Image via La Maison d’Anna G.
The bathroom is the closest room in the house to being completed. We have minor details to finish such as hanging the light, putting the accessories on the vanity and walls, and tiling the door to the laundry chute. For now though, I’d like to share my thoughts on how we designed our bathroom. To our surprise, making these decisions took way longer than expected. One reason was cost. We had to find items we liked that fit our budget. The other reason was that our style isn’t something one finds at Home Depot or Menards so we had to search all over the internet for what we were wanting.
Like usual, we started with a Pinterest board and pinned all the images of bathrooms we liked. Then we evaluated our space. This room was the biggest blank canvas in the house because this was the room where the pipe froze and ruined the entire room. When we purchased our house this room was stripped down to the sub-floor and had holes in the drywall. My mom and I did the most of the removal of older tile and drywall, Riley and his friend Eric removed the countertop and sink, then Riley and his friend Ben took out the bathtub. The only thing we kept from this room was the vanity (which I painted white) and the mirror.
Flooring: We did the entire upstairs with this floor. We LOVE it. If it were up to me, I would have done all Maple but Riley didn’t like going that light so we did an in-between wood grain, beech, which has light and dark colors. Since we kept all the original trim and floorboard that is walnut, this floor transitions well between light and dark woods of our furniture and counter-tops. This floor is completely waterproof and is nearly indestructible. Being young and expecting to have little children soon, we knew this would be something we needed. While hardwood is beautiful and natural, this floor looks like wood and more practical.
Tiled Walls: You can’t go wrong with classic subway tile! We did 3-1/2 walls fully tiled. Subway tile is a style theme we are keeping throughout the entire house. However, in the other rooms, we are doing black grout. Since this bathroom is pretty small we didn’t want to do black grout. The grout lines would have made you feel like you were in a cage. We sent with a very light gray almost white grout color. LOVE IT! We also went with 1/8″ spacers for thinner grout lines.
Bathtub: We got a claw-foot tub! I couldn’t believe it. We couldn’t afford to purchase one new since they range in cost in the thousands. This baby we got off Craigslist for cheap and was so happy we did.
Bathtub Faucet: After using this faucet several times I’ve realized I had a need in my past I wasn’t aware of. A need for a shower wand. I use this thing so much! I wash anything and everything in the tub with it! I’ve done dishes, laundry, rinsed paintbrushes, you name it. Okay, I know this is because I didn’t a kitchen sink or laundry room for a while, but I still soak stains out of shirts in the tub and rinse with the wand. I also anticipate it being useful with kids.
Rainfall Shower Head: This was Riley’s main request for the bathroom. It was a booger to install because it required climbing into the attic to do the plumbing. However, it’s exactly like it’s name – a rainfall as a shower. Wonderful!
Bathroom Accessories: To have a complete set really makes the area fill finished. This set is so perfect with it’s minimal style and quality look. They have a matte black look since they are coated in rubber.
Vanity & Hardware: I painted the vanity Stream by Benjamin Moore with their Advance waterborne paint and LOVE IT! I did all the cabinets in the house with this paint. It turned out beautiful! It’s way easier to apply than oil paint and dries without streaks. The hardware is from home depot in satin nickle finish like all our hardware in the house.
Countertop: The countertop is birch wood butcher block. All of our shelves and countertops are the same throughout the house. The light colored wood fits the Scandinavian style of the house and is a nice contrast with the white tile and black accents.
Sink Faucet: This was extremely hard to choose. I had to find something in our budget and was minimal and modern yet matched the bathtub faucet well. This piece was fit all those descriptions and also works with a vessel sink. It’s a bit tall but I think once we put up the mirror and light it won’t feel tall.
Bathmat: This piece is the centerpiece of the room. I didn’t want something too loud but I did want it to say something. Something like, “Hey, we got some pizzazz – we aren’t just white and beige around here.” I like that it is a natural color and not white. It’s like our linen Turkish towels we purchased. It makes the room feel less sterile.
Turkish Towels: Do you have those purchases that make you feel more like an adult? Like a bed-frame or serving dishes? Towels are one for us. We’ve been married almost 6 years and we purchased our first matching towel set for this house. Previously, we had our odd collection of college towels. Ya’know – those towels you get as graduation gifts with your name on them? Yup, we had those. So, we finally got beautiful matching towels. We’ve been using them and we love them. My only complaint is that it doesn’t dry hair that well. However, we are going to purchase hair wraps for after the shower to solve this problem.
Hardware & Accessories: The towel hooks, hand towel bar, toilet paper bar, and drawer pulls all match. They are a satin nickle finish and a very minimal design. The goal was for them to not have a large presence in the room but if noticed they’d feel clean and intentional.
Vessel Sink: This sink isn’t truly a vessel sink as it only sits on the countertop about 2 inches up. Since the vanity is a floating vanity which makes the countertop higher, a true vessel sink would have felt way too high.