‘Miami Vice’ called; they want our bathroom back

When we bought our home a few years ago, nearly every room was painted in colors that I would describe as Florida, circa 1980s. There were lots of salmons, peaches and even hot pinks as far as the eye could see.

One room we have yet to bring into this millennium is our master bathroom. Here she is in all her current glory:


Even the baseboards are hot pink! The ceiling trim, light fixtures and outlets are black.


The work I want to do in this room is so vast that I’ve decided to break the project up into phases.

Phase I

This phase will include wall and trim painting, a window treatment and some accessorizing. The current floor stays.

Phase II

In this phase, I’ll tackle sink plumbing and lighting fixtures as well as electrical upgrades.

Phase III

This phase will involve a cabinet transformation and hardware switcheroo.

Phase IV

If I’m not broke yet, in this phase I’ll be installing a whirlpool tub. (Cue the oohing and aahing.)

Phase V

In the final phase, I’ll be overhauling the bathroom closet.

You can see I’ve got my work cut out for me!

My inspiration for this bathroom transformation comes from the 2013 Southern Living Idea House in Nashville.

Here are some photos of one of the bathrooms in that house, taken by Rhoda from Southern Hospitality (one of my favorite blogs ever, by the way).





I’m so excited to start on Phase I of this project, particularly because I’m getting some help from The Shutter Store with a gorgeous, yet affordable DIY window treatment.

Get ready because I am going to be rolling up my sleeves, sweating a little (OK, a lot) and probably even crying at some point. But ultimately I’ll be creating a high-end master bathroom look for less that is going to knock your socks off.

Next week the shenanigans begin.

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3 Responses

  1. Penny says:

    Our house is so drab I’d even be happy if it had the Miami Vice bathroom!!! 🙂 Is there any way I can disuade you from the shutters though? I have shutters and they are SUCH A PAIN to clean!!!!!!! I’d yank them all out if I could but hubs was so proud of choosing them and we paid a chunk for them ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE….. If you get the ones (I think Hunter Douglas) that have the open/close mechanism inside the side pieces of the frame that isn’t so bad. But ours, like the ones pictured, have that bar down the middle. So the only way to clean them is to open them and then individually wipe each shutter. And you can’t really dry dust them because the dust sort of sticks to the wood. I use a small mister bottle of water to slightly dampen a rag and then I have to wipe each and every one…..

    Just warning ya…… I hate ’em. I love the new look and color scheme though!!!

    • Susan says:

      Penny, I was concerned about cleaning them too. But the folks at The Shutter Store have been so helpful about answering my cleaning questions. My shutters will swing all the way open so I can clean the windows behind. They will also have a frame thin enough so I can still tilt the windows in to clean. In addition, my slats will open and close, so I can close them, then do a quick dust of all the slats at once (just like I do with my plantation blinds). I’m pretty confident it won’t be a problem to clean them, but I will be doing a review after I get them, so I’ll give the final verdict then. Thanks so much for your input. 🙂

  2. anita roth says:

    Love the bathroom from southern living .Can understand
    why you would lkie to have one like it.
    Don’t work to hard!

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