half bath reveal

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Before our new daughter came into this world, we had another celebration! Our half bath renovation was finished! We had a wonderful contractor, who’s one goal was to finish the bathroom before we had the baby, and he did!!! We couldn’t be more pleased with the space. But first here’s the ugly demo picture!

Half Bath Demo

Here’s the room all put back together. We kept the same layout; we took down the cabinet above the toilet to make this teeny-tiny space took a little bigger and replaced the vanity and fixtures. We could not be happier with the tiny space and love the new look!

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We went with a hexagon floor tiles which have a hint of blue and green in them and feel like scales on your toes!

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We decided on classic subway tiles up the entire wall behind the sink which acts as a backsplash for any water while washing your hands or face. With a toddler, splashing happens often. We extended the tiles from floor to ceiling for a more dramatic look. I wasn’t sure if one wall would look weird, but I think it turned out really well!

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The sink and vanity are from IKEA and the bronze pulls are from Schoolhouse Electric. I really like the way the vanity floats above the floor, making the space feel a little bigger. However, our plumber wasn’t a fan of the vanity, as he spent all day configuring the plumbing, so it would fit in the small space behind the drawers. I suggest showing your plumber this vanity early on in the process. He will really appreciate it. The handles were an add-on, IKEA’s vanities don’t need hardware, but the subtle detail helps to make it less cookie-cutter. Plus, the bronze makes it pop!

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I also purchased the pendant light from school house electric and we love the big bold glass, bronze finish and the way the colors accent the mirror, vanity hardware and the framed artwork above the toilet. Ahhh… It makes me happy!

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All in all, we are loving this space. I still have a couple details to finish, such as window treatments, maybe a shelf above the toilet, drawer organizers, and some art to the left of the window. But, it’s 90% finished and with two small kiddos, I’ll take it!

Happy Week, Friends!

kitchen progress V: backsplash

DSC_0251We have been moving along at a snail’s pace these last couple of weeks…. maybe even slower than a snail’s pace. But the tile AND flooring guys (hold your breath) actually showed up this week. Of course the flooring guys still have work to do, but the backsplash is finished!

We picked a simple white subway tile and had them inch it together as close as humanily possible. I would recommend spacers for this work to make the grout look as even as possible. We, unfortunately, were advised that we didn’t need them, and there are a couple places that could have looked better, in my opinion. Live and learn.

I’ve always been enamored by the simplicity of subway tiles, and in this space it just worked wonderfully… what do you think?

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DSC_0244We decided not to stop the subway tile at the level of the cabinets but worked them all the way up to the middle of the window. I like the look of more subway tiles than less, plus it will be a great backsplash to whatever items I decide to place on the sill.

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We matched that same sill height to the door of the entryway into the dining room. Yes, we still need the painters to paint the frame around the window, we know.

DSC_0247After they put in the tiles, it was time for the grout. We went with Polyblend Oyster Gray #386. At first glance (when it was still drying), I thought it was too dark, but by the next day, I liked the color and the contrast.

DSC_0248 DSC_0249All in all, we’re really pleased with the progress but can’t quite believe it’s almost Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving!), and I don’t have my kitchen back. Sigh. It’s been two months for this very small galley kitchen. Wow. Touch ups, appliances are up next! 

Happy Thanksgiving Week, Friends!