Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Modern & Functional Bathroom Update

Happy New Year! It is great to be back after experiencing a special time with family over Christmas. I hope that you were able to make lots of great memories with special ones during this wonderful time of year.

I am so excited to finally share with you our main level bathroom update! Our one week project (what were we thinking!) that turned into a four week project (that sounds about right) turned out better than I could have ever imagined. There were definitely bumps along the way and we learned a lot but it was well worth it!

I'd have to say that the best part is knowing that this bathroom is good to go for YEARS to come...and functional too!

Before, we had the original 1950's bathroom with poor lighting, a low toilet that didn't always flush, a smelly & broken cabinet, an awkward sink and pink tiles. 
A modern and functional bathroom update with a hidden surprise!
Now we have a bright, clean & modern bathroom that is functional just as much as it is beautiful!

A Modern & Functional Bathroom Update

I'll start with my favorite...the floors!

We went with a porcelain tile that looks like wood. I really like the texture and overall look. It also turned out great that the lines in the room all flow long (the floors, sink and back splash) so it makes the room look even bigger. After all we are only working with a four foot by six foot space.

Porcelain tiles that look like wood

The cabinet & sink combo is another favorite. We found it at IKEA. (You can find a full source list at the bottom of this post.) Our door leading into the bathroom kept us from using a standard 18" depth bathroom cabinet. I didn't even want to think about what a custom one would cost. This combination ended up working out great because it maximized our space and looks like it was created for the room without giving the impression that it is actually a few inches smaller than standard cabinets. And the low price was phenomenal!

IKEA sink and cabinet combo

We also replaced the window. I love the contrast of the white trim against the gray wall color (check out these tips on how I narrowed down which gray paint to use.) I'm planning on putting some privacy film on the window so that we can maximize the light coming in (and not scare our neighbors.) The only problem is that the outside temperature needs to be above 40 degrees which is currently a problem in Minnesota (the high today was negative 1...negative!) For now a homemade paper towel curtain is standing watch until spring comes along with warmer temperatures.

Benjamin Moore Silver Lake Matte Finish

The IKEA cabinet/sink combo also had a medicine cabinet and shelf that fit the space. It is nice to be able to add some decor up high knowing that kids can't reach it. The storage in the medicine cabinet alone was totally worth it...on Friday I'll show you how we are making use of this new expanded storage.

Small Ikea Bathroom

While these yellow flowers look great in the pictures...they are currently no longer intact. The mason jar slid off of the toilet and broke into a million pieces (oops!) Now we are just down to one of the original two vases that I had made...and the other one is not going on the toilet. :-)

modern white bathroom update

The clean and simple shelves will do just the trick for adding some depth & texture...and you know what they say about having a living thing in every room of your house. Things that "look" living count too, right? This momma does not have a green thumb!

ikea bathroom update

The frosted cabinet doors keep everything light and airy while still hiding the items inside.

IKEA Lillangen cabinet and sink

The hooks that came with the sink work great to hang a hand towel on. In this room they work so much better than the towel bar that used to stick out of the wall. We designed the room to have an open space on each side of the sink so you can have a towel on each side, which really helps when we have TWO, or THREE, kids washing hands before a meal at the same time.

The Tile Shop back splash

This also means that with the wide sink I decided to go with not one but two soap dispensers. I picked these up from Walmart in the kitchen section. (*UPDATE: Click here to read why I don't recommend these soap dispensers.) They are plastic which is great when kids are present.

two soap dispensers at one sink

Now whether you are left handed or right handed we have a hand washing option for you! And the most incredible part of this whole bathroom remodel is...

two kids washing their hands at the same time

TWO kids can wash their hands at the SAME time! Ya'll know how many times us moms say, "go wash your hands please."

Sigh...I'm in heaven.

We decided to for go the metal brackets that IKEA sells as the base stand for this cabinet. Instead my (super talented) dad and I came up with this creation...a handy built in, pull out foot stool that the kids can access and use when needed.

IKEA hack pull out step stool under cabinet

We were able to do all of the labor ourselves (which includes a BIG thanks to my dad for all of his time, help & expertise!) and take advantage of Black Friday sales at the Tile Shop, sales at Menards and the low everyday prices at Ikea. (Update: You can check out this post to find out how we paid for this project.)

That about wraps up this bathroom reveal. Here is the transformed before and after again!
before and after of bathroom remodel

Source List

6 x 24 Porcelain Tile Floor - Timber Traditional (in gray) from Menards

Do you have any remodeling projects planned for 2014?

