The "Other Side" {Main Bathroom Renovation}

Remember the main bathroom remodel we completed once upon a time?!  Well, I'm finally sharing "the other side"!  I've been wanting to get this bathroom photographed, but the ongoing renovations around here have precluded my efforts.  At this moment, this bathroom is also serving as a pseudo-kitchen (the sink) during our kitchen renovation. :)


Rather than waiting any longer sorry, I thought I'd share the photos I snapped of the "other side" of this bathroom awhile back.  I've shared bits and pieces on Instagram, but here it is in one fell swoop.  Kindly ignore my amateur photography skills and just focus on the transformation. :)

Come on in...

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Here's a look at the new spacious shower...

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We clad the shower walls in 4x16 denim porcelain tile, and ran it behind the commode area for visual continuity.  This helps give smaller spaces like this bathroom the feeling of expanse.  It was installed in a vertical "subway" pattern for a modern feel.  The shower floor is lined with the same herringbone mosaic tile that is on the feature wall and vanity backsplash.  The bench is tiled in a combination of herringbone tile, and 12x24 inch porcelain tile that was also used on the bathroom floors.  The original plan was to use only the herringbone mosaic tile on the bench, but it didn't pan out due to installation issues...


To fully appreciate the transformation, here is the "before"...

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Cringe.  I can't say I'm sad to be rid of the pink dingy tub... white tiles that only covered a portion of the tub surround... odd acrylic-like liner to fill the top half of the walls... and unflattering dated shower fixtures!  Looking back, it's hard to imagine we lived with this bathroom for over a year.

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We used cosmetic measures to get us through the "hump" until we were able to renovate this bathroom.  We painted the room a crisp, clean white, and installed a modern shower curtain that served double-duty for function and aesthetics.  We also installed a textured roman window shade, and "fabric" to conceal the lower half of the old vanity (not shown).  I nearly forgot to take pics before the demolition, but was able to snap these just in time!

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The photo above highlights the dated linoleum floor.

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The decision to replace the tub was difficult.  We wanted to keep it and have it restored since it was cast iron.  The issue was that we needed to level the floors in the bathroom, which meant the tub had to be removed.  #oldhouseproblems

To salvage, transport, and properly have the tub restored and properly refinished wasn't budget-friendly, so we opted to demo it and put in a spacious shower stall instead.   We are shower people.  There will be a separate tub in the master bathroom for future resale purposes.

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In the photo above, you can see how we continued the subway tile behind the toilet.

I had sight lines in mind when designing this bathroom.  I did not want to see the toilet when you entered the room.  With a shower only, there was room to build a pony wall to conceal the commode.  If we did a tub/shower combination, there would not have been enough space between the toilet and tub to build a pony wall (darn codes).  I also wanted as much natural light to filter in throughout the bathroom, so we had a frameless glass shower enclosure installed.  Installing a pony wall allowed us to "conceal" the commode, AND install glass to allow light to filter into the shower.


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We also decided to put in a new ventilation system despite having a window in this bathroom.  We rarely leave the window open due to privacy, so the vent has been practical to prevent moisture build-up and improve air circulation.  Like the toilet, I wanted it to be discreet, so we installed it directly above the toilet rather than in the center of the room.


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Upgrading the hinges and handle on the frameless glass shower enclosure from chrome to a beveled and brushed finish was totally worth it.  The door handle was also customized to be larger, and with a more angular and modern design.


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Since the shower is quite spacious, we took advantage of the area and put in a small bench seat.  We also recessed a built-in double storage shelf to hold shampoo, body wash, etc.

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A perspective view of the "other side" from the vanity area...

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We have now endured two complete gut bathroom renovations over the past two years. #crazytown  The guest bathroom and main bathroom are checked off the renovation list, with the master bath remaining.  We will tackle this currently half-demolished bathroom when we do our entire master ensuite.  Right now, our attention is focused on these non-bathroom renovation projects!


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9 comments :

  1. Clever use of space and beautiful details. Gosh at that pink tub.
    The only thing I'd change, would be to put a different tile in the shower recess (perhaps using the same marble style you use on the wall).

    You let the light flow, a feat in small bathrooms. The ventilation is smartly placed. That's a gorgeous herringbone! It's a great remodel.

    The last photo, with the huge mirror and the sinks/vanity, is fantastic. Really shows off the modernity of your bathroom and the wall tile. If I were you, I would send it to magazines. ;)

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    1. Thank you! We do love the herringbone marble tile, but we didn't realize how difficult it is to cut. It's hard to get "straight" edges...even harder since our walls aren't perfectly straight.

      Although not planned, it worked out well that we remodeled this bathroom before our kitchen. The double sinks have come in handy during our kitchen renovation! I'm not quite sure about a magazine feature...?! :)

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    2. You'll never know until you try. Why miss the chance? This is a beautiful remodel, give it a try and let magazines know.

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    3. Thanks for the encouragement. I wouldn't even know where to begin on how to do this, but I can at least research and go from there. :) It's something to think about since we are essentially doing a whole house renovation. If our renovations can help to inspire people to bring a fixer upper home "back to life", then I wouldn't mind sharing on a wider spectrum. Thanks again for the support and encouragement! :)

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  2. Oh wow the tile selection in here is amazing! Absolutely tasteful! I can not believe that this bathroom looked like that before. Stunning job!

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    1. Thanks Deb! Bathroom gut renovations can reveal some hidden surprises, but thankfully, we didn't encounter any unforeseen obstacles which allowed us to budget for the tiles! :)

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  3. Gorgeous remodel! What were the overall dimensions of the room you were working with? It's so tricky find the right balance between getting all the details you want and making a room feel overcrowded - you did such an awesome job! Thank you

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  4. Gorgeous remodel! What were the overall dimensions of the room you were working with? It's so tricky find the right balance between getting all the details you want and making a room feel overcrowded - you did such an awesome job! Thank you

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  5. Gorgeous remodel! What were the overall dimensions of the room you were working with? It's so tricky find the right balance between getting all the details you want and making a room feel overcrowded - you did such an awesome job! Thank you

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