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Florida House: indoor pool remodel

This bathroom was a six week overhaul that I completed just days before I left Florida. As I mentioned earlier this year, we bought a house in Florida with plans to eventually move there full-time. I spent most of June and July there and tackled a few spots on the rooms to be renovated list.

The hall bathroom was a priority because it was very dated and also a room that everyone will end up using, guests included. There are only two bathrooms in this home and I wanted this one to be a mix of mid-century and coastal styles and include a bold botanical wallpaper.

When I started in June, there was a monstrous fluorescent light in the ceiling with an old fan, an outdated vanity with laminate flooring, and dingy porcelain tile floors.

There’s room here now!

The first step was the removal of this gigantic light fixture, for which we hired professional electricians. The bathroom didn’t have a vent, so we added an LED light and fan combo where the ceiling fan used to be, and I had the electrician install new cords for sconces on either side of the mirror.

The next step was removing the old vanity and replacing the tile floor. The house was built in the 1960s, so I chose a classic white hexagon mosaic for the floor. Once the new floor was in, I installed the board and batten, then the vanity, and then the wallpaper.

I like mixing finishes in bathrooms so this time I mixed white with gold. I repurposed the old white towel rail and bought a white mirror with rounded corners to complement it. The faucet, sconces and towel rail are in brushed brass. I love how the shape of the cabinet handles mimics the shape of mid-century sconces.

The wallpaper is a bold botanical theme, I chose a palm leaf pattern to reflect the lush diversity of Florida palms. I installed it myself with careful application. It’s not hard to do, but it takes time to get it just right.

For this wallpaper I have to add the glue myself, it’s not a peel and stick or the kind that comes pre-pasted. I actually like this style best because you apply the paste to the wall with a roller and the paper gets over it so it’s easier for me to move around to get the seams just right. I will put a video on reels to show all the steps and another for the DIY slab and batten wall treatment.

The opposite wall has the same board and batten wall treatment, bold wallpaper, and this Gold Coast art print is framed above the towel rail.

I’ve attached a long shower curtain and liner with a solid brushed brass rod, I like golden hues against the blue and white. We haven’t made any changes to the shower, but the white fiberglass inlay may be replaced with tiles in the future.

Instead of drilling into this beautiful teak vanity, I purchased a freestanding toilet paper holder. I also win the award for cutest trash can ever! How gorgeous is this push-top can with its mid-century wood-tone bodice and legs? Adorable! I also replaced the old silver toilet flush handle with a white one – those details are important to me!

I’m so happy with how it turned out! It’s a beautiful mix of coastal and mid-century styles in classic blue and white, and the wooden vanity adds a nice contrast.


natural teak vanity / vanity top / brass handles

Brass Wall Lights / Waterfall Faucet & Pop Up Drain

gold towel rail / embossed shower curtain / rounded mirror

Brushed Gold Shower Curtain Rod / White Vase / Waste Bin

Large Format Sea Art / Palm Art / Botanical Wallpaper (Four Colors)

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