The bathroom downstairs, mostly belonging to our girls (but overnight guests will use it, too!) is finally finished! when we first started in February, we never anticipated it taking this long, but here we are 7 months later having just put the finishing touches on. Between pregnancy and having a baby, and several items being backordered, our timeline got fudged. But, we definitely learned so much–a good thing since we have our own bathroom to tackle next!–and most of all, are over-the-moon with the results. (Psst. Every last source is listed at the bottom of the post!)
Here’s how the bathroom looks now!
And here’s the same angle from 7 months ago before we began:
Besides updating the look of the bathroom, our goals also included adding a tub and a double sink in the small 8’x7′ bathroom. Victory!
We kept the vanity where it was previously, but updated it to a new pretty one with a marble countertop and double sinks. Our girls love having their own sinks and mirrors and drawers.
Though the vanity came with faucets and hardware, they weren’t quite what we had in mind. We swapped for these beautiful Delta brand faucets in chrome and the cabinet pulls and knobs in aged brass, matching the finish of the sconce we added between the mirrors.
A towel ring and towel were added to each side of the vanity, along with a tray and some functional (but also pretty) necessities finished off this corner of the room. Splurge on the little things, I say.
On the other side of the room, behind the door, there used to be another vanity sans sink. We know that at least a couple of the previous owners of our home had multiple girls in their family, and while I’m sure the second vanity came in handy, we found it wasn’t the best use of space for our girls–although we could see adding one to their bedroom down the road.Here’s how it used to look:
And here’s how the same angle looks now!:
A simple over-the-door wooden hook for towels add function to even the back of the door–we squeezed it in in here!
Swinging around the room a little more, brings us to the tub and shower–which changed this room entirely. If you’re going to have a tub and shower in a kids’ bathroom, installing a hand-held shower head will change your life! I didn’t know what we were missing. It’s been so nice to pop it out (this one from Delta is held by a strong magnet) and rinse off the girls easily. We also hung an extra-long shower curtain (84″) that really helped make the room feel taller and grander than it actually is–similar to how you should hang window treatments hight and wide.
And I’m sure the built-in shower cubbies we added (three cheers for no shower caddies needed!), will be lined with tiny rubber fish and shopkins in no time.
The last before shot brings us nearly full-circle:
Perhaps the often unspoken, but definitely noticeable difference is lighting. While the original bathroom had some old-school hollywood vanity lighting, it lacked any overhead lighting, always making the room feel dark and dingy. We added two recessed cans and sconces on both sides of the room so the whole tiny space feels brighter and bigger.
Despite taking 7 months, the finished result feels worth every minute. The project was not without hiccups–maybe we’ll save those for a different post–but with our first gut bathroom remodel under our belt, we’re ready to take a deep breath and dive into our next one. All sources listed below!
Wall Color: Farrow & Ball Calamine
Double Wall Sconce: Schoolhouse Electric
Single Wall Sconce: Schoolhouse Electric
“Mask” by Jennifer Ament: Serena & Lily
Sink Faucet : Delta Faucet
Faucet Handles: Delta Faucet
Towel Bar: Amazon
Shower Head: Delta Faucet
Shower Curtain Rod: Amazon
Towel Ring: Amazon
Toilet Paper Stand: Amazon
Drawer Knobs: Rejuvenation
Tub Spout:Delta Faucet
Shower Valve:Delta Faucet
Cabinet Pulls: Rejuvenation
Toothbrush Holder: Pottery Barn
First Aid Box: McGee & Co
Bath Towels: Target
Basket: McGee & Co
Hand Towel: McGee & Co
Subway Tile: Wayfair
Floor Tile: Cle Tile
Linen Closet: Pottery Barn
Soap: McGee & Co
Brushes: McGee & Co
Striped Linen Tray: McGee & Co
84″ Shower Curtain: Restoration Hardware
Over-The-Door Hook: The Container Store
Grout: Warm Gray
Tile Chair Rail
Missed part of the process? Catch up with these posts:
BATHROOM RENO 101: LET’S START AT THE VERY BEGINNING
BATHROOM RENO 101: VENTS & DRAINS
BATHROOM RENO 101: COMING UP WITH A DESIGN PLAN
(FINALLY) MAKING PROGRESS IN THE DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM!
THE TILE COMBINATION FOR THE GIRLS’ BATHROOM
BATHROOM RENO 101: THE TILE IS IN!
CHOOSING A PAINT COLOR FOR OUR SMALL, WINDOWLESS BATHROOM
OUR FAVORITE FREESTANDING BATHROOM LINEN CABINETS
MIXING METALS IN THE BATHROOM 101
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