We are coming up on a year in this house and have been making good progress as we’ve been transforming each room. Other than our half bath makeover we haven’t embarked on any major renovations but we will be starting on our upstairs bathroom shortly. It may have all been older (late 70s / early 80s) but nothing is breaking (other than one door of the vanity doors Elle somehow pulled off it’s hinges) and the biggest problem, other than that it’s not our style, is that the toilet runs for a long time and wastes water.
Oddly enough, it was the little problem of the toilet running that sparked this makeover. AJ mentioned he wanted to get a new toilet to save water and my brain started whirring. What if I could write a proposal to Lowe’s and ask if they wanted to partner with us on a portion of this bathroom makeover? I probably get an unnatural amount of excitement from writing business proposals to companies. I had the exact look of the bathroom I wanted picked out from endless blog and Pinterest inspiration and found products online that fit the design plan. I then approached two companies that had products that would be a good fit for our bathroom. I always wonder when I see sponsored posts whether the blogger would chose those items if they had to pay for them (instead of trading advertising) and I didn’t want you wondering the same thing. Bloggers are in a fairly unique situation where we can sometimes get free product in exchange for promotion on our blogs and social media channels. I turn down a lot of opportunities from companies that don’t fit our ascetic so that our house, first and foremost, can be ours… not just an advertisement of a company’s product. Probably the number one reason I love writing the business proposals is because we are getting the exact item WE picked out, instead of some item a company asked us to advertise that they need to push that month. I just wanted to get that out there because you will see a number of sponsored posts about this bathroom because we are very fortunate that Lowe’s and Joss & Main wanted to work with us to transform the bathroom into something similar to this look from AM Dolce Vita:
I wanted the toilet to jive with my vision for the bathroom with a traditional look and neat detailing plus be energy efficient. Not too much to ask, right? Lowe’s suggested this energy-efficient, self-cleaning toilet by American Standard. It hasn’t hit the store yet but will be there in September. I don’t mind cleaning the toilet but if this self-cleaning system really works I’ll give it a go. 🙂 This is not the exact toilet but the design is almost identical. My biggest requirement is that it had some detailing like the it does at the top of the back and the base of the toilet so it wouldn’t look as if it were the $89 toilet big box stores sell. We are trying to make classic design decisions that are a little more upscale than our last home.
If you know me at all you know that I love marble, gray and white (like about half of the bloggers you might read :)). I decided to move a little outside my original vision after talking with AJ about the vanity because he really didn’t want a lot of competing whites in the bathroom so we ordered a gray vanity from Joss + Main. I originally approached them about partnering on the vanity because our nightstands are from Joss + Main and we love them (the ones we have are sold out but they have a great selection available). They are substantial, well-made and have worked beautifully for the past eight months so I figured the vanity would be the similarly constructed. It took us a long time to decide on one because there are hardly any double sink vanities without marble and after having marble in our last kitchen we did not want to use it again but… it’s more expensive to buy a double base than it is to purchase a full set (go figure) at many retailers.
These pulls and knobs make the vanity a little more modern than our style so we may switch them out to something chrome and slightly more traditional to coordinate with the faucets.
I think we will do a faucet similar to the one we have in the half bath. I love the classic lines:
The tile for the bathroom was a Lowe’s find. I wanted a marble subway tile with a classic look and AJ didn’t want single tiles. He knows his limits and finds it far easier to tile in 12 x 12 sheets. We may now be hiring a tiler because AJ’s nervous about DIYing the shower base with a slanted floor but that’ll be for another post.
We currently don’t have a tub in this bathroom. The only tub in the house is in the master suite but since we have a renter in there we’ve been giving the kids baths in a Rubbermaid container whenever they want one instead of a shower. 🙂
We have an antique claw foot tub sitting in the garage that we may use. Growing up my Nana (great-grandmother) had a place in Ocean Park, Maine. About eight years ago the cottage was torn down and rebuilt by my father and two of his siblings. When it was torn down my grandfather decided to give AJ and I the tub because he knew we were restoring our last home. Cue all the “awwwws” because I love love love having a piece of that cottage in our house (even if it is just in our garage right now). Depending on estimates from a plumber and our builder this part will most likely be pushed down the line. The wall in the guest bedroom will have to be pushed out to accommodate the tub so it’s a fairly large size job.
The kids and I have already taken the wallpaper off the bathroom walls (that’s what happens when long hot winter showers just steam the paper off the walls!) so we are working on the makeover already! You probably won’t see much on the blog until late August or September; the vanity won’t even be here till the end of July to the beginning of August.