Before & After: Yellow Submarine Bathroom

August 27, 2011 | by Ethan (email) |

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This weeks winner is Michelle from Ten June, and yes the color on your screen is accurate. Her bathroom really was that yellow. For sharing this “epic saga” with us, Michelle will receive a $50 gift card , and we’ll make a $100 donation to Habitat in her honor. To find out how to enter your Before & After story, check out the link above.

The Little Yellow Bathroom

Once upon a time, there was a sweet little yellow bathroom.

I mean… really, really yellow.

The room had this layout.


Then David and I took one of these…

(who are we kidding, David took one of these)
and did some demolition to the sweet yellow bathroom.

(see, I helped some!)

My bubble boy door.

Then, all of the trash and construction debris went into here.

And yes, David and I (alone) got all of the junk in there (plus the old railroad ties that were in our backyard… but that’s another story for another day!). Except for the cast iron bathtub. It got to sit in my front yard for a few months days.

Next, we redesigned the room so that it was customized to our style. You know, just plain awesome. Here’s the layout.

And design plan.

Then it was time to re-build the room from the floor up.


The plumber came and did his magic.

And I helped up the ante on the insulation in the room. We took out the old, tiny window and added a new, bigger window.

The electrical work was rerouted to make way for our new lights and sockets.

And, in one of my favorite moments in the room… we added a pocket door and water closet. Just for a little privacy when the time calls for it, ya know what I mean?


(or in my vision- after)

Then we had the tile guy come out and lay allllll the tile. And I heard angels sing (or was that Justin Bieber?). Oh and the drywall was finally completed. (I am never, ever, ever touching drywall, ever again unless you pay me in pitchers of margaritas).

And I painted the new walls.

We installed a toilet- highlight of my year.

Then we waited a month for our much-anticipated Pottery Barn vanity to arrive.

Got it.
Hated it.
Returned it.
Waited another month for Pottery Barn to pick it back up.

Then decided to DIY our own vanity. Finally finished the vanity project and breathed a big sight of relief.

Why? Because… we’re done.

Without further ado… here is a full tour of our (mostly) do-it-yourself renovated master bathroom!

Before I conclude this epic saga, I have to give major props to David, my man with the plan. And back up plans! And the back up plans for when the back up plan falls through….

But seriously, this bathroom rocks. All the hard work has paid off!
COVER DAVID’S EARS Now it’s time to move on to our next project!

Thanks Michelle!

Thanks Michelle. I really liked how you were able to envision the bathroom you wanted and make that happen. You (and David) did an excellent job!

Habitat for Humanity Factoid

From the Habitat website:

Interior Redesigners team up with Habitat ReStores to create beautiful rooms for shoppers who want to “go green,” save money and still create the “wow” factor when updating their homes.

The idea of working together developed last year between the National Capital Area chapter of IRIS and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia, which operates ReStores in Chantilly and Alexandria, Virginia. Recognizing that both organizations promote reuse, recycling and repurposing, the two teamed up to exhibit at the 2010 Home Show at the nearby Dulles Expo Center.

“We completed two rooms for our area’s home show last year: An urban-chic loft room and a British Colonial/West Indies-inspired master bedroom suite,” said Bridgett Wilson, publicity chair of the National Capital Area Chapter of IRIS. The spectacular results can be viewed at ReDesign with ReStore on Facebook.

The exhibit raised awareness of Habitat and its 700 ReStores around the country that sell new and gently-used donated goods at a fraction of retail prices. ReStores carry furniture, appliances, building materials, countertops, windows, paint, shutters, doors, art, mirrors and just about anything else one puts in or outside a house.

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8 Responses
  1. MissFixIt says:

    I like it a lot but is it wrong that I kinda liked the yellow tiles. The after is far nicer don’t get me wrong. Oh and that first vanity for the plumbing underneath you would of had to had its mostly behind the wlal and done with chrome pipe and none of that quick flex tube. Second vanity makes more sense anyhow for storage. I really like pocket doors I have a few projects here that are going to have them. Was there any reason you opted out for not having a separate tub and shower? Since I only see a large shower.

  2. paintergal says:

    Beee-U-tiful! As a fellow smash- the- old- bathroom- and- make -a- new- one DIY’er, I applaud your project. I know just how much work went into that. I like that we chose the same white subway tile in the shower area. 🙂
    Great job!

  3. MelissaT says:

    Just gorgeous. We are in the throes of a master bathroom reno. This is inspiring me to keep going. I’m impressed by your shower niches. That is a nice little touch that we are trying to add as well.

  4. Joe says:

    Looks great! I have a bathroom with a similar color of yellow tile in it… except it has accents of brown (aren’t those the two colors you DON’T want all over the bathroom?).

    What is up with that floor, it looks seriously questionable, was there anything under it?

  5. Liz says:

    I love it! I’ve been obsessed with gray and white lately so this is totally a design I would choose!

  6. Michelle is just fabulous! Great job!!

  7. conspiracy86 says:

    Wow, the bathroom looks great, I like the glass in the door allows the eye to travel right in.

  8. Amy says:

    LOVE your master bath! We had a contractor install one last summer and it’s fab, except that because of all the iron in our water I couldn’t have grey marble tiles. Boohoo. We still need to do the kids’ bath and wondered where you got the vanity, the length and if you painted it? If you have time, I’d really appreciate a response!

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