Thursday, August 14, 2014

Downstairs Bath: Simple Makeover

easy update for bathroom

Sometimes something simple is all it takes. In this case a curved shower curtain rod and bead board ceiling changed my life. The swirled plaster ceilings in our 1960s Colonial are a great feature. But whoever thought they were appropriate for bathrooms was mistaken. The plaster had been cracking and crumbling for years. I'd scraped, repaired, and painted over and over again. Then one day on Pinterest I saw bead board on a ceiling. It was the perfect solution. It gave us the fresh and clean cottage look we were after.

I highly recommend the curved shower rod if you are being attacked by the shower curtain monster every day and find it hard to shave your legs with a shower curtain stuck to you.

When Martha Stewart came out with her paint line I painted this room Beach Glass. I loved that name. Anyone else ever pick a paint based on the name? After the updates I repainted with Valspar's Morning Fog. That's probably the best paint name for a bathroom ever. It describes most people before coffee. This was the standard plain mirror when we moved in. I bought some molding and trimmed it out for some extra punch. I painted it black to match the vanity.

 This picture had gold trim around the edge so I taped it off and spray painted it silver to go with the brushed nickel near it.

 Look at all those little tiny tiles someone laid on our vanity. Long before tile came in sheets it must have taken forever!

 So a new ceiling, new paint color, and tweaking a few details made all the difference. It didn't get any bigger but it feels like it did!


  1. Beautiful Makeover! I love the wall color and the bead board ceiling!
    Sally @cottagefix