Sunday, August 16, 2009

My Shrinking Bathroom

Hello ladies. Welcome to the mansion this fine Sunday evening. Hope this finds you all well. I wanted to take a moment and share a little bathroom metamorphosis. If you would like to see scads of Metamorphosis Monday posts hop on over to Between Naps On The Porch.

As I mentioned above, my hall bathroom in the new mansion has experienced a metamorphosis. When we moved in a couple of months ago, this is what the bath looked like...

The walls were white and the trim was dark brown. The furniture was dark brown and there was one small light fixture on the wall above the sink. All the dark trim made the 10 foot tall bathroom look really stark and sterile. The one small window made the tall room look even taller. Our mission was to shrink the bathroom and make it less "chilly."

First of all, we painted the walls and the trim. Then we knocked down the glass shower doors.

I painted the furniture black and added a monogrammed shower curtain (thank you lillian vernon, love her!). These things softened the room, but they didn't do anything to shrink that ceiling ...So...we decided to add a large light fixture from the middle of the ceiling. The light is actually an outdoor light, but the space was large enough to accommodate the fixture. The light addition helped with the height of the room, but the tiny window on the big wall still presented a problem for height and blandness. we go to build a cornice board. We used some cheap plywood to put the board together. The height of the board ended up being 15 inches. We put the board at the top of the window and extended the ends of the board 15 inches to either side of the window. We added curtains that fill the extra 15 inches on either side of the window. The whole thing is set upon two "L" brackets.

Look at that! Instead of three empty feet above the window, now we have only about one. And the window looks much larger. Yippee. We threw in some DIY art, a cute stool, and a bamboo shelf.

And finally, we have a finished bathroom that appears to be shorter and less sterile.
That about does it for the shrinking bathroom. Yall have a great week.



  1. Incredible make-over!!! I love the light fixture! And I love the shower curtain, and the -Oh shoot! I like it all. Great job.

  2. Great makeover! The light fixture looks wonderful in there and I love the mirror! Cute stepstool! You took it from shrinking to stunning! Bravo!


  3. What a wonderful room!! Great idea to use that huge outdoor light to bring the ceiling down -
    I love the sweet footstool with the bird silhouette- so very cute!

  4. Wow, that's a lot of work! Looks MUCH better-Great job!

  5. Wow! It looks great! I've never seen a 10 foot tall bathroom before....what a challenge!

    And that window? I think it would make Nester very, very proud!

  6. Love the light fixture! Room looks great. Much better!

  7. This is so pretty! That does not look like a bathroom that belongs in quarters! Where were you 10 years ago when my dad was active and we moved all the time? :) I know my mom would have loved this blog. What a great source of inspiration for making quarters home.

  8. The transformation is stunning. Love the pretty wall color and the accents of black. Beautiful bathroom. Hugs, Marty

  9. First time visiting Laura.
    I love your MM, so much work, but it is well worth it. Enjoy!
    Happy MM
    Love Claudie

  10. Hi Laura,
    Great blog! My sister has had to decorate a few military mansions over the years. I love what you have done with the bathroom. The light fixture is great!!

  11. I love how you treated the space above the window, brilliant! And the footstool is just adorable!

  12. You did a really nice job with that! I like the idea of the oversized light fixture and the window treatment. When we moved into our house, the previous owners had wallpapered the small powder room navy blue, so I know how your bath must have felt.
    Mary Lou

  13. Wow great job. I love the whole thing, but the window treatment is amazing.

  14. You go military mom..
    I love it. Isn't it fun to put your spin on something. I miss being on base at times but am so totally happy to have a home that I can do whatever I want to...


  15. WOW=I love the black--it looks so amazing.
    I hope you will come for a visit.
    Its So Very Cheri

  16. Looooove it! Oh the cornice and the curtains...awesome...they complete the look! Great job!

  17. wow! my heart skipped a beat when i saw that step stool! so gorgeous! thank you so much for stopping by my blog and making me feel special.


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