The Before and After…

“On budget and on time” … yes! Four weeks to the day, our bathroom renovation was complete, and we’re very pleased with the result. We didn’t dislike the original decor, but after twenty-five years an update was definitely called for.



Our desire for the new look was classic white on white, and we chose bianco carrara tile for the tub surround, floor and baseboards, highlighted with a metallic and glass mosaic trim. Counters are a dark-ish grey quartz installed on medium grey cabinets, and all fixtures are now white. I still don’t have the window covering made, but it’ll come eventually. There are only trees beyond the window; it’s not as if we need curtains for privacy, but a bit of fabric might be nice to soften the look.



So here are the “before” and “after” photos. The serene white and grey monochromatics won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it’s what we were looking for. A fresh new spa-like look for spring 2016.

The next renovation will be our en suite bathroom, but at the cost of renovations, it won’t be something that’s going to happen anytime soon. Maybe in another year or two. Maybe.


My people will abide in a peaceful habitation,
in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.

[Isaiah 32:18]

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14 thoughts on “The Before and After…

  1. Darlene says:

    It looks fabulous. Very fresh and serene. The newer places here in Spain are very much like this. Enjoy.

  2. Oh, Carol. It’s beautiful. I wouldn’t want to come out of there.

    • Carol says:

      It was a relief to see all the small samples and paint chips come together into a pleasing reality. There is still some artwork to add, and a curtain to make but I’ve turned my attention to visiting family this week.

  3. Betty says:

    Carol, the bathroom is absolutely gorgeous. Makes me want to renovate something and put our own touch in a home. Your colours and styles are right up our alley. Thanks for sharing.

    • Carol says:

      Thanks, Betty. It was a surprisingly painless process. I wish we could afford to begin the en suite bathroom renovation now, but that’s not possible.

  4. Very nice! Oh, and you got double sinks!!! Excellent! I love the colour.

    • Carol says:

      After living with the oak, brass and green for so many years, a neutral palette really appealed, and the double sinks seemed like a necessary part of any upgrade.

  5. Jenn Hubbard says:

    A friend of mine did her bathroom in black and white, so that any time she wanted to change her color scheme, all she had to do was buy new towels and rug. She got a lot of versatility. You can do the same thing with your white and gray!

    • Carol says:

      That’s the joy of keeping the basics neutral, for sure. I’ve kept the old sage green rug and a few green towels to provide some continuity with the rest of the house’s greens when I need a dash of colour. But any other colour will fit, too.

  6. seekerruthyherne says:

    Carol! I love the new look, it’s so fresh and clean. Note that I noticed CLEAN first, LOL! We have 1 1/2 OLD bathrooms, but we had to do roofs and addition first, so ours are on hold for a while…. but I love what you did, it is gorgeous!

    • Carol says:

      Ha! It’s clean because it hadn’t been in use yet when I took the photos. 🙂 I understand priorities — wishing we could carry on and do the en suite now, but that isn’t going to happen any time soon.

  7. pastordt says:

    Oh, this is lovely!! Well done, Carol. You will love this for a long time.

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