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August 9, 2016

A Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation - Before + After

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com

I wasn't kidding: our mid-century modern inspired bathroom renovation is DONE!  I feel like I should pop the champagne because, although we've updated our little lake house a lot (see the lake house tour for details), this is the first major, to the studs reno we've tackled since moving here.

When we originally purchased our lake house, the bathroom looked like this:

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com

Remember the natural oak cabinetry, pink walls, vinyl flooring, laminate counters, and bisque shower portal with matching toilet and sink?  An elderly couple had built this lake house to their needs, so the vanity was very low and there were grab bars all over.  I had no issues with the layout, actually I loved the linen tower to the left of the vanity, but the finishes weren't our style and after thirteen years, the bathroom wasn't in the best shape.

But it was workable!  With a little bit of money, and a lot of sweat-equity, I gave the space a budget-friendly spruce:

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com

Basically I just painted the cabinets, tile, and walls, and added some accessories and art - really, it didn't take much to bring out the best in the space.  I even worked with the mint counters!  I'm so happy we took the time to give it that little update, even though we knew a reno was imminent, because we ended up postponing for a year.  In a small house like ours, every room is really visible (this bathroom can be seen from the dining table, actually!), so having it look a little nicer made me happy - and it made waiting a little more bearable.  If it had been in better condition, I could have lived with it a lot longer.  Unfortunately, despite my best beautifying efforts, the space had started to show its age.  The shower portal doors were busted and just not as functional as I would have liked (never mind that the whole thing was kind of smelly inside, despite a deep clean, because water got stuck in the lines of the jet function).  The low counters were inconvenient and the poor mint laminate started to peel.  The makeover was well worth the time though, because it helped us realize what we liked, and didn't like, and ultimately shaped the more expensive makeover we started last year.

Here's what the bathroom looks like today:

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com

I LOVE it!!

I have to explain, though, that this room looks way better in real life than in photos.  I'm still learning how to use my new DSLR, but taking true to life photos is made more difficult by the time of year.  This room faces the road and during the summer, when the trees are their leafiest, some of the sunlight is blocked by the mini forest on our property and the massive forest and mountain behind (you can see those trees in the exterior photos from my post about our DIY fire pit).  We're SO lucky we don't have neighbors on that side, so I am definitely not complaining, but it does make it a smidge darker in the bathroom this time of year - you can see the difference from this other set of bathroom photos.  It's bright in person - not as bright as the always sunny living room, but bright - but for taking photos there's not as much light as I'd like (and need).  I struggled taking these photos and even with Hubby awkwardly holding my light kit, me diligently using my tripod and employing all of the tips I've picked up, this bathroom seems darker and duller in these photos.  In the winter (shudder) when it gets better light, I'll retake the photos - and share an update on how things are holding up/how we like them - but I couldn't wait a second longer before sharing the bathroom reveal!  Just imagine it....brighter, prettier, sparklier, walnutier, and just lovelier. 

Enough imagining - let's talk details!  There are links through out, but also a whole list of sources at the end of this post.  Some of them are affiliate links, so if you make a purchase I might make a small commission.  Just let me know if I forgot to link anything, or if you have any questions!

The Walnut Cabinetry:

I love the walnut cabinetry, even though the manufacturer kept sending us flawed drawer fronts.  Even now, they don't line up perfectly but I just don't think they can get them better than this.  I was really excited to get these exact same cabinets in the kitchen, but now I'm not so sure...

Quality control issues aside, I love that both the vanity and linen tower float!  This was a nutty plan of mine and although others had some doubt, I trusted my gut (and a moment of inspiration) and am so thrilled with the outcome - practical AND gorgeous (with no stupid toe kick).  All of the sides and the entire drawer fronts, front and back, are walnut, which is my preference and makes for a streamlined look. 

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com

The Quartzite Counters:

If you recall, the counter shop also made a mistake and, as a result, the right hand overhang had to be given a substantial shave.  At first it bothered me, but now I don't even notice it.  No one else who has seen this bathroom has uttered a peep - everyone just runs their hands along the surface, whispering sweet nothings to it.  There are these INCREDIBLE silvery blue veins in our quartzite slab:

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com

All of those areas glint like crazy!  Any time I move around the room - or even when I'm walking by - they catch my eye because they just gleam and are so luminescent.  You can't see this as well in photos...hmmmm, maybe I need to take a video of them!  (Is that what snapchat is for???).

