As quickly, as it started, the bathroom remodel was done. Thank goodness to contractors who want the job done as much as you do, and who are considerate of your time! They started Monday morning and by Thursday evening, I was able to sickly lay on the new bathroom floor and not get the heebs from doing so. This would have never happened before!
Not only did I not WANT to clean the old bathroom, but even when I forced myself to do it, it never seemed truly clean. That’s what years of other people’s business gets you. Yuck.
But back to the new bathroom, the clean bathroom, the white bathroom. EXHALE.
Not everything is done yet. There are still things to be fixed/adjusted/added. We will make a list at the end of this post.
So Lowe’s has these awesome pre-cut marble pieces to use as thresholds. We picked the 2″ but they also have a 4″. Our piece was $7! You can’t beat that!
I found this super cute pedestal sink online, and it fits perfectly. The width of the space for the sink was about 20″ which is super small. It’s pretty difficult to find a sink that will fit in that small space, but this one did the trick and I think it’s super cute and period appropriate for the house!
Now lets talk about the most amazing medicine cabinet to ever be made. This was also an online find, thanks to John. I had been looking and looking online for one that would work. Our light fixture is not centered with the sink below, so rather than pay to have the junction boxed moved and drywall redone, I devised a plan to have an offset medicine cabinet of some type that would be half centered with the sink. Then the light would be centered with the cabinet, thereby fooling your eyes into thinking everything is lined up correctly! This one fit the bill perfectly. Plus, did I mention that it’s absolutely massive? In a bathroom with no storage, this is exactly what we needed.
The big side is mine and the small side is John’s…with some more of my stuff in it. So what?
The shower fixtures that were in the bathroom previously were great. Also porcelain like the ones above, so it kept the look vintage, but they were leaky and old. I’m pretty sure they were not ever installed properly. So I researched the set, found they were Price Pfister, and ordered the same new set. They are so perfect!
We also had our contractor install this super cheap glass shelf from Target. Prior to the bathroom being redone, I used the back of the toilet as storage for too many things. In a space this small, it’s a wonder that things didn’t get broken more often. This is a nice way to keep all my stuff close at hand, but off of the back of the toilet.
So now onto paint. We didn’t have the painting done with the remodel because I haven’t made my mind up as to what we’re doing yet. The bathroom is white. White, white, white. I could easily add any color to the walls. But do I want to? I’m not sure. Is all white too sterile? Shouldn’t a bathroom BE a bit sterile? All white doesn’t bother me, but I know a lot of people see it as cold. I want to choose something that won’t be boring but will keep the clean look. And I don’t want a white that is so white it makes the tile look dingy. And vice-versa. What do you think? I also added one grey swatch, just because. You know.
See that line around the tub? That’s where the old tile USED to come out to, because it was put on a mud wall, which makes the tile come out about an inch from the wall. Since we had this tile installed directly on the wall with no mud wall, there is a gap. When we had the tub refinished a few years ago, the coating only went as far was what was exposed. So now we have to have the refinishing company come back out to refinish the newly exposed edge. These are good things to think about when you’re doing a remodel, and something that now I will never forget!
So here is what we still need to get done:
- Clean up old paint/glue on wood floor by entrance to bathroom
- Have contractor come back out to fill in areas of grout that have gotten air bubbles
- Paint walls and ceiling
- Light fixture for ceiling?
- New, longer shower curtain
- Have tub edge refinished
- Paint door frame and possibly door?
- Sew curtain for window from b&w striped fabric or choose another fabric
- Enjoy and take a bath!
So as you can see, we’ve still got a few things to get done. Really though, I can shower, use the restroom and wash my hands in there so I’m really happy. And I think it turned out beautifully! Yes, we had termites, yes, we had mold, yes one of the porcelain handles was broken and had to be reordered, yes the light shade was broken and had to be returned, yes we had a moment where we thought the plumbing wouldn’t fit into the sink I chose… and yes, we made so many trips to Home Depot that if I don’t see that place for 6 months, I’ll be OK.. BUT now it is mostly done, and super beautiful and functional! No more having the bathroom be the “sore spot” of the house! There will, I’m sure, be more posts as we figure out paint, lighting, etc. I can’t to share them with you!