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August 22, 2010

Absolutely Stunning Bathroom Transformation!

I completed this bathroom renovation last January for my client and shared it here on DesignTies, too. It’s so great through that I thought I’d share it again… I think you’ll love it too!

Want to see some BEFORE and AFTERS?!

Before, the bathroom was a reflection of all that was bad in the 80s – almond-coloured tub and toilet, flesh-coloured walls and tiles (both floor & tub surround), pork-chop counter and an ugly light fixture!

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The functionality of the room was hampered by a pocket door leading to the master bedroom (below: centre) and a linen closet (opening to an adjacent hallway) that ate up space in the corner (below: left).

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If you really must see the ugliness up a little closer, the photos above get larger when clicked on.

So… after a complete tear-out, 2 weeks of mayhem that resulted in a not-even-close-to-finished bathroom and the firing of a contractor, 1 more week of hard labour… mine, my husband’s and my brother’s (knights in shining armour out to save the day! More like “knight”mare experiences!! Geesh!), and another month to finish up the little nit-pickley elements of a project like this… and we have…

The After!

DSCF0301Note 1: The mirror is temporary – the homeowner will source out something she likes. I’ve recommended she look for something oval, narrower and taller then the one in the photo above, and with either a mirrored frame (i.e., mirror on mirror) OR with a simple chrome frame. Note 2: The print looks high on the wall but it isn’t, because: a) the temporary mirror is too-small so the line is off visually; b) the print it’s hanging the same height as the two on the opposite wall (reflected in the mirror); AND c) because the homeowner will be installing a glass shelf above the toilet where she’ll have taller items that will fill the negative space.

A closer look at the tub, tiles and beautiful chrome fixtures…

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All faucet & fixtures are Riobel’s Eiffel Collection. The mosaic tiles are a glass (3 kinds of glass), marble and stainless steel combination and they’re flanked, in the bath tub area only, by a sea green glass listello. Opting to ignore symmetry, I set the mosaics in two strips on one side of the tub only. The white subway tiles have a matte finish, are 16”x4” and are set in line with one another rather then off-set for a contemporary look. I did all the tiling in this room.

The vanity I designed and had custom built includes a linen tower that replaces the closet we removed – believe it or not, it provides pretty much the same amount of storage as the original closet while taking up so much less physical space in the bathroom itself! It’s been made in maple with a dark wenge stain and it’s trimmed out in stainless steel. The counter is a lovely pure white quartz. Patti’s lighting is so much better! She now has recessed lights (in the tub, too) and beautiful glass & crystal pendants that are set on a dimmer for some sexy mood!! The door to the bathroom is new, too… a simple shaker-style with a glass inset and painted in black. All of Patti’s interior doors will be changed to this style.

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So that’s it!

My work in this space is complete… the homeowner will take it from here. I’ve put my heart into building this beautiful, glamorous and spa-like bathroom. I’ve planned and designed, shopped and problem solved. I’ve tiled, painted, stressed and cried. I’m so very proud of my very first client bathroom, but I find myself wondering if I have what it takes to try this kind of project again. I learned so much. About designing, project management, client management… and about myself.

Now it’s time to reflect on what I’ve learned.

Butterfly This project is being shared with Between Naps on the Porch readers for Susan’s weekly blog party Metamorphosis Monday’s. Be sure to head back to BNotP and check out the other transformations being shared today!

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49 comments:

Laura Trevey said...

I am in LOVE with the cool mosaics!!

xoxo Laura

Gayle said...

Victoria, you did a great job! It's beautiful! Oh, how I wish I had the money and the know-how to re-do our bathrooms. They are terrible. But, with our oldest child being 17, all our money is destined for college!

"Yeah, that works..!" said...

It is magnificent - well done! All of your sweat and tears were surely worth it. A project like this does teach more than we can ever predict. Each project has its own unique challenges but just think how more equipped you will be for the next one!

Karena said...

