Bathroom Reveal!

Bathroom Before & After

Welcome to Leslie’s bathroom reveal!  You can read all about the before (and how I met my pal Leslie here)

What I thought would take a few weekends is finally finished the first weekend in March!  And I think it turned out pretty darn good.  Leslie certainly seems very happy with it.  And, I have to admit I am a little jealous of that claw foot tub.  I think I see a project in the future for Tim.

This little room has gone from dated and dark, to really kind of sad, to bright and fresh!

Here is another quick look at the before…


If you are just joining this bathroom makeover you can few the complete before story here.

And here begins the afters….

Bathroom Makeover

Can you hardly believe it is the same space?!

I certainly cannot take all the credit for this great makeover, Tim and Leslie played a huge part.  Tim of course did all the plumbing work, changing out the light fixture and installing the board and batten.  He installed the shower & hoop and helped me wallpaper the ceiling.  He also installed the crown molding and all the trim work.  He is pretty handy to have around.


Leslie really did just need some motivation and someone to share in the vision.  She rolled up her sleeves and really got to work.  She painted, she frosted, and she is pretty darn good with a power drill!!

This is the same wall that was the signature wall.  I don’t think anyone will dare write on this wall now.  A pretty mirror and candle wall sconce adds a bit of rustic elegance.  Can you spot the reflection in the mirror?


….this old picture turned chalkboard is the perfect place to leave a message.  Leslie painted out the frame and painted the glass with chalkboard paint.  We hung it on the back of the door and I of course was the first to leave a message.

MoMo is what Leslie has always called me!  She has a nickname for everyone.  Some of them are pretty funny.


She had the frame already, as well as the chrome paint for another project, so it only cost about $8 for a can of chalkboard spray paint.

The ceiling is simply bead board wallpaper, again left over from another project. Crown molding really is the crowning touch in any room.  It makes a pretty big impact for very little money.  We have bead board wallpaper ceilings in a couple of rooms at our home and they have held up for years.


A good portion of the budget was spent on new fixtures.  New taps for the sink…..


I love, love, love the bathtub taps.  They are the perfect fit for a claw foot tub.  Since the bathroom did not have a shower before, this particular set of taps have a diverter that allowed for installation of a shower head.  They took awhile to get here, but were well worth the wait.


The shower and hoop kit came with a standard shower head that wasn’t very pretty, so Leslie opted to switch it out to this one from Moen which gives both a rain shower effect as well as massage features.


Styling the space was the most fun and other than new towels and fresh flowers, we didn’t spend a dime.

She has many mirrors and we choose two to flank the built in medicine cabinet.  Mirrors really add the feeling of more space and light to the room. We installed a more ornate oval mirror above the toilet and this pretty wood mirror made for Leslie by her dad many years ago.

The lighting in the bathroom went from one little fixture with chandelier bulbs to this pretty brushed nickel fixture.

Bathroom light fixture

These tiny bathrooms in our homes lack storage space and this wash stand adds the much needed space to tuck things away.  The top is the perfect perch for this enamel bowl and pitcher.

Wash Stand & Flowers

Did I mention Leslie is a collector?  Her home is warm and inviting and filled with the many lovely antiques and fun things.  Telephones are one of her larger collections, second only to her oil lamp collection I think!  She of course had a phone in the perfect color to match the bathroom.


One of my favorite things in the room is this rustic crate Leslie had. Hung on the wall, it makes a perfect spot to store some extra hand towels.  It is stamped “1964” which is the year which she was born.




The antique Jergen’s bottle was the inspiration for the paint color on the upper walls, which by the way is called Patriotic White a Benjamin Moore color.  It was a gift to Leslie from a friend who found it at a wonderful little antique store called Victorian Porch.

We also got these pretty porcelain knobs for the washstand there.  I think they are a steal at only about $3 each!

Porcelain cabnit knobs

No claw foot tub is complete without a shelf across it to hold a book, a candle and maybe a glass of wine while enjoying a nice long bubble bath.  It also is the perfect spot for some extra bath towels and pretty jars holding candles and cotton.


I told you she has some fun things!  Who else would have an old book called Personal Beauty & Charm?!

Faux chrome feet on the claw foot tub make a big impact.  While they really are not “claw feet”, but more like “ball feet” I absolutely love the look.

clawfoot tub feet

tulips in a crock

 Leslie also has a growing collection of antique crocks.  This one was the perfect size to sit on the back of the toilet and hold this pot of white tulips we picked up at the market.

