Dream Bathroom Design

My previous post about the small improvements we made to our extremely tiny bathroom got me thinking about what I want the bathroom to look like after the renovations were complete.

I turned to Pinterest for inspiration, naturally.

I am of the opinion that bathrooms should be black and white.  Not only is it simply the most classic of all possible color combinations, I also believe that since this is the area that many of use to get ready for the day, that black and white designs make the perfect backdrop for nearly every outfit one could wear.  These kinds of bathrooms let you focus on making sure you look great – not if you look great with the mint green walls behind you, or the floral pattern of the wallpaper.

As if you needed more convincing:

On a side note – I’m not sure I’d be too keen on having a family photo gallery in the bathroom… don’t really want all those people looking at me just about then, eh?

For me – this last bathroom is near perfection.  I simply adore it.  However, having lived with a pedestal sink in a full bath – I’m not really a fan. Remember: I need function first, form second.  Also, considering this will be a college rental – a lack of accessible storage will quickly mean that this bathroom will likely turn into a real mess real quick. No thanks.

Also – as much as I love, and I really do mean love! me some claw foot tubs…. again, college rental.  A bit too shi-shi, as my colleague Rob,would say, for college kids.

So what would our bathroom reno look like, keeping it as affordable as possible (say under $1k) and as this-is-going-to-be-a-rental conscious as possible?

I figure we’re going to have roughly about 70sqf of floor space in the bathroom, but will lose roughly 15sqf or so with the tub.  Lets say 55sqf of tile is needed.  These are the options I’m liking:

All these options were found on Overstock.com which has a really impressive collection of beautiful tiles at affordable prices.  The reviews on Overstock and other blogs are consistently really favorable.  Heres the breakdown:

  1. SomerTile Basket Weave $55.99 for 6.7sqf which would be roughly $448 for the 55sqf needed for the bathroom reno. Pricey..eh?
  2. SomerTile Victorian Penny $55.99 for 9.2sqf for a total of $336.. better.
  3. SomerTile Victorian Hex $59.99 for 9.06sqf for a total of $360
  4. SomerTile Spiral $52.99 for 11.1 sqf for a total of $265 <– cheapest option!

Obviously, my favorite is the most expensive. I think I could easily be convince that the almost $200 savings for the Spiral tile would be well worth it.

I’m leaning toward using dark grout with these options – definitely with the all white tiles.  Grout always gets dirty if you don’t really keep up with it and college kids definitely will not.  A once a year, in-between-tenants cleaning won’t cut it.  Dark grout will hide many sins.

While tile is a great option and will look really classic, it may be worth investigating continuing the vinyl faux wood flooring we’re planning on installing throughout the house into the bathroom as well.  Allure Trafficmaster is sold through Home Depot and is supposed to be waterproof – great for high traffic use and use in areas that can potentially see water like kitchens, bathrooms and basements.  We figure a waterproof option is going to be a great way to college proof the house.

I think we will go with a medium brown like this one in Cherry.  At a whopping $1.79sqf we could do all 55sqf of the bathroom for under $100.  Sold.

For the walls, I am pretty set on a board and batten treatment. Cue inspiration for Pinterest!

I really love the top two images as they both have the additional shelf space on top of the woodwork which I can assume will come in really convenient for placing some small decorative objects and such.  I also love how the hooks in the last image and the towel hooks in the first image look against the board and batten.

Above the crisp white board and batten, I’d definitely paint the walls a very deep, dark charcoal grey. I think the grey will soften the look ever so slightly but keep things grounded and consistent.  Like the grey in my fav inspiration pic from above:

I figure it will cost about $75-100 for primer and paint for this room and probably somewhere between $50-75 for the wood to do the board and batten (total guesstimate here, whoa “guesstimate” didn’t trigger my spellcheck!)

With the bathroom in its expanded state, it will definitely be able to accommodate a double vanity.  Except double vanities are reeeeeallllyyyy expensive.  Like way over a grand expensive! So I propose to DIY it using unfinished kitchen cabinets from Home Depot.

Two of these, side-by-side will be 60″ wide. Painted a soft matte black and then built into a frame, with a shelf below and space behind to run the plumbing? and perhaps adding a little more molding around the inner raised edge of the door so its like the cabinets in this photo?

I would get a simple wood top for the new complete vanity and then paint it with the Rustoleum Countertop Transformation kit in Black Onyx.

YIKES! Nevermind.  Just looked up the cost of this and the kit will cost over $200! Here I was thinking this was going to be a budget option.  Oh well.  Considering this new change in plans, I’d either just paint the wood top with the same paint as the cabinet or I’d investigate getting remnant stone cut to size.

On top of my custom double vanity, I’d put two crisp white vessel sinks.  I love this one from Overstock:

At $135 each, this could be the pricey-est thing in the bathroom! Maybe I should look for more affordable options (later).

For the tub, I would probably use this Kohler drop-in model ($350) and build a paneled surround for it, possibly painted the same matte black as the vanity.

The walls of the tub alcove could be tiled in simple white subway tiles installed in a herringbone pattern with dark grout. Then paired with a rainfall shower head like this one (a steal at under $20.00):

The biggest challenge I see is managing the balance of contemporary and vintage styles to make it look cohesive, stylish, young and hip, while still maintaining the integrity of the house.

I think we’re on the right track.  Probably weighing in at little closer to $1500 rather than my $1k mark, though.