Updating Our Main Floor Bathroom :: Before Pictures

At the end of 2012 I made a list of home, yard, and fitness goals.  The yard goals have been checked off of the list, the fitness goals are an ongoing process, and not one home goal has been met.  I’d better get busy because 2013 is half way over!

One home goal is to update our main floor bathroom.  We live in a 1950’s Cape Cod with small bathrooms.  Mr. SP installed new wall and floor tile in this bathroom several years ago along with a pedestal sink.  The toilet was replaced with an American Standard Cadet 3 that we are 100% pleased with.  We like this toilet so much that we actually installed one in our guest bathroom, too.

I am not sure when this bathroom was last painted but I do remember it was when the TV show, “Trading Space”, was popular.  Did you watch that?  I loved it and the show inspired me to use a bold color.

Last night I stripped this bathroom of wall art and the shower curtain and removed the wallpaper border.  After I fill a few holes on the walls, I’ll be ready to paint.  It’s my hope to complete this in the next few days.

Since the look of this room will change, let’s take a look at what it looks like now.

Bathroom Before virginiasweetpea.com


The walls are a mustard color and appear especially bright in the pictures.  We hope to find a small vanity to replace the pedestal sink.  We both like the sink but could use counter space and storage.  I would also like to replace the medicine cabinet but the size is small and in the past I haven’t had much luck with locating a new one that would fit our opening.  The light fixture could also stand updating but that’s low on my priority list.

Bathroom Before2


Two cabinets are built into the wall.  It’s tough to have enough room for cosmetics and towels in this small space.

Bathroom Before3


Originally this was just a tub and not a shower, so the room had a window and not a fan for ventilation.  The window and wall rotted from moisture seeping in over the years, so Mr. SP replaced the wall and installed a glass block window.  Light came through the window until we but an addition on our house.  Now there’s a wall on the other side of the window.

Bathroom Before4


I would like to have a big mirror cut for this wall.  It would be nice to finally be able to see the back of my head as I’m drying my hair.

Bathroom Before5Bathroom Before6


The walls will be grey and the shower curtain is a cream, grey, yellow, and emerald green floral.  I made it over the winter and am excited to finally get to use it.

The door needs repainting and I’m hoping to get it into the workshop today to get started.

Wish me luck!  Are you working on any home improvement projects?  I’d love to hear or read about them.


  1. Paula, I can’t WAIT to see the end result!!!

    I am getting ready to tackle painting my old bedroom furniture….a bed and two dressers. UGH!

  2. Good luck, I am in the middle of a mini makeover on my hall bathroom. Can’t wait to see what you do with your. Don’t forget, you can still link up to Inspire Me Tuesday – – -http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/07/171st-inspire-me-tuesday.html Hugs, Marty

  3. I look forward to learning from you as you go through the process. I would love to renovate our master bath, but with one in college and one in private HS I doubt it will happen anytime soon!

    Happy belated anniversary to the Sweet Peas! Congratulations!

    Ricki Jill

  4. Can’t wait to see the “after” post! One idea for more storage and a vanity…ever thought of a small piece of furniture (nightstand, end table or small dresser) for a vanity and install a vessel sink? Our youngest daughter just re-modeled her hall bath and with her father’s help, she turned an antique dresser into a beautiful vanity. Mr. SP sounds pretty handy I think you could easily do it! Best to you!


    1. Thanks, Christina! I’ve made progress and hope to be finished soon. We plan to order a vanity and that might hold back my progress just a bit.

  5. Sounds like it’s going to look really nice! I love it that you made your own shower curtain, what a great idea! Looking forward to seeing the new photos!

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