Guest Bathroom Design
I am trying to do a mini Guest Bathroom Makeover in the next few weeks. In order to keep on track and stay within budget, I created a mock-up – or a Mood Board. I am sharing the details with you here.
After years of designing for other people and years of flipping homes, you would think that doing a redesign in my own home would be a piece of cake.
If you think that – you would be wrong.
I struggle with my own home when it comes to design. I second doubt my second doubts. I stress over even the smallest of decisions. Honestly, it’s often why many of my projects are delayed, or worse – they don’t even begin. I wrote a post a while back called 5 Reasons Preventing You from Starting Your DIY Project.
Overthinking is #5, by the way. 🙂
I have already decided on some of the basics, or they are already in place.
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Oftentimes, I have a very clear idea of all of the elements I want to use. For example, I already have a white vanity that is in very good shape and it doesn’t make any sense to discard it for another white vanity. I will be adding some DIY changes to the present vanity to give it a more updated look.
I also already have a large silver mirror I will be keeping. It has some wear and tear, but nothing some Silver Rub ‘n Buff won’t take care of.
I have already chosen the sconces, the tile which will go behind the vanity and behind the silver mirror – and I have my mind zero’d in on a shower curtain. My issue has been the new countertops. We have had vinyl countertops in the Guest Bathroom for years. There is not a single thing wrong with vinyl countertops, it’s just these are not that pretty and I want a change.
You can see the countertops here in this older image of our Guest Bathroom Makeover from several years ago. (It has since been painted twice and is now SW Maison Blanche)
That is where the issues have arisen. I want either marble or granite. Originally, I had NO doubt at all that I would be having Carrera marble installed. Oh, I have heard ALL of the horror stories about Carrera. But, I have also walked hundreds and hundreds of city steps and numerous cathedral floors all over Europe which are literally covered in Carrera and are thousands of years old. It is beautiful and classic and timeless.
So what is the issue?
Ugh….our guest bathroom flooring.
Now don’t get me wrong. I loved this tumbled travertine marble when we installed it and I still do. There is NO way I will rip this out and start over, even though I would prefer a different look. My hubby is patient with me with these remodels – but I don’t want to test him. 😀
That is where my design plan stalled. In my mind’s eye, the grays and whites of the Carrera did not bode well with the browns and tans of the travertine. So what did I do?
The three huge boxes of white subway tile lay sat outside the bathroom in our hallway. Taunting me. “Make a decision,” they kept saying to me every time I passed by them – stacked so forlornly and alone.
You see, that’s my modus operandi. Ignore something when I am unsure. 🙂 Well, enough was enough. I wanted our guest bathroom completed before Christmas. I knew what the cure to my indecisiveness was.
A Mood Board
I had to get what I was seeing in my mind “on paper” so to speak. The above vanity features a Carrera style marble. I am still debating it, even as I write this. But, I think I like it and it will be okay.
I found a Quartz online that I was leaning towards, one with more brown tones.
While this may look good with the flooring, for some reason every time I see it I can’t help but think of that 1970’s countertop that had gold sparkly flecks running through it. 😀
The final step I will take for this design project will be to visit the stone yard and see what else there is to offer before making a final decision. The company I am working with said they could loan me a good chunk of Carrera to bring home so I could see it in person.
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What do you think? Do you like the Carrera? 🙂
This is why I think a Mood Board is always a good idea whenever you are contemplating any kind of design. Even as sure as I was of my original design in my own mind – when seeing it on paper I was able to truly pull all of my thoughts together and get back on track. I am excited to get this project started. Hopefully soon there will be an exciting reveal. xxoo, barb
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