5.04.2011

quick fix to our ugly bathroom

When I dream of a beautiful bathroom, something like this comes to mind.

Interior Nan Procknow and architect Don Ruggles


This bathroom is the opposite of my dream. 
I like the glass block window, but the patterned glass doors make me want to poke my eyes out.

  This is the bathroom our boys/guests share in our new house.  Here is the kicker--this bathroom is at the end of the hall.  So when you enter our home, if you turn left, you will see these crazy doors!  
Um...No.

Have I mentioned I'm not super patient?  
We are not going to make any major changes to this bathroom this year and I don't want to even waste time taking the doors off until we "do" the bathroom for real.

My solution?
Ignore the doors completely and cover them with a shower curtain.
I think it's much better.  Right?  
At least a bit easier on the eyes!
The curtain actually has a tiny mint green stripe that coordinates with the walls, and I didn't think it was too young or theme-y for guests.  I didn't take the rod up to the ceiling because I wanted to keep what was left of the natural light coming in.  

Love these hooks:

Now this is what you see down the hall. 

 Let's ignore the hall itself, the boob light, and the ancient thermostat.  
Like I said, we have a lot of work to do!

Have you ever dealt with ugly shower doors?  
Short of replacing them or riping them out, what was your fix?

22 comments:

  1. YES, it looks very nice!!! No fix for mine yet, though we are almost through with our master bath plan and we will be rippig them out!

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  2. Thanks Cindy! Good luck with your bathroom!

    I should probably mention that the rest of the bathroom (including walls) are not what I would choose. This post is *just* regarding shower doors.

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  3. The shower curtain does wonders! And I love the hooks too!

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  4. Abby, I wonder if this would work?
    http://www.stylenorth.ca/blog/2011/02/strip-brass-with-oven-cleaner/

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  5. I think it's a great solution and I love your curtain- I have to admit though, I love the brass- I'm a steadfast gold/brass lover:)

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  6. I think it was a good call to remove those doors. I like the look of the curtain much better.

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  7. Boob light! I just laughed out loud.

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  8. The shower curtain looks great! My neighbor did the same thing and it makes a huge difference! So far we have changed the doors on our downstairs bathroom but the master still has ugly doors. Luckily we are the only ones who see them!

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  9. Abby great idea. I did the same in my rental apt. since I couldn't take down the doors. The other thing I did was put a liner on the inside, so the only cleaning I ever have to do on them is wiping dust from the runner once in awhile. Hooray for no water spots and the icky that builds up with the glass doors.

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  10. Hi Abby. This is a great solution and looks fantastic. Patience is the hrdest thing, at least for me!

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  11. Abby...that was a great solution and I have done that when staging homes....

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  12. Clever solution, hon! Those are ridiculous with kids, aren't they? That darned track at the bottom... I ripped one of those out of our second house in a bit of a moment once. It actually doesn't leave too much devastation behind.. a little fill here and there... x

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  13. Great interim solution! Boob light had me laughing too!

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  14. That is exactly what I would have done. Love your shower curtain, what a difference a good cover-up will make, You did great,Kathysue

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  15. Oh! At first I was so confused, wondering what I was missing with the shower doors (They looked ok to me)...but then I realized the pattern was ON them. Ugh. I think this is a great cover-up for the time being :)

    I was excited to have glass doors on the shower when we moved in here, but now I wish we just had a curtain - the doors are such a pain to keep clean.

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  16. Wow, great fix and so easy too! The littlest things make such a big difference!

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  17. Much better! I can't understand why glass block was ever popular.

    My dad still occasionally suggests it for projects. I have to kindly remind him it's not the 80's any more and please let me handle the aesthetic end of the business. :)

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  18. WOW! That looks SO much better! Such a thrifty move! Hope you are loving your new place!

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  19. LOL boob light!
    What a quick fix to those shower doors!
    Loving your nautical theme you're carrying throughout your house!

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    Frameless Shower Door has got amazing and new designs of shower doors for your bathrooms.

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