Good Questions: Ugly Bathroom Reno Vanity & Tub Help!

Good Questions: Ugly Bathroom Reno Vanity & Tub Help!

Maxwell Ryan
Apr 12, 2006

Hello AT,

We have big dreams for the bathroom which is original to our house which was built in 1947. We are going to leave the fixtures in their current positions. We plan to buy the toto ultimate small toilet, a new tub (suggestions on tubs would be helpful), possibly kohler purist faucets, subway tile the bathroom to the ceiling in the shower and then about 2/3 way up the wall around the rest of the bathroom.

We were going to use hooks for towels on the wall across from the sink/toilet and install a large frameless mirror above the sink and toilet. We were planning to recess a plain vanity (again suggestions helpful) in the wall on the left handside of the sink. For the floor, we found a really nice small octogonal tile in a shiny dark blue at a local tile store in Ottawa. We also like the penny tiles by Ann Sacks...

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What were are having major troubles with is the vanity. The home depot type vanities are so cheap looking. Where else can you buy these sorts of things, any online options? We would also like a modern looking one which is hard to find. Is custom the only option?

We would like advice on whether to go white or wood. We were going to use the abstrakt shiny white vanity from ikea but the size is too small for our bathroom and the sink leaves absolutely no room to set anything down if need be. We are going to use a regular style sink (not bowl) because it would work best with our small daughter (any recommended sinks would also be helpful).

Thanks very much.

Lise G.
Ottawa, Ontario

Dear Lise,

We can only help you with the color choices right now. With a blue floor and a smallist bathroom, we would go with white on the vanity, and only tile in the shower area up to the ceiling. In the rest of the bathroom we would use a satin or semigloss paint to add some color and open up the space. This will give you some good space to add color which will resonate with the floor tile. Again, with blue on the floor, we would look at the following color range on the wall:
and yellows for some real retro pop.

This bathroom isn't as nice is yours is going to be, but it gives you an idea of what we're talking about.

Anyone else?

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