It’s difficult to show the transformation in spaces when you are shooting with an iPhone. Yes, one of these days I need to break down and learn how to shoot with a real camera. All the best bloggers do it! But I’m not yet there, so I hope you’ll bear with me. This is the story of the modest bathroom makeover, recently completed, on the second floor of the home of Fabulous Client, whom you met in my very first post for this blog, some three years ago.
Well, she continues to be fabulous. We hope we are helping her decor to be fabulous, too!
Here’s the “Before” of the very small and cramped bathroom, off of the master bedroom. Dated blue tile and jaunty stripes made for a jarring start to each morning.
The layout provided no hope for expansion if we chose to preserve the small office nook at the top of the stairs, to the left. We did, and it was a good call. So all of the work we were going to accomplish here needed to help visually enlarge the space.
We chose neutral grays, white and translucent surfaces, as well as plain white subway tiles, and natural Carerra marble in several permutations. The “Asphalt” Cottage Paint color reminded FC of the stormy days of her native Boston, and once she saw it, she had no need to look at another paint chip!
We took it down to the studs in no time! That first picture is where the vanity, right, eventually ended up. Because the space was small, we needed something between the standard 36-inch and 48-inch ready-made vanities. One was too small, the other too large. So we built a 42-inch vanity with deep drawers and inserts.
We added lots of recessed lighting, and a modern, glass mosaic backsplash. We left the jagged edge at each end!
Basketweave marble tiles complemented the marble tiles on the rest of the floor, which were laid at different angles for interest. We inset the subway tiles in the shower with marble in the space to hold shampoo bottles, and used modern, squared-off chrome pulls for the vanity.
I had a custom marble top cut to fit the vanity, with an undermount sink (it’s the Kohler Verticyl, which has a gorgeous modern profile!)
We also added floorboards for architectural interest.
The single-lever faucet is a clean, Grohe model, as is the shower hardware, which includes a slick handheld shower head as well.)
Here’s what the vanity area looked like before. It was shorter than standard height, too, which was a challenge for FC’s husband, who is over six feet! We “deep-sixed” the triple mirror, but recouped all of the storage space with a narrow, tall recessed mirrored cabinet.
Another look at the tiled backsplash area…
…and the shower. Love the clean lines of this two-sided, glass shower, which is open and airy, unlike the cave-like setting before, shown below. Notice how it cleans up the sight lines from the second picture at the top of this post, where the wall leading into the bathroom was solid, constructed of tile and drywall.
We captured extra space in a recess behind the back wall; less than a foot of extra depth, but it made a great difference. Ditto for space on top of the shower, which we opened up to the actual ceiling height.
There are other upgrades as well: a beautiful, top-down bottom-up shade, to let light into this small window area, a top-of-the-line ceiling fan (moves a lot of moisture with very little sound), lots of recessed lighting and better-coordinated lighting via the switches. There are robe hooks behind the door, and outside the shower.
Some day, I’ll have the room professionally photographed, once the towels are purchased and the art selected for the wall. This project sets the tone for the master bedroom, which we may ultimately get to. FC is a huge fan of gray and yellow, so this room was designed with that in mind. The gray serves as a great neutral, so if she opts for another color in the master bedroom, we’ll be able to marry the rooms seamlessly.
Hope you enjoyed this quick peek!
I’m deep into the Skyline project right now, which includes, in the bathroom department, a top-to-bottom overhaul of master and guest bathrooms and a powder room! Stand by for more tile and sinks. I can already tell you, I’ve researched wall-mounted toilets exhaustively!
On that note, a good time to end!
Have a great day!