I just left our new (to us) home that we’re currently remodeling before move-in (and yes, I keep promising more to come… and it is, seriously!), subsequently I have thoughts swirling through my head of paint colors, countertop samples, sink choices, curtain options, lighting ideas, and plenty of DIY plans for our new space. But I realized that while I shared the before and after of our studio kitchen remodel, I’ve never shared what we did for the bathroom remodel. You guys, this part was a wreck. It was almost like starting from scratch, even though it wasn’t…. that may have been easier. There was a half wall at one point, no wall at another point of the bathroom, strange pipes to work with and work around and all of it was just a big mess.
So, we just about gutted it and started fresh! Thankfully there was some kind of water piping and drainage at the other side of the bathroom layout before, so we could remove the tiny (gross) sink and relocate the vanity area to a larger section of the new bathroom (we just had to remove part of a wall and then add in a wall on the side because it was still open to the back room of the studio).
One big thing we weighed in on for awhile was whether or not to keep the shower. Since it was our work place and rental studio, we weren’t sure if it would be needed… but to be honest, it was easier (and less expensive) to keep it, and we figured it could come in handy. Thankfully we did, because it absolutely has come in handy!
In this bathroom remodel, we managed to make the space quite home-y while still being able to display things like essential oils and other items (ie. artwork that will be hitting the shop soon!).
Another obstacle we faced was finding a vanity to fit in the space we had… many were either too small or too large, and I really wanted it to fill that end of the bathroom. Custom work was so expensive, so we DIY’d it and it turned out amazing! Chris actually built the vanity cabinet, and since we don’t really need too much storage in this space, instead of the extra work of an under-sink cabinet, we just finished it off with beadboard, while leaving the shelving open. Once I painted it gray and our friend brought in this poured cement countertop, I couldn’t have been happier with the end result! It turned out great, fills the space, gives us just enough storage and was a DIY option that saved us loads of $$!
We opted to keep the space as light and bright as possible (especially since there is NO natural light in there, ugh!) although we haven’t touched the lighting yet and I think that will help. Sometime it will happen. But I didn’t want to wait any longer to share the before and after of this simple bathroom makeover, especially since we have SO much coming with our new home!
There were a few features we couldn’t really change in this bathroom remodel… or things we just didn’t want to mess with, like some of the piping on the outside of the walls (so strange!). It was already there, we’re in a really old building and there is brick behind the wall, so really, there’s no where else to put it and we weren’t about to start drilling into the cement floors (who knows what else we’d run into?!). For this rental space for us, a big cosmetic fix-up was just what our studio needed! Add in a sliding barn door, especially since with the changing of the walls, there wasn’t a good place for a door to swing open, and it’s the perfect bathroom space for our work days and studio events.