HOUSE: Newburgh

At last! The upstairs bathroom.


I was finally able to take a few photos of the upstairs bathroom in its finished (well, we all know it’s never really finished, right?) state. Unfortunately, because the room is SO tiny, it’s very hard to really show the space well in a photo. Also, I apologize for the somewhat dark and grainy quality of the photos!

If you’d like to see more of the upstairs bathroom (including lots of scary “during” shots), here’s the full set.

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  • Reply wndl December 1, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    anna, this bathroom is soooo lux!! can’t wait to see the completed downstairs bath.

  • Reply Annapolitan December 1, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Love it! Love the crisp color, the layout, the nicely balanced fixtures… well done!

  • Reply kristy December 1, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    oh my anna! when you see the first before pic of the whole bathroom, it really shows off your hard work. your attention to detail and overall styling is just the best!

  • Reply Mandi Johnson December 1, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    It looks wonderful! I love coming to your blog and seeing the progress in your renovations. It looks like you are really taking your time and doing things right- great job!

  • Reply anne December 1, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    It looks AMAZING! I would take a bath everyday!

  • Reply tamiko December 1, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    i’m in love with my first bathroom ever. lovely. it’s so crisp, white, and clean. the tiles are gorgeous and that tub! wow. the radiator looks great painted too. thanks for being so inspiring!

  • Reply karly December 1, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Wow!!! You’ve really done a fantastic job!! i can’t believe it’s the same bathroom!!!

  • Reply a. December 1, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    gorgeous. no shower? I’m such a spazz; I would spray water all over the gorgeous wallpaper.

  • Reply Making it Lovely December 2, 2008 at 12:02 am

    It is BEAUTIFUL. Seriously. I love it.

  • Reply kay* December 2, 2008 at 12:08 am

    wow – what an amazing transformation! i’ve been looking forward to this post.

    question – i notice you don’t have a shower curtain – do you find any issues with water splashing outside the tub onto the floor? i’m wondering if that would be a pain to dry up everyday? or maybe it’s not that bad…

  • Reply chrispito December 2, 2008 at 12:39 am

    WOW! You did such a good job! Now all you need is a bottle of bubbly and some candles to celebrate. 😉

  • Reply Emily December 2, 2008 at 1:19 am

    It looks AMAZING!!!

  • Reply Barb F (Australia) December 2, 2008 at 3:24 am

    Hooray! I am so pleased we got to see the end result. It looks as amazing as I imagined. I am so loving that wallpaper and those tiles.

  • Reply sandra December 2, 2008 at 3:46 am

    it’s such a pretty bathroom, i love the floor!! what a great job you’ve done!

  • Reply Katja December 2, 2008 at 3:47 am

    It’s so beautiful! I love that wallpaper! And, well everything about this room! 🙂

  • Reply euni December 2, 2008 at 5:42 am

    beautiful anna!!!

  • Reply janet December 2, 2008 at 6:09 am

    this looks amazing, anna! the wallpaper looks perfect and i love the colour palette, especially with the purple flowers. have you kept the little wooden stool that you painted black?

  • Reply Lynne December 2, 2008 at 7:19 am

    Oh I love this – love the radiators, and the wallpaper – what is it? I really like it.

  • Reply brand-eye December 2, 2008 at 7:41 am

    looks totally beautiful. that wallpaper is amazing.

  • Reply Lynne December 2, 2008 at 7:47 am

    And the floor…

  • Reply Michelle December 2, 2008 at 8:14 am

    What an amazing transformation. The floor is fabulous.

  • Reply Orange Pattern December 2, 2008 at 8:27 am

    It’s beautiful. Wonderful job. You must love it…

  • Reply Cassie December 2, 2008 at 8:41 am

    The bathroom looks terrific. I particularly like the radiator.

    I am a little curious (and maybe too nosy), but were you guys always bath-takers, or did you make a conscious choice just to have a prettier bathroom?

  • Reply kristen December 2, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Awesome transformation!

  • Reply mrslimestone December 2, 2008 at 9:09 am

    3 words: I love it!

  • Reply whitney December 2, 2008 at 9:13 am

    so great, I love the tub & wallpaper

  • Reply jen December 2, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Love it. Nice and bright and airy. Love the wallpaper.

