1st – i looked high & low for pics of the bathroom from the beginning – before any paint and the standard builder mirror, but they were no where to be found

2nd – this room has 0 natural light – the pics were hard to get – really this room is so bright and fresh looking the pics just don’t do it justice, oh well, you will just have to take my word for it:)

Ok, on to the re-do.  I painted this bathroom shortly after we moved in (3 years ago).  I used a goldish-yellow paint and stenciled a swirly pattern on the walls.  I also put up bead board and framed the builder mirror.  The bathroom was ok – but since i repainted my house about a year ago it just wasn’t working out for me anymore.  Plus a little re-do is fun – and for the most part i re-used stuff that i already had to decorate it – sweet!!

This is the before, it was ok, but a little to “countryish”

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This was the shower curtain, i really like the tile so i put up curtain panels so we could still see it.  We also have high ceilings so i put a valance above the shower curtain for extra height. 

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This was what the kids used to hang their towels on, just a metal hook glued onto the glass of a frame (with fabric behind it) – here you can really see the stencil.

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See the bug theme going on??!!  I am so over it :)

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After…just a little new paint and a shower curtain – that i made myself :)

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The paint color is a very light creamy beige color – but in this room it almost turned out a little greenish-grayish – but i really like it.  This is the 1st “beige” room that i have ever painted – i am used to COLOR :)

I got this light at the Re-Store for $10.  Spray painted it black and got some new clear seeded glass covers for it @ Lowes.  I love the glass – is casts little shadows all over the room.  I think the light is my 2nd favorite part of the room (next to the framed mirror of course).  The room definitely needed a bigger light, the old one was was dwarfed compared to the scale of the mirror.

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I think this is supposed to be a plate holder but i turned it into a little towel holder.  It works perfect and is was only $1.50 @ the DI – love me some cheap stuff :)  The cake stand came from costco – i like to use these around the house to hold random things.  Everything look’s cuter when they are on white cake stands!

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I have had these old ceiling tiles for a couple of years now – i had ordered them off e-bay.  I love them so much and glad i finally found a place to put them.  I also love the dark on this side of the room – it balances the space with the frame and cabinets across from it.  By the way, i left the tiles as is -  no painting, no sealing.

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This is a little foot stool that i also got at the DI for a couple of bucks.  It was HOT pink – the brightest pink paint i ever did see!  I gave it a coat of white paint, stenciled the top and distressed the whole thing.  Makes a perfect little spot for Zailee (my little girl)  to admire herself! (which she does a lot).  The rug was from Pier One a couple of years ago.

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This is a shelf above the toilet – i just put a couple of random things up there – love the little piggy :)

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This is the shower curtain that i made – it took a little time but was for sure worth it.  I love the way it turned out – i love the white with the ruffles – soooo cute!  And it was only about $25 worth of fabric.

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I used cheap walmart curtain clips to clip it on to the rod.  The rod also got a coat of black spray paint- works way better in the space then the previous silver.

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I was going to post a little tutorial on the ruffles – but i didn’t take enough pics – sorry.  But there are a ton of ruffle tutorials out there.  They were really easy to make.  I just cut strips of fabric about 2 1/2 inches wide and sewed them on to the panel.  I wasn’t perfect about the ruffles (as you can tell) but i totally think that is what adds to the shabiness factor – not perfect! 

I did sew seams about 1/4 inch in from the edges so that when i washed it, it would fray – also adds to the shabiness!  It just folded the edges back and forth as i sewed – no pattern, no measuring – completely random – completely easy :)

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I have already gotten a few emails about the frame around the mirror – i did have some before pics but cant find them (i tried!!).  I built the mirror a couple of years ago out of some MDF and a couple different kinds of trim.  The entire frame was just glued directly onto the builder mirror with some adhesive – painted it black, distressed it and called it good.  I made the frame extra big and chunky because the mirror was so big – plus i like big, thick chunky molding anyways – it was only natural!  It looks way good with the black cabinets – this is one of the things in my house that i am very proud of.  Everyone loves it and wants one.

