Thursday, July 10, 2008

Show & Tell Friday


We bought our house 5 years ago. It was built in 1910 and had so much character and potential. We knew the house would need alot of work but we realized that we didn't have to try to do it overnight or even in the first year. We bought the house intending to be here for a very long time. Since our house is so old, the walls are lathe and plaster rather than sheet rock. Can I even begin to tell you about cracking plaster? Plus, over the years, there's been some settling so needless to say our walls have lots of cracks (character!). My guess is that the sellers, in their attempt to hide all the cracks, wallpapered every single wall in this house. Now, I don't mind wallpaper if it's tasteful and in moderate amounts but the wallpaper in my bedroom was yellow strips with very large purple flowers all over it. It was so busy I could hardly sleep! It was quite a process taking that wallpaper down, dealing with countless cracks and finally ending up with a very calming green. The next project on my list was the bathroom. I wanted it to remind me of the beach (a place I find very relaxing) plus it coordinated very well with my bedroom colors. The picture on top is the "BEFORE." Notice the very, very busy wallpaper!! We finally finished up in there last week. Below you'll find the "AFTERS." I just love my new bathroom!!



Thanks for visiting my show & tell today. If you'd like to read some more, go visit Kelli over at No Place Like Home.

24 comments:

Trusting God said...

I just saw you take these. I put a new pic. up!

ceekay said...

Your bathroom is lovely. The colors are so peaceful. Great job!

DeNiece Barnes said...

Your bathroom is so pretty, I love the shelf with everything on it. Great show and tell stop by and visit me sometime.

Wanita said...

Your bathroom looks so pretty. You did a great job! Thanks for showing us.

Penless Thoughts said...

A wonderful job.
Susan

Seeb said...

I like your taste and colors,wish you luck with other project you can come and see mine.c u:)

Hootin' Anni said...

Fabulous job!!! It's so clam and serene looking now with the pastels and white fixtures. Nice show n tell.

A Hint of Home said...

Very pretty and it looks so soothing in there. Nice job!

Barbara H. said...

It's beautiful! I love that shade of blue. I think my shower curtain matches that wallpaper border. I have a lighthouse theme in mine.

Beth said...

I have always liked that border and considered using it when we redid our bathroom, but it just didn't fit with the rest of the house. Can't wait to see it in person!!

Cookie Sunshine said...

What a beautiful room!
I love it!

Cookie

MyJourneyBack said...

What a lovely new bath. I love the blue and the water/beach theme. It is calming and just lovely. I bet the house is amazing! I would love to see my photo's of it. I love old houses. Thanks for visiting with me today.
Come back again. I'll be visiting you too.
Have a Blessed weekend.

Love Bears All Things said...

I love that border and you did a great job. But most of all, I love the little bears in the last photo. Wonder why?
Mama Bear

Anonymous said...

it looks so preety i would love to do are bathroom like that. love anna you neice

Anonymous said...

it looks so preety i would love to do are bathroom like that. love anna you neice

Jessica said...

The shore is so relaxing - I love how you coordinated the colors of the border and wall colour.

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

Great job! It looks lovely!

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

What a beautiful shade of blue! So soothing--it does make me think of a blue-sky afternoon of sailing!
I know that must have been a lot of work and you have a lovely new bathroom to show for it!
I loved your blog!
Blessings to you!
Claudia O.

Schotzy said...

Beautiful and I know how you feel to finally get it done! it took us ten years to get around to our ustairs bath.I love the bead board!

Mam said...

Love it. I have an ocean themed bathroom too. Framed pictures of shells, and a wreath I made out of seashells, many of which I beachcombed myself in Alaska.
Coincidence.
Nancy

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

I can almost hear the sound of the ocean, how pretty your bathroom is,the colors are very soothing.

nannykim said...

Much much much more sooooooothing---ya gotta love blue and white!!I know what you mean about the plaster and cracks!! I have them even in the tile of the bathroom!! Our house was built in the 40's but it sits on gumbo clay--so there is a settling and more settling. One of the biggest cracks was in the stairwell!! But we have them all over where we don't have tongue and grove or paneling. I was afraid to take the wallpaper down in 2 of the rooms---afraid of what cracks they may reveal so I did the unthinkable and painted over the wall paper--but hey, it looks way way better than the lumpy cracked walls. However, we don't have to try to get the old look, now do we??

Kelli said...

Oh, your bathroom is so pretty and relaxing! I love the special seaside treasures!
~Kelli

~~ said...

I just love the color of your new bathroom... it is so soft.
Patricia