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


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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 *

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  1. Susan says

    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.

  2. 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? :}

  3. says

    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

  4. says

    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!?

  5. Beth says

    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!

  6. Mari says

    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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