I'm really, really pleased with our particular quartzite slab, which was our second choice after deciding not to work with the tile and granite company who tiled the tub surround and floor - and damaged our bathtub in the process (we have the worst luck!).  The slab we had picked out there had a lot of veins as well, but not as many of these quartz areas, so I'm kind of glad we ended up going to another shop.  Silver lining, right?  The busy pattern of the stone also disguises water spots - which I appreciate! 

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com

I still see a frozen over lake when I look down at the counters...

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com

The Aqua Sinks:

These sinks are what my dreams are made of - oh to have stumbled across a house with its original 1960s blue bath tub, toilet and sink!  My Mummu still has her original pink tub and sink (with floating vanity) and I've loved it ever since I was a child.  I wanted this bathroom to have a mid-century feel, but still play homage to its lakeside locale, and these aqua sinks are it for me - the turquoise is so retro, but really mimics the color and gleam of the lake on a bright day.

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com

The sheen on these Kohler sinks is beautiful - they're just gleam.  At first, though, our hard water left little dull white spots but I cleaned both sinks with Kohler's cast iron sink cleaner and, since then, they actually seem to repel the water and no water spots form - at all!  That was a relief, because for a brief moment I envisioned my life in servitude to these aqua sinks, dutifully cleaning them every night. 




The Kohler Purist Fixtures + Sconces:

I love the shape and simple lines of the Kohler Purist line - our tub spout, handheld shower, sink faucets, sconces, and even the toilet paper holder are all from the same line.  It's timeless and I'm loving the brushed nickel finish - cool and clean, which is perfect for a lakeside bathroom.  The best things is that water spots don't show up like they do on chrome.  Boy, was I over chrome.  I know this metal isn't trending, but I picked what I love because I have to live with this for a looooong time.  I just prefer brushed nickel with my cool color palette.

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com

The huge mirror we chose was a great decision because we clearly need a lot of light bounced around!  Plus I think it makes the space feel more expansive.  Mounting the sconces on the glass - although scary! - looks better than I imagined and allowed us to add three which gives us a lot of light in the evening - plus it looks more luxe than a pair.  These Kohler Purist sconces have a nightlight in the bottom, which sealed the deal for me!    

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com


The Charcoal Grey Tile Floor:

I picked this floor based on my gut.  I brought home tons of samples but this one stood out right away.  I love the scale, rectangular shape, and its simplicity, but also the color was perfect.  It has a slightly irregular, somewhat matte finish to it which disguises water spots (I'm evidently obsessed with not seeing water spots!) and fools people into thinking it's a natural stone, like slate.  Even my Mom, who was with me when I picked this tile, keeps thinking it's slate.  I briefly considered hex, but I think this bathroom - with its busy stone, walnut grain, and bright aqua sinks, needed something simple for the flooring!

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com

The Lamont Home Makatea Water Hyacinth Hampers

Years later I can't get over the fact we have a bathroom big enough to put two clothes hampers in!  These woven beauties are from Bed Bath & Beyond and they fit the spot perfectly.  I love the natural look because it picks up on the other, subtle natural and textural elements in the room: like the walnut, the stone, the sparkly shower tile...  My look has evolved to a mid-century meets natural/beachy vibe, and while I may not decorate with anchors and coral, I do have a lot of natural touches throughout the house that call to mind driftwood, beaches, and the changing moods of the lake.  I like these subtle touches!  The creamy finish on these hampers offers some repetition of the creamy. shimmering tile and also our DIY white stained maple kitchen counters, cream leather sectional sofa - even that whitewashed stool we use in the front entryway.  That kind of repetition makes me smile, plus I think it's important in a small house when you can traverse from one end to the other in the blink of an eye.

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com

The Tiled Shower:

Things were never sorted with the tile company because, if I'm being honest, I just didn't have the steam to take them to court after they broke off communication.  Last year was very taxing and it's taken me a long time to recover and I have been diligent about cutting unnecessary stress out of my life.  I am planning a post on 10 ways the tilers buggered up - and what you can learn from my mistakes - including the fact that I realize now I was given the wrong tile!  I ordered white, not realizing there was also a cream, and when they showed me the tile and nervously asked if it was the right one, I said yes because it looked right.  But once it was installed, it looked much more beige than I remembered.  It was reflecting other surfaces so I didn't worry.  Looking on the tile company's website later, I realized this is the beige - and that's, duh, why it looks more beige than the sample I brought home, which was likely the white.   

