Our Guest Bathroom Remodel

The year is coming to a close and it’s time for me to sit down and check what has been completed off my house goals list {HERE}. I have started most of the items on the list, but have only completed one of them, my desk area {HERE}. I am so excited to take one more “to do” off my list….our guest bathroom.

You may remember, but in case you’ve forgotten, here’s our bathroom before we tore it up.

It was the strangest bathroom, to be honest. It’s located right next to a bedroom, all the way across the house from the rest of the rooms and bathrooms. It had this huge vanity, but what in the world to you use a vanity for if you don’t have a shower? It was very interesting.

Anyway, we knew when we bought the house that we would need to remodel this bathroom and include a shower, which, as I mentioned before, is located right off our kitchen and just before our guest bathroom {the second door on the right}…

And just because I have never shown you, here is our guest bedroom. We think it may have been used as an office, which may explain the odd bathroom with no shower connected to it. This bedroom will be on 2013′s house goals list as needing to decorate. For now we just added a craigslist ikea sofa with world market pillows, a Target rug and the rest of the odds and ends that we had leftover from our move. And ignore how washed out these pictures are…I took them really quickly and my exposure was off. :)

ANYWAY…our bathroom. Ok, so you saw the before, here’s a couple during..

We really gutted it all the way down to the floor. And it was truly a family job…Brandon and his Dad, along with our brother in law David did the bulk of the work. We had to hire someone to pour the “pan” of the shower with hot tar and then a good friend helped us tile the entire job, which was so sweet of him.

Anyway, without further adieu, the new bathroom:

This was obviously a very small space before, but now it’s pretty tight…but we were able to build in a shower with a marble curb, a pedestal sink, and reuse our previous toilet.

We knew we would have zero storage in this new bathroom, especially since we were installing a pedestal sink, so you can imagine how excited I was to find this little vintage bookshelf at my favorite antique store in Petaluma for..get this…$50!! We also added hooks along the wall to give our guests hanging space.

Another view of the bookcase. When I found it, the wallpaper was peeling off and the glorious paint was peeling as well. WHAT A FIND! I knew I would have to seal it if I wanted to preserve it in the bathroom, so I added several coats of a water based polyurethane. I keep towels, bath mats and toilet paper.

Another glimpse of the wallpaper. Seriously, I could have cried I was so excited about this thing. And not to mention it fits perfectly in the space.

Something else I wanted to point out in the above picture. We could not figure out what to tile the curb there. At first we were going to try to use the small mosaic tiles, but it was a nightmare to cut and we realized really quickly that wouldn’t work. Then we thought about the white subway tile, but we thought it would make the curb stand out a bit much. So our tile friend suggested getting a Carrera marble piece cut for the top {$125}, then purchasing a box of 12″x12″ Carrera tile squares from Home Depot {$20??}. Wahlah…perfect!!The lovely mirror is from the same antique store in Petaluma. I found it the same day I found the bookcase. It is gloriously old and chippy. Exactly what I wanted for this bathroom. I about died when the price tag said $75. It was cheaper than the plain etched glass mirror I bought at Home Depot and had originally planned for this spot, so I promptly bought the green mirror and returned the Home Depot one. Smart, right? :) 

The chandelier is from Lowes. It was $100. I so wanted an old chandelier, but they were all at least $250, and we were already over budget on this bathroom, so I settled for this one. It’s very pretty and in the end, probably perfect for this bathroom. I added a cord cover and we were all set.

And again, another shot of the full bathroom, without the chandelier…

I cannot tell you how much I love this bathroom. It turned out perfect, and exactly how I had planned. I had been pinning bathrooms for months to help me get the vision for this room, and I think I caught it! ha. {You can see my pin board HERE}.

Also, this was our first bathroom redmodel EVER, so we learned a lot, two of which was give yourself time and make sure you budget for all the “hidden costs”{pouring the pan and floating the floor, never heard of those things, which cost us $500 extra}. We set aside three weeks to finish this bathroom, but in reality it took us much longer, since we had several delays. Oh boy. I also wish I had known there are cheap faucets and nice faucets. If I had known I would have bought one from here like I did for my kitchen. They have quality things.

In case you were wondering the details on the bathroom:

Mosaic tile: Lowe’s online

Subway tile: Home Depot

Baseboard and threshold: Lowes

Pedestal Sink: Kohler from Home Depot

Faucet and shower head and shower rod: Home Depot

Shower curtain: Urban Outfitters {I had to buy two to make it long enough} and Bed Bath and Beyond for the shower liner

Paint: Simply White by Benjamin More for walls, Cotton Balls for trim

Mirror, bookshelf: Summer Cottage Antiques, in Petaluma CA {HERE}

Prints on the walls: Mine from before I was married :)

Chandelier: Lowes {HERE}

Big hugs friends!! xoxo

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14 thoughts on “Our Guest Bathroom Remodel

  1. 1
    Trisha says:

    Perfect Amy! Now when can I come visit to use this bathroom!?! LOL….

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    Carisa Andersen says:

    Love this, Amy! We have the same pedestal sink, and I love it!! Love the shower, too!!

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    gioia says:

    It turned out beautiful Amy! And that bookshelf is perfect..

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    Caroline says:

    The bathroom looks Beautiful ! Its crazy that you can say that a bathroom would be “beautiful “. Thanks for the list of where you got the items in the bathroom. I love the mosaic tile. we are also remodeling our bathrooms and have been looking for nice flooring. And I love the shower curtain.

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    stefanie montijo says:

    Your bathroom is absolutely amazing!!

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    Jackie says:

    Hello! I have spent over an hour tonight looking for floor tiles like yours. I don’t see them on Lowes. Is it this by chance? http://www.amazon.com/Carrara-Bianco-Carrera-Hexagon-Mosaic/dp/B004FNL48A

    Thanks!! Beautiful bathroom! Jackie

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    Doyle Baun says:

    Darn! I’ve to attend a gathering at my son’s university ideal when which is taking place.

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