Friends, family, random people who stumbled upon this blog by searching “bathroom renovation that took for-ev-er”, I have an announcement to make.
We are on the home stretch. The end is in sight.
There is a very good chance I will have a fully completed bathroom by the end of the week. (Insert a dramatic pause here to let this wonderful news soak in.)
The painters are coming for touch-ups today, the plumbers are going to install the sink and toilet tomorrow, and the electrician is finishing the wiring on Friday. I am so happy I can’t stand it. I would add an entire row of emojis giving thumbs up and awkwardly huge smiles if I knew how to do that on wordpress. Alas, I cannot, so you will have to settle for this awkward smiley face that doesn’t even capture half of the excitement that I feel. :) There you go.
Anyway, you are probably a little confused as to how we got so far in the progress of the bathroom when the last time we talked the bathroom looked like this: Sure, that’s not a terrible-looking bathroom, but there was still a lot to be done. So let me bring you up to speed. While I was in Portland, I received daily updates from Husband on the shower tile installation.
I just love, love, love some white subway tile!
And here she is all pretty and sleek, with just one row of top tile to go, and pre-grout.
When I got home from my trip, I discovered that the subway tile was completely finished and the floor tile was polished off with some snazzy charcoal grout:
We opted for a darker grout to help make the white tiles POP! and also to help hide stains (dirt, dust, mildew, etc). We carried that same concept (and grout color) over to the subway tile on the walls:
EEK! Grout “in progress” shots are scary. Good thing that stuff cleans up easily!
The most gratifying step in the whole process has been re-glazing the tub. Pre-reno our original cast iron tub had started to chip and rust. No matter how often or hard I scrubbed and cleaned the tub, it never looked clean. Which means I haven’t taken a bath (or as my family calls them “tub-baths”) in over two years. Actually, it’s probably been closer to 3 years. Now I could go into a long-winded rant on the difference between a shower/rinse-off/tub-bath/etc but I don’t feel this is the time or the place for all that nonsense. Just know I have showered in the past three years, just haven’t taken a true bath. Anyway, for some crazy reason I cannot find a single picture of the tub “before” but just believe me when I saw it was rusted and gross, but we wanted to keep it anway. :)
So after it was sanded, re-glazed, and re-finished, boom!
Oh she is so so pretty. And I love her so so much.
Also on the completed list, is the trim work and custom built-in:
Look at all that storage space!
NO! Heck no! Definitely no!
We decided to reuse the original trim (including the window trim with flowers) to keep the historic integrity of the renovation, and of course to reduce, reuse, and recycle! You may notice they replaced the sashes in the window (yay new panels, yay bright natural light), and then they just popped the original trim back over the casing.
So that’s where we are now… so much done and the finish line in sight. Who wants to come over for a bathroom party when its done?!
P.S. Sorry for the terrible photo quality of these images… I took them all on my iPhone in a scramble right before the contractors came over this morning. I promise semi-professional quality photos next time (which means I will have Ross take them.)