and they were awesome. So handy to have the extra storage.

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  11. Definitely frame out the mirror! I know you, and you have such a sharp design eye. Your bathroom will look SO great. I need to tackle our hallway bath. It's pathetic. Really really bad. It's been screaming for attention. Please inspire me to get off my rear and do something about it.

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  12. Ooh that's going to be amazing. I LOVE everything you do - your style is killer - so I'm pumped to see this play out!
    Kelly @ View Along the Way

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  13. Love the built ins idea Caitlin. I think it would be awesome to diy a cool frame for the mirror. Can't wait to see what you do. And once your imaginary workers tackle your space send em my way;)

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  14. Ooooo recessed shelving sounds amazing!! At least the bones of the bathroom are great. Yea new construction! ;)

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