A couple of tiny glass bottles adorn the windowsill with some stray daisies and freesia.  We frosted the window with a spray-on coating which provides privacy but still allows in light.

mini flower arrangements

Leslie spent a total of about $1000 to refinish the space.  That included all the new fixtures, lights, moldings and trims, gorgeous new fluffy towels in 2 shades of blue that compliment the upper wall cover, and some equally lush white towels, paint & painting supplies.

In the end, I am so happy I was able to motivate and help my friend create a bright and happy new space that completely reflects her personality and style.

bathroom makeover

bathroom reveal

I am trying to keep the renovation momentum going and can’t wait for the weather to warm up a bit and get started on my screen porch!

So happy you stopped by today to check out this tiny bathroom makeover!  I will post a list of sources later this week.

Until next time…..

Red Cottage Chronicles

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  1. I love love love my little bathroom Momo!! I keep going in to have a look. I love that we used some of my “treasures”. It’s so fresh and such a happy peaceful room now. Thanks so much once again!! What’s our next room? Hehehehehe !! Xxβ™‘

  2. Great job you guys! The bathroom looks incredible. So bright and clean! All three of you did a fabulous job!

    1. Thanks Heather. We really worked as a great team….although I am sure Leslie was rolling her eyes when Tim and I were working together on a few things, a little tension at times!

  3. Ta da!!!! What an inviting, cozy breath of fresh air you’ve created in the bathroom! I can just picture that bath filled with bubbles, candles burning, a good book (not the current one lol!) waiting to be read. Oh, and a glass of wine. Congratulations!

  4. Very nice. I especially like the light fixtures…and the fact you are using CFL bulbs. Godd for the environment and good for your pocket book.
    Also, the graffitti made me laugh. Especially the drawing of the toilet paper. πŸ™‚

  5. I love how this turned out! I can’t tell from the pictures and am wondering if you redid the floor? We have a claw foot tub and have to redo the floor, but are having a hard time figuring out how to remove the old sticky tile and replace it with something else without moving the tub. Did you have to deal with that?

    1. Thanks Deb! We did not redo the floor as it was in pretty good shape. I think you would need a couple of strong people to hold the tub up as you install new flooring under the legs at either end. You would of course have to disconnect any plumbing first. These old cast iron tubs weigh a ton! I have also seen on pinterest, painting over old tile and sealing it. Not sure how this would hold up though.

  6. Hard to believe it’s the same bathroom – what an improvement! I especially love the brushed nickel lighting fixture. I’m always a little intimidated by the idea of updating a bathroom, probably because of all the plumbing. But it seems like a lot of the bathrooms in the houses we look at definitely need some work.

  7. I’ve never been a keen renovator myself, but it doesn’t stop me from admiring other people’s great work. Love your new bathroom, enjoy it!

  8. What a great makeover! My master bathroom is about to undergo a complete gut job and it’s on the small size. This gives me lots of great ideas about utilizing space.

  9. Very impressed – it’s not often you see a bathroom as cosy and comfortable as this. And well done for making the most of such a tiny room – my bathroom is just as small, but I wish it looked as good as yours!

  10. Wow! You did a beautiful job. I love all the pictures and how you reutilized so many items she already had in her home. And to be able to do it all for $1000, again wow! I have made over my kids bathroom and build a bathroom from a junk area we had. I know how much work goes into it. Be proud. You did an amazing job.

  11. This is a great post to show all that you have accomplished, I love the finished bathroom, the clever use of the wooden crate, wooden shelve across the tub, its all so cool!!

    I think your post would be enjoyed on my Friday Feature Linky party,
    if you would like to share, I would love to have you stop by!!
    Have a great weekend!

  12. Your bathroom is so cute!! It is difficult having a small bathroom as that is what we have in our house (we are living in South America). The renovation looks great and what an inviting space to relax after a long day!

  13. Wow what a beautiful bathroom! Mine is very bland and I have gathered many ideas from this post. I love the fresh flowers. They add so much to the space. The chalkboard out of the picture frame is a stroke of genius. I am definitely going to try this in my home. Great job!

  14. Leslie’s bathroom turned out absolutely beautiful. The claw-foot tub is amazing.

    My husband and I will be renovating our bathroom in the near future. We’ve been looking online and in the stores at different bathroom cabinets and fixtures. I’m so excited to see the final outcome. Thanks for sharing some great ideas.

