Oh. My. Goodness. I can’t believe I am finally able to write this post.
This bathroom seems like it has taken forever to finish. FOR-EV-ER. (Like that kid says in The Sandlot.)
As if the bathroom project itself wasn’t hard enough to pin down a design for, this space just so happened to also be the victim of our contractor nightmare. And then when we finally did find a good contractor to complete the space, we came up six pieces of trim tile short. And that tile was out of stock for at least two months. And then finally the company made some more tile and I had to figure out how to get those extra six pieces of tile and not have to pay an $80 shipping fee for a $25 dollar order. Lord bless my mother-in-law who went on an adventure to locate the tile warehouse to pick up the tile so we didn’t have to pay that shipping fee.
So then I finally go to take photos of the bathroom – only to discover it is the hardest room in the world to take good photographs of. The window in there is my worst enemy.
So these photos, in my opinion, don’t do the bathroom justice. But it is what it is and I think you’ll be able to see just how far the space has come. Here’s what the bathroom looked like BEFORE:
There was no shower in this bathroom before – only a jetted tub. The toilet was behind that half-wall you see there. Now, we have a shower, tub, and water closet. There was some major re-configuring that had to be done though to make it happen.
Here’s the bathroom now…
The old doorway was sealed up (which was the angle from where those before pictures were taken), and we put a freestanding bathtub against that wall. A new door was put just to the right of the bathtub. I was a nervous wreck picking out a bathtub. There weren’t any affordable options around where I live that I could actually go and look at, so I had to go with buying it online. I ended up going with the Eden Freestanding Tub from Signature Hardware. They seemed to have the best prices paired with great reviews and that made me feel better about the purchase. Luckily, this tub was the way to go and I have zero complaints about it! We did brass fixtures and faucets throughout the bathroom, light gray tile in a herringbone pattern for the floors, and dark gray walls (Dark Ash by Behr) paired with black trim (Limousine Leather by Behr).
I had wanted to put a tile surround around the bathtub, but the budget just didn’t allow for it. I may go back and have it done eventually. Once everything was installed and the walls were painted, that wall above the bathtub was very still very bare though. I solved that problem by hanging a piece of art above the bathtub, Wild and Free by Simona Cavallaro from Minted. Not only did it help with the bare wall, but it also brought in a touch of color with the peach in the art and added a feminine touch to an otherwise very masculine bathroom.
On the opposite end of the bathroom, where the jetted tub used to be, is the shower.
This picture really doesn’t do this shower justice. Just to the right of the shower is that window which is my worst enemy when it comes to photographing this room. Anyway, the shower is all glossy black subway tile in a brick pattern with charcoal grout. There’s no door – it’s just a walk-right-in kind of deal. The shower is big enough so that no water really gets out even though there isn’t a door. The champagne bronze faucet pops perfectly off the black subway tile. I found the ceramic stool to put in the shower for sitting down if you just need to let the water run over you for a bit and relax and also for shaving my legs. It was a pain to try and shave my legs without something to prop a leg up on. (Too much information? Sorry.)
The new vanity is in the general location of where the old vanity used to be, it’s just not near as long. Once more, I was super picky about finding a vanity. I really wanted to have a stained one because I love a good black and stained combo, but couldn’t find one already stained I liked that didn’t also cost a fortune. I ended up going to a local “seconds” store and buying an unfinished one and staining it myself. I still have to find some hardware for the doors. Right now, I have a mirror which actually goes with the Circus’ dresser above the vanity, but I’m not 100% sold on it. The stains on the vanity and mirror are two different ones. I don’t know if a solid black framed mirror wouldn’t look better? Thoughts?
The countertop is black granite and the faucet is also champagne bronze like the rest of the fixtures. The sconces are one of my favorite things in the space. They can go horizontally above a mirror or vertically, so I opted to turn them vertically and place one on each side of the mirror.
Across from the vanity is the water closet.
We were able to take out an old linen closet that was in the bedroom, but on the other side of the bathroom wall and then carve out a bit more space from the bathroom to make the water closet happen. We got a new toilet and even the champagne bronze lever that matches the rest of the fixtures for it. Eventually, we plan to add some shelves above the toilet, but for now the Lips art works well. The brass toilet paper tower storage and the brass toilet paper holder are part of CB2’s brushed brass bathroom collection and they by far have the best prices on that kind of stuff that I’ve found.
So what do you think? Did we do alright on this master bathroom remodel?
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Disclosure: Minted provided me with the art above the bathtub and Delta provided me with the faucets and towel holders. However, all opinions are 100% mine.