Thanksgiving is upon us. To me, this is a time when family and friends set the daily grind aside and come together for sweet (and much needed) communion. It is often this day, out of every year, that reminds us what we love most about each other. It is often this day that draws us to each other, sharing in the sorrows and joys of the months before and months to come.
Last Saturday was Ocilla's annual Sweet Potato Day! Phillip and I decided to invite all of our family and friends over for lunch now that we live in the heart of downtown. With that being said, you know that I had a pretty large to-do list for us to work on before the big day! Our guest bathroom was on the top of our list. I knew that our guests would be using this room, so it was the perfect excuse to finally finish everything up! As a reminder, here is what the bathroom looked like when we purchased our home.
We knew we wanted a shower in this bathroom, as well as the original cast iron tub. Though this seems like a simple wish list, we had a difficult time dreaming up the design of the bathroom.
You don't typically want the plumbing for a shower located on an exterior wall due to the difficulty of getting to, and fixing, problems in the future. For this reason, along with the shape of our tub, our only option was to leave the tub where it sat and work around it! This posed many challenges, but also made re-plumbing a breeze! We decided to leave the toilet in the same location as well as the sink. This was super convenient, considering the floor in this room is 8 inches of concrete!
Now, I had to wrap my mind around creating a shower out of a floating tub. I went to Pinterest to help me solve my dilemma. I stumbled across the picture on the left. I thought this was a wonderful way to create a shower and lower the ceiling without creating awkward space! I could add a pantry on one side and have open shelving on the other.
The picture on the right was my inspiration picture for the bathroom as a whole. I loved everything about this bathroom and knew I wanted to incorporate some of the same elements in my own.
Once the walls were down, we realized that we had the option to add about a foot to the width of our bathroom by exposing brick and a cast iron ventilation pipe. However, this decision was all or nothing! The original wall covered these elements, and pushing the wall back would reveal them. I was going for an industrial look in this bathroom...so we decided to go with it! We framed up the walls around the tub and we were set!
By pushing the wall back in the bathroom, we created a void in the floor. Phillip filled in the gap with concrete and made his mark.
We added a light over the shower since we lowered the ceiling.
We plumbed the shower next so we could hang the concrete board.
Once the concrete board was hung, I could begin the tiling process! I decided to stick with the subway tile for this bathroom as well. The good news was that tiling to a tub was MUCH easier than tiling a shower from scratch!
I knew I wanted a bold tile for this bathroom floor, like in my inspiration picture! I visited our local tile stores and searched the internet over. I wasn't able to choose a cement tile, which was what I really wanted. This bathroom floor was already higher than the hallway and we didn't need to add another 3/4 inch by using a cement tile. I did, however, find a similar look in a ceramic tile...finally!
Here is a glimpse of the bathroom once the walls and tile were in place! We decided to go with the "shiplap" look in the bathroom to add to the industrial feel. We painted everything bright white to keep it light and clean.
Here is what my view from the kitchen island looks like now!
I absolutely love how this guest bathroom turned out! I think I even love it more than my master bath!
The subway tile just fits right in with the industrial look I was going for.
Phillip built a special frame for the mirror that would wrap around the brick chimney. This worked perfectly to cover up the damaged area that you saw above. I went with a more feminine choice for lighting, hoping it would tie in the (somewhat) floral patterned tile.
Phillip also custom-built this vanity straight from my dreams! I looked at our local cabinet shop and online, and couldn't seem to find exactly what I wanted. Phillip did a beautiful job! The butcher block counter top and the dark hardware perfect the look.
By exposing the cast iron ventilation pipe, we created an awkward space between the wall and the toilet. I took this opportunity to incorporate a few plant stands and live plants to add a little color!
The pantry provides us with wonderful storage space and blends right in with the vanity. On the right side of the shower, Phillip has created a cubby hole where we will add in a few floating shelves. (Eventually!)
Unfortunately, we did not have many original door knobs in the house. We did, however, find these beautiful reproductions online.
So, now that you've seen the details, here is another look at the before...and after!
This bathroom was so much fun to dream up, and now it is so much fun to use. I love how every little detail makes us smile. This is a happy little room that I hope our guests enjoy using!
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