Completed: Bathroom Update + New Shower Curtain!

22 May

WHAT UP FOLKS it’s time for my yearly home decor sewing post πŸ˜›

Bathroom Update!

I actually don’t mind this sort of sewing – it’s certainly not something that I would do for income (past Lauren has been there, done that. Ooh, fun fact – I sewed curtains for this guy’s house once for a feature in Better Homes & Gardens lol y’all I can’t make this shit up), but it’s a fun sort of puzzle that requires some mental energy upfront (good) with lots of mindless making once you’ve passed that peak (even better). And, while it’s definitely not cheaper than buying something from Target, it is definitely the least expensive way to have custom soft goods in your home. There is a reason why this shit costs so much to have made – it’s a lot of work!

Anyway, I’ll get back to the whole point of this post! My updated bathroom! Let’s start with a series of before photos:

Bathroom Update - the before

Bathroom Update - the before

Bathroom Update - the before

This pretty close to how the bathroom looked when I first moved into my house. By the time this photo was taken, I had already made a few changes – for once, I changed out the mirror (the original one was just some cheap $25 mirror with a black frame that I’m sure the sellers slapped in at the last minute). I also added a curved shower rod and some hooks to hang towels and toilet paper. Those updates were fine for while I was still unpacking and setting up, but now that the house is in a “normal” state I am ready to really get started on the fun updates!

The main thing I wanted to do was repaint the room. The sellers had everything painted this same shade of gray, I guess to help sell the house to make it look a little more modern and trendy. They also painted all the doors, and some of the window frames, black. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a reasonably inoffensive gray, and I totally get if that’s your thing. More power to you, etc. But, gray is NOT my thing, and now that I can I’m gonna paint every fucking room in this house. It’s been a slow process (I currently have the kitchen & studio changed to white, plus now this room), mostly delayed due to paint color debates. The idea for this coral came pretty quickly, and once I’d decided on the color I got to go on the adventure of finding the right decor items to finish out the space. At some point I’d love to change the flooring to something less grey – however, that laminate is brand-new and I don’t see a point in ripping up a perfectly functional floor so the grey floor stays for now.

Bathroom Update!

Bathroom Update!

The paint color is “Simply Coral” by BehrΒ (edit: Update, the paint is actually by Valspar. I don’t know why I said Behr!) (I know, riveting name choice there). I painted this on a Saturday afternoon, leaving it overnight to do the 3rd coat first thing in the morning. Yes, 3 coats! Despite this gray being fairly light, it did take a bit of effort to get full coverage! Which wasn’t too bad, due to the wainscotting and shower liner taking up most of the wallspace in this tiny room. Also, I feel like it’s worth noting that I actually took some extra effort with this project, including taping off the edges (I am actually really good at edging with an angled brush, but there were so many tight angles in this room that it made sense to take the extra time to tape everything off. Just so we are clear, I still managed to get paint on the ceiling and door trim haha), waiting for the paint to properly dry between coats, and actually doing that third coat (even though 2 would have been “good enough.”). Since I know I’m going to be in this house for an indefinite amount of time – and any poorly done projects will eventually need to be fixed by, well, ME – I really want to do things right!

Bathroom Update!

Anyway, sorry to go on so long about painting! There is a sewing purpose to this post, I swear! Because I made the shower curtain! I actually was not planning on doing this – I am perfectly happy to pay someone else (i.e., a manufacturer) to do my home decor sewing so that I don’t have to. However, I had a specific vision in mind that was apparently impossible to fill! Everything I found was either the wrong colors, bad proportions (I didn’t want leaves that were, like, 5′ long haha) or just didn’t look quite right. The few that I did find that were passable were either 1. Printed directly on plastic, which imho just looks really cheap and was not the look I was necessarily going for! or; 2. Quite expensive (more than twice what I was willing to pay), but not necessarily good enough to warrant the splurge. I am happy to pay extra if I’m getting exactly what I want, but in this case I was not. After a couple weeks of looking, I came to terms with the fact that I’d probably have to sew my own and took a look at some of the home decor offerings on Mood Fabrics. And – lo and behold – my perfect fabric was waiting for me! This tropical home decor print ticked off all the right boxes – medium weight with a nice hanging drape, a beautiful texture that adds some visual interest, and a print with the right colors, proportions, and randomness. This fabric actually comes in a few colors, but I chose the dark green because I thought it would look best with my coral.

