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Our Master Bathroom Design

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

I really hate our bathroom! Green is my favorite color, but 1980's green is not my favorite. Before we moved into our house, Sam and I discussed whether we would want to gut and redo the kitchen or bathroom first. We both agreed on the bathroom. (Yesterday, I blogged about our kitchen updates but we consider those to be temporary. It wasn't a gut job.)

For months I've been researching products for our master bathroom. Here's how I design a space for myself - I find a finish or product (usually fabric) that I LOVE and build the room around that. I research how much things cost, come up with a budget, and save up money.

Right now I'm in the saving money stage. I've picked out most of the finishes that I like, and now I'm finalizing and tweaking and making final selections.
I've decided to approach this bathroom project in two different phases. Phase One will be the vanity area (left photo) and Phase Two will be the shower area (right photo) plus flooring. By doing the project in two phases, we can start on the vanity area while still saving up money for the shower area, which will be more expensive.

The first thing we'll do is paint the existing cabinets Sherwin Williams Retreat. We already have the paint, so we could really start this any time.
sw retreat paint

This cabinets in the kitchen below were painted Retreat, and I love how it turned out!
retreat cabinet color

I really like the hardware we have on our kitchen cabinets, and I want to use the same ones in the bathroom, just in a different finish. From House of Antique Hardware. Knobs here. Pulls here.

I was looking at countertop selections on PlumbTile website (they carry so many product lines!), and I just love this quartz counter from DalTile, it can be purchased through PlumbTile bath showroom. I'm going to look around town at remnant pieces (probably this weekend), but this is my backup in case I can't find anything big enough.
daltile quartz

We currently have a biscuit colored sink, and I want to replace it with a simple white sink, like this Toto sink. I'm also going with a widespread 8" faucet instead of the centerset because I think it's a higher end look. To me, centerset looks builder grade. Another step to prevent your bathroom or kitchen from looking builder grade is to mix finishes. I'm going with antique brass on the cabinet hardware and the lighting and polished chrome for the mirror, faucet, and towel rods. Sigma 400 Lexington from PlumbTile.

Instead of the huge mirror that is currently in the bathroom, I'm going to replace it with two mirrors from Z Gallery.
zgallery mirror

Sam and I don't agree on the light fixtures, but here are some that I'm considering.
Sam doesn't like this one because he says it doesn't look like it belongs in a bathroom.

This one is probably my favorite, but I change my mind everyday. From Hudson Valley.
Maybe too contemporary? From Hudson Valley.
I'm really stumped on the lighting! Any suggestions?
This is my favorite feature of the bathroom design - wallpaper! I searched for months for the perfect pattern and finally found it from Stark. I only plan to have wallpaper in the vanity area and paint in the shower area since steamy showers and wallpaper don't mix.

Here's the mood board for the vanity. I included a photo of the marble basket weave flooring (lower right), but the flooring won't be included in Phase One.
Any suggestions about the light fixture? Have you done a bathroom remodel?

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