Whole Parenting Family

Bathroom Facelift (almost) Complete!

sp in the bath

Do you remember me telling you that getting a serious facelift on our second floor/kids’ bathroom was on my bucket list before baby comes? Let’s do a side-by-side and see how it looks! There’s one thing I have yet to do–recover a stool–that I need advice on. Otherwise, I think we’re in business. Oh, and I feel like the wall paint color is too boring and either needs a stenciled cream something or other, or maybe scrap this color and go with wallpaper? Gimme your thoughts.

We removed wallpaper, painted walls, painted wood work, scraped & repainted radiator, replaced lights, faucet, handles, curtains, shower light/fan, and threw in some new towels. My dad is amazing and did the hardest dirtiest parts. Because he’s the best. AA helped too, but we both agreed that Baba wins the award for handiest man ever.

Old lights & faucet & wallpaper & eyelet curtains:

that bath

bathie again

Making way for the newsies:



vanity & towels

Love love love these lights.

vanity light

Then came the faucet. The one that was there didn’t feel in tune with our 1914 built home, and the beautiful subway tiles in this bath. So overstock.com came in handy and I found this gem for not-too-expensive! Porcelain handles–LOVE!


Don’t mind the dirty part at rim. Ahhh… because I’m a dirty housewife.


Don’t you just swoon with that arch?

Now let’s talk hardware. These lovelies were a splurge & gift from my mom. They’re hefty and gorgeeeous.



That’s the chair that needs to be recovered. Something wipeable or canvas weight. Not sure here, people.

Let’s talk curtains. I love to sew, but actually following dimensions and measurements and being precise? Not my forte. These finally happened. Fine beautiful fabric from my local fav shop, Treadle Yard Goods. I originally put the hardware in the wrong place, then had to get my dad to help me dig out the hefty nails, fill, sand, and repaint.




Cream towels–new & plush. So nice I don’t want to use them, or put them in the dryer. Or have the kids wipe their hands on them. Really, maybe, they’re for my imaginary company. Or imaginary friends.

The bath didn’t change, but I did really really scrub it. Really kinda.



Love it. Just a few things to tweak, and then we’re there. Forever. Although we have one more bath that needs a facelift–so maybe I can muster up the energy before BabyLoves shows up in May. Or maybe not. We’ll see!

full bath


  1. K on January 24, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    What a cool old house! I love the paint color. I know you love your cream towels, but maybe some accent towels that go with the paint to bring the color down to eye level? Mwah mama Nell!

    • Natural Mama Nell on January 24, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      Accent towels are such a great idea. Something to tie that color down with the rest of the bath. You’re totally on! Miss you! Love you, sweet K!

  2. Kate on January 24, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Lovely! I like the purple. And the great thing about towels is, like cloth diapers, the more you wash and dry them the better they get!

    • Natural Mama Nell on January 24, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      You are so right! I have to just embrace it. Like the cloth diapers. Great analogy.

  3. sarah marie on January 26, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    It looks so great! I love the color you picked. It’s nice to see a ‘before and after’ type post that is in an old house! Ours is from around the same time period as yours. We have a bathroom that is the bane of my existence, and we keep ignoring it and hoping for the day when we can afford to completely gut it and start over… but you’ve inspired me to consider working with it a bit and making it better in the meantime! (Although our tiles are avocado green and the room is so small you can practically wash your hands while sitting on the toilet!)

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  7. Megan on October 28, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    For the stool, what about using a fake leather color… Light tan and lavender could go, right? You probably already have this done by now though! I am in love with your home!

    • Natural Mama Nell on October 29, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      OOOh i like the way you think, Megan! I did it in a canvas weight Alexander Henry fabric I already had. But of course, true to style, the kids have already smeared product on it that isn’t coming out. Faux leather could be JUST the thing. Awww thanks. I’m in love too!