29th Avenue: A Dark and Dramatic Bathroom Makeover -- The BIG Reveal!

29th Avenue: A Dark and Dramatic Bathroom Makeover -- The BIG Reveal!
Photo: Capree Kimball

Okay, kids. This is it! My big, bold, dramatic bathroom makeover is finally ready to face the cameras (and the Internet). So, in the words of Samuel L. Jackson, "hold onto your butts" -- I'm about to drop some serious style up in this room.           

But, first! Another 'before' shot from earlier in the game:

Photo: Capree Kimball

Meh. The 'after', though? Well, see it for yourself:

Photo: Capree Kimball

BOOM. Black and white and brass all over, just like I promised. Wait, what's that? You want to see more? Okay then...

Photo: Capree Kimball

Photo: Capree Kimball

As I mentioned earlier this week, the original bathroom had suffered at the hands of a shoddy makeover by its previous owners (which isn't readily apparent in the 'before' photos, but trust me: broken tiles everywhere, leaky plumbing, mildew for days, and really low quality materials overall). That, and it just wasn't our style. So, when Lowe's reached out with the opportunity to work with them on a bathroom makeover, the answer was a big, fat "OMG YES".

Photo: Capree Kimball

When we got started, there were a few absolutes: we were keeping the original cast iron tub (because, HELLO, it's a cast iron clawfoot tub!! You can't not keep it.), the floor needed to be a statement piece, and there was going to be as much brass as we could get our greasy little hands on.

Photo: Capree Kimball

I quickly got to work scouring the Interwebz for the perfect floor tile, when I found The One: a bold, black and white patterned cement tile that was inspired by traditional quilting blocks. It blew my mind the second I saw it. So, with our 'statement piece flooring' all decided on, I hit up Lowe's to bring the rest of the drama this space so desperately needed.

Photo: Capree Kimball

Photo: Capree Kimball

Since this is a rather small bathroom, I knew I wanted a wall-mounted, semi-pedestal style sink (to open up the floor as much as possible and reduce the visual space the sink would occupy) as well as one that was pretty modern. We ended up going with the Reve series by Kohler for both the sink and toilet.

Kohler Reve White Toilet
Buy the Kohler Reve Toiler on Lowe's
Kohler Reve Sink
Buy the Kohler Reve Sink in White at Lowe's

Photo: Capree Kimball

Once all the major pieces were figured out, it was time to start hoarding all the brass fixtures and accents I could find. We chose Kohler's Purist series in Vibrant Moderne Brushed Gold for the faucet, hand towel ring, and toilet paper holder as well as a few other brass pieces to finish up the space.

Kohler Purist Faucet in Vibrant Brushed Gold
Buy the Kohler Purist Faucet in Vibrant Moderne Brushed Gold

Photo: Capree Kimball

Photo: Capree Kimball

The original bathroom had a small splash wall around the tub, but since this makeover was all about the drama, we chose to use an over-sized subway tile, black grout, and to enclose the room *almost* up to the ceiling (which we painted black). The end result is a clean space that feels much larger.

Photo: Capree Kimball

And there you have it! Our dark and dramatic bathroom makeover in all its patterned, brassy glory. Let me know what you think in the comments below! Meanwhile, you can keep up with other 29th Avenue projects and progress on Instagram with the hashtag #29thAVE.

Materials and Source List

A huge, huge thank you to the awesome people at Lowe's (I now feel confident in my ability to special order just about anything) as well as our friendly local contractor ('sup Ryan!) for making sure we weren't stuck living in a portable toilet for the rest of our lives.

This project is sponsored by Lowe's and I'm excited to get their help renovating our bathroom. However, all opinions are mine alone.

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Chelsey on Jun 17, 2019:

Hi!! Where did you get the brass push button and sink plug?

Michael on Mar 11, 2017:

I really like the look you came up with for your bathroom, great job. How high from the ceiling did you stop the tile and start the black paint? It looks like 4" to 6" if I can tell from the photo? Thanks!

ginger on Aug 19, 2015:

omg. just seeing this bathroom. going to copy it! you did an amazing job!!!!! thanks for posting this!

Malerie on Jul 25, 2015:

LOVE all of this! Question: do you like the cement tiles for your floor? I'm considering the same company but I can't decide if cement will have the look that I want. Is it good with moisture?

Amy on Jun 27, 2015:

Where did you get your shower curtain rings to match the rod? P.S. LOVE this design—great job!!

CapreeK on Apr 08, 2015:

Ooh, Dana!! I want to see pics!

CapreeK on Apr 08, 2015:

Hi Lynn! I am still very much in love with these cement tiles! One piece of advice: make sure you seal them super super well BEFORE installing. They will hold up much better that way and be easier to clean. Also, they need to be re-sealed about once a year after that. Hope that helps!

Lynn on Apr 08, 2015:

Hi! I love your bathroom design and am just wondering how you're liking the concrete tiles after living with them for awhile.  How are they holding up? Would you recommend cement tiles?

Your bathroom has been a big inspiration for me and I've chosen a similiar tile from the Cement Tile Shop, but am a little nervous to pull the trigger since I don't have experience with this kind of tile!

Dana L. on Mar 10, 2015:

I loved it so much I copied it! Same floor and wall tile, and I went with the alternate style of the gold Purist fixtures. I have a built-in tub so I opted for a new shower door with gold trim and installed a vanity for storage. I'm so pleased with it. Thank you for the inspiration and for provdiing such a detailed item list--that really helped.

Laurie on Feb 04, 2015:

I love the re-do especially the floor tiles. The one thing I would change is the shower curtain. The upper part of the room is too bare. You know how great the black and white striped towel looks in there, as you moved it to be in most of the pictures. That's the shower curtain this room cries out for. Black and white stripes.

Cheryl on Jan 28, 2015:

Especially love the shot showing your rich hallway wood floor as you enter the bathroom...your colours, patterns and of course the brass make it feel like a world unto itself.  Curious to know your thinking behind bringing the black ceiling paint slightly down to wall to meet the tile.  It's a small detail that really adds subtle interest.  Just discovering your blog through another favourite one...Smitten Studio.

CapreeK on Dec 15, 2014:

Thanks for all the comments, everyone!!

Tamara -- I love the tile we used on the walls and haven't had any issues with scratching!

Anonymous on Dec 15, 2014:

So beautiful! I love the floor tile and the Purist faucet from Kohler is one of my favourites, especially in that finish. Great work.

Stephanie on Sep 20, 2014:

Those floor tiles are jaw dropping. The original tub is wonderful. Glad you kept it.

Anonymous on Sep 19, 2014:

I love love love the black white and brass combo, but I absolutely hate that toilet and would be worried this design will be dated fairly quickly.  Overall though, great job, MAJOR improvement!

Anonymous on Sep 19, 2014:

I think this is the sexiest bathroom I've ever seen. 

Tamara on Sep 17, 2014:

I love how it turned out! I am doing a bathroom and about to buy those same wall tiles, were you happy with them? I saw a comment somewhere that they scratched easily, did you notice that? Thanks so much!

Desert Domicile on Jul 23, 2014:

Gorgeous! Stunning! Amazing! I can't think of any other ways to describe your bathroom makeover. I'm blown away and may or may not have pinned almost every image. So inspiring! Great job! :)

JGottlieb on Jul 02, 2014:

This bathroom is fabulous ...well done! Love the brass..just when one thinks brass is dated you single handedly bring it back in style.. way to go! 

CapreeK on Jul 02, 2014:

Thanks everyone!!

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