The house was a renovation (more painting, etc) until we decided to remodel (more like destruction) the master bathroom.
It was a interesting set up. The sliding door in this pic actually doesn’t lead to the shower/toilet/sink area for the master bathroom. This is a doorway into the bathroom for the office. Essentially it was two bathrooms in one (two toilets, two sets of sinks, two showers), which meant the house was listed as only having three bathrooms.
We had work to do. Again with the pink carpet, two prints of wallpaper, pale pink corain and the sinks only came up to about one inch above my knee cap. Also the bathtub had a greek feel to it, like you walk up a staircase to your bath (only to slip to your death on wet feet when you climb out of it- I guess the carpet was to give you traction).
So we decided to rip it apart; they knocked out some walls, opened casings to expand on the closets and added a wall between the office bath and master bath. Now we have a four bathroom house.
And as you can see in the pic, no one informed me to move my make up. Soon after this picture, they tore out cabinetry, smashed those mirrors (I was proudly told by one of the crew guys that he got the mirrors down by throwing a hammer at them) and ripped out the floors. Bye bye bathroom and bye bye makeup.
I went with a gray/blue color scheme; dark gray tiles with white grout, white tiles with dark gray grout, cararra marble (I never want to see cararra for the rest of my life) and a pale dove gray for the walls.
The shower was my favorite though. I want to recreate in it my own bathroom one day, using white tile, dark grout, calacatta gold, herringbone tile floors and brass fixtures. Everytime I say brass, which was what we spent hours removing from this house (and I kept for future use!), The Boyfriend gets nervous.
After we sealed up the wall in the master to the office bath, we finally had a fourth bathroom. In here we only replaced the pink carpet with travertine-esque porcelain tile and replaced the pale pink corian with a travertine looking marble.
I told countless people via email and by words coming out of my mouth, “cararra is white and blue so the walls need to be painted blue. Travertine is tan, so the walls need to be painted cream.” Here I was thinking that was pretty straight forward, but alas, this bathroom was painted blue. The lazy part of me contemplated saying “screw it” but it looked terrible so in the end I repainted the walls and the trim.
So, had we not bought this house to renovate and sell, I would have taken a quick second to think about keeping the wallpaper. The border was hideous but I can’t help it, I love wallpapered bathrooms.
This picture made me nervous. Actually, every time they demoed they would come and get me to show me. I don’t know if he was antagonizing me (we had a difficult relationship) or thought I should see he was actually doing something. I found out, after we hired him, he doesn’t work Mondays or Fridays. And I figured this out because he never showed on Mondays and Fridays.
Removing wallpaper is a real pain. And a smelly pain at that. But it all came off, the walls were skim coated and I textured and painted. Blue.
Because blue goes with cararra.
The jack and jill bathroom upstairs was interesting. We had the pink carpet, double print wallpapered walls with floral border (didn’t contemplate keeping those though) and pink corian. When you walked into the shower room, there was mauve bathtubs, tub surround and toilet.
But, the amazing thing about this bathroom was the gems I found inside. They had decorated the house in the 80s and all the bathroom fixtures were lucite. A diamond in the rough! I kept them all, much to the dismay of everyone around me. I believe “tacky” was the word of choice.
I don’t care because now I am the proud owner of lucite towel racks, robe hook things, toilet paper holder, shelves, etc. It’s going to look amazing with all the brass in my new home.
Here we did the same color scheme as the office bath. To avoid the color confusion again, I painted the walls and ceiling. I also painted the trim and the cabinetry because over the years they had turned an unfortunate yellow color. I had to have The Boyfriend rehang all the cabinet doors for me. When I try it looks like we paid President Kitty to do it.
And after attending the “How to Install your own Tile” class at our local Home Depot, The Boyfriend spent five days retiled the tub. We were both a little apprehensive as to what the result was going to be but it’s amazing.
Not to mention it saved us $1,000. I told him he can tile our houses for the rest of our live. His answer was colorful but you get the gist.
But the bathrooms are now complete.
And now you know a little something about me; I love brass, wallpaper and subway tile. Oh, and I don’t care much for cararra.
The general contractor informed me “people now a days are putting cararra in their kitchens. It’s inexpensive and everyone loves it.”