So, i do have my bathroom mirror to do, my moms and one for my friend Tracey.  As i do those i will take pics along the way and then post them here for you guys to see.  Its such an easy project and totally takes that boring builder grade mirror and turns it into something custom that people think you spent a lot of money on.

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The frame measures 9 inches wide – just so you know :)  The bulk of the frame is made with MDF, 2 pieces of cap molding on both sides of the MDF and then one last piece of molding on the inside to finish it off (does that make any sense?  I promise, a how-to will be coming soon)

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Well, there it is.  I love this bathroom so much now – it now feels like it part of the house.  Its so crazy what a little paint and fabric can do.  LOVE IT!!!

Tutorials coming soon…!!!

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I will be linking up to these parties! 



92 replies
  1. Julie Johnson
    Julie Johnson says:

    Awesome transformation! We are ripping out the floor of our kids' bathroom. It's a total mess, and I needed some inspiration! Now that the floor is undone, everything else is up for grabs! :)

  2. Shaunna
    Shaunna says:

    Okay, (wonderful) lady, How do you do it?? You must never sleep! :) It looks absolutely gorgeous and as soon as I can finish my attic, my guest bedroom/bath are getting a major overhaul–can't wait for the mirror tutorial. I already wanted to do it, so thank you for the always beautiful inspiration!! -shaunna :)

  3. cranberry cottage
    cranberry cottage says:

    I really like th idea of fabric behind the picture frame…very cute. the ruffles on the shower curtain are so sweet . I saw one at The Bay for like 80 bucks! Nice job.

  4. Claudia
    Claudia says:

    Simply FABULOUS!! You are very talented. I'm so glad you are sharing via your blog. And I might send you weekly emails until you get that window frame tutorial up….k?? =D I think I could figure it out but yours looks perfect, so I'll just try and be patient.

  5. Katie
    Katie says:

    Gorgeous redo! I love the plate rack used for towels and the cake plate is adorable. I have a collection of cake plates above my kitchen cabs…maybe I should get one down!

  6. AnNicole@Our Suburban Cottage
    AnNicole@Our Suburban Cottage says:

    I've been wondering about your mirror. I thought it was just one really wide piece of molding, but it's actually a few separate pieces. Wow…great idea! I can't wait to see how you put it all together.

  7. kim.m.
    kim.m. says:

    I'm new to your blog and I LOVE it!! Ok and yes …. I will beg, plead, and drive you nuts until you give us that mirror frame tutorial. I saw a company called "mirror mates" that makes them for you to install but wow … expensive. Please … please …. please tutorial! I KNOW I can do that myself. I just don't know where to start! Oh, and when I learn to sew … I'm making that shower curtain!

  8. michelle@somedaycrafts
    michelle@somedaycrafts says:

    I have one of those mirrors and I LOVE the Chunkiness of yours! It is amazing!!! I want to see a tutorial for that one!!! My mom (who lives in Sandy) has one too and that would make her bathroom look so much better!

  9. michelle@somedaycrafts
    michelle@somedaycrafts says:

    I have added your blog to my sidebar. Your blog is a "blog to watch." I predict you will have over 1000 followers within the next few months (by the end of the summer or sooner) if you keep up these amazing posts!

  10. Frugal Home Designs
    Frugal Home Designs says:

    This looks gorgeous! I love the extra thick trim on your mirror. I might have to copy, I mean use this for inspiration when I do the next bathroom.

  11. Mandi @ Finding Home
    Mandi @ Finding Home says:

    So fabulous! There are so many awesome things to love about your room. The shower curtain is so great. I love that you made it!

  12. Shel at Dreamy Nest
    Shel at Dreamy Nest says:

    Oh my gosh – I love it. I love all the little touches and I wish, wish, wish I could sew!! *sigh* I'd love the tutorial on the mirror – I'm going to be redoing my tiny guest bathroom in the next few weeks and want to do this. Thank you for sharing this.

