We just got home from the lake and are ready to continue the remodeling project in our master bathroom. At the same time we are having our exterior stucco removed and replaced on three sides of our house. So, lots of activity (and noise) going on around here! We have an enormous dumpster and a porta potty in our driveway. It’s such an eye sore, but necessary. In a few weeks, we hope this place will be good as new!
My husband and I started the bathroom reno about 6 weeks ago. The picture on left is our inspiration picture. The picture on the right is how the bathroom looked originally. Everything was builder grade quality. We started by replacing the double wide builder grade medicine cabinets with individual surface mount cabinets. (Allen & Roth from Lowe’s) The plan was to have them recessed too, but because of wiring and pipes we had to choose the surface mount option. We replaced the old sconces with lights from the Restoration Hardware Outlet. (a third of catalog prices) The shades are from Lowe’s. Since the new cabinets were smaller I wanted a pretty mirror for the vanity area. I found a pretty Venetian Mirror at Wayfair on sale. I think it’s perfect for this spot. (Although we need to move it up a bit.) And in between we painted.
We hadn’t planned on an entire bathroom renovation, but one thing always leads to another. At least for us! We took out the shower doors, tile and shower pan. The pan was plastic, stained and could not be cleaned no matter what we tried. Out it came. There was obviously a leak at some point behind the tile so we will repair that before the green board and tile go in.
We decided to take out the large soaker tub too which was plastic and took up nearly the entire room with its surround. We also took out the tile floor. Once the tub was gone we discovered a sprinkler line and some plumbing above floor level. Since the sprinkler system is pressurized we had to have someone come in and move the pipe below the floor. This week the plumber is coming to move the other pipes and drain. Then we should be ready for the new flooring! ( I love how on television they have a demo day. Ours has been demo month and a half!)
The nice part of a long renovation is it gave us plenty of time to pick out new fixtures for the bathroom. My husband ordered a new and larger shower base that once set in place can be tiled. We are going with classic white subway tiles in the shower and maybe a vintage looking hexagon tile on the shower floor. We will replace the shower doors with new ones.
I ordered a white single slipper claw foot tub to replace the soaker tub. This will look nicer and take up much less room. If this was our “forever” home I would have gone with cast iron. But because of the expense and weight, I decided to go with acrylic. I ordered it from Vintagetub.com. The delivery was free and the tub came with the pretty exposed polished nickel faucet and feet that I love. The turn off valve was a little extra but I figured it was well worth it. The acrylic tub got great reviews so I think it will be fine. It’s very pretty and the chrome fittings will add some great sparkle to the bathroom.
After the plumber works his magic we will be ready for flooring. Fingers crossed that all goes smoothly!
Plenty of work to still be done with the Master Bathroom in PA, but at least we have our chandelier picked out and refinished already! See it below!