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Red floral toile wallpaper.
Twin pedestal sinks.
Checkerboard tiled floor
Beaded board wainscoting
Beamed and angled ceiling.

Our master bath has all those things.
It didn't always.

Here's how it started out.

Fair warning-
the before pictures are horrendous! NOT a post for the faint of heart!!
I am even having a hard time looking at the pics and remembering where it started.

Where to begin...
There was I think- 6 different tiles in this very small space.
Not in a pattern or a unique design that was fabulous.
(shower area, next to toilet area and door leading to laundry area)

(toilet area)
More like, these tiles were all on clearance or left overs and they used a bit here, a bit there, etc.
The floor tile was a 12 x 12 gold tile with brown spots.
We called it the 'giraffe' tile.
Behind the toilet was red and orange subway tile, white subway tile on part of the walls.
The shower was nicely tiled-but I didn't love the low ceiling and the cream with brown tile patterns.
Originally, I think this was a porch that they framed in to make into a little bathroom.

Uhh...yea... These pictures are frightening...
( stained & crusty!!!!!! old cupboard with doors already removed, and the sink area... oy vey...)

There was an interesting cupboard made out of old painted pine- but there were stains and crusty crud on the shelves. I kept all the pieces when we ripped it out so that I could rebuild it someday to be a freestanding piece.
Where the water heater is in the little laundry area- with no laundry hook-ups I might add- there was vintagey tileboard and a door that led outside. You had to walk through this room to get to the bathroom. Again, the ceilings were unfinished sheetrock and no crown moulding.

The next pictures show midway through the rip out.
What a job!!! These people SURE knew how to set tile in THICK concrete! Aye!
It was a huge mess. We also ripped the tile off the walls, took out the shower (regretted that), and removed everything, including the bathroom sink!
We also took out the wall in between the two rooms and then proceeded to remove the ceiling to the studs.
Angled beam ceiling- here you come!!!!

(wall by window and corner with tile and tar paper pulled off)
(wall where sink is- with tile and tarpaper removed)

Well, needless to say, at this point the bathroom was a TOTAL disaster-
but hey, its debatable that it really wasn't much worse than it was when we started, right?

We kinda figured, how could we really screw it up further?

I drew the design originally but didn't have all the aspects in place for what I wanted.
I kind of stumbled upon them here and there.

But there were a few things I knew I wanted to incorporate:

I knew I wanted beamed ceilings, a tub with a chandelier above it and a separate shower, two pedestal sinks, a large window and tile floors.

I'll share the post about the after in the next few days.... this one is getting too long already!
but here is a teaser pic. to give you an idea that I am NOT using a bathroom that looks like the one in the pictures above!!!!
Stay tuned!


  1. Looks amazing! Holy cow is all I can say about the before. I can't wait to see the rest of the afters.

  2. Oh how pretty. I am sure it is just amazing. I can't wait to see the reveal. Hugs, Marty

  3. And I thought our bathroom was bad! LOL! We plan to gut ours and enlarge it in the future...this gives me hope. I love what I'm seeing in the teaser picture...can't wait to see the rest.

  4. Thanks for your kind comments! It really was SOOO bad!!! This house was never lived in full time when we bought it- but it was abused and neglected.. .so many issues to fix! This was the bathroom I didn't let anyone use because it was so dysfunctional and embarrassing! But it is one of my favorite before/afters in my design portfolio!

  5. Oh not fair! I want to see it sooooo bad!
    Hurry, hurry post it!

  6. Oh my goodness - to take on the task that you did! You are brave souls. The small teaser really has left me hanging - wanting MORE! Can't wait to see the reveal.


  7. Oh my!!! I can't wait to see the end result!


  8. Hi. Just found you while blog hopping this morning!
    Love your blog and your design style! You are so talented! I also love french country, cottage, with a touch of traditional. Read through many of your posts ~ love your sofa (have you done re-upholstery before?) ~ it turned out gorgeous; and what a beautiful master bathroom you have designed. Love the toile. I'll be back to read more. I am your newest follower!
    ~ Julie

  9. Can't wait to see what the end result will look like! Looks though that you've been picking such pretty materials for the bathroom. How exciting!

  10. Oh my, love the peek! I am sure it's going to be just gorgeous! I can't wait to see! I am happy I found my way to your blog!


  11. Wow! What a beautiful bathroom! I just found your blog and have really enjoyed reading all about the renovation of your home - you really took on a big job! It's all just beautiful.
    I look forward to seeing more ~