Thursday, July 28, 2011

House Before and After Pics: the Master Bathroom

Since my last post covered the main bathroom (with minimal 'remodeling' work), I figured it might be a good transition to the other bathroom -- the master bathroom.  This one needed a complete overhaul, as you can see below. 

It is a smaller bathroom, with a shower stall, toilet and sink -- Max and I can be in the bathroom at the same time, but it does require a little space negotiating.  We debated taking space from one of the hallway closets to make the shower larger (or turn it into a steam shower....my idea) but we ended up opting to just keep the layout and space the same.

The color of the tile just did NOT appeal to us, so that required us to do a complete tear down of the entire bathroom.  The other reason was that, unknown to me when I purchased the house (and NOT disclosed by the previous seller....NAUGHTY) was that if you used the shower, it would leak into the garage below.  I discovered this only be accident one morning when I realized the entire back half of my car looked like it had gone through a car wash...  Needless to say, I didn't use the shower after that.

Anyways, here is what the bathroom looked like before:


Wonderful pink and maroon tile.  Cheapo white laminate cabinet.  Nasty wallpaper (why is wallpaper such a pain to remove?)  Max just reminded me that when he pulled that medicine cabinet out of the wall a whole bunch of used razor blades fell out on him.  Apparently there was a hole in the bottom of the medicine cabinet to 'dispose' of your used blades....I guess if you consider throwing them into your wall cavities disposing of them....



This is what happens when you remove tile from drywall -- note we were not trying to salvage the drywall, I was trying to salvage the tile to send it to the Habitat for Humanity RE Store (where people can reuse the tile if wanted...I figured someone might need a tile or two to replace broken ones, and the retro tiles are coming back in style...)  See the funky pink and maroon tile in the floor?


Here is the shower completely gutted.  Pretty, eh?


Here's Max hard at work tiling the floor of the bathroom.  Neither of us had a ton of experience with tiling, but it's not that hard to master, and it turned out really great (if I do say so myself).  We did the remodel in the summer of 2007 -- convenient for me because I was pregnant with Lil Max at the time...so I could only help so much.... LOL.


The finished floor and shower floor (the threshold and step was done in a different tile (my idea).


Finished floor.


Cement board is up on the walls and in the shower...


We opted for an oak vanity and wall cabinet (to match the original oak trim that we found when we sanded off the multiple layers of paint).  Slowly things are coming together....


And here's what it looks like today!  I love the colors we picked for the walls...it makes me feel like I am in a spa when I am in there.  It was called (for whatever reason) "Naughty Neutral".  I may or  may not have purchased it for the name alone...


You can see more of the tile detailing in the shower in this picture.  The "border" in the shower was the same tile that we used for the step/threshold.  I'm really proud of how this remodel turned out also.  It is now one of my favorite rooms in the house!  The rain shower head is also pretty darn awesome, if I do say so myself....

2 comments:

monnie halberg said...

I don't think I've commented until this point in your home remodeling posts, but I have been closely following them! I really enjoy this kind of stuff. Your home has certainly come a long way! You guys are so handy too. Super impressed! Your future buyer will be lucky to have snagged your digs!

Katie said...

I have that same shade in my master bath! Very calming.