I have been SO excited to share this amazing transformation of one of my latest design projects. This client's bathroom was original to the home and had not been updated since they had lived there. I was so excited when they asked me to help with the design and coordination of this renovation especially after hearing their vision and ideas for the space. Miller Team Renovations handled all the tile and renovation work from start to finish and they were wonderful to work with. I appreciated that they kept me updated every step of the way and allowed me to make every single little decision about the space, which is so rare.Read More
The next space up on our organized home challenge is bathrooms! If you live in an older home like me, you are very familiar with the challenges of limited closet space and storage in bathrooms. I've always lived in older houses, so I feel like I've mastered making the most of every inch of space for storage and am always on the lookout for creative storage solutions. This post focuses on three different areas to focus on when organizing your bathroom: open shelving, bathroom cabinets, and the top of your vanity. Let's start with open shelving!Read More
Even though this little powder room is by far the smallest room of the house, it still went through a major transformation! The main problem in this room was lack of space! There was hardly enough room to maneuver and it felt very tight and uncomfortable. I knew that simply switching out some of the fixtures would really open up the space since it already had such great original features like the moldings, large window, and high ceilings. Here is what this half bath looked like before:
This clunky 80's style vanity wasn't helping the space situation at all. It was taking up way too much unnecessary space and blocking part of the window which visually made the room seem cramped. There were original floors in here but they had significant water damage from the bad plumbing so we unfortunately were not able to save those.
Another problem was this large ledge along the right wall which was causing the toilet to stick out over the doorway! After tearing it apart our contractors found that it was just some lazy plumbing that should have been under the floor all along. Since we were already replumbing the entire house we were able to get the pipe that this ledge was hiding back underneath the floor and have proper space to move the toilet over away from the doorway.
The room also was covered with some lovely wallpaper but since there was so much plumbing work in here we ended up having to basically re-drywall the entire room. The walls and trim were all painted which also opened up the room even more.
This was one of the few rooms in the house that had this textured ceiling. This was covered with new, smooth drywall and painted as well and we switched out the old light fixture.
I knew immediately I wanted a wall-mount metal bucket sink for this bathroom. I searched online for hours and just when I thought I would never find one within my budget, I happened across this sink from Rejuvenation. If you have never visited the Rejuventation site, it is part of the Pottery Barn/West Elm family and has SO many amazing reproduction fixtures and vintage-inspired finds (this is about the only thing I could afford though!).
I needed a wall-mount faucet to accompany this style of sink and I really wanted to try brass for something different. Wayfair has a great selection of brass faucets and I liked the simple, industrial style of this faucet. Since there isn't any kind of countertop or ledge with this sink I added a little wall shelf next to it from Target and a towel hook that matched the brass faucet.
We used the same ceramic slate-look tile in here that also is in our kitchen and mudroom/laundry. So far I really love this tile- it's super easy to clean and doesn't show much dirt/dog hair in between cleanings (which is a total win in my book!). This is one of the perks of ceramic tile vs. true slate tile, which is very difficult to maintain and actually sheds a little throughout the first couple of years. I already have two shedding dogs, so the last thing I needed was a shedding floor too!
Here you can see our new toilet which is actually centered on the wall now like it should be! Just moving it over those couple of inches made the biggest difference in the overall flow of this small bathroom.
I wanted a neutral wall color that also complimented all the industrial/vintage elements of this bathroom, so I went with a light gray color that has some green tones and new bright white paint on all the trim and the ceiling.
This light fixture is one of the first things I bought to inspire the overall style of this bathroom. We found this at Blue Ocean Traders in Louisville which is a wholesale furniture warehouse with amazing vintage and reproduction finds. This is a reproduction but everyone has thought that it was an original, old light! I love the quirky, unexpected touch it adds to this space.
I still have a little decorating and finishing touches to add. I'm not 100% sold on this mirror but I found it on super sale and it is the perfect size so it will do for now. I also want to get a new wastebasket and hang some more art/pictures on the walls. The windows are frosted glass so I don't necessarily need a shade or curtains but it might make the room look a little more complete- what do you think? I also like all the light that is coming in now with the window bare. Thank you for following along with our progress and stay tuned for more updates!
