BLACK & WHITE BATHROOM MAKEOVER
This is the tale of our home with only one functioning bathroom that was less than ideal for our family of four. It was out-dated, not our style at all, and lacked proper storage. With only one lonesome sink, it made the morning rush some kind of awkward dance where we were always stepping on each other’s toes. The floor was breaking off in pieces and I was constantly sweeping up broken grout and tile. Oh, and it had a wallpaper border and oozed of 1990’s oak. Yep. It was that bad. To say I could not wait to makeover this space was the ultimate understatement.
After some major wallet busting surprises behind the walls and under the floors, we finally have phase one of this remodel complete. It took weeks longer than expected, but we got it done! For this being a pretty small space, it packs a major punch now. You guys!!!! Are you ready to see the before and after? I am SO READY to show you!!!! Here’s my take on a black and white bathroom makeover…
I had to pull the before from an old video, so it is not the best photo. This was a complete gut and remodel project. We ripped everything out of this space, uncovered some lurking problems, and installed all shiny and new everything. It’s a breath of fresh air.
The above image is the view walking into the room. I wanted this space to blend with the design that we’ve finished so far in our home. I knew from the beginning I wanted to stick to classic black and white and work in the Carrara marble we used on our fireplace makeover.
I also wanted to add in some charm and character, so we came up with our own wall treatment with this DIY wall paneling. I added in the bold glossy black crown molding to help define the room. It really took the room to the next level and worked in that contrast that I was going for.
By adding two sinks into the new design, we can now get ready in here so much easier in the morning. That Kohler vanity is packed full of amazing storage that was so needed and I can’t wait to share the deets on that!
Lighting was always an issue before. The glare of the 90’s brass and oak globe lights was awful. Now, our beautiful new Kohler Purist sconces cast the perfect amount of light for this space. They even have night lights on the bottom, which is fantastic for the littles.
My trip to the Kohler Blogger Conference last year, made me fall in love with the Kohler Vibrant Moderne Brushed Gold finish. The sleek style of the Kohler Purist faucet paired with the gold is absolutely divine. Design angels were trumpeting when I saw them in person.
Having two sinks was a must-have on my list. Also, I wanted to have a vessel sink moment in our home, so I opted for the Kohler Conical Bell vessel sinks. They pair perfectly with the faucets.
I had a lot of fun with the styling on this space. I knew I wanted to have moments that would showcase everyday items. I am just not a “hide everything” kind of dweller. I like some things out, and if they are useful and have pretty packaging–it’s on. This faux python tray is the perfect size for between the sinks and catches all my everyday pretties.
When shopping for a shower curtain, Target saved the day with this black and white Threshold number. I was rubbing pennies together at the end of this makeover, so that was a welcomed find! So chic and a budget-friendly option.
Our window was also in need of some coverage since it is on the front of the house and close to our front door. It was such an odd size that a custom window shade was pretty pricey. I made my own with this DIY ribbon-bordered shade. I sewed it from a plain white curtain panel. It does the job of covering the window but allows natural light to come in.
We have a new toilet in the house and I will be sharing more on it soon. It’s touchless, soft close, and doesn’t overflow!! With having two young boys in the house, it has saved us from many an incident– if you know what I mean!
We also have a toilet kitty. A what? What did she say? Yes, I could not leave the store without buying it. It’s a toilet brush and holder, but isn’t it lovely?! I never thought I’d say that about a toilet brush in my life! I’m a weirdo that gets excited about chic toilet brushes.
Atop our toilet was another moment to store some pretty and useful items. I found a small acrylic tray at TJ Maxx and it is the perfect size. I mixed in some everyday items and the marble canister was my Grandma’s.
I also had a lot of fun choosing art for this space. I went the black and white whimsical route. I was at the end of my budget, so I shopped my home and framed some pages from books. Also, I printed a photo from our anniversary photo shoot. For some reason I dig that shot of our feet and it’s a personal touch that I love.
I never miss an opportunity to monogram something, so I used the same custom monogram on our hand towels that I used on our bedroom pillows. I scored that beautiful art deco style lucite towel bar at a flea market. That was the best $8 I’ve spent in a while! I’ll be sharing more on our decor in another post.
You can see out the door how this space ties in with the rest of our house. I love how it compliments the bamboo pagoda fixture and the black French door.
This space has gone from unattractive, hard to manuever, and lacking storage to stylish and fit for our family with some über smart storage. We’ve made the most of this small space without changing the original footprint. It now feels like it fits the vibe of our home and our personal style. Doing this bathroom makeover has truly enhanced how we live in this space. It’s made our AM ritual much more bearable and I actually feel excited to primp now.
Phase One is done!!! You better believe I celebrated! In Phase Two, we will be tackling our ever ‘lovely’ shower situation. Oh, it’s a dandy!
I’ll be sharing all the details on our bathroom makeover in the days ahead. Tomorrow, I am sharing our Kohler custom vanity and coordinating Kohler pieces. The custom storage has been a major game-changer for our family! I can’t wait to show you what’s behind those doors and drawers. Be sure to check back tomorrow for all the details.
See Part 2 of this reveal here: The Kohler Tailored Vanity & Fixtures
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