Monday, February 6, 2017

#HDBlogSquad ~ Bathroom Makeover (The Reveal)

Hello Monday! It is reveal day and I couldn't be happier to see the transformed bathroom.  It was a lot of work to get from the Before to this stylish and serene bathroom in front of our eyes, and I can honestly say all the planning, sourcing, late night shopping, and weekend overtime are so worth it!  From where I stand today, I would say the bathroom is not recognizable and I even got a "WOW" from Chris!

Of course I couldn't have done it without a lot of help from The Home Depot.  From using kitchen cabinets to create our custom vanity, mixing in-stock materials for an intricate tile pattern, to tips on using a framed art as the door of the medicine cabinet, I owe all these special touches to the knowledgeable experts at The Home Depot.

Are you ready to see my calm, luxurious spa-inspired retreat? I bet you do!

We didn't change the layout of the bathroom.  To be honest, why making structural changes when the existing layout is efficient? Trust me, the decision to keep the plumbing as-is saved us lots of time and money at the renovation.  However, from top to bottom this bathroom was gutted and no surfaces were untouched.  Let's start with the vanity.

I love, love, LOVE this vanity!  Its classic shaker style doors echo the age of the home, and its timeless appeal complements the overall contemporary aesthetic beautifully.  By using one 30" cabinet and two 12" cabinets, I was able to create a 54" vanity of perfect dimension and it offers tons of practical storage.  I am so excited to show you the storage capacity:

From bathroom essentials such as toilet papers and fluffy bath towels to relaxing bath salts and sensual aromas, we have them all neatly organized behind closed doors. Now one thing I highly recommended is to install a shelf under the sink for extra storage.  It was such an easy job to trace the outline of the plumbing on the board and a few minutes later, the shelf is installed and we wouldn't have been able to achieve such organized storage without the top shelf.

Don't you love the elegant base of my vanity?

I was determined to get a furniture-like vanity and that means no standard apron base.  My contractor did an amazing job to turn my sketch into a reality and now I know this base is solidly built, and it will support the weight of the vanity and the countertop.

Speaking about countertop, shall we take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the Dryden two-handle widespread faucet?  It is so elegant and graceful, and I couldn't have sourced a more perfect faucet for this bathroom.

To keep the bathroom feeling timeless yet current, I have paired our classic faucet with a simple round mirror and a pair of Art Deco inspired sconces.  With seaside artwork on the walls, this bathroom now feels like a spa at a sun kissed destination.

Before we turn around to check out the bathtub, we should check out my medicine cabinet.  Once a basic in-wall storage solution, now it's an art that surprises everyone.  I am so happy of how well this DIY project turned out and I encourage you all to try it at home!

Did you have a little peak of the shower reflected in the mirror?  Well here is my brand new shower / tub central.

Whether you are in the mood for a relaxing aroma bath or a quick shower to kick-start your day, the Dryden shower system and the deep soaking tub have you covered.

The classic white ceramic tiles installed in a grid pattern keeps the shower feeling current, while the mosaic accent bands add just the right amount of embellishment to the crisp white wall.

Another tip for those of you who are dreaming a bathroom reno: look into possibility to incorporate a little nook inside the shower to hold your shampoo and soap.  We literally framed a space between the studs and I have installed the mosaic tiles inside the nook to make it that much more special.  Now there is a practical and stylish spot to put your bathroom products (without having them sitting on a shelf or around the tub).

One of my most exciting update in this bathroom renovation is to remove that bulkhead.  I still don't understand why it was built that way to begin with but what a significant difference it makes! The shower is now so much brighter and we can take the shower curtain almost all the way to the ceiling to make the bathroom seems that much taller. 

Oh the floor ... let's take a moment to celebrate this work of art if I may say so myself!

With a mix of mosaics, large-scale ceramic tiles, marble bands, and tile metal trims, I have created a highly custom designer look that is relatively easy to install and won't break the bank!  The creamy ivory tiles add warmth to this crisp, white, modern bathroom, while the grey from the Carrara marble bands add sophistication and up the luxe appeal.  

The best thing about using the mosaic tiles as the boarder?  It is so forgiving to uneven walls!      

I am thrilled to have found a tile cover that mimics the mosaic tiles exactly and its brushed metal finish is the perfect match to the accent metal trim we installed between the mosaic tiles and the ceramic tiles.  It is a small detail but what a difference! 

Last but not least, accessories make the room and in the case of the bathroom, I paid my attention to towel bar, toilet paper holder, and artwork.

The Arzo towel bar and toilet paper holder have a mid-century modern aesthetic and that's the perfect ingredient to finish up my contemporary, Art Deco inspired bathroom.

I hope you all love the new bathroom as much as I do!  Thanks so much again for all the help and expert advice from The Home Depot to make this dream bathroom comes true.  What are you planning to renovation in 2017? I would love to hear all about it!  

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Home Depot Canada. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.



  1. Wow! Wow! Wow! It looks incredible, Tim! I'm so impressed with your design skills once again! Gosh - incredible!

    1. you will have to come see it in person Jordana!!

  2. love all the details in the final reveal!! Tim you are amazing!

    1. you too can do this right in your own home too Shell!

  3. Love all the practical storage! All the details, down to matching towels to the floor colours, are perfect!

    1. Thank you so so much! I had a lot of fun planning it all and it's such a treat to see it all came together so beautifully!

  4. Amazing make over. Love the beautiful simple white tone that you have chosen

  5. Nice work. Well done. Love it.


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