As first-time homebuyers, Riley and Taylor Campbell settled into their 1,800 square-foot North Austin home back in 2019. Since then, they’ve put their DIY skills to the test with an impressive list of projects that Riley regularly documents on her blog and social media. This past spring, Riley—also Art Director for IDCO Studio—shared that her DIY primary bathroom renovation was officially in the works, and we insisted on publishing the reveal.
Riley was kind enough to walk us through the process of redesigning a late 90’s builder-grade bathroom with the modern neutral warmth that defines her signature style. In true DIY fashion, this five month project was completed entirely in the fringe hours, but judging by the end result, you’d never know the difference.
Project: Campbell House Primary Bathroom
Location: Austin, Texas
Timeline: 5 months (with DIY work on weekends)
Scope of Work: Demo down to the drywall and full redesign.
Tell us about this project and the scope of work involved.
We bought our house in 2019, and it was in great condition – just outdated and ready for a facelift. After updating literally every other room in the house, we finally decided it was time to face the music: our primary bathroom. We wanted to keep the layout of the space the same, but everything needed to be replaced.
We demoed the room down to the drywall and subfloor, which involved cutting the jacuzzi tub into pieces and removing the panel-ready shower, built-in vanity, and the tile floor.
After a massive cleanup that involved a friend’s trailer full of bathroom remains, it was time to breathe life back into the space. We watched countless Youtube tutorials, prepped for tile, relocated some plumbing, and installed new flooring and shiplap. Finally, things started to resemble a bathroom again. It was more work than I had ever bargained for, but that just made the end result all the more gratifying.
Talk to us about the initial inspiration and the process of honing your vision?
Funny enough, my dream bathroom would look nothing like this. But that’s kind of how design works sometimes–you work with what you’ve got. This house embraces a blend of modern and traditional styles, and I knew the design should stay true to that. The rest of the house is fairly neutral, but with some depth, so that was my approach. I spent more time on Pinterest than I care to admit and eventually found a way to use a muted gray tone throughout the room while still remaining true to the neutral aesthetic. God bless my mother-in-law who put up with three Home Depot trips in one day to find the perfect paint color.
My original plan for black limestone floor tile went out the window when I realized how heavy the tiles were, and how desperately the gray room needed some warmth. I decided on a medium-tone waterproof LVP, and I couldn’t be happier with that solution. It feels great underfoot, and we were able to install it in a few short hours.
The vertical shiplap was my plan from day one, and despite the increased cost of lumber, I just couldn’t let that dream go. But the real star of the project was the tile. Anastasia got me in touch with Josiah of Alexander James and after one phone call, he had me sold on a Matte Artisan White Tile that came in two shapes– square and rectangle. Rather than choosing one, I ordered both and found a way to piece them together in an intentional, yet unexpected way.
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We’d love to hear an overview of which aspects you DIY-ed within the space.
Everything. There were a lot of firsts for us during this project, which made it even more rewarding. Taylor was responsible for plumbing and electrical, and I handled the design, waterproofing, and tiling. Everything was a team effort and it’s so special to look back at our hard work and be proud together.
What were some of the major pain points, and how did you problem-solve with design?
The hardest part was honestly the in-between. We both work full-time and lead very busy lives, so we really had just a few days a month to dedicate to this project. We lived with an unfinished bathroom for a really long time, and it took a toll on us. We had a bathtub in the middle of our dining room for a while, and the vanity took up a whole wall in our bedroom until we could get to it. We also discovered some rotted joists after the demo, and Taylor handled that like a champ. Oh, and you won’t catch me carrying boxes of tile up and down stairs any time soon.
Any favorite details to share?
I took a bit of a risk by replacing our glass shower doors with floor-to-ceiling linen curtains, and it added such a warm, romantic touch that I hadn’t seen many people do before. Our shower is pretty small, so it’s also been nice to give us a little more breathing room in a small space.
And the tile, but like…duh.
Wall Paint: Soft Secret by Behr
Mirrors (painted black)
Vintage Style Art (similar)
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