Friday, June 20, 2014

Diary of a Bathroom Update - The Details! {GIVEAWAY!}

 (*this post contains a short review of a shower faucet sent to me by Westside Wholesale.  I was not compensated in any otherway by this company and all opinions are my own. Also there is a giveaway involved for readers  *)

Hurrah! A finished bathroom!
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This bathroom was the first major remodel project that Sweet Man and I had taken on together in quite some time, and I am so pleased with the final outcome. 
In 17 years of  marriage and DIY projects, I feel like we are finally hitting a good groove of understanding, cooperation, and creativity.
These days we are doing a much better job of listening to the other, going slow, asking questions when we don't understand, and trusting each other's intentions and ideas. 
We are a lot less defensive and a lot less cocky. 
Humility may be the best tool you can have on a DIY project.

I feel like the bathroom met our goal of creating a look that was appropriate to the era and style of our 1940's cottage, while still being updated and modern in feel and function.

Here are a few of the details that we used to accomplish this goal.

The shower faucet came from Westside Wholesale  and is a Delta Shower Trim Faucet.

A while back Westside asked me to try a product of theirs and I agreed on the condition that I could give away a gift-card to their site to one reader, which they agreed to. So here we are!

I wanted a modern-ish fixture and in the end chose this Delta model because I loved the square shower head. 
Our plumber added an extender to it so that we can position it just right, and it can function more like a rain shower, which I love.

One snag we ran into is that the faucet required a MultiChoice Universal Rough-In Valve, (R10000 Series) for installation, which is SOLD SEPARATELY and that I failed to order (even though it plainly stated on the website.) 
So if you order this model, make sure to order the extra part. Trust me. They are not easy to come by.

(Giveaway details at bottom of the post.)

The sink faucet came from the orange store.
I love the goose neck spout and the art-deco-ish handles.

The medicine cabinet and light fixtures are original to the house. 
I think they are precious and couldn't imagine taking them out.
Also they add a nice balance for the modern faucet and help keep some of the original character.

The vanity is from the blue store and came complete with the sink and cabinet hardware.
We have been super impressed with the form and function of it.
The clean lines and bead board detail are a nice mix of modern and cottage, and it is a proper height, which I love. 
 Also it has drawers! We haven't had drawers in our bathroom in 11 years!

The toilet is a dual-flush (I feel so fancy,) and is very streamlined.

Both the new vanity and the commode are the newer, taller heights so little visitors to our house need the aid of step, but I can tell you that for the adults, the bathroom is much more comfortable to use.

Our floor is 12 x 12 sheets of ceramic tile in this black and white pattern.
They also came from the orange store and we were pleasantly surprised at how affordable they were.
I have never been a big tile person, and I was afraid that anything I liked would be expensive and a special order.
The moment I saw this tile I knew it was perfect for our project.
(You can learn more about our tiling adventures on my first post about this project.) 

Our tub/shower surround is a subway tile mosaic also in 12x12 sheets.
They have this at both the blue and orange store but the orange store is cheaper :)
I love how clean and timeless the look is.
Also our shower feels so much bigger now!

 The cotton waffle-weave shower curtain came from the thrift store and looks fresh and classic (after a good bleaching.)
I hung it using some hooks I bought at discount store ions ago.
There is an inexpensive white liner on plastic rings behind it, which I guess I should have hidden better. Oh well!

The cafe curtain is a little vintage tablecloth (card table size,) folded over and hung using little clip rings.

So there you have it, our little bathroom update!
Are you planning a big or little home DIY soon? 
Need a little help kicking it off?
Enter to win a gift card to Westside Wholesale (which sells Bath Fixtures, Kitchen Fixtures, Lighting,) by leaving a comment on this post and entering through the Rafflecopter widget!

Happy Weekend friends!
Much love,

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