In February, Hubs and I started remodeling our master bathroom.

More accurately, I should say that in February, Hubs and I casually wondered what was under the wallpaper, so we peeled a corner. Which revealed damaged drywall. Which revealed a roof leak. Which revealed the need to scrape popcorn from the ceiling. Which meant we might as well DO THE WHOLE BLASTED THING. (Ah, sweet togetherness.)

Four months, a few tears, some sore muscles and maybe a teeny-tiny argument or two (*cough*) later, and we are finished. And we got just exactly the look we wanted.

But first, a "before" shot (these were the photos I took after my paper-bagging-walls experiment, which ultimately worked out okay, but not great. It was pretty much intended to be a short-term solution to buy us some time):


Oooo, it's dark in there, isn't? I feel like I need to put on a headlamp to do anything. Here's the new version:


Ah, sunshine!

Another "before" shot, of the tub area:


Love this new version MUCH better (and we saved skads of money by using beadboard instead of tile as the tub surround):


(And by the way, yes, it's waterproof. We followed the advice of an issue of This Old House magazine and silicon-caulked the fire of that baby, inside and outside the beadboard.)

I don't have a "before" shot of the old closet located right behind that tub. Suffice it to say that it was great storage space, but the closet door was always opening up into traffic flow and driving us nuts. So we took the door off entirely and made it open shelving:


Look at those tidy shelves! DISCLAIMER: I have never lived a day in my life with my closets looking like that–this is just the staged version (more on that in a minute). Normally, you'd see mis-matched towels folded by a five-year-old, multiple expired bottles of Maalox, and three or four knee braces. But this looks much nicer, no?

(Originally I planned to put up a white shower curtain with black grommets over that closet space. But I love the openness so much I've left it like that.)

Last shots…here's a "before" of the toilet area:


….and AFTER:


One last thing, because I seriously need some kudos for this one: For the first (and, I might add, last) time in my life, I painted the insides of the cabinets to make them spiffy:


Isn't that pretty? It's kind of a shame to fill it up with toilet paper and band-aids after all that work.

So ANYWAY, the reason for all the staging is that we finished this bathroom on a Thursday and (oh, Irony, you pesky old friend) on the next Friday, we moved out. Vacated. Gone. We'd known a move was likely imminent for us, and we redid the bathroom with resale value in mind. But we didn't realize it would be quite THAT quick. So now we're gone, hoping that all the people walking through our on-the-market house are enjoying it, since we, um, never quite did.

(Speaking of which, does anybody want to buy my house?)

(P.S.  The paint color of the walls is Sherwin Williams "Sleepy Blue", and the cabinets are painted Valspar "Dark Kettle Black".)


59 thoughts on “Aaaaand…DONE.

  1. elizabeth says:

    Shannon, – It looks awesome! Isn’t that the way it often is with a house, you get it just the way you envisioned it and then move!

  2. Rebekka says:

    It’s beautiful – and that is a BIG bathroom! A shame you have to move away from it right away.
    How do you keep the beadboard/paneling from getting water damage??? Because it looks great and I love that stuff, but… in the bath?!

  3. aubrey says:

    Oh…I forgot to mention…
    When my husband and I were first married 6 years ago, we lived in a ~150 year old house. That we were also trying to remodel with the help of our family. So yeah…I definitely understand the stress and arguments that can arise. 🙂
    We were very happy when we moved into a house that was only 4 years old and needed NO renovations.

  4. Amy says:

    Did you use a plastic beadboard for around the tub? We DESPERATELY need to redo both of our bathrooms. Beadboard would work fairly well in our hall bath, though the surround in the tub/shower area goes higher than yours. I like the idea of lower cost, for sure!
    Was the information you used online or was it in print only?

  5. Shannon says:

    No, regular beadboard with a ton of waterproof/silicon backing. My husband looked up the details of how to do it in print, and I’m not sure I still have access to the resource he used. Ask around next time you’re at a Lowe’s/Home Depot type of store–I bet they could help you!

  6. Musings of a Housewife says:

    Oooops, that was me. You can delete the comment above. I was signed into a client’s account. D’oh!
    LOL. As I was reading this, I was like. Um. Wait. Didn’t they just move?
    I guess I was right. Heh.
    So now we need to see pictures of your NEW home!!! The bathroom looks gorgeous, by the way. 🙂

  7. Pam says:

    I hope your move went well! I look forward to the story when you have time. May God’s grace abound as you unpack and get settled.

