Sharing our cozy modern black and white bathroom remodel with you today! From what it looked like before, to how we added some cozy vibes to this modern black and white bathroom and where you can find all the pieces yourself!
Our bathroom is finally DONE! It’s been 5+ months in the making and ohmygoodness are we ever glad to have this complete. We hadn’t planned on remodelling this bathroom this year, but if you remember our design plans post– our toddler flooded our house in march and this is one of the spaces that got a makeover as a result. We decided while insurance covered the floors- there was no point in putting new floors in around a plywood vanity and almond coloured steel tub. So we scrambled to pull together a design with the limited availability of vanities and other things (backorders were the biggest stress in this reno!) for a bathroom that we’re in love with.
Before we get to the after photos of our dream black and white bathroom- should we remind ourselves of the before? Oh, heck yes we should!
I love the reminder of how far we’ve come when I share reveals- such a good feeling! If you’re interested in seeing how our renovation overall is going, this is a great house tour that has updates on finished and unfinished spaces. As always, you can see the video reveal her and scroll past it for the photo/text version!
Both the faucets and the lighting in this makeover were provided in partnership. Big thank you to Delta and Mitzi for working with me on this space! Some links in this post are affiliate links- you can read about all my policies here.
This is the only bathtub in our house- so we knew we needed a tub/shower combo in here. It’s the place we bath our 4 kiddos (those sweet kids have been learning to accept showers in our ensuite over the past 5 months!) and the bathroom guests use when they’re here.
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We wanted to carry the same themes that we have throughout our home into this space. The tile we used on the walls is a larger version of the tile we have in our kitchen, just stacked vertically instead of horizontal. The floor tile is totally different from the rest of our tile, but we do have a black tile on our fireplace hearth– so it ties in. We love the feel of these little hex tiles, it’s the thing that guests have commented on the most in the whole space!
We got all of the tile from Complete Floors in Kamloops– with most stores being closed when we were ordering, it was so great to have someone who understood my style- I just sent over my ideas and they pulled a few tiles for us to choose from. Easy peasy!
We had the hardest time picking a vanity and then getting it here. I talk more about that in my design board post but we were finally able to get this vanity from Home Depot and then chose to paint it ‘Grey Mist’ from Behr. I know that painting a brand new vanity sounds crazy but I wanted to love this space, not feel disappointed that I couldn’t get my dream bathroom (which before the flood included a wood vanity- which we couldn’t get in this time in our budget!). Painting it this warmer gray totally warmed the black and white bathroom up.
Having black and white tile with white walls is so clean and modern but it can come across as cold, sterile and not cozy at all. Adding this ‘greige’ to the colour palette helped warm up the space and feel more cohesive with the rest of our house.
I used my Wagner paint sprayer for this and it gave a really nice smooth finish. Bonus- I know I can always touch it up if/when it chips since I have the paint. We have factory finish custom painted cabinets in our kitchen and even with their high quality lacquer, we have some chips (kids, they’re wild) and we aren’t able to easily touch it up, so I’m seeing this as a plus.
The vanity came with either silver or black handles so we switched to the black handles to match the rest of the finishes. Speaking of all those black finishes…
We have used black faucets and fixtures throughout our house, so we were pretty set on carrying this through this space as well. We partnered with Delta to feature their line of matte black faucets and this rad shower kit.
The vanity we purchased was pre-drilled with three holes. To avoid that base plate that so many faucets come with, we chose the TRINSIC® Two Handle Widespread Bathroom Faucet. Wide spread faucets take up all three holes and look amazing. I’m excited that it uses 20% less water than industry standard. I love the arch of this faucet spout- it’s really so beautiful!
