We have officially kicked off the bathroom remodel! When I first bought my house, I did a little freshening up of my bathroom, but the time has come for a bigger overhaul. The parts of the bathroom that really need to be redone are the vanity, mirror, and floor.
The vanity and mirror were there when I bought my house and have seen better days. The mirror is made out of laminate particle board, which just doesn’t wear well in a bathroom. I suspect the vanity is original to the house and the wood is pretty gross and the top is a yellowed stone. I put in a new floor the first time I did my bathroom, but I just went with a basic tan tile. It’s not the worst look, but I would like something a little nicer and updated.
I’m still in the planning phase of what I would like for the remodel. I like to go out and do my research on qualities and colors so that I have time to think about what I truly want and how they will go together.
My dad is going to build a custom vanity for me. The size in my bathroom is not a standard size, so I would either have to go smaller or order a custom piece. I also want my vanity to be solid wood (not laminated particle board for any part of it), which costs a significant amount. It’s much easier to build in person. You can actually purchase solid wood door and drawer faces, which I already got. Now we just have to build the frame and order a custom top.
I am hoping to keep the oak wood really light looking– I’ve been playing around with a few stains that almost white wash it. My current vanity is really yellowed and I don’t want that. The rest of the wood trim in the bathroom is blonded oak, so I haven’t decided if I want to sand that down and redo it as well.
For the countertop, I want to keep it bright white. I will be ordering a custom top from Home Depot because of the non-standard size of the vanity. It’s actually not as expensive as I thought to have it made custom! The faucets and hardware will be silver to match what’s already in the bathroom, but I haven’t picked anything out yet.
Although I like the look of my medicine cabinet mirror, it has gotten so gross in the few years I’ve had my house. I think a better solution is just a simple, large mirror. It will make the space feel more open as well. The light fixture is original, so I will keep that. I like the look of a thin framed mirror that I will try to get a large as possible to align with the vanity size. I also love the below picture for overall color inspiration as well!
I always want to keep a retro nod in my house, so I am going with a white hexagon ceramic tile. I feel like this will brighten and clean up the whole space. The tile comes in bright white and a subtle marble and I haven’t decided which of the two I prefer. I think it will depend if I do a solid white counter or one with a marble pattern– I would then do the opposite on the floor.
With updating the bathroom to be more white-based, I think I will also want to change the wall color. The purple now is fine, so I might wait to see how it all looks together. It might be nice to go with a soft dove gray / almost white color for a brighter and cleaner look.
So that is where my brain is at right now! Sometimes it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by all of the options, but I try to focus on the key pieces of a room and build around that, while trying to stay authentic to the house.
Have you remodeled your bathroom recently? Did you find it easy to pick everything out?