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May Bath Renovation Complete

I recently completed the renovation of a bath in a 1920s cottage.The before post is here and I did some planning and inspiration gathering here.

A little background on the house-

The May house is a 1920’s cottage with three bedrooms and two baths. The largest of the two bathrooms is on the second floor. All of the bedrooms are upstairs which makes that one bathroom on the second level pretty important. The upstairs bathroom did not have a shower, lacked storage and was of course totally 80s complete with oversized whirlpool tub and shiny brass fixtures.

Everything was removed including the entire floor,

May bath sink before

the 20-year old particle board vanity was replaced by a custom vanity with a carrera marble counter top.

May bath mirror

We installed PVC wainscotting ordered here, it looks just like wood but is completely waterproof.

May bath custom vanity3

May bath custom vanity2

May bath custom vanity

To gain the storage that we needed we converted the awkward, empty nook below the slanted ceiling in to a storage cabinet with shelving,

May bath tub before

May nook

May bath door to hallway before

May bath project

May bath tub 3 before

I brought the wrong lens with me so I didn’t have the proper range so you can’t see BUT we kept the window in the shower. I decided to make a fixed window, no grids with obscured glass to eliminate working/moving parts that would be subjected to water and we trimmed the vinyl window in Azek which is a wood composite that won’t rot. I’ll let you know how it holds up.

A rain can showerhead was installed in the ceiling.

May project shower

The details,

Had to get a new faucet,

May bath faucet

May bath hardware

The affordable octagonal tile everyone loves with gray grout. The tile was purchased at Lowes.

May bath hexagon floor tile

The wall color is Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue. I thought about reducing it but in the end decided to go full strength and I love it.

May bath towel hooks




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8 Responses
  • Danielle
    February 16, 2012

    Sarah – love, love, love this transformation. Great classic choices! So glad TEOT is back!

  • Quartz counters
    August 23, 2012

    Such a great renovation. Everything element compliments each other down to the towel hooks. Nice job!

  • Rebecca
    August 16, 2015

    Do you recall what the name of the color of grey grout was with the bathroom floor tile?

  • Beth Battista
    September 9, 2015

    Yes, please tell me the color/manufacturer of the gray grout. Thank you!

  • Sarah
    September 17, 2015

    Hey Beth- I use TEC Power Grout typically and it’s Silverado.

  • micheline
    October 23, 2016

    What color is the vanity? Is it a bright white?

    • Sarah
      October 28, 2016


      The white used on the custom vanity is Benjamin Moore’s Simply White.

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