Okay, on to that tub/shower. This combo is so so good. It feels like a spa and the black fixtures modernize the whole thing in such a beautiful way. We used this PIVOTAL Shower Kit that comes with a rain head and a hand shower which is HUGE for us having little kids that get covered in mud or who knows what else- ha! Since we needed a full bathtub as this is our only bathroom large enough to have one, we paired this shower kit with a diverter faucet to make it all work nicely. There’s two handles here, the top one tells the shower which fixture you want to use (diverter) and the bottom one is a double, one adjusts the temperature and one turns it on and off. I love that we can leave it set at a temperature that is safe for our kids and as they grow, they can shower themselves or run their own baths.
Other matte black pieces we’ve used in this space? We also used this pretty Delta Pivotal toilet paper holder and Trinsic hand towel ring. Our door knobs that we’ve used throughout the house- you can read more about those right here. We also switched to a matte black vent cover that was in stock at Home Depot.
And then the shower curtain rod? We found this one on Amazon as well as these affordable black shower curtain hooks, then we also ordered these hooks for towels from Amazon. We find hooks work SO much better for our kids than towel rods- way less towels on the floor! We also switched out the overflow for a matte black one that we ordered from a plumbing supply store. The one thing we forgot to switch? The toilet handle! Did you know you can get different colors? Maybe one day, we’ll do that ;)
Lighting + Mirror
Okay so I’m obsessed with this combo. I fell in love with this mirror but couldn’t swing that in our budget. Shane reached out to a local glass shop and had this one cut for me. It’s PERFECT. We were planning on having a frame made for as steel shop but once we got the mirror home, we fell in love with the clean bevelled edges. This mirror cost less than $100.
I knew I didn’t want to have a standard bathroom vanity light in this space. We opted for sconces in our last house and while I loved them, I thought that the pendants would complement the arched mirror so nicely. I’m glad I went with my gut on that one. We partnered with Mitzi to feature the Riley pendants. Their oil rubbed bronze colour can totally pass for black (we have the same brand in our entry too!) and the clear glass helps keep the space open- plus it matches the clear glass we have in all the other lights we have in our home.
Decor + Details
Decorating a bathroom is always a bit of a design challenge. You don’t want empty walls, but it’s a bathroom so you don’t want anything too personal or that can’t handle steam. Funny story- in our first apartment, I put our wedding photo over the toilet. It cracks me up so much now, but I’d never had a house to decorate before and I wanted our wedding photos in every room- HA! Those poor guests that had to stare us in the eye while they went pee. So since I didn’t want to do that again, I decided to DIY some art.
I had originally planned on putting a hanging plant in this corner and calling it a day, but with the hanging pendants around the mirror as well, the plant looked off scale. I played with a few different ideas, but eventually grabbed a cheap floating frame from Michaels, took the frame edges off (they’re just cheap plastic) and sprayed them a matte black to look like metal.
I painted water color shapes, then once it was dry, drew line art florals over top. I love how modern it looks with the torn edges and best of all- no one will feel like it’s staring at them in the bathroom. Is this something you’d like to see a video tutorial for?
The other piece of art in this room is the little hanging by the hand towel. I took a flour sack tea towel, painted a modern curve on the bottom in a tan color and then once it was dry, I used my Cricut to cut out some of my hand lettering and ironed it on. I cut a piece of craft wood to glue to the top and hung it up with an earring. Yah, I hang a lot of things with earrings but once one goes missing I think they’re too pretty to throw away. Again- is this a craft you’d like a tutorial/cut file for?!
Other than this, we kept it pretty simple! I found this amber glass soap pump from Walmart- it is only $13! The soap tray is from HomeSense… and so are the cute turkish towels. I couldn’t find a bath mat I loved so I’m just going to keep using our old one until I find a great one, but I figured you didn’t need pictures of an old used bath mat- ha!
The shower curtain was a find at HomeSense as well. I love the texture and how it has some warmer tones in it too. I ran out of time/motivation on this renovation but had planned to lengthen it like I did the one in our last house. I might do that later. You can read a tutorial to make your own shower curtain here.
