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Before & After: A Little Black & White Bathroom Gets an Update

We finally finished our historic townhome renovation! (If you follow us on Instagram, you probably knew that already, but stick with us ok?) One of our favorite makeovers in the house was the bathroom. Not only was it small and awkward (the whole thing is only 6x6), but it was also the only one in the house. A few of its many quirks included oversized sconces that prevented the door from fully opening, a toilet that almost touched the tub, and a tub that took up half the room. Also, it felt old. Not the cute, vintagey kind of old, but the grimey kind of old.
We didn’t intend to fully gut the bathroom because we wanted to keep costs down, but quickly discovered we would need to when we found some nasty water damage on the floor under the tub.
So, we started from scratch and took everything out, including the rotten subfloor. We opted to keep the original mini-clawfoot tub, but moved it to the back wall and added in-wall plumbing. We repainted the outside of the tub in Farrow & Ball Downpipe, and revived the feet with brass spray paint. We tiled all of the bathroom walls with floor to ceiling subway tile and dark grout. We replaced the old cracked pedestal sink with a new one, and swapped the two oversized sconces with one overhead pendant to save space. For the floor, we opted for an updated take on the old black & white tiles with a patterned tile from Home Depot.
We purchased our fixtures from Amazon (hint: ordering the trim kit and valve separately saved us lots of moola!) We found the round mirror at Target and the pendant at Restoration Hardware Outlet for $30. The turkish towels are also from Amazon.
By DIYing the bulk of the work and being smart shoppers, we kept the cost under $3k. For source information & direct links to the products we used, head over to the blog! In the meantime, be sure to follow us on Instagram @beginninginthemiddle.

To see more: http://www.beginninginthemiddle.net/before-after-black-white-bathroom-reno/

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  • Love The Tompkins
    Love The Tompkins Clarksville, TN
    on Jul 12, 2016

    LOOOOOOVE it! Great job you guys!

  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Jul 12, 2016

    WOW! I love it! Superb Job!

  • Cori Widen
    Cori Widen
    on Jul 12, 2016

    WOW! That is QUITE a transformation! You guys did an amazing job - thank you for sharing this!

  • Gavi
    Gavi Teaneck, NJ
    on Jul 12, 2016

    WOWWWW! What a gorgeous update!

  • Catherine
    Catherine Columbus, OH
    on Jul 12, 2016

    Thanks Gavi!

  • Deezie
    Deezie Stratford, CT
    on Jul 12, 2016

    Absolutely beautiful* love the new tiles. You both did such an amazing job***

  • Mary Montry
    Mary Montry Whitmore Lake, MI
    on Jul 12, 2016


  • Debbie Williams
    Debbie Williams Plymouth, CT
    on Jul 12, 2016

    it looks amazing great job

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on Jul 12, 2016

    What's not to love about this FAB redo? NOTHING! You folks did a great job. It is so "right now"and yet it kept that vintage feel...quite an accomplishment!

  • Sue
    on Jul 12, 2016

    Beautiful!!!! What a great job!!

  • Jane
    Jane Crestwood, KY
    on Jul 12, 2016

    This is perfect. Love your style.

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  • Danielle
    Danielle Statesville, NC
    on Jul 12, 2016

    Love this bathroom!

  • Margiealexander
    Margiealexander Greenfield, IN
    on Jul 12, 2016

    Fabulous one of the best I've seen

  • Barbara
    Barbara Statesville, NC
    on Jul 12, 2016

    Wow! You two have a wonderful eye for design.

  • Elaine
    Elaine Canada
    on Jul 12, 2016

    Gorgeous! I love that you went with a pedestal sink - suits the bathtub so well and keeps the look "airy". There's a fair bit on Hometalk that I just skip over but I just love this bathroom!

  • Marilee H
    Marilee H
    on Jul 12, 2016

    Beautiful job!

  • Ann M
    Ann M Maumee, OH
    on Jul 12, 2016

    It's just beautiful!

  • Anita K
    Anita K
    on Jul 12, 2016

    Gorgeous end results! Although it was an unfortunate "surprise" to find that the subfloor had to be replaced, you used that to your advantage with your brilliant reconfiguraction! Love the floor tiles, as well.

  • TM
    TM Alexandria, VA
    on Jul 12, 2016

    Great bathroom reno, love the new floor tiles! Beautiful.

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