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So this is the last of the dirty work, the bathroom redo. The Sicilians will be gone on to another job and my dad and I will be left doing trim work and finishes before I start decorating.

One big complaint: why do people plumb bathrooms so that the toilet is in front of the door and the pretty vanity is tucked out of view? This is a big beef of mine. When the door is open and you are looking down the hall, you don’t want to look at a toilet, no matter how spectacular that toilet is. So obviously from my before shot, the Sicilians had to move some plumbing, get the toilet behind the door and the sightline ready for a vanity:

Meg's Basement Bathroom

I have decided that Shaker trim is going to be all through this basement as a detail, but especially in the bathroom: Take a look at this lovely country bathroom. Sure, I don’t have that tub, or that light, but the Shaker trim I can do:

Country bathroom

In keeping with the square and plain Shaker style, I would love a tub like this Philippe Starck X model sold through Duravit. The clean simple lines are a perfect compliment to Shaker trim:

Plain tub

But with the costs mounting as this project comes to a close, I am thinking of the most inexpensive plain tub I can find at Home Depot (the Cranada by Crane Plumbing, 2180WWRR00, only $147), and then I’ll square it up by building a box in front of it with, of course, applied Shaker trim.

Plain tub

This is the best deal I can swing, and just wait until you see the final result!

For more bathroom design inspiration, check out our Small Bathrooms gallery.

Photo credits:
Meg Crossley
2. Unknown source: Help! Does anyone know where this shot comes from?
3. Duravit’s
Starck X Tub
4. Home Depot’s
Cranada by Crane Plumbing 2180WWRR00

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