Five years ago, part two.

Part two of my little birthday celebration for our house is devoted entirely to the bathrooms. Seldom has any home renovation project taken quite as long as these two did. We spent months and months and months working the bathrooms. Months of sleepless nights, gritty floors, cracked fingers, and tears of frustration.

We have two bathrooms, thankfully (I always wonder how people renovate a bathroom when they only have one…). The upstairs bathroom is original to the house, and the downstairs bath was most likely added sometime in the 1940s, taking the place of what was originally a butler’s pantry.

As with the rest of our house, we’ve kept all of the original walls, windows and doorways intact, and have only replaced materials when the existing ones proved unsalvageable or unsafe.

So! Upstairs bathroom first…

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As you can see, we decided not to continue with the Disney/Winnie the Pooh theme that the previous occupants had going on.

And just as a reminder that these things don’t happen overnight, let’s take a look at a couple of photos taken during the renovation process:

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Yeah. I can still vividly remember the moment when I accepted the fact that I was not going to be able to salvage the original beadboard (it was covered in rock-hard mastic that probably had asbestos in it, and huge sections were completely rotted). I felt like such a horrible person. I was convinced I’d ruined the house. Looking back, of course, that seems ridiculous, but at the time it was traumatic.

The downstairs bathroom was more fun. We trusted ourselves (and Google) to do all of the tiling work, and we really did exactly what we wanted to do with the space—including installing 8′ tall wood paneling and an all-black floor. Yes, there were tears (what can I say, I’m a big, fat crybaby), and it took forever, but having more confidence in our work and not being afraid to trust our instincts really paid off. I speak for us both when I say this is our dream bathroom. It’s tiny, efficient, and happy.

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I know, that’s a lot of photos! I’m still really proud of this bathroom, though. The upstairs bathroom had great original elements working in its favor (the tub, the sink, the radiator), but the downstairs bath was just…awful. Someone had done a terrible “renovation” on it about 10-15 years ago, and everything was either falling apart, leaking, or totally broken. The only thing we kept was the bathtub. I don’t even have true “before” photos that show the ramshackle sink plumbing in place. It was like a bad gas station nightmare.

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We felt like champs when we finished that tiling job (our first!), let me tell you. It took a long time, sure, but it was easy. We didn’t have any special tools or experience, but we forged ahead, and it came out great. Anybody can do this stuff. Sure, hire the pros to do your plumbing and electrical work (unless you’re savvy and sure of your own abilities in that area, which we’re not!) and make sure you get any necessary permits and inspections, but don’t be afraid to trust your abilities to do manual labor and to learn as you go.

Stay tuned for part three!

See also: Five years ago, part one.

137 comments
  1. ej215Jan 25, 201111:36 am

    Oh my stars, I never get tired of seeing the transformation of these two rooms! Your work — everywhere, but especially in the bathrooms — is tremendously inspiring. We are in the process of bathroom work ourselves, and I think of you often as we decide whether to try tiling it ourselves. (Will I be able to live with myself if something ends up crooked? It’s all I’ll see every time I’m in that room.)

    You ask how people with one bathroom renovate, and I can provide one answer: First, build a 2nd bathroom. That’s what we’re doing, in a tiny space that used to be the back stairs and a closet. And so far, our pace makes yours look blistering. But we will get there, and these photos remind me of (propel me to) that.

    Thanks for these anniversary postings, and congratulations.

    –Elizabeth

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  2. Abbey HJan 25, 201111:46 am

    Happy birthday to your house! May we all look this damn good when we’re 100+ years old. I’m raising a glass to both of you and to all of your hard work. It really paid off. Beautiful.

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  3. RachelJan 25, 201111:47 am

    WOW! Looks like our house! I should really update my blog with before, during, and after pictures. Thanks for sharing your process! I love seeing how things come together.

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  4. BarbaraJan 25, 201111:53 am

    I absolutely love both these rooms (my favorite is the wall paper in the upstairs bathroom and the fact that you did reuse alot of items where you could.) Awesome job, I am totally hooked! ~Barbara

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  5. Pine Tree HomeJan 25, 201111:55 am

    I really like the 1st bath as it’s an inspiration to me. I am getting ready to update my only full bath. Do you mind me asking where your floor tiles came from? beautiful…

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Thanks! The hexagons are 1″ polished white Carrera marble. We bought them at Fuda Tile in Ramsey, NJ.

  6. Rosa, CopenhagenJan 25, 201112:24 pm

    Ohhh bathrooms…
    One of the reasons I want to move. I have one bathroom, 1.8 squaremeter, tiny, tiny, ugly, ugly, no window, poor aircirculation.. I could go on. A job way beyond my capacity. And no possibilities to build another – I live in a small apartment.
    But dreams are free – I would love to have a bathroom like one of these. Such beautiful work.
    *sigh*

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  7. amy good houseJan 25, 201112:41 pm

    Lovely lovely. Your bathroom reno inspired my own – we totally used those white carrera hexagons in our bathroom – so gorgeous!!!

