So at the beginning of this year I said that I might even get around to posting some before and after pictures of various projects in our house. This project has been completed for a little less than two years maybe?? I just never got around to taking pictures of it. Well the other morning I woke up and the sun was shining so beautifully into our master bath (that warm glow you can get at sunrise or sunset) that I had to grab my camera and take some pictures. Fortunately I had just cleaned the bathroom the real dutch way. (That means pail and rags, not just disinfectant wipes ;) ) Unfortunately, by the time I grabbed my camera the sun had waned into that sad, pale semblance of sunlight you get in the winter. Oh well… here are the pics anyway. Btw, I hope you don’t think it’s odd to show pictures of a bathroom. I like looking at bathroom redos but just skip this post if it isn’t your thing. Also, I never want to give the impression that having a picture perfect house is a terribly important thing in the scheme of life. And it rarely happens.. and that is fine. We live life in our homes. OK end of sermon.
It’s always more effective to start with befores isn’t it? I must tell you that this project began before 2010. Yup… it took over two years to build and finish a master bathroom. We did have a house fire detour, and when we finally moved back in, in November 2011, there were a lot of things on the to-do list. I actually didn’t care if I had my own bathroom or not. I mean, it’s nice of course, but not essential. So it wasn’t high on our priority list. We had a space put aside for it when we reorganized all the rooms upstairs, and a tub and two vanities stashed away, but that was it for a few years. Anyway, here are the construction pics while it was being built.
View into our bathroom from the bedroom. Yes there is a french door in our bathroom.
We picked up two of these sinks as floor models from Lowes several years before we began the project. $100 for two!
Scott does all the plumbing himself. Hence the tidy glue job.
This tub floated around our bedroom for ages. The story is that I was hoping for a Victorian type tub. Scott said only if we found a deal and it had to be a shorter one (5 feet long instead of 6). A few weeks later he found one on clearance at Lowes… a special order that someone returned. Yes, I was pleased. :)
Bead board going up. Lots of painting ahead.
OK, so now lets share the afters:
Warm, bright sunlight peaking into our room through the bathroom door.
Entering the bathroom from the bedroom. The french door ahead leads to a second (almost third) floor balcony. That was my husband’s special request. He got a balcony to check out the weather in the morning, I got the tub.
Shower to the right. We never purchased glass doors for the shower, simply because I don’t want to clean them. It’s a lot easier to wash a shower curtain than keep glass spot free! The little table is a metal tray table from IKEA. The towel bar is from Pottery Barn purchased about 12 years ago. We moved it with us to this house.
We went with a preformed fiberglass shower, just to make things more simple. We probably would not do that again. It has all kinds of curves and bends which makes it hard to dry off with the squeegee after showering. On the other hand, there’s little grout to clean. Can you see a theme here? I go for easy to clean :)
Looking in the opposite direction. Two floor model vanities picked up for a song. Middle cabinet purchased at HomeGoods to store extra towels. I thought I might miss the storage of larger vanities, but between the medicine cabinets and the little drawer at the bottom we have plenty of storage. Btw, the flooring is tile that looks like wood planks. We picked it because it went well with the tub and bead board walls. Bathrooms would have had wooden floors in the “olden” days. These floors have not disappointed us. They always fool people. Tile “wood” floors have come a long way.
Does it bother you that the hand soap on the left is green? I got over it. I used to have aqua hand soap and then BJ’s switched to green and my dh does the shopping there.. And I should have removed the clashy tooth paste but hey… this isn’t BHG, it’s real life, right?
Some cute containers to corral the beauty products.
- Yes we have a toilet, it’s down the little hall. It’s also a floor model. Funny story is how after buying it for $5, we found out the tank lid was caulked to the tank. We eventually pried it off. Having a “toilet room” is seriously one of the best parts of having a master bath. I would pick that over two sinks and a tub. And yes, that is a painting I have balanced on a basket. I never remember to take up a hammer and nail to the bathroom. Our closet is just to the left when you enter the little hall. So this works out great when one of us (read Scott) gets up early and can do all the morning stuff without disturbing his wife, (who actually wouldn’t care since she can sleep through anything in the morning). ;)
So that’s the end of the tour. We had to work within some interesting parameters when we designed the bathroom and we are happy with how it all turned out.