Downstairs Bathroom Remodel, Before and After
Welcome to my new bathroom! Every time I walk in here, I feel like I’m walking into another house. It is a relaxing space. Cameron told me that going to the bathroom a much more enjoyable experience now, haha!
It is an awesome feeling to have one room in your house completely finished. We haven’t experienced that in the five years we’ve lived here so it is such a blessing and relief. We feel so motivated now to completely finish more of the house.
Its a good thing we were able to finally finish the bathroom because are kitchen remodel is just about to begin. Luckily, I was able to find a few before pictures to show you what it looked like for many years. You won’t believe how far we’ve come!…
We had red oak everywhere in the house at that time. The new vanity cabinet had to be completely built custom by Cameron because our old one wasn’t a stock size. I thought about painting the old cabinet but to tell you the truth it was terrible quality. The inside was full of warping MDF and the outside oak veneer.
The wainscoting serves two purposes, the walls are easy to wipe now (3 little boys in the house), and it adds interest and beauty. Wainscoting and trim are painted in Benjamin Moore White Dove.
We used to have popcorn ceiling and the wallpaper in here dated. We started out peeling off wallpaper and adding wainscoting. Then as we updated those things the rest of the bathroom felt even more dated. It snowballed into gutting the whole bathroom.
The vanity cabinet was handmade by Cameron. His very first time building a vanity! It is painted in Benjamin Moore Hale Navy.
I actually started out with a different cabinet hardware choice. After deciding my original choice of cup pulls and knobs just wasn’t working, I ended up with the bar pulls instead. They were larger than the originals and I had to fill holes, sand, and repaint. I was hoping I didn’t ruin the cabinet but it all worked out and you can’t even tell there was another set of holes. Even though it was stressful to switch around the hardware, I am glad I did because it looks much more centered and balanced.
I am still on the hunt for a rug to go in the bathroom, just a small one in front of the vanity.
Originally, we had a towel bar on the opposite wall of the sink. I personally don’t love towel bars.
Replacing the towel bar with a ring has made all the difference. It’s in a great location now adjacent to the sink so it’s super easy to dry your hands without dripping water everywhere.
We had to move the wall plug closer to the mirror because originally it was centered right were the towel is now. I didn’t feel good about a wet towel resting on it and luckily it was easily fixed.
Isn’t the towel a beauty? It was a great deal! I found a new hand towel source that I love. It is a turkish hand towel found HERE.
I love that the faucet has the same bar handles as the cabinet. Even though they are different colors, it helps everything feel cohesive.
I’ve always wanted a hanging planter and I’m so happy to finally have that wish come true. This one came in white and as I’ve watered the ivy plant it started to develop a patina at the base of the planter.
The wallpaper is temporary peel and stick. It was our first time doing any type of wallpaper. It was forgiving in the sense that if you mess up, its easy to peel it off the wall and rearrange.
However, occasionally it would adhere to some of the paint on the wall and bubble the paint or pull it off! We followed all the rules- waiting at least 4 weeks for paint to dry (we actually waited 3 months) and using semi gloss paint on the walls.
Even though we had some problems with it, I seriously love the quality of the paper. It is tough and has a bit of texture. If I used it again, I would do several coats of primer before painting. I have a hunch the primer we used wasn’t strong enough.
The fixtures is where I splurged a bit and this light fixture is worth every penny. It is the cherry on top of the bathroom. I’m so happy with how it all turned out!
Complete List of Bathroom Sources
Silestone Brand Quartz in Calcutta Marble (Locally Sourced)
Blinds (Mine are corded from a few years ago and Cameron cut them to size after we added molding. Looks like they now only sell cordless!)
Cabinet and Mirror were handmade by Cameron. Mirror wood is pecky hickory.