Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Upstairs Bathroom Design and Dilemmas

The upstairs bathroom project is slowly but surely moving along.  Suddenly we were/are at the stage where everything needed to be picked out and purchased.  Since our plan of adding on an upstairs bathroom, I've had a very clear idea of what I wanted the room to look like, but many things changed as tends to happens in renovations!  So many different options, and yet adding on like we are, we had to take many different things into account; for example, choosing the shape of the shower depending on where the drain was located (due to existing floor joists)!  Fortunately, the only item we haven't made a choice on yet is the floor tile, but everything else is either sitting waiting to be used or on its way.  

 Here's a look at some inspiration photos, as well as items we've purchased.  Because there isn't any natural light in the room, I wanted to keep everything light and fresh, which means plenty of white!  The shower tile will be white subway with gray grout (the same as our downstairs bathroom, which I haven't shown you yet) with glass doors.  We have the barn door hardware sitting in our dining room - it's matte black, but the door design will be similar to the inspiration photo above.  I haven't decided whether to paint it white or a color.  All the fixtures will be brushed nickel.  Although I had envisioned a schoolhouse light in the bathroom, we couldn't accommodate its size on the ceiling, so instead had to go with a flush-mount.  But, I was so excited when I found the perfect location for a wall sconce and happily Justus wired for it after the fact.  ;-) 


Originally I had planned on a two leg pedestal sink, but my practical side won when Justus mentioned two girls growing up in a small bathroom with no place to store or set anything.  I then searched and searched trying to find a vanity that was wood, in our budget, and small in width.  I'm so happy my practical side did kick in, because I love the vanity we ordered.  The gray will help ground the white and I love its pretty, country design!

 

 The little nook next to the chimney is where the wall sconce will hang.  I think it will help lighten this corner.  Anybody have any idea on the best way to clean brick? 


While it may not seem like much has changed since I last posted, the framing, electrical and plumbing are complete and sub flooring has been installed.  Those were all major milestones in this project!  Still much to do, but now comes the fun part - putting the room together!  


 And actually, since the photo above, the insulation has been installed around the walls.  Hard to believe the next item is putting up walls (white beadboard)!

 
Poor Justus.  As you can see, this is how he spends each evening when he gets home from work!
Here's our last dilemma: floor tile.  We both like these choices: whitewash wood look tile and a white mosaic tile (likely with gray grout to match the shower wall tile).  However, we can't seem to make a decision.  I think the mosaic is more period appropriate; however, neither of us relish the idea of putting in the grout and maintaining it.  Does anybody have the mosaic tile, and if so, what are your thoughts or recommendations? 

Hope everything is well with you all!  Thanks for reading and for your help!


46 comments:

  1. The white washed look tile looks like it would fit into your style perfectly. It also looks old like your farmhouse. Can't wait to see it all finished.

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  2. Stay away from the grout! I like the whitewash wood tile. From your inspiration board, it looks like a good fit. I bet the girls are looking forward to their bathroom! Kathleen in Az

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    1. I think we're leaning towards the wood look tile and my husband will be oh so thankful for your all your votes! ;-)

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  3. I love the whitewash wood tile, too! What a lovely bathroom this will be. You will be so glad you found a sink cabinet with storage and some counter-top space. We have a pedestal sink in our smallest bathroom and while it is nice in a small bathroom, very limiting for any overnight guests to use.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Lois. We actually used to have a pedestal sink too and I didn't care for the limited space either... I'm really glad I went with this vanity, especially since the bathroom will be used frequently! I think I'm actually going to buy the exact same one for our downstairs bathroom, just in a larger size. ;-)

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  4. Nice to be at the stage off putting it all together. Everything you have picked out looks great! I agree, I would go with the whitewashed wood look tile. Grout is too much work to keep up. Cute vanity and I love brushed nickel finishes with white. I found cute brushed nickel knobs ( Martha Stewart) from Home Depot if you are looking for anything like that. Lots of work, but that's what makes it "home". Girls will love it!
    Patty

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Patty! I do plan to replace the knobs with nickel and I think I will definitely look for those!

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  5. I like all your choices, too. The gray and white will look nice and bright in your enclosed space. I vote for the whitewashed wood look tile also. I had tile with grout in the past, and found it frustrating to keep clean when dirt or stains got in the grout indentations. Hopefully as bring this to completion, you might share info on where you found your choices. We've been pondering redoing our bathroom and I really like your selections - especially the vanity cabinet and the wood look tile. JanL

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing your experience, Jan. It helps so much in making a decision! I already dislike cleaning bathrooms enough as it is! ;-) Yes, I will definitely share all sources.

