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New Bathroom

hello, hello! well, i've finally finished our bathroom diy-projects and they seemed to take longer than the actual renovation. it hasn't been sunny here the last few days, but this room is a life-sized lightbox. it's very white with a little bit of very pale gray & green at this point. we wanted to keep it simple and stay in a style that suits the rest of our apartment, which is kind of like grandma's beach house. we went with beveled subway tiles & trim for the walls and marble penny round tiles for the floor, which is all of 25 square feet. we really wanted to maintain a vintage feel and although the tile guy laughed out loud, we stayed with ceramic bathroom accessories and our vintage hamper with matching waste basket.

New Bathroom
we had super-soft, lightweight dri soft towels from bed, bath & beyond and kept them. our garden isn't producing much this summer, but a bunch of mint in a karin eriksson vase on the windowsill is nice for its fragrance. everyday i use the shower squeegee from ikea because i don't want to spend a day cleaning this bathroom, especially since the tiles in the shower area extend up to the ceiling to bring your eye up. and, to break up some of the white, i added liberty of london fabric binding from purl to our waffle weave shower curtain. 

New Bathroom
the fixtures are from the devonshire collection by kohler and the sink is by woodcrafters from home depot. i added the shanna murray magnolia garland decal above the mirror as a nice reminder each day and the microdry bathmat from bed, bath & beyond is plush and soft. the baskets are from muji and will be stored under the sink when not in use and they were expensive - oy!

New Bathroom
the manila rope for the steam pipe is from home depot and started me thinking about some seaside touches, so i added the vintage buoys from brook farm general store. the fog linen work tray on the windowsill is from there, too. i lined the shelves with some extra vinyl wallpaper i had and turned it upside down so you can see the pattern from below. some pieces from our vintage english chintz china collection are displayed along with a mermaid we picked up years ago in cape cod, a sailboat ornament from my brother and a few starfish & shells. my transistor radio even got a makeover with new clear rubber bands to hold it together.

i just have to fix up the door a bit, but i think we're done with this room, although it might be nice to have the ceiling painted a soft blue and the rope pipe might be pretty with some white stripes. i'm happy we did this renovation, but i don't want to do it ever again. going down to the studs, ugh. but, our kitchen really could use a face lift and i'm sure i would cook a lot more if it was also shiny & new ;).

xo, cindy

ps i originally had a photo of our toilet, but replaced it. i thought maybe it was too much. i included it because since we only had a pipe with the other toilet, we were very excited to be able to drop something into the tank to keep it fresh and immediately did so with the blue tablet. but, maybe that wasn't such a good idea as the blue is quite intense. the jury is still out on this one.

36 comments:

Line said...

you are loved, this is so sweet, great work Cindy, it's looks amazing!!

Melissa de la Fuente said...

Cindy, it looks absolutely gorgeous! I love it and you guys did such an excellent job! I love all of the white, seems like a lovely & relaxing place to refresh & renew...I will be over on sunday. ;) I adore the rope you added to the steam pipe, what an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing this with us hun!
xo
Melis

jennifer said...

I love the color of your vintage hamper. perfection.

Krissy said...

drop. dead. gorgeous! it's fantastic, and all of your touches really make it...

Terri said...

It's beautiful... so light and airy!

cindy* said...

i love how bright and white it is...so pretty!

and, confession, i love blue toilet water :)

Bonbon Oiseau said...

amazing work! i love the brightness and the cheerfulness of it. and such thoughtful touches. GOOD WORK SISTER!!!!

Elizabeth said...

Sigh......Cindy it looks beautiful, fresh and adorable all in one!! Love all the details you chose.
I rent my home, so I'm stuck with what we have, which is a bathroom that was remodeled in the 80's. The tile is raspberry,and I'm being kind, and the cabinets, the generic oak, that I loath! I sure wish they had used all white tiles, I love white bathroom and kitchens. Only consolation it the bathroom is enormous, and has tons of storage.
I sure wish it was white though!!

chelsea said...

wow! gorgeous. and lovely photos too.

cindy said...

thanks you guys ... i'm glad it's not too white!

Jamie said...

It turned out beautiful! Totally worth all the time and stress. I love the lightness of the white and the splashes of color.

lavienouveau said...

I love this! I adore white-washed bathrooms.. but I have to ask, is it hard to keep clean?

cindy said...

i'm a little fusspot, so i tend to wipe things down, a lot. even in hotels! but, compared to our old gray/black bathroom, so far this is a breeze. i used to have to scrub with comet and bleach to try to keep it clean, especially the old tub. now, i can use the environmentally-friendly cleaners to keep things nice.

Anna - Three Sneaky Bugs said...