  • Reply Anna at D16 December 2, 2008 at 9:24 am

    anne: Well, I actually AM taking a bath every day at the moment, as this is our only bathroom while we (slowly) work on renovating the one downstairs. I love baths for relaxation, but I have to be honest…I really miss having a shower when I’m rushing to get ready in the morning!

    a.: Our downstairs bathroom has a full shower (or at least it did…and it will again when we’re done renovating it!), but we didn’t feel we needed a second shower in this bathroom. An enclosure would have closed off the space so much, and there really is nothing like taking a bath in a clawfoot tub without having to worry about whether the shower curtain liner is touching you (eww…) by accident. 🙂 As for the hand-sprayer, it’s not like a mounted shower head. The pressure of the spray is very low, really just enough for rinsing off after a bath. You’d have to really TRY to spray water all over the place!

    kay*: As I said in my reply above, it’s really not an issue with water splashing out at all. I’ve never had to wipe up any water. Hand-sprayers have low pressure. It’s enough to rinse my hair, etc., but it’s not meant to be mounted or used while standing. There’s no need for a shower curtain if you don’t have a full shower.

    janet: For the time being, we’re using the tub tray rather than the little stool. This is currently our only functional bathroom, so the stool isn’t really practical. Ordinarily I wouldn’t be shampooing my hair in the bath (it sucks, I’ll be honest!), and I don’t want to have to reach a dripping hand out to the stool to get the shampoo every morning! The stool will probably make a reappearance when the downstairs bathroom is finished and this bathroom becomes more for relaxation than utility. 🙂

    Lynne: The wallpaper is Bindweed from Ferm Living. It’s beautiful!

    Cassie: Our second bathroom (currently mid-renovation) has a shower, so we didn’t really have to think too much about it. Bathing in a clawfoot tub is a luxury, and I didn’t want to spoil that with an enclosure and a curtain. If we only had a single bathroom, I’m sure we would have bought a conversion kit (something we can still do at any point if we want — it just attaches to the top of the existing faucet).

    As a side note, I should mention that the house I lived in from ages 9 to 17 had no shower, just a large pedestal tub. We didn’t even have a hand-sprayer! We used to pour cups of clear water over our heads to rinse out the shampoo. So I’m used to this kind of thing. Evan, on the other hand…that’s an different story!

  • Reply Kate F. December 2, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Anna, I’m glad to see your responses re. the shower downstairs–I am jealous that you can eventually use this tub for relaxation only; we have a gorgeous clawfoot tub with really fabulous shower fixtures, but there’s nothing quite as annoying as the billowing double curtains during your morning shower. Ugh. You are smart to let the tub be good at what it’s good at–baths–and then have a better-suited shower set-up elsewhere.

  • Reply April in CT December 2, 2008 at 9:38 am

    I am absolutely enamored with this bathroom! What an amazing transformation! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply donnarino December 2, 2008 at 9:41 am

    We have a clawfoot tub with a vintage showerhead on it and as it is our only full bath we are stuck with it for now. I know you said you don’t use it to shower, but I would like to know how those w mounted showerheads do it because the water gets everywhere and there are no curtains on the market that go all the way around (and the magazines never tell you). I keep having to buy two curtains and then cut them because they are too long and they get moldy fast too because they never dry properly.

    As a result, my affection for these tubs has died. They make for great props but are not practical at all. We’ll probably replace it with a glass shower when we finally get around to renovating.

  • Reply Anna at D16 December 2, 2008 at 9:47 am

    donnarino: Don’t despair! You CAN buy shower curtains that go all the way around, you just have to know where to look. 🙂 I highly recommend checking out Vintage Tub. They have a huge selection of products designed for use with old tubs and sinks, and their customer service is EXCELLENT (and free shipping!). Believe me, I’ve tested out their returns policy more than my indecisive nature would like to admit. 😉 Oh, and here are the extra-wide curtains you’re looking for. Also, maybe you need to mount the rod enclosure higher if you’re having a problem with standard curtains being too long…

  • Reply Courtney December 2, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Anna, it looks incredible! It is certainly a bathroom where I would love to be able to soak in the tub- it looks so relaxing. I can’t wait to see what you all do with the downstairs bath!

  • Reply wanderluster December 2, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Nice job you did with a very challenging space!

  • Reply Brittness December 2, 2008 at 10:10 am

    gorgeous! great inspiration for the rest of us…I love that floor and wallpaper!

  • Reply katie December 2, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Beautiful work Anna!!!!

  • Reply susan December 2, 2008 at 10:57 am

    What a beautiful use of such a tiny space. Your house just makes me sigh with happiness.

  • Reply Shashi December 2, 2008 at 11:13 am

    It looks awesome!

  • Reply heather December 2, 2008 at 11:17 am

    It’s so nice to see the final results! So pretty with that wallpaper! I’m curious to know what the wall paint color is? It reminds me of the color I painted my bedroom.

