Friday, September 14, 2012

The Master Bathroom

So I guess this is the big finish.

The room that started the worst, changed the most, cost the most money, took the longest, and was all worth it in the end.

It was baby diarrhea brown and given that texture treatment with the saran wrap scrunch or whatever heinous technique you use to do it. We sanded it down before we took this photo. Those giant mirrors had the towel racks glued to them. They were brass but had been painted poo colored to match the walls. And yes, those are saloon style doors leading to the toilet area.

This is after re-texturing and painting the walls, removal of the mirrors, we also replaced the mirrors over the vanity with prettier framed mirrors and I painted the cabinets glossy white.

When we first moved in the only thing that worked in this bathroom were the sinks. Thats right!

Turned out the shower was leaking into the walls so the tile had to be torn out to fix it.

The tub didn't work because as you can see the hot water knob had broken off. Not that I would bathe in that tub anyways. It was covered in a layer of grime that couldn't be removed. I think the former owners must have been smokers or just never cleaned or something because the majority of the house was FILTHY. We even had to sand the insides of the cabinet drawers because they were so gross.

I used the second bathroom instead. And so our bathroom stayed this way for a year and a half!

Finally my dad came up one weekend and the three of us took out the fur downs above each sink, raised the ceiling over the shower, and took out the shower walls and re-framed and wired the whole thing back together.

It took three solid days of work but it saved us over $3k and made a huge difference!

Then it stayed like an empty shell for ANOTHER SIX MONTHS!

Finally we hired a contractor to come in and tile and install seamless glass around the shower.

Then it looked like this. 

Our contractor ran off after he finished the shower. He sucked anyways. At least we had a usable shower at this point. So another few months went by.

Finally we got a contractor to finish the job...

A jetted tub with inline heater, carrara marble floors and penny tile back splash. 


After almost two years, complete satisfaction.

                                                                                     Photo by Sarah Greenman

We replaced the cabinet doors and added mirror insets. There's only a skylight in here which gives great light but isn't quite enough so mirrors help.

The counter tops are cultured marble. The real stuff was just out of our budget.

The cabinet holds all our towels and my jewelry. It was purchased at Canton for $80. The back was falling apart so we had to replace it. This gave me the perfect opportunity to paper the back with paper from Paper Source.

                                                                                      Photo by Sarah Greenman

I collected the gold frames from fleas, goodwill and garage sales. My mom even convinced a lady at a thrift store who had one in her cart to give it to us! The towels are from Target. The towel bars are vintage glass. I have two other small ones by our sinks to hold hand towels.

This concludes the tour! And can I just say getting comments from you readers (new and old!) has been amazing and I have loved every one. I hope I've answered all your questions and if you have anything you're wondering about please ask or email me! I love getting emails from you!

If you're wondering about the second bathroom I mentioned I will be posting about that next week! It's coming along and I have some fun plans for it!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Beautiful job! I'll be pinning several of your photos!

Hannah said...

AMAZING. I love the gold frames. Such a unique idea and a great way to fill a large blank wall.

Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

Shavonda said...

Just when I thought it couldn't get better!!! The before's are like something out of a made up sci-fi western! I love all the details and I especially love the gold frame display. Can't wait to see more from you!

Diane Higdon said...

Looks ahhh-mazing!!!! You did a beautiful job...congrats on the new space. :)

Holly Foxen Wells of Glamour Mash said...

Seriously what an AMAZING transformation! It really looks like a luxury bath! Awesome work on it and love the frame idea!

Holly Foxen Wells

Amy said...

It looks so amazingly beautiful!! Congrats!