So I’ve been hiding something. A horrible secret about our house that I just couldn’t get the courage to share until we had a solid plan to fix it.
Today, we are actually making progress, so I feel safe enough to show you our horrible, disgusting, very bad bathroom. These pictures are of the bathroom on a good day, and it actually looks much worse in person. Someone who owned the house before us, seemed to fancy themselves a DIYer and decided to take a crack at tiling a shower. HUGE mistake. They also tiled the floor without floating it properly, so the tiles are all cracking and loose. Pretty much everything they attempted to do was done incorrectly.
Yes, we bought the house with it looking this bad. No, we never intended it to stay that way this long. Yes, it is our only bathroom and we’ve had guests use it more times than I would like to admit. No, no matter how hard I scrub and no matter what product I use, the tub NEVER looks clean. Yuck.
Well, we had started this project a few times. Had it quoted out, picked out finishes, etc. Then we had unexpected expenses come up and had to sideline the project. We we planning to do it this spring. We figured that would give us enough time to shop around get all our ducks in a row. Then last weekend while we were upstairs getting ready for bed we heard crashing downstairs. Jared went to investigate and found this (sorry for the bad phone pic)…
We knew that back wall was a ticking time bomb. We had hoped it would hang on just a little bit longer. Nope. The bathroom had a different plan. So now we find ourselves in a totally different situation. We now need a new bathroom.
The good news is, as I finish this post it is currently being worked on. Yes. It is in the process of being taken apart and put back together. The bad news is, we had to make some compromises to get it done now. This past weekend we spent a full afternoon shopping around and buying a ton of stuff. First a few of the more boring items…
- American Standard 60″ Tub Surround – $259 // In an ideal situation we would do a beautiful tiled shower, but in this case a surround is going to be the best solution in the time given. This one was a good price and has lots of storage. Plus it’s clean.
- American Standard 60″ Skirted Tub – $259 // I’m a little nervous about this one. We decided to take a risk and go with a skirted tub. I’m REALLY hoping it doesn’t become more complicated because we have a standard tub now. I’m really hoping it works out. I would love to be able to soak in this beauty.
- MOEN Banbury Shower Set – $119 // It’s shocking how flimsy shower faucets feel these days. Even the “nice” ones are made of plastic. This one felt solid and looks just fine.
- Kohler 16″ Recessed Medicine Cabinet – $98 // Our medicine cabinet is old, flimsy and stained with the last homeowners products. Gross. This one is perfectly acceptable looking and has a double mirror inside. Plus is clean and fresh.
And now for the fun stuff. I purchased a lot of this this summer when we had originally planned to do all this. When that fell through, I boxed it all up, not wanting to “waste” it on such an ugly bathroom. Digging it all out again has been fun and I can’t wait to dress up our fresh bathroom.
- Daltile Octagon & Dot Mosaic Tile // We REALLY wanted hexagonal tile, but you’d be surprised how much more expensive it is. This Octagonal and Dot pattern was a nice compromise and cost us about $100 for 40 sq feet. We’ll be grouting it in white.
- H&M Soap Dispenser – $7.95 // Inexpensive and cute. I was pretty surprised at how sturdy it feels for the price too. Purchased this with a bunch of other stuff when I had free shipping from H&M. Totally worth it.
- Hampton Bay Whitford Wall Sconce – $39.97 // Way more than I was hoping to spend on these, but I couldn’t find anything that looked high quality and I found attractive in our ideal price range. These feel nice and heavy and are chrome (instead of polished nickle) to match the other fixtures. They look totally gorgeous out of the box. Hopefully they look great on the wall too.
- Pfister Sonterra Sink Faucet – $44 // Awesome reviews and looks great out of the box. We are keeping the vanity we currently have, which I’m not thrilled with, but I think changing the faucet will help dress it up a little until we can afford something we love.
- H&M Bathmat – $9.95 // We purchased a couple of bathmats from H&M (including this one) and I could not be more happy with them (so far). Of course the price is great, we’ll see how they wash.
- Nate Burkus Signature Bath Towels – $9.99 // We have a bunch of these in various colors and patterns (the one in the photo is a discontinued color I bought on clearance for 30% off). I love them. They wash great and come in the best colors every season.
- Harbor Breeze Bathroom Fan – $89.99 // More than we wanted to spend, but this is something we really haven’t had in our bathroom. We DO have one installed, but it vents into the attic (seriously?) so we haven’t been able to use it. Plus it’s so loud it shakes the house (maybe an exaggeration… but not too far off).
- Izola Scout Shower Curtain – $39.99 // I actually purchased this for less on a flash sale site. I had my eye on it ever since I saw it at Schoolhouse Electric at full price. I patiently waited and eventually snagged it. It’s beautiful in person. Worth it.
Since this is a more “spur of the moment”/total emergency project we did have to put a couple of things we originally wanted to do on the back-burner to finish at a later time. Eventually when we are feeling more secure again we’d like to go back and do the following…
- Add a linen cabinet above the toilet since we have zero storage in the bathroom and it’s our only bathroom (I’d like to be able to find our bottles and cleaning supplies).
- Get a new door. The one we have is charming, but it requires a skeleton key to lock and unlock it. It also is falling apart thanks to years of moisture.
- New pedestal sink. I hate the one we have, but it’s functional and not awful. So it stays for now.
- New window. We have a teeny tiny window that is very old. I would love to replace it with a frosted glass window so we can let that natural sunlight in.
- Art? I’d really like something to go above the towel rack across from the toilet. I was thinking “You Are Lovely” by Please Be Still would be perfect in our woodsy bathroom.
So there you have it! Sorry I haven’t been totally honest with you these past 3 years. I feel a little better now that I have come clean. I’m sitting upstairs while they knock all the tile off the wall down in the bathroom and I’m trying not to have a panic attack. No turning back now! Yikes…