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Designing Around Almond Bathroom Fixtures

Almond bathroom fixtures may be out of style, but sometimes you work with what you've got! I'll show you how I'm planning to make mine look fresh and modern!

image looking into bathroom with almond fixtures before

Our basement bathroom is a total eyesore, with its cobalt blue and black tiles and almond fixtures. It's the largest bathroom in the house, but doesn't get used much. We really only used it for the whirlpool tub after a long day of skiing!

But I plan to change all that! After tearing out the ugly tile, I'll be working with the almond fixtures, instead of replacing them. This will save me a ton of money and time, and keep perfectly usable items out of the landfill.

I hope to create a relaxing, spa-like retreat that will turn our basement bathroom into a highlight of the house!

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You can check out my progress on this bathroom remodel here. But before I start smashing, let me take you on a little tour of the space and how I envision it will be transformed.

Basement Bathroom Before Renovation

You know your bathroom is ugly when you build a barn door just to hide it from view! The bathroom is off of the family room, so we just keep the barn door closed and forget about it.

bathroom with almond fixtures behind barn door

The blue tile accentuates the almond fixtures, and makes them stand out. My plan is to use mosaic tile in varying shades of brown, tan and beige to incorporate them into the design instead.

The key to decorating with almond fixtures is to never use white! White makes almond fixtures look dingy and dated. As much as I hate the almond toilet, mixing a white toilet with an almond bathtub would make it look even worse!

Keeping the Almond Bathtub

Replacing the whirlpool tub would cost a fortune, and I'm almost positive the room was built around it. Getting it out of there would be a nightmare, so I might as well work with it instead!

almond tub and almond toilet with cobalt blue tile in bathroom

The glass block window will be staying, but I plan to stain the trim to match the vanity (more about that in a minute). You can start to see the potential for the space with the sunlight streaming in.

Just imagine soaking in the tub surrounded by calming, neutral colors, a good book and a glass of wine! The shiny silver towel bar will be replaced with something inspired by this list of DIY towel rack ideas.

Almond bathtub with blue tile walls and glass block window

Updating the Vanity

The other side of the bathroom has its own issues. The vanity was custom built for the space, which has an awkward angled wall on one side.

The pinkish-brown doors have got to go! I'll be replacing the vanity doors with the same doors as the pantry cabinet I just built for our kitchen, stained a dark chocolate brown to match the barn door.

bathroom with almond fixtures, dated vanity and multiple mirrors

There are mirrors on three of the walls, which creates a Fun House effect. No one needs to see themselves from every angle when getting out of the tub!

The side mirrors will be removed, and I'll frame the mirror to make it pop. Recessed shelves on the left side will hold pretty toiletries, and we'll finally have a spot to hang a hand towel on the right.

Multiple mirrors on the walls create a fun house effect, and the hexagon sink has GOT to go!

The hexagon sink will be torn out, along with the black tile countertop. Our house has four different shaped sinks . . . a hexagon, a rectangle, an oval, and a crazy triangle sink.

I found a rectangular almond sink that will fit within the existing hole (after trimming off the sides of the hexagon, of course), so I can keep the underlying plywood top intact.

image of hexagon almond sink in vanity top

The countertop will be updated with limestone tile that matches the lighter tones of the mosaic tile I'll be using for the rest of the bathroom.

Almond Bathroom Inspiration

All along the planning process, I was second guessing the colors for the sink and toilet. I knew the tub had to stay, but would it really be so bad to change out everything else?

It really helped to see photos of spaces that work with almond bathroom fixtures, instead of replacing them. If my room turns out even a fraction as nice as these ones, I'll be very happy!

Obviously, my bathroom isn't quite as grandiose as the one above, but you can see how the almond bathtub doesn't look dated when surrounded by colors of the same palette. This spa-like feel is what I hope to achieve in my own bathroom remodel.

I'm planning to use many of the same colors as this bathroom. Oil rubbed bronze faucets, chocolate brown cabinetry, and an almond bathtub look fabulous together!

One Room Challenge

I'm really looking forward to tackling this bathroom remodel as part of the One Room Challenge. It's just the kick in the pants I needed to get this project done!

It's always bothered me that we have this huge bathtub we almost never use. By giving the space a spa-like feel, I hope it will become the most relaxing spot in the house!

The One Room Challenge is a mere six weeks, which isn't a lot of time for a bathroom renovation when you're doing all the work yourself! I completed demolition before the challenge started, so hopefully I have a decent chance of finishing on time.

It looks like a mess, but I can already start to visualize the new space!

bathroom vanity with tile and doors removed
bathroom with tile removed from tub and walls

There's so much to do! Here's my checklist, so you can see my progress over the next six weeks.

  • Repair wall damage from demolition
  • Install recessed shelves next to sink
  • Attach new backerboard to vanity and cut hole for sink
  • Install vanity tile
  • Install sink and faucet
  • Frame mirror
  • Stain and install new vanity doors and drawer fronts
  • Install hand shower for tub
  • Tile tub
  • Tile walls
  • Stain window trim to match vanity
  • Paint walls
  • Build and install floating shelves (time permitting)
  • Decorate!

almond bathtub with text overlay "One Room Challenge Plan - Working with Almond Fixtures"

Raymond Cotton

Wednesday 11th of April 2018

I just love your amazing work with the almond. I am getting amazed to see the creative process. How some talented people are able to use what they have rather than buy everything new. I am waiting for seeing your next progress hope so it will be more amazing. Thanks for the sharing your great article.


Thursday 12th of April 2018

Thanks for following along, Raymond!


Wednesday 11th of April 2018

It's wonderful that people are doing things themselves. It really is a great way how to save some money. I love your ideas about mosaic tiles in shades of brown and beige. These colors (also white and other light colors) make a room look not just brighter, but also ""cleaner"". By the way, the window is in the right place! Natural light is always a good choice as it can also save some money. Can't wait to see the result

Jessica | Petal + Ply

Tuesday 10th of April 2018

Wow, you're rockin' & rollin' already! My parents have almond fixtures in all of their bathrooms and they look great with the color palette in their home! Happy that you're working with what you have and excited to see how it all comes out!!

Stacy G.

Monday 9th of April 2018

Good luck with your first ORC! I love your ideas for this bathroom, and I look forward to following your project.


Monday 9th of April 2018


I just want to say that I LOVE that you are planning to work with the almond tub rather than replace it! I love seeing the creative process and how some talented people are able to use what they have rather than buy everything new! Kudos!! We are participating in our first ever ORC by making over our mudroom. Our space just might rival yours for ugliness=) Best of luck to you! I can't wait to follow your progress!


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