Last August I had to sheepishly confess that the bathroom renovation we thought would happen, didn’t. But I had a plan formulated, at least. That plan has changed a little, but there are still a lot of decisions up in the air. We have to more forward with ordering things, especially the cabinetry, if we hope to renovate this May/June, so I’m in decision-making mode. May is our goal because it will (hopefully!) be warm enough to once again run water to our guest house, where we hope the shower works. If not, there’s always a hose! Or a sauna, followed by a dip in the lake. Or a rain barrel and a loofah – I don’t care as long as I get to bid adieu to the space portal. Because your advice for the powder room was so fabulously creative and immensely helpful, I’m going to share some of my decisions and plans in more detail this week – and then pick your brain as I narrow down the choices for main bathroom finishes. (The powder room spruce has been set aside for just a little bit, but that gives me more time to noodle over all of your ideas!)
|Via Cush and Nooks; Domain Home; HGTV, Best Lane Neighborhoods|
Today I’m chatting about the easiest decisions, while I muster up the energy to dive into some of the choices that I’m struggling with the most – I’ll really be leaning on your input for the tile and counters! Walnut was my first choice for cabinetry because it’s a classic look, with a slight mid-century modern feel. It will offer a nice, warm complement to the cool aquas and greys I like. I did toy with a pale grey stained maple, a charcoal stained oak, and even a beach glass acrylic, but I always found myself gravitating toward walnut.
Full disclosure: there is a little voice inside my head that is chanting “aqua cabinets,” but I have to admit that despite wanting the lakehouse to be our forever home, I still think about re-sale and for any permanent renovations, I feel that same “keep it neutral and boring so it’s sell-able” worry creeping in.
Here is the exact cabinetry (in a show kitchen) that sealed the deal for me. (I snapped some quick photos with my phone).
Gorgeous grain, right? It’s richer in real life, my camera has bleached and yellowed it a bit. Here’s a fun fact: the range hood is hidden in the cabinetry and pops out when you need it. I am definitely filing that idea away for when we renovate the kitchen! Apparently I can order this cabinetry with the grain running horizontally or vertically. (Seriously? More decisions?!?) These cabinets will eat up a huge chunk of our budget, but they’re excellent quality and made to order. After finding myself disappointed with big box store melamine cabinetry, I’m willing to cut costs elsewhere if it means getting great cabinetry (famous last words).
I don’t like the look of a toe kick. It is the weirdest thing to not like, but that’s partly why I chose the vanity we had in the townhouse. It had the option to leave it on legs, so it looked like a piece of furniture. The problem, though, was my excessive cleaning of the floors – which started to wear away the melamine legs (this is a common problem for me, literally washing away finishes). After I opted for the floating credenza in the dining room, Hubby started to mock my love of floating furniture and proposed a floating sofa (it’s not impossible) and a floating bed (ditto). I just think it makes cleaning easier and I like the look. So I decided on a floating vanity for the bathroom.
But all of my inspiration photos feature vanities. When I finally saw how a vanity and a linen tower look when they’re both floating, I had second thoughts…
|Better Homes & Gardens|
Now I’m thinking that the tower will be on mid-century inspired legs, or maybe a chunky base (I can handle a little toe kick), and the rest of the vanity will be cantilevered out and floating. Sort of the flipped around version of the one below.
|Via Desire to Inspire|
Faucets are another fairly simple choice, although I find myself waffling on the finish. I am leaning toward Kohler products, especially because they have a few styles of faucets that remind me of the door hardware we have – which still float my boat with their mid-century modern vibe. I like the simple look of these faucets (the Purist widespread, the Purist, and a different Purist widespread). I like the function of a single handle, but prefer the look of two. To have such trite problems really is a luxury.
The toilet choice is another no-brainer. I like a skirted trap – I don’t like to see the curvy trap, and that really limits my options (which I appreciate). Before I learned that it’s “skirted,” I referred to it as “a covered poop shoot” – just between Hubs and I – when we were shopping for the townhouse bath reno. A staff member at a home improvement store overheard me and said, “you don’t actually see the poop go through it”. I guess I sound stupid enough to warrant the explanation of this particular detail. Yes, choosing bathroom fixtures was totally new to me and I didn’t know the proper names for things but I had, in the past, successfully used toilets and was familiar with the general way in which they function. Anyway, this one from Kohler is a beauty – I spotted it in a local shop and loved the stream-lined look. It’s modern, but not too modern. I don’t want it to scream for attention, otherwise guests will be intrigued and want to use our main bathroom, not the guest powder room like they’re supposed to.
SO. MANY. CHOICES. And everything costs an arm and a leg, so it’s really hard to not work myself into a total lather about making these decisions. The cabinetry is pretty much locked down, the toilet is an easy one, and the faucet choice has at least been narrowed down a bit – something to complement the existing levers with a mid-century feel. Whew. Feel free to chime in on anything – particular the details I’m still on the fence about (or if you know of inexpensive bathroom faucets with a retro feel). The tile and counter tops are what have really been causing some hand-wringing…