August 23, 2022

Transformation Tuesday #83

Happy Transformation Tuesday! I had a busy morning babysitting Luke and Riley, and I am writing this before I go to cross country practice. I'm looking forward to today's practice--I'm going to talk about proper running form (so fun! haha) and then we'll do a light run (I'm sure they're sore from yesterday) and play some active games.

I'm sure I have some before and after photos to post of SOMETHING, but I really need to go through my phone and delete a lot of photos. If I ask Jerry to take a picture of me (or if he just does it on his own) he takes literally about 50 pictures! I don't even look at them all--it's like a moving picture book. Anyway, I've been doing some fun stuff with clothing so hopefully I can find pictures.

Here are a couple of readers' transformations for this week!

My husband and I bought a two family home. This is the bathroom in the tenants unit. The house was built in 1931 and remodeled in the 1970s. This bathroom had the vanity replaced at some point, but was otherwise unchanged since the 1970s. The wall tile is mounted directly onto drywall and in some places in the shower the drywall was rotting and tiles were falling off the wall. 

In the shower, we repaired the falling tiles and rotted drywall, then glued click together vinyl tiles over the old tile. This will stop further water damage to the walls. We kept the yellow cast iron tub, the flooring and vanity.

We sanded all the remaining wall tiles and then painted them white. We replaced the toilet and medicine cabinet, added towel rings and bars and painted the room grey. Total cost was about $500 but it totally transformed the room. We're hoping to get 3-5 years from this mini remodel before we need to fully gut and completely redo it.


Meredith, I am completely stunned that you transformed the bathroom like that for about $500! It looks absolutely amazing and so modern. I'm impressed with all the work you put into it, too! -Katie

I’m not very crafty and don’t have much time for home improvement projects since I work full time and have two boys (ages 7 months and 3 years) but it was important to me that our baby have his own space so I changed our guest room into his nursery.

Then I showed my 3 year old who gasped and said “Mommy! I need a blue wall too so I can match my brother!” (Impossible to say no to that…)  I also took everyone’s advice and swapped his generic bureau knobs for some Star Wars ones and they make me smile every day.


Liz, I love the dark contrast in colors on the walls! If Jerry and I *ever* finish remodeling our bedroom, I've already planned to do a very dark accent wall. Your kids' bedrooms look fantastic--and I love that your three year old wanted to match his brother ;)  (Jerry said the Star Wars knobs are a fantastic choice, haha). -Katie

As always, thank you so much for sharing your transformations with us! If anyone has a transformation to share, just email me a before photo and an after photo, along with your name and a description of the transformation, to: katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com. Let's see the goods! ;)


  1. These are so much fun! Thank you.

  2. Amazing the colors of toilets that abounded in the 60s and 70s. We once lived in a house that was built in the 60s and had never been redone, so one bathroom had a green toilet and matching tub and sink, and the master bathroom had (I kid you not) a purple toilet, matching tub and sink. My kids would tell their friends and their friends would be "NO WAY! I need to see this purple toilet!" Ha.


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