So this has been a long time coming – our upstairs bath is finally done! (Ahem, I mean, we’re still waiting on the shower door, but I just couldn’t wait any longer to share this!)
We’ve been very slowly working on this bathroom for over a year! Yeah, I can’t believe it’s been that long either. Could we have gotten it done more quickly? Absolutely. But I wasn’t in a big rush since we have another beautiful bathroom right downstairs that we could use while this one was out of commission.
A couple notes about this particular room and where it sits in our house. We live in a rambler style home and on the main level of our house there are two bedrooms that share this bathroom. One of those bedrooms is the master. So this bath, as you’ll see, actually has two doors: one that connects to the hallway area and one that connects to the master bedroom.
Here is a before image so you can see what we were working with here:
Sorry if your eyes are burning. This bathroom was a going-out-of-business sale – everything must go! We removed the almond colored whirlpool tub, the nasty 90’s toilet, the too small to actually fit anything linen cabinet, the plastic/ceramic combo towel bars, and even the “recently remodeled” shower tile (I kid you not, this was a bragging point on our home’s listing when we bought it). Did I mention the walls and floors? Those came out too.
That’s better. We decided to swap the tub for a shower only since we have a tub in our downstairs bath already. We also added a sink and a couple extra shower heads. And by we, I mean Zac. Marrying a master plumber came in very handy on this project.
We decided to do wall mount faucets because they look great and they’re something different. These ones are Delta Trinsic in matte black and I love them so much. Wall mounted faucets meant a custom countertop because they don’t make pre-fabricated countertops without holes pre-drilled for faucets. We got so lucky finding this remnant of Difiniti Crestola quartz at a local stone place. It’s exactly what I was picturing in my head – warm white with thick grey veining and a hint of brown to tie in to the vanity finish.
Originally I was planning on white subway for the whole shower and then I found this beautiful grey-green 2 x 10 subway on Tilebar. I ordered a sample, and the shower accent wall was born.
The pictures don’t do it full justice. I decided on a vertical stack for the accent and a regular offset stack for the 4 x 12 white subway side walls. This shower was one of the hardest parts of the bathroom labor-wise. I laid each one of those little tiles by myself by hand and then grouted it all. Often times though, the longer a project takes, the better reward you get when it’s over. That was definitely true for this at least.
I put the super pretty tile in the back of the shower niche too, because why not?
Can we talk about this toilet? This one was hanging out in the plumbing shop. A restock from a job that we weren’t actually able to restock. Dare I say – it’s pretty. I love it. And before you ask, because I have been asked before, no it’s not uncomfortable to sit on. Also, I might have stolen this art from my downstairs bathroom and moved it upstairs.
For some extra storage, I made this little medicine cabinet out of some 1″ x 3″ poplar and a picture frame. It’s the perfect size and I use it every single day!
One more before and after because it’s just too good!
What do think? Is it a good upgrade or would you have stuck with the beige paradise? Let me know!
Thanks for reading,