Metal bucket sink: Rejuvenation
"Restroom" vintage bulb light: Blue Ocean Traders
Brass sink faucet: Wayfair
Brass toilet paper holder: Amazon
Brass towel holder: Amazon
Wall shelf: Target
Mirror: Target Threshold via Bargain Hunt (similar here)
Hand towel: Target
Flooring: Ceramic slate-look tile via Louisville Tile
Wall color: Sherwin Williams "Chatroom"
Trim Color: Sherwin Williams "Pure White"
I'm so excited to share our master bath progress! Besides the kitchen, this was probably the 2nd biggest transformation in the house. We basically gutted the entire bathroom and started from scratch. The biggest problem in here was that we had ZERO water pressure (and I mean just a trickle of water if that), coming out of the shower, tub faucet, or sink. One of our biggest expenses was replumbing the entire house with new PEX plumbing which is the latest innovation and best option in plumbing. We also got a new tankless hot water heater which is super energy efficient, takes up much less space, and provides basically an unlimited amount of hot water. We turned the old tub/shower into a large walk-in shower with two shower heads. We got lucky because the tub in here already had a unique layout that was kind of inset into the wall which worked perfectly space-wise for a walk-in shower. We also replaced all the flooring, moved the toilet, and replaced the vanity. Take a look at what our master bathroom looked like when we first purchased the house below:
Above you can see the overall layout of the master bath. For the most part this stayed the same except for the toilet which we moved out of that awkward corner and onto the adjacent wall so it had more space around it. We also removed that built-in cabinet in the corner above the old toilet.
Here you can see the old tub/shower that was very outdated and not in the best shape.
The tub ledge that leads into the shower was super tall and took quite an effort to step over! By converting this space into a walk-in shower we were able to take advantage of the space better, push the walls back a bit more, and remove that awkward feature.
The flooring also wasn't in great shape and many of the tiles were loose or cracked.
The vanity was a good size for the space and I didn't necessarily mind the style but I really wanted something with a little more character. I kept the sconces that were placed on each side above the vanity and updated them with more industrial looking lights.
Above you can see the progress after they demo'd the entire tub and started tearing out the walls to work on the plumbing.
More demo progress in the master bath before any plumbing work was started. After the plumbing was redone we had to hang new drywall over all the opened up walls.
Here is the finished master bath as of today (still a few finishing touches/decorating to do). We are so happy with how it turned out and love how all the finishes came together!
This vanity is one of my favorite features of the bath. I love the character it adds and how the rustic style contrasts with some of the super modern finishes and glossy subway tile. This vanity was an old antique sideboard that I have used in various rooms in our old house. It was my first thought when trying to find a vanity piece for this space and thankfully it fit perfectly! It is also so nice to have these huge drawers for extra storage.
These sconces were a STEAL at under $40 each (I had been planning on buying some similar ones on Wayfair for over twice that price and then stumbled across these). I like the super simple yet industrial style and the oil rubbed bronze finish also fits in perfectly with our other fixtures. The old wood mirror is another item that I already had (it was left in my brother-in-law's barn and he let me take it!) and it was the perfect size for the vanity.
Here's a look at the new shower which is so clean and modern- such a change from the previous tub! We went with my favorite white subway tile with dark grout in here with oil rubbed bronze fixtures. Like I mentioned in my post about our master bath plans, we would like to eventually get a seamless glass shower door but right now we did not have enough money left in the budget. One of my biggest challenges in decorating this space was finding a shower curtain for the extra long, not-standard-size opening. I was able to find an extra-long shower curtain liner on Amazon but there are not many attractive options for decorative extra-long shower curtains. I had an idea to try a regular curtain and use curtain clip rings to hold both the curtain and liner together. I was able to find a curtain and rings that fit perfectly over my tension rod at Target and I'm pretty pleased with the look! It slides easily and works just like a regular shower curtain!
Here's a look at where the toilet was re-positioned. It looks so much better and it's hard to believe it was ever tucked into that corner to begin with. I added a little shelf above it and vintage painting to break up all the white. I found this vintage sailboat painting while we were moving and had completely forgotten that I had it in the attic! I love the colors and wood frame for this space.
Another view of the shower- I had originally tried a neutral shower curtain but decided I definitely needed a pop of color against all the white tile. This Nate Berkus curtain has a little bit of texture and matches the other navy tones I have going on in the room. I also love the super modern, minimal look of our main shower head. It was a little bit of a splurge but I think it was worth it because the rain shower head feels so spa-like and the look is so unique compared to other shower heads I was looking at.