  13. amadi_construction
    amadi_construction says:

    great photos…great post
    If colours were people the yellow would be the happy gang – orange, its close neighbour in the colour spectrum, would be the go-lucky crew. If you need something positive in your life, these are the colours that you should look to use for the positive energy and a more invigorated and energy-filled approach to life

  14. Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage
    Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage says:

    What a beautiful bathroom! I just love the big chunky frame around the mirror and the ruffled shower curtain is gorgeous!!!!

  15. Catherine peacelovesweater@blogspot.com
    Catherine peacelovesweater@blogspot.com says:

    I love how you describe your whole thought process – it is so informative. You have put this room together so nicely. I love the curtain and will definitely be looking out for cake stands and your upcoming tutorial on framing the mirror.

  16. Roxanna
    Roxanna says:

    Wow I am glad I found your site! I really like those pedestals and am going to have to use your plans.

    Do you have a button for your site?

  17. megbeth1986
    megbeth1986 says:

    OMG I just found you on The Nester's site…..Could you please come to Oklahoma and overhaul my house!!!! Your home is SOOOOO beautiful!!!

  18. Spencer & Lorilyn Crum
    Spencer & Lorilyn Crum says:

    This is awesome. I am definitely going to try out the ruffled shower curtain, it's just too cute!

    I just ran through your blog an I love it and can't wait to see what else you come up with.

    Your distressing you do on your furniture looks great, I would love it if you did a tutorial on a piece and showed your method of painting and distressing!

    Thanks for doing this blog and giving readers like me inspiration! I'm sure everyone else who reads it appreciates it just as much as I do!

  19. The Cozy Chateau
    The Cozy Chateau says:

    Wow, you are so talented!! The curtain is beautiful – love the ruffles. The mirror is outstanding and exactly what I need to do in – oh – all the bathrooms in my house. Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Beth@The Stories of A to Z
    Beth@The Stories of A to Z says:

    This is fantastic! Love the entire redo. Your shower curtain is gorgeous, love all the little vignettes, and the mirror is to die for. Nicely done!

  21. Tonya
    Tonya says:

    I am Loving the mirror and lighting. It makes such a strong impact. I am so doing that the next time I'm stuck in a house with those wimpy little mirrors.
    PS- also drooling over your shower curtain. I don't sew, I'd like to think I could, I have a machine but haven't taken the time to read the book. I had a wonderful neighbor and she would make the bobbins for me and thread it I just had to press on the gas. Well we have since moved and I havn't brought out the ol beast yet. I'm working up to it though! Then I too will have ruffles!

  22. Debilou~Mississippi Mama
    Debilou~Mississippi Mama says:

    i love so much about your bathroom redo, definitely saving it for future inspiration. LOVE LOVE the shower curtain.

  23. Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking
    Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!! So many beautifully painted items. I framed out our master bathroom mirror with molding, but you're making me want to chunk it up some more! Thanks for sharing at the POPP.

  24. Sandra Powell
    Sandra Powell says:

    So many things to love about this redo. My personal fav is the shower curtain. I also love the mirror, the footstool, the wash pegboard, the towel holder…Great job! Congrats on the POPP highlight.

    Sawdust girl

  25. j...
    j... says:

    oh this is FANTASTIC! i love it! and what a difference it makes–the paint, the shower curtain, the mirror! thanks for the inspiration!

  26. Tara
    Tara says:

    Your bathroom is FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!! If I had a bathroom in my house that fabulous, I would never want to leave. ;) Great job!

  27. Katie
    Katie says:

    Such a clever chick aren't you? I volunteer at a Re-Store and I love it! I never really got into thrift shops and charity stores before but now you cant keep me away. Keep it up. I'm loving the inspiration :)

  28. Jessica Hills
    Jessica Hills says:

    I have seen this before, and I guess I didn't post a comment, but just like before I thought What a beautiful bathroom! I really love it! I would love to feature you this Friday at Favorite Things Friday! Come stop by my bog if you would like a featured button!

  29. Decorating Chica
    Decorating Chica says:

    Love it. So beautiful. I am really wanting to redo my 1/2 bath but trying to hold off until I get some other little projects finished. Too many projects, too little time! Thanks for the details

  30. Room to Inspire
    Room to Inspire says:

    I was just checking this post out the other day – I am so glad you linked it to Be Inspired this week!


