Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Tiny Bath Remodel


Well, happy new year!  I can't believe it is already 2013!!!  There are lots of fun projects cooking right now at M. E. Beck Design and I will have lots to show you this year :-)
So, I gave you a little sneak peek of this bathroom.  It is a teensy little space off of a children's playroom. 
Check out the 'before' below. 
I actually really liked the original calacatta marble top but we were unable to salvage it, and it was the wrong size anyway.
So here is the new space!
We designed a completely custom vanity that was a better proportion for the skinny depth of the space.  I thought I was never going to find a base that would work in here!  That's the problem when you envision something before you actually find it.  There are lots of these plumbing style bases on the market but not in the size we needed, oh no, that would just be too convenient now wouldn't it?!  We ended up having to custom make it.
The coved corners on the custom carrara marble top not only offer an interesting detail but they also help with maneuvering around the tight quarters.
In this image you can see how the shower looked 'before'.
We had some space above the shower available and so we raised the shower ceiling.  This made the biggest difference in the shower.  The shower ceiling was previously at about 6 1/2', and as you can imagine, felt way too close to your head when standing in the shower.
We also widened the opening as much as we could and fitted it with frameless glass.  A wonderful and cleaner improvement!

I used mini subway tiles on the vertical surfaces, which feels appropriate for a mini-person's bath :-)  We re-tiled the entire space with a fun and forgiving octagon and dot floor and a new mini-subway wainscot.

In this angle you can see a better view of our custom carrara marble top with the coved corner detail.  Love.
We opted for some vintage inspired chrome plumbing hardware to compliment the vintage inspired space.
The lighting in this bath posed a particularly challenging situation.  As you can see in the before images, there was just a hollywood bar light.  We had to keep the junction box in the same location where it was previously because it was mounted in a completely solid concrete wall, and that was what our budget allowed.  So I decided a picture light fit the space really well and eliminated our problem of trying to find a light that fit just between the mirror and didn't bump the ceiling.  I think that it is charming.  I love the vintage details on the arms.
We wrapped the wainscot around the entire space, which is wonderful for wee ones and cleanability.  We also got a new toilet, as the previous one was brown :-/  What were our ancestors thinking?
I hope that you have enjoyed seeing this sweet little space for some sweet little kiddos.

I have so many fun things that I am working on right now that are keeping me busy busy, but everything is just mid-progress.  Hmmm...
Maybe a phone photo dump is in order?

I hope you are getting a happy and healthy start to the new year :-)  Are you a resolution person?  I'm not.  However, I did tell my husband I want to be more organized.  Isn't that everyone's wish?!

38 comments:

emily hewett said...

Love, love, love! The light is so perfectly unexpected!

Emily Hewet
A Well Dressed Home

Fletcher @ High Cotton Style said...

What a great small space! Love it!

Bathroom Lights said...

It is small but does it look gooooood. Anyway, regardless of space it is all about managing what you have, you can always make it work if you want to and if you know how to. Great job!

Monica said...

I am new to your blog and so happy to find you. This post is perfect I too have a tiny bathroom and your post has given more hope than ever. Stunning!!

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Thank you Em!

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Thanks Fletcher :-)

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Thanks Bath Lights!

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Welcome Monica! Thanks for reading :-)

negcurt said...

I know you can't share sources for many things, but any chance you could tell us where to find the print? It's great and would be fun to remind us of places we've had the fun of visiting! Please keep the 'afters' coming - I have many of them saved! Thanks

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Bria Hammel said...

Beautiful bathroom! You are so right about the mini-subway tile being the perfect thing for a little one's bath :) Great job!

Jane Ahlert said...

Maria, thank you for posting! I love your work and it's such a treat to see what beauty you are creating.

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Thanks Bria :-) and thanks for reading!

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Hey sweet Jane! Thank you! I hope you guys are doing well :-)

Taylor said...

Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Love love love! Negcurt - I've seen very similar, if not identical, alphabet wall art at Land of Nod online!

Alli Aars {You have your blog, we have Aars} said...

Love the pop of pink!

Frank Brandon said...

Great Pics. Thanks for sharing.
Tampa bathroom remodeling

negcurt said...

thanks Anonymous! Found it!

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Thanks Alli! :-)

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Thank you Frank Brandon :-) Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

As always, another great design you have created! I LOVE the vintage details in this space. Thanks so much for sharing your work. Super job!!!

Anonymous said...

Oops...the last postis from me, Cherie. :)

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Hi Taylor! Thank you :-)
Thanks Cherie!

TwoThirtyFiveDesigns said...

as always, fabulous...just fabulous ;)

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Thanks Allison :-)

bathroom accessories said...

i love the style and the whole thing that you did to your bathroom..i am loving it..thanks for sharing

faye said...

wow! the finished result is really great!<3

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Thank you Bathroom Accessories and Faye! Thanks for reading :-)

CawfeeHowse said...

Have searched and searched for that gorgeous light. Can't find it :(

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

CawfeeHowse, it is the Dorchester picture light for Visual Comfort.
Thanks for reading :-)

Lida Swisher said...

From a gloomy and boring bathroom, you were able to turn it into a fresh, bright and lively space! I absolutely love the new ambiance of the bathroom. It’s so much different! Great job on this wonderful remodeling project!
***Lida Swisher

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35034Thank you Bathroom Accessories and Faye!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

Perfect sink and base for that darling space...love the corners on it.

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Thank you Mary Ann!

Gabrielle Jeromy said...

It's so unbelievable! Space isn't an issue if you know how to maximize space and make every corner efficient. The new bathroom looks elegant and classy, although it's a bit lavish. I wouldn't mind having a bathroom like this in my house. It's so pretty and everything's perfect!

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Thank you so much Gabrielle! :-)

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