Guest Post: Rebekah's Gorgeous Bath

Another day, another room makeover. (I wish I could say that everyday!)

By complete coincidence, today's makeover comes from another paper lover with great style, Rebekah of Wild Ink Press. She bought a home with a studio out back for her letterpresses! Need I say more? (Im dying of jealousy.) Today I'm lucky enough to be introducing another one of her wonderful spaces - her fabulous bathroom! That vanity! Those mirrors! That tub! Swoon. I'll torture you no more. Lets hear all about it...
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So, I want to start right off by thanking Stefanie for letting me share our little before-and-after on her blog. Who doesn't love her meticulous taste and fabulous home design? In fact, I think you'll find in our remodel that a lot of our ideas were, ahem, heavily inspired by her home (although I like to think we just had taste in common in the first place).

Our home is a nice custom house built in the 1990's, and we love its location (by an organic flower farm, a block away from almond orchards, but still biking distance to downtown) in Chico, California. Plus it has great bones, and a fantastic letterpress studio in the back. But the overall interior? Builder beige, or as I like to say, builder blah. We've been slowly remodeling from top to bottom to make it ours, and the most recent endeavor was the bathrooms.

I'm here today to show you the master bath! Let's get the "before" shots in front of your face:


You must forgive the fact that my camera crops so much, this was before I got a new wide-angle lens.

What you see is what you get: oak, oak, everywhere, tile too. Carpet in the bathroom (I'm mean, who does that? it's icky), plus a Jacuzzi tub where the water freezes every time you turn on the jets. Oh, and a toilet which has unreachable and therefore unclean-able regions. Yuck.

So, we devised a plan to renovate, and here is the original inspiration board I drew up:


A serene, calm, master retreat. The source list for the inspiration board is in this post on my blog. We started our remodel in January, and in late April it was finally finished (good things take time!).

Here is the result:



We are sooo happy with how it turned out! And that's even an understatement. There are finishing touches to be done, like I need to paint the baseboards, and we need to install mirrors in the cabinet doors over the toilet. Also stuff like hanging artwork and organizing open shelves so they aren't just baskets only (ideas for me here? I love suggestions!). But for all major intents and purposes, it is finished and beautiful. {Sighs in happiness.}

Here are a few close-ups, vignettes, and touches I love...



The pull-out hamper means that I win the war with my husband over dirty clothes on the bathroom floor. Hooray!

Hope you enjoyed our little master bath redo. We also remodeled our guest bathroom in black and white tile and I hope to share that soon on our blog.

Thanks again to Stefanie - your home is truly awesome.

47 comments:

  1. wowza!! what a transformation...so much pretty!!

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  2. Gorgeous! Love every inch of it!

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  3. The color choices from everything from the materials to the finishes to the paint colors are perfect. I love the mirrors, too!

    Kelly

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  4. Amanda@oldhousenew11:25 AM

    Love it! Makes me want to re-do my bathroom all over again!

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  5. Wow! That's gorgeous! Love the chandelier, and the shower.. and the paint color on the walls... what a vision and what a fantastic room you put together! Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Very, very pretty! And Chico is a great town; this North CA native misses the area :)

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  7. How gorgeous! I absolutely love that bathroom!

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  8. I especially love the shower and the fixtures for the sink and cabinets. Very chic.

    Beautiful!

    Alyssa

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  9. One word- GORGEOUS! I love it all, and i love even better how you can do aerobics in her bathroom!

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  10. Very stunning! Calm, sophisticated, beautiful. I love it.

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  11. That bathroom turned out like a 5 star hotel, love it!

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  12. so beautiful and calming! just what you would want in a gorgeous feminine bathroom! love it!

    www.bazaarofserendipity.blogspot.com

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  13. It is gorgeous!! Absoultely perfect. They did such a wonderful job. Great guest post!!

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  14. Love the chandelier, the mosaic floor tile and the pull-out hamper (genius).

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  15. Adore it! Would you be willing to divulge wall paint color and vanity source? Please :)

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  16. So pretty. What a great transformation.

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  17. LOVE LOVE LOVE! maybe some pretty vintage trays with antique glass vases and bowls (in lovely bright colors) to organize your shelves?

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  18. Wow - what a gorgeous bathroom! I love all of the tiling and that pull-out hamper - wish we had room for that!

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  19. Lovely color palette _ Inspiration board! Serene, fresh, really nice... Congratulations on the final!
    Who is your contractor? Do you have help from an interior designer? I don't know if you are one?!

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  20. Absolutely gorgeous!

    You asked for open shelving ideas besides baskets - I say, decant! Pretty bottles for your soaps and sprays would look pretty grouped together. You could also add a petite vintage standing mirror (would also reflect some light), a little vase for a single bud, and repetition of basics (like toilet paper, or nicely folded towels). Or maybe a sweet little vintage style radio? And, keep it dusted if it's not stuff you use very often!

