We recently added living space by finishing out our attic. The renovation included putting in a classic black and white bathroom complete with a black clawfoot tub and charming, angled walls.
Though we are still waiting on some finishing touches in our master bath renovation (just minor stuff… like shower walls 😉 ), I realized the other day that I have a finished bathroom renovation that I haven’t shared yet! We finished this space last fall, but by then the holidays were upon us and I simply lost track. So I am super excited today to reveal this classic black and white bathroom!
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An Attic Bath
First of all, I ought to explain the unique space we were working with. When we purchased Little Pax Ranch, the vision for the property was to finish out the attic space, adding almost 1000 sf to the home. This is what we were working with.
From this space, we created a large living area, a bunk nook, a single bedroom, and this bathroom. As you can see, the entire space has the angled attic ceiling.
Throughout the attic, we tried to optimize head room by framing the ceiling above the support beams and simply leaving them exposed (and painted black, obviously). I still wanted to make the most of the lower ceilings, gaining usable square footage even beyond walking height, and a clawfoot tub seemed the perfect use of the lower ceiling nook.
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Choosing a shower door that was low enough for the angled ceiling proved to be easier than I had feared, and we were able to order a premade frameless shower enclosure (which is much less expensive than having custom shower glass made and installed).
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Black and White Bath Design
From the very beginning, I envisioned this space (the entire house, actually) as a mix of black and white and wood. I gathered what I saw as classic yet modern black and white bathrooms for inspiration and tried to balance the beautiful things I found with the unique shape of the room and the ever-present budget. 😉
One of our budget-smart decisions we made was the white tile. It helped that I knew I wanted a black and white space, and both white subway tile and white penny tile are beautifully classic. White subway tile for walls and backsplash is always a good choice, and we found these white penny tiles on sale for $1.99/sf. I paired it with a light gray, slightly warm grout.
Black Clawfoot Tub
This has got to be my favorite part. I ordered a white tub originally (because the price and size were perfect), but I decided the space really called for a black tub, especially once we had decided on all white tile.
I actually painted the tub myself (tutorial coming!), and I love how it turned out.
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Chrome and Black
Many interior designers are using matte black fixtures in modern black and white bathrooms these days (which I love in modern bathroom designs, by the way), but I wanted this to have a more classic, old fashioned balance since the old farmhouse needs a little antique charm… and chrome fixtures seemed the perfect answer. Plus, chrome is such an affordable way to outfit your bathroom! See more budget-friendly bathroom ideas here.
I took a hint from the gorgeous tub, though, and mixed the chrome fixtures with some black metal accents, as well: this simple light, this mirror (one of my favorites, by the way – I’ve used it in several client spaces, too, and everyone loves it!) and these simple iron cabinet pulls.
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Wood Bathroom Vanity
We chose a natural wood bathroom vanity for two reasons. First, it just feels right in this farmhouse to have some rustic charm. Second, it was free. 😉 We had two cabinets and just enough quartz left over from the kitchen renovation, and they happened to fit perfectly in this somewhat oddly shaped space.
The closet of the nearby bedroom eats into the room in the back corner near the tub, leaving just enough room inside the door for an additional cabinet and countertop. Given the number of people sometimes sharing this bathroom (since there is both a bedroom and a bunk room upstairs in this house now), we thought extra counter space for dop kits and toiletries would be really useful.
And I love how the wood warms up the black and white bathroom.
Vintage Bath Rug
And I finished it off – surprise, surprise – with a vintage rug. I ordered this one from my favorite rug store on eBay (for more tips on vintage rugs, check out my vintage rugs 101 or my post on where to buy vintage rugs). I love how it pops against the white wall and floor tile, and it’s so thick and soft underfoot…
In the end, I couldn’t be more pleased with how this space turned out. It feels classic, modern, antique, vintage, rustic, and simple all at the same time… and that’s a pretty tall order for any space. 😉 What’s your favorite part?
tub (which I painted Blackboard by Magnolia Kilz) | floor tile | wall tile | frameless shower enclosure | cabinets | cabinet pulls | countertops | tub faucet | shower faucet | sink faucet | wall sconce | towel hooks | toilet paper holder | turkish towels | hand towel | wall color: Silos White by Magnolia Kilz | rug: vintage (see tips for buying vintage rugs here)
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