Half Bath..design direction needed

nellie79October 16, 2013

Hello!! 1st time poster here. Just moved in to a new house and the half bath needs an update. I am looking to get a new vanity, sink, mirror and lighting. Floor will need to remain as is for now. And of course paint.

The current vanity is 48" wide. The questions I have are..

Should I stick with 48" or go smaller/ bigger?
Kitchen cabinets are white, should I stick with white for the bath too? It is located just off the kitchen. Or would contrast of a espresso cabinet be nice?

I posted current pics - it's a disaster - sellers left all kinds of holes etc in the wall. Also posted a pic of the kitchen for reference of style. Excuse the mess - backsplash is getting done (white subway tile)

Any other suggestions welcome - I am a newbie!

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nellie79

Here is the kitchen

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 12:34PM
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nellie79

Another view of bath

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 12:35PM
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lotteryticket

I don't think you need to go with a white vanity. With the rich brown color in the countertop a wood stain vanity would go great. What are the room dimensions? Does this bathroom get a lot of use? Or is it just for "taking care of business" and hand washing?

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 8:00PM
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JohnSiplee

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Here is a link that might be useful: hand towel

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 7:42AM
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nellie79

There is a mudroom just behind this half bath so this will just be used as intended. I'll have to take measurements of the entire room later and post them.

I like the idea of going with a darker cabinet as well.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 3:15PM
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sjhockeyfan325

Is this just a powder room -- i.e. sink, mirror and toilet are all that's needed? If so, I'd do away with the vanity altogether and put in a really nice pedestal sink and a great mirror.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 6:21PM
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aktillery9

If it were my half bath I would find a good deal on a small chest or sideboard on CL in a nice wood and then go from there. Maybe find a marble top that is a remnant, therefor more affordable. Just a few thoughts.

If you want a solid piece that comes with a top you can always check HD and Lowes.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 6:42AM
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nellie79

Yes - it is just a powder room. The dimensions are 88x57. I love the idea of a pedestal sink but am concerned it might look to small? I've attached some pics I like. Adding wainscotting, dark cabinet??

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 9:15AM
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nellie79

Double post

This post was edited by nellie79 on Fri, Oct 18, 13 at 9:25

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 9:23AM
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lotteryticket

Nellie, I have a powder room on the first floor that has a pedestal sink and beadboard and it doesn't look small. I used the Kohler Memoirs one. This is my favorite room in the house, so far. If I can remember I will take a couple of pictures tonight and post them.

The room is about 5' X 7' and has the washer and dryer in there behind bifold doors.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 11:29AM
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may_flowers

Are you sure you want to keep the floor? The 12" tile and brown grout looks dated and doesn't give the room a clean and fresh vibe. I'd be concerned that the floor will look even worse with the updates. You'll also have to pull the new vanity and countertop if you decide to retile it in the near future.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 1:23PM
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alexagrn

Based on the picture you posted, it doesn't look like the vanity is that bad. I would probably just stain it, get new knobs, and then replace the countertop/sink/fixtures. I agree with may_flowers, the floor looks like it is really what is making the bathroom look dated. I would spend less on the vanity and focus on the floors.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 3:01PM
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nellie79

I would love to do the floors but because the bathroom is connected to the entry/mudroom with the same tile wouldn't It make sense to do all the floor at the same time? If so that makes this a bigger project than we can budget for right now.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 4:49PM
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may_flowers

Yes, you would do both floors at the same time. I just couldn't work with that tile in a remodel--it looks like something you'd see in a McDonald's restroom circa 1980.

I'd live with the vanity until I could do a full remodel. As mentioned, it looks like it's in good shape, and it and the countertop are neutral enough to give you some design choices for a new faucet, mirror, and light. I'd also replace the towel bar with one designed to hold a hand towel.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 10:17AM
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nellie79

Thanks for your suggestions. After some thought I've decided to follow your advice. Update mirror and faucet. Paint will also do wonders.

What size/color mirror should I be looking for? The vanity is 48" wide. I think I will go with a single handle faucet.

I've posted some additional pics that shows the existing fixtures better.
Ugh I loathe this bathroom!! But just have to live with it for now :)

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 10:50AM
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nellie79

Thoughts on this mirror? Should I stick with silver, or change it up with wood or orb accents?

http://www.overstock.com/#/7901440/product.html

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 11:01AM
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may_flowers

Now that you show the floor from a different angle, the color has gone from gold/brown to gray or cream, so that is a relief! Is the grout brown or is it just stained very badly? I'd really like to see a close-up of the floor tile. Maybe I've been too harsh!

What color paint are you using? Is there a pretty darker tone that you could pick out from the counter? It's hard to tell what color the swirls and veins are in your counter and tile. I'd chose paint first, then mirror.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 1:27PM
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nellie79

Attached is a better pic of the floors. I'm sure my phone pics aren't doing them any favors. :)

I think getting the grout cleaned will help freshen things up. The vanity has some gray swirls in it. I'm debating on either doing a blue or gray color in the powder room. Whichever one I do in there I will do the other in the adjoining mudroom.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 3:03PM
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nellie79

Vanity top

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 3:04PM
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lotteryticket

Sorry I wasn't able to get this posted over the weekend. This is our downstairs half bath with a pedestal sink. We added a small cabinet for towels/misc storage. The W/D is behind the bifold doors and the toilet is next too the D/W. The sink definitely does not look small and I don't think it would in your bathroom either.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 7:12PM
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lotteryticket

view from the doorway - D/W behind doors and toilet next to it.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 7:14PM
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lotteryticket

view from the toilet to the doorway. It's a decent size room. The sink is fairly substantial (Kohlers Memoirs) so it fits in well.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 7:16PM
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may_flowers

I would probably do a grayed blue or blue-green for paint. The floor looks like it does have some warmer tones that would work better with blue than a true gray. Blue and brown is a classic. These colors were my inspiration for my guest bath. Bring in some dark wood with a shallow shelf on the opposite wall or picture frames. I'd keep the mirror fairly simple, such as a frameless oval mirror, especially if you'll want to reuse it with a new vanity. You can go smaller than 48".

