Saturday, March 01, 2008

Parlor Bathroom

To those who have been following along this year, you may remember what I like to call THE.MOST.DISGUISTING.ROOM.EVER.
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I can't seem to find the other photos of the original bathroom but lets just say it didn't get any better. This bathroom was off the rooms that became the kitchen. The original bathroom was pretty big so we took some of that space for the kitchen and made this room smaller.

A good deal of thought went into deciding if we should make this a half bathroom or leave it as a full. We didn't really NEED a full bath on the main floor. Ultimately, we decided that the claw foot tub could live in here and we could leave it as a full. I figure the tub can come in handy for future dog/children baths. And even if we rarely use it for whats its intended for, at least we saved the original tub and its pretty too look at. Time will tell if its a practical decision or not.

The layout of this bathroom is one of those things that I made a major boo-boo on. As you can see from the photo, the door swings open right into the tub. How did I miss that detail? Well, I did and it was too late to fix once I did. I suppose I could have the door switched to swing the other way at some point but I'll live with it for now.

Here are the specs in case you're interested:
-tiles are carrera marble - hex on the floor, subway on the wall
-paint is Benjamin Moores "gray owl" (which actually looks a tiny bit green)
-the toilet is a Kohler Memoir
-sink & faucet is Porcher
-mirror, lights & shelf from pottery barn

The walls look really bare in here so I definitely need something on the walls. For some reason, I think the marble tiles would look cool with some high contrast black and whites of the NYC subway or maybe grand central? But Im not sold on that idea either. Open to suggestions.

34 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:12 AM

    absolutely stunning! Any way we could click on the photos to get more close-up details? Want to see it up close 'n' personal...

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  2. It looks fabulous! I was thinking as I was reading and looking at the pics that some really stunning B&Ws of the city would be gorgeous in there and lo and behold...you were thinking the same thing. I love it. And, for what it's worth, I think you made the right decision on keeping the tub. If you do have kids - there will be plenty of times when you'll just want to dunk them in a tub (think spaghetti dinners) rather than hoist them through the house dragging whatever is all over them. Same thing for dogs. Great job!

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  3. Looks perfect. And, the door thing. Nobody will notice that.

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  4. I think it is devine! You are so gifted! When can you come do my house? Perhaps I need to send you a bribe? Super job!!

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  5. anon - you can click on the collage and get to my flickr acct to see more.

    Thanks so much all. It definitely feels unfinished right now - sort of bland. But Ill get around to punching it up eventually. This is the bathroom guests will use so I want to make it looked pulled together.

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  6. Anonymous3:07 PM

    My bathroom door does swing into the tub as well - I'm pre-renovation, so I may end up fixing this one day (but my renovation is waiting until I am solvent again). However, there is a little doorstop on the back of the door - a small square of rubber padding - that is set at exactly the right height to soften the impact of the door on teh tub, and it looks great. You might want to consider doing something like that to protect your tub. Then I truly don't think anyone woudl give it a thought.

    Your house truly is gorgeous, and if you would like to consult (particularly on how you did this for less than a million!), I would pay you!

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  7. anon - Happy to help if you have any questions.

    Good idea about putting some sort of padding on the tub. What did you use?

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  8. that is the best before shot ever, although you did an amazing job transforming , there was no were to go but up , wouldn't you say , I hope no one had used that for some time.
    The new tub and its location will make great drink storage for parties.

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  9. I know its hard to believe that someone actually lived in the house while that bathroom looked that way. The whole house looked abandoned to me (or any normal person) but there was an old guy living right in the mess.

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  10. I LOVE your house! It makes me want to buy another house and remodel again! I'm in a 1940's "starter" home in Seattle.

    I wanted carrera in our bathroom but since it is the tiny main bath and I have two little boys peeing all over the place (and didn't want stains), I opted for ceramic tile.

    You did an awesome job!

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  11. Oh my gosh. It looks fantastic! You did an amazing job!

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  12. I think that the bathroom door swinging in provides a bit of privacy which in my book is always a luxury.

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  13. All I can say is , Oh wow! Just beautiful.

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  14. That is an amazing before and after, I can't believe somebody was living there before! That room is gorgeous now but I really want to see some color in there - some bright towels and rugs, and some flowers on that tiny shelf if they'll fit. However, I do agree that some big black and white photos would look great in there. Great job!

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  15. Thanks everyone.

    I agree it needs some accessories but I don't want to add any bright colors. Thats just not my thing really. Particularily in a bathroom, I think a quiet color scheme is nice.

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  16. UNBELIEVABLE transformation.

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  17. looks great - you need to post bigger pics though - if my reno looked like that i'd take out bulletin boards along the highway -

    great job!

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  18. Love the bathroom! My first thought for making it "punchier" is to use paint. Since the bathroom is a fairly small room, and since the tiles/fixtures are a nice simple white, you can get away with a pretty bold color. Myself, I'd do a watermelon pink, or aquamarine, or some other such color that wouldn't fly in a larger room. You can really have fun with the color in there.

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  19. Thanks Belle for the comment. I really like the paint color in here, its soothing. (It may not read that well in the photo so I do see what you mean).

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  20. My first thought was either little old person or abandoned. Poor little guy it just gets too hard for them to clean and they get afraid of falling. We would have to go clean my uncle's house from time to time to keep it looking decent.
    Then there was the excentric great uncle that kept every newspaper and Prince Albert can he ever bought. I don't even want to think about what his bathroom might have looked like!
    As for the door...you don't access the tub nearly as much as the other side of the room. So, other than adding that rubber stopper to protect the finish on the tub, I would leave it alone. Unless there is a way to make a pocket door! LOL! That would get it COMPLETELY out of the way.

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  21. I'm filing away lots of great gray paint colors... this is an amazing renovation. And I can only imagine the effort! Thanks for judging CSI last week!

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  22. Wow, amazing! I love the tiles you used. Especially the wall tile. The color is great. Very peaceful!

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  23. Oh wow, that's quite the transformation! Great job!

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  24. I think you should win the CSI Project Challenge this week! Awesome job!

    ~ The Speckled Dog

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  25. That has got to be one of the worst looking Before bathrooms! Love what the results were. Nice job!

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  26. WOW...that was BAD! Good job!

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  27. Fabulous job! This is gorgeous. We are in the middle of renovating a really ugly, all yellow bathroom (just finished demolition!) so this gives me hope. There is a light at the end of the tunnel!! :)

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  28. Beautiful!! In the midst of finish up my main bathroom now.

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  29. that is NOT the same bathroom! it is gorgeous! and btw, about to become your newest follower! love your style!

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  30. I can hardly believe this is the same room !! what an awesome transformation

    Caroline
    http://ateliercaroline.blogspot.com

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  31. love love love the new bathroom. Cannot believe the state it was in before! OMGoodnesss!!!!

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  32. It' looks awesome! We are using the same tile but we are getting some yellow coming through from the thinset. How did you put this tile up so that it doesn't have the yellow come through?

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  33. Could you tell me where you got the carrera tile from? For the floor and wall?

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