When we were rushing to move into our new home (before baby arrived) there were a few rooms that were at the top of our priority list. A functioning bath being one of them, next to the kitchen and a bedroom for the girls. Although the bath has been functional for months now, we’ve been slowly working away at a few last minute updates for a “progress post”. A few decorative touches are still in the works like artwork and we should have a bath rug in the mail any day, but other than those we’re about ready to call this room DONE!
Before we fly into the updates, you know I love some before pics. Unfortunately, we only have one But you get the idea. Outdated, run-down, far from functioning, and holy cow this room was ugly.
We took this space back to it’s bones and rebuilt it from scratch. If I haven’t mentioned it before, our home doesn’t have a basement. It sits atop a crawl space, which I could write an entire weeks worth of posts on. We’ll get there eventually. However, point of the topic, the existing bathtub was completely open to the crawlspace below. Hello, duh. It was mold central. Including the surrounding walls. We ripped out and replaced all the drywall after removing and treating the affected areas with a bleach solution.
We installed new hex tile flooring as well as subway tile in the tub surround, which we chose to take to the ceiling. Love. We used horizontal bead board around the rest of the space just below a chair rail height. We purchased and installed a new tub, toilet, and chrome fixtures. My Dad built us our vanity (best dad ever award right here!), which we later added a vessel sink to and stenciled numbers on to resemble Anthropologies’s Ordinal dresser. An upcoming post will share more details on the vanity and how we saved some serious cash.
Now, onward with the after pictures
We painted the upper half of the walls using Sherwin Williams No-VOC paint in Eg-Shel, tinted to Ben Moore’s Hale Navy.
We loved the look of individual planks but loved the ease of ‘by the sheet’ Horizontal Plank Bead Board from Lowes even more. So easy.
Well have an upcoming source post including everything from the specific tile used to the accessories found throughout the room.
We had white subway tile in our last home’s master bathroom and didn’t think twice about using it again. There’s just something so serene about a nice clean bright white space.
For a little glam, we chose chrome fixtures.
And a detachable shower head for giving the munchkins an easy bath time.
Along with three chrome hooks in a coat and hat style for hanging bath towels.
Since this will ultimately be the designated bath for the kiddos, we decided on placing theme at their height.
We removed the existing door on the small bath closet for easier access. We tend to keep things fairly presentable behind doors, so we figured an open concept wouldn’t be anymore difficult to keep up with.
Large baskets help group like items and control any clutter. We kept the interior closet shelves that came with the home, but added a thicker trim piece to the fronts to beef them up. And although it’s a little tough to see in this pic, we also painted the closet walls in a contrasting grey color.
Now, que the only picture that captures the new lighting.
We had plans of using a pendant here, but after learning that our ceiling height would only allow for a few inches of cord, we opted to go the sconce route. We love love love our new barn light. It brings an entirely new feel to the room. You know we can’t go without some industrial piece in each space. If you can consider a barn light industrial? I say yes.
It was our splurge. Believe it or not, every other element in the space cost less individually than this light. Pretty good considering we still only spent $199 on it
In the end our new bath came out fairly close to our original plans in this mood board post.
As I said, we’ll have a few bath posts to follow up this one. A definite source list, a detailed vanity post, and a cost breakdown for sure. Check back for those soon
How about you guys? Any bath updates lately? We’ve seen some amazing DIY vanities out there in the blogoshere. Share, share!