Tataaaa! I finally have pictures of our completed bathroom makeover. It took longer than expected and we hit a few snags, but here we are - done for now.
A small recap on the project:
We have a family bathroom (no ensuite) on the upper level. The bathroom was functioning fine and had everything we really needed, so there was no justification for a renovation. However, we were never really pleased with the vanity added by a previous owner. It was too large and bulky and didn't have well functioning storage. So we decided to invest in a new vanity. Once we decided that, we thought we could add a bit of lipstick and mascara to brighten the place up a little - not much, just enough to make it feel like a new and fresh space.
Things we decided to work on:
- New vanity
- New mirror
- New light
- New paint colour
- Take out old rad
- Replace shower curtain rod and toilet paper holder
- Move towel rack
And this is how it looks like today:
- New vanity. This vanity is shallower than the previous one but has more efficient storage. Those four drawers hold most of our things. The glossy white brightens up the space and the extra 3 inches of space make the room feel much bigger.
- New mirror. We were initially thinking of two square mirrors, but once I measured, they were each 70 cm wide and the vanity is 140 cm wide - no point having two mirrors if they have to be hung without a space between them. So we hacked this IKEA mirror by trimming back the depth of the wood frame, sanding it and staining it dark (note: staining pine is not ideal, it doesn't usually take stain easily, but we were lucky and are pleased with the final result).
- New light. Initially I was looking at a more classic light, but I changed my mind, returned it to the store and opted for this streamlined version.
- New paint. We brightened up the space with stripes. We used Benjamin Moore 'cloud white' and Martha Stewart 'sparkling brook'. Note: Benjamin Moore makes an Aura Bathroom/Kitchen paint that can be used in flat - no need for semigloss, even in a humid room.
- Shower curtain rod was replaced with a steel one and old toilet paper holder was replaced with a new model. Nothing fancy, just more polished and permanent.
- Walls were patched, plumbing was adjusted, trim was painted and tub was caulked.
With the new colour scheme I also needed different art. I opted to hang the ceramic 'shalom' piece that I used to have in my room when I was a kid. I liked the pop of turquoise, the ceramic works well in a bathroom and the frame worked with the warm wood tones.
I also purchased a quarter yard of fabric and framed it. Fabric works well in a bathroom environment as it can't be damaged by humidity. I chose a pattern that offered bright pops of colour that link to the colours found on our shower curtain (see reflection in mirror in first pic). When framing fabric, make sure to line up the pattern so it doesn't look lost in the mat, then tape it down on each side, stretching it, but without overstretching and distorting the pattern.
This was by no means a renovation, we kept the tub, the floors, the toilet, layout, etc., but even small updates in a bathroom can be costly (those fixtures and vanities don't come cheap) and time consuming. As per usual we underestimated the time we'd need to complete this project, but now we are really happy with the results.
A few more things planned down the road. See the reflection of that closet in the mirror? Now that we have excellent vanity storage I am rethinking that closet. First step was removing the door, next steps will be paint and floating shelf - but only in a bit of time, no point in rushing. And we are boxing in the bottom of the vanity (related to encountered snag) with the matching high-gloss cabinetry - is a room ever really finished?
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