BROOKSIDE OAK PART II: MASTER BATHROOM RENOVATION COMPLETE!

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Part I was all about the Guest Bathroom...Part II is all about the Master.

My clients initially reached out regarding renovating their Master Bathroom to increase its functionality. After 10 years of ownership, they'd only used the bathtub a handful of times & since the wife has an extensive makeup collection (one that would rival most professional MUAs!) she specifically wanted more style, better lighting and increased storage.

Done & Done. 

The Befores: 

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As you can see, even in daylight the bathroom was pretty dark due to its orientation on the back of the house & the little bit of good natural light that did come in was super hot (bright), which isn't ideal for applying makeup. With a countertop full of products and a basket full of styling utensils (blow dryer, flat iron, etc), adding more storage was key. The shower door needed to go. The shower & floor needed to be retiled. The bathroom needed some overall blush & gloss.

So we did some demo & started anew!

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Finishes in the Guest Bathroom mimicked the selections for the Master with the exception of the shower curtain and of course, the additional vanity. To keep the space from feeling too heavy, I decided to repurpose a piece of furniture for her new makeup area. We started out looking at desks and highboys, but either there wasn't enough storage or the dimensions just weren't right--makeup & products really need drawers for organization, not just open cabinets. When I stumbled upon the Heston Dresser from West Elm, it was just what I was looking for....and not only did it sit on a brass frame (yay for visual breathing room!) but it fit perfectly. She fell in love.

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Dayka Robinson Brookside Oak Master Bathroom Renovation Robert Allen Wavy Stitch West Elm Heston Dresser Subway Tile Brass Kohler 11:2015
Dayka Robinson Brookside Oak Master Bathroom Renovation Butcher Block Countertop Grey Cabinet Kohler Brass World Market West Elm Heston Dresser 11:2015
Dayka Robinson Brookside Oak Master Bathroom Renovation Butcher Block Countertop Grey Cabinet Kohler Brass World Market West Elm Heston Dresser 11:2015
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Dayka Robinson Brookside Oak Master Bathroom Renovation Robert Allen Wavy Stitch Subway tile shower Kohler Brass

Replaced that old door with a new, custom shower curtain (Robert Allen, Wavy Stitch)--who says shower stalls HAVE to have doors??

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Dayka Robinson Brookside Oak Custom Butcher Block Countertop Bathroom 11:2015

And again, these countertops. To Die For.

What I forgot to tell you in my previous post is that these custom butcher block countertops were a total accident...though a happy one. They weren't the original product sourced--I'd planned to go with the more inexpensive Ikea version--but when the client selected an undermount sink, which requires the interior of the countertop to show, we learned that the Ikea version was not in fact solid wood but a walnut veneer wrap, which wasn't going to work with the sink (you wouldn't see wood all the way through along the sink cuts). Fortunately I was able to snag one of my carpenters who is a beast with wood working and he maneuvered his schedule to make this last minute project work. And when I tell you the final product turned out SO much better than what I'd originally planned?? OMG. No lie. These babies are hand finished so there will never be another pair to look exactly like these two! Renovations take longer than you expect and there are always hiccups along the way but 93% of the time.....the hiccups are well worth the change in plans.

Even with the addition of 4 new lighting sources: the LED makeup mirror (sourced from a hotel she loves), wood bead chandelier and pair of brass wall sconces (everything on dimmers for perfect light control), we kept the walls Shoji White (Sherwin Williams) to ensure there was enough natural light bouncing around the room. My first choice for the walls was a light toned grasscloth (great mix of texture & finish) but just like in the Guest bathroom, the clients weren't fans of any wallcoverings or saturated wall colors so we ended with a neutral color paint.

And sometimes it happens like that in design--as a designer you can create a vision and want to see it to the end, but the ultimate say is on the client. I'm generally very honest with my clients and will say, "I don't love your preference but it's YOUR house and YOU have to live here, so it should work for you!". I believe that clients should know the professional's honest opinion and then weigh the advice to make the decision that best suits their lifestyle. THAT is what makes for an awesome designer-client relationship--taking the professional advice + rules & bending them to create something that works for each situation--Co-creation at its finest!

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Dayka Robinson Brookside Oak Master Bathroom Renovation Robert Allen Wavy Stitch West Elm Heston Dresser Subway Tile Brass Kohler 11:2015

BROOKSIDE OAK PART I: GUEST BATHROOM RENOVATION COMPLETE!

 

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This Brookside Oak project started out as a Master Bathroom renovation & quickly expanded to include the Guest Bathroom as well! To keep costs low, the major finishes were duplicated for both bathrooms (flooring, toilets, paint color, hardware, countertops & faucets) with small customizations added as needed for each space.

