Friday, September 16, 2011

Milo's Master Bathroom

Here's a look at the first step on our master bathroom remodel. I have always loved how new paint color can make a huge change in the way a room looks and feels. Originally the bathroom was a beige color and had a counter sink that was fake wood with a matching medicine cabinet above the sink. Hello 1980's! I took some white paint to the sink cabinet which was an easy upgrade and replaced the matching medicine cabinet that stuck out of the wall with a flat vintage 1920's wall mirror. Eventually, I would like to replace the sink cabinet with an old pedestal sink...I've been keeping an eye out for a cheap one in good condition. I also plan on tiling the floor down the road because I love tiling! But for now the floor will do just fine and so will the basic shower stall.

I removed the doors from the sink stand because I hated them :) I replaced the doors with hanging 50's bark cloth fabric that I had in my kitchen previously at DeluxeVille. I also made Sgt replace the wood grain toilet seat with a nice new white one. It's a small master bath but does have a linen closet and those built in shelves in the corner by the window. That helps a lot with storage.

Milo on the toilet........ Can't a guy get some privacy around here!??

I love old planters! I have a variety of ones I've picked up over the years. I like to use them for more then just plants. The green one on the sink is holding my soap bottles. The fab turquoise one holds Q-tips and cotton balls, while another planter on the sink holds our tooth paste and tooth brushes! I also have a plant in one! For real!!

Look there's my plant. Actually the poor thing has turned into Milo's salad bar. The peeping window got covered with cheap opaque contact paper I found at the dollar store. It works great and the only reason I know this is because I sent Sgt outside at various times of the day and night to stand in the back yard to check if he could see me peeing! He couldn't......or at least he said he couldn't!? He's a good sport! :)

Get out of my bathroom!

I also like using old boxes to hold things. Recently I received a bunch of old boxes from my cousin Sheri and they turned out to be the perfect size to be used in the bathroom! Thanks Sheri! I also have old boxes other places around the house too. Here's a great tutorial on how to make your own wooden boxes, if you're interested!
House of Smiths : DIY Vintage Crates

This is step one of my bathroom remodel. Down the road as time and money allows, we will be moving on to step two. If you've followed my blog for awhile, you probably have noticed by now that I never do a complete room renovation all at once. I like to go in stages. I do enough to make a space livable for my current standards/needs, make a to do list of what I also want to do with the room, and then do a little more when time and money permits.


  1. very nice!! it looks so clean and refreshed!

  2. I have a soft spot for old planters too. I have never known what to do with them 'til I saw your post. Now my creative juices are flowing. Thanks!

  3. love it! you are the queen of "make it work" which I admire a lot ;)

  4. Looking great. A pedestal sink would look great (I love pedestal sinks), and the opaque film is very nice.

  5. It looks great! I do exactly as you do, make each room liveable to a degree then as money comes available I do the bigger stuff, but it's always gradual as I don't have much spare cash! I like the room evolving it seems more gradual.

    I also have a notebook with all my to do jobs in the house, each year I tick off a few more!

  6. Your bathroom looks great! We recently stayed at a fantastic old farmhouse with some friends and the bathroom had floor to ceiling windows on two sides, completely surrounding the toilet. There were some bushes in front of one window, but the other looked right over the lane that comes up to the house. It was on the first floor, too, not even the second. It was weird and I felt uncomfortable every time I had to go in there. Anyone strolling around the property could see you in the all-together, especially if you were taking a shower. I completely understand your contact paper and the desire to know whether anyone can see you pee.

  7. Love it! Great job! I use pottery planters in my bathroom as well... and I have the same metal shelf! You are an amazing decorator... I really enjoy your photos!

  8. Aww I love love love it! This makes me so excited to move on down there and continue me and Justin's search (together, woohoo!) for vintage homewares and time pieces. Bravo, very well done missy!

  9. Just wanted to say "hi"! I found you during a mostly-unsuccessful search for Top Mode Frocks (several of my favorite vintage dresses are Top Mode, and I was hoping to dig up more info about them, but no such luck). Anyway I spent the next couple of days browsing your archives. I'm in the Los Angeles area and your stories of picking up nifty finds on the cheap just amaze me, I haven't seen prices like those since the 1980s :)

  10. I LOVE LOVE LOVE how you have managed to mix both old farmhouse with the wooden crates with the midcentury modern with the glass ware. I adore it. I've been trying to figure out how I can do the same thing and you've managed to nail it right on the noggin.