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How To Turn Your Pinterest Dreams Into Remodeling Reality

updated May 3, 2019
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Ashley researched bathrooms for months before getting started on her own renovation. Between Apartment Therapy and Pinterest, ideas and images are everywhere you look. Ashley took design elements from several in order plan her classic bathroom with a modern twist. This was the plan:

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If you’re interested, here’s Ashley’s actual Pinterest board for the renovation.

(Image credit: Fabienne Delafraye)
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)

Patterned Cement Tile: The tile in the bathroom above (by Fabienne Delafrayne) is a showstopper — especially when it travels part way up one wall. While Ashley originally considered doing plain hexagonal floor tile — to keep with the period of the house — she ultimately decided to take the plunge and embrace her own style. She hoped the pattern will seriously kick up the wow factor.

Slightly Modified Room Layout: To keep things affordable, Ashley kept the majority of the bathroom layout as is. Even though the bathroom wasn’t centered on back wall, she opted not to change it — the plumbing costs were too much to consider. Moving the toilet was non-negotiable, however, and she chose to put it across the room instead, where it wouldn’t be tucked in the corner behind the bathtub.

Floating Shelf: A wood shelf serves a number of purposes. It caps off the tile wall, reducing the need for bullnose tile or edgers. The wood add warmth to the otherwise tiled room. Lastly, it’s a decorative feature wall that’s also functional storage.

(Image credit: My Scandinavian Home)
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)

Painted Clawfoot Tub: There a lot to love in the bathroom above from Scandinavian Home, starting with the clawfoot tub. Ashley decided not to install a new tub —either freestanding or built-in. Instead she will sandblast her old one and then repaint it a fresh color. The old tub helps the bathroom retain its vintage feel, and she saves a lot of money by using what she already owns.

Black and White Color Scheme: Although Ashley’s home was built in 1875, she describes her personal style as “modern, bright and vintage with a Scandinavian influence.” Almost all the rooms in the rest of the house are painted bright white with colorful furniture and textured or highly patterned rugs. She really likes a room to have a lot of black and white for contrast, with moments of bold color throughout. The combo is classic, and a great backdrop for many styles.

Accent Wall & Vanity Area: Against the blank lefthand-side wall, there’s just enough room for a small desk or vanity, which Ashley and Brian can use for bathroom products and accessories (and a mirror for all necessary primping). That same wall is also a good opportunity to add some color with paint.

(Image credit: Design Sponge)
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)

Subway Tile: This bathroom from Design Sponge blends modern patterned tile with classic subway tile, which Ashley will recreate here. While the pattern will cover the floor, white subway tile will cover wall space around the only windows in the room, and behind the new sink. The tile is both modern and classic, very affordable, and adds texture. Lastly, it protects the wall from water splashing out of the sink.

New Lighting: Ashley’s original lighting just wasn’t doing it, so she decided to rewire the electrical to add new sconces over the new sink, and add a large overhead hanging light fixture for some added drama.

Replace Fixtures: Part of the remodel included a new toilet and lavatory. A vintage-style pedestal sink replaces the outdated vanity currently in the bathroom, which opens up the space and make it feel airier. That old toilet comes out of the corner and a new model lives in its new home across the room.

Here’s the bathroom with its new planned layout:

(Image credit: Dabney Frake)