  31. Tales From My Empty Nest
    Tales From My Empty Nest says:

    Everything looks wonderful. You gave me some great ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!! Love & blessings from NC!

  32. Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals
    Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals says:

    Wow wow wow – so much eye candy – fabulous transformation. I am your newest follower and will check back often.
    You are welcome to come by my blog for a visit as well.

  33. sweet european dreams
    sweet european dreams says:

    I'm so thrilled to see that you MADE this shower curtain. I've been drooling over Anthropologie's version of this and I'm inspired now to see that it's not so hard to make – it's on my MASSIVE to-do list now!

  34. Creative Decor by Brooke
    Creative Decor by Brooke says:

    I love that bathroom and love, love, love, the frame around the mirror. I have to know how to do that. Can't wait for the tutorial.

  35. the VG huis
    the VG huis says:

    Your bathroom looks wonderful! I have one of those builder mirrors that I've always wanted to frame but thought that it would be too heavy to just glue up??? I'm so glad to see your mirror done and beautiful…I'm definately going to add this to my gazillion things to do list! Thank you for sharing.


  36. Titti @ Shoestring Pavilion
    Titti @ Shoestring Pavilion says:

    LOVE that mirror, will have to make one. Where are those builder mirrors when you need them, huh? Great job, when can I move in? :)

  37. ~Melissa~
    ~Melissa~ says:

    Oh, I can't wait for your how-to for framing the mirror. I have a massive mirror in my bathroom that I'm just dying to frame. Specifically I'd love to know what your solution was for the little clips that hold the mirror in place.

    Your bathroom looks beautiful!! Well done. :)

  38. Tracey @ My House of Giggles
    Tracey @ My House of Giggles says:

    Oh my goodness you are are amazing!!!! I love love looove your new bathroom! The shower curtain is just fabulous! And everything else, for that matter :)

    Thanks for linking up to my Tuesday Talent Show!

    Come on by again tonight for another party :)

  39. * Nancy *
    * Nancy * says:

    AWESOME!! You have me convinced to make the chunky frame for our mirror too…way to jump in and doing the transformations yourself!

  40. Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
    Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia says:

    I just found you and you are so talented! In love with the bathroom! I'm a new follower so I don't miss anything :)
    Take care

  41. Busy as a Bee in Paris
    Busy as a Bee in Paris says:

    luv your style figure it out as u go, skip all the unnecessary details. that is so me! only you've got serious talent and a keen eye for beauty, color & balance!

  42. Team Eternal
    Team Eternal says:

    Okay, this is amazing! I found your blog last night and sat just staring at all the amazing projects… drooling :)
    My husband and I were about to add a frame to our mirror (about the size of your big one) the hard way… your way will work perfect! However, on the right side of the mirror that is next to the tub, how did you cover up the mirror (the side of it that's about 1/4" wide)? Or did you just leave it? Since the molding was put directly on top, that would leave that side exposed…. just wondering what to do for it! Amazing work!

  43. Lovingly, Lisa
    Lovingly, Lisa says:

    I swear, I am so glad to finally find your blog again. I found you last week, and loved this bath, and thought I saved it and signed up to follow–not so…I have been hunting for you for a solid week–hours and hours and hours…I could not remember the name. Love your ideas–can you just come and do mine for me???

  44. We Three Smiths + 1
    We Three Smiths + 1 says:

    I LOVE this make over. It is totally my inspiration! So random…but I love the rug under the stool. Did you make that as well?

  45. Uniquely Monogrammed
    Uniquely Monogrammed says:

    love, love the after version of this bathroom. i love black and white its so chic and classy.
    few questions. what kind of glue did you use for the hooks that you placed on picture frames?

    and what store is DI. you got some cute cheap pieces that you transformed there.

  46. Steven Rhodes-Bathroom mirrors
    Steven Rhodes-Bathroom mirrors says:

    Very nice blog. Its fabulous and fantastic version of the bathroom. Thanks for posting! If you have the chance feel free to visit me back on my site.

