Style Your Senses
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January 19, 2017 |
I always get so excited to share a new room project with you guys!!!! This time we are tackling our girls shared bathroom that is wildly outdated and has never seen the light of day on this blog. It seems so strange that there are still parts of our house that we have yet to fluff or share with you guys?! I’ve known for a long time that this bathroom needed updating, but with this new baby on the way, we decided to tackle it this month and create a space that both baby girls can love and share. I’m not sure why (probably because her bathroom was ugly, lol), but we have always bathed Landry in our tub, so we rarely use this bathroom. On top of that, there was a really annoying shower door across the tub, making it nearly impossible to bathe a baby in. The door broke recently (blessing in disguise) and it sparked the whole makeover. I’m sharing our bathroom makeover plans, the inspiration, timeline, and budget for this project in today’s post!
Okay, let’s knock out the ugly first y’all! Here’s the bathroom BEFORE. Straight outta 1996. Poop green + cream stripe wallpaper, builder mirror, MDF vanity, and a light fixture that’s wayyyy past it’s prime.
Wow, that’s embarassing. It’s bad, right?! Below is a view of the shower. You can still see the screws from where the shower door was, so imagine that there, too. It totally blocked off the bathroom and made it feel even smaller than it is.
This light fixture belongs in only one place…my local Habitat for Humanity store…
So glam…you could have at least cleaned up the toothpaste before taking a photo, Mallory!
So here’s how I plan to update this little ugly duckling on a budget and a timeline. I wanted to keep the space super bright and airy, with slight pops of lavender, gold and grey. Overall, the changes will be mainly easy and aesthetic, but I so have some tricks up my sleeve to make it stand out.
Here’s the mood board to give you a fee for where I’m headed. The walls will be Sherwin Williams: Alabaster.
Sources: Light Fixture | Mirror | Vanity | Orchid | Neon Sign Print | Gold Train Rack | Hand Towels | Towel Hooks | Apothecary Jars | Bathmat
To ground the room, I chose this light grey shade for the vanity, but stuck with a white marble top. It will give the room some weight, but not make it too dark. The vanity is from Home Decorators Collection and SUCH an awesome value. I cannot wait to get it in. Once we measured things out, we discovered that we are able to go 3” wider on the vanity and still keep wiring and plumbing in place, which is a huge win. The one that we have now is 41” wide and this new one will be 44” wide, closing in that gap on the right side.
The ugly 1990’s-esque wallpaper was taken down last weekend and the walls have now been prepped for paint. We are going with Sherwin Williams Alabaster White, since it’s what we have in quite a few other rooms and I always love how it turns out.
I’m opting for a simple round mirror with brass trim and an understated glam light fixture. Both are great values as well! I’ll replace the plain towel bar over the toilet with a gold train rack to allow for hand towels to hang and rolled bath towels to sit on top for extra storage. I’ve also fallen in love with this print by Leslee Michell and cannot wait to have it framed for this space! Aside from a few new bathmats, towel hooks, and countertop essentials, those are the “BIG” upgrades.
For my trick pony, I’m working with our handyman to try and figure out a statement treatment to frame the tub in. If looking to you left coming up our stairs it’s the first thing that you see, and with the rest of the bathroom being neutral, I figured that I could have a little fun here! I really want some sort of cornice board built in over the shower that hangs from ceiling about 14” down. I would then have two (essentially curtain) panels draped from a tension rod within the box and then a hidden functional shower curtain behind them. We are still talking through logistics of it all…the carpenter is really hesitant to use the traditional wood + batting + fabric combo for the box, due to the moisture around the shower so we are working through it as we speak. Here are some inspiration photos so that you get a better idea of where I’m going with this…
Here’s more of the color scheme, expect ours will be quite a bit more “neutralized.” If I weren’t so currently concerned with resale value and appeal, I would have definitely gone for the lavender vanity + gold hardware…I’m smitten!
Budget < $2,500
We really wanted to keep this project under $2,500 since the changes are largely aesthetic and we feel that we could still get a really good return on this investment within the updated value of our home.
Vanity: $900 (obviously the largest investment, but with the biggest impact, too!)
Mirror (Using one that I already had)
Light Fixture $200
Train Wrack $100 (I think an Amazon gift card I have will cover this)
Bathmat + New Towels $150
Countertop Accessories $75
Fabric for Curtain Panels $150
Supplies for Cornice Board $100
That leaves right at around $875 for labor to take down wallpaper, paint walls, hang light, and install the vanity and cornice, which is in the ballpark of what we were quoted. There are a few factors that might throw us off…which include the flooring under neath the vanity. If we need new floor under there that could be an extra $200. Also, the unknown with how we will build the cornice board. I think that’s give or take $100.
