The Bathroom on the Third Floor

It’s looking cute.

Bathroom with Wall Vases #makingitlovely

The black rubber-coated soap pump is the only thing that hasn’t made an appearance elsewhere on the blog, as far as I know. I think I bought it to use when I was redoing the main floor bathroom in the last house, but I ended up using a glass soap dispenser there instead. In this bathroom though? Perfect.

Black, White, and Wood Bathroom #makingitlovely

The towel is hanging from a hook that I’m reusing from the bathroom on the second floor. I have the green vintage wastecan from the half-bath that we added to the last house, and the man and woman bathroom sign vases are back, too. They aren’t always filled with fresh flowers, but let’s pretend they are.

Bathroom Details #makingitlovely

Same with the little black pitcher next to the sink. Hello, little white flowers! Hello, nice-smelling eucalyptus!

Bathroom Flowers Near the Sink #makingitlovely

The green bowl was also from that bathroom, along with the white first aid box. (The kids’ wipes are inside.)

Bathroom First Aid Kit

I removed a medicine cabinet that was mounted above the toilet. I was going to hang some art in its place (photography, probably), but I tried it out with a placeholder print and it felt too busy between the mirror and the window. Something small, or a small grouping, could be cute. That’s the kind of thing I’ll keep in mind moving forward — if I see something, great! If not, no rush.

Bathroom Wide Shot #makingitlovely

The mirror silver is nicely aged. This isn’t a bathroom that we use for getting ready, so a crystal clear image isn’t necessary.

Antique Bathroom Mirror and Brass Sconces #makingitlovely

The black and white polka dot shower curtain was in the first house. Even with a wide angle lens, it’s difficult to get a good shot, but it looks great in the space.

Bathroom, Shot from the Hall #makingitlovely

I’ve been crazy about the combination of black, white, and wood for some time now, so this bathroom is making me pretty happy. The simple palette tones down the playfulness of the polka dots too, and I love them in there. No need to take things too seriously when decorating, right?

30 Responses to “The Bathroom on the Third Floor”

  1. Ashley January 28, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    Can I just tell you how in love I am with this room? I love everything you’ve done here. The black and white polka dots on the shower curtain are amazing and the touches of black that you’ve added to the room really kick it up. I’m pinning this right now for the future. Again, in love!

  2. Lily January 28, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    Looks great! If you’d like a little more black, I think a black toilet lid could be nice. We added one in our 1920′s-era bathroom and I dig it. Love the shower curtain.

    • Making it Lovely January 28, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

      I added one to the bathroom in the last house, too. I love the look.

  3. Kristy Daum January 28, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Really love what you are doing here in this new/old home. My old house is in need of a bathroom renovation, so I’ll definitely be keeping this on file…of course in my case, it’s the only bathroom I have, so timing is everything.

    Love that shower curtain :-)

  4. Jesse January 28, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    black white & wood is one of my favorites right now too! Are you going to keep the brass fixtures? I always get torn there.. I’m kind of 50/50 with brass fixtures. I like them, and I also like new ones, haha..

    • Making it Lovely January 28, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

      I like brass for this house. It’s super trendy right now, I know, but it also feels right here. The sconces aren’t my favorite style, and if I could wave a wand, I’d swap them out for something a little different. I’d also change the silver faucet on the sink and the gold tap in the bathtub to brass, but there are more pressing needs to focus on.

      • Jesse January 28, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

        Exactly – yea brass is trendy but that’s also a fun reason to ride it out, ya know? hehe – I think they look great as is, it’s just always hard to decide whether to keep or go. I had some brass (just brass finish, not pure brass) tables that I seriously lost sleep over whether or not they were going to get a paint job.

        Very cute & fresh bathroom!

      • Jessica January 28, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

        We had a chandelier-type light fixture with the same style as your sconces in a rental once. I easily updated it with some oil-rubbed bronze spray paint and it looked AMAZING in our dining area after that! But at least in the photos, yours actually looks pretty nice in the space, brassiness and all.

