{Urban Meets Rustic Bathroom Reno}

Our little yellow house, as I love to call it, has soaked up almost 10 years of blood, sweat & tears as we worked to turn this house into our home. I’ve seen (and so have you) my taste in design grow and evolve as we outgrew striped walls, blue walls, red walls and unpainted walls.

The ensuite in our bedroom was the only room on the entire main floor that I hadn’t touched since we moved in.  While some rooms saw numerous makeovers the 20 square foot bathroom hiding in the corner didn’t get so much as a fresh coat of paint until recently. After making a few new personal touches in the nursery last fall when Harlow arrived, I got that all too familiar itch a couple months ago to start a new project.

Some of you may have followed along on my insta-stories and witnessed the tedious work of laying down new flooring, getting the faux brick up on the wall and cut perfectly to align together side by side, Davin helping me mount the new countertop and Lyric giving me a hand with getting the first coat of paint on the wall. It turns out recreating this tiny little space was the perfect project to hold off on doing until now. When, with two kiddos I have a little (read: a lot) less time to do things like this, and when I would have a little helper to share my love for DIYing and painting with; something I hope we get to do together a lot more as she grows up.

On the agenda for this space was:

  • new vinyl flooring
  • a new countertop, sink & faucet
  • faux brick paneling painted white 3/4 up the wall
  • a bold printed wall paper on the top 1/4
  • new shelving
  • a DIY upgrade to the medicine cabinet

I am thrilled that I managed to cross everything of this list without a stitch! Fellow DIYers will agree that nothing gets done without something going array but this was probably one of the most stress-free renos we’ve pulled off. I’m probably not going to post any tutorials on how I did everything simply because it would be pretty difficult to explain, but if you have any questions on laying new vinyl tile on top of existing vinyl, installing faux brick decorative panel, or anything else you saw and are curious about, let me know and I’d be happy to help! I do plan on sharing the Restoration Hardware inspired shelving though so check back for that if you’re wondering about those.

As far as the design goes, I decided to take some risks I usually would have stewed over in any other larger space in the house. But I think because most other rooms have nice clean neutral pallets with pops of color that I can easily change out, I was ready to make a bolder statement here where I wouldn’t find it too overwhelming now or in six months. The brick I have always wanted to do since I love adding texture to our walls and painting it white was a no-brainer. You all helped me decide on Instagram what color of countertop to go with, and although I was expecting to like something with more contrast against the white I’m so glad we all opted for the brighter color instead which keeps the focus on the top of the room where the drop dead gorgeous Hygge & West wallpaper is. Normally, you risk making a room feel small and shallow when you paint a dark color on the walls, and especially the ceiling. However, because the white brick reflected the natural light from the window so well I wasn’t nervous at all about choosing such a dramatic print on the wallpaper and then deciding to color match the grey with the paint color on the ceiling. Once it was done I was stoked to find that the bold print up high actually gives the room so much more depth that it actually feels like the ceiling is higher than it actually is. For the shelving I pictured the industrial look from the plumbing materials used to hold the planks up, but I didn’t know what kind of material I wanted for that part. I actually went to pick up some rough 2 x 10 and planned to stain it a medium shade, but a co-worker showed me some cedar we had lying around and I fell in love with the warmth of it. Normally I would have steered clear from the color of cedar because of the espresso vanity and the cool colors of grey in the wallpaper but I decided not to let that deter me from bringing that beautiful cedar home with me. Turns out it pairs perfectly with the gold in the wallpaper and gives the room that little bit of warmth that it needed.


Countertop: Corian material in white with an undermount sink from Vantage Builders
Faucet: Wayfair
Faux Brick Paneling: “Gaslight Brick” from Vantage Builders which I painted white
Flooring: 16″ x 16″ Vinyl Tile Alterna Artisian Forge in Polished Pewter from Budget Floors
Shelving: Cedar Plank from Vantage Builders & DIY brackets from Vegreville Plumbing & Heating
Medicine Cabinet Frame: DIY using the same cedar plank ripped down
Vanity Lighting, Toilet Paper Dispenser & Make-up Brush Holder: Existing spray painted in Oil Rubbed Bronze
Wallpaper: Petal Pusher in Grey & Gold from Hygge & West



ALSO! Davin said this is his favorite room in the house. He probably forgets already but the nursery was his favorite room, our room was his favorite room and now the ensuite is…for a guy that rolls his eyes when I pull out the power tools and paint brushes, I think he’s secretly starting to love when I do 😉

Happy weekend, friends!

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  • Hi Lisa,

    You’ve done a great job! I like the faux brick wall and all those little things that made a huge difference. I love it! 🙂