The master bathroom is 99 percent done. That one remaining percent is for the shower door, which won’t be installed for a few weeks [thanks to our vacation, the shower guys vacation and the holidays]. But I won’t make you wait til darn near February to get a peek!
This is the bathroom before we moved in. Squint and you can see the awesome zig zag wall paper. Don’t fret though, that wall paper lives on in a few of our closets.
Sorry the picture is so blurry it hurts your eyes. The bathroom hurt your eyes even when it wasn’t blurry though, trust me.
That bathroom really had it all. Too small. Crazy variety of tile. Tiny, cheap vanity. Hideous medicine cabinet. Horrible, yellow light which basically provided no light at all. Tiny shower with no light. Oh and a yellow toilet.
And here it is now:
The custom vanity is truly a show stopper. I’m going to ask my dearly beloved to dictate a blog post about how he did it. Because seriously, WOW. In a nutshell, we bought a slab of walnut from a local place. For a six-foot slab it was a few hundred dollars. Andy took it to a mill [conveniently next door] and they cut it to size. We will use the remainder to make two side tables. Then Andy sanded it, rounded the edges, and then applied many many many layers of Waterlox sealer [purchased at Woodcraft – you can’t buy it at a normal hardware store] to water proof it and give it that glossy look. Then he let it cure for a few weeks. We still aren’t setting anything on it long-term until we really move into the bathroom.
We bought these hairpin legs from hairpinlegs.com. Andy screwed them into the slab. He affixed the slab to the wall so it is nice and secure. Details to come. Then he installed the vessel sink and faucet. The plumber hooked up the drain and we are good to go.
We got a nice Kohler toilet. Not a top of the line one but I can tell the difference between this toilet and our less expensive “we need a toilet now” toilet in the half bath.
Storage is a problem in a small bathroom, particularly when you choose to do a vanity with no cabinet space. I’ll do a post on how we are managing bathroom storage but you can see that we hung a towel shelf/rack. We got it at IKEA, in chrome. We can set extra bath towels on top [we have a standing towel dryer in our bedroom] and hang the hand towel from it.
For lighting we have two recessed lights [one of them has the fan as part of it] and two sconces. Andy found these on lampsplus.com. I was totally not convinced they would look good, but they worked out exceedingly well. Very different, a touch glam, a touch industrial.
We hung this awesome, peaceful picture above the towel rack.
And this one by the door, facing the shower. We have plans to remove the bathroom door, so this will be more visible then. It’s not pictured, but we also hung a towel hook here.
You can see pictures of the shower tile here.
We’ll do a few follow-up posts to show a few more of the details, how we are handling storage, etc. Start to finish this project will total around two months [much of this is waiting for the shower door] and less than $5k. It would have cost a little less, but taken way longer if we had done the tiling. We are already talking about the next bathroom remodel – stay tuned 😉