58 comments:

  1. The new bathroom looks amazing! I love the sink!

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    1. Aww, thanks! I've always wanted a farm house type sink in the kitchen so having this in our bathroom makes me smile. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  2. Way to go! Love how it turned out and especially that pull out step stool. Wish I had that!

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  3. Omg that pull out step is my favourite thing ever!!! Your new bathroom looks amazing, and it bet (now that it's over) the four weeks doesn't seem such a long time. And it was so worth it! The room looks lovely. Also I'm with you on the things that look living - adding that touch of green helps a room looked lived in, but keeping something green is beyond my abilities. Lol.
    E xx

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    1. Thanks Erin! You are so right...the four weeks doesn't seem long at all now that the room is completed. The benefits far out way the negatives of going through a remodel project like that. I'm glad that I'm not the only one who has trouble keeping things green! ;-)

      ~Sarah

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  4. Sarah, What a stunning transformation! You guys did an amazing job. The floors and the pull out step stool are my favorites!!

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  5. Sarah, that just looks amazing!!! I simply love it. Looks great and so functional. You all are so creative and talented. :)

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  6. Oops, above comment from "living wholly" is from me, Jodi B. :)

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  7. I absolutely love it. That sink is amazing. The floor is also pretty sweet. My favorite part is the shelf section next to the mirrors. So homey!

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  8. Saw your bathroom transformation on Pinterest. Wow! What an amazing job. Of course, I LOVE the stepstool...very cool. Everything looks great!

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  9. What a gorgeous bathroom! I really love the sink from IKEA and the towel hooks on the side. You did a great job. Everything is beautiful! I'm pinning away!

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    1. Thanks so much Lori! I wasn't sure how it was going to all come together. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  10. I need four of those pull out stools please! :)

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  11. Your bathroom is AMAZING!! Love your wall color, sink, floor..everything! Stopped by from Liz Marie Blog link party and love what you have going on here so I am now following you through Bloglovin and Pinterest :)
    Looking forward to your posts!

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    1. Selene,

      So glad that you stopped by and thanks for following along!

      ~Sarah

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  12. Amazing! I love the floors, the big sink, and the pull out stool! You guys did a great job!

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  13. Love love love this! Hopped over from Remodelaholic and so glad I did =)

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  14. Beautiful Job! how much did it cost you from start to finish?

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    1. Avi,

      Great question! I tallied our receipts and all of the materials (and random tools that we needed) came in just under $2000.

      ~Sarah

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  15. Holy goodness! This makeover is outstanding! I love everything! Sorry about the yellow flower vase. They were such a perfect pop of saturated color. But, dang girl! This room is still amazing! :D

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    1. LOL, thanks Megan! I do miss the pop of yellow in there. I guess I will have to figure something else out. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  16. Great bathroom, that looks amazing! My favorite colors too!

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  17. Absolutely beautiful! I love all the details. We've walked by this sink many times in IKEA and it looks great in your space.

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    1. Thanks Andrea! I had never noticed that sink until suddenly I had to find one and now I notice sinks wherever I go. :-) Funny how that happens.

      ~Sarah

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  18. Wow-that pullout stool was an amazing idea. And that tile "wood" floor is stunning! Great job Sarah!

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  19. What an awesome transformation. I love that vanity and that pull out stool is genius! If you get a chance, please link up to my link party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2014/01/sunday-linky-39.html

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  20. Amazing, I love all the details and the fact that you can have two kids use it at the same time.

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  21. The gray you chose is PERFECT! I absolutely love the redo...beautiful! The sink would be a welcome addition in my bathroom.

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    1. Aww, thanks! That sink is awesome...you would love it!

      ~Sarah

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  22. I LOVE it! Our bathroom is almost identical to your old picture. Window, toilet, vanity...everything is in the same place. Thank you so much for your post it's exactly what we've been looking for. I do have a question. The subway tile..how did you remove it and smooth it out?

