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Fixtures From eFaucets Complete Farmhouse Bathroom Remodel

When Prodigal Pieces maven Larissa Haynes set out to remodel her home’s only bathroom- for her family of eight! – she knew she wanted more of a vintage-farmhouse theme to go with the style of the rest of her house.

eFaucets was happy to partner with Haynes on her project by providing a Danze shower head that delivers big on water pressure and style.

Before Haynes got her hands on the space for this final incarnation, though, she said it was a dark and dreary space she and her husband tried to make work by changing things here and there.

“First makeover included painting upper tiles dark maroon and the ceiling panels and grids white, added green floor tile, plus mirror and light fixtures, and took out the shower doors,” she posted on her Prodigal Pieces blog. “Second makeover, yanked out the tub and toilet for new fiberglass tub with surround, and put in new floor tile.”

After living with her decorating band-aids for a few years, Haynes finally took the bathtub by the horns and pulled the bathroom apart with a plan to make it light, airy and completely functional for her large family.

ProdigalPiecesTwitter 1We first got in touch with Haynes when she tagged eFaucets on Twitter asking for our advice about a matching shower head for a lavatory faucet she purchased. After speaking with her and learning more about her remodel, eFaucets was happy to help.

Haynes and her husband worked hard to infuse the right amount of vintage-farmhouse charm in their bathroom:

  • Painted beadboard ceiling with trim to make it appear coffered;
  • Re-purposed chest-of-drawers with lots of storage for the new vanity;
  • Re-finished light fixture Haynes found at a sale for $1;
  • Classic, white subway tile with grey grout;
  • Two-handle lavatory and tub faucets in brushed nickel finish; and
  • White hexagon tiled floor with grey grout to match the tub/shower.

ProdigalPiecesTwitter 2To make sure we stayed true to Haynes’ vintage-farmhouse theme we shopped together and found the perfect match: a Danze shower arm mount handshower. Despite being a modern piece of engineering, the design retains a hint of vintage charm and the finish matched Haynes’ new faucets perfectly.

“Not only does this new shower head and accessories look better, but I’m happy to say that it does a wonderful job – this coming from someone who has returned several shower heads in previous years because their spray was weak,” she wrote on her blog about the bathroom project.

In the end, it may have taken a few months, but Haynes and her husband spent only $1,100 on their remodel, and their attention to detail is certainly evident. We were happy to help and look forward to following Haynes as she moves onto her kitchen.

Pedestal vs. Vanity: Which is Perfect for Powder Room?

Space in a powder room is typically at a premium so choosing between a pedestal sink or a vanity might seem like a fairly easy decision. Not so fast. While there is plenty to appreciate about a pedestal sink (smaller footprint), there are also points in favor of a vanity (hello, storage).

Choosing a pedestal over a vanity – especially in a smaller powder room – creates a feeling of airiness that a vanity just can’t deliver. Because a pedestal sink reveals the wall behind it, paint or wall treatments are fully visible, making the bathroom feel bigger.

Another positive for pedestal sinks is that if it’s necessary, choosing one that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act is much easier than finding an ADA-compliant vanity.

No, don’t touch that mouse yet and start clicking the link above. Let’s talk about the advantages of using a vanity in a powder room.

Storage is, by far, the most appealing feature of a vanity. Even pieces with narrow profiles still retain a drawer or cabinet for tissue paper and soap.

Vanities also come in a surprising array of styles and materials, can look like a piece of furniture, like it was built-in or like it’s floating on the wall, giving shoppers the ability to individually customize the look of each bathroom.

So, really, just like every other choice – the faucet, the flooring, the light fixtures – whether to use a pedestal sink or a vanity comes down to how the room is used and what’s really needed.

If storage is near the top of the list, then choose a vanity that’s sized right for the space, but if there are other storage solutions – a medicine cabinet, open shelving above the commode – then a pedestal sink might be the better way to go.

More Space, Light in Small Bath Remodels

Small bathroom remodel tipsBathroom updates don’t always require expansion. Sometimes, when a bathroom requires an update, not everyone has the space, money and time – or the inclination – for doing anything more than working within the space they have. Even so, bathroom remodels in existing footprints...
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