Bathroom Updates {The Home Tour Mini-Series Continues}

Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Home Tour | 62 comments

You know early last month when I started my home tour ‘mini series‘?? Then I gave you a tour of two spaces (our kitchen, and living/dining room) and then mysteriously never mentioned the rest of the house for weeks??

Yeah? Well … I’m back today with another part of our home … the bathroom. How exciting right?!? A bathroom!!

Actually … I am probably most excited about this room than any other in our house because it’s finished. Well, as finished as anything can be in our home. Finished for now. I’m sure I’ll want to change something about it soon, but for the moment nothing about it is screaming at me to fix, change, update … which is more than I can say for any other room in the house!

So … without further introduction, welcome to our downstairs bathroom:

We’ll start by walking in the door:

Bathroom Updates |  View From The Fridge



Then a turn to the left ….

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A closer look at those shelves …

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And looking back at the sink and door …

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Now … to fully appreciate these updates, you first have to see the blah before pictures …

The Before:

I’ve always loved this bathroom since we moved in, but about two months ago I realized it could be SO much better than it currently was. The before was a little drab and desperately in need of some color. With several EASY updates, the bathroom seems much more cheerful to me know.

Here are the before shots:

Bathroom Before


Bathroom Before

Bathroom Before


So … what specifically did we do in here?


#1 Replaced lighting!

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Pendant Light Updates


Those black with white frosted glass pendants were a bit 80′s (maybe 90′s?) for our taste. Plus the glass collected dirt like crazy, and were SO not easy to clean. Once we pulled out these lights, we discovered that the actual light sockets were recessed can lighting. To replace these with different pendant lights, we were going to need a recessed to pendant light kit (we used this one from Lowe’s). It was SUPER easy … absolutely no wiring required. We simply screwed the kit into the bulb socket in the can just like you would a light bulb. Then we added simple off white drum shades and our pendant lighting came into this decade!

You may have noticed, we also replaced the regular old bulbs in the fixture above the sink with fancier looking filament bulbs. While this light ‘fixture’ is not my favorite … it is fine for now. These bulbs give it a bit more interest and give off better ‘looking in the mirror’ (flattering) light.

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#2 Added some color to the shelves with spray painted letters and accessories

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I was trying to figure out what I could add to all these shelves to bring in some color and fill them up. Accessories can be expensive, so I was also looking to find something on the thrifty side to style these. I ended up going with these four words (which I’ve come to find out are very popular in bathrooms). I purchased all those letters from JoAnn (had to hit up two different stores because they ran out of H’s and S’s at the first). They are paper mache and are normally $2.99 each. I timed it right, and happened to hit them up when they were having a $1 off sale on their letters. The total for all 19 letters was $38. It sounds like a lot to spend on letters, but trying to find accessories for four shelves would much likely have been much more expensive. After a little spray paint … they became the perfect edition to our shelves. For now. Added bonus: I can use the letters as teaching points for the boys during trips to the potty. “What letter is this??” “How many S’s do you see?”

I also added a couple other items to the top shelf … that coral color milk jug type thing (??no clue what to call it) with yellow flowers and that minty lantern … all three from Ikea (and for less than $20 total).

I also purchased that bike picture from Emma Kisstina on Etsy. I just love it! It caught my eye because it happened to be the exact colors I was looking for! I’m still deciding whether or not to hang the picture on the wall or leave it on the shelf. Hmmm … decisions, decisions!!

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And … as a last touch, I added a fun stick-on flower from Michael’s (dollar bins) to a galvanized bin. Looks much more Anthropologie-like now, agree?

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#3. Replaced those old drab grey towels with some fresh mint colored towels and colorful hexagon hand towels.

Towels all from my favorite store … Target!

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New Colorful Hand Towels (also new bath towels hanging near shower … not shown here)


#4 Added some storage bins to the shelf under the sink.

This shelf was previously empty. On rare occasions, it served as Molly’s ‘safe place’ during fireworks or thunderstorms or when remote control cars or balloons were out, or …. (she is easily scared).


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New Ikea Baskets Under Sink

Now … because nothing is easy, these baskets came wood/wicker color and I spray painted them the minty blue color they are currently. Much improved!


#5 Covered the textured glass of the medicine cabinet


In that before and after picture above, you may have noticed the medicine cabinet also got a makeover. I wasn’t a huge fan of being able to see into the cabinet (even through the frosting). I fixed this with a removable striped decal (this one from SpoonFlower) and a plus sign made of cardstock and mod podged to the front of the decal. Now … you can’t see inside (guests will actually have to open it to see what we keep in there … :)).

Now, I need to do that to the three cabinets on the wall!


#6 Replaced the knobs with something more modern


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New knobs!


#7 And finally … I finished the bathroom off with my Upcycled ‘Press For Champagne’ art.


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For more details on that project … check out this post from last week.

Well … there you have it … our downstairs bathroom! It’s a good thing I like this space, because our only other bathroom upstairs currently has 2 rugs in the shower and a BUNCH of random crap stuff from the bedrooms we’re really trying to finish off before #3 arrives!! This really is our only usable bathroom right now!

Stay tuned, because I’ll be back soon with more details on one of my favorite parts of this bathroom … the Built In Industrial Pipe Shelving.

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Thanks for stopping by today!! Be sure to stop back tonight at 7:30 CST for a fun NEW link party we’re starting!!! There just might be some surprises and incentives to kick this thing off, so mark your calendars. I’m teaming up with four other VERY talented bloggers for this link party, so you won’t want to miss it!!



  1. I love the letters on the shelves! Such a cute idea and adds a lot of colors to the room

    • Hi Julie! Thanks so much! It is definitely better than what was there before! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. What a cool bathroom! I love the new pops of color everywhere! Well done!
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    • Thanks so much, Nici! I’m loving the color right now … much better than the drab grey! Have a great weekend!
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  3. I love the letters- great for decoration and as a reminder! The bathroom turned out awesome!
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  4. Wowza! Your bathroom is amazing! I would love to have that kind of space to create a lovely retreat. I like the idea of using the laundry baskets to hold clean towels, too, so guests don’t have to rifle through your closets. And those letters! Perfect for our little toddlers, who need the perpetual reminder. Looks wonderful!
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    • Thanks, Melissa! The only slight problem with the letters is that my kids also like to play with them a bit too much!! Oh well … at least it’s an educational toy(??). Thanks for stopping by! Have a great rest of your week!

  5. This is a great testament to how you can update a space on a budget! It looks fabulous.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Hump Day Happenings!
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    • Thanks, Megan! So glad I found your new party! I appreciate you stopping by to say “hello”! Have a great rest of your week!

  6. I love the new look. I especially like the added color to the bathroom.
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    • Thanks, Julie! It is much more inviting and welcoming now! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I am in LOVE!! This is beyond amazing. Although I have to say that I loved your bathroom before as well, it is just a great bathroom in general but your upgrades and decorations are FANTASTIC. Really good job on this Katie, I will be pinning like crazy. I love every single shot you took

    • Thanks, Sonnet!! I do love this bathroom. I can’t take credit for most of it … the previous owners did a good job in here!! The only thing I would change is the paint color …. but it’s not very high up on our priority list right now :) Oh … and maybe the shower tile.

  8. Love the added touches. You didn’t even have to do a high priced renovation to get an entirely new look. I love the spray painted letters & the doorbell. Fun! I’m building a new home, I may have to steal a few of these ideas.
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    • Thanks, Kellie! No … no huge budget here, but I do like how it looks SO MUCH more now! Thanks for stopping by! Congrats on building a NEW home … how exciting!

  9. What a great space Katie! Those shelving units are amazing, and the oversized letters are perfect for them! So my style in one room!
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  10. You did a fabulous job tweaking your already lovely bathroom. It’s a nice mix of new and a bit of old. I’ve always wanted to do an industrial look shelving unit…maybe someday.
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    • Thanks, Erlene! I do love those shelves. Too bad I can’t take credit for putting them in (they were there when we moved in), but I am going to feature some details on how to make some similar to these soon! Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’re having a great weekend!
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  11. Love! Love! Love! This bathroom has so much personality. The ” Brush, floss, and wash” letters are so clever.
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  12. I just want to take this bathroom and put it in my house. So cute!! The letters are such a unique and eye-catching idea. Gotta love ikea! Thanks for linking up with Hump Day Happenings.
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  13. OBSESSED! Love the industrial shelving paired with those cool and colorful signs. Absolutely gorgeous! ~ Erika @ Yay for Handmade!
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    • Thanks, Erika … you’re too kind! I’m happy with the colors and how EASY these updates were (why can’t all projects be that easy)?!? Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’re having a great weekend!
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  14. Hey It’s Deonna from the Child at Heart blog! Your bathroom is so cute and peaceful! That bath is so great! I love how just a few pops of color in the words and towels completely changed the room. Very cute :)

