Our Bathroom Before + A New Shower Head

Bathroom Before - The Inspired Room blog
Our downstairs bathroom before
This post contains a review in partnership with Waterpik.

We have quite a few projects to work on in (and outside) this house, but so far bathrooms haven’t really been on our high priority list. The lower level bathroom is the newer of the two and it is actually one I am more excited about updating because it will be the easier and less costly project. It’s nice to have easy projects you can do even just one weekend at a time so you can see improvements without a huge investment of time or money.

Today I thought I’d show you the before photos of this bathroom and give you a few thoughts I have for how to update it. Maybe you’ll have some simple ideas, too! I also will share a super easy shower head update we just completed with Waterpik.

Bathroom Before - TIR
Our downstairs bathroom before

As you can see, the bathroom started out as a pretty basic neutral space which has provided us a nice starting point. So what could we do to add our own personality? Since it’s the bathroom my son uses I want to keep it fairly masculine, but also make it feel welcoming for our guests who also use this bathroom.

We may paint the walls down the road, but because they are neutral they are easy enough to work with at least for now. The vanity is currently really dark and shiny wood with a granite top. If we decide to give it a makeover, I think it would probably be fairly easy to paint the cabinet or even just replace it. I have an inspiration photo below!

Navy blue and gold bathroom vanityGo Haus Go via BHG

I’m envisioning a navy blue for the vanity to make the room a bit cheerier, kind of like the inspiration photo above. I think I’ll skip the wallpaper though even though it is cute because, you know, it seems a bit risky with a teen boy.

We plan to keep the flooring and shower tile currently in our bathroom for now because it’s a neutral toned marble tile, but I think a few accessories and a throw rug will warm it all up and give it more pizazz. We definitely plan to update our mirrors and light fixtures to change the style.

The Inspired Room - Tiered Bathroom Cart

As you might recall from many months ago, I already completed one easy cosmetic update in one side this bathroom. Simply by adding the artwork, mirror and a little cart we were able to add personality to the space with very little effort.

I love that this bathroom can be cosmetically updated fairly easily. Since the bathroom already has all the basic plumbing in place, like the double sinks, shower and tub, other changes can be made more affordably. It’s fairly simple to update a faucet, for instance, but not as easy to add plumbing that isn’t there or isn’t located where you want it.

Before and After - Waterpik Shower Head

Recently Waterpik sent us a new shower head to try out in our bathroom. Literally within about a minute, we felt like we had a brand new shower! The one that was there previously didn’t have a functioning adjustable sprayer and we were not a fan of the wimpy water pressure so this was definitely an upgrade.

Waterpik Torrent Powerspray Shower Head

Our new shower head is the Waterpik Torrent PowerSpray + (You can find this one and other finishes and varieties like a handheld model at Target, Home Depot and Walmart for about $35).  As you know by now, I’m no DIY expert but this was a simple change even I could make without any stress or fancy tools. It literally took us 30 seconds to switch it out. That’s an easy project!

We put together a short one-minute video so you can see how really simple it was to install, and some of the features.


After testing out the shower head for the last week, here’s our review:

  • Innovation * * * * * (5 Stars)

    I love that it has 9 spray settings with up to 2X the pressure of its competitors, but it is also a water saving shower head (it can save .5 gallons per minute!) so it’s a budget-friendly choice.

  • Performance  * * * * (4 Stars)

    I love that it offers spray options because various people will be using this shower. A few of the settings didn’t seem to be as powerful as I would choose, but everyone has different preferences!

  • Massaging Power  * * * * (4 Stars)

    One of my favorite spray options was the PowerPulse Massage™ setting. While it isn’t quite as strong as I thought it would be, it’s still a great feature on a water saving shower head. It’s definitely a huge improvement over our old one!

  • Style + Design * * * * (4 Stars)

    I love that it has a larger 4.5″ diameter head and the sleek design with black accents makes it a great upgrade for a shower.

Have you updated a bathroom in your home? What are your most recent weekend makeovers?

Happy weekend, friends!



Trough Sinks {+ Colored Powder Coating}

Shiplap Bathroom Kohler Brockway SinksBHG

Many years ago my mom put a really cool deep white sink with a black undercoating in our beach house laundry room. I loved it! Ever since then I’ve had my eye out for an opportunity to use a sink like it.

Wood Stand Utility Sink with Kohler Black and White Trough Sink - Laundry SinkMy mom’s beach house laundry sink – Sink source (does not include wood stand)

I think trough style wall hung sinks are so fun in a laundry room or bathroom, don’t you?

Light Blue Kohler Brockway Trough Sink - Bird Wallpaper and Shiplap WallsDesign Sponge

One fun little tip I learned in our English Tudor was that you can “powder coat” things such as the underside of wall hung sinks, tubs, and even heat registers, appliances, outdoor furniture or millions of other things to give them a fresh new solid coating to restore it or even just to change the color to suit your decor.

There are so many colors available you can really get creative!

Bathroom with Subway Tile and Black and White Trough Sink
BHG

Double Trough Sink - Powder Coated Yellow GreenTraditional Home

Chappaqua "Vintage Inspired" Children

Trough Sinks - Black White and Brass Double Trough Sinks - House BeautifulHouse Beautiful

Kohler Brockway Sink Powder CoatedApartment Therapy photo: Ashley Poskin

Double Trough Sink - Subway Tile White Bathroom with Red Stools
HGTV / Photo by Jeff Herr

Jeanne Racioppi, Williams & Spade Interior Design Interior Design - http://williamsandspade.com/portfolio_page/newton-residence/Williams and Spade: Jeanne Racioppi, Williams & Spade Interior Design

Washington Street Remodel

Black and White Trough Sink - Inspiration for Bathrooms with Trough Sinks
Country Living

Blue and White Bathroom Trough Sink with Shiplap Walls
BHG

West Hartford Residence Addition and Renovation

Red Trough Sink - Red and White Bathroom - Simply Natural Mom
Simply Natural Mom

Wall Hung Sink
BHG

Even though these sinks may have been new to begin with, they were probably powder coated to be those pretty shades on the undersides.

We took all of our 1930s house boiler wall heat registers to be powder coated when we first moved into that house. They were covered with layers and layers of grime and old paint and I thought they might be beyond hope of being salvaged before we took them in to a local powder coating or auto body type shop. After a brand new powder coat, they were like new (almost better than new)!

A trough sink is definitely on my house goals and dreams list, I can’t imagine a more charming addition to a bathroom or laundry room!

Happy Monday!

Sources: You can find these trough sinks online HERE with options for double and triple faucets.

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