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Main Bath Tour Before & After

bathroom renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelIt’s my favorite kind of post day… a final tour and before & afters! Here we are in the main bath, where we turned a ‘three different shades of pink palace‘ into a ‘soothing modern mini spa’.

bathroom renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelbathroom renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelbathroom renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuel To recap… about a year ago we gutted the entire space and started from scratch. I ordered every single item from the sink, to the tile, to the tub, right down to the toilet, online and in one evening (when I was 8 months pregnant). We removed the shower, rejigged the plumbing so there would be an in-bath shower instead of a separate (teeny tiny) one and made that space into a linen closet instead (pictured above with the new addition of those delish hex cabinet knobs). And then we tiled the whole darn room. :)

bathroom renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelbathroom renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelA few new additions like this brass wall shelf, the rugtoilet paper holder, and the shower curtain and rod finished off the space.

bathroom renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelbathroom renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelbathroom-12bathroom renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelbathroom renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelThe shower curtain/rod situation is what held us up the longest. What they don’t show you online in any of the images of the curtain, is at the top of the curtain has big chrome grommets! Which was a bummer when it came to fitting into this bathroom. So, I cut the strip of grommets off and had small reinforced buttonholes sewn in so I could uses these pretty hooks. Much better.

bathroom renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelbathroom-6bathroom renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelKeep reading for all the sources and the before and after’s…

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main bath renovation progress

bathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelWell, the bathroom is 90% done, but I couldn’t wait to share the progress! As small as the space is, it feels twice the size it was before, with the removal of the old shower and the use of a wall mount sink. Now all that is left is to find a shower curtain rod/hanging solution, install various accessories (like toilet paper and towel holders), possibly add a shelf or two and take a freaking bath (oh wait, I checked that last one off the list)!

bathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelbathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelWe made up for the storage we lost by not having a vanity (times 5), by creating a large linen cabinet tucked in the corner, where the shower used to be… just needs some hardware.

bathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelbathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelOrdering everything online ended up working out just fine and I am still gaga over every single item that came in from Wayfair. Our only mis-hap was me not ordering enough tile, whoops. Unfortunately, that held up the renovation a few days because we were waiting on 10 more measly square feet of tile. I guess with a herringbone pattern there is a bit more waste than I originally accounted for. Lesson learned!

bathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelbathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelI love those Cedar & Moss sconces and finding that tall skinny mirror was a stroke of luck. It looks like it was made for the space.

bathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelbathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelI’d say bath-time just got a heck of a lot better, right? See the before photos here, the design plan here, my tips on pairing tile here, and more progress here.

Product Sources:  White Elongated Subway Tile from Wayfair // Mirror from West Elm // Marble Shower Curtain by Ferm Living // Wall Mounted Sink from Wayfair // Sconces by Cedar & Moss // Shower and Tub Faucet by Kohler from Wayfair // Black Hexagon Floor Tile from Wayfair // Toilet by Kohler from Wayfair // Purist Sink Faucet by Kohler from Wayfair // Kohler Bathtub from Wayfair // Bamboo Bath Caddy // Bath Sponge // Soap Dish from Suite One Studio // Hexagon Vase by Dwell Studio // Paint Color: Pitch Black by Farrow & Ball

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

To see all of our home renovation posts, check here.

home progress: main bath renovation

bathroom renovation // tile progress The tile is DONEZO, (woo hoo!) aka grouted and finished, and I am completely in love with the subtle textural pattern created by matching the grout color to the tile. It is a clean slate, ready to have the fixtures installed and accessories added.

bathroom renovation // tile progress bathroom renovation // tile progress We tiled all the walls except the one with the entry door on it which I had painted in “pitch black” by Farrow & Ball to match the floor tiles. I was a bit hesitant to paint the door and trim so dark but I really like how it turned out, gives it just a bit of drama. You can also just see the new linen closet/cabinet tucked in the corner which is where the old tiny shower was. The space is now much more utilized with the cabinet for extra storage.

bathroom renovation // tile progress See how far we’ve come after the jump…

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4 tips for pairing tile & bathroom progress

Many of my favorite bathrooms have tiled floors AND walls and since I love that look I thought I’d share what I look for in a good tile pairing. It’s essentially just like mixing patterns in your wardrobe, which I can never get enough of, and it’s even better when bringing it into the home.

4 tips for pairing tile in the bathroom // Capree Kimball // via sarah sherman samuelMy number one trick is to create balance with one small scale pattern and one large scale pattern. For example, if you have a detailed tile pattern with smaller shapes on the floor, choose a larger scale, simple tile (with no pattern) on the wall so it doesn’t compete with the floor. This bathroom by Capree Kimball illustrates it perfectly with the bold pattern on the floor and large subway tiles on the walls (see more of her bathroom here).

