From my initial design board to the finishing touches, it was worth all the work. There's something so rewarding about making a vision come to life and doing it ourselves. We started demo in February, but then life got busy and spring came...then summer.... and yeahhhh.
We jumped back in this fall and met our goal of finishing before Christmas! And a week to spare!
From plumbing hassles, to bad knees... it's all in there! The before and after photos will tell the story.
The final product ended up being super close to the design board we started with. I decided to go with a bolder floor than the initial plan of marble.
The porcelain floor tile and the live edge vanity base make bold statements. The space is so small that I wanted a few key parts to make big impact.
Before & After
Love The Little Details
It's a tiny little bathroom but it shines up nice! Next week our son and daughter will be home for Christmas and I'm so excited for them to have this new space to use.... bubble bath provided!
Ta-Daaa! It took long enough, am I right? Seeing these photos, the before & after, I can't get over how much larger the room appears. If you missed Part 1 - the demolition and process, you may enjoy a look back.
I would love to share some of the details of the final product. We wanted to give a nod to the original period of the home, built in 1950, and so we went with chrome fixtures, white wood/trim and subway tile. However we did those things with a modern twist. For example we used a 16"x4" subway tile, and added the arabesque tile at the top. The granite top on the vanity also gave a more updated look to a vintage style.
You may remember we decided to eliminate the tub and install an over sized walk in shower with a bench and rain head fixture.
We saved space for a cupboard and spent months trying to find an affordable vintage metal medical cabinet or apothecary cabinet. Affordable was not going to happen, as these are very hot trends right now. We did manage to find a wooden kitchen cupboard, complete with built in cutting board. A little paint work, cutting out the door centers to add glass, and adding vintage porcelain wheels all managed to give us the look we wanted,
at a fraction of the price.
My favorite project piece in the room is by far the wall light I made for above the vanity.. When we decided to do this project this was the first thing I saw in my head. I had pieces of the tin in storage and just had to figure out how to make it work. After mounting the tin to a wood
back, routing it out for wiring and adding the industrial style
sconces, I held my breath as Chris connected it to the wiring in
the wall. Thank God it worked because we love it!
One other large piece of the puzzle was the bead board ceiling. It served two
purposes: another bit of vintage style, and also helped us blend the old ceiling with the area where we took out a wall and had no ceiling.
It felt good to finally add some little decorative touches to the room
once we were finished. A glass vintage towel bar that had no brackets worked perfectly with some doorplates, and I was happy to find the perfect sized little chrome laundry hamper to fit at the end of the vanity. Those little things that are forgotten until the end make it finally complete.
This dated and dark bathroom is being given a new life! The goal was to give it a fresh look while keeping a 1950's feel to stay with the period of the house. Lucky for us that meant subway tile, lots of white and a clean design.
This project has felt never ending due to only having weekends to work on it but it's nearing completion.... thank the Lord! Our backs and knees are shot, as well as the budget.
The above photos show the weird tub... square! Why? To the right of the tub was a wall with a closet on the other side of it. The photos below show how we knocked out that closet, framed in the wall in the next room, allowing us to use that closet space as part of the new bath. This left us room to put in a soaking tub and small stand up shower, but after lots of drawing and reading, we decided to forget the tub (there is another upstairs) and put in a larger shower. Best decision ever!
DEMOLITION!! This was where we realized the job was bigger than we had expected. We had planned on knocking out shower tile and busting out the plaster walls. That is not what happened however! Lurking behind that shower tile was 2 inches of cement and a metal mesh, all put over another layer of tile!! Turns out this was the way it went around the ENTIRE bathroom. Apparently this was a floor to ceiling, wall to wall pink tiled bath and someone cemented over the entire thing rather than tear it out. Demo was very slow and VERY HEAVY! Small sections of tile/cement/plaster had to be taken out at a time. After progress was made on the shower & tub we tore out the built in laundry chute to open up more space. Once the walls were down it was on to tearing out the floor. Another issue altogether.
The focal point of the whole renovation... the shower. Our friend Scott was on hand to help with demo and all the crazy plumbing moves. He also poured the concrete base for the shower. This was one key step Chris and I didn't want to tackle without experience. After framing and concrete, we decided to add a bench. Now with the cement board and niches' installed it was my turn to take over the shower.
For the shower and bathroom floor we chose a pinwheel design in Carrara marble. The shower walls in a 16x4 subway tile and the top 12" done in an arabesque shape tile. I felt the mixture of hard and soft lines would be really interesting. Luckily once up I like it even better! These are all grouted in a white gout.
The skin has finally grown back on my finger tips from tiling and grouting, and as of today I have finished floor and shower grout.
WE LOVE IT!!
The new drywall is up, vanity is in, and sinks working. This weekend we hope to tackle the ceiling.... a little surprise what we are doing there ;). Lots to show you in the next installment!
Who Am I?
I've tried it all...hair stylist/faux painter/stay at home mom/jewelry artist/late in life college student/retail shop owner/design consultant/home stager. Through it all I've loved doing home renovations, DIY and thrifting.