It’s here! It’s here! A finished bathroom! I’m so excited to be D-O-N-E with this bathroom. Ready to see the full bathroom makeover reveal?
I’ll give a little narration in case you haven’t been following along from the beginning. First off, here’s the bathroom inspiration board for the room. It didn’t work out perfectly, but a lot of things are similar. In that link, you’ll find the before pictures.
The gray on the walls is a 25% darker formula of Benjamin Moore’s Moonshine, which we reused from our hallway, kitchen and living room.
While we recycled a lot, we purchased new accessories, almost all from either Target or Lowe’s. I’ll have a full source list and budget breakdown next week. (Update –> bathroom budget!)
With the exception of the accessories, which I bought all in one go, pieces for the bathroom were purchased over the course of several months. To be precise, they were purchased when they went on sale. Both the sink and faucet were half price. The mirror was also discounted.
This is my favorite corner. Before, we had a side splash, and they shape of the sink barely allowed space for my hair brushes. Now, a ring holder (yes, I put my funkiest rings in it), eternally blossoming ranunculus flowers and a woven basket.
The woven basket is especially great. I’m not a huge makeup person, but I have a few items I’ll use for special occasions or if we’re going out to dinner.
The basket hide everything perfectly – powder, blush, mascara, eyeliner and a few makeup brushes.
Plus, it adds a fun texture to the room.
The vanity was complete with a toilet paper holder. Again, something purchased on sale. Yes, I cringed while drilling holes in my pretty, pretty vanity.
You can read about the sink plumbing here. It was a fairly effortless installation – thank goodness for instruction manuals.
The floor tile is The Tile Shop’s Penny Round in Moss. We had about 10 square feet leftover from tiling our kitchen backsplash. Because it’s small tile, there’s a lot of grout, which gives it anti-slippage texture – so I don’t think we’ll be covering it up with a bath mat any time soon.
The Tile Shop even gave me a nice shout out! (Thanks!)
— The Tile Shop (@TheTileShop) May 3, 2013
Another favorite accessory (okay, you caught me, they’re all favorite accessories) is this rams head coat hanger. I’m using it as a towel hanger. It was originally painted Carolina blue, but I covered it in oil-rubbed bronze.
The floor-to-ceiling shower curtain makes the room feel so much taller. I need to hem it, but I was just too anxious to get these pictures up. (Update: It’s hemmed!) I guess now’s a good time to point out that I did a lot of chrome and oil-rubbed bronze metal mixing. Hey, why not? They look good together.
After photographing this and looking at it in a picture, I realize I really need to lower that glass shelf. Or do I? Feel free to weigh in in the comments. I made it chest-level, but maybe it needs to come down a bit? (Update: I made a tweak!)
Anyway, upon the glass shelf sits a clock to help me keep myself in check while getting ready, a fun flower candle and a glass container (not super sure what to use it for, but I like it). The print is by Katie Daisy (find her on Etsy if you love colorful, watercolor painting prints).
We installed dual flush here too, since we really enjoy it in our other bathroom. The books are a for-now thing. I’m contemplating a small, woven basket stocked with a few rolls of toilet paper?
More colorful goodness. Another potential shelf modification: slide the arms out to the edges a bit more. There are at least 3-4 inches on either side of the shelf being unused.
You can’t tell, because the lights are so darn bright and blown out, but the light fixture is oil-rubbed bronze (the same one in the inspiration photo at the top of the post).
Slight tangent: I’m really working to learn the ins and outs of my camera. I’ve been shooting in manual for a while, but just finally learning custom white balance (instead of pre-set) and getting good with exposure. I use a tripod (often with a remote), set a low ISO, custom white balance, and toggle the exposure for different shots of the same image. I don’t know how to ditch the blaring light of an interior shot, but it could be that these bulbs are bright white (not soft or warm white, as interior bulbs usually are). Suggestions are welcome!
Let us never forget how the bathroom looked when we first toured the house. Or, wait. Maybe we should forget it…
And while we’re at it, let’s forget that it looked like this.
Ah, yes. Much better.
Burning questions: should I drop the glass shelf down a bit? (Maybe to line up with the bottom right angle on the quatrefoil mirror for symmetry?) Tell me how to balance too-bright lights! Would toilet paper in a woven basket on the toilet tank be testing my luck? (It would, inevitably, all fall in the toilet)
For the record, none of the companies, businesses or brands I mentioned here compensated me. They didn’t offer. I didn’t ask. I just like their stuff and would have shopped there anyway. If you do want to comp me to write about your product, we can talk or twit.
Relive the magic: Planning the bathroom makeover here // Tearing out the vanity and adding legs here // Painting the vanity here // Painting the walls and mirror and installing a new light here // Laying cement backerboard here // April Foolin’ ya here // Starting to lay tile here // Finishing tile here // Connecting the sink and faucet here // Lamenting plumbing with toilet problems here // Sneak previewing accessories here // Sources and budget breakdown here