THAT WAS QUESTIONABLE IF THERE WAS A DIAMOND JUST WAITING INSIDE.
The Before- was incredibly hard to look past.
And the large built in cupboard was great- it really just needed major amounts of cleaning
(ahem BLEACH) and paint and primer.
We took that apart and re-used it in another room.
But you know what?
That is likely one of the reasons why so many passed on this amazing little old house- because I was the only looney toon who saw a diamond waiting in that very.thick.and
And the bathroom along with the rest of this old vandalized neglected house….
aside from the obvious disrepair it was in-
it just didn’t fit our idea of what a dream would look like.
THE best investment we ever made.
looked more like, blood, sweat, tears and A LOT of work.
We removed the old and started with a little bit of reconfiguring to make
the space work for how we live.
And with this project- we learned more than a few things.
For this bathroom, the plumbing didn’t move.
We kept the sink along the same wall as it was originally- where the cupboard was next to the original sink- we added a second set of pipes (my dad is a contractor extraordinaire) for the double sink. The shower is in the same spot, the tub is an addition but it piggybacked off the water heater plumbing and sits in the spot where the water heater used to be.
Basically- in order to remove or move plumbing and start over with a whole new layout-
it would have been quite an expensive project that your plumber would love you for- but your wallet? Not so much.
So if you can work with existing- go for it.
is a small space with a big amount of chaos and patterns.
It is like someone who puts on all their favorite outfits along with 3 hats and 4 scarves
at the SAME TIME.
I know it might be something that is fun to do once in awhile but on an everyday basis where you might want to slowly wake up or relax in the evening-
unless you love overload of pattern and color- keeping that simple backdrop is a good choice.
So when designing a space like a bathroom- which is generally going to have a footprint of maybe a few hundred sq ft depending-
I like to keep a cohesive and somewhat simple look.
If that is tile, wallpaper, whatever floats your boat- go for it!
I had wallpaper in this bathroom for years- I loved it.
I paired it with simple white beaded board to keep it from feeling overwhelming.
Then you can add in your pops of colors, patterns and details and all your favorite outfits and hats – and then change them whenever you feel like it.
I firmly believe that if you cut high end choices in one area – you can splurge in others and have an overall decadent feeling bathroom.
Another splurge- all that marble. On the floor, on the walls, in the shower. (I might be obsessed)
The way that splurge worked into the budget is the next tip.
BUT *Absolutely do Not tackle anything like wiring, plumbing or moving walls/construction without a qualified person helping you. Make sure to hire a qualified professional who knows how to do those jobs for those jobs*
DIY can go very wrong- and anytime you are working with plumbing, construction and electrical situations- I have my go to phone a friend to come over and help.
Plus, if you do it wrong the first time- you will be paying twice as much to have it fixed.
Just hire the job out and get it done right the first time and put your mind at ease on if it was done correctly.
All the faucets, sinks and even that cast iron tub- all sourced online. My local big box home improvement stores did not have them and the finish, style and sizes I was looking for were not easy to come by. A favorite source for vintage style is Signature Hardware – all of those things mentioned above were from them.
Sourced from Craigslist- I use it to store baskets full of everyday things that I don’t want out and about. The laundry basket under the sink is another- perfect for holding rolled towels and extra rolls of tp behind them.
Remember to think about how you live everyday in that space- and make it work for you.
From brass hardware to wallpaper or marble subway tile to beaded board and
sightly over the top chandeliers- I am a big believer in the thought that if a room makes you happy when you walk in- that it is perfect.
So think about what you love and enjoy the process of creating a space that you love.
And something fun- see those sconces?
They are from Lamps Plus (here)