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Tuesday Morning Tidy: Bathroom Refresh

Earlier this summer, the upstairs hall bathroom that my daughters share had a make-over. It was a project I was really excited about because I had some fun ideas for how to improve the space esthetically and functionally.

First, the bathroom has plenty of cabinet and drawer space for towels and other larger items behind the entry door and on the far side of the shower. However, it lacked counter space, because rather than a vanity, it had two pedestal sinks. In addition, the walls were a dark gray color with off-white trim and moulding. Coupled with the black and chrome fixtures, the space offered a heavy and darker feel. We wanted a light, fresh and airy space.

Before Photos

To lower the cost and to keep the project turnaround time to a few weeks rather than months, we kept the unique black and white tile flooring (it compliments the vintage and historic age of the home), the white subway tiled shower and tub. All are in good condition and did not require replacement for function or esthetic purposes. With the exception of the white curtains, which I may replace at some point, everything else was enhanced.

After Photo

As you can see, we ditched the dark and went with lighter colors to open up the space. The wall color is Sherwin William Pink Shadow (SW 0070) and the trim, moulding and ceiling are painted Sherwin Williams Alabaster (SW 7008).

The vanity was custom-built and the quartz stone counter and tub encasement is Carrara Silk stone. I purchased it from a local company that sales stone remnants and I was lucky to find this beautiful full slab. It offers the perfect shade of white with movements of light and soft gray tones. We also installed white subway tile around the vanity and mirrors.

The Modern Farmhouse Vanity lighting, Amerock chrome cabinet pulls and knobs, Delta robe hooks and Delta toilet paper holder are from Amazon. We have been pleased with all of these fixtures. The faucets required a special height as to not impede with opening the mirror doors, but we found the perfect ones in a pinch at Lowe's.

The floral and tropical shower curtain and counter towel holder are also from Amazon. The wall art is from Society6 -- the ones between the mirrors and above the toilet. I had both professional framed at Michael's. The bath rugs are from Target.

I love the way the bathroom turned out and my daughters do as well. The process had some painful points (I had to hire a new painter in the middle of the demo), but like with most home improvement projects, it was all worth it!

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