Master Bathroom Stuff

bathroom black white gold brass walnut mid century vintage fixtures delta trinsic world market starburst sconce logan terrazzoHi guys! Homeschooling is requiring some initial start-up investments of time but I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I won’t bore you with the details for now, but we are so incredibly glad we gave it a shot. At a minimum, it’s allowed us to travel to our hearts content. We’ve been to Sequoia NP and Davis in the past few weeks with more trips on the way. And I see my kids all the time. Dream come true for me!

Posting and projects have, obviously, taken a temporary backseat while we figure out new routines so I’m checking in with a vague bathroom update today. No visible progress exists in the actual room to show, only visible deterioration, as we repeatedly run into dodgy and dangerous wiring additions. We’ve been patching repairs only to add new ones every week. So much so, that we’ve decided to rip it all out and rewire everything. It sucks, but better to do it now than have an electrical fire later. I can’t remember a more snowballing DIY project. Decisions that were made with consideration to the existing wiring and it’s quirks (boring ceiling lights and fan) no longer hold water, so we’re starting over and returning some things. Lame. The bright side is that all the setbacks and backtracking have given me ample time to change my mind a hundred times and collect stuff that will eventually go in the bathroom…if we ever get to that point. Here’s that stuff:

delta faucet bathroom trinsic champagne bronze high arc brass gold bathroom fixture sinkThe Faucet. It was a close call between this Delta Trinsic faucet in champagne bronze and this black Delta bar/prep faucet. There clearly isn’t a wrong choice between them but I couldn’t say no to the gold.

Sconces. We’ll probably end up with these wonderfully wild Iron Throne-esque sconces from World Market (whaaaat????). I am obsessed with their shape, but the finish would be so much better if it was less antique brass. They have been selected and nixed about 10 times already but – for today – they are the chosen ones. That vintage white and gold swag light and its matching pair have my favor on alternating days. Again, not a wrong choice here.

Mirror. We’re hanging that vintage walnut mirror up. It’s so freaking heavy. I honestly don’t know how the wood will fare, but it’s not in tip-top shape as is, so I’m giving it a go because I want to.

Floors. Terrazzo tile has been unexpectedly hard to track down. But good news! I found great stuff in the most unexpected place: Costco. I complain about that mess of a store weekly but this gives me renewed respect. I will do a post all about the tile soon. It’s true love. For now, just look at that aggregate goodness! Squeals all around, right?

Countertop. I know I said before that the cultured marble is staying but since the place is literally torn to shambles, the time to replace the counter is now. (But man, that cultured marble sure can take a beating. I am dying my hair as I type, for the first time in 10 years because three gray hairs in my bang part have pushed me over the edge! I did a number on the construction zone, splattering and staining everything, except that indestructible plastic counter.) I already bought and sold a granite countertop that I wasn’t feeling and now we are exploring other options with a focus on surfaces that are cute but cheap…maybe even the terrazzo? I can’t stomach a surface that will cost more than the entire bathroom update because that is not what this is about.

Sink. Please, please don’t make me pick out a sink.

Walls. We need bright in here so the white walls stay (or, at this point, get repainted white). But this is heading towards every other trendy black/white/walnut/brass bathroom out there and that is sucking. I’d love a little wacky (like all the beauties I shared before) but not so crazy that it competes with the dressing room next door, seems completely out of place with the bedroom, or turns my face funny colors when I look in the mirror (orange bathroom problems). So here I am. I’m not sure if having a painted wall design right next to all that painted bamboo walls in the dressing room is overboard, but I’m going to try it because wallpaper is impractical and tile, at least the tile I want, isn’t cheap. I haven’t settled on the exact design but it will be black on white to tie in those black cabinets and make everything else pop. Maybe like the crosshatch in the photo or maybe some large geometric abstract design like this.

Hardware. The vintage copper oblong square/oval pulls are already on the vanity. Either the lucite pull (CB2) or the double cone gold pull (etsy, no longer available) will end up serving as towel hooks on the wall, but who the heck knows anymore…bathroom black white gold brass walnut mid century vintage fixtures delta trinsic world market starburst sconce logan terrazzo

The bathroom is the stupidest project ever undertaken and I’m not sure if it will ever come together beyond these photos, so this may be the end of the line for this one. But even if this project has aged me by years, let us not end on a discouraging tone friends: I just washed my hair and NOT A GRAY HAIR IN SIGHT OVER HERE!!!! :)

Dressing Room Update

Not a ton has changed in this little workhouse of a room, but I’m excited to share its cuteness after some small updates. Mainly, painted closet doors that took an embarrassingly long time to get around to (they made an appearance here), a semi-permanent home for the crying velvet Elvis of my dreams, and a functional little hook that has made this space immensely more efficient. If you are wondering “what is this place?,” it’s a pass through area that houses a closet between the master and the master bath. If you are wondering about the walls, it’s paint and I went through the process here.mid century sputnik light closet

diy painted wallpaper bamboo gold white closet

mid century sputnik light closet

diy painted wallpaper bamboo gold white closet

diy painted wallpaper bamboo gold white closet

mid century sputnik light closet

heywood wakefield niagara dresser

cb2 acrylic amber cylinder knob lucite wall hook

mid century closet velvet elvis panther

cb2 acrylic amber cylinder knob lucite wall hook vintage pink purse trina turkI’ve spent forever looking for a hook that was the one for this wall and I think I finally found it in this honey colored lucite furniture pull from CB2. We screwed into the wall with an anchor and now it hangs out being all simple and understated and perfect.

This room has had quite the transformation since we moved in (see befores and read more about it here) and I think, aside from it not having space for a larger mirror or a chair, it serves its purpose very well. Odds and ends still to do:

  • Remove wallpaper
  • Paint walls and ceiling
  • Paint cabinet
  • Paint trim
  • Replace light
  • Paint bamboo walls
  • Paint closet doors
  • Wall hook
  • Paint interiors of cabinets and closet you lazy bum
  • Install hardwood floors
  • Install baseboards
  • Redo wall painting on dresser wall because it’s a sloppy mess I’m not proud of

Thanks for reading, fellow house freaks! xoxo

Bathroom Favorites

The master bathroom project is the worst and is neither simple nor small, as intended. I’ve never hated a project so much or had less to show for hours of work. The practical factors that come into play and encroach upon aesthetics drag me down. Bathrooms and kitchens projects aren’t for dreamers – or husbands of dreamers! Let’s not talk too much about the granite countertop and sink sitting in our garage right now that I made my husband go buy, then I decided I hated. Or the sconces I picked out that don’t put out enough light, discovered far into the install process. Instead, let’s admire these spectacular bathrooms that hit all the normal bathroom functions but are somehow also gorgeous, creative, original, interesting, colorful, minimal, and timeless…without a subway tile in sight! (Sources listed below)AD Jonathan Adler Bathroom 2

Jill Sorensen Bathroom

Bath makeovers gallery; Mar'11; 1300 Birch St, Las Vegas

Jamie Bush Bathroom

Able and Baker Bathroom

Glam Bathroom

BHG Orange Walnut Bathroom

mid century 70's bathroom orange sunken terrazzo

1/ Jonathan Adler, Architectural Digest

2/ Jill Sorensen

3/ Sunset Magazine

4/ Jamie Bush

5/ Able + Baker

6/ Source

7/ Better Homes and Gardens

8/ Source