Bye bye blue bathroom

Demolition of the spare bathroom (AKA the girls’ bathroom, AKA ‘Blue’) started when we were on vacation in the OBX.  Since 2006 when we bought the house we have been living with this blue lagoon of a bathroom.  Old Blue was horribly designed, sore on the eyes and that counter-top is seizure worthy no?


It’s all so…blue.

This is how it looked when we bought the house in 2006.  Cause blue tile is complemented so well with blue window coverings and blue shower curtains.


the theme here is…blue!

I’ve already lamented on the structural/functional hatred of this room but here are some of the aesthetic and design things I hated about this bathroom:

  • Must *everything* be blue?
  • The swirly groovy faux marble counter-top
  • The faucet was hard as hell to turn off and on for me much less Syd.
  • The tile would sometimes pop up in places
  • There was this strange section below the vanity right as you walked in that wasn’t tiled and there was no dry wall up…no idea why…maybe they ran out of supplies?
  • The cabinet hardware on the vanity would sometimes catch on Sydney’s shirt hem trapping her in place least she rip her shirt.
  • A linen closet that was 40% useless space due to oddly hung shelving.

It is safe to say this wasn’t the highlight room of our house.  I was glad to see it go…and when we returned from vacation the demo was done and new dry wall and a tub were in place.


in progress (and my thought process in counter top choosing).

The largest part of the project, as for any bathroom, is the tile. This time around…we went big. Bigger tile makes things look bigger and we needed all the help we could get. I love the choice. It’s funny to think we picked this tile out 2 weeks before I delivered Ingrid. The sales man probably thought we were crazy as our decision-making style is blunt and efficient. We are pros at this by now.


tile is pretty

A few weeks ago it become a functional bathroom for us after the shower plumbing was complete and the toilet went in.


kohler is pretty

I’m ecstatic with how this room turned out. The decisions we made on reconfiguration were worth the extra $$ spent.


floating vanity with room for a stool

The thoughtful functionality for children (floating vanity so a step stool can be kicked under, and variable height shower head), guests (lots of hooks for towels), and….someday teenage girls (lots of storage! and lots of outlets!) will hopefully be appreciated for years to come.


view as you enter

There are still a few finishing touches that need completed; that space on the vanity behind the shower will be pull out shelves, and there are some hooks that need to be drilled into the shower for hanging wash rags…and of course it still needs painted; but for now it’s a completely functional bathroom that is a huge improvement upon the old and it only took 3 weeks!

Since this is in-fact the tiniest room on earth it has been a challenge to get a decent picture of the space but hopefully you can make some sense with the photos on Flickr.


  1. Looks awesome!

  2. I remember that ugly bathroom…glad you were able to fix it up finally! Love the vanity, especially how you can kick that footstool underneath. Wish we could do that. Our kids need to grow! 🙂

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