    How do you renovate when you have only one bathroom? After we closed on the house we had about a month overlap til we moved in. During that time, we did a few things to the house including bathroom demo down to bare beams. The day we moved in, we literally had:
    -plywood floor and untaped sheetrock walls
    -new bath with tile surround and working plumbing
    -old toilet, put back in place and working.
    It took us nearly 10 months to do the rest. We took lots of breaks in between each step, so we could budget each thing, and stayed at the inlaws while the floor was tiled over a few days. We also brushed our teeth in the bathtub for months and months on end.

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  8. MarthaJan 25, 201112:42 pm

    Perhaps you’ve talked about it elsewhere, but I’m curious how you painted your radiator. I seem to always think about painting ours in the winter (not possible) and in the summer fret over what will happen once winter comes and they get hot again. Do you have any advice on paint types—that is, will standard acrylic wall paint or even spray paint work, or do you need something special? And, can they be painted in place or do they need to be removed first?

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Martha, we had our radiator, sink, and bathtub refinished all at the same time. They were actually removed from the house completely. We had them professionally sandblasted to completely remove all of the existing paint/rust/loose enamel and then powder-coated for a permanent finish. The surface on all three pieces is really impeccable, and under normal circumstances it should last longer than our lifetimes. It’s not cheap to go that, route, though, and we probably wouldn’t have if it were just the radiator that needed to be refinished.

    We have a LOT of radiators in our house (you can see a close-up of one here…yikes!), and they all need attention. We can’t afford to have them sandblasted/powder-coated professionally, so we will most likely be stripping/painting them in place.

    Here are a few articles that I have bookmarked for future reference:
    http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,1639343,00.html
    http://www.ourfixerupper.com/painting-cast-iron-radiators.htm
    http://www.oldhouseweb.com/how-to-advice/painting-a-radiator-735.shtml

    Martha /

    Thank you for sharing the links, Anna. That definitely gives me a better sense of what it means to paint or refinish a radiator. Given that we’re in a rental, I might just have to move that from “maybe just possible” to “really really not possible” in the improvement plan for the place.

    Julie /

    Anna, I am so envious of your refinished clawfoot tub and sink! I can’t seem to find a sandblaster/powdercoater in the area who is willing to do this for my own.

    Any advice?

    Anna @ D16 /

    You can send them a link to my photos to prove it can be done! :)

    What reason are they giving you for not being able to do the job? Is it the size/weight of the tub?

    Julie /

    I think it’s because I don’t have a car or boat or something industrial-grade and they aren’t used to doing projects of this meager size. I’m going to keep searching though. And I’m going to send pictures of your tub and sink AND THEN if all else fails perhaps find out if your powdercoating place can refer me to someoen in my area (western NY).

    Oh and I only have one bathroom. Yes, this remodel is going to be a brutal process.

    Anna @ D16 /

    Wait. Are you calling auto body places or powder-coaters? Powder-coating shops should be used to doing smaller jobs like chairs or iron work and such. Make sure they know you want sandblasting and powder-coating. I don’t think people usually do that with cars or boats (unless it’s just a piece of the car or the boat) because it would destroy all of the non-metal components.

  9. EstynJan 25, 201112:44 pm

    Fab! I am inspired.

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  10. Beth @ the Modern HomeJan 25, 201112:48 pm

    I absolutely LOVE that second bathroom! The whole house looks amazing. Fantastic job!

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  11. HollyJan 25, 201112:52 pm

    these bathrooms are amazing! i tend to be a cry baby too when it comes to big projects, haha, so you’re not alone. i am so inspired by your do it yourself attitude – you done a lot of hard work that you can be very proud of!

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  12. Lauren @ chezerbeyJan 25, 201112:56 pm

    Well, I never thought I would see Pooh on D16! That makes the befores all the better! (That reminds me, my freshman roommate was obsessed with Pooh. We got along pretty well, but I finally had to draw the line at the motorized “skiing Pooh” that came out at Christmas.)

    But anyway, such a transformation! I’m scheming about ways to tuck a second bathroom in our basement and I love that small wall mounted sink.

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Well, I do love the original Winnie the Pooh books, but I draw the line before anything Disney-related! Something tells me Milne would not have approved of a motorized “skiing Pooh”. ;)

    Siobhan /

    I was wondering if Pooh had drawn you a bath.

    Anna @ D16 /

    Can you believe the tub was full when we came to look at the house? The renters had NO idea we were coming (with our agent), even though the seller’s agent was supposed to tell them. The woman was wearing a robe and was about to get in the bath.

    I felt like a jerk, for sure!

  13. carenJan 25, 201112:59 pm

    I love the new flooring (but also know how you feel about disturbing the original). I have a tiny bathroom, which I already updated but needs some finishing decor work. I have been toying with the idea of painting the walls white, and after seeing this glowing room I think I shall! Also, love that you wallpapered a portion of the walls … I may steal this idea!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Sadly, there was no original flooring in either bathroom for us to even contemplate destroying (it was the beadboard on the walls that I was sad about having to replace)! I do wonder what kind of floor the upstairs bath originally had—probably some sort of white mosaic. All-white bathrooms were standard during the late 1800s, and were seen as being “sanitary”.