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    1. So glad you found some inspiration for your bathroom space! We actually replaced the sheetrock completely when we removed the tile. A few reasons...we wanted to have smooth walls, we had to update some electrical, we also added some insulation on the outside wall, replaced the window, and we added an exhaust fan and light into the ceiling. All of that was enough change that we gutted the entire room. Originally we were thinking of just cutting out the bottom sections of sheetrock where the tile was and replacing that. However the sheetrock widths were different (between the old and new) and it would have been difficult to match everything up. Here is my original post of when we decided to remodel the bathroom (at the bottom of the post are updates along the way that might help you visually see some of what we did.) http://www.aninvitinghome.com/2013/11/to-remodel-or-not-to-remodel.html

      ~Sarah

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  23. Sorry, one more question. Do you know what the exact measurements of the sink are that you used? We noticed there is more than one choice on IKEA's wesbite, we also noticed it looked like there may have been a bit of a overhang from the sink to the cabinet. You have NO IDEA how you just saved us but publishing your work. Thank you a million times over.

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    1. I just measured the sink and it is roughly 16" from the back wall to the front of the sink. You are right, it does hang over the cabinet a little. The cabinet is roughly 15 3/8" from the wall to front. Both the sink and cabinet are also 32" from side to side.

      ~Sarah

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    2. Thank you so much for the responses. I can't wait to get started on our bathroom and thank you so much for the inspiration!

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  24. Wow great reno!! Love, love everything about this design!! From the back splash to the floors!! And that sink is just perfect!! Kudos for an awesome job! Definitely HGTV worthy! Btw, just started following, came over from Craftberry Bush. ;)
    xx Carmen

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    1. Thanks so much Carmen! It is great to have you following along!

      ~Sarah

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  25. A-flippin-mazing! I love the whole sleek look, but especially that sink top and the tiles!

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    1. This comment totally made me smile...thanks so much! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  26. I ADORE your bathroom! Probably far more than one should adore any room containing a toilet... :) It looks amazing and I love that it works so well for your family -- we definitely need one of those step stools. One question: do you miss the counter space? I love the double sink, but I'm wondering if I'd miss having a counter, too...

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    1. Lorene,

      Too funny! I keep finding excuses just to walk into the bathroom and there is only so much that you can do in there. :-) Since this is our main level bathroom (used mainly for guests and lots of hand washing) we weren't too concerned with the lack of counter space. That being said though...it does have an area along the full back side of the sink that works great for setting things down. Not to mention that the sink itself works great to set things down on because of the flat surface. Most times the far right and left of the sink stay pretty dry and it works if I want to set my makeup bag down or something like that.

      ~Sarah

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  27. I love the remodel. What did you do for lighting?

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    1. We ended up adding a single LED can light into the ceiling above the vanity.

      ~Sarah

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  28. Sarah, this is AMAZING! Oh, my! What a super fantastic transformation! I love it! Everything in there works so well and flows beautifully. I love the flooring and the sink is absolutely perfect for the kids. Bravo! Well, done! :D

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  29. I LOVE this bathroom!! The sink is amazing (never really put a lot of thought into the multiple kids washing hands - but I will be there in about a year) and that pull out footstool??? I think that is my favorite part.
    I am curious how the back of the sink holds up to water? The little ledge where the soap pumps sit. I could see my kids getting a bunch of water back there and damaging the wall...
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    1. Teresa,

      I never notice much water back there from the kids...I think the height of the sink works well to keep the water from going back there. But you are right, water could slide off of the back onto the wall (I've noticed when I am cleaning it that that happens) which is why we added the back splash. So far we haven't had any problems because of that.

      ~Sarah

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  30. Love the redo....thanks for posting.......great ideas

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  31. GREAT job! And I LOVE the pull-out stool! Do you have any tutorials or tips on how you created it? Is it on a drawer slide? Thanks in advance :)

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    1. Kristen,

      I don't have a tutorial for the pull-out stool...so bummed I didn't take pictures along the way of that! The base perimeter stand was built and then the stool was created to fit the entire width. Later some drawer slides were added to the sides to keep it going in and out properly. In the pictures above it didn't have the rollers on the side yet.

      ~Sarah

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  32. Could you ask your dad to do a quick tutorial on the pull out stool - this is the best part of the renovation! We have a guest / hand washing bathroom too and 3 little ones who fight over the stool to wash first. I'd love to be able to just say go wash your hands and all of them run in there and do it together!

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    1. Ashley,

      If I can nail something down I will be sure to post it in the future! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  33. Wonderful transformation! We are getting ready to attack a similar situation for a client. Thanks for all of the wonderful tips!
    Melody

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  34. Looks great! I especially love the floor tile. Do you remember what color you used for the grout?

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  35. Ooh I love this vanity and sink! Very cool. What a difference! Thanks so much for sharing at our Get Your DIY On party!!

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