It’s time to reveal the super big secret project that I talked about for the last six months and I can’t believe it’s finally here!
As you know, I partnered with The Home Depot and The Home Decorators Collection to overhaul our guest bathroom. I shared with you the before photos and the plan but now you get to see the gorgeous after pictures and I am BURSTING with excitement. First of all…this was a huge undertaking. We had at times 20+ people in our house with cameras, microphones, bull horns (just kidding but that would have been effective), lights and the whole shebang. They didn’t want to just get a stunning before & after….they were there to document the entire process….from start to finish. They created several short videos for you to see! And you get to see those today too! AHHH! (By the way….disclaimer….don’t judge me for the crazy faces I make on video. It gets all sorts of awkward up in here when you have a camera guy all up in your face)
As a recap, our plan to makeover the bathroom was fairly simple….take out tub, tile entire space, install amazing finishes, call it a day.
We wanted to make it clean, bright and a space to pamper guests. That was a tall order considering it started as a boring box of blah. It had cream pedestal sink, cream toilet, cream tub, dirty & hole-y walls and no storage.
And now….(are you holding your breath? because I am!)
And now….it looks AMAZING. Everything is fresh and clean and new and beautiful. There is so much I could say about the space. We picked out a new vanity – one that is exactly the right size to maximize the storage. Since the vanity had an option to get a carrera marble looking top, we carried that throughout by picking a marble tile for the floor and another honed marble for the shower.
Speaking of shower….we ripped out the old tub and the old tile that was in there. We kept the gold fixtures. Just kidding 🙂
The new subway tile goes all the way to the ceiling and we made the entire thing a walk-in shower. We don’t know any guests that would use this bathroom when it had a tub and we opted for the walk-in shower because our older guests would have trouble with such a high wall to step over. It was completely a preference thing that I am SO glad we went for because now it makes the entire space look bigger and much more open. Of course, the frameless glass shower door helps. A lot. It doesn’t block any light and it is so thick feeling that everyone that comes over is in awe that it came right off the shelf! Yup! No custom door here! It was so affordable. Seriously…I could talk about that door all day.
Before the details of the room were lacking. We brought in a little cabinet for towels but it usually just got in the way.
The lighting in here was poor and the space, although completely functional, was not updated or pretty. I am sure that we could have lived with it for many more years but seeing it now, I am really very thankful to The Home Depot because I love it so much.
The thing that I am probably most proud of is the tile. It came out really really well. I went with a herringbone pattern on the floor and on the shower base and in the shower nook. The tile is a honed marble that had so much variation that it doesn’t look boring but it fades away nicely to allow the space to breath. When you pick tile for a bathroom – it’s a great plan to carry out the same kind of finish (even if it’s different sizes) throughout because it makes it look cohesive and more spacious. The subway is a really thick marble….and the first time I ever worked with a blunt cut subway tile. It was a huge undertaking but I am so proud that I laid every.single.tile.
One of the goals in the bathroom was to make storage space. We added the vanity and the shelf and they both helped a bunch but one other way was to carve out this little niche in the wall. It’s between studs and we had to do some extra steps to make sure it was waterproof but in the end, we have added storage space inside the shower that ties in our accent tile and provides a spot for soaps and sponges.
Speaking of shelf….I DIYed this pipe shelf for over the toilet and it has to be one of my easiest and fastest projects to date. It was done in less than an hour! I love that I got to customize the size and now it is the perfect spot for those bathroom ‘extras’ and that darling glass jars collection. I think it really anchors the artwork too!
Our original plan was to install this light fixture pointing downward but we opted to point it up for now because it actually adds more light to the room this way (it bounces off the white ceiling and washes the entire space!). One day we may add some overhead lighting and that will help the overall brightness situation but for now, we like the versatility in this light fixture and the fact that it looks great hung either way.
One of the rookie mistakes I made during this whole thing was that I failed to note the spread on the vanity for the faucet! Oops! I actually picked out a different faucet in the beginning and when I double checked our order, I had to make an emergency call to change it in a hurry. Thankfully, nothing had been shipped and it was just a quick switch but next time I plan an entire bathroom, I’ll know….check that spread! (here’s the link to our current faucet)
You may be wondering….why did I go with the bronze? Well….first of all, because I knew that I could spray those shelf pipes to match. And secondly….because I fell in love with this shower head. I have to admit…it’s a looker and I am crushing on it like I did in fifth grade over Devon Sawa.
So there you have it folks….a little run down of our newly finished bathroom. I still have to crunch the numbers but our budget of supplies was right around $5000…which isn’t bad considering we used really high end items like marble and replaced EVERYTHING in here. A portion of the materials were provided by the Home Depot and we chipped in so that the finished space could be exactly what we wanted. Overall, it was an amazing experience. It took tons of hard work and long hours and I think I called the room “my marble coffin” when I was in the throws of tiling….but so SO worth it.
And of course….I can’t tell you about how awesome it was to work with the amazing photographer Sarah Dorio (she gets all the credit for those amazing after shots!), Brian Patrick Flynn and the production crew at Flynnside Out Productions, the folks at 22Squared and everyone at Home Depot and The Home Decorators Collection. It was truly a wonderful experience and we can’t say thank you enough.
Now that the big fat kisses are over, let’s get to the videos! Enjoy!
For more details on how we did this makeover – click the following links!
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