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  6. This is going to be a beautiful new bathroom! I really love the vanity, and I think you will be so glad you chose it for storage. We opted for a similar white one in our small main bathroom and I'm so glad we did. As for the tile, I absolutely love the wood look tile and love how it brings the gray and white together. Have you considered painting the brick white as well as the barn door? It may give you a more cohesive look throughout. Whatever you choose will be lovely! Deni

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    1. Thanks, Deni! I can hardly wait to call my husband and tell him that all votes are for the wood look tile. He will be thrilled that he doesn't have to grout the other. ;-) Honestly, I had not considered painting the brick. The slanted beams will remain in their natural state (although I will paint the wood in between white) so I guess I hoped it would add a little contrast. I guess we may have to see how it all looks and flows once walls are up and the ceiling is painted. I do think I will paint the barn door white though, to keep everything looking cohesive, especially from the office area. Thanks so much for the suggestions!

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  7. Wood look tile!! The white one will make it look too much like a public restroom. The Pioneer Woman used white tile for the floor and walls in her new offices and when asked for everyone's opinion, most voted for her husband's choice which was darker floor. It will be beautiful!!!
    Elizabeth

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    1. I had forgotten about that post of the office bathrooms! And you are so right! I'm SO thankful I asked for all of your help - this helps enormously and now I feel really great about the wood look tile!

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  8. I'm really enjoying your updates! Thank you for taking the time to share!

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  9. I'm loving the wood look tile! Its gorgeous and would add some texture to the space.

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  10. The tile is easy to maintain. I have put in tile myself throughout the whole house (and in a house-of-5 bathroom) and my grout is putty-colored, so lighter than your grey. No problem on it and only wash the bathroom floor with dilute Mister Clean (no special reason..just like the lemon smell). Although this is going to be the girls', there might be eg, hair products that fall on the floor, but I think a "darker" grout will hide any "soiling".

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    1. So nice to hear your experience with the grout, Christine, thank you!

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  11. Oh my goodness; it’s going to be beautiful! Love everything you picked out. Can’t wait to see it come together. I just had a wood-look tile floor that looks a lot like the one you are considering, except mine isn’t white-washed looking and has random-size planks. Without a doubt, it is my favorite part of my kitchen. It's unique and it holds up great (and I have 3 dogs….). Linda R (Phila burbs)

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    1. Your kitchen tile sounds lovely, Linda. I love that they are offering a wood look tile now!

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  12. That's a tough choice, because they are both pretty! I think the wood tile is more rustic, and the other is more 1930s. Your inspiration photo has a wood floor. My spouse recently installed a wood tile floor in his office and it is very rustic. It went down over cement and we decided not to grout, because it looked real with the spaces, but it was cement and not subject to bathroom water. We sorted all the boxes before putting it down, so it would look random.

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    1. It really is a tough choice and I've been debating it for several weeks now! :-) The white tile definitely fits in with the time period of our house. Great idea of sorting the boxes...

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  13. I like the look of both flooring options, but I have to be honest. I think the white will go with the period of your home better. I have the exact tile in our bathroom and I had the same tile in two other bathrooms throughout home ownership - both of those were original with the older farmhouses - and they had the darker [charcoal] colored grout. In all cases... there was never a problem with it. You can buy grout that has sealer built in and I would defintely encourage you to use that. Another thing that you might consider is how it will look when it meet up to your existing floor. Although, I'm fairly particular about that sort of thing (perhaps anal), but I'm not sure that will look the best. Your wood floors all the way through and then... a rustic looking flooring all of a sudden. Your house appears to be very streamlined and that just doesn't seem to fit. As I said... I really like it - and if you had an entire area with say.... carpet and that is your accent, then that would be great. Just my THREE cents worth. Regardless, I think it will look amazing! OH! I opt for you to paint the brick! Looks AH-mazing painted and will really help those beams pop!

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    1. Lori, thank you so much for sharing and I'm so glad to hear you have the same tile and haven't had any maintenance issues. I understand exactly what you are saying about meeting up and flowing with the current floors, and that is definitely something I've been wondering about. And now I'm thinking about it again after reading your comment! :-) I'll have to think about painting the brick... before today the thought hadn't even crossed my mind! Thanks so much for your input!

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  14. Wow...so much progress! I love it all. Personally I like the wood tile, but I'm sure whichever you choose will look beautiful. :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Ashley. It was so nice getting to meet you recently!!

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  15. I think my sister-in-law has her brick walls sandblasted when she exposes them in projects, then seals them. I think. Also, I have tiled bathroom floors. I'm not bothered by the grout getting dirty - maybe it's just me but I choose a darker shade than the tile and it's not been a problem. It is, however, rather chilly in the winter! I also love the other floor choice. I saw it in a bathroom recently elsewhere in blog land and it's gorgeous too.

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  16. Your inspiration pieces are wonderful! I decided not to put mosaic tile in my bathroom for the same reason, installing and maintaining all that grout. I think I would have loved the look but not the upkeep. But we did put radiant heat under the 12" tiles we chose - the best decision! I vote for wood-look tile.

