Sunday, February 22, 2009

My Bathroom transformation

Thank you to Susan for hosting Metamorphosis Monday.  Peeking into other bloggers homes has been an  inspiration!   Since I haven't completed any major or minor projects in the last few weeks, here is a project we finished a couple years ago.  It was lots of fun to pull out the before pictures (taken over 20 years ago).   

Just to show you what a brave person I am is our upstairs bathroom.  This is the way it looked for the first year or so we were in our house.  It is the only bath upstairs.  It has two entries.  One from the master bedroom and one from the hallway.  I want you to imagine what a busy room this was with all six of us squeezing in front of the mirror when our children were growing up!  (We do have another full bath and a half bath downstairs but this is the room we all crowded into.)

This is a view of our shower and bath.

 We put up Waverly wallpaper in the late 80's.  And yes, I sponge pained the outside of the clawfoot tub in pink!

A few years ago I decided I needed another change....

We added bead board and a shelf above it.  We also painted the walls a dark blue. (Oh, and I repainted the outside of the tub too.)

For those of you with old homes I imagine you have noticed all the brass.  Yes, I am constantly polishing it!

This wall is opposite the tub.  I love artwork everywhere including the bathroom!

We painted the woodwork under the sink to match the bead board.  The mirror and all the fixtures were here when we moved in with the exception of the lights beside the mirror.  We added those.  They are old.  I found them at a salvage shop in Berkeley.

So there you have it - A tour of my upstairs bathroom.

A close up of the "new" brass light fixtures.

The ceiling light. (That is a shadow.  The ceiling really is clean.)

The room is fairly large so I used a large carpet for the center of the room.

This tub has been on this hardwood floor for years!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. darn lost my comment to you....two of my favorite things in a home, clawfoot tub and bead board. Your bathroom makeover is absolutely beautiful

  2. Great transformation! Love the brass and that toilet!!!! The blue is nice and I love the rug also! Great job, :D Jewel

  3. This is beautiful!!! I love older homes...and yours is truly special. Those wonderful old them! I love the beadboard, and the light fixtures you chose...what a great transformation! Susan

  4. That is a fabulous re-do. Love beadboard, and the shade of blue is perfect. Linda

  5. This looks awesome! I love the little shelving around the beadboard. May I ask how you did this? I plan to put some beadboard up in our breakfast nook and want a little shelf like this to place my pretties on but I am not sure how it is done.


  6. That is such a pretty bathroom, great job on the transformation.

  7. This is wonderful - I love all the beautiful details, like the paneled door with the tassel hanging from the key, and the clever way you left a space for the lovely old mirror when you added the beadboard.

    Have a great day!

  8. Blue is one of my favorite colors, love the change. Warm and calming.
    Bit it looks wonderful with candles and bubbles.

  9. So nice! I just love the clawfoot tub and the floor it is on. The whole room is lovely.

  10. I love all the transformations you've made over the years. The beadboard and blue on the tub are both gorgeous. Your light fixtures and accessories are all just perfect. Such a wonderful bathroom that has retained all of it's original character. Good for you. Hugs, Marty

  11. This really is a beautiful room. I agree with you, I love artwork in every room, including the bath. And the mirror above the sink is fabulous! Great transformation. Kathy

  12. Love this. The antique style toilet and clawfoot tub are wonderful and the towel rack is gorgeous. What a wonderful room!

  13. What a super Bathroom Makeover! I love clawfoot tubs, I've been fortunate enough to live in a few homes over the years that had them and I always love basking in the bubbles in them. Great post! ;) ~CC Catherine from "Catherine de th`e Cups"

  14. Oh, what a gorgeous bathroom. I too love older homes and adore that bathtub. This color on your walls looks so good with the bead board! Love it!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  15. Glad you haven't updated to anything like a whirlpool bath or indoor Jacuzzi style tub. It would truly be a shame to change any of the fixtures unless it was an absolute necessity. I love the way you have maintained the nostalgic feel of this space.

  16. What a great bathroom! You did a great job!

    Carolyn of What Now? Tablescapes (newbie)

  17. Beautiful light fixtures and mirror. Actually, everything in your bathroom is gorgeous....Christine

  18. Beautiful! I love the beadboard!

  19. GM girl you know I am doing my Happy dance seeing this great bathroom...I just love it Paula..I have a claw foot tub and that Elephant pull chain toilet also and the old med cabinet...but girl you are so luck to have this beautiful od lady..I have to make mine look old..Just Awesome and I can't thank you enough for sharing yet another GREAT space in your wonderful Home..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  20. I just love clawfoot tubs. I have put several in homes that I have built for people, but I've never worked with an old one, always a reproduction.

  21. Beadboard, brass, and a big ol' tub! You got them all, and then some. Gorgeous makeover. Really, this period bathroom is just lovely.

    Blue is a great color for baths -- watery and soothing.

    There's an award waiting for you on my blog, the 2/26 post. It's the first time I've tried this, I hope I'm doing it correctly!

  22. Can you seriously tell my husband how wonderful clawfoot tubs are? You did an amazing job and I love the beadboard!!! Ahhh, the wonderful things that you can get in America!!

  23. Oh my Paula! What a wonderful transformation! I love that old clawfoot tub...and those hardwood floors...gorgeous!!...Debbie