  14. AnnJan 25, 20111:11 pm

    Hello. Beautiful renovations. I’m wondering about the flooring in the second bathroom. I’m assuming that is not tile and is a rubbery kind of industrial sheet flooring. But, the real question is how is that flooring to clean? i’ve often found that style appealing but thought it might be a pain to clean.

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    Anna @ D16 /

    It’s tile! Black ceramic pennyrounds with black grout. Not hard to clean at all—I just give it a quick mopping once a week. No special care needed!

    You can read more about the bathroom floor here. :)

  15. CariStereoJan 25, 20111:13 pm

    Just incredible. I can’t even imagine knowing where to begin on something like this, or having the kind of vision you do to make the end result so beautiful. You have to be hugely proud of our accomplishments!

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  16. Dan @ Manhattan NestJan 25, 20111:15 pm

    Absolutely amazing and so perfect. Both of these rooms are just so gorgeous, you two have a LOT to be proud of. These retrospective posts are so much fun!

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  17. deanJan 25, 20111:18 pm

    holy crap, anna, you guys are amazing.

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  18. ArlieJan 25, 20111:20 pm

    My mouth is hanging open right now in amazement! Seriously, I can’t imagine how satisfying this must be for you. No time in my near future but one day I’d love to buy a house and fix it up. You are a mighty inspiration, lady! Have you thought about making all of this into a book?

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    Anna @ D16 /

    No book. That’s what the blog is for! I don’t understand the current rash of books by bloggers that basically summarize the content of their blogs. Also, I’m not interested in monetizing my house in any way — and that includes books, magazine, or anything else for profit.

    I appreciate the spirit of your comment, though! I’m flattered that you find the renovations inspiring (hooray for fixing up old houses!!), and that you’d even consider paying to read something I wrote. ;)

    Arlie /

    Cheers to that! I’m definitely a new follower so I’m still catching on to your intentions (besides accomplishing amazing renovations and lovely commentary on New York). One of the first things I noticed on your blog was the no ad policy and I think that’s wonderful :)

  19. JennieJan 25, 20111:22 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about both of these bathrooms. Gorgeous! We completed our first DIY bathroom reno last year, and it’s an experience I’ll never forget (showering in the dank, spider infested basement for 3 months *shudder*, discovering crumbling plumbing and live wires nearly touching the shower pipe). It feels so good when it’s done!

    You mention that you’ve left all of your original walls in tact…I’m curious about the insulation situation. I’d love to avoid gutting rooms when possible, but am a little unsure about doing blown-in insulation ourselves. Have you added any insulation since you’ve moved in?

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Oh, what I meant by leaving walls intact is that we haven’t moved or demolished any. There were a few instances where we needed to remove the plaster and replace it with sheetrock or cementboard (like in the kitchen behind the sink), but we’ve tried to preserve the plaster as much as possible.

    We insulated the lower half of the exterior walls in both bathrooms because those parts of walls needed to be opened up anyway, but other than that, we haven’t added any insulation to the house. I don’t know if we’re intrepid enough to attempt blowing in insulation ourselves, but maybe it’ll be a possibility in the future when we have a little more cash!

  20. Bethany JoyJan 25, 20111:52 pm

    LOVE the bathrooms. Was the original sing refinished? We have an old one with lots of corrosion and rust.

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Yes—see my reply to Martha above for more info. :)

  21. ReidunnJan 25, 20112:05 pm

    Amazing renovation Anna!
    Your before and after posts make it so easy to see the impressive amount of work that has been put into your great house.

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  22. ReganJan 25, 20112:54 pm

    Hey Anna! I know that you removed and then refinished the claw foot tub off site, but did you do the same to the tub in the other bathroom? Please tell me you didn’t remove that tub. Please. We have the same kind of tub (ours is in yellow, which was lovely and fine until a plumber scratched it up and dripped soldering stuff all over it) and I am not sure if I have the emotional wherewithal to deal with removing a tub. Or was the tub in good shape to begin with?

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    Anna @ D16 /

    No, we didn’t remove the tub in the downstairs bathroom, but I kind of wish we had sent it out to be refinished (it’s not a clawfoot, but it’s a deep cast iron ’40s tub). The tub had been painted (inside and out) with acrylic paint, which I was able to painstakingly remove, but the enamel is very dull and badly etched from years of wear. There is also a bad rust mark from years of dripping water. Because of financial constraints, we decided to leave the tub as-is for the time being. At some point I will probably try to touch up the rusted spot with an enamel repair kit just to make it look a little better. You can see the rust here:

    I’m curious about your bathtub since you said it’s yellow, though. Are you sure yours is cast iron? If it’s porcelain, you won’t be able to have it sandblasted/powder-coated anyway, in which case you might want to look into on-site epoxy refinishing (get LOTS of references, and know that the finish will need special care!).

