White or White Oak?

Hey guys!  Sorry for the radio silence, but I’m back with a burning question.  You guys had such great feedback on the last post (and I’m behind on responding to comments!), and now I need your vote on which vanity to choose for the master bath.

The choices are . . . white:

master bathroom10th flip

. . . or white oak:

master bathroom white oak

I’ll be buying the vanities on Monday or Tuesday – in the meantime, help a girl out!  Which should we go for – white or white oak?


Okay friends, the bathrooms in this house have had me freaking out for weeks.

Seriously, I can’t seem to make a decision and stick with it – it’s driving me crazy!

Here’s the problem – typically we spring for custom vanities and they can be whatever/however we want them to be, but this time we decided from the outset that we wanted to try out the Godmorgon vanities from Ikea for all of the bathrooms – they’re an insanely great price, they have wonderful reviews, tons of storage, and they look pretty darn good.

The trouble is, while the Godmorgon worked flawlessly when the “crisp & light” design scheme I’m having a hard time making it work with my “rustic modern” design (click here to see the mood board).

From the beginning I’ve been drawn to the white oak option, or else possibly the glossy white:

ikea godmorgon

I think they have the best chance of working with the design, and to me they look the nicest.  However, all of the light fixtures in the house are black, which can work with these options, but it’s just a little tricky.

Here are some images that help me picture how the light wood/black/white could look:

inspiration for bathroom

(via Tribe Studio Architects)

inspiration for bathroom

(via Smitten Studio)

bathroom inspiration

(via Jilly & Mia)

inspiration for bathroom

(via Bo Bedre)

bathroom inspiration

(via Hare + Klein)

inspiration for bathroom

(via Regan Baker Design)

inspiration for bathroom

(via Techné)

inspiration for bathroom

(Ziporah Towels via Interiors Addict)

inspiration for bathroom

(via Amber Interiors)

inspiration for bathroom

(via AlterEco)

The black paired with the white or white oak maybe reads a bit more Scandinavian than I’d intended.  (Translation – does it look too cold?)  A darker stain on the wood option would really warm things up, but I’m not a huge fan of the darker Godmorgon vanity (I’m not sure it looks as nice).  It might be possible to paint the vanities, but I’m not really wanting to add that expense and I’m not sure how paint would adhere to the vanity material.

What’s a girl to do?  If I go with white vanities then I can add darker, warmer wood accents – or I can go with the oak and try to add lots of interest and texture with the tile, like honeycomb, contrasting grout, etc.  There’s a line of insanely awesome tiles at Home Depot right now that look like cement tiles, but that might be a bit too out there for a flip.

cement tile lookalikes

Does this rambling post give you any idea of how jumbled my brain is right now?  :)  It would probably make life a lot easier if I would just spring for polished chrome light fixtures instead of black, but for some reason I’m feeling like it might be weird if every fixture in the house is black except for in the bathroom.  Then again, maybe it’s weird to have polished chrome plumbing fixtures and black light fixtures?


We Have Drywall!

So I fully realize that this isn’t the most thrilling or thorough update in the world, but . . .

. . . we have drywall!


On Saturday the walls were insulated (at least all of the open walls were) and drywalled.

10th Flip - Before
demo, framing & plumbing


There are still some areas that need to be finished, and the tape and bed crew will come in later, but it’s starting to look like a real house!

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