Bathroom Update!

Bathroom Update!

I bought 3.5 yards, which put me right at my limit for my monthly allowance. This amount was sufficient, however, a full 4 yards would have been perfect in retrospect. Due to minor fabric limitations, I didn’t have *quite* enough to get the full length that I wanted (more on that in a minute), but I am still pretty happy with the end result!

Before I started sewing, I had to do some basic math so I’d know what dimensions to cut everything to. Funny, this actually isn’t the first shower curtain I’ve ever made – I recall sewing a black one about 10 years ago for a bathroom redo (actually, I’m pretty sure that’s around the same that I bought these curtain hooks HAHA)– but it has definitely been a looong time time I have embarked on this endeavor, and furthermore, I’m definitely a better seamstress now than I was back then!

Bathroom Update!

To start, I measured my current shower curtain and wrote those numbers down (68β€³ wide by 71.5β€³ long, which I think is pretty standard). I then added in seam allowances, which gave me cutting dimensions of 69.5β€³ wide and 75.5β€³ long. My fabric is only 55″ wide, which meant I did not have quite enough for the full width. And, while 3.5 yards sound like an ass load of fabric – when you cut it in half lengthwise, you only end up with 63″ in length and you will recall that I needed nearly 10″ more than that for my length. Hence why getting the full 4 yards – or even a little more than that – would have been more sufficient. Oh well! I knew going into this that I would need to piece my fabric, but upon receiving the whole piece I realized that the scattered and random print would not lend itself well to matching, which meant a seam right down the middle of the curtain would look pretty shitty. So instead, I pieced along either side of the curtain, adding side panels that were approximately 7.25β€³ wide. Having them on either side makes them look intentional, I think, and doesn’t make the unmatched design look as jarring. I sewed these on with flat-felled seams, which, again, I think makes it look a bit more intentional.

To preserve as much length as possible, I used leftover fabric (after piecing the sides) to add facings to the top and bottom of the curtain. By using a 1/4″ seam allowance, I only lost about 1/2″ in total which keeps the curtain from being too short. With the hem being 1β€³ and the top taking about 3β€³ of fabric (as it is turned the full amount twice), I was able to save quite a bit of length by doing this! I think adding a trim to the bottom – such as a pom pom trim or even a fringe! – would look really cute as well as add some length, but I haven’t found anything I like yet so, current length certainly works for now πŸ™‚

Anyway, once I had my dimensions figured out and my plan written down, the sewing part was very easy and relatively mindless! I pressed all my edges and topstitched with matching thread, added my facings and understitched and topstitched, then sewed the button holes along the top edge for the curtain hooks. I used my old curtain to help me get the spacing right, and then sat and waited while my machine sewed 12 buttonholes. LOL. Interestingly, I did not use interfacing for this part. The original curtain does not use it, so I decided to go with their lead. Since the fabric at the top is turned twice, there are plenty of layers behind the buttonhole for stability. And since I am not using the buttonhole very frequently, there’s not a lot of wear happening up there so I think the uninterfaced part is fine. Time will tell!

All in all, I spent about 3 hours on this project. That included all the measuring, cutting, and sewing. Obviously with the cost of the fabric, this was not a money-saving project – but it could be, if you used less expensive fabric. For me, it was a way to get exactly what I wanted and I could not be more thrilled with the outcome. I especially loved figuring out ways to solve the puzzle of getting this to work with the amount of fabric that I had.

Bathroom Update!

Bathroom Update!

Oh! One last update I did – I added some color to the mirror. I’ve actually had that mirror for many years (I bought in my early 20s, from a thrift store for a solid $24.99), and it’s changed colors a few times as well as moved from room to room. It’s also gone through a few repairs, but it still hanging out strong! Like I mentioned, the original mirror in this bathroom was really boring and uninspiring, but as soon as I saw it I knew I could replace it with something more fun! I wasn’t terribly thrilled with how the plain creamy white frame looked in the bathroom, so for fun I used my coral paint to color in the flowers. It’s a very slight update but I really love the way it looks!

