Making decisions while remodeling a bathroom or a kitchen can be very stressful. I believe it’s so stressful because the fixtures are permanent (well, they don’t have to be but tearing them out again is a pain) and because it’s hard to visualize what it will look like when it’s finished. It’s especially difficult to see when the walls and ceiling are gone and you’re starting from scratch, as we did last year (thanks to water damage). Not complaining though, because this bathroom turned out fantastic and it’s SO much better than the other two we have in our house. We don’t even use the bathroom in our basement, except to run the sink so our daughter can clean her paintbrushes…and the master bathroom? It should be gutted. I mean, the sticker under our bathroom sink has instructions on how to remove cigarette stains from the marble. Does that tell you how old it is?
I decided to do this review because there are things we have been really happy with and some things, not so much. The negatives are really small things but if you’re remodeling your bathroom or considering this project, I’d like to share my thoughts and experience with you.
First, I have to say that my favorite thing in our bathroom has been the open vanity with the vessel sink. I built those vanity shelves with boards that were very affordable and the Minwax Polyshades has held up really well! I wanted to mention this particular project, though the vanity itself is not something you pull off the shelf at Lowes, it’s been a wonderful addition to our bathroom. I had a few people warn that an open vanity would show all the mess, but that has not been the case at all. In fact, because it’s open we do a better job keeping it tidy and the large storage baskets make it easy to put things away. But, if anyone has suggestions on how to get a tween to keep the TOP of the vanity tidy, I’d love to hear them!
I already mentioned how much we like the vessel sink and the Delta faucet is definitely a favorite! The water doesn’t rush out of it and our kids and our guests will go in that bathroom to wash their hands over the kitchen sink because they LOVE the faucet! I wondered how difficult it would be to clean behind the vessel sink and around the faucet but it hasn’t been a problem and they’ve been easy to keep clean.
I wasn’t sure about getting rid of the medicine cabinet and just having the round mirror- which I loved as soon as I saw it at Target. We now store our medicines and first-aid items in a storage box in our linen closet. If you have little ones that may not be ideal, unless you can store it out of reach or lock it. I like the bathroom without the medicine cabinet because it’s not being stuffed with things just so they’ll be out of site. For some reason, that always happened in our medicine cabinet. Now that we have the storage box, I don’t have multiple pairs of tweezers, individual band-aids, and travel-sized toothpaste tubes stuffed in. Does this happen to anyone else, or just us?
I’m sure you noticed the red “X” on the vanity light. This was something I was absolutely sure of in the beginning because it is so pretty BUT I would like to caution anyone before you buy a light with thin glass. One of glass shades cracked when I was securing them to the light, which Lowes gladly replaced the shade, but I was surprised it broke so easily. It still feel like they will break easily, which is what makes them difficult to clean, unless you want to take them down (carefully) and wash them, but I don’t want to do that all the time. They always have streaks after I wipe them down and I’m sure it’s because I don’t want to apply too much pressure when I clean them. They never look clean. If you are shopping for vanity lights, I would suggest you look at lights with stronger/thicker glass shades or metal shades.
This isn’t the best picture but here’s a closer look at the vanity light, which I would NOT suggest. It’s pretty but not worth the hassle.
Now moving to the other side of the bathroom. I love our bathtub, shower head, and faucet! I knew I wanted a shower head with a hand-held attachment because my Grandma loved hers. It was so easy to rinse the shower when she cleaned. Since we were doing a ceramic tile surround and our tile installer suggested we clean them with Dawn dish soap, I definitely wanted the hand-held attachment. This double shower head is nice and though it isn’t what I would call a cheap shower head, it was affordable compared to others like it.
And the tub….well, we really didn’t put a whole lot of thought into the tub, because a regular ol’ tub was the only thing we could look at with our budget. We didn’t need anything fancy but I did wonder how it would hold up because it was one of the least expensive ones (well, for a bathtub) and sometimes when you go lower-end, you get what you pay for, but that has not been the case at all. This tub has held up well and cleans well. It does not have good reviews on the Home Dept website but we have been happy with ours.
So, there was a red “X” by the toilet. I don’t really want to include this in the negative reviews because I love Delta products, but I would not recommend buying their toilets…well, this one anyway. I bought it because it was a Delta and it looked nice and it was affordable, but it’s SO hard to keep clean! You may have seen the commercials for the American Standard toilets with the powerful and SWIRLING flushing system? Well, that one is looking like the one we should have gotten now. When the Delta toilet flushes, it only has a few places where the water just trickles down the sides and doesn’t go around the bowl. I’ll spare you the details but you get the picture. Let’s just say I have to use the toilet brush and bleach a lot more often than I want to. Sorry, Delta, because we LOVE your vessel sink faucet…but I wouldn’t recommend the commode.
The shower curtain rod has a red “X” as well. That’s because you shouldn’t go for a cheap shower curtain rod like we did. It’s junk and it’s fallen a lot. I really should replace it but I never think about it when I’m out. Anyway, go for a mid-grade, nice solid shower curtain rod if you are able to!
The only paint I use on our walls is the Benjamin Moore Aura Paint, so it made sense to use the Aura Bath & Spa paint in our bathroom, especially after all the water damage we had before. I wanted a paint that would protect the walls from moisture and I have wiped them down many times and it cleans well and still looks as nice as the day I painted it.
I really wanted the subway tiles on the bottom section of the wall and to surround the shower but I thought they might be hard to keep clean. I did not have a good experience with the bead board wall before because it was really difficult to keep clean, since those little lines trapped dust and the moisture didn’t help. That has not been the case with the Subway tile! It’s very easy to keep clean and the look of subway tile is classic and I wanted something that would last a long time. I’m all about a bathroom with subway tile!
And last but certainly not least…our Allure Vinyl Plank floor! It is AWESOME! I know I have great things to say about the ceramic wall tile but a ceramic tile floor is NOT my thing. I hate ceramic tile on a floor because when you drop anything ceramic or glass, it shatters. I also wanted a floor that wasn’t as hard as ceramic tile in case anyone slipped in the bathroom. Our son is at risk for falls, so ceramic tile was out for the bathroom floor for that reason, as well. The Allure Flooring was super easy to install, looks beautiful, is durable, and it’s waterproof! I love this floor so much I agreed to do a YouTube video for Allure Flooring and I gave it a great review here on my blog! You’ll have to read about the day we got water all over the bathroom floor and how Allure saved the day!
If you are making plans for a bathroom makeover or remodel, I hope this review helped some with your decisions. There are so many decisions when it comes to function and style. Pinterest is definitely a great place to go for style inspiration but for function, reviews help a lot. Read them and see if there is a pattern about a specific complaint or satisfaction. Online reviews aren’t always reliable, especially for company reviews, but products reviews can be helpful if you find people are having similar experiences!