Tomboy Home Renovation – Master Bathroom

DSC_1269Welcome to one of the smallest and coziest bathrooms you will ever side- step foot in…

When we first looked at this house I really loved the little bathroom.  I LOVE a tiny bathroom.  BUT they definitely come with their quirks, such as tight quarters, space issues, claustrophobia, etc.  I also knew when I looked at it the second time that this little bathroom really wanted a wallpaper in a nautical theme.

The bathroom was in great shape when we started renovations.  My husband was happy to just paint if I wanted to and leave it at that.  Little did he know I agreed with him, the bathroom didn’t need much work, I just really wanted to wallpaper it.  Here are the before photos…

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Here are the after photos of the finished bathroom.  This bathroom and I are in deep love.  So much I have told everyone it is mine and only for me – I don’t say that but I think it often.  I feel like I am in an underwater dream of navy and aqua waves or surrounded by seagulls whichever you prefer.

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On the shower walls is a white subway tile and white penny round tile for the floor.


The sconce had to be placed above the vanity which I know causes a bad down shadow on your face – terrible for applying makeup but it has not been that bad so far.


We kept the original sink because it was a perfect fit – no room for vanities or pedestals in this room.  The floor is also original and in great shape.

I love this privacy toilet paper holder that is original to the house. It keeps the room looking streamline and nautical.

In a past post I explained about the wallpaper incident with my husband.  We did end up installing it and I am happy with the paper and the quality from Farrow and Ball.  They were fast with shipping and the paper is very nice.  It was installed very fast so we could get the inspection done.  I feel bad that I made everyone on this project jump through hoops on this very high maintenance bathroom but that is what wallpaper does to you – it turns you into a reno-monster.  I am not sure my husband has forgiven me yet but we are getting there.

So now that it is all done there is one thing that bothers me just a little and we did not have the time to address properly.  Under the sink the pipes are exposed but not in a chic French hotel kind of but a really bad white plastic way.  I think the guys working on the job tried to make the pipes blend into the wall by painting them navy blue.  I love the idea and effort, but this happened…


So I saw this in the latest House Beautiful September issue and thought this might work.  Such a quiet pretty bathroom and the fabric skirt looks great in this small space, plus more storage for the ugly necessaries.


Wallpaper – Farrow and Ball

Hardware and fixtures – Restoration Hardware

Medicine cabinet – Lowes

Sconce – Circa Lighting

Faucet –

Shower curtain – Pottery Barn

Floor mat – Waterworks

Sink and floor tile is original