Bathroom Update!

This was a really fun project to work on, and surprisingly not too expensive when all was said and done! Here’s a cost breakdown of all my updates:
– Paint: $36 – I only needed about 1/2 a gallon (Lowes)
– Shower curtain: c/o Mood Fabrics (price would have been $104.95 without my allowance, though!)
– New bath rug: $24.99 (Walmart)
– Towels: Approximately $100~ (Target) (I don’t have an accurate amount since I bought them in phases, so this is just an estimate. Also, new towels definitely aren’t necessary but I have been wanting to replace mine for a while so I used this as an excuse! Buying towels specifically to match my bathroom sure feels grown-up lol)
– Wicker Shelf: $8 (Nashville Flea Market) (fun story: I offered the guy $10 for this shelf and he haggled me DOWN to $8! What!!)
Plants: The one on the windowsill was a cutting from my mom, in a vase that I got from a wedding. So, free! The one on the shelf was $9 from Lowes.
Make-up Mirror: $4.99 (Ikea)
Towel hooks (silver): $.499 (Ikea)
Hand towel hook (lemon): $1 (Nashville Flea Market)
Window Privacy film: $13 (Amazon)
Monstera Leaf Painting: Painted by me! Eventually I’d like to build a simple frame and hang it on the wall.
I also changed out the light fixture globes, although I don’t have a before photo of what used to be there! (I tried to find a photo and Google is failing me… imagine a shallow glass shade. Believe me when I say it looked terrible.) These came from Habitat for Humanity and were $6 for both. Eventually I’d like to replace these with something that looks like flowers, but they are good enough for now!

Bathroom Update!

ANYWAY I guess that about wraps this post up! I am really happy with how the bathroom turned out – it brings me joy just to be in there now! And as an added bonus, coral is a SUPER flattering color for me, so I basically am always feeling my look when I’m getting ready in the morning haha.

I’m not sure what room I want to work on next, but I’m excited regardless – I feel like this house is one big neverending art project, and I am here for it!

** Note: The fabrics used in this project were provided to me in exchange for my participation in the Mood Sewing Network. All opinions are my own!

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33 Responses to “Completed: Bathroom Update + New Shower Curtain!”

  1. suzanne May 22, 2019 at 11:44 am #

    I didn’t notice the grey floor until you pointed it out! A lovely, cheerful bath! (I’ve got one in grey and I HATE IT. But haven’t done anything about it.)

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2019 at 11:57 am #

      Thank you! I’m hoping with everything happy going on in the bathroom, the grey floor just doesn’t get noticed πŸ™‚ ha!

  2. Mertxe May 22, 2019 at 11:53 am #

    Whaaaat? You moved house again? I missed it! Last move I remember you went to live with somebody else… Are you on your own now? Where is it? Can we see more pics of it? What about your sewing space? Have you shown that yet? I like your house posts a lot! Your bathroom looks lovely, great colour choice, and fantastic curtain.

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2019 at 11:58 am #

      LOL if you’re talking about when I moved to live with my best friend, I’ve moved three times since that! I bought this house in March so hopefully this will be the last time I move. I have mentioned it a few times on the blog but I haven’t posted any photos until this post. If you want to see more of it there is loads on my Instagram – @LLADYBIRD

  3. Deborah May 22, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

    Thanks for the helpful information. Blessings on you for making all those buttonholes. Have seen that fabric on Mood. With a farmer husband and adult son who also farms, three grandkids, 6 adult children (including their respective spouses) and ONE bathroom with a shower, we cannot have anything this nice. Have done many home decor projects in my poverty stricken youth (30 plus years ago when fabric was less expensive and sewing actually saved money) but never a shower curtain. You may have inspired me to sew one now.

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2019 at 5:04 pm #

      Oh my gosh, hat’s off to you for sharing one bathroom with that many people!! My family lived in a mobile home briefly while my parents were having their house built, and between the 6 of us we also shared 1 bathroom. That was crazy enough, but yours sounds crazier!

