Shortly before moving into our current home, we had just finished renovating the primary bathroom in our last house. It was hard to say goodbye to such an incredible space, but it really put us in the bathroom mindset and gave us a head-start in knowing what we wanted when it came time to renovate our bathroom here two years later. We though it would be fun to do a then and now comparison to see what we did the same, different, added or subtracted. (It was actually pretty shocking to see some of the similarities that came out of my subconscious!)
Let’s start in the water closet:
Well apparently my love of wallpaper in a powder room has not changed, and both spaces also had pocket doors–an upgrade that’s always worth it for a tight space, imo. Our new water closet has an intelligent toilet that’s a complete upgrade (it would be hard to go back). We love it. Our previous bathroom did have the bonus storage above the toilet and a window–both were so nice, but I would happily trade both for the pedestal sink we added in our current bathroom.
Now let’s check out the showers! Then:
I looooooved that green tile from our last bathroom, but I gotta admit, our shower now feels so much more perfect and easy! Both showers had windows (special water rated privacy windows!) and both showers we used the Kohler Purist line of plumbing but in different finishes. I find the lighter, tonal honed limestone tile and the matte black fixtures both a lot easier to maintain than the dark SHINY tile and polished nickel fixtures. We said goodbye to the rain shower (I wanted to love it, but felt a bit water-logged with the water coming straight down on me in our last shower) and opted for a bench and a hand-held sprayer for shaving my legs! I do miss the dual wall mounted shower heads, but the body sprays make up for it.
Okay hello. I obviously like what I like. The mirror shape, the sconces on the sides, the wall-mounted faucet, the under-mounted sink, and the exact same cabinet pulls. Can you hear me in the back?
Both vanities were custom and in our current bathroom, I obviously embraced warmth with wood tones instead of black but I still love our old vanity, too!
Major Additions and subtractions? Then:
We had this linen closet custom-made in our previous home and I kind of miss it. We don’t necessarily need the extra storage in our current bathroom, because we have separate vanities here that we can store extra towels in, but I did love having a separate, designated space to keep all the linens, medicine, etc.
In our last bathroom, we gave up a bathtub completely in exchange for a bougie shower. Here, we get to enjoy the best of both worlds. I’ve never been a bath person, but this bath has converted me. It’s substantial in size and I love being surrounded by art. It feels truly relaxing and I’m so grateful we had the space to make it such a prominent part of our bathroom.
A few other similarities: Both bathrooms had heated floors and we added windows in both spaces, too. So which is my favorite? My style is always refining, and progressing, and at one point our previous bathroom was a reflection of what I liked and who I was, and I’m extremely proud of that bathroom. We optimized storage and function, and it leaned mostly modern with a touch of traditional. NOW my personal taste, and the style of our home leans more on the traditional side, with a few modern touches. It’s a more accurate representation of who I am today, and I wouldn’t change that.
Previous Home Bathroom
Wall Color– Sherwin Williams Cloud White in Satin
Trim color– Valspar Pure White in Semi-Gloss
Vanity, Linen cabinet, and Water closet cabinet–custom made through Fashion Cabinets in West Jordan, UT
Marble Floor Tile
Shower Tile, 3×9 and Chaine Homme in Loch Ness–Fireclay Tile
Countertop –Venato Quartz
Purist Wall-Mounted faucets by Kohler in Polished Nickel
Soap and Lotion set
White Pocket door
Wood pocket door
Flush Pull and Edge Pull Pocket door hardware
Smokey Floral Wallpaper
Unlacquered brass knobs
Toilet paper holder
Kohler Purist Shower head
Kohler 12″ Rain Shower Head in polished nickel
Kohler Purist Cross Handle for Thermostatic Valve
Kohler Purist Lever Handle for Volume Control
Triple Towel hook
Simple Human Mirror
First Aid box
Current Modern Cottage Bathroom
Wall Color: Alabaster by Sherwin Williams
Trim Color: Lamp Room Gray by Farrow & Ball
Window: Pella Architect Series