I’m so excited to share the reveal of our bathroom makeover today! This mostly-cosmetic weekend project has made a huge difference for our main bathroom, which was in desperate need of some style.
As I mentioned in the Four J’Adore: Bathroom Inspiration Board, pretty much since day one in this house I had been planning on a black & white look for this bathroom. For being such an old house, the bathroom is surprisingly updated (not that I’m complaining!) and so I wanted the decor to bring a classic, historic feel to this room.
To really give you the full effect, how about some Before & After action?
Obviously the main bathroom fixtures remained, so this was largely a cosmetic makeover. We installed beadboard + trim on the bottom half of the walls, re-painted, and tiled the sink backsplash with some high-impact black subway tile.
The overhead light cord got a coat of black paint, and the sink lighting got some new oversized-globe bulbs and a fresh coat of silver spray paint.
I must admit, I was very unsure about the black subway tile. Like many families before us, we spent the traditional few hours in the Home Depot tile aisle debating the many options.
But my husband had a vision (and eventually we needed food and water) so off we went with the black subway tile. And I love it! It really makes a statement, and the high-contrast is exactly what I had envisioned for the space. Plus, subway tile (of any color) always wins.
I love how clean the bright the white looks against the glossy black tile. Oh, and check out the new accessories (#homegoodshappy) and faucet!
This faucet was a random find during that Home Depot trip. It wasn’t actually part of our plan to replace the existing one – which was builder grade, and perfectly functional. But this beauty, with porcelain labelled handles, just makes me so happy! And if anything can make me happy when I’m half-awake getting ready in the morning, that’s a winner in this house.
And on the opposite side of the room you get a full dose of the architectural interest that the beadboard and trim adds to this mostly-white space. Having some texture and dimension helps a lot since we kept with a stark white look.
And did you see that little black radiator?
Another bold choice, compliments of my daring husband, but it adds a level of glam that was missing before. Its like this little radiator (which we have in nearly every room as the only source of heat) put on a Little Black Dress and is all ready for a night out!
Here we see the monogram hooks that I’d snatched up at World Market a while ago (still available!) knowing they’d be perfect for this room. And the towels from my 2nd Anniversary (cotton being the traditional gift!) that served as inspiration for this makeover.
Making these changes has made me love this space 100x more than before. The tiling and the beadboard + trim were fairly intensive projects, as this was our first time using a tile cutter, and using a miter saw! But we are now the proud owners of both of those tools, and I forsee more projects to come.
A few things still outstanding:
- Find artwork
- A little DIY I dreamed up…
- Swap out the medicine cabinet mirror, which is a strange rose-silver color
But that’s it! I’d love to know what you think, mes amies. Feeling inspired by our Bathroom Makeover? Always dreamed of a black + white bath, like me?
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