Bathroom Reveal | Pinterest Challenge

From the wall tear out to the floor install, it’s been a long time coming. Now that the faucet is installed, I’m extremely proud to introduce you to the official after shots of our upstairs bathroom (sans a mirror). πŸ˜‰ In spirit of the image that started it all, I’d like to present my pinterest inspiration photo. Rubber ducky and all.

Herringbone Subway Tile
Herringbone Tile | Inspiration Photo

Here are some after shots of the tub surround and built-in. I love how much more open and airy this room feels now. Big improvement! Here is how our bathroom compares to the inspiration shot. I still need to get a rubber ducky to complete the look πŸ™‚

Herringbone Subway Tile
Herringbone Subway Tile

Probably one of my favorite details about the new space is this little hutch we found at Homegoods. I thought that it would definitely be too large to fit into the tiny space, but I think it really works. It’s the perfect place to stash all our toilet paper rolls. πŸ˜‰

Small Bathroom Storage
Small Bathroom Storage

I’m also totally in love with the sink and tub hardware. Both are Kingston Brass, and after purchasing this brand for the first time with this renovation, I can say I am a huge fan of the quality and workmanship with these pieces. They really make the room feel a bit more old school authentic to me, and I love that.

Kingston Brass Cross Handle
Kingston Brass Faucet

Storage wise, the built-in has been a life-saver for us, and it completelyΒ transformedΒ this bathroom from a very non-functional space, to a much, much more practical room. We actually have a place to put our toothbrushes now – go figure! πŸ™‚

Bathroom Builtin
Bathroom Built-In

And although the sconces are not what I original had envisioned for the space, I’m pretty glad that I came in $120 under budget on these. Life lesson. Being flexible can save you money.

Completed Bathroom Renovation
Bathroom Renovation

This room has come a long way! There are still some minor revisions that need to happen (door threshold, etc), but I think it’s safe to say that we are back in the bathroom business.

Marble Hex Floor Tile
Marble Hex Floor Tile

To bring y’all back to the beginning, here is how the bathroom looked when we moved in.

Bathroom Before
Downstairs Bath | Before

And since seeing a room reno is no fun without knowing how many dolla bills went into the mix, here is the total cost breakdown for you. (I rounded up to the nearest dollar)

  • Marble Flooring (including grout, mortar, a new tile blade, a few new tools and sealer) $296
  • Subway Tile $84
  • Backer board $42
  • Paint – Free! (used a color already in the house)
  • Sconces – $80 (Lowes)
  • Built-in (including wood, supplies, veneer andΒ accessories) $74
  • Sink (splurge…) $282
  • Tub Hardware $108
  • Sink Faucet (including plumbing) $162
  • Spray paint for tub hardware $4
  • Privacy screen for window $17

Grand Total: $1,149Β 

So although this certainly was not a cheapity cheap renovation, I’m pretty glad to have this sucker d.o.n.e. We laughed, we cried, we went home happy. Actually, there was probably more crying than laughing – but in the end – we definitely went home happy. πŸ™‚


32 thoughts on “Bathroom Reveal | Pinterest Challenge

  1. The results were well worth it. I’d take a bubble bath daily to celebrate. I appreciate how you shared the process. I tend to get impatient and think, “Why couldn’t I have finished this bathroom in a day?!?” You took so much care to do the job right and it’s gorg. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Leilani! I tend to be the exact same way (why can’t this be done yesterday), so it was really hard to pace ourselves. I think it helped that we had multiple bathrooms, so we could just shut the door on this one, and pretend like it didn’t exist when needed πŸ™‚

  2. Looks so great! You need to add some “before” photos to this post so we all remember how scary it was lol!

  3. Such a love transformation! I can’t believe I didn’t see this earlier! I think we’re getting the same tile for our master bath re-do, so it is nice to see it “in action” in your lovely home. I was wondering two things about your space. 1) Does that lovely recessed shelving get wet during showers and 2) do you use a shower curtain?

    1. Hi Gillian! We actually use this bathroom right now just for baths, so there isn’t a shower curtain up right now. We did test the shower spray and it didn’t get the back wall wet (other than a drop or two), so we went ahead with the the built-in concept. If your shower is tighter, and you’re worried about spray, you could also use tiles instead of wood for the built-in. We painted it with water-repelling paint as well, so that helps a bit too!

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