  15. What a difference! I like the new hexagon towels and IKEA bin storage under the sink the best. It shows how small changes make for a BIG impact. :)
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  16. Your bathroom is amazing just like the rest of the house. Totally in love with that shelving in there. I think you did a beautiful job decorating it. I can’t believe your boys don’t mess with it. Mine would have then all pulled down in an hour. I can’t wait to see the rest of the house.
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    • They did at first … now they mostly ignore the letters. At least they’re easy to put back up. They would mess up anything I put on the shelves, though. I used to have nicely folded towels … until they threw them on the ground 3 times everyday. I gave up on those quickly!
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  17. Hey, it’s Kate her from The Organized Dream visiting you through the linkup ‘Wake Up Wednesdays’. You’re bathroom is super cute. I love those baskets under the sink!
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  18. Girl! This is an AWESOME bathroom! Love the letters, the colors, the industrial shelves…everything! Amazing, amazing job!!

    ~Abby =)
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    • Thanks, Abby! I’m so glad you stopped by! It was a fun (and super easy) update to this area. If all my updates could be this easy … I’d be done with the whole house! Ha! Thanks for the comment. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!
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  19. Love the colors you used, especially the baskets under the sink.
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  20. LOVE! The shovels are super cool but they stand out so much more with all the cool typography! And the medicine cabinet coverup is just genius. Awesome, awesome new bathroom!
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  21. Love the industrial shelving – I’m looking at building similar shelving for my boys room. Love how the bathroom turned out!

  22. love it all! the decor is perfect, the hardware updates are awesome. incredible job!!

  23. Oh my! I love the fun colors, they’re exciting! The way you did the letters instead of a wall hanging is really different and clever! LOVE! I also love the updates to the lights simple but a dramatic difference.
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  24. This is fabulous! I love the colors and your take on the first aid cabinet!

    • Thanks, April! Much better than the drab before … Have a great rest of your weekend!

  25. Love how you updated this bathrooms look, Katie! Such fun and unique ideas. The letters on the shelves are too cute, and add some great color! Pinning :)
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    • Thanks so much, Erin! I do like the added color in our bathroom. It’s easy to switch, too, when I get sick of mint, coral, and yellow! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great rest of your weekend!

  26. Awesome bathroom!
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  27. Very cute!! Loving the bold letters and Press for champagne art!
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  28. Lovely details Katie! I love the letters. I am always reminding my children to brush their teeth and flush the potty. The letters are great for “gentle” reminders. Love the colors. Also, great side by side photos! Keep up the great work! Kari

  29. This has to be one of the coolest bathrooms I’ve seen!! Love the industrial touch!!
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  30. I LOVE THAT BATH TUB. The industrial look of the shelves is awesome too! Thanks for the tour!
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  31. Hi Katie, just saw you on VMG206. I love your bathroom; you have so much creativity going on in there. And that Champagne mirror art? Fabulous! Have a great day!

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  32. Love the spray painted letters and those shelves. Beautiful transformation!
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  33. Katie, I LOVE how this turned out and those wood letters are so much fun! I hope you will stop over at The Makers to share this! Have a great week!
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  34. Such a beautiful bathroom! I love all the updates and can’t wait to see your shelves tutorial! It makes me want to quit putting off doing my bathrooms!
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  35. I love the huge letters! So cool! Pinning:-) Have a great week!
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  36. Hi There! Stopping by from #HumpDayHappenings- I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the look of the bathroom. The fillament bulbs are really neat. I have a sign in by bathroom with the same thing “Brush, Wash, Flush, Floss”, but the letters look a lot better on the shelving.


  37. I love your bathroom! I came over here from the VMG:206 link-up because I *loved* the shelves. But I have to admit, I love the “Press for Campaign” button more! :)
    ~ Christine
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  38. I adore the spray painted letters – AWESOME! :)

  39. You’ve been featured at Link’n Blogs link party! Way to go! Stop by to see your feature and link up again. :)

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  40. This is gorgeous! Love the colors and the pipes holding the shelves up. { fistbump }
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  41. I love this Katie! The bold colors are a fun addition, and I adore the sink/vanity!
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  42. I am in love with your bathroom! Everything about it is awesome! Especially those letters. :)

    • Thanks so much, Jocelyn! They really were simple, easy, and inexpensive updates, but the after is SO MUCH better than the before! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week (oh, and thanks for the great party again last night!).

  43. I am soooo in love with the bathroom update!! Pinned it!!

    It’s the perfect mix of modern & industrial. Especially digging the bold typography “wash brush floss & flush” it had me at hello!
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