Before & After: A Bathroom Goes From Pinky Peach to Sleek and Chic

updated May 5, 2019
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When Josh, Lauren and their twins moved into their new townhouse in Washington DC’s historic Mount Pleasant neighborhood, they knew right away they had to change the bathroom. The retro pink, peach and black tiled bathroom, while quaint and vintage, was not their style. And in a smallish townhouse the room felt too busy and crowded. (Perhaps they also knew that once their daughters got old enough to talk they would fall in love with the bathroom’s perky pink: time was of the essence!)

So after a lot of research and a few trips to tile stores and bathroom showrooms up and down the dreaded Rockville Pike, Lauren and Josh presented their contractor with a plan. A perfectionist, the contractor worked alone and at a very slow, methodical pace. But he was a bargain and paid meticulous attention to detail. The new bathroom not only suits their aesthetic but feels roomier and lighter.

Details of the renovation:

• Wall tile: 3×6″ white subway stacked

• Floor tile: Lauren can’t find the name of the stone right now because it is in their backyard shed blocked by cement slabs being used for another home project. I will update the post when this information becomes available.

• Toilet: Toto Aquia Two Dual Flush Elongated

• Vanity: Duravit X-Large Wall Mounted Vanity Unit (18-1/2″ D x 31-1/2″ W) in Cappuccino High Gloss Lacquer

• Medicine cabinet: Robern, (24″w x 40″h x 6″d) in frosted finish.

• Mirror: Lauren notes that she wishes she had not had a little shelf installed along the bottom of the mirror. She says it gets in the way and every once in a while someone whacks their head against it while bending over the sink!

• Glass frameless shower (wish we would have made the handle to enter shower a towel rack, would have been an even better use of space) from River Glass Designs. The sketch of the shower frame is the last image above.

(Sources: All photos by Lauren & Josh)