vanity | bin pulls | faucet | brass toilet paper holder | floor tile As we’re making (slow, but) steady progress in the garden unit, it was an exciting day to finally get to the point where we were ready to install the vanity! While the reglazed tub, new fixtures, and re-installed toilet were starting to…
  • 'col - June 30, 2017 - 7:28 AM

    Perfect timing, Scott! I’m going to be installing one of these in the next few weeks, and I’ve been feeling a little nervous. As always, having you or Kim walk me through how you did it reminds me to slow down and look at each step. I’m also glad to hear you would use the Godmorgen vanity again! It gives me confidence in my choice.

    Also that bathroom is looking fantastic. Sigh. Wish I could rent from you!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 30, 2017 - 8:48 AM

      You can do it! I typically leave all the plumbing stuff to Scott, but I wanted to document this one to see if it really was easy (and it totally is!). And yes, we still love, love, love our GODMORGON and all the storage it provides, with one caveat on the double vanity – you’ll need a leg support in the middle. See this post where we address that.

      Good luck with your vanity!ReplyCancel

      • 'col - July 5, 2017 - 10:51 AM

        I remembered that! I’ll be sure to refer to the older post about reinforcing it. (And I did have the moment after I posted when I thought “wait, this little guy is a Hemnes, which one are we using again?”) I’m so excited to see how the garden apartment finishes; it’s looking beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Mackenzie - June 30, 2017 - 12:35 PM

    Thanks for bringing this deep-drawered vanity to my attention! The lost space under the bathroom sink has always been one of my small bathroom pet peeves. I’m curious, though; why I’d you choose a brass TP holder when all your other fixtures are chrome? Didn’t you just swap out all your two-tone fixtures? Just curious from a design perspective!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 30, 2017 - 1:53 PM

      We love mixing metals, but not on the SAME piece, exactly. :) (You can see how we did so in our master bath last year!) And we have plans for a few other brass touches once we’re done in here!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - June 30, 2017 - 1:44 PM

    I don’t see the link -where are the bin pulls from? I’d love to update our ikea vanity with something similar. I’d also love to see how you guys organize the inside of yours!ReplyCancel

  • Amylee - June 30, 2017 - 4:57 PM

    I’ve just ordered the same vanity, but I’m having trouble finding a faucet I like. I see that you didn’t go with the IKEA faucet. Any tips?ReplyCancel

    • Amylee - June 30, 2017 - 5:00 PM

      Can I also ask what size for the bin pulls? Since I have the same vanity, I’d like to order those same handles!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - June 30, 2017 - 5:08 PM

        We just got the 3″ and love ’em.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 30, 2017 - 5:10 PM

      You can choose any faucet you wish, as long as you choose a single hole faucet with a single hole IKEA vanity, for example. The only thing to keep in mind is the little stopper on the back of the faucet – IKEA uses a hand held plug to stop up the sink, rendering a stopper on any other faucet useless. So you could buy a faucet that doesn’t have the pull up stop, and you’re good to go! The one we chose DOES have a pull up stopper, but we simply didn’t install it, and it still works great!ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - July 3, 2017 - 10:51 AM

    I love the vanity’s from ikea!


  • brooke - July 3, 2017 - 1:04 PM

    Looks great! And is something i’ve really wanted in my own bathroom.

    Did you have a plumber create the 90 degree turn for your water intake pipes so they hugged the wall? Or was the bathroom already plumbed that way? I’m pretty sure my bathroom water pipes just jut out a few inches into the under-cabinet space, which makes me think they’d get in the way of the drawer closing.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 3, 2017 - 9:50 PM

      Our bathroom was plumbed this way after our contractor took a look at the vanity. If you had any concerns about the angle of the plumbing, you shouldn’t have an issue finding a 90 degree adapter at any big box hardware store!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - July 3, 2017 - 1:07 PM

    Oh! and also, I’m curious what the point of the black tubing is in your gif. Does that go within the PVC piping? Is it to create a better path for the water to flow since it’s such a sharp turn out of the sink? I plumbed my kitchen sink and don’t remember the need for anything like that.


