You all chimed in on Instagram, and this week's popular vote for the Ris is This Home Tour Series reveal is the Guest Bathroom! I should have known that ya'll would want a Before & After. Well folks, here she is, in all her glory.
This bathroom began with brown cabinets and builders grade errthang, from crusty chrome hardware to the sweet sink/countertop combination. Living in the house for 3 years prior to reno, I made it work by painting the walls and decorated the shit out of it, but it was like putting lipstick on a pig. So when we first started talking about saving up to make magic happen, I was sure to work this baby into the equation.
We completed all bathroom renovations at the same time with the same materials and contractors as our Kitchen update. This renovation included new flooring, baseboards, sinks, countertops, and cabinet painting. I will list all materials and contractors at the bottom of this post.
One of the main deciding factors in our choice of flooring was that it needed to be water, mess, food, kid & pet resistant, but still look damnnn good while doing it. Wood tile made the cut and was installed in our main living areas, hallways, master bedroom & both bathrooms. And with the replacement of the floors, came new baseboards to match the rest of the house as well. The former baseboards in this bathroom were heavily water damaged and had had ENOUGH, even despite a coat of paint when we first moved in.
The countertop for this bathroom was what was left over from the two slabs we purchased for the Kitchen. They don't give you the unused portions of the slabs, so it's best to use every single inch! There is a small seam where two pieces are adhered together, but because of the patterned quartz, I would have to point it out for anyone to notice it. A seam was worth having vs. the alternative of leaving the existing countertop or purchasing a new slab. Which, my man would have told me, "tough shit, not happening".
Once contractors were finished, both doors and door frames were painted by yours truly to match the rest of the moldings and cabinets.
My favorite money saving project in this room was the framing of the existing mirror. I went back and forth on purchasing a new large framed mirror or potentially attempting the two smaller mirror look over each sink, but nothing was calling to me and every option was quite expensive. Which, is not ideal near the end of a renovation when you're scraping the bottom of your budget. So while our carpenter, Ron, was tackling the baseboards, I had him take a gander at the mirror and asked what it would cost to frame it with molding similar in style to what he was using for the baseboards and crown. When he quoted just over $100 including install, I squealed. SOLD!
The heathen that lived in our home prior to us was a single dude who travelled a ton for work and really only used the master and front areas of the house. Now that's all fine and dandy, but the guest bath was completely neglected in the cleaning department for at least a year from the looks of it when we moved in. POOCHIE! The toilet had a permanent yellow ring and had a musky smell no bleach was able to mask. My man thought I was absolutely absurd, but it was a total dude toilet and I needed it gone. So, I asked for a new toilet for Christmas. Not kidding. That is how strongly I felt about it. The winner was this pretty Kohler number with a dainty tank. Dude toilet no more!
Next came replacing all the hardware from ceiling to floor; including faucets, towel hooks, toilet handle, toilet paper holder, cabinet knobs, and door stops. Click photos below for direct links to what we purchased.
Wanted to keep things neutral and fresh to accent all the new white paint by adding patterns in taupe and off-white throughout the decor.
Towels were the biggest bang for my buck that I scored on sale at World Market for 25% off. Since this bathroom is used sparingly throughout the week for my man's "alone time", I felt more comfortable with light colored linens since they wouldn't be getting the brunt of daily hand washing and showers. I also layered the hanging hand towels in the same two patterns of the coordinating bath towels to give them more volume.
The rustic towel hooks were a treasure I picked up from Home Goods a couple years ago. I've linked a similar version in the photo caption, but you can also see a ton of other purchasing options and scope out why towel hooks are totally rad here.
The Pretty Shiet
Here's the completed space! Added the necessary bathroom tissue cover and toothbrush holder, along with some greenery to bring a little subtle color into the space; all from Home Goods. Lastly, incorporated a rustic clock from my local Rod Works store, so that all guest can be aware of how late they're partying at our place.