WOW I was not expecting so many people to be interested in last week’s progress check in about our cabin bedroom suite project! I am truly so honored that you want to know all about this project, even the ugly stuff. So today I wanted to share another update + my design plans for our bathroom. Keep in mind that this bathroom is basically our temporary solution until we can fully renovate it.
The Latest Update About Our Cabin Bedroom Suite Renovation, Part 3
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2. Those posts will explain a lot about what on earth we’re doing + the before photos.
Over the weekend, we made some major progress! It isn’t fully secured yet, but we laid out the flooring to cover the linoleum. Because there is a concrete slab under the room and it can get cold in there, we started with a heavy duty subfloor material. Basically, it is a layer that holds air in pockets to provide insulation. Then we put plywood subflooring on top. Our next step is to use special screws to drill into the concrete and hold it all into place.
We are doing this so that the floor in our bedroom is level and ready to install actual flooring one day. Because of our budget, we’re going to live with the plywood for a bit. I’ll probably paint it and definitely have some great rugs to put down.
Vanity in the bedroom design plan
UGH. The vanity in our bedroom is truly one of my biggest pain points in this entire house. It’s a weird 80s design thing… but also makes me feel like I’m staying in a crappy hotel. I have major plans to change up our bathroom, but for now we are living with the vanity in the bathroom. The existing vanity itself has to go because it smells awful from the previous owners. There’s tons of water damage to it and it’s falling apart. Oh and we’ve used it as a utility sink for all of our renovations…
As you can see in my moodboard, the nook will be the same wall color as the rest of the bedroom. From there, I will be updating pretty much every finish!
Sources from moodboard:
- Clare Paint in Current Mood
- 42″ single vanity — this was a bit of a splurge, but I have plans to reuse it in our fully renovated bathroom when it’s time. I might change the hardware, but I’ll make that call once it’s here.
- matte black Trinsic bathroom faucet
- 28″ round mirror
- matte black towel rings
- diamond hand towels
- natural hyacinth woven tray
I am also trying to figure out our lighting situation for the vanity… There are many options:
- Overhead light — I could wire in a single chandelier, pendant, or flushmount to the ceiling, but the electrical box isn’t centered (you can see it in the photo at the top). I have the feeling it would drive me nuts, so I don’t think I can do this option
- Over the mirror — there is also an electrical box over the mirror where I could put a traditional vanity light. I don’t love that idea because it isn’t the most flattering angle and I have not found one that I like in combination with a round mirror.
- 2 plug in sconces on either side of the mirror — this is definitely an option but I am loathe to take up outlet space in a bathroom area.
- a double swag pendant light — this is most likely the option I will select. Basically, it’s a single canopy that’s wired to the ceiling electrical box. Then it splits into 2 pendants that I can swag and arrange as needed. The canopy still wouldn’t be centered, but I could get the look of symmetry by hanging the pendants in the spot I want.
And don’t forget that whichever lighting option we choose will be literally across from our bed… so I don’t want to be blinded by a bunch of super-bright bulbs. This is such a weird design conundrum!
Bathroom design plan
Once you go up the set of stairs, the shower and toilet are there. We’re keeping those in place since this is essentially a refresh instead of renovation. I have two leftover gallons of paint from The Craftsman House Project of Headspace from Clare, so I’ll be using that to paint the walls. Then it’s all about updating hardware, shower curtain, lighting, and finding a bathmat to cover as much of the floor as possible!
Sources from moodboard:
- Headspace from Clare Paint
- brushed brass showerhead
- basket stripe shower curtain
- tension pole shower caddy
- matte black toilet paper holder
- woven waste can
The remaining to do list:
Remove carpeting Install paneling and moulding Trim out the windows with moulding Install plywood flooring Patch holes and imperfections on ceiling and walls not covered in paneling Paint
door hardware overhead lighting closet lighting
- window coverings
- vanity lighting
- bathroom fixtures
- Paint bathroom
- Install closet hardware
- Layout furniture and style surfaces
- Organize closet
I only got to cross one thing off that list, but it was a big one so I’m trying to stay positive in our progress!