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A New Year and a New Bathroom Remodel

Happy New Year! January is the perfect time for new beginnings, and this year I’m starting a new bathroom remodel that I’ve been wanting to tackle for years.

When we moved into our house four years ago, we loved the layout and how the space worked for our family. We didn’t so much love the 1981 style that infused every room of the house.

Bathroom as Time Capsule

Nowhere was this late-seventies/early-eighties style more troublesome than in our master bathroom.

Brown cabinets, beige walls, and creamy green cultured marble countertops.

Back in its day, this thing was decked out. The green cultured marble countertops, and beigey-brown matching toilet and jetted bathtub just screamed custom 70’s master retreat. This place was NICE. 40 years ago.

Matching brown toilet and tub.

Fast forward to 2020 and it’s gotta go. I haven’t once taken a bath in my bathtub because all I can think about is how those old jetted tubs used to harbor bacteria in the jets. I didn’t want to swim in a soup of someone else’s leftover bathwater. Ewww.

Last year, I painted all the dark wood cabinets white, just to lighten up the place a bit. So it’s not as bad as it was, but it’s still screaming for an update. And I’ve got big plans for a full new bathroom remodel!

White cabinets help, but this bathroom is still dated and dark.

How we’re Remodeling our Master Bath

This will be a bit of a different experience for me, since for once we won’t be doing it ourselves. We decided to hire a contractor (a painful decision, since we have experience with almost every part of this project) to allow us to focus on the rest of our life while the remodel is going on.

Can anyone else relate to neglected kids, piles of take-out boxes, and endless hours on hands and knees while DIY-ing a space? Being able to do everything yourself doesn’t mean you always have to. Sometimes quality of life takes precedence over saving money. Not to mention quality of marriage.

Everything you need to know about painting cabinets, all in one handy ebook. With 2 worksheets to help you get started!

(For more on this subject, see one of my earliest posts: When Not to DIY.)

But don’t worry, I’ll still have plenty to say about the process. (Don’t I always?) I’ll be sharing design plans, tips for budgeting and working with contractors, and hopefully some really fun “after” shots.

New Bathroom Remodel “Before” Pics

To get us started, here are a few more before shots of the bathroom, as it stands now in all it’s pre-80’s beige glory.

Brown jetted tub.
Anyone need a brown jetted tub, complete with handles?
Green cultured marble sink and countertop.
Green cultured marble integrated sink, with single handle plastic and chrome faucet. That’s the stuff of early 80’s legend.
This early 80's bathroom is functional, but it looks dark and dated with lots of brown and beige.
Is there any hope for a dated, dark bathroom like mine? Stay tuned!

Be sure to check back in for bathroom remodeling planning and budgeting ideas, coming soon!

Seattle Bathroom Remodel

Thursday 5th of October 2023

It's inspiring to see how creativity and resourcefulness can transform a space and a great example of how a home improvement project can be a fulfilling journey.


Monday 6th of March 2023

Was the name of the color of the old tub you had Persian Brown by any chance?


Thursday 23rd of March 2023

I don't know because it predated us, but it sure was brown!


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