  • Reply Lauren December 2, 2008 at 11:17 am

    I am so, so impressed with your hard work and beautiful design. So clean and classic, yet modern. I’m so happy to have found you through decor8. I can’t wait to read and see more!

  • Reply Mary December 2, 2008 at 11:41 am

    I was so excited to see these pics this morning – Anna, it is GORGEOUS! I love the wallpaper, the floor, all of it. Just beautiful…

  • Reply Fionnuala December 2, 2008 at 11:42 am

    I am gobsmacked. This is beautiful! This is the standard by which my own bathroom will now be judged.

  • Reply anh-minh December 2, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Lovely! Everything you chose came together so well. (No surprise because you have such a great eye.)

  • Reply Amanda December 2, 2008 at 11:55 am


    I find so much inspiration from your blog. I wonder if you’ve considered acting as a design consultant on the side of your book cover designing? Without hesitation I would hire you to assist with our remodeling adventure. You have excellent, elegant, gorgeous taste.

  • Reply Adam December 2, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Wow amazingly beautiful! I’m so proud of you guys, I am going to be modeling my (hopefully this summer) upstairs bathroom on yours!

  • Reply Christiana December 2, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Wow, this is incredibly lovely – so calming and fresh. I’m beyond impressed!

  • Reply Kathy December 2, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Wow Anna, it looks GREAT! Really impressed!

  • Reply Jessica December 2, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Anna, this looks incredible! The various materials and colors you chose are perfect, you could moonlight as an interior designer 🙂 I especially love that you didn’t convert the tub – it’s so luxurious and works great in the space!

  • Reply CarolineB December 2, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    That renovation is ridiculously wonderful!

  • Reply Jo J December 2, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Anna, how on earth do you “keep faith” during the whole process (?) ! And are the previous owners of the house following along, I wonder? They must be amazed.. it is truly, gob-smackingly, gorgeous.

  • Reply sarah von December 2, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    fantastic! I love the pink against the white. And that wall paper is amazing!

  • Reply paisley penguin December 2, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Love the corner sink and wallpaper!

  • Reply JuliaL December 2, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Well done! It looks great!

  • Reply Vicki December 2, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    It looks very calm and peaceful… Sorry if someone already asked, but did you decide against using the yellow shelf, or is it cropped out of the pictures?

  • Reply Emma December 2, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Looks beautiful Anna! I’ve read about everything you’ve been through with this renovation and it really turned out great! (And thank you so much for linking ;))

  • Reply nina December 2, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Oh Anna, it’s gorgeous! And ahem… this is not tiny! 1.5 square meters (our ONLY bathroom!), that’s tiny! 😉

  • Reply reva December 2, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    i love everything! you must be thrilled.

    thanks for your interest in mr. sköna. my etsy shop will be up tomorrow, fingers crossed.

  • Reply Anna December 2, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    wow! You have done a truly great job! I love the use of the wallpaper…it’s not a ‘in your face’ pattern but really finishes the room. Hope you enjoy your new room.

  • Reply kim@dti December 2, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    I am even more desperate now to redo my bathrooms. Very inspiring. Love everything, especially the fact that there is even a tub crammed into such a small space.

  • Reply nicki December 2, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    gorgeous- i love your style

  • Reply Amy December 2, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Love it, love it, love it. You guys did a great job with the reno.

  • Reply celia December 2, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    And because it is so tiny as you said your work in it is even bigger and prettier. It’s gorgeous how you made such a cozy place from that tiny bathroom. I feel like I would like to be in that tube for a looooong while, lol…

  • Reply Aunt Evolity December 2, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    What a cozy room you’ve created!
    This means there is still hope for our tiny bath room.
    Of course, we need to save up to do it properly, because, like yours, it will need to be completely gutted so we can start from scratch.
    I really love your details. You make it look like you stepped into a time machine and brought back the entire room sparkling new from the 1920’s or 1940’s. I really love what you have achieved! Gorgeous!

  • Reply Anna at D16 December 2, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    heather: The wall color is the same as throughout the rest of the house, BM Moonlight White (the beadboard/trim is BM Simply White). It reads much more warmly in the bathroom than it does elsewhere! The final photo that shows the open door actually has the same paint on the wall in the hallway. Weird, yeah?

    Amanda & Jessica: I could only moonlight as an interior designer for people with exactly the same taste as mine! I’m not good at making concessions when it comes to decor — I have such a specific vision, and it’s not particularly varied!!

