About This Project


You don’t necessarily need to start from scratch to give a bathroom a whole new life. In this bathroom reno in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia, highly functional vanity cabinets were already doing a great job of meeting the homeowner’s storage needs. It’s just that they were a dated dark brown wood color and a bit scuffed up. These cabinets, coupled with frosted closet doors on the opposite wall, made for a luxe washing and dressing area in the homeowner’s en suite bathroom. So why spend money and create waste replacing these elements when we can refresh them? A charcoal paint and new chrome hardware on the cabinets and a fresh white wall paint in the room makes the existing surfaces look good as new. Then, to truly update and brighten the space, we specified new sinks and faucets and bright white picket-shaped tile to be installed up to the ceiling. The quartz countertop has a stunning black vein running across the white surface and special care was taken to template this top so that the most striking part of the veining would be visible between the sinks on this double vanity. A header above the mirror that hid a fluorescent light tube was demolished to allow the ceiling to soar and we instead installed stylish linear vanity lights and a large black framed mirror.


Walk down a couple of steps from this dressing area and you’ll find the shower and toilet room. The back wall of the shower is the piece de resistance, featuring hand-made black and white tile in an optical pattern, each meticulously installed. A simple black metal schluter strip finishes off the edges of clean white tile on the other walls and a large niche is perfect for storing soap and shampoo. Roller skate art in this room and a vintage David Bowie poster in the dressing room are a nod to 80’s pop culture.


Photos by Rebecca McAlpin

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