That cute little plant pot and plant are both from Far and Wide– they have the best plant pots! I like that you can see it from the hallway when the door is open. The vases are ones I’ve had for quite a while. I cut a hydrangea from my garden and bought a sprig of ‘gunni’ eucalyptus from Fern and Frond– she’s my fave florist by far in town if you happen to be local and like flowers ;)
The bath caddy is a DIY and cost me like… $10? I made it 5 years ago and I’ve resealed it once, but it’s still going strong! You can find the tutorial for that right here.
This bathroom turned out better than I’d dreamed. I spent a lot of the last five months pretty discouraged with the access to decor but now that it’s all come together, I’m so thrilled with it. It always amazes me what a bit of DIY can do for a space!
Love bathrooms? I have a couple on the blog! You can see the major transformation of our last house’s bathroom right here and then I shared my dad’s black and white bathroom right here as well!
- Vanity: Home Depot
- Vanity Paint: Grey Mist from Behr
- Wall Paint: Minimalistic from Behr
- Mirror, custom made
- Pendant Lights: Mitzi
- Faucet: TRINSIC Widespread from Delta
- Shower Kit: PIVOTAL from Delta
- Toilet Paper Holder: PIVOTAL from Delta
- Towel Ring: TRINSIC from Delta
- Door Handle: more about that here
- Towel Hooks: Amazon
- Shower tension rod: Amazon
- Shower curtain hooks: Amazon
- Soap Pump: Walmart
- Art – both DIY, want a tutorial?
- Shower curtain, soap dish, towels: Homesense
- DIY Bath Caddy
- All tile from Complete Floors
- Little Plant and Pot: Far and Wide
I could not love this more! The artwork is the perfect finishing touch.
And fyi, I had wedding pictures everywhere too, didn’t think of the bathroom though lol.
Beautiful job Colleen!
If you have time I would love to see videos of your art, they are so nice.
Gorgeous! I love the shower tile! What was he color grout you used ?
Thank you! I believe it is frost from mapei
What size is your bathtub? It looks small. We just have a shower. And I want a bathtub, but a standard size bathtub won’t fit.
This one is standard sized :)
Can you post the bAth tub details
It’s just the basic bath tub you get from home depot.
Your bathroom is beautiful! Do you happen to know the name of the white tile you used? I love it :)
I’m not sure, but we purchased it from Complete Floors in Kamloops – perhaps if you send them a link to a photo here, they’ll be able to give you some more info! https://www.completefloors.ca
I’d love to see tutorials on your personal art projects – the flowers and the Cricut project
Perfect! You have inspired me to get started on a bathroom re-do at our house. I’d love the SVG file for the tea towel and a “how-to” of the flowers. You are AMAZING!
Vivian De Santis
What bathtub did you purchase?
I don’t have the details on it, we went for the second most affordable one from Home Depot I believe- I just picked the design on the front I preferred.
Hello! What color grout did you use with watch tile (the black and the white)?
Love the vertical, stacked tile! What size are the tiles?
Did you use a tile trim piece or is that one of those metal stripping going around the outside edge of your tile? I can’t find a bullnose for my tile and love the way yours looks!
Ok. This remodel is amazing! Love the neutrality and every detail is beautiful. The cabinets, the hanging lights, the tile, the shower curtain… can’t get enough. lol
Love your bathroom!! My inspiration! Can I ask what size subway tile you used for the bathtub? And your kitchen?
I believe the kitchen is 2×6 and the bathroom 3×8 :)
Where did you get your tub at? What brand is it?
We just went into home depot and bought one that was in stock- I dont have the link though :)
Hi! I love the mirror and planning to do something similar in my bathroom as well. How did you hang it? I’ll also be getting mine custom made!
We used mirror mastic, but you can also use a construction adhesive. Our glass shop suggested using circles of the adhesive so it also suctions when you hold it on the wall! We held it in place with tape to avoid it slipping as it dried.