Our Bathroom Renovation from Start to Finish

A few months ago my husband, Adam, and I bought a beautiful new home. Or old home, as the case may be. Our late 19th Century Victorian in Northern NJ was just right for our family. With the exception of one tiny issue: the third floor bathroom.

The outer room looked like it had been a kitchen at some point. It was missing a door, had a giant utility sink, and some pretty awful linoleum on the floor. This room led to the bathroom itself, whose entryway was far too low (my husband and brother both hit their heads on the door frame). The toilet was miniature and was situated next to what I fondly referred to as a “ghost door” (access to the crawl space in the attic). This bathroom was also the only one with a tub, which is critical since that’s the only way for us to wash our son. At less than 2 years old, he’s not quite into showers yet.


We knew we wanted to completely redo this space and make it more functional, pretty, and up to par with the rest of the house.

First came the gut renovation. They knocked down the wall connecting the two rooms and took everything down to the studs.  A shower pan was installed in the right corner.

Next came the sheet rock. Who knew it was purple these days?!


Then this nice man lay our tiles and grout.


We chose shiny black and white hexagonal tiles for the floor, subway tiles for the shower, black bullnose tiles for accents, and dark grey grout. We tried to keep everything in the style of the house.  And to save money, we got the tiles from Home Depot.


Next they installed the base of the vanity, the toilet (from Glacier Bay) and some light fixtures from Destination Lighting. The vanity was also a smart purchase from Home Depot.

Next came the mirror, and painting the bathroom blue.

Then the faucets and vanity top, which is made of white Carrera marble. We chose chrome cross handle faucets from Signature Hardware to keep with the Victorian style. They then installed the claw foot tub which had been in the previous bathroom, only they placed it under a different window. We were able to salvage the faucets on the tub.

Once the shower doors were installed and a few finishing touches were added, we had our new bathroom!

IMG_7729IMG_7730IMG_7731IMG_7732And just for comparison, here are the old pics one more time:


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