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Our Comox Valley Bathroom Renovation



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Well, I couldn't help myself any longer. After a major top to bottom renovation on our tiny house in Comox in 2013, having completely changed everything in the house other than the "well, it's not quite old enough to gut yet, even though it was a bad 1990's DIY job, so why don't we save it for later" main bathroom, later finally came. It was a room that a lot of thought over the last couple years was put into. The demolition was the quick and easy part. The vision was to continue our mostly white and neutral look throughout the rest of the home and to create a spa-like space for our guests. Though we find ourselves using this shower instead of our own ensuite! 

We previously used the Delta faucet collection in the ensuite and kitchen, so to maintain constancy, we used the same series and finish ("Champagne Bronze"). There was a lot of back and forth on what would be the best flooring. It is a very small room, our home is a 1936 so we wanted to introduce a bit of character, and we were finding a lot of our inspiration pictures featured painted hardwood for a bit of a farmhouse look. We sourced some at a great price on Craigslist and then turned to our friend's expertise to achieve the best finish (thanks Chip & Shelby!). First, the wood was varnished a dark ebony colour, painted a few times with matte white paint, and then lightly sanded to show the dark wood through on the edges. After that, it was installed and then a finishing coat to protect the wood was applied. 

Our tiler, poor Tyler, had to work with our "charming" crooked character home's floor and ceiling. He did an amazing job and took great care in the shower design and installation. The white tile at Home Depot was a great choice for us, as you can actually return and be refunded for any extra tile that you have. Instead of returning our subway tile, we've decided to hang on to it for the next project (I can't help myself!). They will eventually be used as a backsplash in our laundry room. It's amazing how quickly you can forget the pains and frustrations of a renovation once you see and enjoy the finished product!!

Scroll through for more photos of our finished look and credit and sources for everything if you'd like to achieve a similar look. 


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White Subway Tile: Home Depot
White Hexigon TileHome Depot
Tile Install & Marble Sourcing: Bayward Tile
Solid Fir Hardwood floor: Craiglist
Help with painting Floor: Lilo Lemon
Electrician: Chris
Wall, Trim & Floor Paint: Benjamin Moore's "Navajo White" from House of Colour
Vanity: Restoration Hardware
Curtain & Curtain Rod: Restoration Hardware
Mirror: Pottery Barn
Lighting: Progress Lighting "Archie" Series
Plumbing Fixtures: Delta "Cassidy" Series
Toilet: Andrew Sheret
Patient & Loving Husband: Jakob Christoph
Oh, and shampoo by Davines from Lisa Schwindt Hair! :)