  47. Classy Clutter
    Classy Clutter says:


    I LOVE the bathroom re-do! I made a version of your shower curtain last week and just posted it on my blog. I'm new to blogging my crafts but have been a "crafter" for years! I LOVE YOUR BLOG and your home is absolutely beautiful!

    Check out my version of your shower curtain! I put a link to your blog on my post. Hope that's okay!


    Thanks for sharing your projects,

    Mallory @ Classy Clutter

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    stainless steel toilet partitions says:

    Every part of that bathroom is so amazing. It is well organized and the accessories are fascinating. I wish I can visit that bathroom personally.

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  50. plumbing
    plumbing says:

    I love every detail of the bathroom concept.Looks very elegant with it's simple decorations and a nice mirror to look at.

  51. William V. Sobers
    William V. Sobers says:

    the bathroom is gorgeous, all the details compliment each other and it really transformed the place beautifully. you proved beauty doesn't have to be costly.

  52. Bradley Adams
    Bradley Adams says:

    The bathroom is so lovely and beautiful, I like the design will try to arrange my bathroom in the guset room like this. I really like it.

  53. Terry Merritt
    Terry Merritt says:

    I like the color of the bathroom, it makes the atmosphere so calm and gentle. Excellent of color choice. I will have change my bathroom color the same as yours.

  54. Pamela Dickerson
    Pamela Dickerson says:

    We're removing away the ground in our children's bath room. I really like the actual dish stand intended for bath towels and also the dessert dish is actually lovely. I actually believed it had been only one truly vast part of molding, however is in reality several independent items.

  55. Andrea
    Andrea says:


    I have probably a dumb question… How did you get the curtain clips on the shower rod? Were the rings able to just slide right on over the end pieces?

    Would love to know – thanks!

  56. Anne Marie
    Anne Marie says:

    Can you tell me where you got the towel rack from, or if it’s a plate rack serving as a towel rack? How do you keep the towels from falling down?
    Your work is beautiful!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
      Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

      i just got it from goodwill,and yes its a plate rack, and the towels dont fall if you dont stack to many on :)

  57. Julie B.
    Julie B. says:

    WoW! You are amazing! Just discovered your blog! This is what I need – my house is very 80s and needs a fresh, modern look. I think I’ll start with the kids bathroom! I love reusing and repurposing and I can sew so a lot of what you do works for me. Can you tell me what DI stands for and MDF? We have a Re-Store nearby too. Love the idea for the plate rack as towel holder! Thanks again for all the great ideas and inspiration! One last thing, did you do the bathroom cabinets too?

  58. Kimberley
    Kimberley says:

    Love it…Love it….Love it!!! Thanks so much for all the detail you provided. I’ve been thinking about what to do with my builder glass mirror and I love what you have done with yours. You are so creative. Great Job!

  59. Kristina Toddy
    Kristina Toddy says:

    did you post a “how to” for the mirror frame?? – I looked on both posts and couldn’t find one. Both bathrooms are BEAUTIFUL! I am inspired to do mine now!! :)

  60. Cindy
    Cindy says:

    I love your shower curtain and would love to make one for our home! Can you help me by telling me the KIND of fabric you used? And it looks like you made it in 2 pieces…. with a split in the middle. It’s really cute and makes SO MUCH DIFFERENCE!!! I also love the frame around your mirror. So glad you’ve posted the tutorial for it. Thanks for sharing all of your ideas!!!

    (My mom was a wonderful seamstress but I never mastered sewing. I know how to make a ruffled valance and how to put a pillow together. I’m just not knowledgeable about picking out the right kind of fabric (like for the shower curtain)… or how much to purchase. Mom use to help me with these things… before the terrible Alzheimers disease took that memory away… and then it took her life. Heaven is now a sweeter place to me! SOOOO…. you see why I need your advice. Thanks a bunch!)

    Now you see why I call myself “Chatty Cindy” on some online communications. Sorry I chased that “Mama” rabbit. :o)


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