Our beautiful blue bathroom has turned out better than I expected and we are loving it! Between the barn wood tile, to the calming color on the walls, and the finishing touches, it is just beautiful!
For our color pallet we wanted to keep it very calm and neutral in this small space. The barn wood tile has such a presence and speaks for itself to our lifestyle!
The choices were pretty simple for us and we knew what we were looking for! It started of course with the beautiful tile! With living in a 1900’s farmhouse it was a no brainer! It is functional and stylish. It’s a perfect nod to our little farm! This tile is in right now and you can find it or something similar at just about any home improvement store or even online.
As far as the fixtures were concerned the rest of our house is neutral in our color pallet with black accents and fixtures. Very modern farmhouse style. So, we decided to keep that same idea in the bathroom.
We thought switching out all of our fixtures would be a pretty easy but oh how we were mistaken! Both the tub and the sink were kind of a pain.
We started in the shower in and we have a six year old at home so we knew that we needed an easy way for her to take big girl showers! So we decide that we needed a two in one type bath faucet. During our search we learned that finding a black two in one shower combination was darn near impossible in our price range. So we ended up changing the black fixtures to a Venetian Bronze color. Really when you are looking at them you can barely tell that they are not black. Of course being the perfectionist that I am it was a hard pill to swallow but I am getting used to it! Once we decided on this tub faucet from Delta it was shipped!
After we ordered the tub fixture we got down to business removing the old ones. It was a little victory for me because it showed change and progress getting the old out! Once we removed the old hardware we found that the plumbing pieces were not going to fit our new fixture. So, after cutting a huge hole in our daughter’s bedroom wall we replaced all of the plumbing to attach our new fixtures! Definitely easier said than done! If you are not experienced in plumbing at all I would recommend hiring a plumber to ensure that you do not run into later issues with leaks and possibly having to replace more that you bargained for.
Unfortunately we haven’t completely patched the hole in Penelope’s (our daughter) room yet….but we are getting there!
When it came to the sink the most difficult thing for us was trying to figure out which type of faucet we needed. There are so many types and “spreads” that it took a little trial and error. Our sink being so small and an older style we had to stick with a certain type of faucet. I liked the single handle farmhouse type faucet but because of where the holes were cut in the sink we didn’t have many options. Our sink has three holes cut in it it for the plumbing lines with a a spread of four inches.
Ultimately we decided on this cute little number from Kingston Brass!
The color again was a Venetian Bronze from Kingston Brass. I was worried that even though it is described as the same color as the bath tub faucet we had already bought that it may be slightly different. Turns out that it was so close that you cant really tell.
This bathroom may have a big impact but it is not a big space. The overall space is only about 4o square feet. So, naturally storage was going to be an issue! We decided that the best space to utilize was above the toilet. When we moved in we had this horrific cabinet above the toilet that was not very deep at all not to mention hideous!
Obviously this cabinet had seen better days and we knew it had to go. What to do in its place was a quick discussion. Those over the toilet cabinets were never an option for Josh and I. Buying shelving can be very expensive so we knew that we needed to build something fabulous for the space! Searching Pinterest is another pastime of mine….well maybe an addiction! Either way I like to think of it as INSPIRATION! I loved the idea of having a nice wood shelf or two in the space to warm it up a bit and give it some texture with all the white in there we needed to shake it up a bit!
Searching my old saves to my DIY – Home Projects board I came across the perfect solution to our problem! This is a fantastic tutorial as to how to build these beautiful floating shelves on the cheap!
Once they were built I took to staining and protecting them with some polyurethane. You want to make sure not to skip these steps as it will lead to your beautiful shelves being ruined. I wanted to use the same stain that Josh and I used to stain our original hardwood floors in the rest of our home. The stain color is by Minwax in Special Walnut. You can buy this brand at most home stores.
Another place that we decided to have some storage was in the shower! Yes, people in the shower! In our tiny little fabulous bathroom there is not much room for hanging wet towels. Josh and I like the idea and look of hooks. They are a real space saver and have a great casual look to them. We again were looking for some that would match our Venetian Bronze scheme with our other fixtures so we had looked to see if maybe Delta had some that would work. Sure enough we found the perfect durable towel hooks. We decided to hang them on the opposite wall from our shower head in hopes that they would stay dry during our showers! Turns out they do! Yay! They were a little spendy but I am happy with the result!
Another fixture that needed some love was our light fixture! Our old vanity had a light built in to the piece. We really wanted a different look in there so Josh and I replaced the vanity and added a separate light fixture.
The final decision that I needed to make was the paint color. I knew that I wanted a calming cool color in this room with a pop of color. I naturally gravitate to the blue color family and with the bathroom missing its original color I felt like a nice hue of blue would be a nice touch. We still call it our blue bathroom after all! I chose this luscious color by Dutch Boy called Gamefish Gray. Which is kind of funny because it is not gray at all! Either way I brought home a paint swatch to make sure that I liked the color in the space. I also checked how the swatch looked in different lights throughout the day!
There are a few finishing touches that we need to attend to but overall we have function and beauty back in our blue bathroom! We want to add some towel storage above the bathroom door but I want to find an old train luggage wrack to hang for that so I am on the hunt! We are also thinking about building a cabinet to go under the sink for more storage!
If you guys have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below and check back soon to see when I get the finishing details worked out!
If you missed the first entry to our bathroom remodel you can catch it here!
Keep dreaming my friends!