Beautiful job!! I love what great changes you've made. Maybe they would love to have a work of my art in the space!!

Karena

Christy said...

Oh my gosh I absolutely love it! And too funny - that mirror is one of my favorite parts of the room! It's a shame she's not keeping it. That tilework is just gorgeous, and I love your explanations throughout the post. I certainly hope you decide to something like this again - I LOVE your ideas and style!!!

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

Simply stunning! It's hard to believe it's the same space. The cabinets look fantastic and those plumbing fixtures...what a treat it must be to take a shower or bath in that space!

Sarah @ Dream In Domestic said...

It's so fancy and elegant! I've never seen a bathroom quite like this, which is a great compliment, I'd say! I would love to get ready in there every morning! Great job!

xinex said...

Amazing transformation, Victoria! I love the mosaic glass tiles and the pendant lights..Christine

mbkatc230 said...

This is an incredible transformation Victoria. I've loved the little teasers you've been showing us, but to see the completed room - WOW! I know it was a sometimes frustrating experience, but you have to be extremely proud of this. It's gorgeous! Kathy (btw, congrats to Team Canada. I can't think of the last time I was on my feet for almost an entire hockey game, and now I'm going to need a manicure lol)

Carolyn said...

I think you did an amazing job-Sarah Richardson couldn't have done better!!! I am sure the first job is the hardest.
Carolyn

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

WOW. It's breathtaking! I love what you did with this room. I can understand why you might not want to take on another big project like that for awhile, but I wish I could get you to come to the States and do my bathroom next! :-)

Shelia said...

This is so beautiful! I love it and I want this bathroom! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Low Tide High Style said...

Wow, what a transformation! I love the colors you selected and how you ran the mosaic tile vertically in the shower/bath area! Really lovely!

I'm sure Patti loves the end result!

Kat :)

Destination Seaborn said...

Wowzer! That's quite a transformation! I love the inset mosaic tile and the dark cabinetry! Awesome job! Lisa

Allison Shops said...

Stunning!
Congrats to Canada at the Olympics.
Allison

Lara Harris said...

Wow! Bravo!Just gorgeous!

(on another note:I wanted to let you know I have 2 more issues of Flea Market Style that I am giving away on my blog:

http://avintagetouch.blogspot.com/2010/02/another-flea-market-style-magazine.html)

Lara :)

vignette design said...

What an incredible transformation!

Paul Anater said...

And it's another gold for Canada! Fantastic job Victoria, you do great work.

Michelle said...

Great job Victoria...bathrooms are so tricky...plumbing and a tight fit are the worst things to deal with. BRAVO...I love the fixtures you chose for the shower especially.

Best,
Michelle

Sharon said...

I had almost forgotten about Patti's bathroom make-over! But it was worth the wait:D
you did a great job!!

qerat said...

That is a MAJOR beautiful transformation.
Great job

360renos - Home Improvement said...

All I can say is WOW!! Outstanding!

BubBLeS said...

Absolutely love the mosaic tiles you did on the vanity wall and the strip in the shower! And those pendant lights are gorgeous too! Congratz on a job well done! (so how many days/weeks did you overrun by? :) I find it impossible to stay within timeframe when you're working towards perfection! :)

Ideezine said...

Being a designer really means being open to reinvent yourself as well as the space you design for others.

This learning experience has transformed into confidence for you and is now more valuable for the next project of life not just design. It's priceless, congrats, well done.....next!

Bette

Lisa Goulet said...

Wow!!! It is beautiful Victoria! You did a great job and I'm sure the next jobs will only get easier as you have this experience to draw from now! Patti must be thrilled....
Lisa

Vanessa said...

That's quite a transformation Victoria! I can't believe you did all the tiling yourself - great job! (Love "pork chop counter" - never heard them called that before:))

Danica said...

I can't believe it's the same. Victoria, Patti is a lucky woman. One she had you, and two, she now has an ultra-glam bathroom. And hey, if she doesn't want that mirror, can I have it? Heh, it's stunning.

