Half-Bathroom Design Ideas

As I explained here we're planning a complete half-bathroom renovation. With cracking grout and popping tiles, it's time.

When I first saw the Montaigne vanity from Home Decorators, I fell in love! It's clean yet rustic, and offers the perfect storage, in my opinion, for a half-bath. I eyed this guy for over a year, and finally this past Cyber Monday, I ordered it... and then I measured.  This vanity is 22" deep, and we have 19.5" from the wall to the door frame. I frantically called the very next morning to have it refunded and returned (because it had SHIPPED already!!). They actually offered to take a further discount if I would take it, but it simply doesn't fit.
On to plan B.  After searching and searching for a similar vanity, I've decided to build one. Thanks to Ana White, I have a starting point for plans, and a source for legs, which I shared a sneak peak of last week.
48" Turned Leg Vanity
I won't be building anymore cabinet doors once I get done with the four I'm working on for our living room built-ins. For me, it's harder than it looks. More on that later...

For now, here's an idea of materials and products we'll be using for our renovation:

I'm still on the hunt for the perfect stain for the vanity, but I plan on something natural looking to accentuate the grain of the knotty pine.

After a trip to Virginia Tile, one of my favorite showrooms for inspiration, I actually found these great tile at Home Depot for under $2/ sq. ft. That's about 1/3 of the price in our quote from the installer. The mirror was a $65 Wayfair purchase, on a whim, that delivered the next day, and was perfect! I actually purchased this same faucet 3 years ago for our master bathroom, but when we installed it, the hole that the water tube goes through (P.S. I'm not a plumber, in case you didn't know...) was too narrow, causing water to literally drip out when turned on all the way. Needless to say, it went back to the store, and we still have our awesome fixture circa 1963 installed... one room at a time!

My plan for the plank walls is to take them about 3/4 of the way up the wall, then carry the wall paint above the planks and on to the ceiling. A fabric window treatment will be what pulls this room together, however I haven't found the right fabric yet. Usually I start with a fabric, but this time around, it might be the final addition to the room.

So that's where we are right now. We still have a couple of months before the tile installer could fit us in, so I've got plenty of time to finish the vanity. ...or start... Wish me luck!


  1. Love your ideas!! I've had my eye on the same type of mirror for my house, you are off to a great start!! I love your blog name too :) -Kelly the Lily Pad Cottage

  2. Your powder room will be great! I love your ideas.
    We just did ours last summer as well. http://theimpatientremodelers.blogspot.ca/2013/08/powder-room-half-bath-reveal.html
    But every time I see someone else's ideas I want to change ours again ;)

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