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Thursday, July 6, 2017

My Next Decorating Challenge ~ The Guest Bathroom

A few months ago I shared my thoughts about renovating the master bathroom at Storybook Cottage and perhaps adding some shiplap to the bathroom.

Shiplap bathroom wall with white cabinetry, white marble countertop, wall mount faucet and rustic looking floor tile. #Shiplapbathroom #bathroom #Shiplapwall #whitecabinetry #whitemarblecountertop #wallmountfaucet #rusticlookingfloortile shiplap-bathroom-wall-with-white-cabinetry-and-rustic-looking-floor-tile Tracy Lynn Studio

I have since decided to put the master bath on hold at the moment and focus on the guest bathroom. Both rooms are in need of update as many of the key elements in the spaces are original to our 35 year old home. I would rather first work on the guest bathroom as it is a smaller project and of course the bathroom most seen by guests.

At the top of the to do list is removing the upper storage cabinet which serves no purpose other than to break up the flow of the room and be a source of painful skull cracking on numerous occasions.

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The very large mirror that you see is also sadly outdated. An attempt was made to update it by the previous owners. Sadly, the ill fitting frame did not improve its appearance as it is several inches too short on one side and the frame keeps popping off of the mirror. This can be seen in the upper right hand of the mirror in the photo. The mirror has also lost its silvering in several areas which has resulted in black patchy spots.

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The removal of the cabinet and the mirror will possibly damage the wall. One good solution is to cover the imperfections with shiplap.  I like the interlocking MDF shiplap available at Home Depot.

null .591 in. x 6.000 in. x 96 in. Primed MDF Shiplap Interior Siding (8-Pack)

Once installed it looks like this:

Another option is Ultra True Bead Paneling which is also made of MDF.

Ultra True Bead 32 sq. ft. MDF Paneling-19163.1.4 - The Home Depot

It is shown installed vertically in the image below but I would use it horizontally.

Now many of you are perhaps horrified that I would remove the upper storage cabinet in the bathroom. But the bathroom vanity measures a staggering 80 1/2 inches long. It features two large cupboards and three drawers, several of which are empty. The overhead storage will not be missed.

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The vanity itself is well built of solid wood. So with a budget in mind I plan on leaving it in place. It just needs a few holes to be filled, the entire surface sanded and then refreshed with a coat of paint.

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I believe I will stick with a white color palette and am eager to try BEHR Alkyd Semi-Gloss Enamel. It has the durability of an oil-based paint, which is important in hardworking areas, but has the ease and convenience of a water-based paint. I’m drawn to “Snowfall White”.

BEHR 1 gal. #GR-W9 Snowfall White Semi-Gloss Enamel Alkyd Interior/Exterior Paint

After a fresh coat of paint the existing brushed nickel knobs can be reinstalled again to keep within a budget. This is a good inspiration image.

No idea who's stunning work this is but it is absolutely gorgeous. Love the grey wood shiplap walls. The white shutters, the beautiful detailed vanity.:

While the vanity can be revived the countertop cannot. It is over 35 years old and shows its age. This countertop would have originally been bright white.

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But now the cultured marble has yellowed and become etched in several places.

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To replace the countertop will be the most costliest portion of the makeover as it will need to be custom made due to the long 80 1/2 inch length of the vanity.

I would like a white countertop with recessed bowls. With all the rectilinear elements of the room such as the shape of the room and the shiplap wall I would like to balance it out by bringing in an oval shape.

I have designed what I have in mind using the Home Depot customizer.


Given the budget I will reuse the existing brushed nickel faucets.

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To create a repetition of the oval sink element two lovely oval mirrors each hung over the sinks would finish the space nicely and highlight the shiplap. I like this frameless oval mirror in polished nickel.

Gatco Laurel Ave 24 in. x 26.5 in. Frameless Oval Mirror in Polished Nickel

With a few key updates and the reuse of a some of the existing fixtures I believe this bathroom can be transformed into a truly lovely space for under $1,000. This is an amazing price as far as bathroom renovations go.

I still have a bit of research to do. There is a chance I may go with a rectangular sink and mirror as opposed to an oval. My plans are to start the renovation in early fall once I return from NYC. Perhaps to coincide with the six week One Room Challenge.

I would love your opinion about the sink and mirror ~ rectangle or oval?



Stacey said...

This is going to be a great project, Laura! After spending so much time on bathrooms recently I can tell you that the mirror you are looking at might be found at HomeGoods if you stalk the store. I considered that one but it was a bit too small for our space even with two. I ended up finding two at HG that we love and the price was unbelievable! I chose rectangular sinks in this house just to do something different. Love the way they look but they are smaller than we are used to. Just ask the dimensions of the sink....for some reason that didn't cross my mind. :)

Simply LKJ said...

Loving all your ideas! It really is amazing what a few small changes can do. I am all for the removal of the upper cabinet. My youngest had one in her bath in Waco while at school and I can't tell you how many times someone cracked their head on it!!

GSGreatEscaper said...

I cleaned three bathrooms today. In the two with the large mirrors, I was wishing that I had two smaller mirrors instead of those tall, wide monsters! Also, I have one rectangular sink - the corners make it harder to clean than the round ones. Just a small thing to take into consideration. I don't think that you necessarily need to use rounded mirrors if you have rounded sinks - if you could find something more elaborate and vintage-y, no reason why you couldn't mix and match.

We had those cabinets in two bathrooms. I managed to get rid of one and the other one is on my hit list (DH does not agree with me on this....) Why bother if you don't need it? It will make your bathroom look bigger and better (play the resale value card....)

I've painted two vanities this year - definitely go for it as long as the old one is in good shape!! If you weren't doing white on white, I'd remind you that primer is your friend, but you might put a couple of coats on anyway, just for gripping...

Jeanne Washburn said...

Wonderful the shiplap...didn't know Home Depot was a source...excellent. Thanks!

Blondie's Journal said...

You have so many great ideas, Laura, and plenty of space. It's going to be fabulous. It's so great that we can make our own boards to save ideas.

A place you might like to check out for lighting is I found most of my light fixtures there.

Jane x

Mildred said...

I like the oval mirrors and sinks. Our bathrooms could do with a budget friendly makeover too. Thx for the tip on the paint - that is good to know.

Bonnie said...

Your plans sound great, Laura. You'll have it done in no time.

Katie Mansfield said...

Sounds like a great plan. I look forward to reading all about it as it is happening.

Manu said...

Laura, thanks for sharing your thoughts!!!

TRay said...

Hey! Excited to see how the bathroom turns out!! I didn't know Home Depot carries shiplap--cool!!!

Art @ Home said...

I love the sinks, mirrors, and ship lap in the first photo, Laura. I'd go with that!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

This is going to be gorgeous. I love either sinks. I did go with rectangular in my renovation and I do like it. It looks very classy and up to date. You might also research the cost of granite pieces. Every stoneyard has tons of small pieces that are at a really reasonable price and that could be another option to look at.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

That first bathroom is gorgeous. Always a pleasure to renovate and enjoy the new look. We just finished our guest bathroom. It is on the blog now.With your excellent style, I am sure it is going to look fabulous.