Black & Gold Bathroom


Welcome to our “Black & Gold Bathroom” makeover.  Sit back and enjoy the stroll through memory lane before I share the final reveal.  I am very pleased with the chic new look, and I hope you are, too!

I first walked into this 1/2 bathroom (which is located in the hall between our kitchen and laundry room) when viewing the house about 9 years ago, and I loved 3 things.  The size of the room, the huge window, and the beautiful vanity that looks more like a dresser to me.  What I didn’t like was the creamy white colored floral ceramic sink with gold faucet, and the vanity’s finish.  I could shoot myself now though, because the sink & faucet we replaced them with were copper and that was a huge mistake.  I will never get another copper sink, EVER.  FYI they are difficult to clean, and the color(s) the copper turns (including green :mrgreen: ) make me feel like it’s dirty.  I probably could have used the original sink and faucet, but that is water down the sink now.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of the original sink and faucet, but this photo was taken after we took the ugly copper sink out of the vanity to spray paint it (I know-crazy), and right before I painted the vanity black.  I was trying to help a sorry situation.

You have got to see this beautiful bathroom transformation from! She takes black & gold to a whole new level!

I know what you’re thinking…yuck!

So, below you will see it after I spray painted the sink black and painted the vanity black.  It worked for a while until the sink began to chip by the faucet.  We honestly didn’t know what to do with it at this point without spending a lot of money on another drop in sink that would fit.  I was very annoyed with the entire oreal, so I avoided it for a long time.

I finally figured it out though, so hold on to those britches 😯 .  I began looking on line for sinks that go on TOP of the vanity, rather than the ones that drop in.  I was very surprised that they were fairy inexpensive and we didn’t have to deal with that hole because the sink would cover it up.  I was definitely on to something.

You have got to see this beautiful bathroom transformation from! She takes black & gold to a whole new level!

So, I measured around that darn hole so I knew how big to go, then I measured the vanity width/length and that wooden backsplash, and lastly I verified with my husband if this could be done with a new faucet, drain, hose(s), etc.  I am not too good in the plumbing department, but he is.  He gave me 2 thumbs up.

So, I ordered the sink, drain, and faucet on-line (see product information below in my source list).  They came pretty quickly.  When the boxes arrived I pulled out that sink faster than you can say, “Redhead needs to chill out it’s just a sink!”  I was just so excited to place it over that hole.  Would it fit?  Would it look good?  Would it work?

The answer to all 3 questions is, “Yes.”

You have got to see this beautiful bathroom transformation from! She takes black & gold to a whole new level!

Whoa!  It looks a lot different, doesn’t it?  Can you figure out what else I changed?  I mean, I know this is a different angle, but there are still a couple more changes.

Okay, well I’ll just tell you.  I switched out that mirror to one that I found at a thrift store and painted gold. I also spray painted the knobs on the vanity gold because I wanted them to pop.

You have got to see this beautiful bathroom transformation from! She takes black & gold to a whole new level!

How do you like our new “gold” faucet?  Isn’t she pretty (see source below)?  I absolutely love black & gold together.  It’s one of my favorite decorating combos.  In fact, I wear black & gold all the time with black t-shirts and gold hoops.

You have got to see this beautiful bathroom transformation from! She takes black & gold to a whole new level!

Here I am recently going on a date with my husband.  See the black & gold, ha ha…

This new black & gold look is chic, classic, and a little farmhouse, with a modern eclectic twist.  I am in love.

You have got to see this beautiful bathroom transformation from! She takes black & gold to a whole new level!

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BLACK OUTLET PLATE wouldn’t be possible with out my husband.  He’s my rock, best friend, and lover.  I love him more than life itself.

Happy 23rd, Richard!

Love, Julie

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53 Responses

  1. dad says:

    You did it this time, one the best post yet, ever, lov, Dad in NY

  2. mom says:

    It looks like a Glam Powder Room, very nice, love, Mom in NY

  3. DanDan says:

    I read lots of blog posts, but seldom comment on them (never enough time!)
    But….I LOVE the way your dad always comments on your posts! The cutest thing ever. We are never to old to be praised by our parents!!
    Keep going dad in NY.

