HOUSE: Newburgh

Did I mention that we have two bathrooms?

Now that the upstairs bathroom is nearing completion, we’re starting to think about what we want to do with the second bathroom downstairs. It’s really, really ugly right now, but clean and usable (I don’t even want to post a photo—it’s a bad ’80s renovation with floral wall tiles and a beige floor), so we decided to do the upstairs bathroom first. Hopefully the downstairs bathroom won’t be as much of an ordeal, since we won’t be dealing with crazy underfloor clawfoot tub nightmares. It’s a pretty straightforward renovation job (famous last words, I know).

We’re keeping the bathtub—a cast iron, apron-front corner tub—but everything else is going. I threw together a collage of what we’re planning on using. Some of it we already have (the Componibili, the Hook Box, the shower curtain, the mirror), and the rest of it is still up in mid-air. I want to get going on it! Having one nice bathroom is making the other one look really shabby and sad.

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  • Reply sammie ru September 7, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    maybe the penny rounds in grey i feel like black could be too much

  • Reply michelle September 7, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    i love it already.
    we have light gray walls & the same shower curtain in our master bath. unfortunately it could still use a renovation: pink floor tiles with gray grout & speckled 4×4’s with random floral tiles surround the tub.

    anna, you’re killing us waiting on the upstairs bath wall paper shot already 😉

  • Reply rena September 7, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    ooh, where is this shower curtain from?

  • Reply Nina September 7, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    You make it sound so easy to renovate a bathroom. We have to do ours, but I am not looking forward to it. Perhaps I should just start with getting a beautiful Hook Box and take it from there. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Reply read me... September 7, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    you’ll be needing the new orla kiely towels then, surely??

  • Reply Anna at D16 September 7, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    rena: I bought the shower curtain from Anthropologie 2+ years ago (yes, in anticipation of using it in this bathroom!), but there’s one on eBay right now! (I stole their photo…)

    Nina: I make it sound easy to renovate a bathroom??? Wow! Have you seen all of my posts about renovating the upstairs bathroom? It took us over a year, and was filled with plumbing/woodwork/plaster/electrical/fixture/tile nightmares the entire time! It’s not easy at all, it’s terribly nerve-wracking, expensive, and exhausting. If I’m making it sound easy, I’m obviously not complaining enough. 😉

    read me: I prefer plain towels, but those are definitely cute!

  • Reply erin@designcrisis September 7, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    I personally like the black penny round tiles. Black and white is always classic and clean.

  • Reply kate f September 7, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    aaaah, I’m obsessed w/ the black pennyrounds. LOVE.

  • Reply heather September 7, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    How exciting! Definitely a different look than your other bathroom this time… modern but still classic. Those penny rounds are going look fantastic!
    I used those IKEA grip handles in my old kitchen and really loved them – they hold up with time and have a nice feel in hand.

  • Reply megan September 7, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    i am LOVING that shower curtain (and everything else in this post, too) — can’t wait to see photos of the finished product!

  • Reply Rebee September 8, 2008 at 6:50 am

    I want to see pictures of the Ugly Bathroom. 😀

    Everything is so classic and beautiful. I love it.

  • Reply mrslimestone September 8, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Your concept board is looking lovely. I heart penny rounds 🙂

  • Reply Adam September 8, 2008 at 11:30 am

    I would hope you will be showing off the stunning paint job I did in your downstairs bathroom! I love your ideas for the room!

    PS: Sorry it has taken me so long to send you room measurements and whatnot, it has been killer adjusting to work this year not having a classroom!

  • Reply DiP September 8, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    OK, I’m going to venture a guess here…

    The paint color, BM # 2137-60???

  • Reply erin@designcrisis September 8, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Hi, hi, it’s me again… I was wondering where to buy those fab hook boxes?

  • Reply Anna at D16 September 8, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Rebee: I’ll post photos of the ugly bathroom once we actually start working on it. It’s too embarrassing to show it now while it’s still in use! I always worry that guests will think we like it.

    Adam: Take your time, it’s not like I don’t have anything else to do! 😉 Oh, and without your paint job, we could not have survived 2+ years with that bathroom. Seriously…it was pale hospital green and beige. I would have had to build a temporary outhouse!

    DiP: I haven’t made it that far yet! I think Gray Owl (I looked it up) is a bit too dark, I’m leaning towards Abalone (2108-60).

    erin: Unfortunately, I think the Hook Box might be out of production already. They went on 1/2 sale at DWR just a few months after they came out, and soon after were taken out of inventory and would up at the DWR Annex for an even lower price (that’s when we bought ours). I don’t know if there’s any way to get one now. You could try contacting the manufacaturer, Bosa Ceramiche?

