Get ready for some glamour shots! First let’s get a few things straight: This has already been “updated” once – see way below for the true befores. We’ve been living like this for three years. Yes, what you are seeing is indeed bathroom CARPET + bare bulb + giant wall hole. Yes, our bathroom is really is this small. Also, am I the only one who has a feeling that cultured marble is on the verge of coming back? Either way, I’ve got a thing for it. We are beginning to make some small surface improvements in here, so before that happens I present the befores/currents and the plan for this round of the main bath update…
Believe it or not, this bathroom has seen an even lower point than today. We did a serious amount of work to just get here before we moved in:
Repipe the entire house, including this shower Build a new shower dam (entire bottom half of shower was torn out to the foundation and rebuilt) New shower tile to patch all the repair work (on walls, floor and door frame) Remove wallpaper Remove mirror/medicine cabinet Remove light fixtures Remove towel bars, towel hooks, and a million safety bars Remove mini blinds Prime and paint walls Paint vanity New drawer pulls (vintage) New bamboo blinds
This week we are hoping to begin to tackle some smaller surface updates and address some electrical issues. The goals for this phase are:
- Rectify and rewire the wonkiest electrical situation ever
- Install a second wall outlet on my side of the sink
- Patch giant hole in wall and all the small ones too
- Install new mirror
- Install new (vintage) lights
- New faucet
- Towel hook (this knob from CB2)
- Remove carpet (GUYS, I STARTED THIS YESTERDAY AND FOUND THIS!!!)
- Install floor tile = ???
- Install a light and a fan and in the shower prison
- Retouch vanity paint
A meatier renovation awaits us on down the line. This bathroom is TINY and cramped (only 25″ between that vanity and the shower!) so the 72″ long, one-sink vanity is a bit comical and lopsided. However, both of us agree that a small bathroom and a shared sink are a-ok. We could push out the bathroom into the bedroom and/or the dressing room – and I know that would technically increase the value of our house – but it’s not something either of us want so I don’t think we’ll be doing a full on remodel. However, I’d love for the shower to have a full glass enclosure instead of a dark box to allow more light and visual openness into the cramped space, and to gain a few inches in there. The shower currently sits at 31″x37″! I’d eventually also love to have a different countertop and sink, though I’m happy to bask in this 70’s cultured marble in the meantime!