Update: Our bathroom, along with the rest of our townhome, was featured on Design*Sponge!! Check out our full home tour post for before & afters, and a link to our feature!
Welcome back, friends.
One of our favorite makeovers in the house was the bathroom. Not only was it small and awkward (it’s just 6×6!), but it was also the only one in the house. A few of its many quirks included oversized sconces that prevented the door from fully opening, a toilet that almost touched the tub, and a tub that took up half the room. Also, it felt old. Not the cute, vintagey kind of old, but the grimey kind of old.
You can’t really see it here, but the door couldn’t fully open because the wall sconces were in the way.
We didn’t intend to fully gut the bathroom because we wanted to keep costs down, but quickly discovered we would need to when we found some nasty water damage on the floor under the tub.
When we took up the old tiles, we discovered that the damage had made its way to the subfloor.
So, we started from scratch and took everything out, including the rotten subfloor. We opted to keep the original mini-clawfoot tub, but moved it to the back wall and added in-wall plumbing. We repainted the outside of the tub in Farrow & Ball Downpipe, and revived the feet with brass spray paint. We tiled all of the bathroom walls with floor to ceiling subway tile and dark grout.
We replaced the old cracked pedestal sink with a new one, and swapped the two oversized sconces with one overhead pendant to save space. For the floor, we opted for an updated take on the old black & white tiles with a patterned tile from Home Depot. We used these in our Pearl St. bathroom renovation, too, so we knew they would look great.
We purchased both the sink fixture and shower fixtures w/valve from Amazon (hint: ordering the trim kit and valve separately saved us lots of moola!) To get the showerhead away from the wall, we ordered a separate shower arm that fit the bill. We found the round mirror at Target and the pendant at Restoration Hardware Outlet for $30 (similar here). The turkish towels are also from Amazon.
The shelf unit in the corner fit perfectly in the space and adds much needed storage for bathroom essentials.
We found two little pocket doors at Columbus Architectural Salvage that fit the doorway perfectly, and took up less space inside the room than the original hinged door. They match the other doors in the house and look like they’ve always been there!
By DIYing the bulk of the work and being smart shoppers for our finishes, we were able to keep our total project cost under $5k. More before & afters of this home are coming soon, so stay tuned! In the meantime, follow us on Instagram for daily posts of our work. Also, check out our awesome photographer, Esther!