Unmaking a scene.

Unmaking a scene.

Oh man, this one gives me the giggles.  I can’t even imagine the thought process that went into this before bathroom.  But I’ll try.  “Dear, I’ve had a vision for the half-bath.  Close your eyes.  See it with me. Picture being swaddled in grapevines. A space where topiaries abound.  Where wildflowers sprout from the cracks in a faux brick wall.  Where heavenly clouds float high above on the popcorn ceiling.  You’re no longer in a bathroom dear, you’re in your very own secret garden! Can you hear the chirping of baby birds? The tinkling of the waterfall?  Wait. There is no waterfall, that’s uh, something else.  Anyway, it’ll be the most magical pit-stop in all the neighborhood!

While there is no doubt this mural was conceived in love and executed with talent, it had long overstayed its welcome. Jessica had lived with and laughed at it long enough, and was ready for a clean slate that was more her style. She ripped up and replaced everything from the ceiling to the floor, and while it may no longer inspire you to break into a Disney song upon entering, it sure looks fantastic now.

And for all the time and energy that had previously gone into the bathroom side, this poor laundry closet got the shaft.  You’d never know it was actually in the SAME room as the mural of madness, would you?  Not a single bird’s nest in sight, poor thing.  But Jessica knew it deserved to look as good as the rest of the room, so it got a sharp makeover as well.  I love the gray beadboard, almost looks navy. So pretty against the white.  Lot’s more to see on her blog Home With Baxter.

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  1. June 19, 2013 / 11:29 PM

    Love the new bathroom. I think the before was a little scary at night. Dianntha

  2. June 20, 2013 / 1:25 AM

    The bathroom reminded me of our basement wall — – – right before it collapsed! Why did someone want wallpaper showing a cracked wall with blocks missing?
    Thanks for your blog. My sister and I LOVE looking at the upgrades.

  3. June 20, 2013 / 1:26 AM

    Wow, that was kinda harsh for the before. Granted it’s not my style but there is wonderfully overdone and badly overdone. Don’t get more done, I like the after and think its beautiful but sometimes it’s nice to see a room that’s a little different than the current dark colour/stripes/chevron trend.

  4. June 20, 2013 / 1:49 AM

    That mural took so much time! I do like the after of course, but I have to say that the artist put a lot into that bathroom. To have that done is not cheap if they did not do it themselves.

    I really like the picture on the wall.

  5. June 20, 2013 / 1:51 AM

    I MISSED THE FLOOR I LOOOOOVE THAT. Have a sample for my floor too!

  6. June 20, 2013 / 3:23 AM

    Thanks for sharing my bathroom today Lindsey! I just wanted to say that even though my linked blog post doesn’t acknowledge the time or talent that went into painting that mural, I do think the artist is EXTREMELY talented! I believe the previous homeowner’s friend did it for her and I’m sure it was a labor of love. I can recognize its beauty, but just not in my bathroom, lol! Thanks for all your feedback.

  7. June 20, 2013 / 4:03 AM

    Oh, those Shabby Chic 90s! I bet that lady thought (knew?) she had the most up-to-date bath in her town!

    Nice update!

  8. June 20, 2013 / 5:20 AM

    I freaking ADORE the before! I would LOVE to be lying back in my bath and have that to look at. Personally modern is nice, but I love my house to have soul 🙂

  9. June 20, 2013 / 7:58 AM

    A little girl would LOVE that bathroom. My daughter would think it was a fairytale bathroom. I understand the makeover, though. I’m not sure *I’d* want that as my bathroom, but it certainly took a lot of talent to paint that mural.

    Kudos to both bathroom owners! I think both before and after look fab.

  10. June 21, 2013 / 7:07 PM

    The after is so much simpler… which is way more my style, too. I love reading your blog, it is so funny, and always makes me smile.

    P.S. I think you have a runaway comment on here.. something about fraud?

  11. June 23, 2013 / 4:59 AM

    I laughed so hard when I read this post mainly for the fact that I have a four wall mural in my little mans room. Granted he loves it but I rue the day that I have to paint over it, because golly gee that is a lot of primer needed.

  12. Alicia
    May 11, 2014 / 11:49 AM

    Could you share what color and brand of grey you used in your laundry room? I have a hard time picking out grey’s and I LOVE that one! Thanks!!! Love that room 🙂

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