Today I am sharing my design plans for an Alaskan Bathroom Makeover, with a rustic modern style.
If you have been following me on Instagram or Facebook, you will have seen I have been in Juneau, Alaska (my hometown) for a couple weeks now, visiting family and friends. While in town, staying with my sister, we planned on giving her bathroom a modern update (as you have probably seen updates on my stories). We talked for months ahead of time, planning what the goals were and we could accomplish in the few weeks I would be in town.
Well, we have encountered our share of problems and unexpected events that has made our progress slower than anticipated, but we are rounding the corner to the home stretch finally!
Before we finish, I wanted to share with you all my design plan and inspiration.
I wanted the bathroom to have a bright, airy feel that is significantly more modern than what it was before.
Here are the before pictures:
We needed to gut the entire thing, except the closet. It has been a lot of work, but so very satisfying! I will say, pulling out that tub (in pieces) and installing the new one was one of the most difficult and frustrating DIYs I’ve ever done. Nothing seemed to be going right for us and it took days to finish it.
Here are some images of where I found inspiration before we got started:
I love the bright white subway tile with white grout in the shower surround pictured above (By BrittanyMakes). Paired with the black fixtures, it is so simple yet bold. My sister has a dog she will have to bath in her tub, so we needed a detachable shower head to give the dog a bath.
I love the shaker style doors and drawer fronts of this vanity above and the natural oak finish. This bathroom is from Becki Owens. The natural wood is rustic, but the design is modern yet classic. The vanity I’m designing for my sister will have the same finish, but a different basic design with 6 drawers on 2 cabinet doors in the middle.
This bathroom above from Style Me Pretty is so lovely, but what really drew me in was that simple and practical bench. I’ll be making something very similar to serve as a catch-place for a change of clothes (for guests since there is only 1 shower in her house), with hooks above it to hang several towels. I have fallen more in love lately with hooks for bathrooms than a traditional towel bar!
I am in love with the styling on these narrow shelves by Chris Loves Julia, and while they aren’t styled for a bathroom, I hope to adapt a similar color palette and style for my sister’s bathroom. Especially some of those darling blue vases!
I ordered these pretty jean-blue turkish towels and will be printing this awesome whale photo art to be hung in the bathroom as well! Simple, pretty details, and the perfect shade of blue. (Affiliate links used)
I’m partnering with Delta Faucet for part of this makeover, so near the beginning of our design plans I saw these MATTE BLACK sink faucet and fixtures and was smitten. The matte look is on-trend and classic and works perfectly with her rustic modern vibe. I’m also in love with the look of wall-mounted faucets!
The shower and tub will have coordinating matte black faucet and shower head, in a similar modern design.
For the wall color, I chose this very light gray with a hint of warmth, called Statuesque by Behr Marquee, who I also am partnering with for this bathroom makeover. They are providing all the paint necessary!
For the vanity counters, we had some major drama. I measured wrong when I ordered a slab of solid surface counters by Hanex (in the color, ALASKA- how perfect would that have been?). I didn’t even realize it until it arrived– it was a whole foot shorter than what we needed! We had to scramble to find a plan B. I called multiple places and was stressing about the timeline, since shipping takes longer to Juneau, since we’d rely on barge shipments. So, we ended up selecting this beautiful remnant piece of granite from a local fabricator:
Here is our To-Do List (and what we have done already):
-Tear out old tub and surround, toilet, old flooring, and vanity (done)
-Remove half wall (done)
-Move plumbing for new fixtures and higher shower head height (done)
-Install new tub (done)
-Tile and grout tub/shower surround (done)
-Build new vanity (in progress)
-Move plumbing for sink to wall-mounted (done)
-Install new subfloor layer and new flooring (in progress)
-Paint walls and ceiling
-Paint doors and install new white trim (in progress)
-New counters installed
-Floating shelves installed
-Bench built and hooks installed
-Move electrical for outlet and sconce lights
-Install new mirror
We have to finish everything that is not marked as done, THIS WEEK! Wish us luck! 🙂
UPDATE! To see full Alaskan Bathroom Makeover reveal go HERE.
To see Rustic Modern vanity build plans go HERE.
Rebecca M says
Yikes! Sounds like a huge job! Good luck! Enjoy your time with your sister!
Bet it is gonna be a beauty. Praying that all goes well for yall and you finish it up before you leave,
so you can see it……….what a sweet sister you are……
Julia Grayson says
Your ideas are very inspiring! We have a master bath to re-do after we finish with the family room. Can’t wait to see your finish photos.
Loved all the inspiration photos! That black matte finish on faucets etc is stunning! Wish it was an option when we renovated our kitchen, best I could do was oil rubbed bronze finish!
Can’t wait to see it!
What a nice sister you are!
Dawn Gepfer says
Lovely! And I’m swooning over the remnant slab you selected. I’m sure the original would have been just as wonderful but know this is going to look great! Can’t wait to see the final result.
Love it all! We have that granite in our kitchen on our 9 foot island and I absolutely love it – ours has less of the heavy veining parts and more of the lighter veining but it is so pretty in real life!
Wallace Winsett says
Loved all the inspiration photos! We have a master bath to re-do after we finish with the family room. Can’t wait to see your finish photos. Good luck! Enjoy your time with your sister!
Hayley Laidlaw says
That granite looks like Fantasy Brown. I love it!