As I mentioned yesterday, while we’re tearing into the master bathroom and kitchen, one space we can check off the list as remodeled is the downstairs bathroom. I love the combinations of finishes and styles in this space, a modern geometric wallpaper paired with a traditional vanity, and touches of brass mixed with oil rubbed bronze.
I wrote about the halfway point in this post from last month and showed the state of the original bathroom when we bought the house.
We’ve replaced everything in this space from the flooring on up, including a new vanity, mirror, light fixture, and faucet. Over the weekend we added board and batten below and I wallpapered up above with York’s Franco wallpaper.
The light fixture is this Feiss vanity strip but note if you intend to buy it the three wide middle parts of it glow a hint red when turned on which I was not aware of when I bought it because it’s nowhere in the description but I just went with it. The Tiana mirror is from Ballard Designs but I don’t see it for sale on their site anymore (not sure why) but it appears in the most recent catalog, so I’ll try to find out if it’s just a temporary thing. The faucet is Moen Ashville in bronze.
I liked the idea of the new vanity looking more like a piece of furniture so I swapped out the plain knobs that came with it with diamond back plate brass ring pulls. I love these pulls and I’ve used them before, so I replaced the center knobs with the smaller 73mm ones and the side drawer pulls with the larger 91mm versions.
The toilet paper holder and hand towel holder are both brass, they add the same warmth as Chinoiserie faux bamboo mirror.
The vanity light, faucet, and door handle are oil rubbed bronze, I love the dark contrast against all the white in this bathroom space. The door handles we bought at Lowes, I forget the brand but they are in stores and we’re using this same brand and finish for all the new door hardware throughout the house.
There is a shower in this bathroom behind the door so I added brass robe/towel hooks to the board and batten opposite the toilet/sink. When they arrived they were too dull so I lightly sprayed them with Krylon’s Gold Leaf spray paint to brighten them up.
See this older post on how to install basic board and batten yourself, we used 2 ½ x ½” preprimed MDF cut with a miter saw and tacked to the wall with a brad nailer. The shower is to the left and has plain white tile but we will be replacing the shower door next month with a new glass one framed in oil rubbed bronze since the existing is really old and it swings the wrong way, I’ll have an update on that soon.
The paint on the board and batten is Glidden’s White on White (semigloss finish in this bathroom). We’ve used that same color throughout the entire downstairs on the ceilings (flat) and walls (eggshell).
The nice thing about the modern wallpapers is if they are “strippable” like this one is when you get it really moist with a sponge it peels right off without residue or damage to the walls. I experienced this when I had to trim the pieces below the top rail of the board and batten by scoring them, wetting them with a thick sponge, then peeling the pieces off with ease.
We stood back and looked at the print on the wall and we really like it for now but if I ever get tired of this print (or a future homeowner isn’t crazy about it) I’m not stressed about changing the look or removing it in the future, but for now it’s a fun modern pattern to balance the more traditional style vanity.
One bathroom down, two more to go. 🙂
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