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Redoing A Boring Bathroom

Updated on November 4, 2016

The Sun, Moon, And The Stars

Okay, here I go again with another lens about another room in my house that we redid. This is turning into a regular series.

This one is going to be about how we turned our boring, neutral bathroom into a themed one. It went from white and boring to a Sun, Moon, and Stars Themed room in about a week.

If you've read my other home improvement pages, you know that my husband doesn't like to pay people to do things for him. He prefers to do them himself. He's sure he can do it better than anyone else.

This project was the most fun for me because this is the one I had the most participation in. On this lens, I'm going to show you what we did.

Why We Did It

Three reasons we did a makeover on our bathroom.

1. Our bathroom was boring.

2. We wanted to insert more of our personalities into our house.

3. It seemed like a good idea. A way for us to enjoy our house more.

Let's Start With The Fixtures

We completely removed all the fixtures that were in the bathroom when we moved in. When I say all, I mean all. We bought a new toilet, a new vanity, and a new tub.

My husband had a couple of friends come over and help him take out the old tub. I don't really remember what we did with it after we removed it, or any of the other items we took out. I'm sure we disposed of them properly though. I would insist on that.

Again, we went to Menard's to buy the new fixtures. A combination shower stall/tub was what we got. We chose frosted glass shower doors. The funniest part about all this? We had to destroy a whole wall and door frame to get the new tub in the bathroom.

Now The Paint And Border

The next step was the paint and border. What we started with was 4 plain white walls, generic curtains on the window, and a plain white floor.

We had some yellow and blue paint left over from our son's bedroom, and the colors worked with the theme we were going for, so we used it. We painted the ceiling blue and the walls yellow. For the border, we went to Menards again. We chose a sun, moon, and stars border and off we went. After the paint had dried, I applied the border. No help from my husband, I was so proud of myself! Getting it to line up all the way around the room was very interesting.

We only painted the top half of the walls. My husband put some really neat white paneling along the bottom of the walls. He put in his own moulding, and some wall tiles at the top of the shower stall. How he managed to make it look so good while working around the fixtures, I'll never know.

The Floors And Finishing Touches

We took the easy way out on the floors. We went with linoleum tiles in a light blue color. We just simply laid it over the existing floor.

Since we destroyed the doorway putting in the new tub, we had to buy a new door (Menards again). My husband built a new doorway, and we painted it white.

I had some Sun, Moon, and Stars themed items that I collected long before I ever was married or had a house. We placed those in there. We found a Southwestern flavored mirror, and a sun, moon, and stars themed candle holder, and put those in there too. We bought a toilet seat and a shower curtain with the same theme. We bought the shower curtain, because we wanted to turn it into window curtains. It was a fabric shower curtain so that worked out well. I'm not much of a seamstress, so I just gave my mother-in-law the measurements of the window, and the basic measurements we wanted for the curtains, and she sewed them for me. My mother made me a toilet paper holder out of plastic canvas, and we were done.

Again, we had the satisfaction of seeing our ideas materialize in a really neat way.

Things That Will Help You

Here's some things you might need if you're thinking of doing your own bathroom.

Home Improvements On Amazon

The Results

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Curtains From A Shower CurtainNeat MirrorThe BorderThe PanelingNew Medicine ChestNew RugToilet SeatNew VanityMore BorderToilet Paper Holder Made By My Mom
Curtains From A Shower Curtain
Curtains From A Shower Curtain
Neat Mirror
Neat Mirror
The Border
The Border
The Paneling
The Paneling
New Medicine Chest
New Medicine Chest
New Rug
New Rug
Toilet Seat
Toilet Seat
New Vanity
New Vanity
More Border
More Border
Toilet Paper Holder Made By My Mom
Toilet Paper Holder Made By My Mom

Let me know what you think about this page and this project.

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    • sharioleary profile imageAUTHOR

      Shari O'Leary 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      @GypsyPirate LM: Hi Gypsy! I probably do! I'll look around and see what I can find. If nothing else, I can take a new photo.

    • GypsyPirate LM profile image

      GypsyPirate LM 

      7 years ago

      I love that you painted the ceiling blue! I don't suppose you have a shot of that (showing a bit of ceiling and a bit of wall) that you could post would you? I've done a lot of work in my own house, and can appreciate the hard work you and your husband did here. Nice job!

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      7 years ago

      What a cheerful and creative way to take the boring out of your bathroom!

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      7 years ago

      Nice lens. I think I will do the same, I need change in my life.

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      7 years ago

      Nice job! Now that it has been redone some time ago just remember what we call make-up in the construction world, lipstick and mascara. Normal people call it caulk and paint. So, in a short while you can freshen up the bathroom.

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      7 years ago

      good idea

    • nosajreef lm profile image

      nosajreef lm 

      7 years ago

      Looking to redo my bathroom over the winter very informative lens

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      9 years ago

      I'm redoing a bathroom right now. I would have had to wreck the wall, too, to get a new tub in - so we hauled the old one out and instead we're tiling the floor and walls (over grayboard) to make a shower. Nice lens!

    • Natalie W Schorr profile image

      Natalie W Schorr 

      9 years ago

      I hope to soon have a home so I can join in with the home improvement lenses as well; you have inspired me!

    • Mihaela Vrban profile image

      Mihaela Vrban 

      9 years ago from Croatia

      Nice job! Both on your lens and your bathroom! :)

    • Faye Rutledge profile image

      Faye Rutledge 

      9 years ago from Concord VA

      Looks great! What a great theme for a bathroom! Thanks for sharing!


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