Monday, May 21, 2012


I've neglected my blog the past couple of weeks. I just haven't felt like blogging. Plus, we've just wrapped up two weeks of a bathroom renovation. We didn't actually do the work ourselves, we paid someone to do it, but it was still disruptive and time consuming. Lots of construction noise during the day plus three people using one bathroom (my mom is in town).

Our basement bathroom looked like this:

Your eyes do not deceive you. It was pink. Very pink. Very old. Hideous lighting. Disgusting tile. Cheap & ugly wood fixtures. Horrible mirror with no storage behind it. Creepy looking. Maybe some monsters lurking in the shadows. I felt sorry for our guests, since this is the guest bathroom. It's also SP's everyday bathroom. So creepy. And ugly.

Here's what it looks like now:

(It was tough to take photos because it's not a very large room, but you get the idea)

(Also, lots of photos I must share because, well, it's no longer pink and creepy and I'm pretty excited)

Ahhh! White pedestal sink! A medicine cabinet with storage! Vinyl floor! Bigger & prettier glass shower door!
White! So much bright, clean white! Acrylic shower panels and shower base, new handheld shower nozzle, all chrome fixtures, white beadboard/chair rail/baseboard, blue walls.
 New and brighter light - a little fingerprint smudged in the photo!
New storage cabinet! Storage! In the bathroom! OK, that's a big deal because we didn't have much before. Just 3 creepy drawers in the creepy sink thing where the monsters lurked.
 And a built in shower caddy! Whoo!
 New hand towel ring! New white electrical outlet!
New towel bar! Light switches moved down the wall and new paddle switches and white plate! Door swapped to open the other way!
New floor! We opted for a commercial vinyl tile over ceramic tile. Mostly because ceramic tile is darn cold in the winter and this is a basement bathroom and our basement is chilly even in summer. Hopefully the vinyl tile will be a little warmer for bare feet.

There really is a toilet! When I took the photos, the toilet wasn't in yet because of an 'issue.' The issue has since been resolved and we again have 2 working toilets in the house - YAY!

I've only gone in to ohhh & ahhh. SP has taken 3 showers already and loves his new bathroom. I am quite pleased, and I no longer think of it as the creepy, dark, dank, closet turned bath. I hope our guests like it, too! I'm still hunting for a new trash can, hand soap dispenser, rugs, etc. After all, a shiny, new, clean bathroom deserves new decor. I already bought new white towels.

So that's where I've been. There was a lot of noise during the project, pretty much right under my office, so I spent my days in the sunroom. I haven't even turned on my computer for 2 weeks, I've just used my cell phone to read blogs/email/tweets. And of course, like our other projects in this 60 year old home, there were issues during the project, and stresses, and worry. But it's over now, and totally worth it, I think.

Hopefully I'll get back to regular blogging soon!


  1. Oooh, it looks nice! I especially like the new shower head and the wainscoting (is that what the white is called?)- looks fancy-schmancy!

  2. Lindsay - I've heard it called wainscoting and beadboard, so I'm not sure what the 'real' name for it is!