    Bookmark   October 23, 2013 at 10:45AM
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may_flowers

One other thing--you're going to get really tired of trying to keep the grout clean in the mudroom and the powder room, so I would still plan to replace the tile. There's now epoxy grout that's resistant to staining, and of course, larger tile that has far fewer grout lines.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2013 at 10:48AM
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nellie79

Why a beautiful bathroom lotteryticket!

So, I will paint the bath and mudroom at the same time. Any suggestions on color - by BM preferably?

The mudroom can be seen in the kitchen/family room so I think it'd be fun to do a pop or color there - thinking gray/blues such as Jamestown blue, can court land blue etc. Just not sure how dark/bold to go.

The bath then would be done in a coordinating color, but no ideas there? The kitchen/family is being done in Thunder by BM so it will all have to flow.

I've attached pics showing the view from the kitchen to the garage entry/mudroom, and that to the bath. Also attached fabrics I chose for couch and pillows. Gray is couch, others are accent pillows. I want to pull from the mints/blues in the floral swatch.

Forgive the mess - moving and having a newborn at the same time is challenging!

Thanks for any suggestions!

    Bookmark   October 27, 2013 at 12:28PM
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nellie79

Entry to bath, to the left of previous pic

    Bookmark   October 27, 2013 at 12:29PM
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nellie79

Mudroom

    Bookmark   October 27, 2013 at 12:30PM
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nellie79

Family room fabrics. Everything needs to flow as it's an open floor plan.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2013 at 12:32PM
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may_flowers

I've seen where they paint the master bedroom one color and the bath a lighter tone on the same strip. Very pretty and cohesive look. I'd look at the grayed blue-green in your fabric--it's very popular for baths and would look good with the browns in your tile and wood floors. Houzz has hundreds of examples with paint colors specified.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2013 at 1:25PM
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raehelen

I think the vanity is fine. It's non-descript so if you want to do a fairly easy/lo cost upgrade, I'd look for a fabulous wall-paper, ideally on sale some where and do the whole room. (Wallpaper similar to either of your patterned fabrics would be great). You could then replace the faucet and knobs, and perhaps even leave the white (depending on wall-paper), or paint (perhaps light grey?) or gel stain (I think there are some now that can cover paint?).

I'd leave the tiles. You have little ones, leave replacing the floor for after they've broken/chipped a few tiles down the road...and in ten/fifteen years you'll be ready for another update! LOL

I found antique bevelled oval mirrors for 2 bathrooms at auctions. I think a gorgeous over the top mirror combined with wallpaper would make a huge difference, but of course that's my taste... but seeing as I love your fabric choices...am assuming we may have similar likes and dislikes.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2013 at 6:30PM
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may_flowers

Wallpaper would be really cute, then paint the mudroom in the grayed blue-green!

I like this DIY vanity where there's pretty fabric in place of the doors. Cute for a powder room! You could wallpaper and use a coordinating fabric for the vanity. I think it'd work well with the two little drawers and center panel in your vanity. You mentioned beadboard--I love the little sections of beadboard on the built-ins. I even like the DIY wood countertop.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 12:12PM
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gmp3

I'd paint the bathroom charcoal like your dark fabric and frame the mirror to match the vanity, add some large prints framed in white to break up the gray and add some yellow-green accents to match your family room fabrics.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 11:42PM
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nellie79

Thank you all for your ideas!! I've narrowed down the paint colors I want to use in that area.

I def want to use Van Courtland Blue in either the bath or mud. Then either wedgewood gray, nimbus gray or Storm in the other.

Suggestions for which color to use where?? I love the VCB and would love to see it from our kitchen, family. But the bath would look great w it too.

I think I'll get this mirror -
http://m.zgallerie.com/p-10682-reflection-wall-mirror.aspx

    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 8:55AM
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enduring

If not mentioned already, be sure to get paint samples and up paint boards or patches on the wall to study the color within you space. Be sure to paint 2 coats on your samples too for the best color rep. I find that I always change my mind once I paint up the samples.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 7:06PM
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Karenseb

I think your tile looks great and I had it in a mudroom, powder room and even in the hallways and dining room, and the only place that was hard to clean was the kitchen. I have wood in the kitchen now and don't like it as well because I am always getting water and sticky stuff on the floor and I don't think it takes the abuse as well as the tile. Having your grout professional cleaned every few years works well. A friend of mine had it done and said her grout looked like new.

I think the gray/blue color in your fabric swatch looks like a nice color as MayFlowers suggested. I wanted a gray blue in a bathroom that I painted and I went with a color that was in the gray family, but read as blue.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2013 at 11:45AM
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may_flowers

Your fabric is a blue-green and I don't see any green in VanCourtland. How does it look with your swatch?

    Bookmark   November 26, 2013 at 3:42PM
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