Skip to Content

Working Around “Almond” Bathroom Fixtures

Hi friends!!
This week I’m tackling a long-neglected space –
our hallway bathroom that the kids share and overnight guests use.
 Eventually we’d like to remodel it altogether, but it’s waaaaaay down on the home improvement list.
Our house was built in the 80s and it looks like this bathroom has already been remodeled once so it’s  in pretty good shape – but it has one element that I know many of you face as well…..
dated almond fixtures.
Oh it’s soooooo hard to be me with my endless supply of clean running water and my almond bathroom fixtures. Woe is me.
I actually feel pretty darn lucky that the bathrooms in this house are not more outdated but there’s no reason they can’t be made more aesthetically pleasing.
Here is the kids’ bathroom at our inspection.
In addition to all that cabinetry, there is also a huge closet behind the door. Tons of storage space.
When we moved in I painted the peach walls white, and replaced the knobs and accessories with brushed nickel – those changes alone brightened up the space so much!
Side note: did anyone else out there think that if they installed one of these open toilet paper holders, their kids might actually replace the roll? Only to discover that not only do the sweet little munchkins NOT replace the roll, the roll frequently falls off the handle and rolls across the bathroom floor, essentially TPing your bathroom???? HA.
I spray painted the light fixture and changed out the glass shades, 
but honestly I’ve never been sure which version is more repulsive – what’s your vote??
I know – I’m sorry to assault your eyes!! I should have warned you!!!!
AND I spray painted the faucet. It has looked *okay* for the past 5 years but after daily use by 3 kids and a whole lot of scrubbing over the years, this is happening – 
The biggest designer’s challenge 
is that the vanity and cabinets are off white and the shower……
 *cue the Alfred Hitchcock Psycho music while I pull back the shower curtain*
is “almond”.

The original toilet was almond too, but when we replaced it I bought a white one that will work with a future non-almond bathroom.
Because white.
It’s the only color bathroom fixtures should be.
Not almond. Not avocado green. Not black. Not pink. Not navy blue.
Just clean, classic, timeless white.
Would you agree?

Now we have a vanilla creamsicle yawnfest – the almond shower, creamy vanity and counter, tile floor that leans towards peach, and a white toilet.

The big expensive part of this project (to the tune of $900) is going towards fans for both this bathroom and our master bath. You know what happens in a bathroom without a fan…..
Mildew. I know – it’s really gross!!! And unhealthy. YUCK.
I spent three hours bleaching the heck out of every bit of the walls, ceiling, doors, trim, cabinetry, and shower yesterday (for about the millionth time since we moved here!) and it’s sparkling and clean today. New fans that will exhaust through the attic to the outside get installed on Friday – not all that exciting to the look of the bathroom, but a huge improvement to the functionality!!!!!
This week I am tackling
 how to make the almond tub surround, the off-white cabinetry and the white toilet 
live in perfect harmony.
We’ve been really happy with our master bath that faces the same issues (almond/off-white/white hodgepodge of fixtures and flooring). Knowing that we will eventually gut and remodel this space entirely also, I didn’t want to put a lot of money into it, but a few tweaks made it feel a lot less dated until the bathroom remodels happen someday.
Our tiny master bath started like this:
 and now looks something like this (photos taken a couple years ago)….
long story short, I am going to be the most boring person on earth and do what works!
Use the almond as part of the color scheme, but lighten it up with a lot of white.
Maybe just maybe replace that no-way-around-it-hideous light fixture.
Upgrade this shower curtain and rod situation. 
 (Please note the sparkling clean walls and ceiling!! Thank you.)
And all by the time our very welcomed company arrives Saturday morning!!!!!!
Stay tuned for part two of working around almond bathroom fixtures (and other hideousness)!
Have a great day lovelies!

A Cape Cod Shop & Rustic Wood Love
← Previous
Thoughts On Entertaining When Your House Is Less Than Perfect
Next →


Sunday 10th of July 2016

I am thinking about using some of your ideas, but would kove to see the final product picture. Could you please post or send me one? Thanks!


Wednesday 27th of July 2016

Hi Sarah, I don't think I've posted about that bathroom since then. Painting white and off-white stripes on the walls and using a white shower curtain helped tremendously!

Privet and Holly

Friday 22nd of May 2015

Proud of you for tacklingthat mold issue ~ ugh!

That bath has great bonesand I love the cabinetry!I know you'll work yourLisa magic and it will allcome together perfectly!

Have a wonderful LONGweekend. Happy MemorialDay!

xo Suzanne


Friday 22nd of May 2015

Hey, Lisa! You had me laughing at the toilet paper holder. We have the same kind and my kids do the exact same thing. You're way ahead of the game with the pretty cabinets, and I didn't know the shower was almond until the curtain was pulled back, so there's that. Isn't it nice not being on a six week deadline?

[email protected]

Thursday 21st of May 2015

Oh snap-- I guess I have almond too! It didn't even dawn on me that it was bad or even almond, for that matter, til now! Shucks.

Lori @ Dining Delight

Thursday 21st of May 2015

Love what you did in your master bath making the "almond" look more like a "sand" colour espec with the shells and beach-y accessories. I'm sure you could do the same in this BR and maybe even add some blue to make it even more like you meant it to be beach themed. I actually think the painted light fixture looks great = had to look twice to see that it was the same one!