Green + Gold Bathroom Makeover

October 14th, 2014

As I mentioned yesterday, while we’re tearing into the master bathroom and kitchen, one space we can check off the list as remodeled is the downstairs bathroom. I love the combinations of finishes and styles in this space, a modern geometric wallpaper paired with a traditional vanity, and touches of brass mixed with oil rubbed bronze.

gold mirror oil rubbed bronze bathroom faucet

I wrote about the halfway point in this post from last month and showed the state of the original bathroom when we bought the house.

bathroom before

 

We’ve replaced everything in this space from the flooring on up, including a new vanity, mirror, light fixture, and faucet. Over the weekend we added board and batten below and I wallpapered up above with York’s Franco wallpaper.

green gold bathroom makeover

 

The light fixture is this Feiss vanity strip but note if you intend to buy it the three wide middle parts of it glow a hint red when turned on which I was not aware of when I bought it because it’s nowhere in the description but I just went with it. The Tiana mirror is from Ballard Designs but I don’t see it for sale on their site anymore (not sure why) but it appears in the most recent catalog, so I’ll try to find out if it’s just a temporary thing. The faucet is Moen Ashville in bronze.

oil rubbed bronze bathroom faucet

 

I liked the idea of the new vanity looking more like a piece of furniture so I swapped out the plain knobs that came with it with diamond back plate brass ring pulls. I love these pulls and I’ve used them before, so I replaced the center knobs with the smaller 73mm ones and the side drawer pulls with the larger 91mm versions. 

vanity hardware

 

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Renovation Weekend

October 13th, 2014

We’re on day three of four of work on the Las Vegas fixer on this long weekend. I’m moving from finishing up one space to demoing another. My back and arms ache from hours of lifting and pulling but those efforts mean that changes are happening, it’s thrilling and so worth it. 

One huge change we made on this most recent visit was the replacement of all the old aluminum windows with energy efficient glass and vinyl windows. Matt was the one who insisted it was the right thing to do to invest in new windows, and he was right! I’ll share more pictures and details on why we made that decision next week.

replacement windows

As I mentioned last week, we have plans to upgrade the master vanity zone so with some help, we pulled out everything but the vanity that we intend to salvage. Plan A is to build a taller base to repurpose the old one and raise it up to a more comfortable height and then add a new countertop, fixtures, and faucets. Plan B is to purchase a new vanity but I do hope to reuse the old one.

 master bath reno

I agonized about the backsplash because I fell in love with several expensive alternatives but when I went to Lowe’s in search of window treatments my little heart skipped a beat when I walked down the tile aisle and discovered a marble mosaic in a geometric pattern that was so much lower in price than the patterns I was eyeballing. 

lowes mosaic tile

I had to go to two different stores and separate sheets of tile out of 12 different boxes for consistency because I wanted the ones with more contrast (on the right) compared to the whiter versions (on the left) and each sheet was so very different but I think this will work nicely for what I have in mind for this 72" wide vanity space.

In the kitchen, we left the old oak cabinets in place for a few months and my "let’s salvage what we can" mind contemplated repurposing them but after much thought decided against it and instead we chose to gut the kitchen and start fresh.

old oak kitchen cabinets

The cabinets were 25 years old and not pretty on the inside and they crumbled as they came out piece by piece so after witnessing that we have no regrets pulling them out. 

Removing the cabinets revealed the speckled countertop and backsplash that was layered over the old wallpaper and ceramic tile countertop, and underneath it was a toxic adhesive glue mess so we replaced the sheetrock on that section in preparation for the new tile backsplash.

kitchen demo

The space is (almost) the perfect blank canvas, the only things that need to go are the florescent light and raised pony wall on the peninsula to allow for a counter height solid surface countertop.

We also need to patch the floor tile first before installing the new cabinets. I’ve already picked them out, the cabinets will be ordered next week and will arrive in November. As soon as I find the perfect backsplash I’ll share the design plans for this kitchen, it’s going to be so gorgeous when complete!

kitchen demo

 

I also wallpapered the upper portion of the downstairs bathroom above the new board and batten and hung the new gold chinoiserie mirror. It’s a fab combo, here’s a sneak peek, can’t wait to share the space !

gold mirror and wallpaper

We also installed a few new light fixtures and I finished painting a hand me down dresser we will be using in the master. I’ll be back soon with more updates !