  8. Jill of All Trades says:

    How beautiful. We’re in the process of getting bids to remodel and add on our master bath/closet area. We’ve done remodel stuff before together but time is not with us anymore. Too busy at our business so Yee-Haw let the bidding process begin…

  9. kathie says:

    I don’t think I’m the first to ask this….but what is the process to protect the beadboard in the shower area? the silicone caulking process….thanks!

  10. Susan says:

    I love what you did to the bathroom; it looks fantastic. I hope the move went well and your house sells soon. 🙂

  11. Amy says:

    Thanks! I looked at some beadboard earlier at Lowe’s. They have some (along with the tileboard (?) that you can put up instead of tile), and it says that it’s ‘moisture resistant’. I think I’ll check out our Home Depot, too. And do a lot of digging on the internet.

  12. melissa says:

    OH, I have been in your shoes. We redid a whole house and I moved a province over while my hubby and daughter stayed back to sell it. I didnt even get to live in the finished product at all. It was okay because I wanted to get back home. Although it would have been nice to at least enjoy the fruits of our labour. We decied to sell at the last moment.
    You did a beautiful job, and I hope your house sells soon!

  13. Lisa says:

    I like both–but agree the new is much lighter. The paper bag walls gave a nice warm color, but you certainly can see to put on makeup or read the paper better in the new one!!

  14. Sandy says:

    Just got caught up on your blog – your projects and kids. My oldest is leaving for college. Sad. Hard to believe! Let me know if I can send you my book! xo Sandy

  15. Aimee says:

    Wow! Beautiful job! LOVE the colors! It would probably be our luck that once all the jobs are finally finished, we’ll be moving, too. Good luck with the sale!

  16. Linda Sue says:

    wonderful job – bathroom updates are terrific for resale – we do try to encourage people to do the things to their homes while still in their homes – don’t wait until a move is imminent and you don’t get to enjoy it! That being said – we are in the midst of an enormous renovation in our master suite and I feel like it will never end. BTW – we are using wood floors in bathroom and beadboard on the apron for tub. Wood does fine in a bathroom – as long as you are willing to wipe up spills and not let things just air dry –

  17. Bev says:

    My daughter’s husband just tore into their bathroom, nasty plastic tile and when he started removing it he found a big mess too. So he went with the beadboard and they love it! Saved a ton of money over the tile option and don’t you love the way it looks so fresh – great job!

  18. Jennifer says:

    I’d love to know more about how to waterproof the beadboard. I want to do the backsplash in my kitchen with it, and hubs said “no way”. I’m bringing him here to show him that it can be done!

  19. Ginger says:

    I declare this looks just like a bathroom we had in an old house. (You don’t live in a Saussy Burbank house by any chance do you?!?) It is beautiful!!!

  20. Spring says:

    We spend a similar amount of time (and a lot of money) remodeling our master bath year before last. Well, adding a master bath actually since the space originally held a huge old ugly Jacuzzi tub and nothing else.
    We slaved over it for months (Ok, hubby did most of the slaving.) Gorgeous, custom tilework and cabinetry, venetian plaster walls(OMG never again!) heated towel bar, the works. We did all the work ourselves (again, mostly the hubby.) It was perfect.
    We got to enjoy it for a couple of months before we moved. Fortunately (?) we sold the house to my sister in law, so I get to visit my bathroom when we go to visit.

  21. Caroline says:

    That’s gorgeous! And you know, we did the same thing with ours. It was an ugly blue toilet, blue sink, blue tub bathroom, and we made it pretty with dark wood, WHITE sink, toilet, and tub, and we re-tiled. We also knocked out a wall and made it bigger. Then, we moved. Yup. About a month and a half later. I miss it. But I will never forget it! 😉

  22. Gwyn says:

    That is an absolutely beautiful job. We have a habit of doing work like that before moving too. Sorry you didn’t get to enjoy it! At least you have pictures to remember it by?!! HA

  23. Vee says:

    I’m visiting from The Inspired Room…oh what a wonderful job you and your hubby did. I love the color of the walls and do wish that I had seen this before I painted my bathroom walls “Alice Blue.” Oh dear heavens! Terrible choice and I hate painting so much that I’ll be living with it for a while. Thanks also for the tip about beadboard and silicone. I’ll be sharing that one with my handy hubby.

  24. Rochelle says:

    Wow, great job! Looks beautiful!
    Found you through a friend of a friend. Very nice blog; excellent look in the bathroom! You aren’t in Chicagoland are you? 😉

  25. Ann Voskamp@Holy Experience says:

    I miss you.
    That is all.
    Think of you so often and wonder about your life now… smile, thinking of you BBQing on that deck and watching kids wondrously grow.
    The bathroom looks fabulous.
    Thank you for the ways you’ve renovated my life.
    All’s grace,

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