    • Kim - July 3, 2017 - 9:51 PM

      Ah! You won’t see that in a kitchen sink. It’s attached to the overflow drain and goes back into the PVC waste line. It came with the IKEA kit!ReplyCancel

      • Brooke - July 4, 2017 - 5:10 PM

        thanks for the extra info! It’s really helpful to me.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - July 7, 2017 - 12:32 PM

    The vanity looks great! Love the upgrade on the pulls.

    I did want to mention that I’ve had issues on your blog lately with some photos not loading. I’ve looked on 2 computers, in Chrome and IE, and on this post, the photo between the one with the blue tape for the cut, and the one with the water running in the faucet, just shows as a endlessly spinning circle. Are those gifs or otherwise different from other photos?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 7, 2017 - 5:11 PM

      Oh, bummer! They are gifs. Can you view them on your phone? I’m not sure what could be causing that.

      Is anyone else having those issues?ReplyCancel

      • Emily - July 9, 2017 - 1:31 PM

        I just pulled up on my phone (android/chrome) and it shows as a broken image symbol. iPad/Safari has been attempting to load that pic for like 5 minutes. Laptop/Microsoft Edge browser & laptop/Firefox just spin and spin as well. Strange. (also, geez I have a lot of internet devices.)ReplyCancel

        • Kim - July 9, 2017 - 3:22 PM

          This is SO helpful, thanks, Emily! I’m going to keep digging why this might be an issue, although this is the first I’ve heard of it. Fingers crossed we can get this figured out!ReplyCancel

          • Emily - July 11, 2017 - 12:02 PM

            Update: gif is now working on my phone (android/chrome), but still not on my work computer in either chrome or IE. Not sure if something is being blocked at work, but I’ll try to check out my personal computer and iPad later.

    • Kim - July 11, 2017 - 12:15 PM

      You’re the best. I’m still trying to figure out why it’s working for some, but not others! I keep coming up empty handed, but it’s still on my sleuthing list. So frustrating, thank you!ReplyCancel


This post is sponsored by Delta® Faucet. In early May, Delta® invited us and a handful of bloggers to share in a Day of Inspired Design. The best part? It took place in our hometown of Chicago, making it possible for Scott to join in on the fun, too! You might remember seeing the day through our…
  • monica - June 28, 2017 - 1:08 PM

    Kim, where are your cute boots from!?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 28, 2017 - 6:01 PM

      I got them years ago (maybe 4 or 5?) from TJ Maxx! The brand is Franco Sarto is that helps at all!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - June 29, 2017 - 5:02 PM

    Looks like so much fun! Congrats on winning! :)ReplyCancel


It’s tough to say what has made the biggest difference in the garden’s bathroom progress. The fresh white paint? The scrubbing and re-grouting of the subway tile? The plumbing swap and rearrangement of the toilet and vanity? The door’s new out-swing? Yes, yes, yes and yes, to all of the above. Each upgrade has been playing…
  • Lori - June 26, 2017 - 11:14 AM

    Oh, very nice! I have the same situation in one of my bathrooms, and was wondering about the whole process. Thanks for doing the in-depth step by step!

    Also, do you ever have issues with the caulk you use around wet areas getting moldy? Maybe I’m using the wrong product.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 26, 2017 - 11:35 AM

      It might be the product, but it very well could be ventilation issues in the bathroom. Does your room feel damp, even with the ventilation fan an hour after a bath/shower? That could be the cause… but when you’re choosing a silicone caulk, many of them have lifetime warranties against mold/leaks! We do replace the caulk every handful of years (just to keep it looking clean and nice), but a good warranty is still nice to have. ReplyCancel

  • Monica - June 26, 2017 - 11:40 AM

    Question – and I’ll bet the answer is “no” but I’ll ask anyway! I have an old cast iron tub that we kept in our reno because it’s lightly stained but still solid and the enamel is not chipped or otherwise damaged. Could I just use an etching liquid to get rid of the stains, or does the tub have to be recoated after you etch? I’ll eventually reglaze but am wondering if there’s an interim solution.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 26, 2017 - 11:42 AM

      I can’t answer for sure, but I’m thinking “no.” :) The etch leaves the finish pretty dull, and I can only imagine it would be more susceptible to dirt/grime/stains. I think it would be worth it to wait until you can take on the entire job start to finish!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - June 26, 2017 - 11:55 AM

    What a transformation! Thanks for sharing the step-by-step process!

