The tile on the right is the tile accent for the master bathroom shower.

It is a beautiful sea glass. I really love the color.

The rest of the tile in the shower will be a high gloss white ceramic tile.


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The other tile (on the left) is the sample for the vanity top. More news when we’ve got it.

The “Befores”

Why are we doing this? Don’t your bathrooms work?

Well… sort of. Let me take you on a little journey of our “Befores”…

The leaky tub

The leaky tub

This is what started it all… the master bathtub started to leak around the diverter, around the drain and around the main faucet. This resulted in…

photo 2…a lovely hole in our living room ceiling. Fortunately, I had the presence of mind to NOT get in the shower when I saw a large water spot forming on the ceiling. It had gotten worse over time, as the ceiling started to discolor and get soft.

Now, also in the master bathroom we have some other issues:

MBR floor and vanityFirst, there’s the 40 year old linoleum which is cracking and making it difficult to seal around the base of the toilet. The sink has no finish left on it, so it molds easily and always looks dirty. Then, the vanity veneer is coming apart. And finally, the faucet will drip nonstop unless you leave it turned to “cold”.

New walk in closet.

New walk in closet.

This is not something we HAVE to do, but we are taking advantage of getting a major mess done all at once. The four-door closet will be converted into a new walk-in closet. We haven’t configured it yet… but we’re looking forward to the improvement!

Hall bathroom

Hall bathroom

About ten years ago, we had to do an emergency replacement of the hall bathroom. This was the first time we had a hole in our living room ceiling… So the hall bath has newer flooring, but, alas, has been showing signs of a leak from SOMEWHERE. You can’t see it, but there is mold in the corner by the tub. When we had the toilet reset (because it was leaking) the plumber told me that we had about “six months before you have an even bigger mess.” Yikes. So yes, this tub has to be replaced, too.

Hall vanity

Hall vanity

The vanity, in this case, is in great shape (because we already replaced it!) We are going to re-purpose it (with a nice new finish) and add an under-counter mount sink and new faucet. It will also get a better mirror (it’s kinda like a fun house mirror in there!) and a niche storage area.

Powder room

Powder room

The powder room also needs a new vanity. It has that lovely “detaching” faux woodgrain finish. And a sink top that molds. And a faucet that leaks. And that cool 70s faux stone linoleum? Yeah, it’s leaving too.

So there you have it… all the reasons why we are doing this. Are we putting in gold-plated fixtures and a soaking tub with jets? A skylight and jacuzzi? No. But we are doing a timeless sort of update. More pictures of some of our choices later. 🙂

On our way!

We wrote another BIG check for the design part of this project. We looked at some tiles for the shower surround, floors and bath. We talked about sink fixtures. The architect and designer have listened to us and what is on paper looks really great. And best news of all, because we wanted our favorite lead carpenter, George, our timeline is pushed out to next month.

The bad news:
Life will be loud and messy when #2 daughter is home from college on spring break (we warned her already!)
It will take 12 weeks because we decided we need to stay here, not go to a motel (for $10K, I’d rather have a new closet than a hotel stay.)
I won’t get a skylight (sad face!!!)

I don’t have scans of our drawings, but I’ll try to figure out a way to post them.

For my part:
I am working on a logistics plan (vacating first two bathrooms, then one, will be a little crazy.)
We are getting our refi on the mortgage moving
I’m writing a paper on church history and polity, which I need to get back to… (looking at Houzz or Pinterest is far more exciting.)

The Christmas decorations are down… next?

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The Christmas tree and the rest of the decorations are down. We had a whimsical moment and decorated the hole in the living room ceiling. (Why not?)

I’m starting the list of prep details… it’s how I cope with the pending mess. This week we write another design fee check and get more details. I’m pretty jazzed. 🙂