I detailed the half-bathroom renovation drudgery in previous posts, so now it’s time for a whole bunch of before and after photos! All of the sources are linked at the end of this post.
The moulding around the door was replaced with a simple Craftman style that is more appropriate for our 1913 bungalow. I used Metrie architrave (the part above the door) plus trim from Home Depot. The vintage five panel door is what would have been in the house originally – I picked it up for $20 at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore here in Chicago.
The previous tile was overly high: it crowded the window and made the room feel short. I chose the beadboard height so that it was as tall as the faucet – that way when people turn off the handles, there’s little risk of water splashing on the wallpaper.
Another choice that helps make the room feel taller is continuing the wallpaper up the sloped ceiling. The Cole & Sons wallpaper is so beautiful; it looks hand-stenciled.
There’s an odd wood stump up there from a staircase beam, so I put a vintage brass duck on it because why not.
I love the new matte white hex tile from EliteTile. Porcelain mosaic tile feels perfect for a bungalow bathroom, and the black grout will be easy to keep clean.
The support post bump-out fits in with the room a lot better now that the beadboard and baseboard wraps around and continues down the rest of the wall.
Another big change I’m very happy with is the window trim. The window previously looked really rough – you could see the brick around the edges. Now it looks like a feature of the room, not an afterthought.
Jarrod is a birder, and he’s always admiring the John James Audubon Birds of America book on display at Northwestern University, where he works. I sent him a link to Joel Oppenheimer’s Audubon listings sorted by ascending price, so we could find an entry-level piece. Jarrod selected boat-tailed grackles, and I picked up the print at Oppenheimer’s beautiful gallery in Chicago. It’s a 1856 hand-colored lithograph.
Tip: All of Audubon’s Birds of America illustrations are available for free download as very high-resolution files (10,000 pixels!) via the Audubon Society’s website.
This print is the only art I have in here; I may eventually hang something over the toilet, but for now I’m letting the wallpaper do the work. I’m keeping the windowsill simple as well with a woven tray, tissue box, and plant.
One more photo just because I like this detail!
The bathroom finishes are a mix of matte black and antique brass. The Tolson toilet paper holder from Rejuvenation matches the vanity knobs.
I reused the bathroom’s existing sink: there are very few sink options available with such a shallow depth (14″), and this one was in perfectly fine shape. It looks so much better with a new black faucet and a new vanity.
I customized an IKEA SILVERAN vanity with paint, tapered legs, and brass knobs. I also reduced the depth of the vanity to fit the sink. This was one aspect of the powder room that I thought might be a total fail, but I ended up being 100% pleased with it. So, I am super glad I did not waste money on an expensive custom vanity (all of the quotes I got came in around $1k). I’ll share details of this IKEA hack in a follow-up post.
I purchased the rug, tissue box cover, and antique brass bird hook when I redid our apartment bathroom. There’s actually an identical bird on eBay right now – but she’s $175 and has a candleholder on her head! Looks like my $14 bird “hook” used to be a sconce before her hat fell off.
Going back in time, here’s what the bathroom looked like when we bought the house.
The light fixture was lowered and replaced with a Schoolhouse Electric sconce. I love those faceted shades. The switches and outlet were moved next to the door, which is the logical home for them.
When we bought the house:
When we bought the house:
I love this view:
Portrait of a Lady who is Relieved this Bathroom Renovation Wasn’t a Huge Mistake:
- MOEN Kingsley Centerset 2-Handle Faucet
- IKEA SILVERAN Vanity
- EliteTile EliteTile Retro Glazed Porcelain Hex Mosaic in Matte White
- Panasonic WhisperFit EZ Retrofit Fan/Light
- Cole & Son Dialytra Wallpaper
- Rejuvenation Tolson Cabinet Knob and Toilet Paper Holder
- Rejuvenation 24″ Metal Framed Round Mirror
- Schoolhouse Electric Davis Double Sconce and Faceted Turtle Shade
- Kohler 10″ Rough-in Cimarron Toilet from Ferguson
- Rug: vintage from Humboldt House
- Container Store White Lacquered Tissue Box Cover
- Crate & Barrel Sedona Honey Vanity Tray and Waste Basket
- Pottery Barn Heathered Hydrocotton Hand Towel
- Audubon print from Joel Oppenheimer
- Door: vintage from Habitat for Humanity ReStore
- Schlage Greyson Collection Bowery Privacy Lock Knob Matte Black
- Metrie True Craft Scene 5″ MDF Architrave from Evanston Lumber
- Window and door trim: Alexandria Moulding 3.5″ Primed Pine Casing
- Baseboard: Alexandria Moulding Primed Base Moulding
- Beadboard: White V-Groove Decorative Paneling from Home Depot – not listed on their website but available at the North Avenue store (thanks to Yellow Brick Home for the tip!)
23 thoughts on “Half-Bathroom Before and After”
This is SO GORGEOUS and you are so talented! I just love it. ENJOY! (and if you’re ever in Boston, please come help w. my 1920 colonial…)
Thanks so much, Sally!
Absolutely STUNNING, Marti! I love every single decision you made! Also, how in the world do doors get that filthy (from your before photos)? Like, how? Anyway, bravo.
Haha, I know – did they NEVER wash their hands while they were in the bathroom?!
Thanks for the praise and your advice, Kim!
wow! i had not noticed and now really appreciate the wainscoting height! why the hell was that tile so high? and that window was very ugly! it all looks so beautiful now: in particular the view of the toilet paper handle plus vanity and faucet. crouching on the floor next to the toilet for that photo really paid off!
Hahaha, thanks for your support, Jarrod. I know how much you love that toilet paper holder. The tile was so high because the previous owners didn’t want to have to cut the hideous tile they used!
How in the world did you get that rug under the vanity legs??
Great question! The vanity is fully wall-mounted, so the legs are really just for show. I added adjustable feet to the bottom of the wood legs, and I can easily twist them to raise/lower, which lets me slide the rug under!
It’s gorgeous, Marti! It took a little heartache to get there, but I hope you are thrilled with the result.
You have a such a talent for pulling everything together. I love all of the design choices that you made.
Thanks so much, Stacy! I do really enjoy the process of pulling everything together.
I’m looking forward to your breakfast nook reveal!
Switching out the door was SUCH good decision…and the vintage brass “because why not” duck had me cracking up. If this were my home, would smile every time I saw that little guy. I mean, maybe we should all learn to cover up the things we don’t LOVE in our homes with vintage ducks. It’s a life lesson, for sure. :)
Thank you! I am so happy with the new door – swapping one white door for another is surprisingly impactful. Glad you appreciate the duck, too.
Gorgeous design and great job! Thank for your sharing, Marti
How did you get the rug under the legs of the vanity? Did you plan for a little wiggle room to slide it under, or was that pure luck?
The vanity is fully wall-mounted, so the legs are really just for show (though they do add secondary support). I added adjustable feet to the bottom of the wood legs, and I can easily twist them to raise/lower, which lets me slide the rug under!
i love how you tied your love of birds into the bathroom. I love the bird towel hook!
Can you tell me what frames you used for the Audubon prints? And how do you find having a wool rug (that I assume isn’t washable) in a bathroom? I love the look of a vintage rug but I’ve never been able to figure out how people manage this…?