Happy, happy Friday! So much to be happy about this Friday. Like a fully functional bathroom. It’s been a long process but totally worth it. The job is not completely done. Window casings, a crosshead piece, a few pieces of chair rail, some corner cove trim and the pocket door’s finishing touches need to be done. I have nail holes to fill, caulking to do and a bit of painting. In the grand scheme of things, the majority of the work is done. And it feels good!
Would you like to see what’s been eating up time and energy for the last two months? Here is the “Before” picture.You can see this is not an expansive space. We replaced the window when we did the kitchen remodel but waited to trim it out. We knew we’d be demoing the entire space when we eventually got around to the remodel.
This is the original 1937 floor. There were two inches of mortar bed under there! The tile in the tub enclosure was probably from a 1970’s remodel. We found 1950’s plastic tile underneath the green and white ceramic.Definitely lacking a “wow” factor. I’m not sure it gets much more lackluster than this, to be honest. But it worked and a remodel was going to cost money, so I wasn’t in any hurry. Mr. P, however, had had it. My brother was available to do the work which meant I had to get on board and start making design decisions.
Decision number one…the tub had to go. People have a tendency to believe that a tub is a must and if you don’t have one, you lose resale value. I’m sure that’s true in certain areas. It’s just not relevant here in Southern California. Walk in showers are a bigger deal, especially in our neighborhood. I know, if you have kids you want a bathtub. But whoever might buy our house in the future will certainly be adding on if they have a family because our little bungalow is less than 900 square feet total. Anyway…the tub came out after Mr. P broke it up with a sledge hammer.We took it all down to the studs and for a time there was no subfloor. It’s a huge undertaking and the psychological impact at this stage is not to be underestimated. You have to keep your vision clear and stay on task, knowing that every little thing you get done is one step closer to Fabulous. Because even without the job complete, it’s Fabulous! The sink and cabinet are from IKEA. We added about 4″ to the height with the custom feet my brother milled from sofa legs. The mirrored medicine cabinet helps to uphold an illusion of space and supplies a lot of storage we didn’t have before. The floor tiles are luxury vinyl planks from Armstrong using their FasTak installation. It went so quickly! We had that down in about an hour on Wednesday morning. You can’t tell from the bad photo, but that’s a black stained and hand scraped look (for a fraction of the cost).Subway tiles and black hexies fill the shower alcove. We have a rain head shower and a hand held. The diverter is on the opposite side of the shower which allows you to turn the shower on and adjust temperatures before you get in. And the drain is amazing too!When I get the trim patched and painted, I’ll share more details. The crown moulding is really, really nice. I told my brother it’s like a Downton Abbey bathroom. Lots of details, period and otherwise.
Like most things in Life, it’s the details that make it or break it. I could have opted for a generic bathroom. If we’d used acrylic surrounds or even solid surface sheets in the shower, it would have been done a lot sooner. But it would lack the “WOW!” factor. And yes, it took us days and days to lay all this tile and grout it. It was worth every minute, every cut, every pain in the neck, back, etc.
And an additional detail is the faux tin ceiling tiles. I don’t have a decent picture of those so you’ll have to wait but trust me, it looks amazing. I’ll give you all the details about the details when I post the finished pictures.
For now, you have an inkling about where all my time has gone lately. I’ll be back to sewing and crafting today. Lots of colorful fabrics arrived and are waiting for my attention. I’ll post some more fabric inspiration for you in the next few days, promise.
Have a wonderful weekend!