These horse hooks were another thing I re-purposed from our old house. I got them from At Home and just spray painted them gold- they are perfect for holding towels! I also went with my favorite bamboo shades (again) for the window. The glass is frosted so we don't necessarily need a window treatment but I thought this added some texture and made it look a little more finished.
I had been saving pictures for years of old pieces of furniture re-purposed into vanities with vessel sinks on top. I immediately knew this is what I wanted to do in this bathroom and I also liked the unique touch of a wall mount faucet. I think it perfectly matched the style of our other fixtures as well. You can find our vessel sink here and sink faucet here. I like this sink because it has clean lines and is much deeper and more substantial than most vessel sinks.
Another big change was the flooring- we went with the same slate-look ceramic tile we did in the kitchen and mudroom downstairs. I really like the look of the dark floors and how it flows into the shower. We purchased all our tile from Louisville Tile Company which has a showroom in Lexington that you can visit anytime. We were on a tight budget for all the tile so everything we used is within their most affordable price range.
One more finishing touch I have yet to add is some open shelving in this little corner crevice (where the toilet/old cabinet built-in used to be). I would love to do some distressed wood floating shelves floor to ceiling (like this).
This entire room (walls, trim, and ceiling) also got a fresh coat of paint (Sherwin Williams "Pure White"), which in addition to all the new drywall really made it feel brand new!
A huge shout-out to TJH Construction Company for making this entire master bath look so good! They completed the entire renovation (down to installing my old vanity so that it was perfectly level!) We can't thank everyone enough who was part of making our dream master bathroom possible (we still feel like we're on vacation at a fancy hotel every time we use this)! If you would like to shop any of the features or fixtures I used in our bathroom, check out my sources list at the end of this post. Stay tuned for more before and afters from the rest of Our Fixer Upper journey!
- Construction: TJH Construction Company
- Tile (floor + subway tile): Louisville Tile Company
- Wall + trim color: Sherwin Williams "Pure White"
- Main shower head: Delta Vero from Lowe's in Venetian Bronze
- Handheld shower head: Wayfair
- Vessel sink: Lowe's
- Sink faucet: Wayfair
- Ceiling light: Lowe's
- Sconces: Bulbs.com
- Shower curtain: Nate Berkus for Target
- Shower curtain liner: Amazon
- Shower curtain rod: Target
- Curtain clips: Target
- Horse towel hooks: At Home (spray painted gold)
- Corner shower caddy with basket storage: Target
- Bath mat: Nate Berkus for Target
- Bamboo shades: Big Lots
I can't believe how quickly the renovation is moving in the last couple of weeks! After all the plumbing work was finished, new drywall went up and now they have been able to start with flooring and tile. The bathrooms are all transforming more and more each day! Take a look at all the progress we have made on each bathroom:
Here's what the half bath looks like mid-renovation. The old vanity and sink has been removed, damaged wood floors have been pulled up, plumbing all fixed, and new drywall in almost the entire room.
On the other side of this tiny half bath, we were able to remove that awkward ledge that ran along the wall. It was just covering up some old pipes that had lazily been put in above the floor instead of underneath like they should have. Now we are able to push the toilet over closer to the wall saving us some much needed space in this bathroom! They also dry-walled the ceiling and made it smooth since it was that outdated textured style ceiling. If you need to catch up on the full plans for this bathroom design check out our post here.
After all the new plumbing was finished, this room also got some fresh dry wall to repair any places where they had to open up the walls for plumbing repairs. They also added a new shower that will extend over the clawfoot tub and come out from the wall. The clawfoot tub will be flipped the opposite direction from what it was, with the fixtures closer to the window, so the plumbing was adjusted for that as well. The old sink and vanity was torn out and plumbing prepared for the new wall mount sink that will go there. They have begun laying the marble tile too and are almost finished with that. The biggest change in this room is the clawfoot tub which we had reglazed and it looks so amazing! I love the look of the outside black and the inside is so smooth and perfect just like a brand new tub. I highly recommend Electrostatic Painting who reglazed the tub onsite for us and is going to help us also recoat our kitchen island. If you want to check out our full plans for this bathroom design check out our post here.
The master bathroom is probably the room in the house that is closest to completion. The floors are now completely tiled in here as well as the new walk-in shower. I LOVE the bright, clean, and shiny subway tiles in this shower- what a difference it makes from the dingy, yellowed tiles that were there before. Get ready for lots more of this subway tile with dark grout in our kitchen too! We were able to move the toilet out of that cramped corner space and the plumbing is now set up on the adjacent wall. Our electrician also added a can light inside the shower and moved the bathroom fan to the middle of the room. Next they will be installing our shower fixtures and sink with faucet, as well as new lights, and then after some painting it will be done! If you would like to read about all my design plans for this bathroom check out our full master bathroom post here.
