When I looked back at when we introduced our plans to renovate both the laundry room and Greta’s bathroom, I realized that was 7 months ago! I can’t believe how much time has passed! This bathroom and the still-unfinished laundry room (more on that another day) actually inspired the “10 Things That Can Derail a Home Renovation” post. Obviously, there were a number of hiccups along the way, but it’s finally finished and just in time, too, because the year is coming to a close and I love to wrap up all of our projects by the year’s end.
So, I’m very excited to share how this beautiful bathroom turned out–it was worth every hiccup!
The decision for this upstairs bathroom renovation actually stemmed from our frustrations with the downstairs laundry room. It’s location was anything but functional and would make more sense as a pool bathroom, so we started sketching out space for a new laundry room upstairs. We planned to borrow space from the “playroom” (that’s no longer a playroom) to make room for the laundry room, and since that was all getting torn up, we wanted to see if we could simplify the bathroom layout that you had to walk through to get to the future laundry room and instead carve out a hallway.
Lost? Here’s a little floor plan so you can see the changes we made over the last 7 months:
The bathroom took up a lot of space, but so inefficiently. Here’s what the bathroom looked like before!
POV: You’re standing in the doorway entrance of what we used to call the “playroom,” but is now the laundry room doorway.
Definitely take a closer look at the layout before and after to get a better visual of how everything got switched, but I’ll try my best to explain it. We decided to cut into the bathroom floor space to create a hallway in between the laundry room and the bathroom. Obviously, Greta’s bathroom decreased in size, but it was way too big to start with. There used to be two separate vanities and two sinks, and through that second door was the toilet and shower/bath combo. Now it’s just one simplified space!
You wouldn’t know it from the before photo, but there was a window back there all along. The moment we started opening up the walls, and I saw the light flooding in, I knew in my heart this was the right decision.
Believe it or not, this is the same view, and you’re now standing in the laundry room!
This is primarily Greta’s bathroom! It’s across the hall from her bedroom and is where she showers, gets ready, and will someday probably put on makeup and blast music… It’s also the bathroom that the whole family uses when we’re up in the bonus room watching tv. I wanted it to feel feminine and cool enough for a tween but still mature enough for Chris, myself or guests to use.
Let’s take a closer look at everything, shall we?
Before choosing the tile or anything, I found the vanity I wanted! A custom vanity wasn’t in the budget, so finding a solid vanity in the right size and style was my first priority. However, if you’ve been following this project closely, you know that this isn’t even the first vanity I chose! Originally, I chose a mahogany vanity that seemed like it would be perfect, but the moment it was unboxed, I realized the wood tone was way darker than I expected and not as warm as I hoped. I was able to return it for a full refund. Long story short, I found this other vanity with similar dimensions that’s the perfect warm mahogany wood tone I originally wanted.
I swapped out the knobs it came with for these brass hex knobs and this faucet, and I’m in love. Here’s a funny story: Our contractor accidentally cracked the marble countertop it came with, so we chose this marble remnant at the local stone yard to have fabricated at no extra cost to us.
Oh, and this vanity has incredible storage! Even that middle drawer is actually usable, so there’s plenty of room for everything to be stored and tidy.
Once I knew I wanted a classic, warm wood vanity, I was able to make decisions about everything else, including the tile.
I went through so many flooring options before I thought, “What if I did a callback to the powder bathroom floors… except inverse?!” And so we did. Black hex tile with white punched-out patterns.
Initially, I was considering doing wallpaper in here, but it came back to–this bathroom has to be fit for a tween. Instead, we decided to put tile everywhere!
We did floor-to-ceiling marble subway tile, and tiled box trim, and marble chair rail with a black pencil trim! Once our contractor Micah let us know that the tilers are the best of the best, I wanted to go all out! This tile project ended up being the most intricate but also one of the most beautiful tile jobs we have done in a home. Here’s a post with a more in-depth look at the tile-laying process.
Another key element in this bathroom renovation is the show-stopping shower!
At one point, I considered doing a brass-gridded shower! I even played with the idea of not doing a grid and just doing plain glass. Boy-oh-boy, am I glad I went with the black grid design because I love it’s the star of the show!
The hinges stop the swinging door from opening past 90 degrees, so it can open both in and out but never past 90. In other words, it’s never going to bump into the vanity or the shower knob!
One of my favorite shower features is the little nook for storing soaps but also doubles as a ledge for leg-shaving!
Surprisingly, this is the very first time I’ve ever used brass fixtures in a bathroom! I typically love polished nickel, but I knew this bathroom could benefit from some warmth with all the tile. Hubba Hubba.
Since this is primarily Greta’s bathroom, I wanted there to be femininity sprinkled throughout. This art was picked especially for her (hung with a command hook), and, along with the classic whites, warm woods, and brassy metals, this bathroom feels very soft, delicate, and girlish.
I hung a lacy, light-filtering cafe curtain with a tension rod for some added privacy but also to soften the space a bit. In this photo, you also get a closer look at the beautiful veining on the marble countertop! Stunning.
On the other side of the window, we put a brass double-prong hook, just within reach of the shower, for hanging towels!
And that’s the whole bathroom! I’m completely obsessed with every square inch of this small space and giddy to share the finished laundry room… soon!
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