Thursday, January 2, 2014

Hall Bath Makeover Featuring a Custom Countertop

This project definitely evolved over time. At first, I was simply going to paint the vanity, change out the hardware, and add a new light fixture. In a perfect world we would gut the space and start over, but with all the work we wanted to do on the house before we could even move in...that was not an option. But when we started working, we thought of a few more changes that could be made that would help this space be more suitable for us until a complete renovation could be made.

We painted the space in a light grayish blue that matches the tile which helps the tile kind of fade into the walls. It seemed like the best way to work with the tile until we can rip it out. We also painted the trim around the window and door frames as well as the doors. We also ripped out the blue toilet and nasty floor vent and added a fresh white toilet and shiny clean vent. It really helped freshen up the space.

A new shower and bath will be great...but while we are waiting to take that plunge there is no reason we have to stare at the etched swan sliding door. We pulled out the doors altogether and added a curved rod and this shower curtain from Dwell for Target. 

A custom shade in this great fabric softens the window.

There was no mirror or wall light at all, so we added this vintage walnut framed mirror from Stanley furniture that is actually a part of our bedroom suite that we weren't going to use (which you will see why in the future post on our master bedroom). 

I found this simplistic yet modern light at a discount store here in Memphis.
The ceiling light is a vintage piece my mom had thrifted and set aside for me.

The biggest change comes with the vanity. My husband, who started a concrete company when we moved to Memphis in the Spring, created and produced this amazing counter top. It was a labor of love...and I definitely love it. We have received a ton of compliments. I love the thickness of it and its rough and raw characteristics that contrast the sleek vessel sink and faucet. We added the piece of walnut as a backsplash after we decided that the tile toothbrush holder and soap dish had to go as they were just so bulky and took away from the vessel sink and faucet. The walnut conceals the void in tile, adds another texture, creates a nice juxtaposition of forms.  I painted the base an ultra dark chocolate and added some simple, modern hardware from ikea. The rug is a funky, chunky wool rug that has a shag feel in a nice blue that again works with the existing material.


I love the exposed aggregate in the countertop.

The last little detail are the bottles of sand in the window sill. I have had these sense college, they are glass bottles, each filled with sand from different beaches I have visited. My sister gave me the idea to add them to the space and I l think its the perfect final touch.

It is not "perfect" but we do love the  'temporary final' which will more than do until that big renovation can happen.


  1. Nice job Emily! The countertop is gorgeous!

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  3. I know I will enjoy following all your improvements on this awesome vintage home as I too begin to dive into my first home projects this year! Bathroom looks great, you know me I'd probably leave the tile anyways! ;) I'm glad you are back to blogging it inspires me! :)

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    1. Thanks Karla! For some reason I never saw your comments!

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