  4. Lori B. May 22, 2019 at 1:03 pm #

    So cute! I love the paint colour. I’ve painted about a bazillion rooms in my life and hands down the very best paint I’ve ever used is Benjamin Moore Aura. It costs more than other brands but I rarely have to do more than a single coat. Thought it was worth mentioning since it sounds like you have a lot of grey to paint out over the next while. πŸ™‚

    • Tiggy's mom May 22, 2019 at 1:22 pm #

      Another tip-if you use a primer-have them tint it for you. The paint store can add colorant to the primer or you can tint the primer yourself just by adding some of the colored paint to it. ***BE VERRRY sure the primer and paint are compatible before mixing the two together- do your research. Happy painting πŸ™‚

      • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2019 at 5:06 pm #

        Thank you! I generally buy paint with the primer already mixed in, but I will keep this in mind if I have a painting task that requires priming first πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2019 at 5:05 pm #

      Thank you for the tip! I will have to look into it. So far I’ve painted with Sherwin-Williams and Behr, but I’m always open to any possibility that might eliminate multiple coats πŸ™‚

  5. Tiggys mom May 22, 2019 at 1:10 pm #

    Looks great, always like everything you do πŸ™‚ I really like your floor, it looks like lightly weathered wood, giving a very tropical, coastal vibe…!!

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2019 at 5:07 pm #

      Man, I would give you that floor if I could! Ha! It looks pretty in the photos, but in real life it is very, very gray. It gets a lot of compliments in pictures, not so much in real life πŸ™‚

  6. Ali May 22, 2019 at 1:19 pm #

    I need to rip out my bathroom cabinets and was wondering if I’d want to redo the floor, too. But then you have to deal with the toilet, and if it ain’t broke….

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2019 at 5:07 pm #

      Oh man, I’d do it all at once! Then the whole thing is finished and you don’t have to worry about it later down the line πŸ™‚

  7. kssews May 22, 2019 at 3:06 pm #

    I truly hate painting so, bravo! And good call on the shower curtain piecing. It looks great!

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2019 at 5:08 pm #

      Thank you! It’s a good thing I don’t mind painting because I have a lot that needs to be done! πŸ™‚

  8. Kathleen May 22, 2019 at 7:10 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful! I love the coral paint and green leaf shower curtain. You really kicked that bath up a notch. Be careful with the laminate, it doesn’t like the water. By the way, love your blog! You are a most accomplished sewist and an inspiration to me. Keep up 5he good work! I do miss the Vogue pattern reviews, tho 😊

    • LLADYBIRD May 23, 2019 at 9:37 am #

      I was told by several people (my realtor, my home inspector, my pest control guy… and my mom, haha) that that specific laminate actually is 100% waterproof. That’s not to say that I would leave standing water on the floor, ever, but it is nice to know!

      And I’m still open to doing Vogue reviews! But TBH, the last several seasons haven’t had anything worth reviewing. They really aren’t making WTF patterns anymore. And I’m not gonna half-ass something just for the sake of content… you know I gotta whole-ass everything πŸ™‚

  9. Kathleen May 22, 2019 at 7:18 pm #

    Oops! Don’t know how I got the blooper. Should be β€œthe” 🀣

  10. Heather Myers May 22, 2019 at 9:57 pm #

    Looks great! Love the coral and green. I’ve never been able to get Behr paint to cover – Benjamin Moore costs more but slides on easily and covers really well! Just used it on the outside trim on my house.😊

    • LLADYBIRD May 23, 2019 at 9:38 am #

      I just realized that this isn’t even Behr paint! HAHA! It’s Valspar (I don’t remember which specific one but it was around $40/can so definitely not their cheapest one). I haven’t tried BM but I’m open to checking it out! I would much rather pay more up front and have less work on my end for sure!

  11. turinahira May 22, 2019 at 11:45 pm #

    Love the makeover. The bathroom is so cute now, beats the boring chocolate brown we painted my parents-in-laws bathroom one holiday. The little touches really make the whole look, the mirror is gorgeous. Love the monstera painting!