    Our old tub is from the 1950s so likely cast iron and no surprise, it’s in pretty rough shape. We’d love to get it reglazed at some point, but I’ve heard you need to be really gentle with cleaning it afterwards. Did your guys give you any scrubbing tips??ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 26, 2017 - 12:24 PM

      Hmm, he didn’t say one way or another! It feels really tough, and we’re hoping with the warranty, it will outlast some scrubbing!ReplyCancel

  • Tia - June 26, 2017 - 12:13 PM

    Regarding the smell, was your cat okay during the process? I’m interested in having my tub reglazed and wonder if it’d be best to take the cats away during the process (which is easier said than done with my two guys…lol).ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 26, 2017 - 12:25 PM

      Luckily, the garden apartment is on an entirely different level of our home, so we couldn’t smell it up here. The smell is REALLY strong, and we aired out the apartment for a day or two with all the windows open, so I would suggest doing it in warmer weather so you don’t freeze! Depending on how sensitive your cat is, I think it would be helpful to take your cats away during the process.ReplyCancel

  • katie - June 26, 2017 - 12:21 PM

    We reglazed our blue cast iron tub at our old house – I was so impressed with the entire process! We were also looking at replacing the tub but decided to try the reglazing process first. I think we paid about the same that you did, and we were also changing the color. The tub looked brand new. We had no issues with cleaning, staining, chips, etc. We used it for about a year after before selling our house. Just wanted to add our experience if anyone is looking to change colors :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 26, 2017 - 12:26 PM

      Thank you for chiming in! We love hearing this feedback.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Wilson - June 26, 2017 - 1:49 PM

    I’m so glad you included a cost! I’m dreaming of a full bathroom remodel with a claw foot tub. If I can’t talk my husband into it, this’ll probably be the budget version. And it is a beautiful option! I can’t believe they were able to fix those chips!ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - June 26, 2017 - 7:45 PM

    My in-laws just reglazed the tub at their house! So fun to see how the process actually works!


  • Laura - June 26, 2017 - 8:03 PM

    I put the original cast iron kitchen sink back when I remodeled and wanted to have this done plus, my tub looks pretty blah too. I called several places and not one called me back! Looks great, btw!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - June 26, 2017 - 8:57 PM

    I did that about seven years ago to a perfectly good brown bathtub that I wanted to be white. It was in a bathroom that my boys used and unfortunately attracted the attention of my 8-year-old who was racing his little cars down the wall and into the shiny new tub. I didn’t see him in action and we ended up with tiny chips at the bottom of the run. I was pretty mad when I figured it out. I know that you won’t have that problem with your new renters but I did want to point out that it’s more like a paint than the original bathtub finish. Still it’s a very high level of cleaning and a big improvement.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 26, 2017 - 9:15 PM

      Ooh, thank you for sharing our experience! I guess it could be toy cars or someone dropping a hair dryer, but you’re right – still a massive improvement from where we started!ReplyCancel

  • Corey - June 26, 2017 - 9:18 PM

    I have to say that the wife and I own a resurfacing company here in spokane, wa and you can’t go wrong with resurfacing your tub. We also have a 5 year warranty with our jobs. It really looks amazing when finished.ReplyCancel

  • Staci - June 27, 2017 - 4:44 PM

    What a transformation! I wonder if I could have this done to the tub/shower combo situation I have in my condo. I truly love that it’s zero upkeep (no grout, no corners) but it’s almond colored -_-ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 28, 2017 - 8:45 AM

      In reglazing, you can choose a new color of your choice!ReplyCancel

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This post is in partnership with Schlage. As the dust has been settling around the garden apartment (like, the literal drywall dust – we’re still far from the finish line!), I’ve been obsessing over the cleanliness of our freshly painted doors and new interior hardware. Every time we pop down to cross off another to-do, it’s…
  • Stacy - June 23, 2017 - 9:38 AM

    Are the hinges black as well? It looks like they might be. If they are, did you buy black hinges or just paint (or…do something else to) the ones already on the doors? I want to change my hardware to black but it bothers me so much – like, way too much – when the hinges don’t match!

