Pamela's Creative Bath Remodel

Pamela's Creative Bath Remodel

Janel Laban
Jul 17, 2009

Once again, we are totally blown away by an Apartment Therapy reader's work on their home. Pamela added a link to her guest bathroom in the comments on this post about stenciled walls, and we quickly contacted her to ask for more details. She kindly complied...

My husband and I designed the bathroom. It's the guest bath area in our Eichler.

The space used to be two rooms. One was a very tight bathroom with shower/tub, sink and toilet. There was only an old metal medicine chest for storage. It had one small window, and was a lot darker than it is now. We added a window above the sink in the remodel, and it brings in a lot more light. The other room was the laundry area, really just wide enough for the washer and dryer. There was a small window there too, and a door to the outside that we never used. We closed off the door, and that's where the stackable washer and dryer sit now. Knocking the wall out between the two rooms has made the space a lot bigger, and more pleasant to be in.

The counter top in the remodeled bathroom is Corian in "sage" I think. I liked it's cement grey color, thought it added a bit of an industrial edge.

The sink is a Kohler "Bateau" that we found on a clearance table at Home Expo at a huge discount because it was a "slow mover." I have a taste for simple lines with a subtle twist I guess, so was instantly smitten. It think you can see from the pictures that the drain hole is off center by design.

The floor is cork. Since Eichler houses are so open, we want the floor to be the same through out the house, and we chose cork. It works well on the concrete floor as it gives a little "spring" sensation, and feels warmer to the feet than stone or ceramic.

The upper cabinets, now freshly painted orange, used to be the laundry room storage. The pattern on the glass is Emma Jeffs window film from, a recommendation that I found on! I used scraps left from the window in my studio.

The cabinet under the grey counter top is from IKEA. It's a Vinstra, and it wasn't in the bathroom section, but we figured being in a guest bathroom, protected from water by the floating counter top, that it wouldn't get much wear, or be exposed to much moisture.

The tile on the sink backsplash and tub apron is from Oceanside Glass Tile, in color "veil." It was spendy but we wanted something pretty for the accent areas.

The simple white ceramic tile in the shower enclosure is from Home Expo, also found on the clearance table.

We've replaced the interior doors in our hallway with four-panelled glass ones. We really love the extra light they let into the house.

We recently had a house guest who pronounced our guest bathroom the nicest he'd been in, and that included five star hotels!

And here is her comment about the stencil project from the original post:

We recently stenciled our remodeled bathroom. I designed the stencil, then we popped off to the Tech Shop in Menlo Park to cut the stencil on their laser cutter, which saved my wrists. (I've gone the exacto route before, and I cannot recommend it.) The decision to paint rather than paper was made easier by the fact that I've had to strip wallpaper before!

It looks wonderful - thanks, Pamela!

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