Y’all. Bathrooms are hard.
They are so hard to design. Well, at least for me anyway. By far, the bathroom renovations have been the toughest for me at the 70’s Landing Pad. After finally nailing down a plan for the master bathroom, I didn’t even let myself think about designing the hall bathroom for fear of turning into an alcoholic or being committed to the asylum. Or both. As if they aren’t hard enough to design, they are also expensive. And we kind of splurged on the master bathroom so the hall bathroom has to be on a serious budget. So here’s where we were, where we’re at, and where we’re going and also questions for you to give me some input on because I need a little help, y’all. Well, let’s be honest, I need a lot of help, but ya can’t fix crazy.
The Hall Bathroom Before:
The footprint of this bathroom isn’t changing. All plumbing is staying where it’s at, things are just getting updated. I stripped all the wallpaper off the wall and then had to have it skim-coated (that’s a whole other post, ya’ll) because the wallpaper damaged the walls so badly. Grunt Labor has started demo on the bathroom and here’s where we are at now.
The vanity has been moved out and the tile is coming up. Here’s the overall plan for the bathroom…
This bathroom will be the one the Circus will use as well as guests. I wanted to keep it flowing with the rest of the house’s decor, but I also wanted to let the Circus have a say in the decor while still keeping the foundations of the bathroom classic. I swear I just make it hard on myself sometimes….
Let’s start from the floor up…
This will be the floor tile. I really love the classic black and white basketweave and I think it can fit in with lots of different decor changes if ever needed. It’s a porcelain tile, so it will hold up well in the bathroom. I’m planning to do a black or gray grout because Mama is sick of cleaning white grout, y’all. There is NO white grout allowed in this house!
Bathtub and Shower
The tub itself will stay. It’s one of those old school iron tubs, which is what we have in our hall bathroom at the Beloved Foreclosure, and I love it. Those tubs are so damn tough and so much easier to clean than fiberglass ones. The awful beige and hunter green tile surrounding the tub as well as the shower head and faucet will go. We’ll be replacing the tile with classic white subway tile paired with black grout. We’re going with chrome fixtures in this bathroom as they are more budget-friendly, but still classic. And shiny. And pretty. And I like shiny and pretty things. The new shower head and faucet have good clean lines, but still a modern feel that will age well. The shower curtain is the one we have in our current bathroom here and it will be used again in the new house.
The Vanity Area
We will keep the old vanity, but will give it a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. This is where I called in the Circus. I thought the vanity would be a great place to allow her to pick a color. I chose about five different colors that worked with black well since there’s a lot of it in this space and she chose Exotic as the vanity color, which is a good coral color.
However, after I started thinking about it more, I’m wondering if I should paint the bathroom walls a coral color and paint the vanity black? Or should I go with white walls and a coral vanity? Or should I go with white walls with some sort of painted pattern that has a pop of color and a coral vanity? Either way, I want to make sure I get some coral in here because that’s what the Circus wanted and I really don’t want to be one of those people who doesn’t let their home also reflect their kids. Help me! What are y’all’s thoughts?
Vanity Top & Faucet
There isn’t money in the budget for a custom cut stone/granite/ whatever vanity top, so we are opting for this one that already has the sink and holes. I actually really like it – it’s a solid white color and doesn’t have that cheap-faux marble-y look that lots of old vanity tops do. I’m also a fan of the rectangle shaped sink. The faucet is chrome and the same style as the ones in our master bathroom.
Mirror and Lighting
I am like crazy in love with the mirror. I love the texture and shape it has around the edges. It comes in a bazillion different colors (seriously, not kidding), but I opted for black to keep it classic. I actually tried to mix up the shapes of the mirror and the pendants (i.e. round mirror and square pendants or vice versa) and it just did not work. They both needed to be of the round family, so I opted for these pendants. I think they are a fun and playful touch and that’s the Circus to a T.
Hooks and Holders
While I was ordering some lights for the new house at CB2, I found these little chrome gems. I got a towel bar, towel ring and toilet paper holder for the hall bath and paid under $50 for all of it. I really like how these fixtures are all one piece so it makes for a much easier installation. They also have them in brass tones, which I may end up buying for Bill’s bathroom since nothing in it is changing except the towel bars.
That’s it, y’all. I really like everything we’ve got planned out, but I just don’t know what to do about the paint issue. Coral vanity with white walls? Black vanity with coral walls? White vanity with coral walls? Coral vanity with some sort of patterned black and white walls? Help a sister out!
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