The timeline is 2-3 weeks for this badboy and I would LOVE to have it finished before Landry’s birthday on 2/6! Stay tuned and thank you for following along on yet another home project…this will be fun! Next up, NURSERY!
January 19, 2017 at 8:54 AM
Love the plans for the bath! I’m the reader who lives right around the corner and I have that bath too! Some ideas for the cornice (love that detail, by the way!) could include a wood cornice that is painted in a fun design or how about a great wallpaper on the cornice? Honestly, with the age of your girls, it will be a long time before they are taking hot, steamy showers and you will probably have moved to another house by then. I don’t think a fabric cornice will be an issue. Excited to see the reveal!!
Style Your Senses says
January 19, 2017 at 9:12 PM
Hi Neighbor! that’s too funny! I totally agree with the bathroom and how it will be used in relation to the cornice. I’m going to reenforce my point with the handyman 😉
Summer Hogan says
That is so funny we’re working on the same project! My bathroom is also the only room in the house I haven’t shared on the blog! It’s awful! You’re plan is so pretty!
January 19, 2017 at 8:56 PM
Cheers to new loos!!! I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve!
January 19, 2017 at 10:32 AM
Your plan looks lovely. I have a suggestion for your cornice board dilemma. Don’t build a true cornice board, I agree with your contractor, I would be worried about the multiple layers involved also in an area prone to heavy moisture. Have him make a simple 3 sided frame, 2 sides and a top. You only need wood 1- 2 inches wide. Then take your fabric, you will need 2 pieces cut to the length and height plus however many inches you will need to cover the wood frame. example if your wood pieces are 2″ wide you will need 9 extra inches on your length and 3 extra inches on your height. Place both pieces on top of each other with the finished side of each piece facing each other. Pin them together on all 4 sides.Trim the bottom to the shape you want. Then sew the two sides and the bottom together about 1/2″ seam.Turn the fabric right side out, iron your stitched edges. Sew a 1/2″ seam across the top. Add any trim you want at this point. Staple the valance to the inside of the frame. Place 3-4 along the top to hold the fabric in place then pull one side tight and add 2-3 staples, then do the same to the other. Staple around the rest of the frame pulling tight as you add each staple. You may need to adjust some previous paced staples as more are placed in order to get a nice tight look. Then just screw the frame to the ceiling and the walls. If you have it nice around the frame it will give the appearance of a wood cornice.
I did this for my mother when she updated her guest bath. Looking at your inspiration photos it appears to me the mint green with rose flowered valance was made with this method. They just added fabric covered welting to the top of the frame to give it a more finished look. Also simple to do, just buy the welting when you buy the fabric, cover it with about 1.5″ of fabric. Run a seam as close to the welting as you can, then staple to the edge of the top of the frame before you install. I am not sure of how much you sew, hence all the detail. I apologize if you are reading this saying of course I know how to do all this. If you have not made something like this before I just wanted to assure you it is very diy friendly you can do it yourself. Depending on the fabric and trim you select you could most definitely do this for under $100. The key to doing this without a seam down the center is to either select a solid fabric or if a print the pattern must be a railroad fabric, meaning the pattern runs from edge to edge rather than top to bottom. Once again sorry if that is something you already know.
January 19, 2017 at 8:55 PM
This is amazing!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking the time to write this…I so appreciate it and will look over it with the carpenter. Have a great weekend 🙂
Gwen Fontenot says
January 19, 2017 at 10:23 PM
Beautiful! And my 3 year old little girl is oohing and ahhing over the lavender (as she leans over my shoulder while I read this). No doubt your girls will love their bathroom. As for fabric, there is a great selection of really pretty luxury-designer fabrics available. Mold, mildew, stain resistant. Might be something to check in to. Can’t wait to see the final reveal!
January 19, 2017 at 11:04 PM
Love your plans for this bathroom Mallory! Sometimes we have to show the not so pretty parts of a space so everyone can see (and appreciate) the after! It looks like it’s going to be beautiful, I can’t wait to follow along and see how it turns out!
Stacey N says
January 21, 2017 at 12:09 PM
You sure did a great job with what you had because it’s far from ‘the ugliest bathroom ever’, imho 😉 However, I love your mood board and can’t wait to see the completed reno that incorporates all your great ideas!
January 22, 2017 at 2:56 PM
haha thanks Stacey…I mean no 70’s all over yellow tile to report, but it was pretty bad and just looked unhappy. Thanks for following along…I can’t wait to finish it up! xo
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