We are now officially finished [remodeling] the entire second floor of our house! This includes 3 bedrooms, the theater/media room, pool table room, and 2 guest bathrooms. FINALLY! Now if we could just stumble on a nice pile of money to start and finish our master, we would be set! The layout of this bathroom is as follows (not to scale AT ALL):
You can thank Homestyler for that! I now know what I will be using to design my sweet pool and backyard!!!! Anyway, enough of being excited about this AWESOME new design tool I googled-upon!
The bathroom is accessible from 2 of the 3 bedrooms upstairs. However, it only has one sink that is 55″ long. We debated changing it to a double bowl vanity, but it would be fairly difficult and not really worth the hassle.
Moving on to the before bathroom shots (I couldn’t even get a picture before Aaron already started demo and the mirror was gone.
Yes, we had that wallpaper in the bathroom before. And the shower tile is UGLY but, we figured we would work with it since it looks like this bathtub was never ever used. So our plan was to do a marble/grey theme in this bathroom. In short – WE NAILED IT! This is my favorite bathroom. I can’t wait to re-do our master in hopes that it turns out as awesome as this one.
First thing we did was demo everything. We carefully removed the counter top and donated to Habitat for Humanity Re-store. The linoleum was super easy to remove (still baffled by the fact that this house had linoleum but I guess we should be grateful since it is insanely easy to remove). Next up was painting the vanity. We chose the color Black Fox by Sherwin Williams. It blends perfectly with the tile. I was shooting for a black/grey with a nice brown tint. It didn’t really turn out the way I had planned. Instead, I think I like it more than if it had turned out how I originally intended. We also added some in-stock and inexpensive cabinet hardware from Lowe’s.
We decided to change the lighting in the room from a single bar light above the mirror to two sconce lights on each side of the mirror and also added a can light. Since this bathroom is on the second floor, it was easy (but very HOT) to access the ceiling through the attic. Adding the can light made it a lot brighter in the bathroom and was definitely a much needed improvement. For the sconce lights, we chose Hampton Bay’s Sadie Wall Sconce (on sale at our Home Depot for $19.99 when we bought them). In the shower and toilet part of the bathroom, we updated the light from a $5 acorn shaped light to a nice looking pendant light. The light has grey and white swirls and really looks great.
Here is what your wall looks like during this type of construction:
The mirror that was in this bathroom before took up the entire wall above the vanity and can’t be reused in this space because of the lighting changes. We re-purposed the mirror from our other guest bath remodel since it is a lot smaller. We re-purposed the mirror from this bathroom and turned it into a main accent piece for our living room. I discussed that mirror transformation here. We used mirror mastic to hang the mirror and some mirror hanging clips to keep it in place until the mastic dried. Next, we decided to trim out the mirror and paint the trim the same color as the painted vanity. Here is a picture of the frame “dry fitting.”
First of all, real marble is EXPENSIVE so we cheated and used some ceramic tile that somewhat resembled marble. We bought some mosaic marble tile and marble tile borders for accents. Below is a progress picture of our accent sections when we installed them. We couldn’t tile the rest of the wall until the counter arrived, so it was a good idea to get this out of the way. We used finishing nails to hold the tile in place until it the mortar was set.
The tile in the rest of the bathroom (on the floor and surrounding the sink and marble accents) is a ceramic tile that was brick shaped. The dimensions of each tile are something like 14″ x 8″. We staggered the tile to give it that brick look. As mentioned earlier, the white tile in the shower stayed put (for now) and it really blend well with everything. Here is an after picture of the floor:
There is an excellent granite place that I found that isn’t too far away from our house. I called and the guy said they had a piece of marble and that he would do a 55″ vanity with a vessel bowl cut out (read about our vessel bowl drama here) for $450 (and deliver it for that price!). This was a steal compared to everywhere else we looked/called. Most granite places required that we buy the ENTIRE slab of marble/granite and Lowe’s cheapest vanity top that was a comparable color was in the $900 range.
By this point, we were into this grey marble stuff waaaaay too deep to not get the vanity top that was just perfect. Aaron and I both had a vision of what we wanted and we lucked out with this counter top guy because he had a perfect piece! And he didn’t care that we wanted to install it ourselves to save some $$$. We will definitely be returning to him for the master bathroom remodel! Anyway, the vanity top took about 10 days and it was delivered. It is more than perfect. I am so in love with that large veined marble!!!!!!!!
finally… the finished bathroom!
There are a couple of additional items that were purchased/added that weren’t mentioned above. We bought a new toilet for this bathroom after failed attempts to clean the old one. The house sat for 12-18 months before we bought it and as a result, all of the toilets have had rings in them where the water sat (ew). Also, we purchased a curved shower curtain rod and an extra long (84″) shower curtain. Advice: if you are going to have an extra long shower curtain, buy the curtain and plan the bathroom around it. It is almost impossible to find the shower curtain you like in extra long. We almost sewed our own- that is how much trouble we had finding one. Instead, we bought a plain white waffle weave shower curtain from Bed Bath & Beyond that you can find here.
And that’s it for this bathroom… I LOVE IT! I already warned Aaron that if the master bathroom remodel doesn’t impress me more than this bathroom, I will be moving upstairs and taking over this bathroom. haha!