I know, what a difference, right?! I really packed a lot into this small space, but also gained so much from this DIY Coastal Bathroom project! Not only did I continue to build my skill set, but I learned more about my design style, and fell even more in love with DIY!
DIY Coastal Bathroom Recap:
- Designing my Bathroom
- DIY Serena and Lily Wallpaper for $9
- Installing Board and Batten in the Bathroom
- DIY Bathroom Flooring using Cali Bamboo
So, this is where the power of design boards really came together. I wanted everything to happen pretty quickly, so I ordered everything in basically one sitting. To make decisions, I used Canva, and just played around with different options until I came up with my final design.
- 19″ deep
- Lots of drawers
- Countertop space
- Feet instead of solid bottom
This was incredibly difficult to search for! I was very limited by space, both the width and the depth. Most vanities are around 22” deep, but I needed one closer to 19”, which is pretty rare! I also really wanted a lot of storage options, including drawers since storage is always a struggle in a small home. Some extra space on the countertop was also on my must-have list. I get ready in the bathroom, so having extra counter space can be really helpful. The last thing I wanted was a vanity that had feet, instead of being solid on the bottom. Since our cat drinks from the sink, he sometimes splashes water behind it and I preferred to have the bottom open so that water didn’t get trapped down there.
There was only one that I could find that met all of my requirements but it was over my $500 budget. It was $850. Ugh. I kept searching and searching and never found anything similar, so I did end up purchasing it. I’m still very happy with the design of the vanity, but I do have to say that the quality is a little subpar for such a pricey vanity. The marble top is still gorgeous and I do clean it nightly with a marble cleaner. But, the drawer and door fronts have a couple of little dings and marks in them. The inside of the drawers have held up beautifully, but I think the doors/drawer fronts are made of MDF, and it definitely shows.
Honestly, if I were faced with this situation again, I’d probably try to build my own, but overall, I don’t regret the purchase.
Note: I see that the price went WAY up. Unless they changed the materials of the doors and drawer fronts, I definitely think this is overpriced.
- A pretty champagne gold
- No deck plate (or one that would remove)
We went through three faucets here. Haha. My poor husband. Our original faucet was this beautiful Delta one. Unfortunately, there was a clog in one of the lines and we couldn’t get it to work. We weren’t sure what the cause was, so I ended up ordering another option off Wayfair. Turns out, this was one was for Canadian sinks. I didn’t realize that US and Canadian sinks were built so differently, but it didn’t fit. We tried the Delta faucet again but couldn’t get the clog out, so I made a trip to Lowe’s and found this very similar, but more affordable option and it installed perfectly. We’ve been pretty happy with it, although it is difficult to keep clean.
- Gold tones
- Knob style
- Transitional style
The hardware that came with the vanity wasn’t the look I was going for, so I ended up ordering these beautiful ones off Etsy. They were pretty easy to install, and they’re gorgeous. However, after a year and a half, I have noticed that the gold is starting to tarnish a bit. It’s not super noticeable yet, but I will likely have to replace them at some point.
- Statement piece
This was another piece that I fell in love with! However, when it came we both gasped at how much bigger it is than I had thought. Lol, it’s really large and in charge, but I actually do still really like it. I think because of the placement of the vanity and mirror, it does work, although a smaller one may be better.
- Wood toned
Because of the size of the light fixture, having a smaller mirror does probably help a bit. I toyed around with the idea of using this mirror instead for a while, but I think the roundness of this one adds a bit more.
Honestly, my only requirement here was that the style of the doors matched the style of the vanity, which is shaker. I didn’t really want the bottom shelf, because it’s an area that collects dust, but honestly, it’s proved to be quite useful! I also added the same hardware to this so that it matches the vanity.
Laundry Shoot Cover
I love our little laundry shoot in the bathroom. It’s so dang useful! But, I wasn’t a huge fan of the cover. It was painted metal, and there were some old stains on it that wouldn’t come out. I decided to remove it and make a new cover. When I removed the old cover, I discovered that the walls were a very crumbly plaster, which made this a bit more difficult than I was anticipating. I covered these up with some pieces of plywood to make it smoother and keep the wall from continuing to crumble!
Then, I picked up these affordable frames from Michaels and found some prints off Etsy. I screwed in some hinges to the frame, then also the wall. This is definitely a two-person job since you need one person to hold the frame steady for you while you screw. I added a matching frame and photo to the other wall.
I re-did this bathroom in 16 days. I still can’t believe that, but it was pretty necessary. We only have one bathroom in the house, so it needed to get taken care of pretty quickly.
- Day 1: Finalize design
- Day 2: Ordering
- Days 3-9: Prep work: Window trim, wainscoting (measuring, pre-cuts, and wood prep). remove and patch behind the medicine cabinet
- Days 10-13: Faux wallpaper
- Day 14: Demo: Vanity (including fixing and painting a wall), baseboards
- Days 14-15: Install: Flooring, wainscoting, vanity/faucet, light, wall cabinet, mirror, hardware
- Day 16: Accessorize and Decorate
Then, I waited a year before re-doing the trim, which I did take my time doing and took me about two weeks from demo to paint. Still, not bad.
I will always be transparent about this part because cost is one of the biggest reasons I got into DIY! So, let’s break it down:
- Paint and Paint Supplies: $73
- Trim Materials and Supplies: $285
- Flooring and Supplies: $325
- Fixtures (Vanity, Light, Cabinet, Faucet): $1242
- Accessories (Hardware, Mirror, Curtain, Rug, Garbage): $325
Final Thoughts on my DIY Coastal Bathroom
Seriously, I still love looking at the before and after photos of this project. It just astounds me how much a small space can be impacted in a project that took me a couple of weeks and only $2250. I’m so glad I decided to go bolder with it. It really gave me confidence in my style and excited to see what else I could accomplish.