The Great White Bathroom


I’m really excited to show you the upstairs bathroom this week.  It’s not exactly done yet, but we’re really close.  And I love it!  It’s pretty and it’s white and it’s classic.  But mostly it’s just white.

There’s something really fresh about a white bathroom.  Not so much with pink.  Do you remember what this room used to look like?  Pink walls, pink floors, pink tiles.  Not ringing a bell?  Well here’s a reminder.  I give you the great, pink bathroom.  (And I mean great as in a great amount of pink!)


The pink is pretty bad, right?  But do you know what was worse then the pink?  I know, I know you’re probably thinking nothing could possibly be worse then the pink.  But I swear, the layout was!  The toilet and vanity were so close that you could hardly sit down without knocking your knees on the cabinet.  And there was barely room to step into the shower in between them.

So we fixed it.  We put the new pedestal sink closer to the door and switched the door swing so it opens towards the toilet.  We also added a moisture barrier and tiled the shower surround, pulled the old linoleum flooring up to reveal the most gorgeous hexagon tile floor (which turned out to be a real pain in the ass which I won’t go into here), added wainscoting, and painted everything.  Plus behind all the finishes are new electrical wires and plumbing pipes.

We salvaged the tub, floors, door, window, moldings, and toilet, but removed every shred of pink.  So here it is.  The great, white bathroom:

Bathroom Progress Collage 4-19-14
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Wall Paint: BM Revere Pewter @ 50% | Door Handles: Home Depot | Trim Paint: BM Simply White | Floor Tiles: Original | White Subway Tiles: Home Depot | Wall Tile Grout: Delorean Gray, Home Depot | Overhead Light: Amazon | Vanity Light: Home Depot | Sink: Home Depot | Faucet: Home Depot | Shower: Home Depot | Teak Stool: Serena and Lily | Whale Faucet Cover: Amazon | Shower Curtain Rod: Amazon | Shower Curtain: gift from my mom | Mirror: Vintage, yard sale

There are still quite a few things that need to be finished in this room.  There’s drywall patching and paint touchup.  The wood window needs a couple more coats of paint.  Plus I want to put a mirror door on the old medicine cabinet cavity.  And the original bathtub needs refinishing.


Yes, we’re actually using that tub.  It’s not dirty, just stained.  Is that better?  I’m not sure.  Anyway, we’re planning to hire the tub refinishing out, but the rest of the work items are really quite minor and we’ll tackle them ourselves.  I’ll add them onto our kind-of-long-and-getting-longer punch list for the upstairs and we’ll get to it when we get to it.  Hopefully this year.

Did you notice that the window doesn’t have any blinds or cover on it?  Add that to the punch list.  Surprisingly it hasn’t been a big issue because the window fogs up when you turn on the shower, so you can’t see in or out.  But I’d really like to find shutters or blinds or something for it just because it seems like it should have something on it.  Any ideas?  Seriously I’d love to hear them.

I’ll leave you with one more picture of Wilder, because he’s the biggest fan of the bathroom.  Well, he didn’t exactly say that – he doesn’t say much besides dada dada DADA! – but the kid loves his bath time!  And his bath toys.



p.s. Some other pretty awesome bathrooms with pedestal sinks via Lark and Linen.

p.p.s. 10 things you should have in your home by the age of 30.  I’ve got 6 of them.  That’s not bad, right?  I mean who really has an organized bookcase?!  (You do?  Don’t worry, that was just jealousy talking.)

p.p.p.s. Speaking of summer (wasn’t I?), I’m dreaming of outdoor spaces.

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  1. I just stumbled onto your blog, and I love it! You and Garret do such an amazing job!! We just moved into a 1915 Bungalow, and could use your vision 😉 Thanks for the inspiration, Cathy. Hope all is well. WIlder is adorable!

    -Naomi (GUXC Naomi 🙂

    • Thanks for the nice words, Naomi! And great to hear from you!!! Congrats on the old house and I hope you and your boys are doing well too!


  2. Great projects! Everything looks great. Can you tell me what color you painted the the mirror?

    • Thanks Julie! Unfortunately I bought the mirror at a flea market and it came painted. Wish I had a fan deck of paint colors to find something similar, but no such luck. Sorry!

  3. We recently moved into a 1912 four square craftsman and it has been such fun to fix up. I was wondering what and how (if anything) you did to clean the hex tiles in your bathroom after you pulled the Lino up… They look amazing. Ours are in good shape but could use help.
    Anyway, I love watching your transformation, thanks!

    • How great your tiles were left alone, Robi! We used a scraping bar to remove the linoleum and super-stickey glue. Then we used an angle grinder outfitted with a diamond polishing pad to remove the rest of the haze leftover from the glue and years of wear. It was a really slow process but worth the effort. Thanks for following along!

      • Your bathroom is so inspirational! We have a 1925 spanish bungalow and were very excited to find hex tile under the old linoleum, HOWEVER, tons of old glue in a paperish, super thick layer, (I would post a pic for you, but can’t seem to find how).
        We are struggling to get it all off and were afraid to use anything too abrasive in the scraping process. Now that I have read what you used I feel such relief! Hahaha! I am curious though, in the time since, has it been any harder to clean because you used the scraping bar and diamond polisher, or is it as great as ever? I would love to know how you like it two years later. Thanks 🙂

        • Hi Jane – we have definitely found that the tile is harder to clean. I’m guessing that there is a finish you could apply to the tile after it’s sanded to help with it, but we never got that far.

  4. Am in the middle of my first every reno on my bathroom in my new (old) home. I love a white bathroom too, not to mention the retro feel of subway tiles. I, however, am keeping my vintage -not pink, but green tub, sink and toilet! And, I have a contractor who is doing a fantastic job. I decided to take out the drafty old sash window (which also was in the tub area like yours), and install a frosted block window from Hy-Lite ( Tons of light, but mucho privacy. Kudos to yall for being DIY’ers. If I had a partner, I’d be more willing to try it too. Reno on!

  5. Found your site via Pinterest (subway tile search) and love what I’ve seen so far! In fact, I think I pinned every link you provided for the tiles and vanity (from your mood board). Love me some CLEAN WHITE!

    Can you link me to the window you decided to go with? We’re building, and have plans for a 3’x3′ window in the master shower. Not a huge fan of block glass, but seems like other options are pretty limited. HELP! 🙂

    • Thanks Abby! We ended up going with a really basic frosted vinyl window. We bought ours from a local Seattle company, but I know Home Depot carries a few sizes – we put one in our Densmore House basement bathroom. Good luck!

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