They are done! Our working, functional, and probably more importantly, pretty, pretty bathrooms are complete. Actually, the construction has been done for about a month or so, but with work, kids, and well…life, it took me a little while to pull the finishing touches together. I’m still not completely sold on some of the choices (for instance, the pendant in our bathroom is a little too small but I already owned it and the budget was super tight at that point) but all together I’m thoroughly in love.
There’s a lot to share so I’m going to do this in two installments. Today’s will be the girls’ bathrooms. So let’s begin!
This is our before. Not terrible, but not us.
And the after:
We were able to salvage the tile floor but the rest is all new. To save money, we bought a large 3cm Carrara marble slab and was able to use it for both the girls’ bath and ours. The hardware is a mix and match of knobs from Martha Stewart at Home Depot and allen + roth pulls, from Lowes, both in polished nickel.
I found the faucets at Overstock. One came damaged, but they’ve got terrific customer service and had a new one out to me in no time at all.
The mirrors are antique. If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’ll know I’m a big lover of the mix between modern and old. I feel like vintage and antique items bring an authenticity and complexity to a space that newly purchased things just can’t replicate.
Speaking of vintage items, these 1950’s watercolors were a perfect compliment to the Pink Prism Behr paint I chose for the walls.
The towel bar is from the Grafton line at Restoration Hardware. I loved it so much I installed the same one in our bathroom.
When it came to the shower curtain, I couldn’t beat the styling and price of this one from the Threshold line at Target. Have I ever told you home much I love Target? But then again, who doesn’t?
And that’s a wrap. The girls love it just as much as I do. Make sure and keep an eye out for the grand reveal of our master bath later this week!
Let’s go back in time to last April. I was working late when I received a text from my husband. Usually they’re full of witty banter and innuendo, but this time the text was far more dire. And it included a picture of this:
I uttered a few choice expletives, knowing full well that something in the girls’ upstairs bathroom had broken. The husband, however, could not find the source of the leak. I figured, “it can’t be that hard!” not knowing that, yes, it can be. I also naively thought it looked rather small so it couldn’t be all that bad.
Oh, you naive fool.
I arrived home to my husband littering our dining area floor with buckets and pots and pans as the ceiling rained. And rained. Even with the water shut off to the house. Seems the water left in your pipes once you shut it off is a lot. And that was lesson number one in what would soon become “Plumbinggedon!”
The hubs found the source of the leak, a little drip coming from the valve under the girls’ vanity…right where it connected with the wall. If you like figuring out plot twists ahead of time, I’m sure you can see where this is going. The $150 fix by the plumber was the simple part. Because the leak was in the wall shared between both the girls’ bathroom AND our master bath this wasn’t going to be simple much longer.
Two bath remodels were now needed. TWO!
Now, this could go one of two ways, and together we had them covered. 1) We cry and shake our fists at the ceiling and yell, “WHY?” into the ether or 2) we cry tears of joy over the new opportunity to update the bathrooms which, let’s be real honest, were desperately needed. Guess who reacted which way?
With our remodel now in full effect, I’ve spent endless amounts of time figuring out what I wanted. I decided early on that I wanted both bathrooms to feel connected, so many of the choices echo each other. That being said, I wanted to do higher end finishes in our bathroom, so while they reflect the same modern traditional style I so love, they each have their own flavor. Here’s a preview into what we’re going for.
The Girls’ Bathroom
And the Master Bath
Here’s to leaky valves and new design opportunities!