I have been waiting to post this for some time now, but we were waiting for the shower wall enclosure to be installed and that finally happened yesterday. So, without further ado, here is our new master bathroom!!
This is the space that was formerly my husband’s sink.
He never used any of the cabinet space, and usually only had three things on the counter, so he really didn’t need all that space. So, we removed the vanity and replaced it with this cabinet.
Don’t you just love that cabinet? It’s actually two pieces – the top piece I found at Faith Farm, and the bottom one is from Ikea. My amazingly talented husband had to modify the Ikea piece to fit the space, and you can’t even tell it’s been taken apart and chopped up! I am continually amazed at all his hidden talents
This is our new shower – I still can’t believe how different the whole room feels now that the other shower is gone!
Wait, did you forget how U-G-L-Y it was?
Tiles were falling off the walls, it was so dirty and moldy smelling in there that I never felt clean after I showered. Now, it’s open and bright and CLEAN!
On the other side of the bathroom was my old vanity. Pretty standard stuff, dated and tired.
We pulled out the old vanity and the small linen closet that was beside it and installed this vintage dresser in it’s place.
Let me tell you, it took me a good week of work to strip all the coats of paint off that bad boy (and then repaint it) ! I don’t think I will ever strip paint again – my hands were sore for days!
Here is the before and after of the new/old vanity.
We were really happy that it came with a marble top, therefore we didn’t have to get a piece custom cut for the vanity. We just had it polished and it looks good as new. We’ve since changed the mirrors a few times, and I think we are getting closer to exactly what we are looking for, but not just yet.
We added a door to the water closet…
I think the door on the water closet is my husband’s favorite part of the renovation! LOL! I am loving the black doors too!
And finally, we took out the huge jacuzzi tub, and replaced it with a 1922 original clawfoot tub that I found on Craigslist.
I have to admit that it was very labor intensive to rip it out, re-route the plumbing and get it all set for the new tub, but I think it was worth every extra penny we spent on it.
The little things about this bathroom make me happy. Here are a few of my favorite features…
I love our new Price-Pfister faucets
I love, love, love the marble basket weave tile in the shower!
The shelf we added in the shower is so convenient – and I like that there is so much space for all my bottles of lotions and potions.
I love the Moen hand towel rings.
I adore the little claw feet on the bathtub!
Please excuse the graininess in some of the pictures – I don’t have a wide enough lens for my camera, and everything was getting chopped out of the pictures so I had to use my iPhone for a few of them. Hmmmm…I know what I am asking Santa Claus for this Christmas.
Renovating a bathroom is not an easy task. We were not aware of how much changing the bathroom would affect the rest of our lives. It’s highly annoying to be so misplaced in your own home. After the first few days of being excited about the project, it just becomes stressful. A few “for instances”: First, I was kind of chained to the house since the workers were in our house all day. So, there were no errands being run, no shopping, no visiting friends, etc. Second, there is no describing how dirty your house will be: completely covered in dust, crud all over the floors, tools left all over the patio and the yard and the entrance way and the bedroom, windows dirty, dogs ripping apart the patio (and peeing everywhere!) where they were quarantined while the guys were here everyday, etc. Add to that, that I couldn’t communicate very easily with them, and I was one very frustrated and overwhelmed human being. And third, no matter how crappy you feel, you can’t lay in your own bed and sleep while there is work going on. I found that out the hard way.
What I was most surprised by is all the tiny details you have to figure out along the way. Things you never think about until you have to re-do your bathroom. Like… “What direction should the tile be laid? The detail tile in the center of the room should be how wide? Do you want the inside tiles for that a smaller size, or the same size as the rest of the tile? How far apart do you want the sinks? Where do you want the faucets placed? Are you sure about that? How high do you want the lights? Do you want to put a chandelier in over the tub, or in the center of the room? (still has to be done, by the way) Do you want the door to swing this way, or that? Right or left? In or out? How wide do you want the window sill? You want a shelf in the shower? Not a niche? Are you sure you don’t want a niche? I’ve never seen a shelf in a shower… Oh,wait, yes, I see, I like the shelf better. That was a good idea.” And the list goes on and on. And the number of times I had to drive to the flooring store to change what I had bought was way more than I care to admit. I changed my mind on the detail tiles, a few times. And sometimes, it was changed for me. Some decisions I needed help on – at one point I even picked Matt Muenster’s brain (from DIY’s Bath Crashers) on Facebook, which he actually answered!! Overall, I’m very happy with all the decisions we made.
I hope you love it as much as we do!
I’m hooking up here…