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Kim's temporary bathroom redo

I mentionned here on DTI a while ago that I was working on another home project but I didn't give away too many details. I FINALLY finished and now it's time to share.

I had grown VERY tired of the ugliness of my main bathroom. One day I hope to gut the space and completely redo every piece of it but in the meantime the ugliness was getting on my last nerve. And I needed a project because I just wasn't busy enough. (HA). So here are a couple photos of the bathroom before I tackled it - and this is how it had been since I bought the home more than two years ago.


Trust me, it was even worse in person. The linoleum floor was scratched to sh*t, and so dirty and stained it was impossible to clean. The main light fixture, medicine cabinet, towel bar, light switch plate, outlet plate, toilet paper holder were ALL made of nasty wood. SO GROSS. I'm pretty sure the cabinet over the toilet was hung upside down. The faucet was probably the cheapest one you could buy and was missing a piece on the front to cover the screw. The walls were white and BORING. There's a small window to the left of the toilet that had bright green plastic blinds hanging. There's a second light fixture on the wall opposite the sink that had a nasty 80s vibe. The whole space was just awful. Until I can gut the room, I decided to do a cheap makeover. Some leftover paint, new inexpensive faucet and lighting, addition of a chair rail, cheap lino peel and stick tiles, some items brought in from other spaces around my house to decorate and VOILA, a temporary fix to keep me from losing my mind.

Many more photos to follow.....


Reader Comments (111)

It looks great!!!! You're really something. Love the black, the contrast and the yellow pop of the chair. What exactly did you do the floor again?

You change the sink but not the cabinet right? Absolutely love it. I hope I'll be able to do as good a transformation to a bathroom next time!

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered Commentertong

You are AMAZING!!!! Love it!

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjawcey

the yellow chair is to die for!! what an amazing job you did (can you come do my bathroom now? :)!! i love the black and white with pops of yellow. beautiful!

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPiper

crazy amazing! I love this

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlojo

Did you PAINT the linoleum floor!?!?!

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda


The sink was left alone, the cabinet was painted black and the doors tossed in the trash. The faucet is new ($35 at Lowes).

The floor is covered in black peel and stick linoleum tiles I found at Rona (stuck on top of the old lino). A box of 40 12" tiles was $35. I initially ran around to all the big home improvement stores looking for white tiles but either no one carried them or they had just been discontinued.

13 Apr 2010 | Registered CommenterKiM

man, i love that ikea fabric. haven't figured out how/where to use it yet, but all the cecilia fabrics are amazing.

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered Commentercvjn

Speaking of that fabric, it came all the way from Australia thanks to Jo. She knows the Ikea here in Ottawa sucks a** and doesn't carry fabrics so she sent it in her latest parcel. And I was happy to put it to use.

13 Apr 2010 | Registered CommenterKiM

Wow - sleek and chic! The faucet looks sooo expensive and I love the graphic print you have chosen for the sink skirt! Would you ever feel like sharing the source for that smart shower curtain framed in black???? ;)

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjudith b.


here you are all talking about this 'temporary' fix you did and how you're going to gut it all later. Totally taking your readers for a ride (they're expecting some little facelift)... and they they scroll down and see THAT!

Kim, you are amazing. That's by far the best 'temporary fix' I have ever seen. Ever. The black totally transforms the space- Bravo!!

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTess Carter

wow :)
love it...quite the transformation!

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne

Certainly doesn't look inexpensive........very classy!

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJan LaFollette

Kim...so glad you did THIS instead of "losing your mind"! It's so fun!

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSparky

that is absolutely AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! i love it!

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered Commentererica

it looks amazing!! great job!!

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjodi

Temporary??? Wow, this is amazing! Really great job

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

Wow, wow, wow!!!! I am speechless. .... okay I'm better now, I'll try to comment without being a dribbling idiot. This is freaking gorgeous!!!! You have stunned and overwhelmed me once again. Love the black floor, the black walls, the chair rail, the white, the mirror, the yellow chair..... everything! The hooks are a marvelous idea. This is insanely gorgeous. I can't get over it. Great job, Kim.

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpeggy

Thanks everyone!

Judith, the shower curtain I found for $39 at Home Outfitters (a division of the Hudson's Bay Company).

13 Apr 2010 | Registered CommenterKiM

woaaa, you call it temporary fix?! It looks so well put together, love the choices you made. Very classy indeed.

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Long time lurker, first time poster. That transformation is beyond comment. Wow. For those of us States-side, there's a similar shower curtain at Target for $29.99.

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Where did you get the light fixture? Love it

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

I'm in the midst of transforming my own bathroom eyesore and yours is an inspiration. I too am using black and white. I adore those hooks - where are they from?

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkate

Love it. The room looks so crisp, so sharp!

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaking it Lovely

I gasped!! Wow! What a transformation and I can't imagine what you have in store when you do gut it. I love everything you did. Awesome!!

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda Landrum

Stunning transformation!!! I love it!!! {big fan of black pain here}... looks amazing Kim, congrats!!

13 Apr 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNuit

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