Wednesday, July 13, 2011

it takes time...and money...the story of the master bath

This post is in honor of my first (and only) follower beloved sister Mary...
who requested that I go room by room in my house
to show the work we've put into it.

Remember when house flipping was all the rage a few years ago,
tv reno shows out the wazoo?
Well, I like to say we do five year flips
because we redid everything in our old house
and just about the time we were "done" five years later
{with a set of twins and plus one on the way before we knew it}
  we sold it on a whim but that's a whole different story. 
We moved into this house nearly four years ago
 and have basically worked on every room little by little.
Some took longer than others hence the story of the master bath...

Let me set the stage.
 Striped wallpaper with a border at the top a la the 1990's, 
brass fixtures galore including faucets from Ali Baba's palace,
and green slate tile floors with a crazy dingy ivory border all around,
a plastic shower stall with a brass trimmed enclosure.
Oh and a hotel hair dryer on the wall.
Take a look at the before:

those are maternity dresses hanging case you were wondering.

Now it could have been worse but I had a vision.
We didn't want to move anything just improve on what we had.
I dreamt of an overhead rain shower
but that'll have to wait for another day and another house.
Overall I just wanted to tone down the brass
(ie get rid of it) and update the shower and floors.

Now there's a long back story with this bathroom as to the "contractor"
(and I use that term very loosely)
 that we used to do the job but I'll try to remember what I try to teach my kids-
and since I don't have anything nice to say about the "contractor"
then I'll keep it to myself
(which is hard because there's also a saying in the south
"if you don't have anything nice to say come sit by ME.").

In sum it was a major cluster BUT in the end the work got done
albeit not with the tile I wanted because
the "contractor" didn't order what I wanted when I first told him what I wanted 
and by the time he figured out that the material required special ordering
they had already ripped up all the bathroom floors
(we did the floors of the secondary baths at the same time).

I say all this just to note that I have a problem with perfectionism
and sometimes I look at pictures and see the things I could have done better.
We all have our issues I guess.

We bought oil rubbed bronze cabinet pulls from Lowes
and ordered the faucets and hardware from
Here's the Delta faucet we used:
Delta 3555LF-216

They were cheaper than Lowes
plus I had a coupon discount code plus free shipping.
Can't beat that with a stick.

We also bought a new Kohler toilet from Lowes...
we figured since the floor was ripped up anyway we may as well go for broke.

"Bluebonnet" painting by twin A age 2

For the shower enclosure we used a great local company.
I would highly recommend them.

Long story short in pictures our master went from this

to this temporary yellow color

that the hubs disliked so we repainted
with SW Universal Khaki, a color we used in our old house and loved.
art by twin B, age 3

art by twin B, age 2

Although no decor in my house
should ever be considered final (sorry hubby)
I'm happy with all the updates

1 comment :

  1. I love the transformation! . . . You so need to publish this or whatever you call it! I would follow you! . . . What is the name of the color of the bathroom? Love it!!!!!


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