Design and decor plans for a small bathroom remodel, using neutral tile, oil rubbed bronze & antique gold finishes, and a navy vanity with double sinks.
I know this post is coming out of the blue, and the last thing you are expecting from me is a bathroom renovation! No one is more surprised than me at the way this project has come about…especially because my dream for years has been a kitchen renovation. So what happened?
Earlier this year, before the Covid quarantine began, my husband approached me about fixing up our two upstairs bathrooms. (Believe me, you could have knocked me over with a feather.) We have a very tiny master bath, and a small hallway bathroom. He had invited several friends to stay with us for his class reunion, which was supposed to take place next month. (The class reunion has, of course, been canceled.) His reasoning was that the kitchen was in better shape than the bathrooms, and that the bathrooms should go to the top of the to-do list. I briefly considered standing my ground, and insisting that the kitchen be renovated first. However, I realized that was probably not the best approach, and decided it was a battle I was not prepared to fight. I am disappointed about the kitchen being put off again, but in all honesty, the bathrooms are terrible, and I’m very excited they are finally getting updated.
So here is the breakdown of what was in our bathroom:
- original 1960’s tile
- original vanities and sinks
- original cast iron tub
- laminate flooring (installed over original tile)
- original shower fixture
- updated lights, faucets, & door hardware (15 years ago)
- original mirror (framed during mini renovation 15 years ago)
- new toilet which we are keeping (it’s the only thing that’s coming back!)
Small Bathroom Remodel: The Plan
I ordered a beautiful, navy blue, double KraftMaid vanity with Shaker doors. It still hasn’t arrived, because their factory was, of course, slowed down by COVID-19. I am hoping it comes in soon. The counter top is from a company in Ohio called Al-Co Products. It’s cultured granite in a shade called Sandstar. In the image at the top of the post, it’s underneath the faucet handle.
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Picking out the new tile for this small bathroom remodel was a challenge, but I took my time, and ordered lots of samples. In the first image above, the tile with the design is going on the floor. The large, neutral tile (underneath everything in the image) is the main shower wall tile. There will be a penny tile border, but I’m not sure exactly where it will be placed. The fixtures are all from the Moen Dartmoor line, and are oil rubbed bronze. I ordered these lights, these mirrors, and gold hardware.
The linen closet in this bathroom has ALWAYS been inconvenient. It had a bi-fold door, which could only be opened when the door to the bathroom was closed. It’s a large closet, but has been completely under-utilized because of its location and poor accessibility. I have spent many hours on Pinterest and Google Images looking for just the right way to attack this closet. I finally found the inspiration I was searching for on Pinterest. The image below is from Roeser Homes, and it’s exactly what I had in mind. (Of course, we have a tub/shower combo instead of a stand-up shower.) The open shelving will be efficient, and so much easier to access.
Image source: Roeser Homes
We are working with the same local contractors who did our board and batten in the dining room. They have been wonderful, and are a pleasure to have in our home. As soon as this bathroom is finished, we will begin our tiny master bathroom remodel. More on that later!
It was very important to me that the design of these bathrooms fit our home. I knew the trendy choice of white marble with shiny fixtures would never work. I am happy with our plan, it reflects our tastes, and it’s the right feel for the house. I’ve never done anything like this before, and I have to admit that I was nervous. Now that the renovation is underway, the nervousness has left, and I’m excited. We’ve lived with these old bathrooms for a very long time, and are so looking forward to pretty new spaces.
The image below shows where the project is right now. The space was gutted down to the studs, and the old cast iron tub was removed. The tub was so heavy that it took four guys to get it down the stairs…and I wasn’t sure they were going to make it. New drywall has gone up, a new exhaust fan was installed, the new tub is in, and paint is on the walls.
I will update you, if possible, when the fun stuff starts going in. Along with the master bathroom renovation, we are removing our master bedroom carpet, refinishing the original hardwood floors, and painting everything. Our upstairs will be in chaos for a while, but I know it will be so worth it!
Update August 2020:
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