Friday, May 11, 2012

Bathroom Before & After

Here is our lovely guest bathroom before we really started ripping stuff out.  You can see that Tim has taken off the formica back splash that was glued onto the wall.  We were getting new flooring put in the house and figured it would be best to remodel the bathroom now.

When we bought the house 5 years ago we knew we'd need to replace the flooring fairly soon because the carpet that was in there was super cheap and incredibly worn for being only two years old at the time.  It was one of those things though that we kept putting off due to finances until it was just something we couldn't overlook anymore.

Originally I was envisioning a mostly white bathroom with a pedestal sink and beadboard on the walls with a very light blue paint on the upper half of the walls..  But as we started looking at our options I realize that the type of pedestal sink I wanted would cost about $400-$500...who knew they were so expensive?!  I sure didn't! 

So we ripped everything out and was left with this:

While we waited for the flooring to be installed I hurried up and ordered the fixtures and finishes I wanted for the bathroom. We're in the process of changing all the hardware in our house from brushed nickel to oiled bronze.  I was kind of nervous because I ordered a lot of things online and wasn't sure if they would be the same shade.

After the flooring was installed and we got all our furniture moved back into the house we started putting everything back into the bathroom. I was worried that the dark paint color would make the bathroom look smaller but I think that the room actually looks larger now.

We changed the light switches to rocker switches that light up when they're off.  Makes it a lot easier to find the bathroom when the house is pitch black! The hardest part was definitely installing the new vanity.  Poor Tim had to buy new pipes and fittings 2-3 times because the angles had changed and it just wasn't fitting.  

We kind of had a hard time deciding what to do for handtowels.  Originally there was a standard sized towelbar on the wall behind the door. I always thought it was odd because this is just a half bath, there's no shower or tub.  I'm not a huge fan of towel rings and I definitely did not want to put a big towel bar back up.  I found a 12" "grab bar" that looked like a small towel bar but it was over $65 and I just did not want to spend that much for a towel bar.

We went with a towel rack from Target. I'm not in love with it, but it'll do for now and it was under $20.  My favorite part of this bathroom is the recessed toilet paper holder!

I'm really happy with the way it turned out.  It is not at all what I originally envisioned for this bathroom but I think it looks great.  I love the colors!

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