Bathroom Redo (Renderings)

Thank you everyone for your feedback! I’ve narrowed the choices down to just two: the Zinnia Shower Curtain and the Graphic Fabric Shower Curtain.

I’ve made some mock-ups in Photoshop, and you can view larger versions of everything on flickr. Oh, and it may be hard to tell – that’s dark brown (not black) in the first few options.

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What do you think?

85 Responses to “Bathroom Redo (Renderings)”

  1. sherri July 12, 2007 at 12:00 pm #

    #2 – no contest.

  2. Veronica July 12, 2007 at 12:21 pm #

    2, 4, or 6

  3. Susan July 12, 2007 at 1:40 pm #

    One or Three…
    To me, you need to pick an odd. The even number mock-ups don’t tie the countertop in at all. The odd numbers looked at those it was meant like that all along.

  4. Anonymous July 12, 2007 at 1:42 pm #

    #2 or #6 – ALL of your mockups look fantastic!

  5. girl meets glamour July 12, 2007 at 2:24 pm #

    # 2 or 6 is what I’m leaning towards, love the wall color…and these mock ups too :)

  6. Arianne July 12, 2007 at 2:45 pm #

    i think the dark brown mirror and vanity are a must, so among those #2 or #3 are pretty awesome. :)

  7. Anonymous July 12, 2007 at 3:52 pm #

    definitely number 4!

    by the way,i love reading your blog. it gives me tons of ideas. who knows if they’ll ever happen, i’m still stuck renting :(

  8. Mary July 12, 2007 at 3:59 pm #

    Please – for all that is good and holy – do NOT paint the vanity blue! Please! Just resist it! There is absolutely no need to be that matchy-matchy. It will also cause your friends to question your sanity if you embrace the turquoise to that degree.

    I’m leaning towards 5 & 6 just because I like bright white cabinetry in my bathrooms. I would choose #5 if the wall color was warmer, but all in all I think #6 is the winner.

    And by the way, I’m sure that I saw on some DIY show that there is a product out there that allows you to PAINT TILES! So maybe you can do something about that horrific tub surround, afterall. :)

  9. Anna July 12, 2007 at 4:08 pm #

    Hi. I like 2 or 6 too. Funny because I thought I liked the other shower curtain.

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  11. paola July 12, 2007 at 6:09 pm #

    4 definitely. Contemporary and relaxing, makes best use of the toilet and has the nicest shower curtain.

    You are also a photoshop genius. Do you use some sort of program?

  12. sarah * July 12, 2007 at 7:15 pm #

    5! I think the white goes best with the toilet & I like it paired with the warmer tones in that shower curtain.

  13. Donna July 12, 2007 at 7:28 pm #

    #6 looks best, imho! Good luck and can’t wait to see the results.

    I love your library too!

  14. Anonymous July 12, 2007 at 8:23 pm #

    I like 4– it seems more modern and clean. 6 seems a little country to me.

  15. Monica Yvette July 12, 2007 at 8:57 pm #

    I like #3, but what really matters is what you like right? So many choices. I see your dilemma here.

  16. Anonymous July 12, 2007 at 9:11 pm #

    #4, definitely #4!

  17. lauren July 12, 2007 at 10:29 pm #

    I like 5; the contrast of warm shower curtain –> neutral white cabinet –> cool-colored toilet pleases me.

  18. Marion July 13, 2007 at 7:47 am #

    Definitely #5 !

  19. Nicole | Making it Lovely July 13, 2007 at 8:28 am #

    WOW!! I’m still not 100% sure, but everyone has helped me narrow it down. I’ll post again with the version I choose.

    Let me answer a few questions that came up though…


    * Alissa: I don’t have a specific paint color in mind yet – that color was just what I came up with in Photoshop.

    * lsaspacey: I’ll be painting the wood, even if I go with the dark brown. The wood is in terrible condition and I think paint will best freshen it up.

    * Anon: The “Good, Clean, Fun” towels were from Target’s Swell line a few years ago. I should look for those again (I know they’re around here somewhere)!

    * Valerie: Yep, they’re cupcakes! I’ve been wanting them for a while now, and I figured they would be cute little storage in the bathroom.

    * Mary: I think I’ve seen some stuff that will paint over tiles too. I just don’t know if I want to put that much effort into what will (hopefully) be a temporary fix!

    * paola: Thanks. I just use Photoshop.


    Thank you, everyone!


  20. Kate July 13, 2007 at 1:52 pm #

    I like #4 the best. The blue wall mellows the toilet color and the shower curtain with the dark vanity and mirror is very calming. I dig calming bathrooms. The best for long, relaxing baths.

  21. Tonia Conger July 13, 2007 at 3:24 pm #


  22. Vivian Cheng July 13, 2007 at 3:48 pm #

    I like 2, 4 and 6. But as every designer’s nightmare, my potato-head suggestion would be white cabinets with the wall colour from #4. ;)

    Lovely work all around though!

  23. abethh July 15, 2007 at 7:13 am #

    2 pulls everything together and makes the blue toilet/tub go away…

    it’s so neat that you did those mock-ups.

    such a talented girl…she caulks, she hammers, she makes pretty pictures.

    Go for 2!!

  24. Sarah July 15, 2007 at 10:53 am #

    Oh Boy,,,,i totally think Number 2 is the winner. To me it comes across as fresh and sophisticated and modern without being too cute. The colors are serene and calming….kinda spa-like.

  25. Erin Frost July 15, 2007 at 3:34 pm #

    GO FOR #7! Unfortunately, I have your bathroom. But we have the matching turquoise sink as a bonus (wll send pictures if you need some emotional support). The toilet will always be a crazy beacon of turquoise unless you tame it and balance out the room a bit. I bought the zinnia curtain, bathmats and towels to just take it over the top. But your more restained version works.

  26. The Paris Apartment July 15, 2007 at 6:30 pm #

    i love #4…what a great idea and to photoshop and play with it like that…where have i been??

  27. Francy July 15, 2007 at 10:07 pm #

    4 or 8

  28. Ana July 16, 2007 at 6:10 am #

    2 and 4, I think those combinations really play down the sink color.

  29. Kaelinsaurus July 16, 2007 at 7:31 am #

    Definitely #4. I like the dark brown cabinets best.

  30. July 27, 2007 at 12:04 pm #

    I love #1!!

  31. Jenn Ski July 28, 2007 at 10:57 am #


  32. Tallulah Jean August 14, 2007 at 10:05 am #

    I have a question about your mad Photoshop skillz when doing these renderings. I also use Photoshop when I’m considering a decorating change and generally do an okay job, except when I’m changing the color of something, especially walls. I can never manage it in a way that that looks realistic–my efforts are always at odds with the lighting of the picture or something, and it never looks natural.

    What I usually have tried is making a selection of the part I want to change and putting a color overlay it, then bringing down the opacity till I can see the details of the object through it–but doing that always changes the color till it’s not what I wanted. Your renderings look so nice and clean and realistic in comparison! What method do you use for coloring?

  33. Anne September 8, 2007 at 1:11 pm #

    I really like the white cupboard- so fresh!- would like to paint my kitchen cupboards but have been discouraged by contractors. Is there a certain paint and finish you would recommend? Did you sand and prime first?

  34. Nicole | Making it Lovely September 8, 2007 at 5:19 pm #

    Tallulah Jean, I use the color replacement brush, then play around with the dodge and burn tools.

    Anne, we did sand and prime first, and used a semi-gloss finish. The glossier the paint, the more mistakes will show, so try to have a smooth surface to start with, and then paint in smooth even strokes. Good luck!


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