Blogger Before and After: From '70s to Showstopper
This blogger left no surface of her guest bathroom untouched. See how this DIYer's dream came together in only six weeks.
When Jenna, of jennasuedesign.com, was challenged to make over one space in six weeks, she decided the guest bath would be the perfect place to experiment. She and her husband, Brad, transformed every inch of their 1970s nightmare of a bathroom into a space that's, as Jenna describes it, "a little bit romantic, a little bit boho, and a little bit vintage farmhouse."
"The bathroom was a big beige box," Jenna says of the dated room. And since the couple has been fixing up their California home since moving in, in 2013, the space felt like walking into a time warp. Jenna spent the first few weeks of the challenge researching and sourcing products before ripping everything down to drywall and studs.
Fresh new cement tile, which Jenna installed herself with the help of friends and family, is the main attraction in this bathroom. DIY planked walls, made of 4-by-8-foot sheets of plywood that were ripped down into 8-inch planks, soften things up. Brad and a friend installed the new window themselves, which brightens up the space indoors and improves the view from outside as well.
To make the vanity, Jenna scored a vintage buffet on Craigslist and had her plumber modify it for plumbing. Jenna sanded the piece down to bare wood to rid it of its glossy cherry color, then gave it a wash of diluted lime paint, and sealed it with a matte varnish to hold up against water. The pipes below are painted black so they can hardly be seen.
The harvest-gold fiberglass tub had to go. Jenna ordered a white claw-foot tub to fit in the space, but with special plans for making it her own. She had her plumber install oversized white subway tile in the nook.
When the white cast-iron tub arrived, Jenna painted the feet black and used a mix of chalk and lime paints to give the tub an aged grey patina, then finished it with a wax. New brass fixtures outfit the tub and sink.
A valance made from old barnwood frames the shower curtain and hides the rod. Jenna used a jig to rout out the design.
A black paneled door, DIYed by Jenna with 4-inch strips of plywood, finishes off the room.
For more details on the reveal, head on over to jennasuedesign.com's one room challenge reveal. Thanks, Jenna!