Winnie's Bathroom // Before + After


Remember a couple weeks ago when I told you we were going down to Portland to work on Winnie’s bathroom at my sister's house? Well it's done! It took a little bit longer than expected (that sunshine and those Portland breweries were calling) but it turned out beautifully!

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I wish I could take credit for the finishes in here, but alas, most everything was picked by the homeowners and a talented local designer. You see this bathroom was part of a much larger renovation of the entire second floor of my sister's home including 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a laundry room. It was such a big project that they enlisted an architect, designer, and contractor with the renovation lasting the better part of a year. When it was all said and done they had an absolutely beautiful second floor except for this bathroom, which was left for my sister and her husband to wrap up.


Here's what the space looked like back in 2016 when my sister and her husband bought the house.

When we came down in early March, the wallpaper had been replaced (professionally...phew!), a new toilet installed, the tub removed, electrical updated, and the ceiling light replaced. The big question was what to do with the floors (that didn't match the rest of the second floor) and how to get it done.

My sister and her husband decided to paint the floors, a decision I wasn't 100% sure about because the wood was in decent condition. But I'm so glad they did it because these floors make this bathroom! During our first work weekend, we removed the plumbing fixtures and helped get the floors prepped and primed for paint (3 coats primer, 3 coats paint in all). And then last weekend, we helped find a few long lost items (aka we went shopping ;) and put the bathroom back together. Obviously, I was super bummed to hang out with my sister over the two work weekends but we managed...;-)

I have to say, I loved all the "OMG are you twins?!" comments on Instagram! While my sister and I used to hear that daily, it's been years since we lived close enough to each other for that. And I sure miss it. My sister and I are super close (like super super) and we miss each other. Our husbands think we're funny but we still talk every day, usually a few times. And thankfully our 6 children love hanging out so they're an easy excuse for frequent visits. Being a twin is awesome!

Now about that bathroom...

Isn't that doorknob beautiful? Apparently it's called a crystal ball knob. Something about the tapered shape of the glass made them hard to produce in the early 1900s. My sister and I found two sets at Hippo Hardware while we were looking for a cabinet latch, and a couple employees filled us in on how rare and cool these door knobs are. This bathroom originally had a brass doorknob when my sister and her husband bought the house, but this doorknob came from one of the many closets that were removed during the second floor renovation.

This old bathroom was full of old, worn brass.  All of it was tarnished with water stains and calcium gunk.  Honestly, this hanging soap dish looked like a goner when I first saw it, but a little warm vinegar bath and a lot of elbow grease brought it back to its cute and charming self again!

The original details add so much charm to this light and bright bathroom.  The claw foot tub. Chunk moldings.  Brass accents.  And this push-button light switch.  Be still my old home loving heart!

This bathroom is just so beautiful.  Winnie is one lucky girl!


floor paint color: BM Kennebunkport Green // trim paint color: BM Frostine // wallpaper // mirror // towels // shower curtain // brass shower riser // ceiling light // bath mat

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