Need some help brightening bath
I have run out of ideas, and I have always been out of money, so I thought perhaps I would swallow my pride and turn to wiser minds for suggestions. My house is rustic by design and necessity, with flagstone floors and french wood windows, to give you an idea of my taste.
I built a small bathroom where a closet was seven years ago and never finished it. Most of the materials were scavenged or bought on clearance, except for the toilet. Unfortunately, I did not do my homework and pooh-poohed those who told me I should not use the materials I had in stock, including cheap slate, a scavenged particle-board dresser, and pine doors. I had fallen in love with a busy copper-colored slate wall tile pattern and oil-rubbed bronze Delta fixtures, and had a muddled idea of an indoor-outdoor feel crossed with New Orleans style brick and iron antiquity. All in a 10x5' room with a 7' ceiling.
I have never grouted the slate shower because I fear it will melt. It took me weeks and weeks and WEEKS to cut all of that slate and lay the tile. It has to stay. I can't face removing it. Same goes for the impractical slate wall-tile floor that hates water.
I hate the black toilet. It looks dirty all of the time, partly because the exterior doors are so poorly hung by you-know-who and partly because a contractor lives on the acre of dirt next door. I want a shiny white toilet, I think.
I hate the copper sink. It is impossible to keep clean looking, and it does not drain well because there are no overflow holes. I want a shiny clean white sink, preferably something with a rim so water does not dribble down the back of the cheap particle-board vanity. Kohler Serif? Kohler Devonshire? AS Savona? (It's only 17.5 inches deep).
I hate the dark particle-board vanity with the cleverly rebuilt drawers that provide lots of storage and that took DH a week to rebuild. I just scraped joint compound over the top of it and painted it to look like concrete and then put four coats of polyurethane over it, and it's not quite so bad, but it can go. I can get DH to build me whatever I want.
I just stained the pine doors weathered wood colored with vinegar and steel wool, and I dislike them a little less than when they were yellow pine, but I'm still not tickled.
I switched out the never-used oil-rubbed bronze fixtures for chrome and that helped a bit.
I feel like lighting a cigar when I walk into this bathroom. Do you think the white or bone toilet, shower curtain, and sink will make it feel less like a man cave?
Your bathrooms are all so beautiful. Thank you for your patience.
Here is a link that might be useful: Bathroom photos