Birmingham Bathroom Beauty

Oh my this brightened my weekend. (And by the way thank you for all of the love and support to our family on last week’s post.  no words. just no words.  thank you)

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Ok so DESIGN.  DECORATING. That is what I do here;  As many of you know I offer different levels of help and service.  Some online, some in person, some more full service, most just consulting. I see a project once or twice and make suggestions and you run with it.  That works for me with my boys the ages they are and it fits the budgets of many of my clients.  Of course there are exceptions but this particular client had me at “little old cottage in Birmingham.” I love that city and we immediately hit it off and went fast.  She did a mini which is like $295 for three questions via email (maybe its gone up ask leslie at clients at hollymathisinteriors.com) but its specific  and very focused.  This girl took that little mini consult and did this.

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I dare she may not have needed Holly Mathis Interiors but I am glad to be a part.  It was originally a 3 bedroom and 1 bath house and the homeowners figured out how to make it a two bath with parts from the master suite and mudroom. The house was originally built in the 1930s.  Love that. This style fits that age house so well…most already have it!

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So how did this work? We emailed a few times and exchanged ideas and some pinterest pics of tile floors and patterns to attempt… She showed what she already had in mind and I think my affirmation and slight direction allowed her to spread her wings and make bathroom BEAUTY!

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The chandelier and original rock wall add so much character.  I love how each surface is different: hex tile, marble, subway, brick and I think some sheetrock. Nothing says “old house evolution” like mixing materials this way and Nikki and her husband and tile guy and cabinet guy did AMAZING work!  Those Kingston brass fixtures make me want to cry!

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Door from the nursery that they moved to bathroom….um yeah we are probably thinking the same thing… Bamboo shaded (privacy lined) stat!

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More sources:
The tile floor was a custom design from pictures we discussed. Tile came from Dal Tile in Birmingham. (White subway, black and white hex and gray grout)
The plumbing fixtures are the living brass from Newport Brass via Ferguson Showroom in Birmingham. The cast iron tub and sink were also through Ferguson.
Cabinet maker, Tim Pollard at Alabama Cabinets who made the bathroom vanity.
Wall color is Moderate White from Sherwin Williams.
The vanity sconces came from Mayer Electric.
The chandelier over the tub is something a dear friend gave the homeowner. The brass knobs on the bathroom were also from that same friend’s garage. 🙂
The door leading into the bath was the original front door to the home that had been in our storage!
The brick wall behind the tub and shower is the original exterior wall left exposed.
Thank you Birmingham mini client for sharing your beautiful bath!

Our bathroom quick fix

While we adore our “new old house,” the bathrooms are small.  Like funny small considering my husband is 6’3″ and is a big guy and I am not tiny. Neither are our offspring. But what do you do when your dream house has tiny baths?  {Master bath is 5′ x 7′ and kids is 4 x 8″, downstairs powder is like 3.5″ x 4.4″ I am not kidding} You just deal with it, after all older homes have quirks and you just say “one day we will remodel” and I think we def will but it wasn’t just the size. Also the color and age and condition of some of the tile. The house was built in the 1940s after all.  Enter Rustoleum.  And this post is NOT sponsored by Rustoleum this is just my PSA.

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I googled and looked on pinterest, as you do, and discovered this was hands down the product for the shower tile. I had considered Miracle Method and even called and got an estimate but it was $1500 for our tiny shower.  It’s 32″ x 32″ y’all.  There had been a leak but it was fixed and retiling a space a tiny space we didn’t love seemed silly.Decided this was worth a try as a bandaid until ready to remodel.  I could not find the Rustoleum product at my local Lowes or Home Depot so I ordered it off Amazon.  It took two boxes (even for our small shower) and I bought a mask for the hubs and begged him to wear it!

BEFORE

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This was the before of our master shower.  Y’all this is clean! It was clean when we moved in and my mom went NUTS on it (she is a cleaning ninja) with even more cleaning and it still looked like this. (and because it was clean and very roughed up and porous it holds the product great so you have to clean well first)

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This is a great project to do BEFORE you move into a house or while kids are on a little vacation because it really stinks.  We were able to do it before we moved in while work was going on downstairs with lots of time to cure between coats.

DURING (after one coat)

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AFTER

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My husband did this and he did a great job but he said beware the fumes are dangerous so wear a mask, turn on fan and open windows!  There are some great posts out there about using rollers and brushes but it isn’t rocket science.  You can do this..so glad we did and didn’t pay $1500 to have someone else do basically same thing.  And while isn’t perfect it feels clean and the bright white really helps the small space have light and not feel claustrophobic.

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Of course my other quick fixes include: vintage nude sketch matted in white, monogram towels, schoolhouse electric lights, my fave bamboo shade, oversized glass knobs from Home Depot, and a little marble tray for Waterworks (Joss & Main score). I am eyeing a marble topped “mail order vanity” to replace the current vanity!

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Floor and wall tile original as are huge but porcelain towel bars! Wall color is good ol’ BM REVERE PEWTER…clean and simple.  I think that is the key if tile isn’t perfect and things aren’t exactly houw you want just keep it clean and simple! I actually kind of love the floor tile even though it’s cracked. Old tile setting was so different ..very deep.

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 The light is the Schoolhouse Electric Otis with the schoolhouse shade.  I used this light several places in our home in hallways and baths.

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The room is so small I can’t even really get a shot of the shower with curtain closed.  It’s just plain jane white.

My bestie Camille (who came to see the new house yesterday..so fun to see her) recently did some similar paint slathering in her new old house in Abilene.  Check her post here . . . the before and after are amazing.

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She is more the DIY girl and she used a different product but similar results! Bottom line if you have a shower you hate go for it! I will share more later on what I did with the boys pink floor..simple white but its working for now!

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