What's Black, White, Gold and Green All Over? My Bathroom Remodel!

Despite more than a few hurdles, our upstairs bathroom renovation is moving along. It’s being carved out of a small space that includes a dormer window on the front of the house. This is where we started:

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before

 

Wondering where the shower is?  No shower. Wondering where the toilet is?  This room was so tiny, the toilet was in the room down the hall.  I am not even joking.  We had to move the wall out ten inches into the hallway and punch a hole through a couple of walls in both directions to make room for a shower and a toilet.

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The old jacuzzi tub is GONE, the plumbing to the sink (seen above) has been moved, and the new shower is being lined with white subway tile.  The subway tile will be walls and ceiling of the shower and halfway up the walls of the rest of the small bathroom.  No more toile wallpaper – I’ve chosen a dramatic solid paint color for this space.

Here are some of the elements that will make this tiny bathroom a power punch: hexagon marble tile on the floor, white subway tile on the walls, amazing gold fixtures, black windows, and a spinach green on the upper part of the walls and ceiling:

Upstairs Bath remodel

check out the Pinboard I created for this bathroom remodel here

This is the stairwell going upstairs as it was previously:

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painted stairs before

At the top of the stairs, the wall on the left and just ahead are GONE.  See for yourself:

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Now I need your input!  I’m trying decide on whether or not I want to do a painted black runner like this:

black painted stair runner

via Pinterest

OR, should I leave the treads white and just paint the risers black?  What do you think?

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Jessica Johnson
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Jessica Johnson

I don’t think you could go wrong either way… but for some reason, I think just painting the risers black and treads white would be more classic looking. But i love that the runner is different… kinda torn!! (not much help am I??) I Luuurve your tile selection and your pendant light! So fun and bold but classic! Cant’ wait to see it all done!!

Mary CC from CA
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Mary CC from CA

Love the hard surfaces you have chosen. Hope all goes on schedule and no unplanned surprises are found along the way. I like the idea of the white step with the black tread. Best of luck !

Linda Knopsnyder
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Linda Knopsnyder

I like the painted runner look for the stairs. I can’t wait to see pics of your bathroom finished! Love the gold faucets.

sydney85
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sydney85

I like the black runner. The white treads look a little stark. Anxious to see the finished bathroom.

Brittany Sullivan
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Brittany Sullivan

RUNNER!
Though I do confess I don’t know what risers and treads are 🙂
But a runner would look awesome there.

Melissa
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Melissa

I vote yes for the runner idea. Both would look nice, but you’re the paint woman so go for it!!

Where is that light fixture from? It would look nice in my son’s room. As you know first hand we have a lot of black accents in the house(and we’re getting lots of complements on them and enjoying them).

Happy New Year, Happy New Bath!!

Laura @ The Turquoise Home
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Love the painted runner! Such a fun look!!

Gina Newell
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I would think you would need to heavily lacquer (seal) the treads to keep them from scuffing if you painted them black. Therefore, I would recommend painting only the risers black and leaving the treads natural or white. I do like the pencil line border on each side.

I noticed you have a hanging chandelier above the tub. I am assuming you would move that fixture out of the bathtub/shower area due to code specs.

Vonnie Thomason
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Vonnie Thomason

I like the painted runner idea. With all the spindles and the blank space between, coupled with the alternating black/white, it might look a little like a sixties pop art installation.

Carol Standil
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Can’t wait to see the finished room Kristie — it is going to be gorgeous. And I love the idea of the painted runner on the stairs!

Cheryl Rogers
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Cheryl Rogers

I’m loving your bath renovation and changes to the landing. Looking down the road, the repainting of the runner could be very tricky and could get a little messy. Have you given any thought to replacing the treads and staining them with a black/onyx stain and leaving the risers white with a black handrail.

loroy
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loroy

‘Tis the season… to update bathrooms! Yours is the second blog I’ve seen focused on bathroom upgrades, and I’m getting ready to do mine (master bath). I can use all the advise I can get… so many decisions to make.

loroy
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loroy

‘Tis the season… to update bathrooms! Yours is the second blog I’ve seen focused on bathroom upgrades, and I’m getting ready to do mine (master bath). I can use all the advise I can get… so many decisions to make!

Elizabeth Scruggs
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Tearing out walls and re-routing plumbing and electrical…..now you’re getting in my territory and what I call FUN! Love the wall removal- so open. Black treads, black handrail, white risers. Your space is going to be beautiful friend!

Kelly
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Kelly

Another vote for the black runner. Think it would look great!

Nancy O'Brien
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Nancy O'Brien

I’m on team runner! I like how it draws your eye up the stairs and I also find it more visually interesting. Like the others, I don’t think you’d make a mistake either way! Love your blog! I like comparing southern style with our Nova Scotian styles. I’m always envious of the great flea markets you have down your way….maybe some day I’ll make it to Nashville. It is on my Bucket List. 🙂

"B.J."
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"B.J."

Very attractive. Really like the floor tiles. In Sweden, my relatives have separate bath and toilet rooms. It works well for them.