It's amazing how much progress has been made even since I took these pictures above. We are hoping to have all the major work wrapped up in the next few weeks which means I'll be sharing more and more progress pictures every couple of days. I haven't even mentioned all that is happening in the kitchen, because that is enough for an entirely new post! Stay tuned for many more updates this week!
Today I'm talking about the tiniest room of the house: the downstairs guest bath. When I say tiny, I am not exaggerating- especially with the way it was laid out before we started working! This is just a half bathroom on the main level that will be used mostly by guests, so it doesn't need to be anything fancy! Here's what it looked like before demo:
I don't know where to start: there's 80's wallpaper floor to ceiling, that old clunky vanity, and original wood floors that have been horribly water damaged due to the leaking plumbing in here (which is all now brand new and fixed!). Not one thing in this bathroom is staying the same! We are replacing these floors with the same slate tile as the kitchen and it will flow into this room and the mudroom which is beside it.
Here's another angle of the vanity which has already been torn out so that they could replace all of the plumbing behind it. The fact that it sticks so far out over that beautiful back window and is solid all the way down, just made this bathroom feel even smaller than it already is. I'm replacing the entire thing with a simple vintage-look wall mount sink that will just completely open up this space. I'm also nixing the sconces beside the mirror and just opting for a simple, clean mirror with no lights.
Here's the other problem creating space issues in here. There was this strange wooden ledge sticking up from the floor on one side of the wall to hide some plumbing that was done lazily above the floor. Thankfully my wonderful plumbers were able to get that plumbing back under the floor where it belongs and this ledge can be completely removed! This also means that the new toilet can move over where it is supposed to be and not stick out at all over the doorway.
This light fixture will also be replaced with a fun vintage bulb light we found last week in Louisville! It looks like the light below but says "restroom"- I think it will look perfect with the metal sink and overall industrial feel in here.
Here are some of my favorite inspirations for the overall design of this bathroom:
I love the simplicity of this space. The slate floors are very similar to what we will have as well as the wall mount sink. You will see through my inspiration photos that I am torn between something simple like this and something totally bold and over-the-top, two complete opposite ends of the spectrum.
This bathroom has such a cool, vintage vibe with the patterned floor and collected art. It is very small just like our bathroom but I think the gallery walls still totally work.
I love the unique wall color and dainty little gallery wall. I also like the long curtains and think having some curtains like this would really highlight the high ceilings and big window in our bathroom.
via My Domaine
This feels like a classic southern bathroom to me! I am seriously considering wallpaper for this space because I think it would make such a statement! This wallpaper is a great mix of graphic and traditional and I love how it looks with all the frames layered on top!
Another clean and simple bathroom with wall-mount sink. I do like the dark trim in here for a bold contrast with all the white.
via My Domaine
This bathroom is so glamorous and chic! That marble sink is amazing and I love how they mixed in some traditional touches like the antique shelf.
via House and Garden
This is the perfect example of my bucket sink with brass wall mount faucet. I really love the blush pink walls with dark charcoal trim at the bottom (especially with the brass!) This might be a color combo to consider.
via My Domaine
So many things I love about this bathroom: the rug, little antique table, sconces, mirror, and amazing wallpaper! It is the perfect combination of vintage and modern.
via Design Sponge
This wall color is perfection and I love how it looks with the brass faucet and mirror.
I adore this bright, painterly wallpaper and that fun vintage rug! This bathroom is much more modern than I could probably do in this space but I love the brass touches and colors.
via Habitually Chic
Another beautiful wall color that looks just perfect with the brass! I am also obsessed with those antique shelves and hooks!
I love this dark wall color with the eclectic and rustic vintage touches. If I don't do wallpaper, I'm pretty sure I'll go for something dark and bold on the walls like this. Here are the items I have gotten so far for this space:
What is your vote for wallpaper vs. just painting? Do you like any of these wallpaper options?