    Regan /

    huh. good point! I have no idea what it is. I just always assumed the tub was cast iron with some sort of enamel coating. I really have no idea, to be honest! The house was built in 1953 with one of those very common yellow tubs in the bathroom. I totally dig the yellow because, really, it’s not all that bad….except for the horribleness inflicted by the plumber. You are champ for answering all our inquiries. Thanks!

  23. erin@designcrisisJan 25, 20112:57 pm

    Your bathroom renovations are the stick by which all other renovations are measured. All of them.

    No joke.

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Dudes, coming from you, that is the compliment of compliments. Thank you, Erin!

  24. lizzieJan 25, 20112:59 pm

    amazing. you did a brilliant job with the renovations! it looks so much cleaner and neater…

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  25. AmyJan 25, 20113:14 pm

    Anna…I love love love both bathrooms!!!

    I really love the lighting fixtures in the down stairs bathroom!! Where did you find those??

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    Anna @ D16 /

    They’re from Schoolhouse Electric. You can find all of the sources and links for everything in the downstairs bathroom in this post. :)

    Amy /

    Thank You!!!

    Now how would you like a trip to sunny Florida in the dead of winter to help me with my bathroom?? : )

  26. jennifer in sfJan 25, 20113:47 pm

    Jeez. I’d forgotten how awesome your bathrooms are (which seems like a weird thing to say, but whatever!). Especially the downstairs one. Totally amazing.

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  27. kattiaJan 25, 20113:51 pm

    Omg! I want a house to remodel. you did an amazing job congrats !!!

    Also i recently made vegan sugar cookies you can see the recipe here.

    http://www.sanfranciscomysong.com/2011/01/vegan-sugar-cookies.html

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  28. danielleJan 25, 20113:51 pm

    wowza. These are incredible!

    They are also bringing back the memories of reno-ing our bathroom. I need a cup of coffee to even think about it! You are right, it is all do-able, but something about the small space and the amount of work — I think bath remodels have a bit more tear potential.

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  29. AliciaJan 25, 20114:01 pm

    If only your patience, dedication and attention to detail could be shared and swallowed in pill form. My admiration of what you’ve done is endless!! Love your blog so much, Anna. :)

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  30. PamDammageJan 25, 20114:29 pm

    Good God, Great Work! You’ve done an amazing job. I’m sorry it made you cry, but at least you get to celebrate your success here! Good luck with your future projects, and thanks for cataloging your work and resources here. It’s worth a lot.

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  31. Kati at sohappyhome.comJan 25, 20114:52 pm

    I’ve only recently found your blog, but the first image of your finished bath inspired my own renovation! I remember the image, but I have no idea where I saw it… but it absolutely influenced my choices. I love how you’ve mixed classic and period appropriate with fresh, modern fixtures. Most excellent work. Most excellent indeed. Thanks, again, for the inspiration!

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  32. AnnieJan 25, 20115:11 pm

    Beautiful work! Very inspiring and also something to be really proud of! You ever think about using apothecary jars to carry through with the age of the home or add a nod to vintage?

    http://www.amazon.com/Glass-Apothecary-Storage-Jars-Canisters/dp/B002YBLUT8

    These made me come back to your blog to share! I may be wayyyyy late on this but I thought I’d share anyways!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Thanks, Annie! I am definitely proud. :)

    Because my house is so old and has so much vintage character already, I tend to gravitate toward more modern designs when it comes to décor for the most part…I like the contrast of old and new. When it comes to vintage goods, though, I much prefer the real deal over things designed to look old. If you’re looking for apothecary jars, try these on for size!

    Annie /

    I totally get it. None of my furniture or accessories have any nod to the style of my house either. Thanks for the link!!! I’ve been looking for some to add some contrasting color to my bathroom by adding some cool apothecary bottles with salts and liquids. My bathroom is all sorts of pastel pink and yellow. It needs a makeover so bad.

  33. Lonely Wife ProjectJan 25, 20115:39 pm

    Wow! I think I love everything about both those bathrooms, particularly, the black tiles, black ceiling, claw foot tub and the wallpaper. All your work paid off beautifully. Thanks for sharing these amazing before and afters on your house anniversary.

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  34. sandraJan 25, 20115:52 pm

    HAPPY 5th anna & co!!! i just started my (2nd) ‘journey’ and hope to have as much patience as you’re having (although i gave up tonight and instead of whining i had some beer and food). kram!

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  35. Rachel KayJan 25, 20115:54 pm

    Wow, I hope you are incredibly proud of all the hard work you have done, the results are just beautiful! How do you ever leave that house! I would just want to roam around it all day beaming with pride :)

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  36. HeatherJan 25, 20116:08 pm

    beautiful! i adore your downstairs bathroom. it’s in my “inspirations” folder!

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  37. Kitchen Design IdeasJan 25, 20117:46 pm

    What an amazing remodel!

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  38. elissa, ebb & flowJan 25, 20118:54 pm

    both spaces turned out incredible. the during shots are a little terrifying, i’ll admit. i would definitely be standing beside you crying in those moments!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    It’s a little like being awake for your own surgery at times!!

