Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The 2-year plan

In the winter of 2007, I was taking a shower and it began raining water from the ceiling. As in, a large downpour. Indoors. Ironically, I had a head full of shampoo when my husband turned the water off. It was, to say the least, a disaster. Then again, so is this awful dog and cat themed wallpaper:





In the spring of 2008, we ripped this upstairs bathroom apart (down to the studs) in an attempt to find the leak. The destruction was enjoyable (have you ever had the pleasure of smashing drywall with a hammer?)and I found a certain satisfaction in eliminating all animal-themed items from the room. And seriously, that stained sink is DIS-gusting.

After ripping nearly all of the bathroom down to the studs and removing the moldy vanity (ick) and frozen, dead mice from under the floor (bleck), the room sat empty for a while. For two years. We were busy and really, not having a second bathroom wasn't all that inconvenient for us. You see, our master bedroom and full bath are located on the first floor of our home, as is another half bath. So really, only our occasional upstairs guests were the ones without an operational pot to piss in...something like that.



{Nice pipes.}

After realizing that closing the door was only placing a large oak 6-paneled band-aid on the problem, we slowly began to put the room back together again. Slowly. It took some time, as it should when you do it all yourself and realistically have jobs that feel like they are actually 5 instead of 1. But we managed to piece together a finished project in two years time.

This bathroom presented a bit of a challenge, considering it has no windows, an angled ceiling (our house is a cape cod style) and is roughly the size of a closet. So, I kept things very simple and clean: the walls are a grey-ish blue and all the accents are black and white. My parents gave us a ton of ceramic tile absolutely free because they didn't want it for their kitchen, which we put on the floor and walls above the shower.

So, here's the finished project. Well, almost finished: we still don't have a door. Minor detail.

{Ceramic tile on the floors and walls above the shower: free!}

{Toile fabric shower curtain from Target}





{Everyone needs a place to store their washcloths, right?}

4 comments:

jensay (what would jen do) said...

very nice makeover, care to come do one of my bathrooms?

SocialStudiesSoubrette said...

Wow what a difference! It stinks it took two years but it looks awesome. I hope to re-do our master bath soon. I am squirreling away some cash right now for a claw foot tub.

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New Jersey Memories said...

Your bathroom looks great now! It's nice that you got free tiles.

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Haupi said...

I don't know what I was expecting when you said you were taking your time and doing it yourself - but this is absolutely stunning! Stunning. Great job! Wow.

Haupi

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