But it worked out because I don't even mind the cream these days - I like it!  It's warm and looks natural, like shell.  Plus, the slab of quartzite we ended up with was much warmer than our first choice, so the warm beige and greige sections work with this tile!  Since I am starting to pile on the cream accents around the house (which I rattled off above), it actually complements my whole home color palette perfectly.  Or maybe I'm just blinded by the subtle glimmer, which I love.  I'm definitely thrilled with the shape of the tile: huge rectangles (read: minimal grout lines) with the look of vintage, natural mosaic. 

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com

We finished off the shower with the same trim we used in the rest of the room.  The tilers used a white Schluter edge, like I asked, but due to one of the mistakes it was butt-jointed and not mitered in the corners as I would have preferred - plus they squashed the drywall a bit.  So we just trimmed out the whole portal - easy, peasy!

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com

The Tiled Shower Cubby:

I have wanted one of these tiled shower cubbies for years - ever since we renovated the townhouse bathroom and were left with nowhere to place the soap!  This was priority #1 for me and I'm really happy with the size and placement: low enough to reach from the tub, but still convenient when showering.  It fits shampoo, conditioner, face washes and soap with room to spare.  It's trimmed out nicely in white Schluter edging and the tile installer even lined up the tile pattern perfectly.  Thank you!

Seriously, even though it adds to the final cost, I highly recommend a tiled shower cubby!

Ceiling Mounted Shower Curtain Rod + Turquoise Tweed Pleated Shower Curtain in Modern Bathroom Reno | www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com

The Ceiling Mounted Shower Curtain

You might have already read the big long story about our shower curtain delays and how we ended up with this gorgeous floor to ceiling pale aqua tweed (drool).

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com





The Artwork & Accessories

You know how I mentioned I love repetition?  In the lakehouse, there's my mantle rock collection, my framed agate art (which now hangs just outside the bathroom), the stone counters and now my framed mineral and gemstone prints - it's subtle and probably only something I notice, but I love these little details that tie spaces together.  This set of prints is part of a set of twelve from my calendar last year!  IdleWild designs them to break down into 8 x 10 prints and these are my three favorites - you can also just buy the gem prints.  I had originally planned on painting some art for here - I'd been sketching some simple drawings of lakers and sailboats - but I like these here for now. 

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com

I haven't really accessorized the bathroom a lot because I don't like clutter in a bathroom.  I use a TON of hairspray, so I do like to keep it easy to clean!  I did add a little McCoy planter with my spikey plant because I'm swimming in McCoy planters since rearranging the living room and losing my display cabinet - I even had to put some for sale in the shop, might even be parting with aqua.  Gasp!

Another McCoy planter beside my sink makes a perfect place to quickly drop jewelry.  Our soap dishes are from Bed Bath & Beyond - I love the simple enameled finish with a subtle sheen.  They're neutral and complement the stone nicely.  I have a separate lotion bottle for my face wash - that little touch makes my cheap-o Neutrogena face wash seem really fancy.    

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com


I made the gem soap!  Isn't it the cutest?  It's even organic!  I want to make one last batch (I've made so many already) because I want to try one final trick for perfecting this technique, and then I'll share the tutorial - look for it in the fall.

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com


I picked out two new sets of towels our turquoise set and this gorgeous grey set from Bed Bath & Beyond - which is actually on major sale right now (it comes in white and beige, too).  I loved the cool grey hue and the ruched detail at the bottom has such an organic feel, I thought it would be the perfect touch.  I still love our gorgeous towel warmer too.

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com

It feels surreal that this bathroom is finally complete!  Sure, we still have to add a clock and we were sent the wrong valence on our blinds so we have to make our own, but I don't think rooms are ever done-done - there's always a little tweaking here and there to do.  Even though Hubby and I hang on to things for a long time and seem to move at a snail's pace, our spaces grow with us and are always evolving.  I'm sure this room will too!

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com

Here's one last before and after (and other after), to save you some scrolling...



Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Renovation, Before + After - Floating Walnut Vanity, Quartzite Counters, Kohler Purist Fixtures, Aqua Sinks - from www.danslelakehouse.com 
SOURCES:

Floating Walnut Vanity:  Cabinetry is by AYA Kitchens
Brushed Nickel PullsRichelieu
Counter:  Quartzite
Floor Tile:  Alfalux Ecogres Docks in Nero
Shower Tile: Pamesa Ceramica Capua  
SinksKohler Serif Undermount Sink in "Vapor Green"
FaucetsPurist Tall Single-Control Lavatory Faucet With Straight Lever Handle in Vibrant Brushed Nickel 
Soap DishesMike & Ally Studio Venetian Soap Dish from Bed Bath & Beyond 
Liquid Soap DispenserMike & Ally Studio Venetian Lotion Dispenser from Bed Bath & Beyond
Faceted McCoy Planter: Vintage (these are nearly identical, but this has a similar vibe - and this faceted beauty has a can't-beat-it price tag)
Turquoise McCoy Planter:  Vintage (I love these ring dishes - they come in aqua, but this dish is aqua too and has such a great beachy feel)
SconcesKohler Purist Single Wall Sconce in Vibrant Brushed Nickel
Toilet Roll HolderKohler Purist Brushed Nickel Pivoting Toilet Tissue Holder
Toilet:  Kohler Persuade Skirted Toilet
Gem + Mineral Art:  Framed IdleWild Calendar (frames from Michael's), but IdleWild sells prints too, like this turquoise mineral print and this gorgeous grouping
Handheld ShowerKohler Purist Multifunction Handshower in Vibrant Brushed Nickel 
Tub SpoutKohler Purist Wall-Mount Bath Spout, 35-Degrees in Vibrant Brushed Nickel
Tub Faucet LeverKohler Purist Transfer Vibrant Brushed Nickel Valve Trim
Shower Curtain Rod:  Budget Blinds
Shower CurtainDIY
Shower Curtain LinerHotel Fabric Shower Curtain Liner from Bed Bath & Beyond
Towel WarmerAmba Radiant Straight Hardwired Wall Mounted Towel Warmer from Only Towels Warmers
Towels:  Kassatex St. Germain Bath Towels from Bed Bath & Beyond
Clothes HampersLamont Home Makatea Water Hyacinth Round Hamper from Bed bath & Beyond
Make Up Organizer (Not Pictured)Lori Greiner Spinning Cosmetic Organizer in White



CATCH UP ON ALL OF THE LAKE HOUSE BATH RENO POSTS:
  1. Inspiration: The Easy Bathroom Design Decisions
  2. Inspiration II: The Less Easy Bathroom Design Decisions
  3. Inspiration: Mounting a Sconce on a Mirror
  4. Why Our Bathroom Reno Was Delayed So Long
  5. Progress: The Tiling is Done - But The Tilers Damaged Our Tub!
  6. Progress: Our Kohler Purist Shower Fixtures are Installed
  7. Progress: The Floating Walnut Cabinetry is Installed
  8. How to Drill a Hole in Ceramic Tile
  9. Progress: New Quartzite Counters + Aqua Sinks!
  10. Progress: Our Kohler Purist Faucets Are Installed 
  11. Progress: Our Mid-Century Modern Inspired Cabinet Pulls are Installed
  12. Shopping for a Towel Warmer
  13. Progress: The Ceiling Mounted Shower Curtain Rod + DIY Pleated Shower Curtain is Done

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Bathroom Before and After

A HUGE thanks to Kohler, Only Towel Warmers, and Bed Bath & Beyond for collaborating with me on this mid-century inspired bathroom renovation!  
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26 comments

  1. Congratulations!

    I recently finished a guest bathroom remodel and had a bad experience with my tub surround as well. :(

    So I really like your vanity - the stone and sinks are fab!
    And I love that you tiled the ceiling in the tub area too.

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    1. Thank you :)
      It took me forever to make all of these little decisions, but when it all came together I love how everything looks. I'm bummed the trades buggered up in so many ways, but I'm really happy with the function and look of all of my choices - which gives me confidence for our kitchen reno, although I think we're going to go back to DIYing as much as we can!

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  2. Love the tile you chose for your shower! Do you remember the manufacturer of that tile by any chance? I haaaaate grout with the fire of a thousand suns and this seems like such a great compromise.

