DIY Bathroom Reveal


Its done.

This post has been a long time coming. Long time.

To sum things up, we purchased this house in July 2003. We discovered late that summer that, due to mold, we had to demo the 2nd floor bathroom that the previous owners had (i kid you not) carpeted and wallpapered (flocked, nonetheless) 30-some years earlier. It wasn’t in the plans, so we did a quick and dirty remodel, keeping the existing sink and shower, and just demo’ing the walls and floor, putting in a new subfloor + inexpensive vinyl and new concrete backer board around the shower and new drywall. A cheap toilet from Menards finished off the project.

Several years later, after a round of musical-bedrooms, we decided that it was time for a complete overhaul. The kids were upstairs, so there was no reason they shouldn’t be using that bathroom. Only they wouldn’t, because the shower scared them.

In October, we hit Ikea and purchased a vanity, sink, and faucet.
And then it sat in the box in our basement for the next few months. Because that’s how we roll.
Finally, in January, it was time. With a design in mind and a contractor to help with some drywall, electrical and plumbing (because we have original plumbing and electrical from the 1920’s. its scary stuff, people), we went to work.
(I talked about it a bit here, here and here )

And it morphed into this


View from doorway
Target rug, shower curtain, towel, and toothbrush accoutrements. Toilet is by Toto.


Ikea vanity, mirror, sink, faucet + stepstool.

We got the towel bar and TP holder from Lowe’s. We also made sure to add extra electrical outlets with a future teenage daughter in mind.


Quote from a Dr. Seuss book that I made. I wanted the kids to see some kind of positive affirmation every day, whether it registers or not 🙂


Tile from Lowe’s. Rainshower is American Standard. Shower bar with hooks was ordered from Amazon.



Brush + Wash + Flush prints I bought off an Etsy seller


Towel hooks from Ikea

As you can see, its not fully done. I still need some sort of window treatment, the shower fixture needs a finishing touch put on it, and the bathroom and closet doors (not shown) are currently being painted.

I am going to break this post in two so that I can share the nitty gritty with y’all : some photos of the process, the lessons we’ve learned the hard way, the money we spent on this “inexpensive” remodel, why we designed it the way we did (would we have done it differently?), and what we’ll do differently in July when we tackle the main floor bathroom. So stay tuned!
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  • Alyson @Vintage Sunshine

    Wow! It looks SO good. I love that rug & shower curtain. Those are the same colors we’re doing in the bathroom once it’s painted. 😉 Everything looks great though.
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    • Karri

      Thanks! I looked at so many stores and funny that I ended up with Target stuff. Can’t wait to see what you do with that bathroom! When do you start?

  • Lisa Marie

    So cute! I love all the prints in the bathroom!

    • Karri

      Thanks, Lisa! I searched high and low for the perfect prints and was hoping to find something free, but when I stumbled on those chevron ones, they were just too perfect not to buy. And I’ve always loved that (and a few other) Seuss quotes

  • Trish

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE IT!!! Seriously, you need to come and re-do my kids bathroom.

  • Kristin

    What a gorgeous space!
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  • heather

    I love how it turned out!!! I’m so jealous as I hate our upstairs bath and really dislike the downstairs. I can’t wait for the process post as I need help!!! 🙂

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  • Alyssa

    Wow! Looks great! I am currently installing the same vanity and sink in my bathroom but the plumber has NO idea how to get the drain that came with the sink to hook up to north american abs piping….how did yours do it? Do you have a pic of the underneath plumbing?

    • Karri

      Thanks much!! No, I don’t. I can peek in there and see if I am able to take one and see anything, though. And I will ask my husband if the plumber did anything special. He was there watching when he hooked it up.

      • Alyssa

        awesome! that would be so helpful! My husband and our plumber are both cursing Ikea (and therefore, me for choosing it!haha) and its causing a lot of stress near the end of our reno. My husband even wants to swallow the cost and buy a different vanity but I showed him how great it looks in your bathroom so hopefully he holds out a little longer! 😉

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