Part I: Upgrading Our Builders Grade Bathroom - by

An embarrassing “before”….

Here is a glimpse of the beginnings of our bathroom remodel, before pictures can be so embarrassing. So in the name of the blog, I will lose all of my dignity today and share pictures of a room that stays behind lock-and-key when company comes over.  

(Update! see all the updated “after” photos and all the master bath projects here).

We all have rooms like this, right?

Finally we are focusing on our space. Not the living room…not the foyer. Not the kids’ rooms. This is for us. Scroll through the gallery showing our progress, and keep reading to find out why we waited so long…

The wind whips between ours and the neighbor’s house during every storm. During one particularly bad storm, the siding blew off the south side of our house (a lot of neighbors had the same problem). Once the siding was replaced, we still had minor, but annoying water seepage issue (as evidenced around the light switch). It was doing enough damage that it was pointless to fix the wall until we could find the source of the leak. I had to call engineers to trace the leak (we called the builder, too, which was no help). Finally they found the source–and now we can move on and upgrade this space.

We did some patching and we are deciding on a paint color, and settling on a design style + all the architectural embellishments that we want to add to the space (more pictures to come). We waffle between matching “glam” aesthetic in the adjacent rooms, or just going completely off the rails and doing something different.

But Priority #1?

Spare our neighbors from seeing us on the “throne”.

Off to Lowe’s we went directly to the blinds an shades aisle. This qualifies as an emergency DIY, doesn’t it? Before shopping, I checked out Levolor® online who provides and  inspiration gallery.  So going in, I knew what I was doing…and was on a mission.

Lowes Levelor Aisle

Below is my partner in crime who thought it was hysterical that the whole world could (temporarily) see inside the little girls room. I assured her that we were using the other bathrooms in the house until this problem was solved.

My shopping partner at Lowes...

We narrowed down our selection…I wanted white, cordless blinds, instead of the old, clunky shades I once had. A little light in the room will be nice.

Levolor Endcap Display

I’m an impatient DIYer (as many of you know) and what’s cool about Levolor® is that they can cut the blinds and shades right in the store. I chose the Premium Faux Wood CordlessBlinds. Nice, bright, clean-looking, warp-resistant. And cordless…which is soooo 21st century. You can just push the bottom blind upwards to raise it.

Levelor Blinds

Custom Size Now blinds and shades are cut on Levolor® exclusive blind cutting machines. This allows impatient DIYers (like me) to get a custom-cut blind in up to 5 minutes. Then I could take them home same day.

Blind Cutter in Lowes

I have never witnessed this process so I couldn’t wait to see how it was done. I’ve walked right past these machines hundreds of times, and had no idea what they were :-/


Custom Size Now blinds and shades can only be found only at Lowe’s and can be taken home right after cutting.  If you need to shorten the length, you can DIY this yourself. (As seen in this video).

I love this style because it looks exactly like real wood, but the faux wood finish makes them more affordable for budget DIY projects. And it’s perfect in high in humidity spaces (like our bathroom) since they are warp-resistant.

Stay tuned…to witness part II of our bathroom remodel project!  Next we are choosing paint colors, improving storage and working on DIY light fixtures. Be sure to follow along and subscribe to my blog to see what becomes of this space.

Once again, here are all the tutorials that make up this room refresh.

Part 1 “Before” Pictures  |   Part 2 “DIY Industrial Vanity Light” | Part 3 “Vanity Transformed with Paint” | Part 4 “Adding Storage”  | Part 5 “Install Built-in Shelving”  |  Part 6 “The Reveal!” 

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This post is sponsored by Levolor®. All opinions expressed are my own.


Part II: A Sneak Peek

DIY Industrial Light Fixture

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  1. I can’t wait to see the blind up and the remodeled space. Won’t it be nice to have a blind up and privacy in the most important room!

  2. Yes! We all have rooms like that, and yes, I would say that qualifies as a DIY emergency! Can’t wait to see the
    “after” pics…

  3. Oh my goodness, you are too funny. Is the cutting machine loud? I’ve had lumber cut at Lowe’s before and have always had to walk away because the noise is nauseating. I’d really like to watch blinds be cut though. It looks like the bathroom is going to be really beautiful and I can’t wait to see it finished!

  4. I’m working on a (very) neglected room in our home as we speak – a small upstair bedroom that has never had a true purpose. After ten years, it’s finally getting a much needed update. We have wood Levolors all throughout our home. They’re 25 years old and still holding up like a champ. Love them!

  5. Wow, what a project your bath has been. Love your assistant & her photo is too cute! I’m sure you’re looking forward to having privacy in the privy & the Levolor blinds are the perfect choice:)

  6. This is definitely a DIY emergency … ha ha! I can’t wait to see how your room turns out!

  7. I agree… definitely a DIY emergency! Your partner in crime is such a cutie! Glad you were able to save yourself from the “emergency”!

    1. Thanks so my Lala for stopping by!

  8. I’m so excited to have found your blog, Jeanette! Your style is so much like my own. I can’t wait to see your fully finished bathroom with your blinds. I’m a sucker for a good industrial light DIY, so I’ll definitely be checking back for the update on yours. :)

    1. Thanks so much Lauren, I’m so happy to have found yours too, I can see our styles blend very well. I’m so impressed by your projects, love all of your industrial elements! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Why is it that our own private grown-up spaces are always the last ones to get finished?! I’m in the middle of the longest master bathroom reno in history right now, so I know how it goes :)

    1. Isn’t that the truth!