Before and After: This Formerly Orange Bathroom Is Now Much Easier on The Eyes

This bathroom was very, very orange, but no longer. The once-colorful bathroom still has plenty of color, just not quite as bright and “day-glo.”

Here’s the full-length version of the bathroom before, so we can see the pedestal sink and what the homeowner describes as “yucky” floor tiles, but let’s take in the full expanse of ORANGE. I kind of love it, actually. Popping in there first thing in the morning could be like drinking a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice while standing in the sun. Bask in the glow while you can, because things are about to get a bit darker and a lot more glam…

This is lovely! I don’t miss all that orange at all after seeing this wonderful transformation, created by Brittany of The Vintage Rug Shop. I adore the moody Farrow & Ball wallpaper—it reminds me of The Secret Garden and A Series of Unfortunate Events (the movie)—and the way the gold and black accessories add to the glamorous aesthetic while the bright white marble countertop and toilet contrast with it. The combination of ultra-sleek faucet and ornate frame is interesting and works well. If Brittany ever decided to go for an overall sleeker look, the frame could easily be swapped out.

Wondering what’s going on with the previous shower and floor from before? Brittany explains in the comments:

It’s amazing what cropping a photo can do. Re-tiling the floors and shower isn’t in our budget right at the moment, our house has so many other things higher on the priority list! I think i’m going to test out tile paint and cover the yucky ’70s speckled beige tiles in the mean time. Our contractor installed the vanity in a specific manner knowing we would have to remove it once the time comes to redo the floors.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to celebrate each victory and all of your hard work, even if there are still things left to do down the line.

This photo lets us further appreciate the beauty of the sink, especially that marble and its interesting cut (which works with the Gothic-lite look). Here’s how Brittany made it happen:

The vanity comes without a countertop, which I prefer anyway because I LOVE shopping for stone remnants… I found this remnant that was just the perfect size we needed for the top and backsplash. The remnant was $180, plus $500 for fabrication and $500 for plumbing and install. Fabrication is typically the most expensive part of customizing a countertop, and we chose to go with mitered straight edges, which takes a lot more precision and skill when fabricating.

For those of you who have marble vanity tops, how does that price strike you? I love the idea of handpicking a piece of stone to make a vanity that’s exactly your taste, but wonder if it feels worth it, price-wise. Regardless, it clearly worked for Brittany and the results are beautiful.

Finally, let’s appreciate this vintage paint-by-number piece. It works so well with the rest of the elements, and the glowing white towels are a nice bright counterpoint to its muted tones.

Thank you, The Vintage Rug Shop!



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