  • Reply DiP September 8, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Abalone 2108-60?!?!
    Wow, that brown?
    Are you SURE you’re ready to dabble in the world of gray??? 8^)

    Take a look at 2133-60.

  • Reply Anna at D16 September 8, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Yikes, maybe I’m wrong, I don’t have the chip in front of me! I was trying to remember the name, and I thought it was Abalone. If you’re saying it’s brown, though, I must have the wrong color — this is a really pale (almost white), neutral gray. I’ll check tonight and see what the actual name is. 🙂

  • Reply Anna at D16 September 8, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    p.s. Please tell me you have a BM chip book in front of you, and you’re not reciting these numbers from memory! (I’d believe you either way, though.)

  • Reply DiP September 8, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    “Please tell me you have a BM chip book in front of you, and you’re not reciting these numbers from memory!”

    If you’re going to play with the grays, you better know your subject matter!

    (Perhaps the “dash 70’s” are a safer range for your first venture away from white world. Baby steps! 2134-70 maybe???)

  • Reply we love numbers September 8, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    wow, your home is really nice, i love eames.

  • Reply jennifer in sf September 8, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Obviously paint looks different in different lights, etc…, but when I tried out Abalone it looked downright lavender on my wall.

    I’m beyond impressed with DiP’s gray knowledge!

  • Reply Anna at D16 September 8, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Dave, you’re scaring me! The color I’ve been looking at IS Abalone, I was right! I have to say, it doesn’t look brown to me at all. I also like the next color up (2108-70), Lacey Pearl. I’m a little scared by Jennifer’s assessment of Abalone as reading lavender, though, because that’s a huge fear of mine. Gulp.

    What’s the worst that can happen, right? I paint a wall, hate it, and paint over it. And I’m out $50, but hey, worse things have happened. I’m actually going to experiment with a can of cheap Valspar paint (color identical to BM Abalone) next weekend, so we’ll see how that goes…

  • Reply erin@designcrisis September 9, 2008 at 10:47 am

    I have Abalone walls and they’re definitely not brown. It just looks that way on the chip. In some lighting it will shift purplish due to red undertones. BM sells it in a $5 sample can so you can try it out.

  • Reply Susan September 9, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Can never go wrong with all white in a bathroom. Subway tiles are timeless and I’m loving that sink from Ikea!

  • Reply DiP September 9, 2008 at 11:54 am

    “I have Abalone walls and they’re definitely not brown.”

    If you have the full 2108 color card, look at 2108-30, “Brown Horse” down to 2108-10 “Ferret Brown” (Oh so appropriate!)and tell me what colors you see. BM colors are grouped by family; the “dash-10” range is the color’s root.

    I do like the color, I was just surprised that was teh gray range you would lean towards.

  • Reply jennifer in sf September 9, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Like erin there said, you can get Abalone in a sample size, or just paint the wall and see what happens!

    I also tried Silver Fox, which is one darker than Abalone on the old 2108 card, and that came out totally freaking brown. Eventually I abandoned that whole section of grays for something in the Affinity collection.

  • Reply erin@designcrisis September 9, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Sorry, DiP, I don’t have the whole color card… I do agree that Silver Fox is very brown (I have a sample). If abalone is too warm for you, you could try Harbor Gray, which is what Karly used. It looked blue in my house, but neutral gray in hers.

    Gray is haaaarrrd.

  • Reply Anna at D16 September 9, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Oh my god, did a paint chip fight almost break out on my blog?? That is so awesome.

    DiP, you are such an architect. To your bones!

  • Reply erin@designcrisis September 9, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    It would be so unkind to start a fight on someone else’s blog!

  • Reply DiP September 9, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    “DiP, you are such an architect. To your bones!”


    I take that as a complement!!! 8^)

    Now let’s debate “grAy” vs. “grEy!!!”

  • Reply Sarah January 13, 2009 at 8:13 pm


    Could you remind of the site that helps you create the idea boards? I think you posted about it somewhere else but I can’t find it.


  • Reply Anna at D16 January 13, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Sarah, I don’t use anything special — I just put them together in Photoshop.

  • Reply Abbe December 27, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Did you use the Ann faucet with the sink? We’re thinking about the sink, but would prefer a chrome faucet. Seems other brands’ spouts are a bit longer than the Ann. Thanks!

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