Well, look what we have here! The master bathroom makeover three years in the making. Or at least three years in the thinking about and a year and a half or so in the making.
Today there will be many pictures and then later on I’ll post a source list and probably have a couple of small posts about individual projects.
But first let’s look back at where we started:
This is the bathroom way back in the days before we even lived here. We took so long to do anything in here, that I actually started to like the old wall color. But I painted over it anyway.
It’s always been a little difficult for me to figure out what anyone who came before was thinking with this bathroom. I don’t understand why whoever designed the house, in the mid 80’s, back before such things were commonly done, made it so big. The bathroom and our closet are over our garage, and when we first pulled up to the house I assumed a bonus room would be up here (that we could use for a 5th bedroom, which we have a lot more use for than a master bath the size of a small country).
And then there was the strange assortment of finishes. Carpet, which will never make sense to me in a bathroom. Mixed metals from before mixed metals were cool. Some sort of faux louvered? cabinets that appear to be homemade, in the worst possible way. The longest vanity in the world coupled with a tiny shower.
Someday a full scale reno with a big old shower and a more attractive tub and a new vanity will happen, I hope. But for now, we mostly made surface changes…..except, of course, for ripping out that carpet and tiling. But it’s still a pretty big change:
The first thing we did in here was replace the old boob lights; that one in the foreground here is from a thrift store, found by my friend, Kristi, who texted me a picture of it and asked if I wanted it, and…..yes! of course I did. $10! Those following along closely will notice that it used to be crooked and is not anymore. Dave finally put a few little blocks of wood up there to straighten it out. Which is not the most elegant solution, but the only one we could find.
I think that light fixture plus the idea of bringing the campaign chest in kind of set the tone for the room. I knew I wanted the black and white and then lots of vintage–almost art deco, except I don’t really know enough about art deco to intentionally do art deco, but that was in the back of my mind (there was a really fabulous art deco waterfall dress I almost bought for in here, but it was just a little too big).
Then we pulled up the gross carpet and put down the slate tile, a project so exhausting that we had to take a months long break from working on the bathroom at all. But then we back in there and tore down the ugly + sort of messed up giant mirror and gave the vanity light a quick, cheap update with spray paint and fancy light bulbs.
We painted the cabinets black with Benjamin Moore Advance (the same Jet Black as the rest of the black in here). I kept waffling about hardware (there was none before) until it was too late to order any anywhere, so we ended up with simple (and cheap!) brass handles from Ikea.
Want to know a secret about those faucets? The one on the left doesn’t work yet. I ordered really simple and really cheap faucets from eBay, and we’ve run into a few different problems with them (and with getting the 30 year old faucets that were there before UNinstalled). I always scoff at the people on House Hunters and the way they act like if you don’t have a double sink you might as well be living in a prison camp, but, I have to say, after 12 years of always having two sinks, it’s a little hard to learn to share again. But that part shouldn’t last too long (knock wood).
We went back and forth for a long time on what to do with the vanity and counter, but finally decided to just leave it as is and replace the faucets. I wasn’t thrilled with this because they’re off white cultured marble, but, really, surrounded by so much black it doesn’t really stand out to me anymore (before the cabinets were white and the cream was much more annoying).
I was worried that the black wall, with the black cabinets and black floors and black trim, would be too dark, but it doesn’t feel that way to me. Perhaps because of my first ever WHITE walls!
Incidentally, Kristin from Bliss at Home just finished up a gorgeous bathroom makeover recently that also has white walls and black trim. I had already been planning to paint mine that way before I saw hers, but I also have the same shower curtain….and I totally copied her on that. I looked all over for another one as well priced that I liked as much (this one’s from Target), but it was no use: Kristin had already found the best one.
Bath mat is also from Target, and I also spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to pick one out. I was worried this one would be too patterny next to the striped shower curtain, but I think I worry too much:
We went with bamboo shades in here in a really dark stain (to echo the mahogany campaign chest); I thought they were going to be a little more opaque based on the description, but I think opaque bamboo shades are just tricky to find. I thought we might need to get liners for them, but I think they’re okay (they don’t look quite as transparent when you’re not fighting a camera to get the right amount of light).
I’ve had this campaign chest for years, but just brought it up here recently. I’ve been collecting black and white pictures for the gallery wall for awhile now; I’ll do a separate post with more detail on it:
The shelves with vintage planters were part of my plan from very early on. I’ll do another short post on those at some point, too….the shelves involve an incredibly simple Ikea hack. Not even a hack really.
There wasn’t room for all my planters on the shelves, even. There’s that big old dog on the campaign chest and then another, smaller dog on the counter:
It’s so nice to be finished in here. I’m still in that stage where I get all happy every time I walk in the room, seeing it all finally done (you, know–except for that faucet). I’ll be back with all the sources and more details soon!