    Jo J: The previous occupants were renters, but I think it’s safe to say that neither they nor any of the various people who have owned and/or rented this house over the past 125 years are paying attention to this blog. 😉

    Vicki: No, the shelf isn’t there! It didn’t work in the room after all, and wouldn’t have really served a purpose.

    Thank you for all the nice comments, everyone! We’re very happy to have such a beautiful bathroom in our house at last. Hopefully the second one will be just as nice…but done in far less time!!

  • Reply lisa December 2, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    very smart, very beautiful choices. nothing superfluous.
    congratulations! and i wonder… if that room were a scent what would it be??? not masculine or feminine. it would have to be a little bit androgynous. maybe morrocan fig. or something a little churchy like
    or this
    yet. i might hide the candle because the sight of it would disturb the perfection that is your new bathroom.

  • Reply paola December 3, 2008 at 6:29 am

    I love it!!! great idea and gorgeous wallpaper!!

  • Reply donnarino December 3, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Thanks Anna, I’ve seen the curtains at Vintage Tub before but holey moley are they expensive or what?!

  • Reply heather December 3, 2008 at 11:28 am

    yes it reads warm and looks just perfect with the floor tile! i picked one white to use around our place too… keeps it all unified.

  • Reply holly December 3, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    wow, it looks fantastic!! i love the wallpaper you chose.

  • Reply lush bella December 3, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    oh my goodness! this is incredible what you’ve done! we are too in the process of renovating our tiny bathroom, and it seems as though we’ll never finish. we have curtains for doors, and are putting off ripping up the sheet vinyl flooring fearing what we’ll find, but you’ve renewed my enthusiasm, and i hope that we’ll be done some time next year!

  • Reply Claire December 3, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    So pretty! It gives me hope for my super ugly bathroom. The wallpaper is an especially nice touch.

  • Reply Helena December 4, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Great work and the wallpaper is amazing.

  • Reply Smasher December 4, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Wow! Looks great!

    The wallpaper on one wall really works with the high ceiling. The different wall treatments break up the space very nicely.

    We’re still working on our bathroom remodel, but it’s almost done. See shots here.

  • Reply michelle December 5, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    AHHH, I love it, I realize that you have 70-odd emails all saying how great it is, and my comment is kind of boring, but WOWOOWOWOOWOWOW, I love it. The morning pee would be so much fun in that room, I bet I would hop out of bed much faster if I got to go in a room that pretty!!!

  • Reply Cilla December 5, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Looooooooove. I am enamored with black and white decor and white bathrooms in general. Amazing job!

  • Reply Meg December 8, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    It’s so perfectly British! Kudos on keeping the space small and simple with only the essential fixtures (I believe in small bathrooms even when you have the space!!!) For symmetry I would wallpaper the opposite wall in the same print or paint horizontal lines for contrast (thin for effect, thick for impact), and add shelves for storage (I-heart-Ikea Lack shelves’s invisible hardware, though adjustable shelves provide flexibility and brackets provide visible stability…you really can’t go wrong!) Oh, and congrats on surviving the renovation…that’s a feat in and of itself.

  • Reply December 14, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Wow, your bathroom is stunning! LOVE the radiator, and I can’t belive that the tub tray is from ikea!

  • Reply Vanessa December 18, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Where did you get the radiator???? 😀

  • Reply Anna at D16 December 18, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Vanessa, the radiator came with the house! It was in the bathroom, and is probably from the ’20s or ’30s. It was very rusty and covered with peeling paint — we had it sandblasted and powdercoated (we did the same with the tub and sink, which also came with the house).

  • Reply Rebecca @ Harmony and Home December 20, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Anna, I just found your blog through The City Sage. I love your bathroom. It’s so clean and fresh and the wallpaper is really fun. I have a lot of color in my house, but no wallpaper and I’m so dying to use some. I’ll be adding you to my blogroll to see what you are writing in the future! Happy blogging!

  • Reply josh December 24, 2008 at 2:31 am


    i just found your blog earlier today (i forget where, to be honest) and after scrolling through all the back pages of entries, i just want to say that i am in love with your house! especially your upstairs bathroom. it’s so serene.

    besides the ferm wallpaper, i think those honeycomb marble tiles are my favorite part.

    anyway, congrats on an AMAZING transformation! that before picture of the rotting wood/etc almost made me throw up in my mouth (haaaa, just kidding) and it’s almost miraculous that this final product came from that!

  • Reply Jan December 26, 2008 at 11:49 am

    The bathroom turned out beautiful. Thanks for sharing your home renovations with us all.

  • Reply Alice December 30, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    i think this may be my dream bathroom! Love the wallpaper and the bathtub!

