Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Spare Bathroom Update

Our new bathrooms definitely needed a little face lift.  After we got the keys to our new house and walked in for the first time, my husband commented that there was a moldy mildewy smell in the house that we never smelled with the previous owners belongings still in the house.  Once we got to the bathrooms and started looking around we think we found where it was coming from.  The vanities had some obvious water damage on the inside that we never noticed (there has got to be something about first looking at a house you're in love with, you never notice this little stuff till it becomes yours!).

I was planning on trying to paint the old vanities white, but once we saw there was some water damage, we decided we didn't really want to put our brand new quartz counter top on old vanities. The previous owners had the tile floors done in the bathrooms, and though it wasn't my first choice, it looked okay enough and would go with my decor choices.  The vanity lights also needed to be changed out.  Though I wasn't crazy about the doors on the tub, I love the mirror and decided we should keep them.  So we got to work removing the hardware and vanity.  We even removed the pea trap because we discovered another awful smell when we took the faucet off (just a good thing to replace in my opinion).

Look at that wallpaper!  The one thing we realized when we were looking at the house with the realtor was that the texture in the bathrooms and kitchen did not match the knockdown texture in the rest of the house.  It was grainy and inconsistent.  Our realtor mentioned that it looked like there was wallpaper on the walls which was removed, but no texture was put up before painting.  He was exactly right.  My husband sprayed texture from a can in this bathroom since the areas to paint were so small.  While it definitely helped the appearance of having texture on the walls, we are still undecided about the quality of the texture itself.  It may be soft in some areas, there are a couple of areas where a chunk of texture came off very easily even after painting and drying.  We'll need to see how it stands up over time and wear.  Something else you'll notice is that the tile was only done up to the vanity, which may cause issues with leveling our new vanity since it is a little wider than the old one.

I chose the color Agua Fría by Sherwin Williams:
Agua Fría - Sherwin Williams
And the vanity was from the Home Depot Decorator's Collection:
Home Depot Decorator's Collection - ThornBriar
My husband put up bead board on all 3 walls. I found some cute glass cabinet door pulls from Hobby Lobby:
Hobby Lobby - Clear Crackle Mercury Glass knob

We chose Silestone Quartz Counter tops from Lowes called Ocean Jasper:
Lowes - Silestone Ocean Jasper
Pictures do not do this counter top any justice!  It's a beautiful marbled grey with silver flecks that sparkle in the light.  We went with a 2 cm thickness, the 2 inch back splash, and the free partially beveled edge.  I love how it came out!  We also painted the medicine cabinet white and framed the mirror in white trim.  We hung a beautiful light fixture I'd found on Amazon:
Amazon - Tiara Crystal Sphere 28" Wide 4-Light Chrome Bath Light

We found out that the counter top installer charges per hole after 4 holes, I believe $295 per hole.  We really wanted under mount sinks and wide set faucets, but decided we din't want to pay for that many holes.  So we went with Kohler Drop-in sinks:
Pennington Drop-In Vitreous China Bathroom Sink in White with Overflow Drain
And Moen centerset faucets:
Hensley 4 in. Centerset 2-Handle Bathroom Faucet Featuring Microban Protection in Spot Resist Nickel

I absolutely love this bathroom!  Our daughter loves the color blue and I love the white and grey accents.  The existing tile works with the updates as well so I believe it's a win! 


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