Yesterday, as you may have seen already, we started demolition of our bathroom. Our micro-size space needs some serious updating and brightening up, not to mention storage solutions. Almost everything is original to this 1958 house (with the exception of the shower doors, which are below) and I think it’s time we usher it into the twenty-first century.
Our plans include white everything (paint, subway tile, vanity, curtains) with chrome accents. I would love to do all polished brass, but Parker said no. Plus, chrome is so much cheaper and easier to find, and this tiny bathroom is already costing us way more per square foot than any other room in our house, so chrome will have to do.
I know what you’re thinking – “You don’t like that brown tile?!?” I know, crazy. But, it’s gotta go. For reals. When we first bought this house, we immediately switched out the toilet because it was one of those that has the wood toilet seat and the toilet bowl was so badly stained that it looked like someone had an unfortunate accident in it at all times. (*barf). So, this picture really doesn’t even show the extent of the ugliness when we first bought the house.
Check out those shower doors! Gold and frosted swans. It looks like that fabulous addition was added sometime in the 80s or early 90s. It really compliments the brown tile, don’t you think?
I actually don’t hate our sink, but it’s lack of any vanity storage makes it completely impractical. We’re having a vanity custom built since the space is really limiting – it can only be 17″ deep MAX! Our builder is making us one with two drawers and a shelf at the bottom for towels. The image above is what I gave him for inspiration (it’s from here) but it will be smaller and have two drawers instead of four.
And that medicine cabinet actually does offer some good storage, but it’s placed so high that someone of my height (5’6″) can only see collar bone-up in the mirror. And it’s too small. We’re thinking of going HUGE with the next medicine cabinet. One that takes up that whole wall that will give us tons of storage and make the room feel bigger with all that mirror. We’ll see.
I know. Our disgusting shower, which no amount of scrubbing or bleaching will help, shouldn’t be posted on the internet for all to see. But since this is a Before post, I figure I’d put it all out there. Our plans for the shower include removing the doors and replacing with a shower curtain, having some cut-outs built in the wall for shampoo, etc storage, taking the white subway tile to the ceiling, replacing all fixtures with new chrome ones, and while we’re not going to replace the tub, we will have it professionally refinished and reglazed so it will look brand new. Oh, and marble hex tile for the floor, which I am really excited about.
Our crew was in there all day yesterday jack-hammering through 2″ of tile and mortar. I’m really excited to see the new space. They will also be finishing up the kitchen, which needs tiling and shelves installed. Everything should be done in about two weeks, fingers crossed!
What do you think? Do you like my plans, or do you think it’s way boring without any color? I should mention that I do plan to bring in some color with new Turkish towels, like these. Have you heard of, or ever used, Turkish towels? They’re super thin, but supposedly very absorbent and dry much more quickly than traditional fluffy bath towels. And I’ve noticed in such a small space that our towels take longer to dry and smell much faster than in our old bathroom, so I’m willing to give them a shot.