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Millie’s Remodel: Main Bathroom Design

Millies’ Remodel has come to the point where it’s time to start building back! Hooray. But, this means I need to pick out the final finishes. Want to see Millie’s main bathroom design board?

Millie’s Remodel: Main Bathroom Design

I find the process of creating a design board very helpful. It’s the easiest way to see how everything will work together and pinpoint anything that might not fit with the desired design style.

Before I show you the design board, I know I left you hanging for a month after we’d stripped everything down to the studs and installed new electrical, plumbing, and a new Trane HVAC unit. Now we have a clean slate for the bathroom.

framing opening and plumbing run between kitchen bathroom

You have to admit, it’s an improvement from the original bathroom. Especially because the toilet was ready to fall through the floor!  In case you forgot what it looked like when I bought the house, here’s a reminder. How could you forget that beautiful faux blue marble vanity top? Yuck.

If you’re wondering where I was for a month, I had three trips from mid-December to mid-January. Although normally I get homesick if I travel more than once in a month, it was nice spending time with my boys, my husband, my sister, and a few friends. First, we flew across the country and beyond for a vacation trip to Hawaii over Christmas. We had a fabulous time swimming with sea turtles, whale watching, and witnessing all the beauty along the Road to Hana, and a sunset view from Haleakala in Maui. Then we flew to the big island and had our minds blown touring Volcano National Park. We capped off the trip with a stop in San Jose to see my sister, my nieces, my brother-in-law, and my mom! There’s nothing like family to make you laugh until you are crying.

After being home for a week, I took a quick trip to Hilton Head, SC to tour the HGTV Dream Home. You can see parts one and two of the tour.

Finally, I flew back west for a week to attend the International Builder Show in Las Vegas. I’ve never been to this show but it was amazing, overwhelming, and exhausting all at the same time. But enough about my travels, today I want to show you the finishes I’m contemplating for Millie’s main bathroom.

Mid-Century Style

I knew Millie deserved a mid-century modern vibe given her age (and the popularity of this design trend.) To tell you the truth, I’d never designed anything with MCM in mind. To familiarize myself with this more minimal design style, I searched “Mid-Century Modern” images in Pinterest and started creating a design file for Millie’s Remodel.

After delving deep into the Mid Century pin world, I began to put together elements for the bathroom.

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Over Mirror Light | Black Modern Door LeverGold Tub Shower Fixtures | Lighted Mirror | Graphic Cement Floor Tile | Beveled Subway Tiles | Dresser

What do you think about the finishes I picked for the bathroom? I’m loving the combination of warm colors. The light fixture and lighted mirror from Kichler will add some much needed soft light in the bathroom.

Can I tell you about those subway tiles? I couldn’t find an exact source link for those tiles because I purchased them at my local Habitat ReStore! And boy did I get a steal on them! I paid $8 per box meaning I paid 71 cents per square foot! The vanity I chose is a dresser I plan to transform into a vanity by adding a sink and modifying the drawers to fit around the plumbing. I can’t wait to show you how to transform a dresser into a vanity.

Finally, let’s talk about the star of the bathroom. Those tiles! The Vegas 3 Lili Cement Tiles can be installed in several patterns, but I liked this houndstooth style pattern. Of course, a regular doorknob wouldn’t be fitting for a mid-century modern house, so I’m excited to install those flat black Latitude door levers by Schlage.

I’m dying to know if you like the mood board for Millie’s main bathroom. Anything you’d change?

P.s. Lili Cement Tile, Schlage, and Kichler are sponsors of the Millie’s Remodel project. I am so grateful for their support of this project.

A special thank you to the Millie’s Remodel Sponsors:

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7 replies
  1. Carrie
    Carrie says:

    Hi! Where is the dresser from? For some reason I thought you did a IG post about how to make the dresser sink but I can’t find it. I have a small bathroom and need a vanity 24-26 inches. I don’t know if I’ll be able to find a dresser that small or a nightstand tall enough to be a sink. We will see!

  2. Marty
    Marty says:

    Oooh, I can’t wait to see the finished bathroom. I love the tile, and we’ll all the ideas you’ve chosen for Ms Millie!

  3. Arlie Murphy
    Arlie Murphy says:

    I hate to see people leave negative comments, but I hate the floor, mostly the gold and black, I know you flip houses do you worry with a bold choice like this. If I walked in it would be the first thing on my list to change.
    That being said I love pretty much everything you do.

    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      I hate boring interior design. The majority of flip houses I see are devoid of color and take no risks in the design. Believe it or not, almost all the potential renters and open house visitors loved the floor tile. This is geared toward a much younger tenant, and they like color.

  4. Wilma
    Wilma says:

    Love it. But I think a mirror with a thin black frame, rounded at the top (or round, or rectangular but rounded at the corner), would also look fabulous and offset the beautiful sharp tile lines.

  5. Mary Porter
    Mary Porter says:

    As as a senior who grew up in the 50’s…I crack up everytime I see some of these ideas. No one had anything like this in their homes. It was magazines. Not real homes. No one had any money after WWII for stuff like this. The tile and colors are very jarring. Only some people will like these. The rest of the ideas are nice. I currently live in a. 1,100 sq. ft. 1955 ranch. There is and never was anything remotely attractive or fancy here or in any of the other houses in our tiny development. It’s fun to redo them in your own style. They are so plain and blah. Each of us around here have made improvements. I stuck with dark grey walls, white trim, white cabinets and Grey barnboard cushioned vinyl flooring for kitchen and bath. Glass bubble knobs. Very clean and simple. Butcher block kitchen counter. Schoolhouse ceiling lights . I’ve settled in enough to start tweaking a few things. Going for a slight cottagey feel. Love all your hard work.. Women can do anything!. Can’t wait to see how this all turns out.Keep up the great work. Love following your progress.


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