It is almost bittersweet that I write this post today, as it wraps up the final bathroom renovation reveal for our lakehouse. However, considering we have now been in this home for over three years, I guess I should just get on with it already! In case you missed the other bathroom renovations, make sure you catch up on the downstairs bathroom, powder room and guest bathroom.
If you remember back to my Master Bedroom reveal, our room is the smallest bedroom in the house. When it came to choosing a bathroom, we kept the trend going and picked the smaller of the two upstairs bathrooms. Given the layout of the house, it just seemed to make the most sense. Our room is tucked away in the back corner of the house, offering the most privacy. And truthfully, I'm not one to spend hours in front of the mirror getting ready, so my bathroom use is pretty minimal. But, what it may lack in size, it makes up for in personality!
But before we get too far, let's take it back to where it all began with some Before pictures.
The one thing this bathroom had going for itself was that it worked...something that could not be said about a couple other of the bathrooms. So, we were off on a positive note there! Initially I think this was probably the key factor that deemed this the master bathroom. However, it didn't remain a functioning bathroom for long, as we quickly demoed the entire room. Once the room was cleared out, it was easier to start envisioning how I wanted to piece it back together.
Here is the scope of work...
- Replace flooring
- New vanity
- New toilet
- New bathtub
- Create custom bathtub panel
- Add subway tile in shower
- New shower and sink fixtures
- Update electrical and light fixtures
- Remove basebaord heating
- New trim
- Replace door
- Install wallpaper
I think that covers everything. In general, we kept all major items in the same location, but just gave it a much needed facelift, swapping out honey oak and brown decor for bright white and fresh styling.
The end result...bright and cheery and of course...blue and white!
So, let's talk details. We'll start with the shower. In general I wanted to maintain a classic, timeless look. I don't think you can get much more classic than your traditional subway tile, especially when you pair it with dark grout. We tiled the shower all the way to the ceiling which helps to elongate the space, making it feel larger.
Although we just purchased your standard bathtub, we gave it a custom feel by building a panel on front, giving it a built-in, high end look. You can read all the details on that here. It's a small upgrade that really makes a big impact on the overall space.
We really tried to keep the bathrooms as uniform as possible. I think the hardest part of renovations is sometimes settling on a decision and sticking to it. The choices are overwhelming. There are so many cool fixtures and faucets, that it's hard to commit to just one thing. Luckily, four toilets later, I'm still loving the Memoirs collection by Kohler. Maybe I'm a bit biased, but I think it's a good looking toilet if I do say so myself!
We also kept the vanity faucet consistent throughout the bathrooms, however this vanity was a single hole style opposed to the three hole style of the other vanities.
We kept it budget friendly when shopping for vanities and purchased ours from none other than Ikea. Given the price, I have absolutely no complaints...soft close drawers, ample storage space and a sleek design.
I did swap out the knobs for a glass cut style to glam it up a bit.
Overall, it's just a fresh, clean look.
Keeping in line with the white, classic look, we opted for the hexagon floor tiles. Similar to the subway tile, this tile has been used for decades and I don't really see it going out of style anytime soon. It's simple and classic, making it a versatile option if we decide to make updates to the room down the road.
We trimmed off the flooring with the same 5 1/2 inch baseboards and quarter round we used throughout the rest of the house.
Up until this point, there's a pretty common theme in this bathroom...white. Every time I walked into this room I couldn't help but to think there was something missing. The room just needed a little kick. And that's when I started the long, drawn out process of picking out wallpaper. No joke, I spent a countless amount of hours browsing through various patterns, ordering dozens of samples, only to not be wowed by any of them. I finally came across this Ikat print and before I could give it a second thought, ordered it.
Yep, that was definitely the kick I was looking for! I'm sure it's a bit much for some people, but I love the bold print and big pattern. It totally transformed the room and for me was the icing on the cake.
Since there is definitely a lot going on with those walls, I tried to keep everything else pretty basic. I thought patterned towels on top of patterned walls may be a bit of an overkill. But you know I wasn't going to pass up an opportunity to stamp our initials on the hand towels!
As if monogrammed hand towels weren't enough, I just really wanted to drive home the point that this is our bathroom. I'll admit, I may have a slight addiction to all things monogrammed. But I'm going to own up to it, and I have no plan on stopping anytime soon.
Overall, this renovation was one of the easier ones to tackle. We weren't looking to convert this room into an oasis retreat where we would spend hours on end pampering ourselves, but rather a clean and cheerful space where we can freshen up after running around outside all day.
And comparing how this room started to where it is now, I think we did just that!
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