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June 6, 2012

Little/Big Bathroom Project

I think I'm quite batty! 
I've attempted to make this bathroom over 3 times in 2 years.  I am promising myself to quit after this at least for a couple of years!
(Yeah right!!)
This is the color it was. A terracotta tone. I wanted to try something very strong in color, but I got tired of it after a couple of years.

 This was before painting began in 2010.

 I chose a soft yellow (Eggnog by Pratt &  Lambert) to put in the room.  It's a nice color but I wasn't sure I liked it right off the bat- but I hated to re-do it.  So I forced myself to make it work. 
The following pictures are my first, 2nd and now third look! (It's only 5 ft. wide by just under 12 ft. deep- hard to take pictures of it)

 Ruby red was my initial color with the tapestry which I stole away and put in my living room. This wasn't all that bad but the decorative red shower curtain was getting spotted and once I took the tapestry away it lost it's luster.
Then I went to a deep rusted coloring which in person seemed to worked well with the yellow.  Something just wasn't right and I was never satisfied.

Now the rest of the story.....

I used my iPhone for a lot of the pictures so the quality will vary.  
Last weekend I asked for help to get my six pictures hung on the wall on the right.  
If I do it there will be 25 holes when I'm done....so I put my faith in Dan's hands. 
Next thing I know the bathroom is being pulled apart and he's decided to addresses the problem area with the tile that has been lurking around for a while.

So he starts by removing the grout, tapping off the tiles and re-doing this area.  The grout lines had cracked and were allowing water to travel downstairs to the other bathroom which ended up making a mess on the ceiling.   That will be another job to repair. 

Hours later he was piecing the puzzle back together. He has the bottom of the whirlpool tub opened up with a fan running (still running) to make sure all is dry underneath.

Now let's back up...
In April around our anniversary we took a drive up north of us to a cute little community called Petoskey.  I found this picture that started me on a new path for this bathroom.  
Then I was shopping on the One King's Lane web site and saw this 
"Fresco" shower curtain and the dots started connecting.

Terrible picture I know...I copied it from my account on their web-site and this was the only picture I could get.  
So I quickly come up with a plan to buy 3 of these and I decided I'm going to hang two on either side of the tub and cut one up to make a valance.
 I decided I wanted more than one picture, so I did some internet research and found the other 5 pictures to make my vision complete.  

While Dan was tearing my bathroom apart, I decided I better get my portion of this project up and running...
I wanted three pieces out of it and I had to find the same pattern. 

I seemed it together matching the pattern as best as I could
These scraps are all that are left.
I even made a pair of tie backs just in case!
The lighting was good this morning so I jumped in to take a few pictures.  The top rod with the valance has to be high enough to allow a person to get through without running into it.  The shower curtains aren't as long as the other window curtains I had used, so I had to keep that rod low enough to get as much length as I could.  When the light is strong like it was this morning you can see the rod through the valance fabric but it will have to do. I didn't have the desire to line the valance because I'd have to line the shower curtains.  My skills are limited in the sewing department.

My brass towel stand might get painted in the dark bronze finish to match the new knobs I put on last year or off white, and I'd like to paint the little laundry door to match the tiles.  
Hubs doesn't know of these thoughts just yet...gotta wait for another day on that one!  I can't afford to change the brass faucets so for now they stay.  I actually don't mind them but it seems the rest of the world has decided it's not as desirable these days!
You see the design that's on the accent tiles has a carved stone look.  The design on the shower curtains seemed quite perfect to go with the tile work and the botanical prints.  I'm a bit of a geek about flowers and gardening in case you've never visited my other "garden" blog...you can check it out here
So this is essentially what I visualized and it came out the way I wanted!
I think they call this block printing.  It's on one side not stitched throughout.
I still have to steam the curtain fabric, clean all the lights, get the bottom of the tub covered back up and put down my new rugs before it's really done but I thought I'd share my little/big bathroom project!

We both made lists this morning of all the little projects we want to do in the next few weeks!
His list was more about "fix it's" and mine was more about "clean/polish/organize"

I'm linking up with Between Naps on the porch
for Metamorphosis Monday
Thanks for stopping by and tell me what you think!


  1. I think you picked the a beautiful color (I liked the first two as well), and your shower curtain is fabulous. I wish I remembered my sewing lessons in junior high! xo

  2. Love the re-decorated bathroom Liz! Where do you find the time? Hats off to you as I can't sew. The pattern on the shower curtain is lovely with the tile pattern. I can only dream of redoing. Hubby feels we decorated once and that should be good enough.

  3. Hi Liz, I love how you pulled everything together! Your inspiration picture's are beautiful! My hubby would do the same thing, you ask for pictures to be hung and next they're doing construction!! ~Marcy

  4. Isn't that just like a man to come in and decide to get something on his Honey-Do list done just when you need to get something creative done in the space??? At least now it's done, though, so you don't have to worry about it...until he paints the laundry cute door and decides he wants to change it out or something! :-) I'm going to have to come up there and show you how to get the holes spaced right the first time using masking tape. It is super easy, and I wish I would have discovered it years ago before making Swiss cheese outta my walls the first time around!

  5. Your bathroom is gorgeous Liz! I love the shower curtain and the gallery wall of prints. Everything is perfect! Great job!

  6. Wow, I'd like to hire your hubby too!! I need some work around our bathroom, lol..So happy for you dear Liz, it looks fabulous, elegant and brand new!! Love the wall with the great prints and the very pretty shower curtain too. I'm bathroom envious!! Thanks for your lovely visit. Enjoy bathing this weekend..heheheehhee

  7. Liz, the first two looks were pretty but this last one is my favorite. The soft colors look so nice and updated. I wouldn't worry about the brass fixtures. We have them and still love them. I think you and your hubby did a fantastic job.------------ Shannon

  8. Very nice look for spring and summer. Soft. Aren't we lucky we have handy husbands? The pictures look wonderful. Great job on the shower curtain and valance.

  9. Love what you did, LIz, and the curtain is beautiful. Oh how wonderful to have someone who just comes in and starts pulling apart the problem areas and fixing them. Send him my way! Thanks for coming by Quirky Vistas and leaving me a nice note. I truly appreciate it.

  10. Wow! What a great revamped! and Mr. of the house really an absolutely smart handyman, §:-) Great job, Mr?

    Liz, you visualized a pretty idea. This is so me. Light and simple elegant.

    Happy Tuesday,

  11. Well I think it's beautiful! I love Petosky by the way. We vacationed there every year when I was a girl growing up. A few years ago my own family went to Harbor Springs for a week so we visited Petosky. Some of the prettiest shoreline in the world. I think your shower curtain turned out excellent. It looks very professional! I moved to WordPress and am slowly figuring things out. Come visit me if you have time. I'm not sure I'm updating in readers and on blog rolls anymore either. I noticed I didn't update on your blog roll. Could you delete me and put me in again? Sorry for the trouble. Don't work to hard!

  12. I love your bathroom. You did an amazing job on your shower curtain. Love your flower prints too.


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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