When searching for the perfect shade of white paint for their Nashville home’s bathroom makeover, photographer and mom Jordana Claudia, along with her husband Trent, were feeling overwhelmed with options at their local big box store. ”It’s actually crazy how many shades of white there are at other brands. It can make your head spin,” Jordana says. Determined to avoid the color overwhelm induced by traditional paint brands, Jordana found her perfect white paint at Clare, falling in love with Whipped, our “whipped to perfection,” best-selling warm white. “I’m so glad Clare developed the perfect shade,” she says.
Although choosing a paint color at Clare turned out to be easy, the rest of the renovation meant diving into the bigger problems for the couple. “We live in an older home, so there were a few issues with older plumbing, framing, and setting in a new bathtub. We just couldn’t cut corners and slap a bandaid on those things,” Jordana says. In order to stay within budget, they enlisted the help of friends and family. “My dad is incredibly handy and came into town to help us. With his help and the help of a few other friends, we were able to achieve exactly what we wanted,” Jordana says.
Having friends and family help out also meant they had a boost in confidence in finishing the bathroom makeover. “We probably wouldn’t have had the courage to do it without the wisdom of others who have done it before,” she says. Jordana’s advice is not to shy away from asking for help. “You don’t have to be a reno-superstar off the bat,” she says.
After making much-needed repairs to the bathroom, they began tackling the aesthetic elements to bring in a sense of luxury to the small space. “We live in an older small home, so I wanted to make this tiny bathroom feel really special and high end, while still being smart with budget and sourcing affordable materials,” she says. By adding wood and wicker materials, warm color tones, and sleek framed art, the bathroom went from being described by Jordana as “yikes” to “serene and calming which is exactly what we wanted”.
Overall, the couple is happy with their choice to tackle the tougher elements of the bathroom makeover, despite the dent to their budget. “The bigger repairs affected the budget, especially the plumbing, but making sure these repairs were made before moving forward was crucial.” There was also a great reason for tackling the project in a few months. “We began renovating the bathroom when I was pregnant with our 9-month-old daughter Juniper,” she says. “She was a big driving point. We wanted a freshened up bathroom space knowing we’d be doing lots of evening baths in there for her! I’m so glad we did it.”