The Norvells

We are a simple, little family doing our best to raise our children in Christ's love.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Upstairs Bath Remodel

We knew we'd have to totally gut the upstairs bathroom.  Let me preface this by saying that my husband is a general contractor, he knows what he's doing.  His living is made by remodeling old homes and making them new.  All that to say, he could not believe what "Harry Homeowner" did to this house.  Harry had no idea what he was doing.  There were multiple layers of flooring in the bathroom, the pipes were leaking every where, there was mold and rotting floor joists ... It.Was.A.Mess.

Our goal and vision for the bathroom was to bring it back to it's era.  We wanted a sleek, mid mod look with elements that made it modern for us.

Here are the "during" pictures.  Mark had to gut everything.  The only things we salvaged was the cast iron tub because it's cast iron!  Mark also smoothed out the walls to a flat texture which took hours but was totally worth it.

We chose to go with a black and white color palette.  We chose pinwheel tile, straight from the 50s.

The hardware we chose was chrome, again going with the era, but because we had so much squareness in the bathroom, we went with hardware that had some curve to it.

The faucet is also chrome.  We really like the sleek design of this one.

 The black splash is very complimentary to the floor tile, emphasizing the black squares.

This lighting we found on clearance!  Again chrome :)

For the shower tile, we wanted simple and classic.  We did a basic white subway tile to really enhance the mid mod look.

And here's the final product!  We picked lime green accents and painted the walls a soft gray.  Since everything is black and white base, we can always change!  And with two little kids, I don't imagine these rugs will last for long.


  1. geeze! This is amazing!!! Luxury!

  2. Love the bathroom re-do! Would you mind sharing where you found that awesome sink & base cabinet? I'd kill for the sink it's the perfect combo of counter space & sink which is something I'm having the hardest time finding for our needs.

  3. Of course! Here is the link: I'm not sure if they ship, we bought it locally (Denver). I hope it works for you! We love it!