So, this is the first bathroom you come to in our hallways (which means it’s the one 90% of our guests use). It’s also a Jack and Jill bathroom, which means it’s connected to two bedrooms. This was perfect for us because we decided early on to make these two front bedrooms into our guest rooms. (I’ll explain why in those posts, but they’ve already been really useful!) So, besides our master bathroom, this bathroom gets the most traffic. For that reason, we want to make it really practical and beautiful (you know, beautiful in a bathroom kind of way—haha!).
Our initial plans included removing that teal carpet and replacing the floor. There was cracked tile underneath, but more importantly our inspection revealed there was a rotten subfloor under this bathroom. It became a BIG ordeal, but we’re glad we took care of it upfront because our contractors said that at some point the floor could have literally caved in. No thanks!
Besides that, we wanted to make mostly cosmetic changes in this space.
Here’s the view from the hallway door (sorry for the weird wide-angle lens distortion). You can see here that there’s not a lot you could call “modern” or “updated” in this space. Our goal is to make it more functional, while also making it beautiful and fresh.
Sidenote—two of the three bathrooms in this home had carpet when we bought it!
I like the layout of this room. The toilet is tucked away in the corner with some storage cabinets above it. Since this small room has a shower, a vanity and three doors, there isn’t much wall space. I originally considered doing a fun or bold wall in here (either with color or pattern?), but the space doesn’t really call for it. So we decided to bring in color in other ways.
This vanity initially attracted me because it has some kind of shells or stones encased in resin. It’s really cool! It reminded me of a lot of the cat eye glasses my grandmother’s generation wore. I will always be a vintage enthusiast in that way.
Upon closer inspection, though, the damage was pretty bad. And with the unique shape, I couldn’t think of a way to preserve it. At the end of the day, I realized that I didn’t even really want the countertop that badly (for my own style). I just thought it was cool and wanted to save it.
Then my friend came in and said it looked like “old fingernails” and I was really over it.
While I didn’t like the finish on this mirror, I kept it incase I could make it work with the new space. I painted it white, but still am not sure it fits. So I’m keeping it until I can find one that suits the space better. I’ve learned that on certain things (mirrors, rugs, curtains) it’s best to wait for the perfect one than to waste money on something temporary.
Here’s one last view of that vanity. We decided to keep it and give it a DIY makeover. The only thing we replaced professionally was the counter top. This has been on my “weekend projects” list for several weekends now. But I’m still on the fence about what color to paint the cabinets. I am going back and forth between charcoal and blush pink. Charcoal appeals to me because it would really match the space. I just know it would look nice. But a pop of color appeals to me too because this is really the only place in this room where we’d use a bold paint color. What would you do?
This space has really come a long way. We just need to paint the walls and the cabinets, hang some plants and maybe add a little artwork. Oh and I’m still hunting for a mirror with clean lines to fit the space. I’ll share a progress report with you soon! xx- Elsie
Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson