It is time to reveal the coastal family bathroom. Welcome to Week 8 of the @oneroomchallenge. I want to start by saying thank you to @oneroomchallenge and @bhghome for providing this opportunity for growth and comradeship, but also an opportunity to showcase everyone’s hard work and success. The people that we meet and the friendships that we make while doing this, are the icing on the cake.
If you haven’t been following along, we renovated our family bathroom right down to the studs. This is what happened in week one, week two, week three, week four, week six and week seven as we renovated our family bathroom. If you recall, we took a collective pause on week five.
The week before the One Room Challenge was originally supposed to start we gutted the family bathroom. We figured the timing was perfect because all of our kids, the ones that use this bathroom, would not be at home. But, within a few days, the world completely changed, and all three kids moved back into the house. Then, the ORC was delayed one month. But, we felt under pressure to get the bathroom done, so we started putting it all back together again right away.
Now that the bathroom is complete, the reports from those using the family using are good. Let me take you through what we did.
Design Plan for a Coastal Family Bath
Let me first show you the design plan.
We completely gutted the shower getting rid of the tile on the ceiling, the shower floor that would not drain and the horrible sliding doors.
The complete Schluter shower system, including the shower niche to hold shower supplies was installed. We installed a 4 x 8 inch white subway tile on both the walls of the shower, and the walls of the bathroom. On the floor of the shower we installed this gorgeous hex tile that was a bit of a splurge, but these tiles make a statement.
The shower head in this matte black is such a stunner. We have a rain head and a wand which will really helps family members to clean their own bathroom (hint, hint).
We had ordered a plinth in the same quartz as our counter, for the platform for the glass. The glass is 35 inches wide and has a nice black trim on the edge. We struggled with the width, because the opening had to be wide enough to be able to comfortably enter the shower, but we didn’t want water on the floor. Truth be told, we guessed wrong. There is a slight spray of water on the floor after a shower but it is not a big problem.
Speaking of the floor, because there were other patterns in the room, we went with a 12 x 24 inch sandy coloured tile. It provides a nice neutral base to the room and almost gives that coastal, sandy feel. Thanks to my guys who did the hard work of pulling it all up.
I chose this wonderful rug from @ruggable as I wanted something washable and something that would stay in place. If you don’t know about Ruggable, they come in two pieces. The bottom is like velcro and the top is removable and can be washed in the washing machine. The perfect combination.
In the little toilet alcove, I placed this prettiest print for the @JuniperPrintShop called Ferris Wheel. I also cannot stop talking about this streamlined toilet from Home Depot. It truly is a game changer when there are boys in the house. And the easily removable seat makes it simple to clean.
One of the things I could not wait to get rid of in the bathroom was the four fluorescent bulbs. Once they were gone and we started looking at possibilities and we realized that our options were limited. First, the bulkhead could not be removed, so this meant the ceiling above the sink was much lower than we had expected.
For this reason, couldn’t hang anything from the ceiling or even put lights above the mirrors. In the end, we decide that pot lights were the best option. We added three pot lights in the bulkhead and then two in the main bathroom to light the toilet and shower areas. It is difficult to get a picture of the spotlights in place because the bathroom has no natural light, so they have to be on all of the time.
Blue Vanity for a Coastal Theme
On of the most dramatic changes to the bathroom was painting the cabinets blue. It took a bit to find the right colour of blue but in the end, we settled on Slate Blue by Benjamin Moore. I also spray painted the handles gold. I am so pleased with this combination.
This tile for the backsplash was one of the first things we chose. I like that is dramatic, in that it goes to the ceiling, but the pattern is so subtle it gives a lovely feeling to the room. The pattern reminds me of sand dollars.
Sink, faucet and counter
The beautiful sleek faucet is from Amazon and the black powder finish is the same as the finish on the shower faucet. The water comes out of the tap in a nice flat waterfall, which feels lovely.
We ordered the square sinks and the sparkly white counter very quickly the night before the world closed up. I chose it so quickly that I did not realize there were sparkles. But every room needs a bit of sparkle, right!
The mirrors are from Umbra on Amazon. They are rubber and also have a unique and cool feeling. Plus I really like the oval shape. It seems to softens the hard edges of the cabinets.
Artwork That Brings Home the Coastal Feeling
I have talked about the artwork before, but I can’t say enough about @juniperprintshops. They have quality products and deliver in a reasonable time. This collaboration with @younghouselove resulted in this gorgeous beach print. The Ferris Wheel over the toilet is part of the same collection.
Our family is elated that we finally have another bathroom up and running in this house. The kids were sure troopers when they had to share the shower with the dog. Not really, we just call the first floor shower the dog’s shower, but they were not actually showering with the dog lol.
A big thank you goes out to our contractor friend @DaveHavelock (Knightsbridge Construction) who did all the heavy lifting on this bathroom while my hubby was working during the day. Once we realized that this had to get done in a reasonable time frame, Dave was happy to step in and help us out.
I must give my hubby, Geraint Jones a big thank you also. On something like a bathroom renovation, my role was really to pick out the pretty things and paint. So Geraint also put a lot of work into this. Our kids also played a role and we are so grateful that they did.
I hope you have enjoyed following along.