Master Bath Makeover

master bath makeoverAt long last! The master bath makeover project is completed (for now). I actually do have one more tiny project I want to add, but it's a small thing so for now, I'm happy to call this room done. It definitely looks a lot more loved than it did before! As always with me, paint color was an agonizing decision. I couldn't decide between this light blue or a seafoam, minty green kind of color. I ultimately chose a bluer blue because the bathroom floor has light blue details and I thought it would go together the best. Plus, I'm planning to paint our bedroom a dark blue and thought the light blue would transition better.

2014-04-03_0002Here is the entrance to our bathroom. Yes, our bathroom has a hallway. These assorted doors lead to a linen closet, toilet, and our master bedroom closet (on the right). It's a big bathroom and it deserved some love.

2014-04-03_0003We love our large bathroom, but the one thing we've missed is that when you shower in a small bathroom, it gets nice and warm and steamy. I thought that if I got a longer shower curtain, I could make our showers a little warmer (thus no longer needing a space heater in the mornings... don't mock us, this room is also directly over the garage!). I think it's warmer now, but it's also become warmer outside, so it's a little hard to tell! We probably won't really know how effective the change was until next winter.

Also, I like the white against blue if you can't tell. It seems spa-like to me.

Also, hi Zeke! I love it when he pops up in my pictures.

2014-04-03_0005This is my side of the bathroom "before." Look at that dirty mirror...

2014-04-03_0004And this is "after." Erik was surprised I put the pictures on his side of the room, but I get to see them every time I look in the mirror this way :)

2014-04-03_0006Gosh those lights are an improvement. RIGHT, HUSBAND??? (My Erik says crazy things sometimes, but it's why we love him.)

2014-04-03_0015Simple addition, but I really like having these baskets on our counters now. It not only looks a lot nicer, but when I was cleaning yesterday, it made the whole counter cleaning process a lot simpler to just remove everything at once.

2014-04-03_0007I knew from the beginning that I needed a vanity chair that wasn't stolen from Erik's card table set. I went into an antique store beside my local farmer's market last week, figuring I'd pick up a chair for $20 and paint it white (I already had some white spray paint to make it simple). Well, when I went inside, this blue chair in the color of my bathroom walls was the first thing I saw! Crazy. And it was $20, no work involved :)

2014-04-03_0011Before. Ew.

2014-04-03_0008After. Yay.

I decided I didn't like having curtains in the bathroom. Originally, with white walls, I thought the curtains added some color and softness to the room, and of course some much needed privacy since our bathroom window faces the street. But I didn't like the green anymore and I wanted to be able to use the space in front of the window better. Erik's been having trouble managing his dirty laundry and it occurred to me that he didn't really have a place to put his laundry (except the closet floor), so maybe a hamper will help him remember to do it. Maybe...

I also wanted a hamper with a lid because when I took baths before, there was no place to put my clothes or a towel or anything, so I just threw them on the floor beside the tub. Thus, there was always a ferret hanging out in my clean clothes by the time I got out of the tub...

2014-04-03_0010Speaking of Zeke, he loves the wicker hamper and enjoys practicing his climbing skills. Let's just hope he doesn't want to practice his shredding skills.

The hamper and baskets all came from Target. I liked the chocolatey color of them against the cool blues and whites.

2014-04-03_0009Since I ditched our curtains, we needed something to provide privacy for our windows. I bought window frosting film. It's not permanent. I could go take it off in two seconds right now if I wanted to. It was kind of annoying to cut it precisely along the edges, but I think if I'd had a box cutter, that would have gone a lot more smoothly. No pun intended. Overall I really like the way it turned out.

2014-04-03_0014Erik's side of the room, before. Notice the motivational post it note collection.

2014-04-03_0012Pretend you don't see where I got paint careless. Instead, focus on the pretty white picture frames I got for 40% off at A.C. Moore. They're really nice frames. I'm actually thinking of going back and getting some more. I filled these with a few of my favorite pictures from our trips to OBX. It was hard to narrow down. I have a lot of OBX pictures.

2014-04-03_0018Hi, Zeke!

2014-04-03_0013I think it was a year ago that Erik's mom and step dad brought us this towel bar that they had wound up not using in their own home remodeling (they tend to show up with house things haha). Again, it has always bothered me that there was no place to put things when I took a bath, so this seemed like a good solution. I need to learn how to artfully fold my towels, but other than that I like the way it looks! Also, I now know how to use a power drill. Exciting times.

2014-04-03_00192014-04-03_00162014-04-03_0017The masterpiece ;)

2014-04-03_0020And this is what Zeke is really doing when I'm working in the bathroom... drinking and playing in the water on the shower floor. It's fun to turn the water on when he's not looking and hear him tuck and roll to get out of there in response.

Anyway, that's it for the bathroom! As with all my home improvement projects, I think I'll need a six month recovery time before I'll be brave enough to tackle the next room. Hopefully, it's the master bedroom, but guys I am really scared. All the heavy furniture, the vaulted ceilings, the complete everything change, ah!

I think I'm just going to enjoy the bathroom for a while...