Colour me Happy said...

Hey, after all that you didn't paint the room a colour? Just wondering since you've taken my course and all :)
Beautiful job you did Victoria, I'm very impressed!!

Sarah said...

I'd say this project was a huge success. This bath is certainly beautiful and an amazing transformation.

Kathysue said...

I love what you did in this room. What a wonderful transformation. I can only imagine how thrilled and happy the homeowner was. Great job. Love the way you tiled the shower area. It is so sharp and handsome. I love to design bathrooms, my favorite room to do. Great Job ladies. Kathysue

Brillante Home Decor said...

It is a great transformation, now modern and elegant. Love the tiles ans the lights. One suggestion if I may...lower the picture over the toilet or put two instead of one (like on the other wall? but vertical). Great job.

unique unique design said...

You did a fabulous job!! Love the choices you made. It came together beautifully. You must feel very satisfied!
marcie

Francine Gardner said...

i so enjoy looking at before and after story. Your bathroom is spectacular, cool, modern, tasteful...the in between story sounds like any remodeling job I have attempted (with the non help of a few fired contractors...)

Janis@White Alder[Home] said...

Way to go Victoria!!!!! I'm loving the lights, hardware, tile detail in the shower, the colours.......yeah I pretty much LOVE everything!!!
You did an amazing job and should be very proud!!!!

Susan said...

Hi Victoria,

Oh, you must be so happy with that project. Very nice and clean feeling with tons of storage for such a small space.

I love the glass tiles, the floor tiles and the shape of the vanity... nice job.

OMG ... I love to have a shower in that bathroom. The fittings you chose are fab!

Congratulations looking forward to seeing more of your work :)
cheers
Susan

Treasia Stepp said...

It turned out absolutely beautiful. Love this makeover.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You did a fantastic job here, Victoria! I LOVE that tile! On the mirror's wall it makes quite a statement. Sometimes these projects can be quite draining; pick an easy one next. : )

Erika @ BluLabel Bungalow said...

Whoa! From the tile, to the cabinetry, hardware, and fixures...I'm in love! GREAT JOB!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Oh, my...that is a stunning transformation! Love it! Linda

Mary said...

Wow, this is really high end and so smart looking.

I recently completed a bath remodel, but boy, this is stunning.

Mary
From Virginia

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Greetings! I just discovered your blog and have subscribed via email. WOW, this is some transformation! You really did an amazing job.
Best regards,
Gloria

Atticmag said...

Wow, Victoria the bathroom looks terrific. I'm just loving black and white. I think you are so right on with it. Congrats!

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Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

Oh my gosh, Victoria! That doesn't even look like the same bathroom! You did a fantastic job! I love how it turned out -- beautiful!!

Rene said...

What a gorgeous transformation. Love the tile and those pendants hanging by the mirrors are pretty great.

-Rene

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Love it! Wish my bathroom was half as nice. A big pat on the back for you darlin!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Victoria, you did a fantastic job. It's hard to believe it was your first major bathroom makeover!

In January you said you wondered if you could do another of this magnitude ... It's now August. What do you think now? Are you up for another one -- or have you already done one? Keep us posted!

Maria Killam said...

This is the way mosaic tile should be done in my opinion! Beautiful job!
x
Maria

mrsben said...

BEAUTIFUL JOB Victoria! Love how you added the boxed mosaic tile accent on the ceiling for the two lighting fixtures and the stainless trim to the storage tower. These added touches certainly personalizes it for your client, making it her very own. Wonderful!!!!!!!
-Brenda-

theLENNOXX said...

I love it that your repost these older gems, because I haven't seen most of them before. This bathroom is so pretty, I love the tile work (hat of for the master tiler) and especially the two stripes in the tub area. The mirror is really nice as well, but I can see why you suggested an oval mirror to break up the strict lines. Fantastic job, you've definitely got what it takes to do another bathroom project!

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