  • Reply Loreen January 3, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Hi Anna, Your work is lovely!!! Just the inspiration i need to tackle my bathroom renovation…Happy New Year!

  • Reply Cala January 4, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Love the bathroom–I think it is almost exactly the size of the bathroom we need to redo. What are the dimensions of the room?

  • Reply Anna at D16 January 4, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Cala, the bathroom is about 5 x 10 feet, minus the area of a small (2 x3) closet in the adjoining room. 🙂

  • Reply Cala January 8, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks! It is actually a bit bigger than mine, it turns out! It has some great small space solutions, so thanks for the inspiration.

  • Reply Ingrida Martinkus January 8, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I love the (finished) bathroom and what you have done/are doing with your house! Love the blog as well!!!
    We have the exact same floor tiles in our tiny bathroom: We still have a tremendous amount of work to do on our place though…

  • Reply Natalie February 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    So yeah, I’m one of those people who surf blogspot for pictures of other people’s gorgeous homes, hoping I will be inspired to do something with my own space. And yours is the home that has inspired me today! Thanks for that 🙂

    Your bathroom walls are gorgeous and your floors are to-die-for!!

  • Reply Suzanne February 24, 2009 at 10:02 am

    I really like your bathroom. Could you tell me how you like the Toto toilet? I am considering it for our bathroom remodel.

  • Reply ModernGearTV Tamara May 10, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    So here I am, looking at pictures of bathroom remodels because I have to buy tiles TOMORROW! And, though I want penny rounds or hexagonal tiles on the floor, I am totally torn because I don’t know if that would work with a very modern looking tub. Had I the time, I’d source out a clawfoot tub. Shoot. Thank you for the inspiration though!

  • Reply Jonathan June 14, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    I am also interested in your thoughts on the Toto toilet. We are considering one for our basement bath

  • Reply zach May 18, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Wow great bathroom! Can I ask where you got the tub sandblasted and powder coated? I also have a claw foot tub in need of restoration, and I’d prefer to go that route. How has it held up in the past 3 years? Any cleaning do’s and don’ts?



    • Anna @ D16 May 18, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      – Extreme Powder Coating in New Windsor
      – Good as new
      – Clean as you would any other tub


  • Reply Laura June 12, 2012 at 1:45 am

    hi Anna,

    fabulous renovation. Where’s the corner medicine cabinet from? I’m renovating a bathroom right now and we’re looking for a good corner medicine cabinet.


    • Anna @ D16 June 12, 2012 at 6:33 am

      It’s from IKEA, but I don’t think they’ve carried it for a long time now.

    • Laura June 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      bummer. Thanks for letting me know!

  • Reply Steph Alarcon May 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Hi there! I know this post is super old but I came across it a long time ago and often refer to the pictures when daydreaming about bathrooms. I think it influenced some decisions I made in a bathroom build-out about 2 years ago.

    Anyway, now that some years have passed, how is the powder coating holding up on the sink and tub?

    • Anna @ D16 May 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      It’s still like new, Steph! 🙂

  • Reply Katie March 22, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    This bathroom is beautiful. Great job.

    What size are the hex tiles? 1×1 or 2×2?

  • Reply Jordan October 5, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    What grout color was used for these tiles? Thanks!! Sanded or unsanded?

    • Anna @ D16 October 6, 2014 at 2:33 am

      It’s white grout, unsanded. You don’t want to use sanded grout with polished stone.

  • Reply Amy August 14, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Hi Anna, Wonderful! What is your source for the beadboard and trim? And do you remember the exact color and brand of grout? Did you find that you had many unevenly spaced hexagon tiles to fix before grouting? This is what I’ve read about folks who use marble hex.

    • Anna @ D16 August 14, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Hi Amy, the wainscot is 1/2″ thick T&G pine flooring, the cheapest grade available ($1/SF). Pretty sure the trim pieces came from Lowe’s. It’s just standard stuff butted up against each other. I have no idea what the grout brand was…this was a long time ago. Probably whatever they sell at Lowe’s in the big bags. It’s white. No idea about the spacing, because I didn’t do the tiling myself.

      Sorry I can’t be more helpful on details, but this post is from 7 years ago. 😉

  • Reply Nikki February 9, 2016 at 5:30 am

    Hi Anna, please could you tell me how you found living with white grout on the floor? I love the look of the white marble hex with the white grout but worried about practicality (no luck finding black marble hex in the UK within our price range – you guys seem to have a million times more amazing and reasonably priced tiles than I can find in London…)

    Your blog is a real inspiration for me and also have a few K is for Black items at home, thanks so much for sharing everything you do 🙂


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