  39. cyJan 25, 20119:01 pm

    Hi Anna, love your blog, your house, your taste. Wonder if you can tell me how you got your little corner sink so clean? Did you do that yourself? Or did you send that out too? And if so, can you share your contact? I have an old tub that’s just too heavy to send anywhere, let alone take down my old stairs. Would love to know how to get it cleaned/redone in place….. Thank you! cy –

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Yes, I had the sink, tub, and radiator sandblasted and powder-coated all at the same time. Check my comment above in reply to Martha for more info…it’s not something that can be done on-site.

    This is the place that did our work. We paid them to pick up and redeliver, though we had to have our plumber do the disconnect/reconnect.

  40. me @{life or something...}Jan 25, 20119:02 pm

    i love both washrooms. love.

    i have a question though – it might be a silly question – but how do you shower without a curtain and not get everything wet?? i wish i had that talent.

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    Anna @ D16 /

    We don’t shower in the upstairs bathroom, actually. There’s a hand-sprayer for rinsing off after a bath, but we don’t have a pole with a regular shower head or anything. The water doesn’t blast out with a hand-sprayer (similar to pouring a cup of water over your head), so it’s very easy to keep the water contained. No special talent needed. :)

  41. KathleenJan 25, 20119:09 pm

    I first started reading your blog during the upstairs bathroom renovation – it’s fun to feel like I was along for the ride.

    I think I might tackle our bathroom sometime within the next year – but I remember when we first started remodeling our home I was terrified at the thought of seeing anymore of the guts to our home.

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    Anna @ D16 /

    House guts still make me sad and nervous. It’s REALLY satisfying to shop-vac behind walls, though!!

  42. ClareJan 25, 20119:25 pm

    Oh, this is so, so inspiring. We have bought a small terrace house built in 1898 (bearing in mind I’m in Australia, so our house is older than our nation). It is in quite decent condition, with the exception of the sleepout/ second bathroom and garden. But I am saving money to redo the bathrooms. We currently have one terrifying, unrenovated space with only a shower and a toilet (no handbasin, oddly, though there is certainly plenty of room for one) and a renovated combined bathroom/ laundry.

    I plan to to remove the ‘laundry’ part of the renovated bathroom, put in a bath (which we don’t have), and turn the second bathroom into a laundry + toilet. For my birthday this week my partner bought me a hundred-year-old cast iron bath he found in the classifieds. Currently it is sitting in the backyard. Problem is we need to the money to renovate both spaces at the same time, else we’ll be left without a laundry for an unspecified time.

    Anyway, it is extremely inspiring to see old bathroom renos, and to find out that they are part-DIY. And possible. And that they really do happen (I feel like that bath is going to be in the backyard forever right now…).

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  43. dagmagJan 25, 20119:51 pm

    My God, you have excellent taste! Looking back at these bathroom remodels reminds me of the awesome powers of black (walls, floor, accents…!) I hold you responsible for the black wall in my dining room :)

    Truly remarkable renovations, Anna. I’m so glad you did this before/after story!

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  44. KateJan 25, 20119:55 pm

    Incredible renovations! You all must be so pleased with the result!

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  45. VanessaJan 25, 201110:50 pm

    Looks great! Makes me wish I could renovate my dumb bathrooms :(

    One question… where did you find the mirror in your upstairs bathroom? I too have a sink that’s placed in a corner and it’s been difficult finding a mirror that works on a diagonal.

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    Anna @ D16 /

    I got the mirror (which is very tall and has a nice, deep cabinet!) at IKEA, but it’s since been discontinued, unfortunately.

  46. ErinJan 25, 201111:29 pm

    Your bathrooms look amazing. I love how clean and simple they are. Very nice. I don’t know if I could do it on my own.

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  47. ChristineJan 26, 20115:38 am

    Wow, so impressive! It’s really inspiring to see what you have achieved, and I’m in awe over the fact that you have done it all yourself. I like your style, and have picked up lots of inspiration and tips from reading your blog. Thanks you for sharing all this!

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  48. DebbieJan 26, 20115:56 am

    Anna…I *just* found you thanks to Todays Creative Blog. WOW girl! WOW! I am kinda, somewhat a “neighbor” to you in Albany, NY and have a stepdaughter that lives in Newburgh. I *LOVE* looking at all of your before and after pictures! Your VISION! Honestly the only thing I can say is WOW! I *love* your style and will be checking you out again!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Cool! Is your stepdaughter in the City or Town of Newburgh? (I’m in the City.)

  49. SallaJan 26, 20116:30 am

    You are my hero.

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  50. Madigan at madiganmadeJan 26, 20116:34 am

    Wow, what a transformation! You bath is stunning!
    I found your blog via Today’s Creative Blog… looks like you were spotlighted today!

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  51. creole wisdomJan 26, 20118:16 am

    I found you through Today’s Creative Blog and I really like your decorating/DIY style :)

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  52. SamanthaJan 26, 20118:26 am

    Visiting from Today’s Creative Blog – wow, what a transformation in your bathrooms! I am liking your style for sure! My favorite is the black floor in the bathroom.

