My UP-dated Master Bath

by Liz Dowling

At the end of January, I stood in our master bathroom and declared it dated (see here).



Maybe the subzero temperatures and snow had me a little itchy. Ok, very itchy. For a new project.

Black walls gone!

Black walls gone!

To save money and construction headaches, I kept the existing floor and wall tile in the bathroom.  The wall tile was fine.  The floor tile I inherited and did NOT like.  So I had to figure that out.

Vanity top off!

Vanity top off!

The doors, trim and ceiling all got a fresh coat of Farrow and Ball paint in the color Pointing.

To add some dimension, I decided to wallpaper the bathroom instead of painting it.

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Even though I craved wallpaper in a big pattern or bold color…

Wallpaper samples up for review

Wallpaper samples up for review

Nope.  Looked completely ridiculous with the floor.

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So I chose a textured neutral from Philip Jeffries in Snowfall that looks fab.

The double vanity…  The cost to replace it was a lot higher than I thought because it was not a standard size.  Plan B.  Paint it and put on new knobs.

I tried a few different colors on the cabinet doors and fell in love with Farrow and Ball London Stone.  This color actually “worked” with the tile floor and helped ground the vanity in the room.

RH "Strande" knobs

RH “Strande” pulls

The new Strande pulls from Restoration Hardware looked great too!

The plan for the new vanity top was originally marble, but we fell in love with a Crystal Quartzite in white that brightens the whole room.

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New sinks from Kohler and new faucets from Kallista finished the job.

I replaced the old double sconce with a new Campaign triple sconce from Restoration Hardware to add more light in the room.

The (dusty) ruffled curtains across the French doors went away.  In their place, a modern Grassweave roller shade from The Shade Store in Oatmeal.

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I recycled my Quadrille wallpaper samples inside the vanity drawers so I could see this fabulous pattern everyday, even if it was not on my walls…

The little toilet room also got a coat of F&B London Stone instead of wallpaper to change things up, plus a new vintage Perrier poster.

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I did get my pop of color with an orange vintage poster above the double vanity.  LOVE.

We made no changes to the glass shower (even more of the tan/black tile…) or tub.

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It was a fairly quick redesign and not too expensive.  We are VERY happy with the results.

It actually feels like a whole new room without one structural change!

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Annabel Monaghan April 3, 2015 - 1:42 pm

This is inspired. Absolutely gorgeous!!

Lizanne Shaver April 3, 2015 - 7:58 pm


Amy harden April 3, 2015 - 9:59 pm

Love! Am stealing the wallpaper samples as drawer liners trick and love the vitabrill poster! Well done you!

Missie April 4, 2015 - 12:15 am

Glad I got to see the during and after! So glad you went with the wall paper! Philip Jeffries genius! Adds such a smart sophistication! Enjoy luxuriating in your refreshed bathroom!

Jenny Noonan April 11, 2015 - 8:58 am

So glad the bamboo lives on in your bathroom!
Great job!!!

Kathleen Perkal April 12, 2015 - 11:34 am

You are clever and resourceful…love the repurposing of the wallpaper samples as drawer liners.

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