Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Happy Wednesday friends!!

I'm finally up and running again after the October snow storm here in the Northeast this past weekend...unfortunately, we lost power for a few days and internet access for a couple more.
All great now and I'm so excited to show you my totally budget friendly main bathroom redo.
Now remember, that the "burb" house is a 1963 ranch.  This is the bathroom that our kids as well as guests use.  My husband and I did a mini redo about 15 years ago by taking down the awful wallpaper that was in there, replacing the floor tile and the countertop.  At that time, I also stenciled a boarder on the wall.  I have been so done with that stencil and the orange/brown stained vanity for a couple of years now.  We are getting ready to paint the kitchen cabinets very soon and so I thought I'd practice on the OLD bathroom vanity first...I really got in to trying to use things I had around the house (shopping in my attic) to redo this bathroom as well as a couple of new accessories. it is, the finished product!.....sorry...there are tons of pictures!!

this is the after...below are tons of before photos...
from country to cottage...

the before:  flowers, flowers and more flowers.... 
15 year old stencil

the pre painted stained vanity...

still before:
the wall

let the redo begin!!!

Even though I painted the walls a white on top of white,  it took a few coats to cover up that stencil...

The painting of the vanity

I found this Christmas basket in the attic and painted and distressed it to use for tissues !!

We put this little shelf on the wall when we redid this room 15 years ago, so now I painted it white and antiqued it with glaze...I added some ball jars for storage and some other accessories I already had...

One of my favorite things in the redo...I bought scrapbook paper from Michael's and cut and framed it twice.
LOVE this!!

Bad lighting, but there is the other framed paper....I took a plain white frame and used the antiquing glaze to give it some texture.

This was my mom's pitcher...she would have loved that I am  blogging..xo
I used some twigs for texture and added some battery operated lit twigs...

I already had this weathered basket (in the attic)...perfect for my new spa colored towels!!

Simple, but I am LOVING this room now!!

Another old window from this house...I painted this about 3 times...I wanted it to look like I found it on the side of the road...I used this on the wall where that heart shaped wreath was...thinking of hanging a round twiggy wreath on it, but simple is good too...what do you think???

Remember this from one of my summer tag sales??? was pink...I painted it with the same paint I used on the old window, and then wiped some antiquing glaze on top...perfect on the side of the vanity for magazines!! 

new soap dispenser...

A simple, inexpensive way to add a little something to an otherwise plain many scrapbook papers to choose from...this one was perfect with the color scheme I was going for...

At first, I was planning on keeping the old shower curtain, but once I got going...that flowered curtain was all wrong for the space...I found this one and it is PERFECT!!

Here is that old Christmas basket....I told you I was shopping in my own house!!!

simple ball jars for pretty organization

photo taken with me standing in the

Replaced the wooden knobs with these brushed nickel knobs.

I spray painted the hinges nickel... 

Sorry, but here is that larger frame again...close up this time......I'm so happy with it!!!

And these fabulous real wood shutters were here when we bought our house...a coat of paint freshened them up...

Hope you liked it...
Have a great 2nd half of the week!!

xo, Mariaelena

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  1. Great job! It's so much brighter and happier!

  2. Mariaelena, you did a wonderful job on the bathroom. It is gorgeous. What a transformation!

  3. Your bathroom make-over looks great Mariaelena! I'm getting ready to start a mini make-over in our guest bathroom. You've just inspired me to get busy with it.

    Have a wonderful day,

  4. Mariaelena your bathroom makeover looks FABULOUS!! I love that little cabinet you have on the wall and the white shower curtain perfect! Have a great week and we still have to make plans:) Martina

  5. PS- you should link this up to Sherry's (No Minimalist Here Blog) Open House party tonight!

  6. It looks fantastic! You really did a great job. I love the shower curtain & the pretty shelf.

  7. Everything looks just GREAT! I love facelifts like this that don't break the bank.

  8. I love all the changes you have's just beautiful and accessorized so nicely. Love the big window!! What a great place for it!! I also love the pitcher with the branches in it...very pretty!!


  9. may i ask what paint you've used to do your cabinet doors? i used a specialty product from ben moore and it chipped and peeled right off! so much for 'cabinet coat' paint that they market to be so fantastic!

    you can comment back to me on my own blog or email me privately.

  10. Your bathroom redo looks great! It is great when you can save $ redoing house renovations. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Oh, the power of paint! Your bathroom transformation looks wonderful. I love those scrapbook papers you used. Very clever ideas throughout. :)
    - Susan

  12. Wow, what a difference! Paint is the next best thing to a miracle, and for the impact it makes, you can't beat the cost of it! You did a great job of staging and using your treasures to make it charming.

  13. I love the subtle contrast of colors! You did a great job!

  14. I love what you did!! Thanks for sharing! I'm originally from the Hudson River Valley ~ Newburgh! Miss it a ton! Wish you had a SUBSCRIPTION button on your blog so that I can get your post in my email!

  15. You have done a fantastic job on your bathroom...every little detail executed beautifully with a gorgeous result. Love it. I have joined your followers list and invite you to join my followers list; as well,I hope you will grab a blog button. Hugs, Gayle

  16. you go, M!!

    fabulous makeover. i LOVE those original shutters and the window frame. i would tuck a few vintage postcards inside the frame (it'll look undecorated and carefree).

    and i bet the fresh paint smell makes it feel new and fresh. thanks for the kind comments!


  17. That is a great transformation, Mariaelena. I really like the look you went for -- very calming and soothing.

  18. Wow!! Your bathroom looks awesome! I was blog hopping this morning and stumbled across your blog. Love it! We have very similar decorating tastes! I'm now your newest follower and invite you to stop by my blog when you have a minute. Happy Thanksgiving!