Oh wow! It looks wonderful!! I've always adored subway tiles and I really like your hamper. So many good details. And those details are what make it special.

M comme...Maman said...

SO clean, so neat, so bright! I love it!!

painted fish studio said...

mmmmm.... worth the wait to see! (i just poured myself a glass of wine for the occasion!)

love the white. and yes, white bathrooms make for great lightboxes! i have all white like you: white walls, fixtures, tiles... so in the winter when light is at a premium, i use my bathroom as my photography studio!

i look at reno's like labor (not that i can actually speak about having a child): once they're done, you forget how awful/painful the process was. having a new kitchen is really, really awesome! :)

Megan Walker said...

Oh, what a lovely reveal Cindy! I'm so thrilled and delighted for you guys! It just looks so light and fresh! I love all your choices - and especially your little touches, like adding the fabric binding to your shower curtain and the elegant decal above the mirror. So YOU! I wish you much happiness enjoying your sparkling new bathroom/tub of escape!

xoxoxo

My name is PJ. said...

It's fresh and bright and beautiful! Amazing what you can do when you remodel, isn't it?

I love this, Cindy!!

Michelle Brunner said...

Love it! It looks so airy and fresh:) I adore your little touches you added as well!

Six Feet Under Blog said...

Love how it looks. My bathroom needs a makeover.

and flowers pick themselves said...

so wonderful, darling! i love the use of white + patterns.

xo Alison

Dawn said...

this bathroom is so perfect! i love all the little touches you made and how bright it is :)

blue moss said...

It's so clean and shiny and pretty and I love your wonderful bits of this and that. Bathroom perfection......totally inspiring me to do something about our sad little bathroom.
Enjoy your new room
M

Vana said...

Looks so good Cindy! I love white bathroom...we have two and I just love them...Love keeping them crisp with a few colors here and there. You did an amazing job with all the DIY projects!

xoxo

darling savage said...

truly beautiful! you should enter that in a bathroom design contest. lots of bright white and great little pops of color- nice work!

Michelle Engel Bencsko said...

Love it! Sparkly, shiny and new- and oh so clean! Mornings will no doubt be easier now that you have all this pristine loveliness to rest your eyes on.

Enjoy!

Michael - Innkeeper said...

wow! your bathroom is beautiful. fresh and clean. you can probably just walk in there and feel clean! no need to shower! j/k

beautiful job.

aimee said...

WOW! it's a stunner! must be such a good feeling to be through the reno and be able to enjoy it.

p.s. laughing about your p.s. about the toilet...

Persis Shah said...

your bathroom is beyond gorgeous! i love it!

just stumbled upon your blog and i have to say i LOVE it. please drop by mine too when you have some time. maybe we can follow each other. =)

Persis.
www.onestylemile.blogspot.com

Leigh said...

I love it!

Julia said...

Cindy, it's incredible! You guys should be so proud of yourselves. It's a masterpiece. I especially love the vintage buoys :)

Pascale said...

It's just lovely! I like a white bathroom - so fresh and clean...
And the pipe make over with the rope turned out really well too, even if it took forever... Not sure if I would have the patience!
I bet you spend a lot of time in the bathroom now - that 's what I would do in a bathroom like that! Congrats!

Kathy said...

I'm so in love with this bathroom because of it's color and design. I like the hint of green by having a flower vase in it. It is indeed shiny!

Well, I'm inspired because upon seeing these bathroom photos. Dad announced over dinner that we'll be having a home renovation next month, that's why. I'm sure, my family will choose Sarasota tile supplies for the bathroom and stainmaster carpet, Tampa-based product for the living room. I want my room to be colored pink, by the way.

I'm grateful for the post, Cindy! You're inspiring people by having these nice photos in your blog.

Carmella Vancil said...

Wow! Your bathroom looks so perfect! It’s so clean, bright, and very fresh! Just look at that shine (and it’s all thanks to the tiles)! Also, it’s good that you installed a window on your bathroom. It greatly affected the overall appeal of your bathroom. Good job!


-Carmella Vancil

Soledad Feigenbaum said...

Wow, an excellent DIY project! Your bathroom was neatly and elegantly designed! Its simplicity, cleanliness, and bright white tiles made your bathroom absolutely stunning! With a bathroom so clean like this, I’m pretty sure that you’re not having problems with molds. Having an exhaust fan with this bathroom is great way to maintain its cleanliness and prevent mold from thriving. Remember, a dry place is a mold -free place!

Soledad Feigenbaum

Althea Tumlin said...

I must agree that your bathroom is indeed a life-sized light box! Like everyone keeps on saying, it’s very bright, refreshing and very clean. I’d love to stay and spend all day long bathing in a bathroom like this one.

-Althea Tumlin