Many North Carolinians like myself are “snowed in” and searching for things to keep themselves busy other than eating everything in sight. I have spent a lot of my time editing and archiving old photos from past vacations and warmer places. These are some of my favorite memories from our trips to Mexico and Hawaii.
Since moving into my home this pink bathroom has been on my hit list. The pink tile definitely beats the shag carpet, but both had to go! We had a ton of items on our home renovation wish list and the least expensive chores became priority. Finally this spring we went ahead and tackled the job. And by that I mean we hired the pros and let them do the heavy lifting.
We got rid of all of the pink tile. All. of. it. The tub is in good condition – a nice, original cast iron tub – so we kept it. That saved us quite a bit of money since we didn’t have to invest in a new tub and shower.
We started with our carpenters. We have two of they greatest guys who help us with the bigger carpentry projects in our home. They’re honest, dependable and hard working and we love them. With them scheduled, we coordinated a meeting with a plumber and tile contractor.
I really wanted to maximize the space since it’s our only bathroom and it is really small. If I had my choice, we would have installed a shower and removed the tub. But, we knew the tub might be an asset if we ever decided to sell.
There’s not a lot of space to work with so every detail was carefully considered. The colors needed to be clean and bright; the lines and patterns couldn’t be too busy, a timeless style, etc.I searched high and low for a sink and vanity that had a decent amount of storage and not much depth. We only had a bout 15 inches of depth to work with. The old sink was about 19 inches deep. Believe it or not, most pedestals are considerably bigger than that.
Originally, we thought we wanted to have bead board on the walls but decided to go with board and batten for a couple of reasons. So, once the decision was made, we gave this tutorial to the carpenters. They thought it was a breeze to install.
In the shower, we used white subway tile with bright white grout. It looks gray above because it was not quite dry.
We also had two niche cutouts added. It’s amazing how much nicer the tub looks with the white tile walls in the shower.
On the wall under the window the board is not center with the window. It had to be centered on the wall or the window so I chose to center it on the wall because I thought it would look better when seen from the door. In hindsight, we should have centered the board on the window but it’s not a big deal.
The new paneled door and threshold make the room look much better.
The floor tile is from Home Depot. I thought I wanted to use white grout but the tile contractor talked me into a complementary gray and that ended up being a great decision!
We love the way it looks and it totally makes our whole house look and feel much better! It feels like everything flows seamlessly.
And even better, we came in under budget!
Wall paint color is Pirate Coast by Valspar made in Sherwin-Williams paint which we use exclusively in our home. (See all of our interior paint colors here.)