  12. Kit May 23, 2019 at 5:47 am #

    Love it! You would be surprised how a warm tone like a coral will reflect in the mirror and make you look rosier when you gaze at your reflection. It’s all fabulous, like everything you do!

    • LLADYBIRD May 23, 2019 at 9:38 am #

      Oh yeah, that’s exactly why I painted the room that color. It’s a great color for me, makes me look real good when I’m getting ready in the morning lol

  13. Inclement May 23, 2019 at 1:52 pm #

    1 – I love all this, and it reminds me a bit of a certain blouse with black piping which 2 – really must have its picture taken in your front yard amongst its garden cousins πŸ˜‰ .

    3 – can this go on my “I hate real estate agents” list, or is that unfair? If that agent told those sellers they had to remodel anything that was perhaps actually nice… grr.

    4 – am really, really happy for you and your delightful house – congratulations πŸ˜€ (and please do keep posting about it if you want – anyone who might be here only for the sewing can skip those!)

    • LLADYBIRD May 24, 2019 at 10:32 am #

      Yeah, my understanding is that the sellers originally put the house on the market as-is and it didn’t get any attention, so they started “updating” things to appeal to potential buyers. Hence the grey rooms, black doors, grey laminate flooring (ugh so much grey). I actually don’t mind the bathroom remodel as I think it was done pretty tastefully, but I bet you MONEY it was pink before! The good news is that they didn’t get a chance to paint over the knotty pine kitchen cabinets, so at least that was untouched.

      And thank you! I love this lil’ house so much and am looking forward to updating it! I will post as I have rooms that relate to sewing projects; however, if you want to see more regular updates you can also check my instagram @LLADYBIRD πŸ™‚

  14. Beth May 23, 2019 at 3:01 pm #

    One big never-ending art project (LOVE that) — sounds like here! It’s taken me much longer than I thought it would to rework things at my house, but that’s partly because I didn’t know just how I wanted to change things. It takes the luxury of living in a place for awhile to get those out-of-nowhere flashes of brilliant inspiration. Like painting the flowers on your mirror to match the coral walls! And the story of your wicker shelf is hilarious — hope you have many more experiences like this! Now, back to staining and finishing my sewing table, redoing the kitchen cabinets, planting a ton of plants in the back garden, getting a deer fence built….. Here’s to never-ending art projects. Yay!

    • LLADYBIRD May 24, 2019 at 10:33 am #

      This is so true! I want to change everything IMMEDIATELY but I’m making myself wait to see what exactly the space wants. I know it doesn’t want to be grey but what *does* it want to be? I’m excited to find out! And yes, never-ending art project is my favorite way to describe it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  15. Mem May 26, 2019 at 2:15 am #

    Love your bathroom makeover . The curtain looks just right . I have some questions though . I am assuming that the curtain isn’t waterproof as it’s home dec fabric .? How does that work ? Or did you line it with something to keep it dry ?

    • LLADYBIRD May 27, 2019 at 9:40 am #

      Correct, the curtain is not waterproof. Like with all cloth shower curtains, you need a plastic shower curtain liner on the inside to keep the water from coming out.

  16. Cheryl August 24, 2019 at 5:08 pm #

    I know this is an older post – but I just found you! Love the blog and your style (writing & sewing) and hope to see a new post soon.

    I have an old sewing book – from the forties probably – and splitting one panel to use on the sides was the preferred method for many home dec projects (curtains, drapes, bedspreads, etc.) that required wider fabric. If you plan for the pattern repeat you can get it to match up but you have to have your measurements with you when you purchase the fabric. I’ve also used nice sheets when wide widths are required – flat sheets with a fancy top hem make pretty shower curtains – just cut & re-hem at the bottom edge if necessary.

    Anyway – love the bathroom! Such a fun tropical vibe – I was almost expecting a pink flamingo somewhere.

    • LLADYBIRD August 26, 2019 at 4:32 am #

      Ha! Well I thought about including a pink flamingo, but it seemed a liiiiitle too obvious. So instead I have a bunch in my front yard LOL

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