  4. Kyle says:

    Wow, great job! Happy Anniversary!

  5. Cheryl says:

    WOW.” what a transformation!!! Love it. Happy Anniversary

  6. Julie says:

    LOVE the new look! Have a good book and I would never leave. haha

  7. Happy Saturday Julie,
    I have always loved the black and gold combination too, especially with the white sink and gold faucet. The before and after pictures are amazing, thanks so much for sharing.
    Your wedding pictures are stunning, happy 23rd to both of you.

  8. Kathy Grey says:

    Looks wonderful!! Happy anniversary, too!

  9. Diane says:

    Lovely makeover and a big improvement! Creative way to re-do a vanity that’s dated. Congrats on your anniversary too.

  10. Nancy says:

    Absolutely beautiful! The white sink “makes” the bathroom!

  11. Nancy says:

    I love the white sink. In my opinion it “makes” the bathroom.

  12. ColleenB. says:

    Stunning! Very classy and rich looking and with that white sink, really sets it all off nicely. Love the black and gold combination as well.
    Great job. You both deserve a Big pat on the back.
    Happy Anniversary to you both.

  13. Donna says:

    Julie ,
    Your updated bath is so glamorous!
    I enjoy your blog so much , can’t
    Wait to see your next project !
    Happy anniversary to both of you !

  14. Linda of No.Cal. says:

    h.a.p.p.y. saturday to you and yours.
    WoW !!!
    BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL wedding picture !! CONGRATS 23 years.
    Fantastic current picture of you and the Mr. !!!!!
    –and your bathroom looks spectacular !!– luv black and gold !!

  15. Janet Cole says:

    It is perfection!!! Love, love, love it…and your wedding photo is just stunning

  16. Gail says:

    Sorry, I like the before. Weird but I do.

    • Julie says:

      Hi Gail! That’s not weird! Ha ha! It’s okay, I have had a couple of folks say they like the before. I just had to get rid of that dirty sink. Thank you for being honest w me!!

  17. Pam Beck says:

    I love the changes to this bath. They’e not hugh, but what a difference they made. The bath is beautiful! Also, I’ve really been noticing that your rooms, your style are not all the “white” for the farmhouse look. It makes me feel like some of the pieces I have are not all wrong or out-of-date. I have loved the primitive side and we have some antiques from family members, so I really can’t do all white even if I wanted to. Following your blog has made me realize, it’s not about the most recent trend, but what you want and love in your home! Love your blog! j

    • Julie says:

      Good morning, Pam! Your comment made my day. Sometimes I’m asked what style I prefer and I think I actually enjoy little pieces of all of them. There’s no way I could just be one. My eyes would get bored. Thanks so much for your kind words!! ? I hope folks do realize they don’t have to follow the trends.

  18. Darlene says:

    Aww…thank you for sharing your wedding picture.
    Happy Anniversary to you both. You we’re stunning!

  19. Pam Beck says:

    I sent a comment on your half bath and I really appreciate what you said to me about not going with the trends. I want to incorporate some new items and ideas in what I have, but not sure I have to vision or talent to do this. BUT, I have a question….did you every do the giveaway for those lights?

  20. Bethany says:

    Love it! I’m always signing up for emails and never end up reading them, eventually unsubscribing. BUT yours is not going anywhere, I love seeing what you’ve done. I don’t know how you find the time to do it all.

    • Julie says:

      That is a great point, Bethany! We work on the weekends a lot, but we enjoy it in some weird way ? Looking forward to some time off this week ? Thanks for stopping by!

  21. The bathroom looks amazing!!! … Happy Anniversary!

  22. BETTE QUERIN says:

    Hi Julie:

    Just saw your black vanity and I love it. I have a black marble top and oak cabinets, which I want to paint black. Yours looks great, so will give it a try soon.
    I hope when you move you will still have your site. You have some wonderful ideas for people like me, who doesn’t have too much imagination.
    Thanks, Bette

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  24. Mari says:

    Very beautiful!


  26. Pam says:

    What a great idea! This is exactly what I’m going to do.

  27. Shona says:

    Great job! I gotta say I’m in love with the funky old pink mirror though!! Did you reuse it elsewhere or did it wind up in some lucky thrifters cart?

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