  5. Katie January 28, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

    Love it! We’re just finishing up a bathroom remodel with butcher block countertops. Wood in the bathroom is so unexpected but lovely. My husband (who leaves every design decision to me and rarely has an opinion beyond “looks good”) actually commented, “I love the wood in here, it actually makes this room look warm despite all the tile.” Exactly!

  6. Jesse January 28, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    Super cool floors, too!

  7. Derricka Burton January 28, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    Really enjoying seeing you work with all the wood in your home. It makes for such a great jumping off point! How do you feel about the vanity itself that the sink sits in? I don’t think I’d change it for the world, but just curious.

    • Making it Lovely January 28, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

      I don’t want to change it, no! The drawer bottoms are not in good shape, but I think they can be fixed up.

  8. Jessica S. January 28, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    This is über cute! Looking at these images makes me feel like watching “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”, somehow. (Which I highly recommend, if you’re a sucker for old movies. Even more so, if you’re also a fan of Rex Harrison!) The story is set in a former ship-captain’s home, during Victorian times; and there’s a nautical tone that hits me, when I look at these images.

    Anyways, it’s coming along as lovely and whimsically as it always seems to!

  9. Alicia Parsons @ Atypical Type A January 28, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    Wow, this is stunning yet still understated. So much character.

  10. Rachel January 28, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    I love that you are re-using stuff you already own, very resourceful, practical, and realistic! Since you are loving black, white & wood right now – you might be interested my latest project. I’m painting my kitchen cabinets white with black backs plash. It’s looking fantastic with our butcher block counters :)
    cheers!
    http://www.fiftytwoweekendsofdiy.com/2014/01/a-peek-at-our-kitchen-progress.html

  11. Marcee ... ILLINOIS January 28, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    Very glad your Victorian is warm! It’s taken us hours and hours, and many days to make this old/freezing house livable. Thankfully, temps will gradually warm up for all of us in Chi-Beria.

    Well, I don’t know how you do it all Nicole. Really. You have a packed schedule. Amazing and wonderful to have so much energy! Thanks for keeping us entertained and on our toes with decorating!

  12. Jaimie January 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    I have that same first aid box, and the rubber coated soap pump too, except in orange. Your bathroom looks very cute.

  13. Ally Cole January 28, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    I love a good polka dot! The vanity is so FAB and I think it’s great that you want to preserve it and repair it. If only all the Painted Ladies could be so lucky to have you looking after them!

  14. dawn January 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

    love love LOVE this! looks beautiful. awesome first aid box.

  15. erin January 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    I love it!

    We rented an old farmhouse for Thanksgiving that was all black, white, and wood, and I found it the most calming decor I think I have ever spent time in! So simple, so pretty.

  16. Betsy January 29, 2014 at 12:20 am #

    I am swooning over the wood vanity. It’s absolutely lovely!!

  17. erin @ house envy January 29, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    I really like it! I love it when bathrooms have the old school registers in them too!

  18. Tena January 29, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    I think it is so funny that brass is trendy now. We bought our house 21 years ago and all of the finishes were brass. It was trending then too. :)

  19. Julie January 29, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    Do the dividers in the first aid box remove to fit the wipes? I love the idea of a stylish wipe container!

  20. Sarah January 29, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    It looks really, really great in there. Maybe you could have some paper flowers made to go in those vases? I like how the flower greens add a little pop of color to the space. Or you could just do some dried eucalyptus…

  21. Miss R January 29, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    This bathroom looks so pretty! I love that you kept it’s old charm! J’aime beaucoup!

  22. Rachel January 29, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    This bathroom is darling. I love the fun polka dotted shower curtain.

  23. fromutahwithlove January 30, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    It’s coming along really nicely. I like the fact that you’re ok with the imperfect nature and you’re not trying to do a rush rush job just for our sake. The man/woman flower holders are my favorite! Also love your cute first aid kit. I agree a little collage of prints like you said would look good.

  24. Laura | Artifact Uprising January 30, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    This is just darling! Each detail has obviously been paid attention to. I am a big fan of those headless vases. This whole setup is awfully inspiring! I truly appreciate you sharing this!

  25. Cindy February 17, 2014 at 11:57 am #

    Really loving this charming bathroom! Also, love that you used the man and woman vases outside of the room, great idea for when guests are trying to find a washroom!