MARBLE, GRAY CABINETS, LAMINATE & MORE
I love marble. Along with navy blue, Doug my dog, Ryan Reynolds (or Gosling), and area rugs, marble is definitely one of my addictions – one that I have yet to explore in my own home but have had OODLES of fun exploring with my clients.
My client, Laura, was looking to build her dream bathroom…on a budget. Well, she came to the right gal, as when it comes to getting some bang for buck (not street-corner style), I know where to spend money and where to save it – EVEN when it comes to a luxury product like marble.
Laura’s bathroom had a great footprint. With approx 125 sq ft of space, we fit in the loo, double-vanity, walk-in shower, and a free-standing tub. After that, it was just a matter of choosing products that would be budget-friendly and high-impact.
We chose Calacatta Marble 180FX by Formica, which is a laminate countertop. Not only does it LOOK like the real thing, it’s more durable and drastically more affordable!
Of course, no countertop is fool-proof, and laminate has pros and cons. However, it’s easier to maintain than real marble.
HEXAGON MARBLE TILE BACKSPLASH
Oh, this backsplash. Love is not the word for it; I think infatuation makes more sense. And no, that’s not a puddle of shower water; that’s my drool…
Hexagon marble backsplash from City Tile
The backsplash, whether in a bathroom or kitchen, is a great way to add personality to your space without breaking the bank (if you shop smart). And while I would be cautious of a hexagon pattern, as it’s not timeless, it still has some good life (subway tile layout is much better).
FLOORING & SHOWER SURROUND
Coming in at under $3.50 sq ft, this 12×24 tile makes a great visual connection with the countertop and backsplash and keeps things budget-friendly. We also saved a CHUNK of change by doing a fiberglass shower floor, rather than a tile floor (it’s also WAY easier to clean.)
Of course, the most budget-friendly shower is ALL fiberglass, but when creating a home you love; one that’s beyond a spec home, a tile surround adds to the visual and actual value.
THE DARK GRAY VANITY & STORAGE/LINEN TOWERS
There is MORE than enough space in this bathroom for the 3 Big T’s (towels, TP, tampons), and we created a beautiful foundation by painting the vanity and storage towers in Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray, a lovely grounded dark charcoal paint color.
Chelsea Gray isn’t the only gorgeous dark gray cabinet color – I’ve got a few more beauties here – The Best Gray, Greige, & Green Cabinet & Vanity Paint Colors.
That’s funny if you’re a Canucks fan from the mid-2000s. If not, you just think I’m a weirdo, and that’s okay too.
I was going to pose with this photo, but I thought it might be awkward as an ‘action’ shot…
The paint is Benjamin Moore Oxford White, a relatively ‘clean’ white with little undertone. Don’t you just love the gentle curve and texture of the braided metal pipe? Just joking; I’ve drank too much wine tonight; ignore me.
THE FREE-STANDING BATHTUB
While I’m PERSONALLY a fan of built-in bathtubs, many of you love the look of a free-wheeling, free-standing tub…
I am not a photographer, so this is the best shot I could get of the tub – damn that window!
I know I’m happy, and it’s all about me – right? Okay, Laura is happy too, and that’s what really matters!
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