Friday, July 6, 2018

Coastal Inspired Bathroom Renovation

At the start of this year my cousin and his girlfriend purchased their very first property- a multi-family home with three apartments. They already had renters in the bottom two units but would be renovating and moving into the third unit. As an avid home renovator, I was thrilled for them and proud they were ready to tackle this huge undertaking all by themselves!

Around the same time, Allure Flooring reached out and asked if I'd be interested in a collaboration. As I had already used their vinyl plank flooring in my own bathroom renovation and LOVED the product, I decided that I would design a new bathroom for my cousin's house, featuring the same flooring!
coastal bathroom decor renovation

Their house was originally built in the early 1900s, but had been somewhat updated in the decades after, although it was now in need of further updating. The flooring in the bathroom was linoleum made to look like tile. It also had an outdated vanity and light fixtures. They decided to gut the entire bathroom, except for the tub which was in decent shape, including ripping up the flooring and putting up new drywall.

Using my favorite mood board app, Morpholio, I put together a design board for their bathroom, inspired by the colors and textures of the coast. The design included painting the walls in a pretty seagreen/gray paint called 'Sea Salt' by Sherwin Williams and adding horizontal beadboard on two walls (4'x8' sheets from Home Depot). The vanity was actually a Facebook Marketplace find that we got for a steal because it had a couple of minor paint chips. They removed one of the doors and took it to Home Depot to get a sample paint jar in a matching color for touch ups!

bathroom renovation diy
(sources are linked below)

Now let's get to the flooring! When I renovated my bathroom last year, I wanted a product for the floors that looked like wood but was water resistant and durable. After doing A LOT of research, I chose Allure Ultra Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring in 'Durban Oak'. I love the color because it's the perfect medium shade (not too light and not too dark) and looks great with a variety of decor options. After a year and a half of use, it has held up amazingly well and still looks as good as it did the day it was installed! It's also really easy to clean, which is a bonus!

In addition to the durability, the other great part about this type of flooring is that it's so easy to install! My cousin's girlfriend installed the vinyl planking in their bathroom all by herself in a day without any previous renovation experience! The 'grip strips' on each plank make installation incredibly fast and simple.

flooring installation diy

After creating their design board, I linked most items on my Amazon favorites page so they would have lots of affordable options when decorating the space. If they didn't buy directly from Amazon, they had a template to use when out searching for similar items. Here is the finished result, including beautiful new flooring:

When I first walked into the space after they were finished renovating, I was so impressed! They did such a great job following the design board and certainly had such a feeling of accomplishment from tackling this renovation all by themselves!

Sources to Recreate this Coastal Look: 
Paint Color- Sherwin Williams 'Sea Salt'
Vanity- purchased off the Facebook Marketplace but similar options can be found here and here
Shower Curtain- Amazon
Beadboard Panels- 4'x8' from Home Depot
Bath Mat- Amazon
Mirror- similar option can be found here
White cabinet options- here and here
Wood Shelves- Amazon
Lighting- my favorite stylish and affordable lighting options can be found here
More of my favorite decor items can be found here

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