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Herringbone Heaven

Posted April 30, 2020

Guest post by Jamin + Ashley Mills of The Handmade Home

Hey guys! We’re Jamin and Ashley Mills with The Handmade Home. We’re so excited to be back again today, and show you a young boy’s bathroom makeover, for some sweet friends of ours. While we love taking on projects in our own little DIY corner of the world, we also very much love helping others. It’s basically our life’s mission to help people love where they dwell. So we’re excited to share this bathroom reveal with all of you.

Our sweet friends were ready to do something with this “hot mess” of a space. The previous owners of their 1970-something house had taken on a half-reno, which really equated to made-it-more-awkward since it was halfway there changes that caused more problems with the aesthetic. Their middle child and only boy uses the bathroom {which will prove a nice escape when he’s older, from his sisters}, and guests also frequent this bath because of the house layout.

Needless to say, they were ready for something fresh and new, for their 6-year-old to grow into.

In demo, this is the kind of stuff they were dealing with – vinyl on top of vinyl, y’all. The old school vinyl never ceases to entertain us, and we should probably do an entire feature on the different patterns, alone. They’re so much fun! So they were so excited to put real tile in their bath, and real tile, they did!

If a bathroom can be handsome, this is it.

The bath was an entire gut out, with fresh takes on new surfaces, gorgeous shades of brass, and of course, Jeffrey Court tile. The penny tile and subway combined with the dark grey grout is the perfect pick for a little boy’s {with choices he can grow into} bathroom! Not only does it convey such a modern hint of masculinity, but it helps with all things cleaning, too.

We loved bringing in the herringbone look in their subway, in Morning Mist. The gloss finish gives the bath a great reflective feel, which also helps with the size and overall feel in a not-so-subtle sparkle. Their penny tile in Antique Pearls is the perfect complement.

While the previous door opened awkwardly into the room, we had two options for replacement: change it into a pocket door to save space or a barn door for easy access. Since the pocket door would have been much more extensive with moving electrical and drywall work, they opted for the barn door. Which brings in so much style! We love the combo of modern with a touch of rustic for the entire feel.

We love the way it feels against the tile for a sweet contrast!

See more inspiration from the designing duo, here

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