What surprised me about this remodel is I came into it with a plan – and much of that plan was thrown out! It became important to be flexible and it’s one reason the room took longer then expected. Although the room wasn’t quite what I had originally imagined… it’s far better!
As we progressed, it became clear that some things weren’t going to work out. The cream color for the cabinets just didn’t look good with the bright blue of the walls; the bird paintings were too yellow and square for the vertical height of the wall (and were moved to the hallway outside the bathroom), the first, selected light fixture was going to be too dark for the light feeling of the room, and the dark mirror frame got changed to silver.
See the gallery of the new bathroom!
Thoughts on this room ~
For some time, I’ve felt that the height of the room (9 feet) needed to be featured. We did that with a speciality, pearl paint (Winter Blue Fox from Lowes) in a metallic silver for the ceiling, two patterns of crown moulding and a cabinet that reached all the way to the ceiling. Vertical artwork also draws your eye upwards.
Originally we had picked a stock vanity but I kept looking for a unique table that we could use instead. This became a big headache because the space was so small that most dressers (at 34-36″ were too wide) and end tables were too low. Persistence paid off when we found this table at an antiques mall in another city. Stripped, sanded, and redone in the grey to match the cabinet it is topped with Italian marble and a vessel sink.
For such a small room, it was expensive, time consuming and a pain in the neck. While I think it turned out lovely, I’ll be glad to work on some larger bathroom projects that don’t need as many changes.
Total remodel cost ($1400):
Wall finish– Lowes’ Venetian Plaster Aquamarina #67. Because we started with flat walls, one gallon did the job ($40).
Ceiling – Lowes Pearl paint (Blue Winter Fox) with crown moulding ($80).
Vanity ($120) – with marble top ($250), vessel sink ($125), and a new faucet ($150)
Overjohn cabinet – extended height size with molding and wood, repainted, and new door pulls ($150).
Base Moulding – removed and replaced with larger molding ($20). Painted Chef White (from available paint)
Art – Artwork from Bed, Bath and Beyond (bought with $5 off coupons for $20 each small, $40 for the large) $120.
Toilet – The one chosen for the downstairs powder room is a space saver, quiet flush from Jacuzzi ($200).
This bathroom is now finished except for a few extra touches such as a towel bar and a soap dispenser — whew!!