September 10, 2016

Additional Addictions: Bathroom Facelift

Hi guys! Today I have a looksie at my little guest bathroom facelift that I did at the same time as my kitchen. Both of my bathrooms have been on my need to renovate list since I bought my place but they weren't a huge priority because they weren't as the kitchen was. I ended up redoing part of my guest bathroom right now because of the amount of quartz I had left over from my kitchen counters, it was more cost effective to do everything at the same time! Check out what I did after the jump!



Here is the before of my bathroom, I thought I had more photos but could only find this one. The previous owner of my place used it just as an investment property so I think they just put the cheapest material possible in. The vanity looked like the cheapest model from Home Depot, the top was one of those cheapo tops that is all one piece. They didn't even bother to take the sticker off of that corner...it was on there so long once I inherited in that I couldn't get it off. Overall it just wasn't my style, so it had to go.


On to the after! Getting to this point was a nightmare. The valves to turn off the water were old and no longer worked and the water would just not turn off, even after the HOA turned the building water off. The bathroom and part of the hall ended up flooding...anxiety attacks ensued.

Once the water situation was resolved the old vanity was ripped out. We decided to let everything dry out with fans for a few days then the new vanity was installed. I looked everywhere for months for a new vanity that I liked but couldn't find one. Everything was either too traditional looking, the wrong color, the wrong size or a bajillion dollars. I finally ended up getting kitchen cabinets for my vanity. I saw this cabinet finish in the showroom where I got my kitchen backplash and quartz. Its very sleek and shiny which is what drew me to it. It actually matches a lot of the Ikea furniture I already have in my living room and bedroom. I used the same multichrome knobs that I have in my kitchen on the cabinets. These actually weren't meant to have knobs but ya know...I had to add them.


I also put in a new light, all by myself I might add (I'm very proud of that haha). The old light fixture was very traditional looking and didn't provide that great of light. I ended up getting this new fixture with a chrome back and little crystal "shades". Fun fact, I actually installed this upside down because I liked it better that way...it gives off more light. You can see how it supposed to be hung on the Home Depot site here.


Here is the vanity once they put the counter tops on.  Originally I wanted a vessel sink because they are so pretty, but I ended up going with an undermount sink instead. It ended up looking more sleek this way which appealed to me more than the vessel sink did in the long run.


Here is is after the faucet when in. This faucet is one of my favorite things in my bathroom. I love these waterfall type faucets and when I saw that they were around the same price as a traditional faucet I had to have one! I knew I wanted a one hole faucet and it has made a bigger difference than I thought in terms of counter space. The area I have in this bathroom isn't huge so that little bit of gained space has been great.


The last thing to go in was the mirror, something I also stupidly did by myself. I would not advise anyone to try and install and huge mirror by themselves. I managed to do it without breaking the mirror but it was hard haha! The most annoying part of installing the mirror was dealing with what was left behind by how the previous owner hung the old mirror. Instead of using the little tabs that come with mirrors to hang it up, the genius before me put about 200 pieces of double sided foam tape on the back of the mirror. getting most of it off before hanging the new mirror then dealing with the pieces that would not come off was a test of patience. There are still some bits showing, that I'm still trying to get off.

Here is the total after! I'm really happy with how it turned out, its totally my style. It was a relatively small project but it makes such a large impact in how bright the small bathroom space is. For those wondering, the shower curtain you can see in the mirror is from Society 6! Their shower curtains are expensive but worth it in my opinion. I've had this one up for almost 2 years and I still love it!


I still would like to do the shower in this bathroom which you can't see in these photos. Right now its one of those one piece inserts and I hate it! I'd like to rip it out and put in a nice tub then tile up the walls. One day I'll do it!

28 comments:

  1. The updated bathroom looks great!

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  2. Stacy Plowman-PennockSeptember 10, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Oh wow, what a fantastic upgrade!

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  3. It's very nice and clean! Way to go on not choosing vessel sinks, they make using the bathroom effectively to get ready tricky, tend to be delicate, and are a pain to clean. Not such an issue with just you but things to consider. The whole package looks so nice together and very cohesive with your kitchen styling. Bravo!

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  4. Massive difference and yes I did notice the shower curtain. Well done

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  5. My mum has kitchen units in her bathroom! She couldn't find bathroom ones she liked!

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  6. I have the same curtain, mine has been up for about 2 years as well!

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  7. Next time you're dealing with foam tape, get out the hair dryer and heat it first. The heat softens the adhesive and makes it 100 times easier to remove :D

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  8. I'll try that on the bits still left, thanks for the tip!

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  9. Awesome! I love mine!

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  10. Thank you! I'm glad I didn't get the vessel sink also, I feel like I would have quickly regretted it

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  11. Oh that is beautiful! I really love the lighting!!!

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  12. Sharon Parayos MerrittSeptember 11, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Another excellent job! Looks terrific! Enjoy....

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  13. Thank you <3

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  14. Isn't it amazing how even the simplest update / remodel can get so complicated? How weird that the water couldn't be turned off. Horrible to have the flooding. But thank goodness that is all behind you!!! It turned out beautiful and makes such a difference. I know the vessel sinks are usually visually attractive, but I can only see them as a practicality in a single-person household where it is hardly ever used and a maid is definitely involved! And get several backups for when it gets chipped or damaged.

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  15. my bathroom remodel a year ago, also for a small space that shouldn't have been an epic saga, was also a total nightmare. the first contractor screwed it up so bad i ended up having to get all the tile removed and pay for a whole new batch of tile and a whole new install :(

    things are awesome now though, and yeah, an update totally transforms the place! and you've just had me spending an hour on society 6 looking at shower curtains i don't need, haha!

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  16. ugh, what a nightmare! At least its awesome now though! Isn't Society 6 awesome?!? I have a bunch of their throw pillows also!

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  17. Looks great!! You did an awesome job remodeling your place!

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