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  53. Mariela RamosJan 26, 20118:59 am

    Amazing renovation, love your bathroom.

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  54. bridgetJan 26, 20119:02 am

    wow. amazing. you have such vision!

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  55. AshleyJan 26, 201110:25 am

    Loved these images when you first shared them, and love them even more now. The end results are beyond gorgeous. I hope you didn’t have to live with the Pooh wallpaper border for too long…yikes!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    It was attached to the wall with Scotch tape (!), so it was pretty easy to take down. ;)

  56. Frau MayerJan 26, 201111:23 am

    These pictures make me want to type ‘amazing’ 198776 times in a row. You put so much love into every detail – and those tiles, oh, those tiles!

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  57. JenJan 26, 201111:26 am

    Wow-the claw-foot tub is amazing-love the sculptural quality of the radiator in the bathroom-and mmmm the black tile floor…LOVE IT! Lots of work-great job!

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  58. ShannonJan 26, 201112:39 pm

    Anna, I LOVE that you take the time to answer people’s questions on your blog and interact with your readers. I know that takes a lot of time, but thank you so much. I *hate* it when I ask a question and the author never bothers to respond.

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Go easy on bloggers if they don’t answer your questions! I think most often it’s less about not caring than it is simply not having the time to reply to everyone. I’m sure there are questions that I miss or forget to reply to, but it’s not due to anything other than being human and having very limited free time.

    I’m just relieved when people (a) check the comments to see if their question has already been answered, and (b) ask the question on the blog rather than emailing me to ask…that way others can see my reply, too!

    verhext /

    True, but I have to say that some of your thoughtful responses stood out to me on this post. But I’m kind of irritable today so you seem like a saint. ;D

    I love your bathrooms. I’m going to come live in them. Tub gnome.

  59. coralJan 26, 20111:10 pm

    what a fun walk down memory lane – I think you were working on your upstairs bath when I started reading D16. I remember you toying with a more trendy style (weren’t there raindrops in the equation?) and ending up with something more sophisticated. I always prefer the architecture to be more background and handsome and let the accessories and textiles add the graphic punch.
    My husband and I are smack in the middle of bathroom remodel #2. They are so, so much more time consuming than other rooms! I find it hard not to lose steam long before they are done. Thanks for the timely inspiration.

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Oh, I had been planning to use Elisabeth Dunker’s wonderful raindrop decals on one wall, but then decided to use wallpaper instead. I still love the raindrops (even though I’m not a fan of wall decals!), but haven’t found the right spot for them yet. It wasn’t so much a question of sophistication as it was that using them in a bathroom just seemed too literal to me, ya know?

  60. coralJan 26, 20112:21 pm

    I’m not dissing the raindrops at all (they were cute), but I do think they skew younger, whereas the room you ended up with will age well even as your taste changes. In my opinion that is important in a bathroom or kitchen, which is way harder to revamp than other rooms. Although when it comes to wall decals, I suppose we’re just talking about paint,
    I didn’t realize those raindrops were Elisabeth Dunker’s! I love her and have her Krakatoa poster in my baby’s room. Anyways, your post just had me thinking about when I was first getting into reading blogs, and how much my taste has changed since then. Fun stuff.

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Yes, they’re Elisabeth’s design! She doesn’t sell them anymore, but I wrote a post about them here.

    You know, I actually don’t really think about age appropriateness or trendiness or style longevity or anything like that when I make decisions about my house. My personal style has been pretty consistent for a very long time now, and it’s pretty rare that I have a “what was I thinking” moment (unless it’s about something I knew was a bad idea from the get-go, like my purple hallway…WTF!).

    Anyway, yes, I love Elisabeth’s work, too! I have the Krakatoa poster in my guest bedroom. :)

  61. ArinJan 26, 20112:48 pm

    Lovely work!

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  62. MeghanJan 26, 20114:51 pm

    Hi Anna! I’ve been a long time follower but don’t comment much. But I had to comment on your bathroom. I love your style and have used your bathrooms as my inspiration. I recently had my small bathroom renovated – using white subway tiles on the walls (up to where the shower stops) and painted the rest of the wall black. I’m looking for the perfect shower curtain and I feel like I’m stuck. I can’t decide. I’d love to have any suggestions from you.

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    Anna @ D16 /

    My shower curtain is just a white waffle-weave, but you can’t go wrong with white linen!

    Meghan /

    Thanks! I’m going to bite the bullet and buy one soon!

  63. Stacy@RedDoorHomeJan 26, 20115:27 pm

    Your little corner sink made me smile. We lived in a house with the tiniest bathroom which had one of these sinks – great memories., Love the renovations.

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  64. kristen ~ pajama mamaJan 26, 20115:46 pm

    re-visiting after i saw your TCB feature…need to stop by more often-i love all you’ve done!

    and we’re actually making kale chips RIGHT NOW-crazy…

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  65. Valeria @ HindsvikJan 26, 20116:21 pm

    Oh my goodness! Some of the “during” photos look quite frightening, especially when everything is teared out! Haha.

