June 25, 2012

Bath Updates

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 Outdated, run-down, far from functioning, and holy cow this room was ugly.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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!


42 thoughts on “Bath Updates

  1. Steph Hunley

    Congrats on everything!! Your new home is really looking fantastic. You’re so talented. AND you have the cutest kiddies in the world!! Hope all continues to go great!!

    Steh hunley,

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  3. Heather G.

    Wow this looks so great! I am in love with your vanity and my husband and I are going to do something similar but with an old dresser. I would LOVE to know where you got that sink from, its amazing!

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Thanks Heather,
      I would love to see how your vanity turns out! We’re thinking of using an old dresser in our master bath come this fall as well! The sink is from Overstock and can be found here. Any other sources for bath related products can be found here. Hope this helps 🙂

  4. Angie

    I love the sink! How do you like using a sink like that? I’d be concerned about the wood getting wet, but it’s so so pretty. I’m going to start redoing my bathrooms in the next year or so, so I’m looking for ideas.

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Angie –
      We’re planning an upcoming post with more details on the vanity, but we LOVE the sink. My dad (who built the vanity) applied several coats of Minwax’s water-based polycrylic, so no worries with water and splashes. Although I would still be hesitant to let water sit for long periods of time. Hope this helps!

  5. Lori in Indiana

    I followed the link you provided to the bead board you have in your lovely bath, but I don’t think it links to the correct item. We are loving the look! We were thinking about traditional bead board, but I really like this better I think.

      1. Lori in Indiana

        Far out! Will check it out in the store tomorrow. I really like the look ot it. We’ve been working on this bath for over a month, and we’re just over it at this point, and really want it DONE! Thanks for the help!

  6. ben

    I love the vanity. I did a similar hack for a nightstand, but yours is much closer to the original in look / feel. That’s a great execution of a good idea.

  7. Christopher L.

    Hi, love the blog! A lot of my bathroom ideas are now going to come from you! Very jealous of this. Question though, what did you do for ceiling lighting? And is that barn light enough light for the room?

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Thanks Christopher! We have one recessed light on the bathroom ceiling and one in the shower as well. We originally planned to just use the barn light, but the low wattage combined with a dark wall color was not enough light for the space. Hope that helps!


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  9. Jo

    What height is your vanity? I’ve had this exact sink sitting around to be used in one of our bathrooms, but haven’t braved it yet. Love the bathroom and love the budget even more!!

  10. Heather

    I was also wondering about the vanity plans. Did you post those? I can’t find them and I would love a vanity like that!! Love your style 🙂

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Hi Heather,

      Unfortunately, no we have no yet posted vanity plans. We’re planning to tackle something similar for our master bath, so we’ll be sure to share those as we go 🙂


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  13. Tegan

    Love this bathroom! You did a great job. It is very similar to my own bathroom. We have been looking at vanitys with more storage to replace our current one. How did you make this? Love love love!!

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Thanks, Tegan! My dad made the vanity for us. I know it was fairly simple construction, but I don’t have a tutorial on it. If we decide to do something similar in the future we’ll be sure to share the process!

  14. Jenny

    It looks like you pulled down an existing vertical beadboard on your walls behind the toilet and vanity. The previous homeowner did a lot of similar DIY in our house and we’re afraid to start tackling it… Was it just a nice clean drywall under there that needed to be painted? It looks GREAT!

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Definitely not! There was absolutely some touch up work that needed to be done behind the previous breadboard, haha 🙂

  15. Maria

    Everything looks fabulous! Can I ask…what color did you paint all the trim, wainscoting, and doors? And, what sheen was it? Semi-gloss??

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Thanks Maria! The trim and door is painted in just a basic, off the shelf extra-white from Sherwin Williams, no tint, in a semi-gloss (not our typical go-to sheen, but appropriate for baths).

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  18. Aly bailey

    I just went and got hale navy and it looks nothing like this navy blue basically just a dark grey .


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