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  17. I like the whitewash tile but I love driftwood, whitewashed everything! I do not like cleaning grout and as much as I try to stay on top of it, it always looks dirty to me.

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  18. Such a hard choice as they are both beautiful...I have friends who have the mosaic tile and they love it...I love the whitewash wood tile, however, I think I would go with the authenticity of the period of your home..but then again, it is such a personal choice and either one would look beautiful!...Love your choices so far....the vanity is so beautiful!

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  19. I had the exact same tile with grey grout in our last bathroom. While I enjoyed the look of it, I did not enjoy the maintenance and keeping it clean. You could see every hair and all the dust on that floor. It was only clean while I was wiping it up. I have vowed to stay away from white floors from here on in. My last house was 150 years old and my new house is 130.

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  20. I have the same tile in our bathroom for our 4 children. We used a putty colored grout and sealed it. It does get dirty since we have a little land around the house but it wipes right up. I am going to white wash some brick in my home. Maybe that could be an option to white wash the brick? That could offset the nice white floors? Put a great rug down. Done and done! it will be gorgeous. Good luck. Put in what you love. That's what makes your blog and home special!

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  21. A year ago we built our house. I chose a wood look flooring for the kids jack and Jill bathroom. Excellent choice with our girls doing their hair everyday. The color helps disguise those lost hairs until they get swept up. White would have been a disaster with their red and brown hair! 😉

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  22. Can`t wait to see the final result. Liked the idea of white and grey combo. I think it`s perfect for bathrooms.
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  23. Pioneer Woman recently renovated an old building. She also chose subway tiles and a hexagonal floor tile. http://thepioneerwoman.com/homeandgarden/2014/08/bathroom-throwdown/ You can see it in the link then you can get an idea of what you think. Personally, I think it is a little busy, compared to what they chose for the men's bathroom. However, there is something endearing about old fashioned hexagonal tiles! :-) I am sure whatever you chose it will be wonderful. Your whole house is charming and you've done such a nice job along the way.

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  24. My vote is for the mosaic tile. I think the wood look tile is a bit of a trend that may not have longevity like the classic white tile floor would. I also think the white tile will go nicely with the period of your home. Thanks for the update! Keep up the great work, and keep us in the loop!
    Claudia

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  25. I would definitely go with the classic mosaic tile. It suits the period of your home and I'm certain that wood look tile is a trend that will pass. The work in keeping mosaic tiles clean sure beats replacing an entire floor when wood look tiles aren't as desirable. Just my thoughts. :) Loooove the rest of your choices!!!

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  26. I love your decorating style and cannot wait to see finished results. I would go with the classic mosaic tile as it suits your home perfectly. I have it in the bathrooms of my 1890 Colonial and it is easy to clean and maintain. Good luck with this room and please let us see the finished room!!!!

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  27. it is coming together so nicely. I have the mosaic tile in white with white grout (ugh) in my boys bathroom. what was i thinking! i ansolutely love but has been a bear to keep up with. perhaps gray grout wouldn't be nearly as bad.

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  28. I love your decorating style and the choices you made for your bathroom. I like the mosaic tile but it is difficult to keep clean. I would go with the white washed wood tile. It will look great against the color of cabinet you picked and the other features of the room. Not sure if I missed it but did you say where you purchased the cabinet from? We are thinking about redoing our half bath and this one would work perfect in our small space.

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    1. Thanks so much for your help, Michelle! I ordered the cabinet from Home Depot. I was a little skeptical, but it feels very sturdy and well made and I love the finish. The cabinet doors also have soft-close hinges - just a nice detail and the top is granite. When the cabinet shipped, it shipped in one piece so all four legs were broken; however, I called Home Depot and they've already sent out a replacement and the legs just screw in. We ordered the 25" because we needed something very narrow but it comes in a few different sizes. I think I might actually order the larger size for our downstairs bathroom! Here's the link: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Home-Decorators-Collection-Hamilton-25-in-W-Shutter-Vanity-in-Grey-with-Granite-Vanity-Top-in-Champagne-7402000270/205675960

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  29. I'm usually one to go with a period look, but the wood looking tiles will be so much more practical. Less grout: less scrubbing later! I used to have a gray and white bathroom floor, and with a teenage daughter with long hair, it drove us both nuts trying to keep it clean. And the wood looking tiles do look like wood, which will be great in a Tennessee country home.

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  30. I love the white washed floor tile. What is the name and where did you find it? We need to re tile a small entry way and it looks like it would go really well.

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  31. This post is just perfect for me to learn some upstairs designing ideas. I've purchased a new home last year and recently we've moved to that new house. Looking for some design inspiration and this post information is good enough.

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