Bathroom Renovation Plans


Hello and happy Friday my friends! Any fun weekend plans? We have basketball, some basketball and then more basketball here. 😉 
I’ve been hard at work painting my son’s bathroom and had hoped to share it with you today but goodness…I forgot how much work it was to paint a bathroom! Especially with this one with the stupid  wall that breaks the room in two — it adds a couple walls and a lot more cutting in.
I haven’t done much to our two upstairs bathrooms over the years (I’ve focused on our powder room and basement bathroom and basically all of the other spaces in the house) and there are two big reasons for that — bathroom renovations are (typically) expensive. Duh. Also, I have to wait till the final design pops into my head. Seriously, it can take years before I know exactly what I want to do with a space, and I won’t do much till that happens. 
This bathroom has always bugged me and I talked about my bigger plans for it here. I decided to sit on that for awhile to see if I really wanted to knock that wall down, and yes. Yes I do. Like, yesterday. I hate the wall:

This is how the bathroom looked till a few months ago — it looked the same as it did when I painted and decorated it nine years ago when my boy was born.

Now that I’m sure I want to take that wall down I don’t want to do too much to update in the meantime, but I have made some simple changes that I’m really happy with. I’ll go into those details more next week! I had to laugh though because as soon as I started painting in there all of the ideas swirling in my head fell into place and I came up with a final design and renovation plan. Of course then I wanted to put the paint brush down and just knock the wall out, but I’m holding back. For now. 🙂

Here’s the plan for the larger renovation, but it won’t happen till next year most likely. As with all of our redos it will involve a lot of DIY projects and budget-friendly items. I do have one splurge in mind and it’s a cement tile. I’ve been obsessed with it for years now and I know how I want to use it in this room. There are SO many beautiful options:

gray and white cement tile bathroom
Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s such a beautiful accent. I absolutely LOVE this one: 
patterned cement tile in shower

My plan in this bathroom is to go with something with a little more contrast though (I’m keeping that one filed away for our master bath). It will go up the wall behind the vanity like this:

patterned tile above vanity
I think I’ll keep the large mirror and if so the actual area that will be tiled will be pretty small. LOVE that look! 
Initially I planned to use the cement tile on the floors but I think using it as an accent will be prettier and cheaper. Now the plan is to go with a darker gray tile similar to this: 
large dark tile bathroom
Lowe’s carries a large tile that comes in dark and light gray — we used the lighter version for our basement bathroom: 
bright basement bathroom
The biggest decision has been the vanity design — we went with one sink when we built and I wish we would have done two. I’ll be adding another sink during the renovation so at first I was planning to buy another cabinet like the one we have to finish off the space. Those aren’t cheap though, so I came up with another idea that will be much cheaper and I can do it myself: 
Wood open vanity bathroom
I’ve always loved the look of open vanities in bathrooms. I know they aren’t for everyone but I think they look fantastic and offer way more functional storage than a typical vanity. 
Here’s one that Karah built for her bath:  
DIY wood vanity
The good thing is I already have a plan in mind for the vanity — my Dad and I built this DIY potting bench years ago and it’s pretty much exactly what I want. I’ll go darker in stain for the bathroom: 
DIY potting bench
So far the costs aren’t too bad! We’ll decide later if we’ll keep the basic builder tub insert or replace and tile it — if we do it will be a basic subway tile. I’m not sure if it’s worth that investment. 
As far as lighting, I still plan to add a window above the shower. I think it will make a huge difference in that room. HUGE. Especially with the wall down and the room opened up — I have a feeling it will feel twice as big. 
I’ll be getting rid of the long vanity light and replacing it with two above the mirror. I always love the industrial farmhouse look, especially in a bathroom: 
Ship lap bathroom
I’ve used similar lights from Lowe’s over our window seat in the kitchen: 
Window seat with lights
Since the wall will be down in the bathroom and we’ll have easy access to the ceiling I plan to add a couple recessed lights as well. 
Dang it! I’m so excited now and want to start this next week! Not happening though. The room will be completely transformed and I think I can do it for a great price. 
This will be my first big bathroom renovation — the biggest change in our powder room was the planked wall treatment I added. Our basement bathroom was built from the ground up but I think that’s easier than renovating what’s already there. 
Have you implemented any of these in your bathrooms? Please share if you have! Have a great weekend my friends! 





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