Albie’s Remodeled DIY Half Bath Is HERE (And Is The Perfect Balance Of Luxe And Organic)

Hello everybody! *pops up for air* 

I can’t consider what number of months have already handed since my final weblog publish…and much more since my final reveal. Sheesh! I’m, nonetheless, the consummate multi-tasker; so whereas I used to be nonetheless within the throes of planning the primary–ever Meridian Expertise Weekend, we have been additionally lastly finishing an overdue reno on the hygge ranch – our powder room… a.okay.a. washroom!

Once we purchased the home, we suspected that the washroom was the one toilet that hadn’t been renovated by the earlier owners & it was confirmed by our inspection. Whereas engaged on the launderette final 12 months, I’d really devised a parallel design plan for the washroom, which shares a wall with the launderette. Sadly, we needed to take a protracted pause on that venture…and that pause was a pivot…and that pivot was a tough cease…till this 12 months. Between recovering from the kitchen renovation, sudden plumbing hiccups, having to reprioritize different residence enchancment tasks, planning The Meridian Expertise, and life simply life-ing, the washroom saved getting pushed all the way down to the underside of a protracted listing of must-dos. As an alternative of preventing it, I simply got here to simply accept that the renovation would get achieved in due time, additionally retaining in thoughts that in our first 12 months of residence possession, we tackled A LOT of tasks. Whereas not welcomed at first, the compelled break was a obligatory one. 

Quick ahead…

Doing the renovation within the background of the convention preparations – albeit messy – was really an ideal little distraction from Meridian when time allowed. Being surrounded by the uncontrollable chaos of organizing a large-scale occasion, this mini reno was kinda comforting by comparability. Each have been obligatory. Each have been a take a look at of persistence. And each have been good illustrations of how one can accomplish rather a lot with just a little. 

Now let’s get into the design…

The design plan was set – so I assumed lol – and the one concern was what we’d discover behind the partitions, particularly the shared wall with the launderette. Plumbing & electrical will be difficult & sudden, and we’re not skilled plumbers or electricians. I ought to be aware that we didn’t have any plans to rent out this venture… not if we may assist it. 

As with the launderette, I partnered with The Tile Store and Construct with Ferguson for all the finishes for this 5’ x 5’ house. There are renovations which can be a necessity, whereas others are merely a need. This was positively extra need than want, because the toilet was fully purposeful…simply not fairly.

Prime of thoughts for an area this dimension is learn how to optimize, not enhance, the sq. footage. This meant deciding to maintain it as a 2 piece washroom. We might be retaining the prevailing bathroom – though now I’m rethinking that call however extra on that later – and changing all the pieces else…

The To-Do Checklist:

  • Flooring
  • Paint
  • Window Remedies
  • Sink
  • Lighting
  • Mirror
  • {Hardware}
  • Storage

To remodel the dated powder room right into a glossy & fashionable washroom, I went with the identical shade story because the launderette with refined luxe finishes, together with the identical Harley Lux Black 12 x 24 porcelain tile for the flooring. 

On the plumbing wall – the total wall – we used a deco-inspired black & white porcelain tile. This design alternative allowed me to make an impression with out overwhelming the tiny house. I went forwards and backwards on whether or not or to not carry the tile across the complete toilet, and we finally determined to stay to the one wall. It is a choice that, just like the launderette, we will all the time change our thoughts about later – it’s a lot simpler so as to add tile than to take away tile.

The remaining three (3) partitions – the door wall, the window wall, and behind the door – have been slated to be painted Evergreen Fog SW 9130, the Sherwin-Williams 2022 Coloration of the Yr. With paint shortages left & proper, we determined to only end up a can of paint of the identical shade from the launderette to maintain the reno rolling alongside. This was a compromise I may stay with that will, finally, find yourself paying off.

After having tiled the launderette & kitchen, my husband has turn out to be much more comfy with DIY tile set up. It truly is a kind of issues that the extra you do it, the higher you get – follow doesn’t make good, nonetheless, it does enable for progress & enchancment. Already realizing that our previous home has some lower than good partitions, the isosceles trapezoid form of the tile turned out to be approach much less intimidating than we anticipated, additionally creating very distinctive grout strains. With the backsplash wall being the wall requiring probably the most cuts to accommodate the plumbing, the method went rather a lot smoother than anticipated. 

Probably the most difficult a part of the method turned out to be the plumbing itself – zero stars, don’t advocate. Is DIY plumbing tough? That’s relative. Is it annoying? Completely. Tack onto that the age of this toilet, and it turns into a downright ache within the neck. Plumbing strains that weren’t securely put in, off-center fixtures, rotted innards…all very gross & annoying, and nonetheless, very doable as a result of we (and by “we” I imply “he”) did it. Okay, so possibly one star.