The Befores:

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Here's what we did: Nothing changed layout-wise in this space. The original cabinetry was in excellent condition in both bathrooms so I had each vanity refinished with a charcoal hued paint to create a modern, classic look. She fell in love with the bone & brass hardware that I selected for my bathroom renovation so we used it here as well which created a thoughtfully layered look--nothing here reeks of "cookie cutter upgrades". The real stunner, however, is the custom butcher block countertop!! *sighs* There are no pictures alive that can do it justice and while I'm taking credit for the concept, the beautiful fabrication & finish is solely due to my out-of-this-world carpenter.  I'm lucky to have a team of some of THE BEST & MOST DETAILED craftsmen and in this case, he knocked it out of the park. Layer by layer, this thing was conditioned, stained, sanded & buffed (3x!) by hand and you can TELL when you see it in person. The cuts/finishing for the Kohler undermount sink is one of my favorite parts of this project....because it was done to perfection. And while "cutting a hole for a sink" may not sounds like a big deal here's the thing: when you're doing ANY custom fabrication, every.bit.matters. It's definitely a measure twice, cut once kinda thing.  Every part needs to be templated & cut by hand and when you run your fingers across this sink opening?? BABAYYYYYYYYYYYY (Whitney Houston voice)!!!! It's seriously like butter. I'd bet my life that they are THEE smoothest & silkiest butcher block countertops you'll ever set eyes (or hands) on.

While I was dyyyyyyyyying to add wallpaper to both of these bathrooms for texture, the clients were not fans of wallcovering and since adequate lighting for makeup application was a must, the color palette stayed light to keep the bathroom bright & airy.

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Custom floor to ceiling lined shower curtain. 

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Vintage-style crystal door hardware.

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Skirted toilet (I'm obsessed with these!).

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That beautiful, perfect sink opening.....

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Brick lay subway tile to the ceiling + charcoal grout (always makes a huge difference!)

So as you can see, even changing a few things in this bathroom made a HUGE difference. Wallcoverings provide an added layer but even without their addition, this bathroom stands on it own due to the finish choices.

As I like to say, spend once, spend right. 

PROJECT HOME MASTER BATHROOM: PROGRESS PICS & BEFORES

 9 years later, my master bathroom renovation project is finally in full effect and I could NOT be happier. 
It's really telling when you walk into your bathroom and see this situation....

 ...yet only feel butterflies in the stomach & pangs of joy.

And even though all of my 200 bracelets, 108 bobby pins, 45 necklaces, 20 rings, 8 empty tubes of MAC lipgloss (gotta turn those in for my free product!), 7 hair brushes, 4 hair scarfs (black women who wear their hair straight must NOT go to sleep without that scarf!), 2 packs of foam rollers, various day/night creams, umpteen bottles of hair gel/leave-in conditioner/dry shampoo/creme, and overflowing basket of body lotions, soaps & oils are now strewn all across the floor of my bedroom....this place still looks the best its ever been. Because it's never about the madness that we DO see of course, but the fact that something is coming together in this space that I've only dreamed about for years. And seeing it finally happen is pretty sweet. This is not your typical $25k renovation--in fact, it's waaayyyyyyyy below that amount (did I mention it is "way below?" Okay, just checking.) But I'm spending what I need to (and saving were I can) to get a bathroom that at the very least, doesn't require me to usher my very own sister out of the space when she comes to visit out of sheer embarrassment.
Not to mention that a clean, updated bathroom will make me feel better and support my life in a more powerful way.
So all in all, it's all money well-spent.

Remember when you were young and got bad grades--or got in trouble--and knew you would have to go home and face some very ugly music?? Remember how that walk/trip/ride home was like, the worst ride EVER because you knew what was coming?
Well that's kinda how I feel about sharing these pics. 

Ugh. 
How it looked upon purchase:

The first thing I did once I moved in was remove those disgusting glass shower doors and replace them with this very high end, beautiful nylon shower liner (joking, people). The bathroom was so bad I refused to even purchase a proper show curtain--ha! And it was so so bad that I stopped using it for showers altogether about 3 years ago. I was just unable to make myself bathe in there--yuck.

After watching a few episodes of some random HGTV show (this was years before I became a designer, remember), I decided to try and strip the wallpaper in the bathroom myself which went really well until I realized that only the top half of the drywall was primed and on the lower half of the wall, the 1984 wallpaper had been applied DIRECTLY to the boards. If you've ever encountered this problem then you're fully aware that the novel idea stripping wallpaper in the entire bathroom quickly became a thing of the past. But instead of just fully pulling the paper off, I left it partially hanging. There's no good reason--sometimes I just do stuff like that. 

OMG and the floor. 
My carpenter's daughter came in the bathroom and was immediately concerned, because she thought the floor & wall coverings were staying...sweet, sweet girl.
Not only was the original vinyl floor 100% gross, but it was lifting all around the toilet, the look of  which used to make my skin crawl. I REFUSE to show you the pictorial evidence until the new one is installed, but...take my word for it. Gross. And the carpet right around the sink?? Jesus, Mary & Joseph.  Let me share this bit about my life with you--I used to dye my own hair jet black AND I did my own waxing for a long time so....having a carpet in this area was absolutely NOT a good look for me. No, no, no.

BUT....
..the ugly days are over. And we are now on the move!
I made a few changes from the original redesign bathroom plan I shared a few weeks ago (I'm always indecisive until the last minute), but you'll see all of the changes soon enough. ;-)
More updates to come!