I know it’s been a few weeks since I last posted an update on our bathroom remodel. Forgive me, but we are finally moving right along with the design! I have made so many decisions in the last few weeks, and I didn’t expect them to take nearly this long.
So, first, let’s start with where we are right now:
Since my last post, we have successfully installed the bathtub, made some repairs to the floor, and framed out what will be the niche in the shower/tub area. There are several DIY things we have learned along this remodel. The first is that choosing a bathtub is actually really hard. I really only had two requirements: please last a long time and please be easy to clean. That doesn’t seem like too much to ask, right? And yet, we have spent hours researching tubs and no matter the pricepoint, every tub seems to have at least 10-15% complaining reviews. We chose an American Standard Cambridge bathtub because it does have high reviews, it is durable, and it should insulate as well as cast iron with out the weight of cast iron.
Ok, so that’s where we are. Now I want to show you where we are going…
I am so excited about this design! The cool blues, the mix of urban and classic sophistication. I can’t wait to show off all the details of how it will fit together. The tile should arrive this week, and while I can’t say that I am excited to start that process, I am excited to see some finished spaces. So here is a sneak peek at some of the plans we have and special touches:
- Mixing Metals: I love not being resigned to one metal choice for everything. Brass and Navy are a hot combination right now and the brass will serve to warm an otherwise cool, blue room.
- Concrete Floors: Yep, I said it. Sexy, urban, but not what you may think. You will have to wait to see what I mean, but here’s a hint: I think this idea might just replace the trend of faux wood floors.
- Vanity Makeover: Our builder-grade double vanity base is going chic with the help of my favorite furniture paint. But nothing else stays. I am using a mix and match method to get exactly what I want as budget friendly as possible.
- Storage, Function, and one Amazing Custom Built Shower Niche: You’ve never seen one like this, and I will be sharing all the details so stay tuned for that!
Here is most of our finishes in-store as I was picking out the tile. While the picture doesn’t give you a sense of proportions for each design component, you can tell that they fit together.
Bathroom Design Tip: One of the most important lessons we learned when designing our kitchen is to design all the finishes together at once. During our, ahem, still unfinished kitchen, we made the mistake of picking one surface at a time, installing it, and then moving to the next project. (For example, we chose and installed our granite countertops without ever considering the backsplash until later.) What ended up happening is that lost sight of the bigger picture and what would work together. I designed myself into a corner and to get what I want, we will have to redo the breakfast bar…again. I recommend at least designing everything, even if you can’t do every project at once.
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