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I know I’m going to get yelled at.
It happens every time. Most of my readers are totally on board with the majority of the changes I make to my home. But there’s always one or two that are horrified. And I know this is going to be one of those renovations that will bring those people out of the woodwork to admonish me.
For starters, there will be people who think I’m crazy to rip out a perfectly good bathroom. One, in fact, that’s only a few years old.
There’s also always someone who tells me they liked the before images better. If that’s you, then this post is for you, because I’m sharing the starting point of our master bath, along with the early stages of our home remodeling progress.
Let’s back up for a minute and look at the bath as it’s looked the last three years. The good part is, the layout is fine. The room is spacious and symmetrical, with room enough for a double sink, separate stall shower and jacuzzi tub and a private water closet.
However, the vanity and tile are typical builder’s grade and I’ve known from the day we first saw the house that I’d only agree to put in a bid if a reface was part of our budget. (This is the same way I felt about the kitchen and you can see that renovation HERE.)
I truly dislike the tile and the overall effect is dark. For a room that welcomes blazing sunlight through its wall of windows, it shouldn’t feel dark in here.
The two things we decided to keep are the commode and the jacuzzi bath tub. Yes, a free standing tub would look more updated but I like to have a deck for practicality (and boatloads of candles!)
The medicine cabinets and sconces were put in right after we moved. I always knew the direction I’d be taking this room in so I selected both knowing what the room would eventually look like.
The vanity, however, had to go. If for no other reason, it’s simply too tall for me.
Now, I’ll add up front, this is not the type of project I’m equipped to DIY. I will share the various steps with you so that if you have those capabilities, you can be inspired to remodel your own bath.
We, however, worked with a contractor.
So the first step was ripping out. Out came the vanity (which was readied for donation). Up came the floor and corresponding deck and wall tile.
We considered keeping the shower pan to save a good bit of money. But the leak that found its way into the kitchen below quickly overturned that decision. As you can see above, it’s a good thing we made that choice, as there was a sizable hole in the floor. Building up a proper shower floor and refitting the sealing around the glass door will hopefully solve that problem.
In the mean time the hole was patched and the shower floor reframed.
Next came a new subfloor once the floor tile was removed.
We’re also adding a shallow wall cubby in the shower for shampoos and other bath products.
The walls were then closed with sheetrock and everything was patched with spackle.
Once all the surfaces were prepared for the new tile, the next step was to add crown molding and then paint the trim and refresh the wall color. I had the rattan window shades removed as the dark color would stick out like a sore thumb once the bath was completed.
I touched up some of the gold on the mirrored cabinets that had peeled the first time we painted this room. You can see a glimpse of the tile that’s to come, too.
I love the finish that the molding adds and the neutral tone of the Tapestry Beige walls.
And this brings us to our current stage in our home remodeling which is the beginning of the new tiling. It is infinitely more exciting to see the pretty surfaces and fixtures unfolding than the demolition, framing and patching. Henceforth, we’ll see more and more of the newly designed space emerge and my vision being realized.
I know some people hate to live through a renovation, but for me this is bliss!
Home Remodeling Master Bath Source List – To get the look of the direction we’re headed, click on the items below for direct links to the products.
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