    I absolutely love the “after” – especially the wall sconces and the first aid cabinet. We just started renovating our bathroom (on a very small budget) so it’s definitely an inspiration! :)

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  66. Jess [littlewildmoose]Jan 27, 201112:02 am

    Absolutely love what you have done with both bathrooms! The first one particularly inspires me as my husband and I are contemplating renovating our tiny, ugly bathroom on a super tight budget so will be trying to keep all, or most, of the existing fittings. Thanks for showing all the photos of your progress!

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  67. RoseJan 27, 201112:13 am

    Having lived in old (mostly rented) homes my whole life, I dream of nice-looking, personalized, un-damaged bathrooms! Oh, the joy when I own a home! You guys have done a great job!

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  68. SineadJan 27, 20114:49 am

    Hi Anna, Happy Birthday house!

    We’re hoping to put tongue and groove + dado rail in our bathroom just like you did. Ideally we’d like to do the work outselves.

    Would you be able to give some info on the wood (type, widths) and installation methods you used for your bathrooms?

    Much appreciated.

    All the best,

    Sinead

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Sinead, the wainscot in the upstairs bathroom is actually 4″ T&G pine flooring (the cheapest grade we could get—about $1/SF). We had to make up the thickness of the original bedboard (which was unsalvageable), and modern beadboard is too thin, so that was the easiest solution we could come up. The original furring strips were still in place, so we just nailed right into them. We didn’t have a nail gun then, so we just took turns drilling pilot holes and pounding in nails…and then manually setting them. It took a long time!

    Downstairs we were able to use off-the-shelf T&G paneling (it’s not actually beadboard—we thought that many “beads” would be too busy-looking). It’s also pine, and I’m pretty sure it’s 4″ wide and about 1/4″ thick. We used a small nail gun and then hand-set the nails. We did have to screw furring strips into our wall studs first.

    As always, the hardest part of the process was dealing with walls that were REALLY out of square and seriously wonky in places. There was a lot of shimming involved along the way. ;)

    Does that help?

    Sinead /

    Thanks for the advice.

    The chair rail running around the room – is that made of different strips combined together or one unit? I really like the look of it and would love to do something similar.

    My local diy store has all sorts of strips but I’m not sure how to choose / how to combine them.

    Could you let me know how it’s put together and rough measurements?

    Anna @ D16 /

    Here’s a picture where you can see the cap rail mid-installation:

    I’m pretty sure we used two different kinds of case molding (just cheap, off-the-shelf stuff) with a strip of very flexible shoe molding at the bottom to hide any gaps. We just held the pieces together at the store until we had something that looked good. I think the overall height of the cap is about 4″. Everything was caulked very well before painting so it looks seamless.

    The overall height of the wainscot itself is 4′ 6″ , which is pretty high. We wanted to match the height of the original beadboard. The floorboards that we used on the wall were 8′, so we just cut them in half and made up the rest of the height with the cap rail and baseboard molding nailed into thick furring strips.

    I’m sorry I don’t have more technical details for you. We don’t usually work in a traditional way—we tend to figure stuff out as we go, and just do what looks right for the space rather than following any rules. I think you really need to take into account things like ceiling height, the width of the room, etc., when you choose molding sizes and such.

    There are more photos of the bathroom in this Flickr set, if it’s helpful!

  69. Clare FrejdJan 27, 20118:29 am

    Hi Anna,

    I was just wondering if you could post a picture of the plumbing fixtures you used with your claw footed tub…we just bought a house with a claw footed tub and no shower so we’re looking into converting it. ….and converting it in a way that works for a 6’5″ husband. Any tips would be appreciated!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Clare, scroll up a bit—there’s a photo in an earlier comment! Note that we did not install a shower with our clawfoot, but rather a regular faucet and hand-sprayer.

    We bought all of the tub and sink fixtures in our upstairs bathroom from Vintage Tub—check out their shower section; they have a lot of options for retrofitting clawfoots (clawfeet?). They seem to have the best selection, and they were really helpful on the phone when I had questions about spacing and fitting (and when I had to make an emergency escutcheon exchange!).

  70. Clare FrejdJan 27, 20118:32 am

    oops….just saw your comment above….sorry

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    Anna @ D16 /

    That’s okay :)

    Sinead /

    thanks very much for the dado rail advice and photo.

    we’re renovating our apartment in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and also doing it in a non-traditional way. there are many workmen charging heart surgeon rates over here :)

    sometimes though there are also things to do we’ve never done before that we assumed would be easier i.e. pick a dado rail, but seem to take forever, so your help is appreciated.

    good luck with the apartment therapy vote. your website is great.

  71. Our Little BeehiveJan 27, 201111:58 am

    Your house is quite lovely and I’m in love with the bathrooms. I must have bathrooms on the brain since that’s our BIG winter project this year.

