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DecorBook Classics : Finished! Primary Bathroom Before+After(s)


For my updated primary bathroom, I wanted an inviting room that looked cohesive with my other rooms. I'm happy to report that the refresh went as planned, including a 4-week timeline. Jesus, my contractor is a maestro, working his magic with scheduling and subs. Let's take a look at the before+after(s).


A few years ago, we replaced our 20-year old toilet with one that sits higher. This time, I added a chrome handle and new toilet seat. Yahoo! And a Moen polished chrome toilet paper holder, robe hook and double towel bar. My beloved leopard print shower cap, a gift from Jayne, has a new home.



The cutouts in the walls were removed and the opening widened. Emilio did a beautiful job tiling.

Frameless shower doors were installed on Thursday.



The quartz-topped vanity was done in 2006. I had one contractor tell me that it couldn't be salvaged but Jesus never mentioned that keeping it would be a problem.

When we moved in 24 years ago, the shower was a 36" square. At the time, we doubled the length and used budget friendly contractor grade tiles.

This time, I chose octangle tiles for the shower pan. They're small matte ceramic needing lots of grout to ensure they won't be slippery.

Love the new glass doors.

Happy to have a more open shower.

The plumber installed an adjustable rain shower head - placed high enough so I won't get my head wet unless I want to. Containers for shampoo/condition/bodywash came with waterproof labels that I'll add. I so didn't want to look at random product bottles.


I sure don't miss the unusable Jacuzzi tub. Happily, the structural overhang in the ceiling has been minimized by the new wall.


The window placement was changed to prevent peeking in from the sidewalk. A cordless shade was installed to filter sunlight. The drapes got a much needed dry cleaning.

I'm not sure what I'll really do around the tub. For now, I shopped my basement for two mirrors that are propped against the wall. Also, the brass side table from a guest room can be used to hold soap, a towel and even a candle. I got into P's stash of sticky velcro (just the fuzzy size) and added to the bottom of the table so it won't scratch the floor. Eventually, I'll switch the sconce lampshades to something more interesting. Maybe hang a small sunburst mirror on the wall over the tub filler.

I sewed up a new white towel bench slipcover (4 bath size towels from TJMaxx) and added brass casters to the bench legs. That way, I can roll it around the bathroom.

I finally settled with the look of an old West Elm countertop tray when I propped up an old painting ( found in my basement) to add a little height. And a John Derian cup (from Target) to hold my toothbrush. That's all for now. A BIG thank you for following along through this redo. I appreciate the feedback more than you know. Enjoy your Sunday!










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