You guys! I posted about our 9th flip’s kitchen and then left you hanging!
I’m here to remedy that with a big ol’ post about the bathroom remodels at the flip. Spoiler alert – they’re all a lot cuter now.
(If you missed the first few posts about the 9th flip, just click here to catch up. Also, did I ever tell you that my daughter goes to school with the great grandson of the nice man we bought this house from? Such a small world!)
The house started out with really great bones – a great floor plan and all of the rooms were large and spacious, including the bathrooms. The master bath already had dual sinks and, way ahead of its time, a walk-in shower with a soaking tub inside. ;)
The vanity and the toilet/shower were separated by a doorway, so we decided to open that up to make the whole bathroom feel more spacious. We also decided to nix the whole “tub inside a shower” thing and just go for a big shower. Finally, we removed the linen closet and reoriented the toilet so that it backed against the wall shared with the vanity (hope that makes sense!).
Here’s how things looked during construction:
Top left: creating the walk-in shower; top right: choosing a grout color for the floor tile; bottom left: the custom vanity and storage tower; bottom right: the shower all tiled and ready for grout.
Since I didn’t blog about this renovation as it was happening, and it sold before we were finished remodeling it, I don’t have many “in progress” photos of the remodeling process. And, horror of all horrors, I don’t have professional “after” photos – I really do regret that. So, unfortunately, you’ll have to make do with my crummy “after” shots that do a pretty terrible job of showing you the whole bathroom. I’ll do better next time!
As a consolation prize, will you accept my drawing of the master vanity that I made for the cabinet maker?
No? Moving on.
So here’s how the vanity area turned out:
It’s hard to tell from the lighting, but the cabinets are a soft gray and the counters are the same as in the kitchen. We opted to add a storage tower between the sinks, which I think turned out great! And in person the inset cabinets are just gorgeous.
We had a few SNAFUs with the vanity lights and the mirrors, which were super fun (did you catch my sarcasm there?). The electricians placed the boxes for the vanity lights assuming that the sinks would be centered within the base cabinets – however, as you can see, the sinks are off-center. We didn’t catch the error until the custom mirrors were installed and the holes for the vanity lights were conspicuously not in the right place. So, the mirrors had to be ripped off the walls and re-cut, and the electricians had to come back to move the boxes for the vanity lights. And the lights that I originally selected didn’t give off enough light. Ugh. Not fun mistakes!
But on to the rest of the bathroom. The room formerly known as “tub in shower” became an awesome walk-in shower built for two (you can just barely see the second shower head on the right-hand side). I love how it turned out!
Even though we have 3 different kinds of tile going on in the shower, and 4 in the entire bathroom if you count the floor tile, I think it all works really well together because we kept a cohesive palette (grays and whites) and used a variety of sizes and shapes. I also really like how the shampoo niche turned out – running it from wall to wall gave it a kind of modern, seamless look.
You may have noticed that pretty much every tile we’ve ever used in our flips comes from Floor & Decor – that’s because I really haven’t found much reason to shop anywhere else. I’ve never found better prices anywhere else, and I’ve always been able to find exactly what I’m looking for in their inventory – I love that I can just cruise into one of their local showrooms and pick up what I need the same day. When you’re working with tight timelines, or you didn’t buy enough tile and your installer is itching to finish the job (not that that’s ever happened to me, ha!), it’s great to be able to just run in and get it all.
Now on to the jack ‘n jill bath! This bathroom is upstairs and is shared by the two bedrooms up there (which are the only rooms on the second level of this home). The bathroom had lots of personality and I imagine it was a pretty fun place to get ready back in its heyday. ;)
We kept the footprint of the bathroom the same, and even kept the original cabinets and wainscoting – the only real changes we made were to the finishes. We opted to keep everything feeling fresh with a big dose of white, and added a little excitement with the deep navy vanity.
In the remainder of the bathroom we continued our theme of bright white, with new subway tile and a refinished tub. Will I ever tire of subway tile with gray grout? Not sure it’s possible.
The last bathroom in our little tour is the guest bath, which connects to a bedroom downstairs. It was showing its age when we first saw it but, just like the jack ‘n jill bath upstairs, it was revived with some new paint, pretty tile and hardware!
The penny tile is clear the star of this show. We’d used penny tile just once before (and you can see the most recent time here), and I am completely in love with it! The only tricky part is making sure that your installer does a good job keeping the spacing consistent – the last thing you want is for the spacing between the sheets of tile to be obvious.
A fun little detail in this bathroom are the round bubbles on the mirror – aren’t they cute with the penny tile?
So those are the bathrooms at our 9th flip! Do you have a favorite? Do you think we made the right call by keeping the cabinetry in the guest bath and jack ‘n jill bath? Are you as in love with penny tile as I am?
This post brought to you in collaboration with Floor & Decor.