It’s safe to say that when we demo’d our bathroom last June (say it ain’t so!!), we were not expecting the renovation to take this long. But here we are, at the end of January with a new bathroom that we’re over the moon to be sharing with you today. We moved shortly after finishing our bathroom renovation in our last house, so we’re very excited to enjoy this bathroom for a good long time. Here’s how it looked before.
In the before, the doorway at the far end of the bathroom lead to our former closet. It was after we finished our new closet (check it out here!) that we started the bathroom and we were able to expand our bathroom into that space. I can’t imagine it without that window at the end!
If I back up a few more feet, you can see how the bathroom looks from the entry to our bedroom. We switched up the layout completely to maximize every inch. Our bathroom before felt like a very narrow hallway and we wanted our new bathroom to feel roomy, but functional and bright! We added three additional windows! When I was designing the space, I really wanted to play with marrying warm and cool tones and masculine and feminine and I love how this view shows all of that.
On the right is the water closet. It’s a small room with a pocket door that we added a lot of personality to with very few elements. Wallpaper. Console Sink. Vintage mirror. Smart Toilet. And somehow, it’s absolutely my favorite room in our house–okay, it’s probably the toilet. (psst. linked every last source at the bottom of the post for you!)
Directly across from the water closet is the shower. Having a shower with natural light never gets old. We used a special water-grade privacy window (Pella brand) and it let’s light pour in so I can admire all the tile and stone. I’ve always been a fan of mixed metals and this bathroom is no different. All of our plumbing faucets and light fixtures are black and we accented the space with brass hardware. It feels warm and cool, masculine and feminine. We mixed two different tile in the shower + slab stone with pretty blue undertones and I love the way the black faucets are virtually maintenance free.
We tucked the shower niche around the corner where it’s a little less seen.
I love having the shower and toilet at the front of our bathroom because it’s kind of like the things you want quick access to are there! Adding the console sink to the water closet has made it even moreso. Because, from my experience, walking into the heart of the bathroom–well, I never want to leave.
His and her vanities flank either side. I opted for the side with extra storage, so Chris gets the window side. The windows that used to not be there! It blows my mind every morning as I look out into the trees that we used to not see the little birds sitting right outside.
On the opposite side, we added tower storage to mimic the shape of the windows. I haven’t come CLOSE to filling them up, but give me a few months. ;)
Perhaps the area of the bathroom that I spent the most time tweaking (and changing my mind about) was the tub area. We went from long linen curtains and a brass fixture, to navy velvet curtains to no curtains and a more historic light and warm wood window shades. Once I decided I didn’t want to cover the beautiful window return tile with long curtains, but instead hang a gallery wall around the tub nook–it was the missing piece for me. It feels warm and lived in and collected and all the modern cottage feelings that we’re going for in this house.
We have one blurry before photo facing toward our room that has an equally refreshing after.
I know this was a long process, and I’m sure there will be little tweaks and additions down the line (for instance I nixed the rug for now because our floors are heated and it felt busy with the art and a rug…but maybe in the future?), but in case you missed any part of it, here’s every last post about our bathroom process:
The Two Layouts We’re Deciding Between + Before Tour
Our Demo’d Bathroom
Order of Events Leading up to a Renovation + Our Bathroom Mood Board
Plumbing, Electrical, Floor Pre – An Update on Bathroom Progress
The Breakdown of all the Plumbing Fixtures We Chose
How We Mixed 5 Different Tiles in Our Bathroom
Bathroom Rug Fashion Show
The Unexpected Solution to Getting My Dream Shower Door Knob
All About the Custom Vanities in our Bathroom
And all of the sources for you, too! Thank you so much for cheering us on and being so invested in this project. It’s our dream bathroom, truly.
Wall Color: Alabaster by Sherwin Williams
Trim Color: Lamp Room Gray by Farrow & Ball
Window: Pella Architect Series
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