    As for the flooring - we actually have identical flooring in our bathroom and downstairs kitchen area. Ours is slightly glittery and is offset by thirds. Looks great. It's been there for about eight years now and looks brand new.

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    1. I hate grout too - SO much! Happy I'm not alone, lol.

      Thanks for the reminder, I added the link to the floor and wall tile in the "sources" section. Here is the shower tile:

      http://www.pamesa.com/producto/pasta-blanca/capua-25x50/s18xse222i2

      After our tile was installed, I found out that Dana from House*Tweaking used the same tile in her master bath. I don't follow her blog, but I stumbled across her bath on Pinterest and that's when I went to the company's site because her tile looked so much whiter than ours:

      http://www.housetweaking.com/2014/08/12/the-master-bathroom/

      That's so neat you have nearly identical flooring! I'm so happy to hear it has held up - I'm hoping the dark wears well. The brand is "eco-friendly" which sometimes doesn't mean much, but apparently they try to reduce waste in manufacturing.

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  3. This is so pretty, like a modern spa, seriously gorgeous from start to finish! Great work and I love the flooring, like you said, it's understated and allows the counter and everything else the room to shine:)

    Amy in MN

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    1. Thanks Amy! I'm not a designer so I don't have the training, but I tried to really visualize the space and picture how everything would work together. When I was picking tiny samples of tile, it was tempting to go BOLD with everything because the samples are small - I had a shard of quartzite stone to bring home - so they don't offer much impact. (I wanted aqua shower tile so much, lol.) Seeing it all together now, so many of my choices are simple, but together they pack a punch in this room. I've learned I like textures more than patterns! I'm happy we started with a smaller reno because I feel like I really know my style now for when we do our larger kitchen/laundry/powder room reno.

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  4. This looks amazing! I love all of the small details that went into this.

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    1. Thank you! I know this was the longest post to read, but when I was making my plans I found it helpful to know why other people chose what they did - and what they learned. There is still so much to say!

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  5. Well, you would fool some designers I'm sure.........it's simply beautiful:)


    Amy in MN

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    1. Awww, thank you Amy - that's such a huge compliment!

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  6. Wow it looks amazing! I love the marble bench and splash back as one piece it looks so good. The bathroom was the first major reno we did to our home as well and I know how much work is involved! We changed the layout, plumbing, and dug out the floor tiles until the hit the ground and it was just sand it was scary! But what a difference when you have such a stunning after like that :)

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    1. Oh gosh, your bathroom reno sounds like it was waaay more involved! Wow, I'm impressed!

      The counter is quartztite, but I'm happy you think it looks like marble :) It's supposed to be harder and more durable, like if granite and marble had a baby, lol. So far I'm thrilled with it - although I do clean it regularly to avoid water spots.

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  7. Absolutely beautiful! You did an extraordinary job, both planning and executing this reno, Tanya.

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    1. Thank you, Dana! That means so much to me because I just love your style. I'm excited to tackle the kitchen next, although it's going to take some time to save up again.

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  8. I popped over here from Apartment Therapy so I could see the original "space tub". Lol! It looks like something out of the old "The Jetsons" Saturday morning cartoon! We went with brushed nickel in our bathroom renovation as well but our style is more vintage then retro. Amazingly, brushed nickel works well with both! All the details that go into a bathroom renovation can be so nerve racking! Our Reno took just about forever......to the point that people quit asking if we were done with it, lol! In our defense, we completely gutted the bath and walk in close, repositioned the closet, all the fixtures, closed up four windows, repositioned the entry, opened 7 feet of outside wall to bring in the clawfoot tub, added a 4 by 4 foot window there, dropped the ceiling, added ventilation, rewired the whole area, added 3 separate lighting systems, tiled, laid the new floor and built all the cabinetry.

    I just read what I wrote and, yes, my husband and I are certifiably insane. Honestly, it didn't seem all that daunting when we were sketching things out on paper! Sigh. We love it though. It's exactly what we envisioned. And we're crazy enough to be planning to reno the kitchen!

    You did a wonderful, wonderful job with yours. I love the huge expanse of mirror with the three sconces. And the aqua sinks? If it's your forever home, go with what you love! The cubbies in the tub wall are perfect. You've convinced me that I need to put them in the shower we're planning for the small bathroom. And, yes, we are insane.