Nancy O'Brien
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Nancy O'Brien

I’m on team runner! I like how it draws your eye up the stairs. I so enjoy your blog. It is fun to compare your southern style with my Nova Scotia style. I envy the great looking flea markets you have…maybe some day…Nashville is on my Bucket list!

Jean
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Jean

Although I love the look of the painted runner, I would personally not go for black (or any dark color) on stairs. I once purchased a solid navy blue rug, and it was a nightmare. Every speck of lint and fuzz showed up on that darn rug. I could vacuum a hundred times a day, and it still looked bad. Never again!

Paula Van Hoogen
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Paula Van Hoogen

Hey Kristie–Big improvements on the way for that bath!! Shower going in same place as former tub?
Just wondering….so here’s my thought on the stairs—the “runner” looks pretty, but no matter what sheen level you do with black, the scuff marks will start right away. Black, like a black car, shows everything. (darn it!) So, — maybe— I’d go for the white treads, black risers. Another alternative is JUST painting the risers black and LEAVE the treads wood stained. That really is the most durable and shows virtually NO scuff marks!
OK, that’s my 2 cents.
Love, Paula

Jacqueline
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Jacqueline

Painted black runner on the stairs, all the way! Love your plans for the remodel. Classic!

Mitzi Hinton
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Mitzi Hinton

Runner! Absolutely!!!

Jil Sonia Interiors
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Just love the work you’ve done, how spectacular! I’m thinking the tread would look dirty if you painted the treads black, as in the runner idea. I’d go with the black riser and white treads idea, but have a pencil line trim detail on the white treads at the sides 🙂

Audrey
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Audrey

I like the runner idea if the dimensions are pleasing, I’d go for it. The runner will make a pleasing introduction to your dramatic space. See, you can judge a book by it’s cover!

Phyllis
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Phyllis

Love the painted runner, but, from a practical standpoint I wonder if every speck of lighter colored dust, dirt, etc. will glaringly show up against a stark black paint. Can you do some sort of faux “texture” or mottling to help “disguise” any imperfections that will occur? (And of course, dirt will show up on the white, too, but being on the sides, it might not be as difficult to maintain.) Maybe a faux black and white marble?

Cindy Butler
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Cindy Butler

We are working on our stairs going to our second floor also. My husband tore off the berber carpet and put white bead board on the risers. I love the look of the dark walnut stain with the white risers but can’t stain so we have to paint. I did one tread in a dark walnut paint to see if we would like it and there is always dust on it….so that would drive me crazy. My dark floor in the kitchen is bad enough so I think I am going to a gold- tan color so I am not… Read more »

Kath Barry
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Kath Barry

Risers black—-live with it for 3 to 4 days–THEN, if you want more “drum roll” add the runner. Can’t go wrong with that plan……….Sweet bath great picks for the redo.

Becky Dimino
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Becky Dimino

I know you must be so excited! I love that green with the gray, white and black!!! I love black touches in almost every room. The chandelier is divine, can’t wait to see it finished. I tried but failed to paste a picture from Houzz, of Ben Herzog’s Brooklyn Townhouse that has some photos of the white risers with black treads. Our family could never keep the black looking good. I can’t even get from my car to the building without getting my shoes messy!

Kari
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Kari

The runner! Hands down. What a dramatic way to lead you up to what will surely be an oasis. Btw, only saw the before pic in my email and immediately thought, “What in the heck is she doing with toile?!” I should have known better. 😉

kelly
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Love it! Wow- your house must be a mess! haha It is going to be beautiful! I love the painted runner also, BUT I would worry about the dirt too. BUT, who really wears shoes and gets dirt going upstairs? hmm……

a reader
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a reader

Another vote for the runner; it seems to fit your style the best! We had the same steep attic stairs in our 1937 house. They were painted rough wood and made to fit tiny feet! They were always getting scuffed up (white paint on the risers). We had the risers and treads replaced, with the tread overhang extended a bit, if that makes sense (the rise over run stayed the same). They are still steep stairs, but easier to climb with adult sized feet, and they remain scuff- free (natural oak on both treads and risers). Just a thought for… Read more »

Stacy Newsom
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Stacy Newsom

I love the runner idea!

Peggy Wilcox
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Peggy Wilcox

Kristie,
I vote for the black runner. It has a classic look, especially with the small lines on each side! In the past I’ve done stairs where I carpeted the treads and painted the risers. Easier to clean than all carpet, but not near as classy as this look!

carola
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carola

Treads white, risers black – and please paint the hand rail high gloss black!! Thats quite some gutting there 🙂 Love it! The excitement of it all! curious to see the progress! ENJOY!

Patte Lau/Interior Stylist
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I am liking the runner as it provides continuity and very dramatic.

Christina Reiter
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Christina Reiter

The painted runner is stunning. Different, but classic. If you have to repaint the stairs every few years anyway, I would go for it.

Holly
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Holly

I love the runner. Would modern yet classic make sense? I do, however, love the idea of a faux marbled look. Would probably save you when comes to keeping clean!

LaJuana Gill
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LaJuana Gill

Just back from Israel, so I’m a little behind, but I LOVE the runner idea!

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