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Chao Camp Master Bathroom: Details

Here is the part of Bathroom Week where I tell you where everything is from! It's gonna be a long one, so let's get started.

First, the big stuff: the tub is a 66" cast iron double-ended clawfoot tub (with white feet), from vintagetub.com. The sink is the Happy D Pedestal Sink from Duravit. The toilet is the Drake from Toto

I think I didn't tell you about the actual renovation yet, so let me fill you in: we did all of the work ourselves. Here is how scared we were to do all of the work ourselves: our friend Erik, a construction professional, had to come over and swing the first swing of the sledgehammer, so we wouldn't chicken out and abandon the whole thing. Aside from the electric and plumbing work (we're DIY, not DUMB), this bathroom was all us. OK, and Erik. We legally married Erik after this project was over. He is very Norwegian, and we needed a blonde in our crew.

The bathroom walls are now shiplap, same as almost every other wall in the house. I will have you know that I went through tile, then concrete, then expanded metal, then original wallpaper, then sheetrock before I arrived at this magical place of wooden planks. I used a crowbar, brute force, and a case of caulk to finish the project, and now I have good biceps.

As for the picture, well. I took a picture of Madeleine a hundred years ago, when she was not a SENIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL, and then CanvasPeople made it into a gorgeous canvas (for zero dollars!). Thanks, CanvasPeople! You are awesome.

The curtain rod is from West Elm. The curtains are from a place called Country Curtains, and I'll not hear any kind of scoffing: these babies are 100% hemstitched cotton, great quality, and adorable. Oh, and they are practically FREE.

The towels are from Bath Style.

The mirror is from Pottery Barn.

Many of you have asked where we put our stuff now that there are no more counters. Please see above: Vince and I each have our own baskets inside one of the two original cabinets (both left intact). There's also a basket for miscellaneous items like cotton balls and toothbrush chargers. My hair dryer and curling iron live in a basket behind the tub near where I plug them in. Our towels are on the shelf above the baskets, and cleaning supplies/medications/first aid are on the shelf above that. Beach towels and things we don't use often are in the cabinet above this cabinet. (They go all the way to the ceiling.)

All baskets from Walmart.

 The cute sconces over the sink are from West Elm, and are tres affordable at $49 per. The mirror is borrowed from my friend Nichole. The wallpaper is Nina Campbell "Perroquet," available to the trade.

The floor is center-match heart pine, laid on the diagonal, and stained with a custom combination of Minwax: 1 part Provincial + 2 parts Dark Walnut. Props to Kyle "Baby" Snellenberger for his assistance in this matter.

Shelf info: I found a piece of wood by the railroad tracks near downtown Monroe. Some nice men put it into my car. I cut, stained, and polyurethaned part of it, and Vince Chao floated it on the wall with a lot of dowels and some magic. I recently decided I need some smaller shelves near the sink to hold more things, so that is our next project.

The bath faucet is Cheviot, and for those of you who are worried that there is no shower or shower curtain, I must confess something: Like a lady from the past, I DO NOT TAKE SHOWERS. It's true, AB Chao takes only baths. The faucet does have a hand shower, and our other bathroom has more shower than you could ever want. We also have a pretty awesome outdoor shower, so I'm confident we're covered on the shower front.

The sink faucet is Moen.

The shelf over the bathtub is another piece of found wood that I sanded, stained, polyurethaned, and applied felt strips to the bottom of. (Sorry about that sentence.)

I do not like toilet paper holders. We keep our toilet paper in a giant copper pot, which I accidentally stole from my mother.

A yellow Tolix stool holds a vase with branches and a tray with important jewelry.

I cannot imagine what else you could ask, but if you have a question, put it in the comments!


All photos: AB Chao, except second photo (of curtains): Ben Corda

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I'm going straight to the important stuff.

When you say you don't like toilet paper holders, do you mean the roller on the wall where you leave the roll that is currently in use, or do you mean the collection of rolls waiting for the one in current use to run out?
August 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKellyu
Is center cut heart pine something you can find at lowes in the lumber section, or is this fancy pine??
August 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlindsay
I would also like to legally marry you. Is that a possibility?
August 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhannah
looks amazing. what a great job you guys did. I've recently been considering the tub only option for my new house. It seems very European to me. I've stayed at many hotels that had bathtub only and I didn't mind it at all. thanks for sharing your resources.
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjenn
The hand nozzle for the bath reminds me of Taiwan or Scandinavia. I can't remember where now because I'm drugged up on Benadryl and feeling spacy. It's a great bathroom. No questions here. Just some statements.
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngeerah
@Kellyu: The ones that go on the wall. I hate them! You have to refill them! BOO.

@lindsay: It's like the cheapest thing they have. It's also "center-match," which I need to fix now.
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAB
Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing all the resources! And I, for one, most certainly will not scoff at your cute lil' "Country Curtains." I got a super simple (AND CHEAP!) return rod from there a while back, which sadly, they do not carry anymore...

Not sure if I missed this, but where are the bathroom canisters on the shelf from? I'm currently looking for something sleek for my kiddos/hall bath.

Ship lap process = large biceps you say? Off to ship lap something so the husband will quit referring to me as "Grover."
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarnie
First, love the bathroom! That wallpaper is to. die. for!

Question, how do you like the Turkish bath towels? Soft? Absorbent?
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney
this is totally stupid, but what is the brand of that hand soap? i was admiring it on a recent trip to LA, didn't buy it and have been kicking myself since!
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermeghan
I'll admit, I was fascinated by the walls because a.) I suspected there were many layers and much sweat equity and b.) that is the type of demo I love and my husband hates which leads to arguments and declarations of craziness and resentful silences, followed by grudging admissions of rightness when the final results are awesome. AND you had to caulk all the gaps? That would have pushed him over the edge. I love it. Bath Week has been fun! Thanks for sharing it with us!
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarole
What plant/tree/bush are the big greens on top of the tub from??
Thanks in advance!
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStaci Magnolia
wow wow wow.

thanks for all the details. I love the walmart baskets and the container of nail polishes..and that your bathroom looks like a sophisticated place. I am clueless about adding accessories to my bathroom to make it have even a smidge of chicness. *sigh*
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersunny
The wallpaper is my favorite! Second favorite - the tub.

Everything looks fantastic!
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
Yes, YAY for bathroom week! It is all fabulous! I see that the stool is Tolix rather than Marais. I'm guessing that perhaps the Marais is a knock-off? I wonder how they compare:
August 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia Wig
Gorgeous! I just clicked over from Curbly, and now I'm gonna check out the rest of your blog. Flaunting my ignorance here--I don't know what shiplap is. It looks like wood; it looks amazing.
August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAidel.K
First of all, Country Curtains ROCKS! We redid our bathroom a couple of years ago and love looking at the white subway tile that goes all the way up to the ceiling so much that we have been super lazy about hanging the shower curtain and rod. Not a problem since I too enjoy baths far more than showers. :D
August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
this is gorgeous. thanks for sharing--i've been anxiously waiting. oh, and you are my favorite blogger/designer. thanks for being awesome.
August 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermarcy
Thanks for all the resources! I love everything about this bathroom and have been thinking about it all week :)
August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

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