I really love the dark butterfly wallpaper and the black and white rose print, but I am just not sure if they would be too overwhelming with the sink and light fixture I have already gotten? Let me know what you think!
via The Design Files
The next room up on our fixer upper tour is the guest bath upstairs. I'm really excited about this space because it has the original antique clawfoot tub that I have dreamed of having in my bathroom my entire life! The design for this space is a little more modern, clean, and glam than any of the other rooms in the house. Marble floors, brass fixtures, and mid-century inspired light fixtures are all part of my plan for this space. This bathroom will be in phase 2 of the renovation. The kitchen and master bath/bedroom are the first priority and we are in the middle of their renovation now. Here are some of the before photos of the upstairs guest bath:
Here's the star of the room! It's actually in surprisingly decent shape but I am going to have it reglazed just so it has a fresh, new look. I'm planning on doing the inside white and the outside black. I just love the look of the brass fixtures so all the new plumbing fixtures I have ordered are brass and have the same vintage look.
This is the only bathroom in the house that has yet to be demo'd. I'm dying to get this giant old sink vanity, mirror, and oh so lovely shell light out of here! I think it will open up the space so much when these bulky pieces are gone. I'm replacing this vanity with a super clean-lined wall mount vessel sink. It will take up so much less space and also be completely open underneath to create a better flow in the room.
I'm SO excited to have windows in all our bathrooms (we have ZERO windows in our bathrooms now). This bathroom has two entrances: one from the hallway just up the back staircase and another from one of the front guest bedrooms. I also love the neat molding that is around the entire bottom half of the room- should I paint it a contrasting color from the top part of the wall?
We are actually going to flip the tub so the faucet is on the other side near the window. We both think it makes more sense facing that way and doesn't break up the flow of the room as much as it does now.
This old tile is also being torn out and will be replaced with beautiful white marble tile (I'm way too excited about my marble floor!). Not having that drab brown tile is going to make the biggest difference in the overall look of this room.
I want to find a super minimal midcentury mirror for above the sink and I've also picked out some light fixture options with that same feel. It will open up the space so much to have this dark, giant mirror unit out of here.
I do think it would be neat to have some open shelving on this wall above the tub or maybe a mini gallery wall of some sort.
Like I mentioned earlier, this bathroom has two entrances, one from one of the front guest bedrooms. It's no ordinary entrance though- it's kind of a cool little secret passage way! We will be ripping up the mismatched old carpet here and giving the inside a fresh coat of paint, but I like the unique charm of this surprise doorway!
This photos has so many elements that inspired my bathroom design: the brass fixtures, black and white tub, clean-lined sink, and even marble floors. I adore the bold wall color, midcentury light fixture, and printed rug too!
via House & Home
My sink is similar to this wall mount one and also has a brass faucet. I love how clean and bright it looks in this bathroom.
These curtains really soften the entire space and add a perfect pop of pattern. I'd love to get some long, flowy curtains for the big window at the end of our bathroom.
I just love the way the bright, brass fixtures look against the black and white tub! I also love these neutral, burlap-look curtains they used around the shower.
I love the minimal feel of this space and the look of the bold black ceiling against all the bright white.
Another beautiful black and white tub! I'm thinking I need to DIY one of these wooden bath boards too for across our clawfoot tub.
via One Kings Lane
More bright white, brass fixtures, and black and white tubs. I love the addition of plants in a bathroom and since we have a window with plenty of light, I'm thinking this is a must!
via Design Sponge
Plants, plants, and more plants- I think I'm definitely adding a hanging plant now! I also like the open shelving on the wall. I'm thinking about some similar shelving in our bathroom on the wall above the tub.
via Design Sponge
I love the minimal, clean, and simple look of this bathroom (although I doubt I will be able to keep it this simple- I will try though!).
via My Domaine
That giant bunch of eucalyptus is the perfect pop of color for a simple, minimal bathroom like this. I also like the glossy finish of this clawfoot tub.
I love the light, sheer look of these curtains and the wall mounted shower curtain.
This vintage brass bar cart is the perfect storage solution for a small bathroom- it can hold all of your necessities and be rolled out of the way when you don't need it!
The tile I picked out is similar to this flooring but we will be using darker grout. I can't wait to see how beautiful it looks with the newly glazed tub! Here are some of the other pieces I have picked out so far for the bathroom:
I need to replace the vanity light above the sink too and am trying to decide between one of these lights (1 + 3 would be mounted above the mirror, if I went with 2 or 4 I would get two and put one on each side of the mirror):
Which of the lights do you like best for the space? Or should I go for a cool pendant light/chandelier hanging over the sink? Do you like a bright white and minimal color scheme or should I try more bold pops of color? I cannot wait to see how much this room transforms over the next month!