    And I love the handle sets you chose!ReplyCancel

  • Pam - June 23, 2017 - 4:22 PM

    Love that handleset. We have the same one but with the Schlage Sence deadbolt lock. Love it!ReplyCancel

    • Pam - June 23, 2017 - 4:28 PM

      Here is a photo of our door with the Schlage Sense and Century.

      • Kim - June 23, 2017 - 4:34 PM

        Pretty! Have you been enjoying the Schlage Sense deadbolt? We just ordered one!ReplyCancel

        • Pam - June 23, 2017 - 5:33 PM

          We really like it Kim. No need for me to ever take keys out of my purse between the Schlage Sense and my Nissan has push button start. Also great that it works easily with my Apple Home app. So on my way home close to my house I turn off alarm AND unlock the front door! Works well with iPad at home. Despite reviews which say we needed Apple TV which we did not need. Go for it. You will love it. I think. Insurer Reports gives the Schlage Sense the best review.ReplyCancel

          • Pam - June 23, 2017 - 5:35 PM

            Oh my. My iPhone autocorrect ruined my comment. I meant to say Consumer Reports not Insurer Reports LOL.

          • Kim - June 23, 2017 - 5:46 PM

            SO happy to hear this! Thank you for the feedback. We couldn’t be more excited to install ours!

  • Monika & Sam - June 24, 2017 - 1:05 PM

    How bright and airy the apartment is…when can I move in? 😁 Love the crispness of the white with the black and with the pop of blue makes everything just perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Molly - June 24, 2017 - 11:05 PM

    Hey Kim and Scott! I read your post about sage burning from a few years ago and was wondering if you still use it? I’ve never tried it but I’m quite curious and I’d love to try it! I just have no idea which kind to get and how exactly to use it. Thank you in advance for the feedback you always provide!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 25, 2017 - 8:50 AM

      We do! We actually saged the garden apartment before we started renovating, and we’ll probably do it again when we’re done. We got our smudge stick at Whole Foods, and I think it was called ‘white sage’. Crazy, but we’re still using the same stick from the time I first wrote that post! We smudge maybe 4 times a year, or when we’re feeling stuck, troubled or just feel like we need to set the reset button.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley@ Ashley Uhl Interiors - June 26, 2017 - 11:47 AM

    Good to know that changing out door hardware isn’t the serious undertaking that I thought it was! All of our outdoor door hardware desperately needs the change so we might just have to take this project on this summer. Thanks for the encouragement!ReplyCancel

  • Vicky - June 26, 2017 - 10:25 PM

    Love the new look? Definitely need an update to our original 1963.ReplyCancel

  • Halle - July 1, 2017 - 12:43 PM

    For frosting the glass on the door, I recently used some frosted contact paper in a geometric design to frost 3 windows in our house, 2 in bathrooms, and 1 in our kitchen. It was easy to install by myself, and it’s holding up well so far. I bought it for $7 a roll at Home Depot (in the appliance section), so it’s an inexpensive method to try!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 3, 2017 - 10:02 PM

      Thank you! We found a roll on Amazon that we can’t wait to try, but good to hear that Home Depot sells it as well – in case we screw up our first roll. :DReplyCancel


We’ve taken you on a virtual garden tour, shared the laundry room and kitchen, and today, we’re officially introducing the bathroom! The room is small, but has the capability to be highly efficient. Unfortunately, the condition in which we received the space had a poor layout, builder grade finishes (of the worst variety) and very poor ventilation. Before…
  • Katrina - June 22, 2017 - 8:26 AM

    We have a bathroom with this same layout. The door opens into the bathroom and it’s a cramped nightmare. I can’t believe it never occurred to me to just have the door swing the other way! Can’t wait to see the vanity you chose. Getting so many great ideas!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 22, 2017 - 9:35 AM