    Congratulations on your Homies nomination; it’s an honor to be nominated with yours and other such wonderful home blogs.
    xo

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  72. Andrea BJan 27, 20113:22 pm

    I heard about you from Apartment Therapy’s website and thought I’d stop by. I’m so glad I did! This is absolutely gorgeous. What a wonderful job you’ve done. I’ll be back to see more. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  73. AdrianneJan 31, 20112:15 am

    Amazing! I love your tile choices.

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  74. JohannaJan 31, 20114:31 pm

    Such a lovely transformation.

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  75. RoseJan 31, 201111:19 pm

    Wow! Everything I’ve seen from your home is just beautiful. You guys have done an amazing job on both these bathrooms. I love how you’ve salvaged so much (that quirky sink and those amazing claw feet from the upstairs bathroom) and how the things you’ve brought into the house (the modern sink faucet, black-tile floor, etc. from the downstairs w.c.) blend so seamlessly and let the bones of the house really shine through.
    I really enjoy your blog :)

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  76. TracyFeb 1, 201112:17 am

    Hi! Love the medicine cabinet with the “cross” on it..where can I find one? Great job on the reno! Thanks!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    The cross cabinet was a DIY project. Here’s the post. :)

  77. VivFeb 1, 20119:31 am

    Hi Anna,

    I love your before and after photos! They keep me going with our own renovations…
    We have a corner sink with separate hot/cold faucets like yours was. How did you add a center hole to your sink for the new combined faucet? I’m dying to know if I can have this done on a budget!! Thanks so much!

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  78. redFeb 4, 201110:33 am

    the renovations are lovely (truly)… however, one thing is nagging at me: in the demo photo of the downstairs bath and the underside shot of the tub, i’m not seeing any drains… supply lines, yes. drains, no. what gives? where does the water go?

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    Anna @ D16 /

    I’m confused, red. Which photo are you looking at? We didn’t remove the tub in the downstairs bathroom, we left it in place the entire time. You don’t see the drain because there’s a tub on top of it! :)

    red /

    sorry — might have the locations mixed up.

    tub = clawfoot (upstairs?) … the underside shot looks like there’s a chrome plug where the drain-pipe should be (and it looks like you’ve turned the tub around).

    sink = ikea sink (downstairs?)… in the before demo pictures (#1 with tile and #2 with studs), you can see the supply lines, but no drain… doesn’t even seem to be one in the floor.

    Anna @ D16 /

    Yes, we turned the clawfoot around so the drain and supply lines are next to the wall instead of the sink. That’s not a plug you see, it’s just the chrome assembly that connects to the drain. I don’t have a detail photo of the finished plumbing, but here’s the rough-in.

    I didn’t take photos while the plumbers were working in the downstairs bathroom, but basically the drain goes behind the wall and then connects to the pipe in the corner (seen here).

    Make sense?

  79. NeelyFeb 13, 20113:51 pm

    Love, love the upstairs wallpaper! Where can I find something like that for my guest room? Love the black tile downstairs, too. Truly impressive work!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Thanks! The wallpaper is called “Bindweed”, and it’s from Ferm Living: http://www.ferm-living.com/

  80. roomenvyMar 17, 20111:08 pm

    Your bathroom is simply gorgeous!

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  81. lucyMar 17, 20111:10 pm

    Your workmanship is amazing. I could NOT love those black pennyrounds more!

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  82. ColinJul 5, 20113:23 pm

    Anna, it’s gorgeous? What color did you use on the right wall? It’s so serene.

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    Anna @ D16 /

    I’m not sure what you mean by “right wall”, but all of the paint colors I used in my house are listed on my FAQ page. :)
    http://www.doorsixteen.com/faq/

  83. avilanFeb 9, 20126:46 am

    Where were the black round tiles used on the floor purchased?

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    Anna @ D16 /

    I bought them at a tile store in Newburgh. There’s a whole post about the downstairs bathroom here:
    http://www.doorsixteen.com/2009/12/15/my-downstairs-bathroom/

  84. WandaMar 1, 20121:38 am

    Love your bathroom remodels. Bravo! I notice you have a two piece toilet in one bathroom and a one piece toilet in the other. We are planning to remodel our bathrooms and had planned to have the same model installed. Am curious as to why you didn’t select the same model in both bathrooms? Also, could you please send or post the make and models of each? The one in your upstairs bathroom looks perfect for my remodels. Is it a comfort height?

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Our bathrooms are different styles, and we renovated them at different times—so we chose different toilets. Nothing more complex than that! :) Both toilets are made by Toto, and no, neither is comfort height.

  85. WandaMar 1, 20128:39 am

    Yes, you are right, they are different styles! I didn’t even consider that. Do you know the model of the Toto toilet that’s in your upstairs bath? I simply love the look! I’m also loving the classical calmness of the entire upstairs bathroom, the wallpaper and floor are stunning with the tub and sink. Beautiful!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Sorry, I have no idea what the model numbers are, but I’m sure you can find them on the Toto website.

  86. WandaMar 1, 20121:32 pm

    Thx much! I’ll take a look @ their website.

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