Reader Redesign: Bathroom Gone Gray

This latest before & after comes from one of our neighbors to the north, Kahley from Ontario, Canada. She and her husband Steve revamped their home’s only bathroom. And in the process proved that going dark and sophisticated can still be bright and airy. Here’s her letter:

We are a young family of four – me, my husband, and our kids Noah (4) and Lexie (2). The only bathroom in our house dated back the 1950’s, so it was HIGH TIME to reno! 

Since it was our only bathroom, we wanted it to be insanely multi-purpose. We needed a tub AND shower, some closet space, a dirty laundry area, lots of concealed storage, etc etc etc!

I had the color (BJ Moore “Gray”) picked from the beginning. These built-ins were created according to plans that I developed. Above you can see the shower curtain that I made myself from some discount fabric in the women’s “suiting” area at Fabricland. The fun striped roman blinds were made by Tonic Living in Toronto. The accent color that I chose in the end was a golden mustard yellow. The towels are from Sears!

Here’s the bttom view of our vanity. I fell in LOVE with an oh so unaffordable vanity at Pottery Barn (they used to have a larger double version that was amazing) – so I had it built for THOUSANDS less.

Here’s what I like to call sexy tile!! I believe it’s a Centura tile (it’s an enlarged subway tile – 4″x12″ – in a high gloss gray finish). It feels oh so chic. Now if only I could have done a walk in shower (oh the joys of only having one bathroom, and children to bathe!). Anyway, thanks for checking out our bathroom makeover. I hope you love it! – xo, Kahl

We’re not sure what we like more – all of the function they added (a set of built-ins on either side of the shower) or the brave color choices (dark gray tile and a gray ceiling). So we’ll just choose to love them both equally. How about you? What’s your favorite part? Oh and you can read more about the project over on Kahley’s blog.

Psst – Got your own awesome before & after project? Send your story, pics, and related links to to be considered for a possible Reader Redesign feature. You know we love a makeover.


  1. Miranda says

    Holy cow….it is impossible to love only one thing. I want and love EVERYTHING. I need it in my life… oh…one day my 1950’s bathroom (like the redesigners, we only have one in the house) will be so beautiful and chic. BRAVO!

  2. Kim says

    Love the bathroom! I can’t wait to re-do our main bathroom that we use for bathing the kiddos…
    On a random tangent from one of your Canadian followers though…Ontario is a HUGE province, and I betcha they live in a city…you could put “Toronto, Ontario” (or whatever city they live in) and people would assume Canada, or even “Toronto, Ontario, Canada.” It’s sort of like saying you live in “Virginia, United States of America.” Anyways…just a general pet peeve…still love you guys and check the blog everyday!!! :)

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