    Can't wait to see what you do with your kitchen!

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    1. Hi Kim,
      Thanks so much for your comment! With brass trending so much these days, I absolutely LOVE hearing from people who like brushed nickel too!! I feel so alone some days, haha.

      And yes, that shower portal was very space aged!

      Your bathroom reno sounds INTENSE! Do you have a blog or have you shared your space on AT? I'd love to see! It sounds incredible.

      Yes, those shower cubbies are a must-have! They are so practical, I cannot sing their praises enough. Another bathroom reno AND a kitchen reno? Wow! You are making me feel so lazy, lol.

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    2. Ah! I've always loved brushed nickel and pewter. And since, like yours, this is our forever home I went with what we liked not what everybody else said was "in" or trending. We both love white subway tile and have for years and years! So we went with that in our bath. Nothing but "oohs" and "ahhs" and requests to take a bubble bath in it from visitors, lol! I loved that you went with a bold color with your sinks because you loved it, knew you loved it and would continue to love it! I feel alone some days as well because I don't do "trendy". But trendy gets old fast. However, if you follow your gut and go with what you KNOW that you like, you'll be pleased for a long, long time with your space.

      I don't have a blog nor have I posted on AT.....we always jump in full tilt and never think to do all of the before shots and whatnot. I'm in awe of people like you who think to document everything so well! Plus, I don't know how to make the pictures go from the camera to the computer. :\
      Give me power tools and I'm your Daisy! Stick me in front of a computer and I turn into a dunce, lol!

      Kitchen reno....sigh.... Ive lived with a disfunctional kitchen that I don't like for 20 years..... it's time! The other bathroom is small so hopefully won't be as time consuming and crazy making as the other one was, lol! Wish me luck! I'm so glad that I saw your shower cubbies and read what you said about them as I had really been vacillating over them.

      Say, are you going to carry the blue into your kitchen also? I'm almost scared to ask if the previous owners had any space age stuff going on in there!

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    3. Hi Kim,

      You're so right about things that are trendy getting old fast - it seems like things come in and out of style even faster these days. I just can't keep pace! I can't afford to, lol.

      I understand about not stopping to document things - it slows me down so much! I think I could get twice as much done if I didn't blog about it.

      For the kitchen, I'm definitely going to add some turquoise. I'm thinking about walnut lower cabinets, white uppers, and maybe a soft aqua backsplash? I'm not sure, though - I find myself torn in a million different directions over the design. We did a little kitchen spruce a few years ago, just to de-oak the place, and I splurged on two bright turquoise stools and those are staying, but the overall look will mellow a little. Kohler used to make a turquoise cast iron apron front sink that I just drooled over but I can't find anything like it now.

      Here's my kitchen now:

      http://www.danslelakehouse.com/2014/06/the-big-kitchen-reveal.html

      What are you planning for your upcoming renos?

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    4. I went to see your spruce up in your kitchen. Girl! Lol, that's what a lot of people would consider a reno! I love that the colors match your Pyrex! I got tickled at your term "de-oak" and an going to borrow it, please and thank you. It's such a bright, happy place now!

      We just got through "de-mapling" the living/kitchen area at my husband's childhood home. We bought his brother's half of the house after their father passed away. Our son, daughter, her fiancée and the granddaughter he has gifted us with are currently occupying the house. Daughter and company were preparing to buy a house when we got all of the flooding down here in Louisiana. Housing market got real tight, real fast. So they'll be staying put for a while. Pop's house was always quite dark due to maple paneling, maple cabinets, maple furniture, heavy drapes.....and with the living/kitchen area being on the north side of the house you can imagine how cave-like it was! So daughter and I, with a little help from the men folk, took down drapes, TSPed the walks, primed and painted the paneling a lovely soft white and put up white wood slat blinds. IT'S AMAZING! We left the cabinetry and entertainment center/bookshelf maple and those two points plus the maple china hutch create the points of a triangle in the area so there's balance with the remaining wood elements..... I wasn't up to tackling those yet, lol! The flooring, carpet and trim work are all a golden cream tone so we left those elements alone for now as well. We've got a little wallpaper around the kitchen cabinets left to strip and that area will get a coat of white too. Dark wood ceiling fan will get changed out for a white one and we'll call it good at Pop's house for now.

