I’m so excited to finally share my bathroom reveal with you guys! If you follow me on Instagram, you know that this has been no small renovation. To be entirely honest, I kind of lost track of how long the whole process took.
A few years ago, I did a mini-bathroom reno, which mainly consisted of a fresh coat of paint and new decor item – basically the entire “reno” was purely cosmetics, where as this time we completely gutted the bathroom: walls, ceiling, new insulation, floors, a new fan system, you name it.
It was a really fun process. I knew going into my bathroom renovation that I wanted to keep the same wall colour, which is “flapper fringe” by PARA paints (more on that later). I originally chose this colour by drawing inspiration from my birthstone, the Amethyst. When it came to choosing the other decor elements of my bathroom’s design, I found inspiration in the littlest details: old perfume bottles from my grandmother, antique mason jars, images of french country-chic cottages on Pinterest. Because all of these little details were sentimental to me, I really wanted to keep them when moving into this renovation.
Believe it or not, having all these little details are picked out made the process a lot harder when it came to picking things like the floor, faucets, lighting fixtures, etc. Every time I fell in love with a light it was too big for my small, antique mirror or just didn’t go with my frilled shower curtain.
In the end though, I pulled it off and I couldn’t be happier with the results!
I went with a beautiful white-marbled quartz counter top and crisp white cupboards, a light grey marbled floor and my favourite feature, a shower niche with hexagon mixed marble, stones and sea-glass tiles.
The bathtub itself is the bathtub of my dreams. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that I’m a ‘bath person’. Seriously, give me a glass of wine and a lush bath bomb and I’m in heaven.
It’s a wide, deep-soaker tub from Neptune. My old tub was likely original to the house (built sometime in the 80s), and was small and cramped. I didn’t realize how badly it needed to be replaced until the new one was installed. 2 hours later, an the water in the tub is still hot.
One thing that I still want to get for it is a bath caddy, which I’m likely going to have custom made so that it fits just-right. (Side note: if you can recommend someone, let me know!)
The shower faucets are from Riobel and are equally amazing. We almost didn’t get the double shower heads and I am so happy that we did. If you’re going through a bathroom renovation yourself, make sure you do the same. The main shower-head is a rain shower head and it is so incredibly relaxing, to the point where it is almost therapeutic.
It’s almost like having a mini-spa right in my home! (My essential oil defuser from Saje helps with this too.)
I mentioned having trouble finding a lighting fixture that worked with my antique mirror and shower curtain earlier. After trying several fixtures, I decided on opting for a single bulb fixture due to the size of my mirror.
I knew I wanted something that kept the bathroom feeling modern, but still complimented all of the antique details. After going to what seemed like hundreds of lighting stores (it was actually only 5 or 6), I finally found the prefect fixture at Canadian Tire. We also had two pot-lights installed, one in the shower and one near the vanity, to give optimal lighting.
I really love how light and airy everything feels, and the overall look of the modern elements with the antiques and the mixed textures.
One of my favourite things about the paint colour, which is also one of the reasons I decided to stick with it, is that it has this ability to be calming, relaxing and yet also energizing depending on the time of the day. It’s such a soft tone that when the lights are low and you’re in the tub its incredibly warming and soothing. Then, in the morning when the sun is shining in, its cool and refreshing and energizing. It really is the perfect paint colour for a bathroom due to its ability to transform the room like that.
Another reason why I knew I wanted to stick with PARA paints was because of how well the paint held up in my bathroom. Before this renovation I actually didn’t have a fan in my bathroom, and despite this the paint held up really well and in the 4 years leading up to this renovation I never repainted it once.
In addition to getting a bath caddy made, there is one other detail I still want to add to the bathroom.
There’s an empty space in the corner under the window, next to the tub, that is just begging for a cute side table or plant stand. I haven’t been able to find the perfect one just yet, but I have idea of what I’d like it to look like. (Maybe that is the problem – I might just have to DIY it myself!)
Whatever I decide on putting there in the end, I’ll do another post to update you guys on that.
I’d also like to give a big shout out to Gaurdian Contracting Services Inc, for giving me the bathroom of my dreams and to PARA Paints, who was kind enough to supply me with the paint for my bathroom renovation.
(PS — if you’re interested in seeing what my bathroom looked like before, you can check out my mini-bathroom renovation with PARA Paints post.)
While I was given the some of the products mentioned in this post for free, such as the paint from PARA Paints, all of the opinions expressed are of my own.