We've lived in our house for five years and the bathroom was the last thing to be fixed up. Looking at these pictures, I don't know how we lived with it for so long. It's nasty. But it was the one room that needed a bit of cash thrown at it and some professional help instead of our usual DIY attempt. So we had to wait.
It ended up like this:
But it started like this:
Ugh. I'm breaking into a cold sweat looking at this one. So much mismatched junk. And nowhere to put anything except overstuffed baskets. Kitschy art on the walls was a nice try but, no.
With the help of said professional, my friend Josh, demolition began:
Once Josh got the tile and tub in, I had him put up wainscoting all around the room. It's dirt cheap, at about $20 per 4' piece and it really adds character to an otherwise featureless space. Then I agonized over what shade of grey-lavender to use. And yes I know the silver toilet seat was too small, thank you very much.
At our house things usually get about 95% done. There's always that last bit that takes a while to finish. Anyway, after five years without a tub it's all about long, steamy baths right now.
And a few pictures taken later by Bethany Nauert for Apartment Therapy when a bit of our real life mess had seeped back in: