If you’ve read the blog from the beginning, you know that one of our first big projects with the house that had any visual gratification (ie. not the roof or foundation) was our master bath. I posted pictures of it in an earlier post but didn’t include before pics. I found some and although you don’t get a sense of how the layout of the upstairs drastically changed, you can see how different the space feels.
Below are the befores of the upstairs bathrooms. When we purchased the house there were two tinybathrooms at the top of our stairs. They were literally falling apart and had caused a lot of water damage to the underlying structure.
We knocked out the wall between the two little baths and made one larger (still small by today’s standards) en-suite master bath and a small walk-in closet for the master as well. Instead of 2 bathroom doors facing you as you walk up the stairs, we now have a large display wall seen in this previous post.
After knocking down some walls and adding others, we were left with this space:
And here is our completed master bath looking from it into our bedroom:
The vanity was made from reclaimed barn wood from southern CA. I designed and refinished it myself. The rug is a vintage kilim from the Santa Fe Flea Market. The cabinet on the vanity is a French antique from the Alameda Flea Market. The etagere is from Restoration Hardware. All plumbing fixtures are Sunrise Specialty. Sinks and tub are vintage from The Sink Factory. And my contractor, Karen Dinardo of Dinardo Design and Construction was fantastic throughout the whole process. I can’t recommend her highly enough.
The train rack and all wall fixtures are from Restoration Hardware.
The little chair is a vintage 1930′s folding chair from a salvage yard.
The little stool is an antique milking stool from Urban Ore. Vase is Ikea.
Blue enamelware pan is vintage from somewhere in FL.
The lantern is a vintage electrical fixture that I pulled the wiring out of and hung instead with candles.
A word about herringbone patterns–I LOVE them in tile. You may have noticed I repeated this in my fireplace redo earlier in the year. Herringbone is so classic and traditional and adds so much texture to any space. See Darryl Carter’s book The New Traditionalfor more ideas on classic tile patterns and for overall inspiration for this room.
Close up of patina on cabinet.
This bathroom was a triumph for me because when we bought this house 3.5 years ago, it almost seemed like there was too much to take on–The roof leaked, the foundation was crumbling and far from earthquake proof, there was knob and tube wiring everywhere, and these were the problems that you couldn’t see! There were also floors with holes in them, strange layouts and oddly configured rooms, old carpeting, etc etc etc.
This bathroom was the first big project we completed that we could actually see the difference after we did it. The foundation and the roof were important, but didn’t really feel all that great to do. This bath was real pay off for us. And it was the first time John or I ever had double sinks in our bathroom or an ensuite–what a change that was!
Thanks for stopping in! I hope this gives you some inspiration for your home.