4 tips for pairing tile in the bathroom // Greg Natale // via sarah sherman samuelTry using a natural stone as a neutral pattern. In this bathroom, the wall commands all of the attention. Although they are small scale tiles, they make up a large graphic print and you wouldn’t want anything to fight with that. By using large marble tiles on the floor there is visual interest down there, giving it a rich layered look, but it reads as a neutral. The subtle irregular pattern on the marble is beautifully juxtaposed with the bold graphic pattern on the wall.

This bathroom is by Greg Natale, see more of his work here.

4 tips for pairing tile in the bathroom // via sarah sherman samuelA fool proof way to combining two tiles is to stick with the same color for both the floor and the wall, and only switch up the scale. You might remember that we did this in our last bathroom. This also reinforces my first tip where the scale of the floor tile is significantly smaller and more intricate than the scale of the wall tile and this way there’s no battling for attention. Each plane has it’s own pattern and they live happily next to each other.

Image from Target

bathroom tile pairings // sarah sherman samuelAnd finally, the tile I chose from Wayfair for the new bathroom also follows the opposite scale rule (this time large tiles on the floor and small on the wall), but I am using my final tip to mix two solid colored tiles of different shapes and let the grout lines make up the only patterns.

To catch you up on what is happening in said bathroom… last week I shared the beginning stages and plans for our remodel. Basically, everything was demoed and hauled out, an insanely messy job that I was a little sad I could be no part of this time around (growing a baby and construction dust probably don’t go so well together), and now the new tub is in place and the tile is going in!

bathroom-progresstile-progressmatte black tile // sarah sherman samuelIt isn’t much to look at yet, with no grout and the bathroom in shambles. BUT, the old shower is gone, they rebuilt that wall (pushing it back to make room for the larger bath and flipped around the shower head to empty into the tub), and you get the first look at how I’m laying out the tile in a herringbone pattern on the walls to compliment the large hexagons that will go on the floor. A whole new bathroom is just around the corner, eek (I HOPE)!!

To see the bathroom before check here.
To see all of the home renovation posts check here.

Product sources: White Retro Subway Tile from Wayfair // Black Hexagon Floor Tile from Wayfair // Kohler Bathtub from Wayfair

main bath renovation

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Speaking of bathrooms… I mentioned last week that the nesting bug bit and I decided I needed a new bathroom NOW. The original bathroom is the last remaining room of the house that we hadn’t renovated. We have always planned on “someday” renovating it but when I started to use the small bathtub to ease the third trimester aches, dreams of a larger soaking tub and a beautiful bathroom filled my head. While I sat there soaking, the faded and broken tiles with their three different shades of pink/mauve, the peeling paint on the walls, the sad vanity, and the rusty water coming from the 1940’s pipes started slowly morphing into what could be. It had to be done…if not now, when, right?

The tricky part was the timing. After a little bit of planning, I ended up ordering EVERYTHING for the bathroom online, in one evening. I didn’t realize that Wayfair had an entire home improvement section which was a total God send and where I got the majority of the goods. Tub, toilet, faucets, tile, sink… check check check. I contacted them and they worked with me to send pieces that were available asap. A bit of a gamble, not seeing any of these major fixtures in person, but I measured twice and rolled the dice. Here is hoping that as the items come in they all work together!

bathroom-beforeandcurrentAbove is the before and current state. The first step was the full demo, everything went, including the ceiling. Due to the short timeframe and my more delicate state of being 9 months pregnant, unlike the kitchen or the cabin, I am obviously not doing this particular renovation DIY style (it kind of breaks my heart a little but it’s also really great seeing progress at the end of the day that I didn’t have to do myself. :). We found a new contractor through our realtor and so far so good (fingers and toes crossed). As of today, they have torn out the old shower, took everything down to the studs and got to work on the new plumbing and electrical. They also started working on moving a wall to make room for a bigger tub and turning the tiny shower into a linen closet (we will be putting a shower head in the bathtub instead).

Top image is of all of the new fixtures and pieces I will be working with. I wanted to keep the aesthetic consistent with the other bathroom we did (you can see those products here, and the result here and here), since it is in the same house, but still switch it up a little, with black floors and some different materials. I can’t wait to see this come together and draw myself that first bath.

Product Sources: Sconces by Cedar & Moss // White Elongated Subway Tile from Wayfair // Mirror from West Elm // Planter by Small Spells // Onyx Soap Stone by Pelle // Marble Shower Curtain by Ferm Living // Wall Mounted Sink from Wayfair // Teak Bath Mat from Kaufmann Mercantile // Shower and Tub Faucet by Kohler from Wayfair // Bath Towels from CB2 // Black Hexagon Floor Tile from Wayfair // Toilet by Kohler from Wayfair // Purist Sink Faucet by Kohler from Wayfair 

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