  15. I really like the wood panels and the wall paper on the cieling – such a clever idea and what a great transformation for just $1,000!

  16. Great job! I too have a tiny bathroom and will be trying to redo it this year, so I am always looking for ideas. Love all the details and pics you posted.

    1. The lighter paint colour really opened up the space for sure! It doesn’t get much natural sunlight because the only window is in the enclosed screen porch, so this really helped.

  17. I love this post. The before & after pics shows a beautiful transformation. I know you’re proud. I am going keep pin this for ideas. We downsized to a smaller home over the summer, an old ranch style house. It needs updating. I plan to post pics as we transform as well.

  18. OMG – what a big difference. I love home remodeling projects – not my own. There are so many things we want to do in our home, but it’s hard to get excited, because I have to remind myself that I love before and after pictures – there is a period in between when everything is a mess. I don’t like the mess, but I love the aftermath πŸ™‚

    1. I am not a big fan of the in between either! Unfortunately it is a necessary evil. When I did our living room over for a six week remodel challenge, I was ready to move to a hotel!!

  19. This is a fantastic renovation. I especially love how personal the details are–not out of the box (or big box) trendy but classic and unique. You have made the small space sing with a cozy warmth. Congrats to you all!

  20. WOW is all I can say! Aside from the total transformation, you have created a clean and inviting new space. I simply love your details (oh, those painted knobs) and white is absolutely the way to go. Kudos!

  21. Hmmm… Time to get off my lazy butt and start doing some renovation. We have 3 bathrooms and the smallest one really needs attention. It’s been ages since I used it simply because it’s not really that welcoming. I could try to at least do some of the things you did on this remodeling.

    1. That is exactly the point my friend was at when I offered to help her with this reno! Any friends who might step up and help you with the motivation!!

  22. You guys did a great job! The end result is Amazing. I would love if you shared your resources for getting the different items. We have a small bathroom too and anything we could do to improve it would be great!

  23. What a great redo!! So cute and cozy. I just love the special touches like the old telephone. I really need to remodel our guest bath, and this is a huge inspiration to me! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  24. That is amazing. I can’t believe how beautiful the bathroom is. Some of the decorations are so simple and the end result is just WOW. Thank you for sharing.

  25. This is so beautifully done, I love it. ( Please send Tim to my house). Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration!

    1. Thank you Cherri! We are currently working on re-building and styling her worn out screen porch! I am hoping that turns out just as well πŸ™‚

  26. Congratulations on being featured blogger on Blogelina! This bathroom looks the same size as the one in our last house- you have made it look amazing! I particularly like the light colours and accessories.

    1. Thank you Gwen! Not only is working on a bathroom this size a challenge, but as you know living with one is even harder!! Might as well make it pretty πŸ™‚

    1. The phone is for decor purposes only! Leslie has a large collection of vintage phones in many colours and this one was a perfect match for the bathroom!

  27. I have never heard of bead board wallpaper! Is it water resistant? Does it come in a roll, or in sheets? I have to say your makeover is an inspiration! I have panel ceilings that have defied all ideas to update them…your ceiling re-do gives me hope that there may be a solution after all!

    1. Hi Margo! The breadboard wallpaper is by Martha Stewart and we got it at Home Depot. It is a textured vinyl and comes in rolls. It is not prepasted, but was super easy to apply! It is paintable and we painted with kitchen & bath paint! We have it in our own home and even installed over old square ceiling tiles!

  28. So many wonderful, personal details make this little room a tiny treasure to behold! The dated crate, both functional and nostalgic; the beautiful stand with the pitcher and flowers- perhaps my favorite part; even the faux claw feet! I enjoyed every picture, happily surprised by each unique addition (beadboard wallpaper! a telephone!) Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much Aimee! Leslie has so many amazing things to work with. We had great fun “shopping” her house for treasures. I am working on rebuilding her screen porch at the moment, and have already been snooping around for fun things to style it with!

  29. Wow that is a beautiful transformation! I love DIY but only wish I was as talented, you did a wonderful job thanks for sharing the photos with us!

  30. What an amazing transformation! I love all of the finishes, it’s so cozy. I have an old wooden crate that I’m going to use as a shelf now thanks to you! Great way to show you don’t need a huge bathroom to feel like you’re at a spa.

  31. This looks charming! I love the claw foot tub and the blue touches. My husband and I are in the middle of our second bathroom remodel. I’ll be so glad to be done, so we can have our weekends back! πŸ™‚