You understand what’s virtually as annoying as plumbing in an previous home? Electrical. Within the washroom, we up to date the vainness lighting and overhead lighting with a vent – each equally difficult and culminating within the vainness junction field falling clear outta the wall at some point. That was a pointy reminder of the potential deficiencies of tackling some renovations with out the assistance of an expert tradesman. In our case, the problems have been reparable with just a few fast journeys to The Dwelling Depot for extra up to date lighting parts, together with a brand new exhaust ducting equipment, j-box for the vainness, and GFCI outlet.

Wall Tile (unavailable however right here is similar form) | Faucet | Fake Flower Association | Amber Glass Dispensers | GFCI Outlet

Now that we’d accomplished all the main problem-solving, it felt like we may start to breathe once more. You ever attain some extent in something you’re engaged on – a renovation, a time period paper, a piece venture… no matter – and you are taking a step again pondering you’re lastly achieved, solely to take a look at it and suppose “mm… not sufficient”? No? Simply me? Properly, that’s what occurred right here. I stepped again, what anybody else would name “full,” and simply knew one thing was lacking. 

Possibly it’s the recovering perfectionist in me speaking. 

Possibly it’s the anxious procrastinator in me speaking. 

Possibly it’s the imposter syndrome in me speaking. 

I don’t know whose voice it was. I simply comprehend it was loudly screaming at me that this house wasn’t prepared for public viewing but. Two issues jumped out probably the most – the partitions wanted to make extra of an announcement and the bathroom wanted to be black. 

Door Coloration | Door Knob | Peel and Stick Wallpaper | Flooring Tile | Rug | Console with Sink | P-Entice | Black Woven Waste Basket

A black bathroom would serve two functions – aesthetically, it’ll present a continuity of the daring drama of the flooring; and functionally, a slimmer, elongated fashion will likely be a greater match (actually) for the house. Whereas it was too late for me to do something a couple of bathroom –  risking a 2023 reveal lol – I may completely do one thing in regards to the partitions. Earlier this 12 months, I’d gathered peel & stick wallpaper samples from Tempaper particularly for the washroom…simply in case. These instincts paid off. One of many samples was the precise punch this tiny house wanted to deliver all the pieces to lastly feeling like precise completion.

Curler Shade (Lisley in Bronze Sheen, Semi-Opaque) | Rest room Paper Holder | Flooring Basket (Comparable)

The juxtaposition of the cool wallpaper from Tempaper and bronze sheen of the curler shades from Decorview was an illustration of how a design will be delicate & dignified, with just a bit little bit of sudden whimsy… a complete metaphor for my life by the best way.

Even with all the delays and such, my hygge-inspired design ethos by no means wavered.

Rest room Lever | Mirror | Single Hook | Wall Towel Bar

I have a look at the washroom and it jogs my memory of my front room reveal from virtually 2 years in the past. The Cloud Velvet sleeper couch all the time catches folks off guard, in the easiest way. It doesn’t take away from the hygge-inspired design components. It doesn’t take away from the fashionable luxe components. That is what I strived for within the washroom. Moen {hardware} launched a mix of matte black & brass {hardware}, very like the vainness lighting from Hudson Valley Lighting, for an easy luxe mixture. Textures – just like the textured rug from Rejuvenation – and heat hues of brass & amber punctuate your complete design in order that, like the remainder of the hygge ranch, all the pieces simply performs collectively properly. Additionally, like the remainder of the hygge ranch – trendy storage options.

Vainness Mild | Wall Shelf | Glass and Wooden Canisters | Candle

Turkish Towels | Towel Rack

On the prime of the publish, I talked about how this venture paralleled The Meridian Expertise Weekend… nonetheless, it wasn’t simply within the timing. Once I have a look at Meridian, I see a fruits of circumstances that don’t look like they’d make sense collectively, and but, in the long run, I created an expertise that was – anticipate it – each delicate & dignified. 

The completion of the washroom additionally means the completion of our residence’s “should be good” areas. In case you noticed my media room reveal final 12 months, then you recognize it’s one of many areas I dubbed as “should be good” areas – media room, launderette, flex lounge, and now…the washroom. This a part of our house is the place I designed all of our “luxurious” areas… extra than simply the creature comforts of our bedrooms, front room, kitchen, and many others. These are the areas that carried me via all the turbulence of this 12 months. That is the place I clean up after a fast exercise in between work duties. That is the place my husband washes his fingers & face as quickly as he is available in from work. That is the place the mini cleans up after creating her newest masterpiece. That is the place we take toilet breaks throughout film nights. It’s our washroom. 

I realized a very long time in the past, when issues are seemingly going mistaken, preventing towards it’s futile. Issues are taking place the best way they occur to show me one thing or lead me someplace. Permitting for all the pieces to transpire because it did, nonetheless, received us right here and I’m proud of right here. And I’ll finally be even happier with my black bathroom:)

I all the time attempt to wrap up each reveal with some type of takeaway…extra than simply the design. The takeaway right here is that regardless of how massive or small, to proceed creating a house that may deliver you pleasure when the world is unkind, will grant you peace when life is just a little hectic.

*Design and Pictures by Albie Ok. Buabeng

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