      Glad to hear! Something to keep in mind, we did have to buy a new door/jamb with the proper swing, remove the trim, install the new door and jamb, and then put the trim back on. So while it’s not as straightforward as, say, reversing the hinges, it is DEFINITELY worth it for the space!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - June 22, 2017 - 9:42 AM

    Man, the previous owners made decisions only with their wallets, it seems. Y’all are pretty amazing for tackling issues and doing it RIGHT!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 22, 2017 - 9:57 AM

      No truer words. Not just in the garden, in our home, too! Luckily we’ve just about tackled all the bad decisions in our space. Time to do the garden right!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - June 22, 2017 - 9:58 AM

    I can’t say that I’ve ever seen chrome/brass shower fixtures before, and I’d be very happy if I never saw them again. The renovation looks great so far!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 22, 2017 - 11:20 AM

      Haha, same here!ReplyCancel

    • Lindsey - June 23, 2017 - 12:01 PM

      We’ve got chrome and brass combined fixtures in our master bath and they are awful! We are in the idea stages of a master bath overhaul (ditching the never-used garden tub for a two-person shower!) and it all started because we wanted to get rid of the fixtures.ReplyCancel

  • Reva - June 22, 2017 - 10:07 AM

    Thanks for all your hard work. It’s encouraging to see you power cleaning and repairing some pieces, instead of straight up replacing everything. Gives me hope for some of our stuff! :)ReplyCancel

  • Julie Marquez - June 22, 2017 - 10:15 AM

    I like reading about the dirty details. Not sure the age of the john, but I’m surprised that for $100 you didn’t just get a new toilet.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 22, 2017 - 10:18 AM

      We almost did! But upon closer inspection, the toilet is a clean-lined and well-functioning Kohler, and all it needed was a good scrubbing. In this case, it felt wasteful to buy new. We swapped out the toilet seat/lid just because it seemed to be a good sanitary solution. :)ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina Smelko - June 22, 2017 - 10:17 AM

    How do you like the elongated stacked subway tiles? I’m about to install them ion my own bathroom and would love to know how you find ’em! It was a toss up between those and penny rounds.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 22, 2017 - 10:21 AM

      Scott and I are torn on this one! I personally like them, and I even like the stacked look. Scott isn’t a big fan. Because we inherited these tiles, we’re happy with how they cleaned up, but if we were to do it from scratch, I think we would have chosen the more traditional style, only because it feels like a better fit to our home’s (130-year-old!) age.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley@Ashley Uhl Interiors - June 22, 2017 - 10:33 AM

    Such an amazing improvement already! Can’t wait to see the rest! And we have mistmatched flooring too all throughout our house. Drives me crazy!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - June 22, 2017 - 11:31 AM

    Can’t wait to hear about the tub reglazing! It’s on our to do list.ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - June 22, 2017 - 12:17 PM

    I love the tiles you used! They’re gorgeous!


  • Ashley Wilson - June 22, 2017 - 12:50 PM

    I’m excited to hear about the tub reglazing too! Our bathroom is on my list, but I’m dreading it because we only have one bathroom and being without a toilet and shower doesn’t sound fun. What a difference already in your space!ReplyCancel

  • Guylaine - June 22, 2017 - 5:45 PM

    Looks great so far, can’t wait to see it when it’s done. I am very skeptical about the grout cleaner though… Will have to give it a try.ReplyCancel

  • Val - June 22, 2017 - 6:05 PM

    This bathroom was set up so wrong initially for functionality but you guys are doing a great job! I already love the bare bones in the room, I can’t wait to see the rest! :)ReplyCancel

  • Tori Mistick - June 23, 2017 - 12:50 PM

    You guys are so impressive! I know it’s those little spaces that can be the hardest to makeover. But you have such attention to detail! I think if I got to the point where I realized something wasn’t perfectly level I would just call it a day and leave it like that forever!ReplyCancel

  • Imgoog - June 27, 2017 - 5:57 AM

    I look forward to seeing the result. The setup of this bathroom is so… weird. Why they place the toilet at the door :(