Blue and White Bathroom Makeover


Have I ever told you the story of how we found our house?


Or that we barely even looked at any houses before deciding on this one?


Or that we had a 5-7 year plan for this house ….


and here we remain 19 1/2 years later?


Mike was on a business trip.  Our realtor called with a “for sale by owner” property she spotted and thought would be perfect for our 5-7 year plan.  I zipped by during lunch hour …


and got a tour by the owner.


He was a contractor.  And he and his wife lived in the house as they renovated it.  And he shared the details: original mouldings couldn’t be saved because they were painted with outdoor paint; roofs were raised to add more square footage on the second floor; the home was first built in the late 1880’s.  He even showed me a scrapbook of the renovations.


That owner was Lou Manfredini.  A contractor 19 1/2 years ago.  A contractor who, over those 19 1/2 years, has morphed into a local and national celebrity …


with a weekly “Mr. Fixit” WGN radio show … and regular appearances on WGN’s morning TV news program … and regular appearances on the The Today Show …


and Ace Hardware’s expert spokesperson.


So when Ace Harware asked me to be on their blogger team, it seemed destined …


even though the folks at Ace Hardware had no idea that I bought my home from their expert spokesperson, Lou Manfredini.


I bring this up now because I’m going to share with you my “Weekend Project” for Ace Hardware.  A project that involved tackling the second floor bathroom.  The one used by the kids. And a bathroom that, until last weekend, looked exactly the same as it did on the day Lou Manfredini gave me a tour of his “for sale by owner” home …


I know.  I hold my head in shame.


So here’s how the weekend broke down. Oh, and it was a long weekend that started on Friday night …


Friday Night




when I painted the ceiling with Ace Hardware’s ceiling paint.  And painted the beadboard wallpaper (I’ll share how I hung it at a later date) with Clark & Kensington Designer’s White.


Oh, and I painted the upper built-in cabinet with Ace’s Cabinet, Door & Trim paint …






The walls received two coats of Clark & Kensington in Lucky Charm …




The cabinet received a second coats of the Cabinet, Door & Trim paint.





Install and decorate.  The shelves went up.




The upper cabinet door received hardware and was reinstalled.



Even the little details were taken care of … including the hardware.  The hooks for towels …




And I’m happy to report this is working …



no more soggy towels on the floor!



The toilet paper dispenser …




And then the shower curtain.  And bath mat.  To finish it all off …




Phew. It was a long and busy weekend …


Here’s a complete list of supplies supplied to me from Ace Hardware (along with links to to help me with my weekend bathroom remodel project:


Schlage Georgian Privacy Lock in Satin Nickel  —

Franklin Brass® Crestfield® Toilet Paper Holder in Chrome  —

Amerock White/Chrome Globe Coat And Hat Hook —

Amerock® Round Cabinet Knob in Chrome —

Ace Cabinet, Door & Trim Semi-Gloss Alkyd Enamel Paint  —

Interdesign® White York Design Shower Curtain —

Interdesign 34in x 21in Verto Bath Rug in White  —

Amerock® Modern Cabinet Pull In Polished Chrome Finish —

Zenith Metal® 42-72in Tension Rod in Chrome  —

Creative Accents® Wall Plate  —

Interdesign® Forma Soap Pump —

Interdesign 3.1in D x 5.8in H York Toothbrush Stand in Stainless Steel  —


I’m thinking Mr. Lou Manfredini might even be impressed with the final after …


even though it was 19 1/2 years in the making. Winking smile


Linda signature-orange_thumb

This post was written as part of my partnership with Ace Hardware as a member of the Ace Blogger Panel.  However, any and all opinions are my own.

P.S.  You can learn more about how I painted my sink by clicking here …




* Between Naps on the PorchThrifty Decor Chick *


  1. Wow! Busy weekend – looks fantastic!

  2. It looks beautiful! I can’t believe you got it all done in a weekend!

  3. What a great transformation! Love it!

  4. Well all of your work sure paid off! It’s gorgeous Linda!

  5. The room looks super. You really ACED it. How did you like that aloud paint?

  6. Love the daily breakdown you did! It turned out beautifully and it looks so fresh and new now. Amazing work!

  7. Your bathroom makeover looks fantastic no matter how many years it took to get to this project. I have a list a mile long and a budget an inch long, so I bet I’ll have some 19.5 year projects.
    Take care,

  8. Love the paint color on the walls and sink.It’s such a pretty room now. Do you mind sharing where you got the shelves? I am looking for something like them for my own bathroom.

  9. ColleenB. says:

    Man Oh Man, you did have a busy weekend but the final make over looks Awesome.
    Doesn’t look like the same bathroom. You done one heck of a fantastic job.
    Now, you ready to come and do mine? :}

  10. Love the way your bathroom turned out. Where did you get the shelving? I really like them.
    Thanks for sharing.

  11. HOLY CRAP girl!! I can’t even believe you did this in a weekend! It looks so incredibly beautiful! I am dying over that beadboard and the gorgeous white chicness. Beautiful!

    xo Kylie

  12. Will you PLEASE come and makeover my bathroom!?!? I’m still on coat #1 of painting the shower surround….3 months later!

    It’s GORGEOUS…I love the towel hook, the color of your cabinet and your SHELVES. Sigh…I live for shelves…and maybe a faucet. Okay, all I really want for Christmas is for the shower to be finished…and maybe a couple of doors that open and close without use of a hammer and screwdriver.

    You ROCK..and so does Ace and, of course, Lou. Can I call him Lou? figure that I can because you know him….and I know you. That counts, right!?

  13. Wow-looks great. What did you paint the lower cabinet with? You only mention the upper. was it the same paint?

  14. Wow, we have almost the same story – 5 year house, been here for 19 years (and counting), AND I just re-did our 2nd bath! But we didn’t have an awesome contractor living here before us, unfortunately :)

    I’m looking to hang shelves just like yours. Did you buy them or build? A small bath looks so much more airy with floating shelves, I’m just not sure how to go about it.

    Great job on the spruce-up! Looks awesome!

  15. What a transformation in a weekend! It looks beautiful! I love it so much I featured your bathroom paint color on my blog today. Thanks so much for the inspiration, you did a wonderful job. Have a great weekend!

  16. I am curious about the walls … Did you add white panelling??? if so what is it ?? ?I would like this in my bathroom as well!


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