After renovating our master bath, of course we got the itch to update the guest bathroom as well. However, we’re totally not there yet- mentally, emotionally, or financially- but that doesn’t mean I can’t think about it.
While my mind is spinning with ideas for a huge overhaul- that project is a long way away. In the interim, I love the idea of Working With What You’ve Got- making small updates to change the space without having to undertake a huge renovation. We wan’t the room to remain fully functional for the entire update. Our friend Peter lives with us, and if we fully renovate this bathroom at the moment, he would have to go through our bedroom to use a bathroom, which would make things a little weird.
So… here’s what we’re starting with (these are the real estate listing photos, which is why the vestibule doesn’t look nearly as awesome as it currently is)
It’s not a bad space at all- but it could definitely use some updates. That tiny mirror is bonkers, and the white cabinet above the mirror is fairly un-useful. However, the blue paint is nice and fresh- especially compared to the yellow that was in every other room when we moved in.
In a full update we’ll eventually replace the tub (it’s pretty shallow, and my 6’3″ husband could use a little more space when he wants to take a bath), and we’d change out all the tile, but for the moment those two pieces are staying. So how do we make the most of beige tile that we’re not really into? Well, here’s the plan:
Obviously, we love blue, and I think it’s a perfect counterpoint to the warmth in the rest of the room. The watercolor fabric is really what brings it all together (the color is a little bit lost on the moodboard, but the pattern includes a light taupe background, which is JUST. PERFECT.)
The little blue details are my favorite part, including the leather pulls and the painted wood towel hooks. Continuing the wood texture, we want simple white shelves above the toilet, supported by the birch brackets. And then, our VERY FAVORITE mirror (that was too big to use in duplicate in the master bathroom) would be just perfect at the vanity.
Speaking of the vanity, a fresh coat of paint would make a big difference. The current dark finish is nice, but it’s very stark in comparison to the rest of the room. We went with a grey-beige that’s a few shades darker than the floor tiles, and is a great mix with the fresh grey wall paint. A more muted vanity will let the blue accents be the star.
While replacing the tile is out of the question at the moment, we think we can make it work better. The brown glass accent tiles are probably my least favorite part of the room, but we’ll be able to replace just those tiles with a nice neutral stripe of textured white subway tiles. This blend is a great match with the new color block towels.
This little mood board actually got me really excited about this space. It would take a small amount of work, and a few hundred dollars, but I think this room would be totally transformed (without becoming a project that takes over our house and lives for 6 weeks…)
We make take on this project in the next few months- although I think Ben’s eye is still twitching at the thought of more projects.
We’d love to help you with a Work With What You’ve Got project. If anyone has a space that needs a bit of an update, we’re here to take it on and provide a little bit of guidance!