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littlegreennotebook.com · May 22, 2017

The Girls Bathroom!

The girls upstairs bathroom is finished! I starting writing a MONSTER reveal post with the shiplap tutorial included, but I just couldn’t edit it down to less than, like, 70 photos, so I decided to make this reveal a two-parter! This post is still enormous, but I’m hoping it’s a little more bite-sized! :)

As a reminder, here’s what the bathroom looked like when we moved in (and here’s the post where I talked all about the tile we considered for this space).

And here was my rough plan for the project:

There was only one sink before and all the plumbing fixtures were almond color (not exactly contributing the the bright and fresh look I was after here!). We tore everything out, including the framing and drywall next to the sink so we could put in a 60″ double vanity. Just removing the little wall already made the space look and feel so much bigger!

After we moved the plumbing, repaired the drywall and framed in two shampoo niches, we installed the tile I picked up from Floor & Decor. There are SO many affordable tile and flooring options at Floor & Decor! I used them a TON in my client work when we need to save some money but don’t want to sacrifice on look. The herringbone tile we put on the floors here is only $2.99/ft!

I thought a lot about the white penny tile or the 2″ hex shown here, but I think I always knew in my heart that the herringbone would win in the end. :) It’s just too pretty (and too affordable!) to pass up! It cost less than $120 for all the floor tile in this bathroom!

Their bright white ice subway tile really is a VERY bright shade of white and only costs 21 cents a piece! I wanted to run the tile up to chair rail height around the main perimeter of the bathroom and all the way up to the ceiling in the shower/tub surround.

We used their bullnose trim pieces cut down to 1/2″ wide to act as a cap piece on top of 1/4″ backer board. I like how it has a more squared off, stepped out look than the standard cap pieces that have a much more pronounced, dramatic roll. It feels a little more modern and fresh to me!

You can see here that the mirrors just sit right on top of the face of the tile. Since the step out is only about a 1/4″ after the shiplap was installed, there was no real issue with the mirrors sitting on top of both surfaces.

I went back and forth on grout color quite a bit and was all over the map. Did I want black grout in here? Maybe white is a more classic choice? I ultimately decided to go the lazy route – right down the middle with a warm gray called Cobblestone that I knew would be durable and practical. I also love that the Cobblestone color didn’t feel too trendy but also gave a nice contrast to all the white tile.

They have a MILLION shades of grout to choose from at Floor & Decor and you should always use unsanded grout for wall tile and sanded grout for floor tiles.


I think the grout color I landed on is just right for this space! The warmth in the gray plays nicely with the bluey gray vanity color.


I also love the bright white tile grout color with the vintage kilim rug we have in front of the tub.

I thought about having just one long shampoo niche that would run the whole length of the tub, but ultimately landed on two smaller niches, which cost a lot less money for framing out. And we used the same bullnose edge pieces to create the edging for the shampoo niches.

I LOVE the tile and how absolutely FRESH the formerly dark and dingy bathroom feels now!

(PS I’m writing another post now about the shiplap we installed here that will include more info on the plumbing and vanity, so stay tuned for that! Should be up tomorrow or the next day!)

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