      My kitchen is going to get a spruce up in January to tide me over until after we get an addition put on the house. I laughed when I saw yours because my spruce up is going to look remarkably like yours! Upper cabinets are coming down and some open shelving will go up. We'll be replacing a separate cook top and oven with an all-in-one stove. We'll put a dish and pot and pan pantry in the area where the oven was although I'll probably put a louvered door there rather than leave it open since some of the things going in there are not necessarily pretty. Some beadboard paneling will go up, there will be much white paint and..... I'm stuck as to whether I'll accent with yellow or green but I think I'm edging toward yellow. Unlike you, I'm not faithful to one color, lol! I have collections in red, yellow, jadite green, leaf green and white. But they all look nice with a soft, bright yellow. I really like the jars you used in your open pantry. I have a collection of vintage, gallon pickle jars that I use in much the same way. Talk about get some funny looks when you're asked "Is there anything you'd like from Uncle Lee's house?" and your response is "May I please have his pickle jars?".

      I think, given the look that you went for in your bathroom, that you'd be very pleased with walnut lowers, white uppers and a backsplash that's a softer shade of turquoise. I think that would give you that mid century feel without sacrificing the bright, fresh updated look that you seem to be aiming for. I can see it in my mind's eye and it would look sophisticated and fresh and welcoming and happy! As far as sinks go, don't lose hope. By the time you get to the kitchen remodel, perhaps they'll be making it in that color again. The sink that I want was probably last made in the 50s so I'm just plain ol' outta luck! When are you planning on starting your kitchen?

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    5. Hi Kim! I'm sorry for not replying earlier! I've been approving/reading comments on my phone and yours was so detailed, I didn't want to leave a quick phone reply of a few words.

      The work you've done to Pop's house (now your house) sounds amazing! I can just picture the living room and how airy it looks with the pained paneling, white slat blinds and cream carpet. I actually think that the few touches of maple you left sound just right!

      Your plans for the kitchen sound fun! I vote yellow - you're right about everything pairing beautifully with yellow. I love your jar collection! I wish I had found vintage ones - they must add so much wonderful character - and it's sweet you're collected some from family.

      Are you on Instagram or Pinterest? I'd love to see photos of all of the work you've done updating your home. It's terribly upsetting about all of the flooding, but how wonderful that your daughter is around to help with projects - that must be fun for the two of you. Although you'll probably owe her some major painting time at her place when she finds her own home, haha. I'm excited to hear more about your kitchen spruce! Is that terribly nosy of me? You must be really looking forward to the new year!

      I don't know when we'll renovate ours. Definitely not within the year, that's for sure. Next spring I really want to focus on the outside: tear down our old dock, build a new one, reinforce the shoreline, paint the house and garage exterior, re-stain the deck - I even have a crazy idea for a garage door mural. I am thinking a kitchen reno will wait for a couple of years, but we'll see!

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  9. I love the results and really like the tile you chose for the shower. I don't see a source for the ceiling light fixture. I like that it seems to echo the texture of the shower tile. Can you share the source please? I am just starting plans for a total bath reno.

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    1. Thanks so much! The light fixture is actually from Ikea - the Vanadin. I only see the pendant on the website now, though:

      http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/80243151/

      I bought one for every room in my house so I could splurge on a triple bubble light from Modernica for the dining room. At the time, the Vanadins were something ridiculous like $19.99. Installation was a bit tricky and, unsurprisingly, they feel a little cheap, but I'm happy with them:

      http://www.danslelakehouse.com/2013/10/brightening-my-monday.html

      Making it Lovely has a great shopping guide for stylish flush mounts - she included the Vanadin, so I thought of her list because you might find some that you like just as much:

      http://makingitlovely.com/2014/07/30/the-30-best-flush-mount-lighting-fixtures/

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  10. Love your new bathroom! Could you tell me the source for your tub, please?

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    1. Thank you, Katy! It's the Mirabelle Edenton: http://www.mirabelleproducts.com/product/mirabelle-MIREDS6030R-white-706062

      On the Mirabelle website it's no longer available, but distributors might still have it. In my search for a modern bath tub I tracked down a few, so I'm planning a post rounding up the best options. Check back - or get my posts in your inbox by entering your email (top left of my sidebar). I don't send any spam or anything other than the posts :)

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