Bathrooms are such an important space in a home. This is especially true if you're not working with many bathrooms to begin with. Our home has two bathrooms.Two. That leaves you with a hefty dose of motivation to make sure that space is everything you want and more. You have one opportunity to work your magic and love it.
We knew our original bathroom wasn't going to work in the long run for many reasons, but mainly the fact that it had water damage by the tub, and the drywall by the toilet was horrendous. As we were working through our ideas and dreams for this space, we prioritized by making changes that would create the biggest impact.
Since this bathroom is primarily used by three boys, we knew that the toilet/wall area being surrounded by tile was crucial to eliminate the smell that was in the old bathroom. This was NOT a cleaning issue, I repeat the smell was NOT a cleaning issue. The previous floor tile was extremely porous and EVERYTHING, I mean EVERYTHING, including smells stuck to it. It didn't matter if I scrubbed the floors relentlessly, we could not get rid of the smell. The tile has hands down been the biggest game changer in this space.
When it came to the tile finish by the chair rail, we entertained the idea of capping it off with bullnose tile, but ultimately decided we weren't digging the look, so we used painted MDF. Our walls in this home aren't super straight, so this worked out great as we were able to caulk the 'gap' between the wall and the boards. We replaced our old toilet (that leaked) with this Glacier Bay dual flush from our local Home Depot.
Our old cabinets we're extremely deep, and for the amount of things we had stored in the bathroom (it wasn't much), we couldn't justify keeping them! However they did go to a free home to be re-purposed, so that's a win! We love the look of floating cabinets, (There's 6 of them hanging in our family room) for several reasons, but specifically for this space because they're easy to clean under. Another reason is because it's a great way to store a step stool if you have children. We are still searching for the perfect stool, as we're only working with roughly 6 inches height wise.
One of the most drastic changes to our bathroom remodel is our ceiling. I've loved slatted ceilings ever since seeing them a few years ago, and I'm so excited that we decided to execute this idea in this bathroom. I love the clean lines, the wood tones against the white walls, and how much of a statement piece it is. This DIY project is easy on the wallet, and we consider it a 'beginners' project that even the newest of DIY'ers could tackle. This took us an afternoon to complete. Here's a time lapse recap of us prepping the wood for this slatted ceiling.
The key to making this slatted ceiling work was to ensure every piece was properly sanded prior to staining. We ended up staining our pieces with this Varathane wood stain. It soaked in a tad 'oak' compared to a previous stain we've used, but we we're super pleased with the overall aesthetic!
We knew from the beginning the bathroom would be white, this is mainly to make up for the lack of natural light this bathroom gets. Prior to styling the bathroom, we weren't too sure about that decision until we incorporated beige pieces into the space. The tile kind of pulls blue, but suprisingly when we added the cream shower curtain and decor pieces it all came together effortlessly.
If you've seen our previous bathroom posts, then you know we've been waiting on our lighting. Our previous light was a tad too obnoxious in the sense of being blinded everytime the light came on. Exposed bulbs are probably a great fit for a larger bathroom, they just we'rent working for us. We swapped it out for two gold globe lights instead.
The bathroom has a lot of clean lines and linear shapes, so I was a tad nervous incorporating curves, however I couldn't love these lights more! They bring a soft boldness to the wall, and they stand out just enough to make it visually pleasing. There isn't an exposed bulb blinding you, and they frame out the vanity nicely.
I also love that they match the roundness of our potted plant. Speaking of potted plants, I always love plants used as decor, however I've never successfully kept any alive. We picked this beautiful plant up at Home Depot and it's considered "low light". I think it will be a great fit next to the window, and I'll be sure to keep you guys posted on how it holds up!
My favorite decor that I use throughout our home are family photographs. I love looking back at memories and having them in any space immediately warms it up and makes it feel cozy. We used a few of our family photographs from the beach last year. They're paired with our favorite Ribba frames from Ikea. This size above the toilet is a 20x30.
Another huge statement piece in our bathroom is from Ikea, and that's the floating cabinet and sink. It was in a close running with being one of the most expensive things we purchased for the bathroom, however it came in second to the tile. That was a nail biter budget wise, but worth the investment.
Want to see more of our bathroom remodel/renovation? Check out the remainder of our photos below.
Well, what do you think?? Are you loving it as much as we are? We're so glad we decided to tackle such a huge DIY project. The electrical, the waterproofing, the plumbing. So much hard work went into this bathroom remodel. The tiling and tub took days, the vanity took a lot of strategic work, the lighting proved to be difficult due to previously wired lighting, BUT it all came together. It all worked out. We're OBSESSED with this bathroom renovation. We would love if you would share our love for our bathroom by pinning any of the photographs in this blog post! We're SO thankful for your loyal readership! Thank you for stopping by our space.
BEFORE + AFTER PHOTOS