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Vintage Glam Bathroom Reveal

How many of you love a warm bath to relax at the end of a hard day’s work? That vision was the driving force in the design of this bathroom renovation as my client made it clear from the start that the soaking tub would take center stage. So, with that in mind, we got to work on the design plan making sure to address a few specific items to make this bathroom super functional.

My client had lived with this bathroom for over ten years and struggled to keep it clean despite her best efforts. The tile was uneven with white grout lines and the tub was incorrectly installed which made it difficult to clean around.

The window was also a source of debate. While she loved the natural light it let in and despite a private back yard, she still felt the need for more privacy without blocking the sunlight.

She desperately needed more storage since this is the only bathroom in the house and she requested to have the chair railing and wall heater (that hasn't worked the entire time she's lived in the house) removed.

With each of those requests in mind, we got to work on the design details while the guys tackled the hard stuff like demo. Since we had worked on her kitchen last summer, we knew there was a possibility that the floor system would need to be entirely replaced since we ran into problems with the kitchen floor and because the bathroom sits adjacent to it. Unfortunately, after demolition was completed, our contractors did have to go the extra mile and completely rebuild the floor system including the floor joists and subfloor. Luckily, they were able to tackle this problem quickly keeping the tight timeline in mind.

Now that the hardest part of the project was out of the way, we were able to begin putting the room back together. To get started, we chose this beautiful black and white vintage tile which set the tone for the rest of the design choices. I typically like to start with choosing a tile that you love and make the other choices compliment it since tile cannot easily be changed once installed.

Next we got to work on the tub and shower area. Since the soaking tub was an essential, but knowing that a shower was also needed since this is the only full bathroom in the house, we chose a modern approach to the traditional clawfoot tub style.

We found a soaking tub with a high back on the one side and then chose a beautiful chrome tub and shower fixture with a sprayer along with a shower ring to match. This 'think outside the box' solution allowed her to have her beloved soaking tub yet allowed the chance to keep the window since the shower curtain adds privacy.

Finishing Touches

To store away bath essentials, we created this little nook with subway tile and cedar shelves, both which will stand up to water. We also painted the trim of both the window and the shower nook in black to make them pop and for extra character.