A bathroom renovation is just as exciting as a kitchen reno. Bathrooms go beyond function. It’s a space that plays an integral role in jumpstarting the morning, setting the day’s intentions, and a place to relax and recharge at the end of the day. Our pad has two bathrooms and although we adore the original layouts, it’s in need of an intense refresh of its own.
Our color palette falls within white, grey, a pop of color, and natural wood elements. If you missed our post about our design and inspiration, read here.
Here are some tips on what to consider in a bathroom renovation and what we are doing to transform our space.
Design: What to Consider in a Bathroom Renovation
- Timeless designs: When it comes to selecting materials, we suggest classic, timeless options that are along the same style lines of your home. We brought in the same neutral color palette of our home and used classic white subway tiles for the shower walls and white hexagon ceramic floor tiles.
- Practical pieces: Good lighting and storage top the list of a functional bathroom. We love natural light, but if your space doesn’t have a window (like our guest bathroom), invest in a nice light fixture or go for recessed lighting for even lighting. For storage, we opted for an IKEA Godmorgon sink cabinetry double drawer unit. It makes the best use of space, especially using that top vertical space on a sink.
- Accessories to bring out your style: Since we suggest using timeless design materials, using elements like accessories can really liven up your space to make it your style. Think a textured shower curtain, a gold brass vanity light, decorative wall hooks, colorful bath mat and towels, and woven baskets or bins.
We like the original layout of the master bathroom. Although it’s modest in size, the layout is the best use of space and perfect for us. We ended up gutting the entire bathroom because everything was either dated or not functioning. (Can you spot the old and original blue translucent toilet? So glad it’s gone.) Below are our bathroom renovations so far:
- Shower soffit ceiling removal: Removing the soffit to make flush the rest of the ceiling really opens up the area.
- Drywall & ceiling removal > Install new insulation, plumbing & electrical: Removing the drywall and ceiling made way for installing new insulation, plumbing, and electrical. (Tip: Insulation helps with soundproofing for those bathroom business happenings.)
- New shower, tile, shower door, & fixtures: Before installing new tile, we hired out a contractor to prep the walls with mortar bed (tar paper & mesh). We opted for a stand-up shower instead of a shower/tub combo.
- New floor hexagon porcelain tile: We have a thing for hexagons and fell in love with this semi-gloss hex tile from Daltile. I’m surprised we actually went through with our first choice color: white. If you know anything about us, we’re practical people and practical people don’t usually get white quartz countertops (we got that for the kitchen) or white floor tiles. We just have to be diligent about cleaning often, otherwise, my long dark hair strands will overtake our floors.
- In progress/Still need: Installing the IKEA Godmorgon cabinetry, sink, and mirrors. We love the IKEA bathroom sink and cabinet series. IKEA sure does sing to my organizational heartstrings when it comes to how much you can store and all the interior organizational pieces you can get for those sink drawers. It surely encapsulates fashion meets function. Also, the Godmorgon walnut sink matches all the walnut future Wayne built in the living room. Speaking of building, Wayne is currently working on building customized walnut framed mirrors for both bathrooms.
We also kept the original layout of the guest bathroom and gutted the entire bathroom for the same reasons as the master. Below are our bathroom renovations so far:
- Shower soffit ceiling removal: Removing the soffit to make flush the rest of the ceiling really opens up the area. Check out the Instagram time-lapse video. Definitely loving the more open-look feel.
- Drywall & ceiling removal > Install new insulation, plumbing & electrical: Removing the drywall and ceiling made way for installing new insulation, plumbing, and electrical.
- Repair termite damage: We had tons of termite damage on the wood beams around the tub. This was a surprise cost, however, just gotta get it done. At least we now know wood beams are newly replaced and the structure is secure.
- New shower tile, tub & toilet: Our contractor prepped the walls with mortar bed (tar paper & mesh) before installing and grouting the classic subway tiles. We adore the new Kohler modern rectangular-shaped tub & Kohler toilet installed in the guest bath.
- New floor hexagon porcelain tile: We wanted to follow through with continuity throughout the bathrooms and opted for the same hex floor tiles as the master.
- In progress/Still need: Installing the IKEA Godmorgon cabinetry, sink, light fixtures, and mirrors.
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Guest bathroom’s work in progress… Loved how the white hexagon floor tiles and subway shower tiles turned out. Just need to build and install the sink, cabinets + fixtures. More details #upontheblog. (Swipe left for before pics) . . . #joufixerupper #fixerupper #DIY #homereno #homerenovation #jouhome #bathroom #tile #hexagontiles
Tiles & Other Stuff We Used
Main Flooring: Wood-look porcelain tiles from Imperial Tile & Stone in Anaheim. Size: 8×48. Model #: 182-EMI.
Bathroom flooring: Hexagon tiles from Daltile Tile & Stone Gallery in Anaheim. Size: 7×8. Vendor #: 383053. Color: White.
Shower/Bathtub wall: Subway tiles from Imperial Tile & Stone in Anaheim. Size: 4×12. Color: Gloss white field
Shower pan: Mini hexagon tiles from Imperial Tile & Stone in Anaheim. Size: 2″. Color: Cool Gray.
Delta shower fixtures: Love the preset temperature function. You basically can set the desired temperature and then use the other handle to turn off and on. It forever remembers your desired temperature until you change it. Oh, convenience…
Kohler shower door: Modern design with and a thick, solid piece of glass.
IKEA Godmorgon Cabinet & Sinks: We love the IKEA bathroom sink and cabinet series. IKEA sure does sing to my organizational heartstrings when it comes to how much you can store and all the interior organizational pieces you can get for those sink drawers. It surely encapsulates fashion meets function.
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