Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Finished Project - Upstairs Bathroom

Yesterday I showed you a project in our house that is still very much in the works.  I will keep you posted on what kind of progress we make with those stairs.

Today I'm going to switch gears and show you one project that is actually complete - our upstairs bathroom.

Originally our house had 4 bedrooms upstairs but no upstairs bath.  The one and only bathroom was dowstairs and that only had a shower stall with no tub.  (Interesting side note - that downstairs bathroom was actually an addition to the house.  It wasn't until the original owners of this house got older and needed the convenience of an indoor toilet that it was added.  Prior to that, their only 'bathroom' was an outhouse.  So, I guess we were lucky to have any bathroom at all!)

We decided to turn the smallest of the upstairs bedrooms into a bathroom.  Yes.  We lost a bedroom (which at this point with 4 boys it might be nice to have another bedroom) but we decided the benefits of the upstairs bathroom outweighed the loss of the bedroom.  Plus, I was pregnant with our first son at the time we began the bathroom project and I can well remember lugging my pregnant body up and down the stairs in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.  I was more than ready to have one upstairs!

Anyway, with no further ado.  Here is our upstairs bathroom....

Looking in from the doorway.  There's our big soaker tub.  The funny thing is I thought I'd relax in that big soaker tub all the time, and I almost never do.  But, we can fit many boys in a one time for their baths!

Looking to the left of the bathroom

Looking to the other side.  The vanity was actually a Re-Store (benefits Habitat for Humanity) purchase.  You can also see my full hamper in the corner.  And, I recently discovered a great use for a clothes tree my grandfather made.  It makes a great place to hang towels (I often re-use towels for the boys instead of washing the towels after each bath)!  So much better than picking them up off bedroom floors!

 The exposed beams used to be part of the attic floor.  You can tell we only had one child at the time we did this project because we went all out!  We extended the ceiling all the way up to what had been the attic ceiling.

My only regret with this project is that we chose not to put a shower stall into this bathroom.  Since my husband and I primarily takes showers as opposed to baths we still run to the downstairs bathroom for that purpose.

Come visit me tomorrow when I show you our bedrooms.


  1. I like it! And I know my kiddos would love a tub like that -- swimming!

    Have a wonderful afternoon.


  2. oh I have bathroom envy as does my 6yo who is sitting with me. His comment was "I want that sink" out of all the things to say. I to have a downstairs after the fact added on bathroom. It is so small and cold. But it is better than out side. I think your bathroom is great. I love the ceiling. I love the space. You id a great job.

  3. It's lovely! I'd love to have a bath like that but it would probably end as your story does, with boys in the tub and Mom grabbing a shower.

    You did a fantastic job. I love the beams and the effect with the ceiling. It creates a very open space that would be wonderful to relax in (when given the chance).

  4. It looks nice. I love the colors.

  5. It's gorgeous!! I really like the exposed beams. I'm thoroughly enjoying your house tour.

  6. Lovely, lovely, lovely. I am so excited you went to Habitat. We know when/if we move we will have to be doing a lot of renovations and Habitat is just where i want to shop! We have a big tub and in seven years, I have used it once! I was pregnant with #2 and thought it would be so relaxing, ha! I got in and then I couldn't get out! So terrible. My kids however love it.

  7. Love it, Karen! Just one question! Is that that the first room on the left at the top of the steps? I cant tell which room it is...sorry maybe I wasnt paying attention on your tour! :)


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