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  21. So amazing!!! I love it!

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  22. Hi! Thanks to everyone for the kind comments!

    I am happy to share the paint color - the walls are Silver Marlin by Benjamin Moore (you may recognize it from Mrs. Limestone's own bedroom) - although the shade came out differently in our bathroom, I'd say less blue more green/grey. I love it.

    The vanity was custom (along with the shelves and cupboard). We priced it, and even with using a local carpenter, local painter and buying a remnant slab of marble and having it fabricated/installed, it was STILL cheaper than a restoration hardware vanity (the kind I liked) on sale. So, that's why we went custom, and we love it! I just drew up a basic design for our cabinet maker, and he took it from there. The paint on the vanity is Benjamin Moore Fieldstone, a soft grey brown.

    Our contractor was a family friend, Bob Bryant. He was flexible and that was what we needed. I'm not an interior designer, but I did all my own planning and also found all of my own tile, materials, faucets, fixtures, etc online or locally and saved a ton that way. The tile, for example, was less than $8 a sf on the internet for marble subway, but would have cost more than twice that at a store. The chandelier is from overstock and cost under $80 (and came in a million needing to be assembled pieces).

    Thanks for the shelf design ideas, keep 'em comin'!

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  23. Beautiful! I love the mix of the gray vanity and gold hardware - great look! I really love old glass soap dispensers and apothecary jars on open shelving - fill them with some large sponges, bath salts, etc!

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  24. This is the best transformation that I have ever seen! (besides Steph's:) WOW! BEAUTIFUL! Just beautiful.

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  25. A-Ma-Zing! I love the vanity. Did you purchase it or have it custom made?

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  26. Also, Brooklyn, can you give me a lesson in the etiquette of guest posting? Do you just ask someone to write a post and email it to you? I'm interested.

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  27. Within seconds of seeing that floor, I told my husband that I found the tile for our basement bathroom. Instant love.

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  28. That is just divine. LOVE that tile and the marble countertop.

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  29. I hope you've got to enjoy that gorgeous bathrub. It just screams "relaxation".

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  30. Hey...is that chandelier to code? Someone told me once that a hanging light fixture had to be more than 8 feet above or 3 feet beyond the tub.

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  31. Anonymous2:37 PM

    W O W !! so beautiful, I love everything!

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  32. PhillyLass4:29 PM

    Gorgeous! Source info on that adorable little stool?

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  33. Soooooo gorgeous, I blogged about it! I want to move in - perfection!!!

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  34. @ EM, I don't know. I'm pretty sure building codes vary by state and county - so it may depend on where you live. It was installed by a licensed electrician, he didn't mention anything. I know for NEW construction in CA there are a ton of headaches like all fluorescent fixtures, automatic off switches, etc. that a lot of people remove right after inspection and change it to how they want to live. If we ever go to sell we may need to change it, I don't know. It's about 7.75 feet from the very bottom of it to the floor.

    @ PhillyLass - the stool is an antique/thrift find (it's a piano stool). I stole the idea of a piano stool in the bathroom from my smart mother in law - it's perfect because it's wood and raises and lowers easily and looks great. Oh, and I just loved the clawfeet.

    @ The Girl and the Cupcake - I left a note on your blog regarding questions there. :)

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  35. Swoon....definitely going to be added to the inspiration folder for our master bath. I just keep looking at each picture over and over.

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  36. GORGEOUS! Congratulations Rebekah! You did a fantastic job! Thanks for the idea for the piano stool too. It is super cute and functional. My husband's a musician and would appreciate it as well!

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  37. Exquisite!!! What a breathtaking bath!

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  38. This is a gorgeous bathroom! We are just starting the process of building a new master bathroom for our little bungalow. I love the vanity!
    Where is the tub from? It is exactly what we are looking for.
    Thanks!
    Amy

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  39. Also, do you remember the dimensions of your vanity?
    Thanks!
    Amy

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  40. Hi Amy! The bathtub we bought online at Vintage Tub and Bath - ( www.vintagetube.com ) It's the 66 inch Randolph Morris Pedestal Tub (cast iron).

    The vanity is 72" long by 22" deep I can't remember exactly how tall. It's "comfort height" which means a bit taller than older vanities.

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  41. oops! Should have been vintage TUB .com, not tube. :)

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  42. Swoon... the tile is gorgeous.

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  43. I am officially drooling. LOVE it! This reminds me of why gray is easily my favorite paint color :)

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  44. Oh, absolutely STUNNING!!!!

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  45. Gorgeous. You nailed it...my husband and I have juststarted our master bath redo and although my inspiration board is similiar I justfeel like it was missing "something" or I was off on colors, etc...this is it - me, what I want to a tee. Can you share the tile source from online, is that where you got your flooring tile too?

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  46. That bathroom is so amazing. I'm working on a bathroom remodel right now, and I really want to have a vintage tub.

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