LAST FRIDAY WE took A LITTLE TRIP back in time and looked at the
BEFORE we even moved into our house, one of the 4 upstairs rooms, the ONLY full bathroom – was renovated to be TWO BATHROOMS (kids and Master) and the Master walk-in Master closet.
It was the largest bathroom we had ever had as a family and while it was not “state of the ART” it was all brand new and wonderful for us.
9 years down the line, we were ready for an update and UPGRADE. Most of the room was taken down to the studs and even the ceiling was replaced.
Taking a family of 5 – three of them teenagers down to one bathroom was FUN!!!
There were months of toilets in the living room and stacks of tile in the corner…dealing with contractors and saws and 5 people in one bathroom. But in the end (no pun intended) it was all worth it!!!
The MASTER BATHROOM
New Bathroom..including new ceilings!
A HUGE way of me to save big $$$$ was to find a shower enclosure that could line up perfectly with the previous drain. Moving the drain would require plumbing renovation which I am sure you all know…gets expensive ! I finally found this wonderful shower by VIGO!
Shower- VIGO 47″ X 47″ NEO ANGLE SHOWER from HOMECLICK. this is an item worth price shopping for. VIGO makes great products and can keep their prices down because they are only available through websites. PRICE shop – I hit a Presidents Day weekend sale and saved $250 – total cost $1100 for the whole kit- walls and floor.
SHOWER FAUCET- LESSON LEARNED: ALL NEWLY INSTALLED showers must be PRESSURE BALANCE ones. (THIS PREVENTS SCALDING WHEN TOILETS ARE FLUSHED) But, the pressure balance showers do not work well in Big old Country Houses. In addition, the part that goes inside the wall was fine and did not need to be replaced. What I found out the hard way was that the external hardware for the NEW showers, often does not fit the OLD internal hardware.
BUT, I after buying and trying and returning about 5 trim kits, I finally found one, The MARIELLE BY PFISTER…IT fitS my American Standard internal unit…and I actually did a little happy jig the day I found it!!!!
The SUBWAY tile – from LOWES. gives the shower a Custom appearance and elevated the look. Comes in boxes of 100 tiles, or by the individual tile for .22 cents each. AND You can return any tiles you do not use.The decorative tiles around the center were a last-minute addition, I ran to Lowes to get some more subway tile and these decorative tiles were on sale for 75 cents vs the original $2.50. I thought they would make a nice addition and dress the shower up a bit. I LOVE them.
VANITY – This is worth the time it might take to find the right piece. OR you may even have the right piece right under your nose in our own home. I have yet to find any custom vanities I like more than this option. $250 at CIRCA used furniture in Charlottesville.
KOHLER ARCHER SINK – This sink by Kohler is the largest drop in sink when it comes to coverage of your vanity top. I knew the top would be just the varnished top of the dresser so wanted as much overlap as possible. LOVE THIS SINK! Under $200 at Lowes.
One last minute hurdle – when we originally went to install the sink, the vanity faucet did not clear the window! Panic set in and then Damon suggested we remove the wheels from the vintage dresser!!!!!! It was just enough to lower the dresser and allow the window to clear the faucet!!! PHEW!!!! Damon was pretty proud of himself!!!
KOHLER DEVONSHIRE TOILET- I have said it before and I will say it again, I think it is worth the few extra pennies to buy a snazzier looking toilet. Come on, it is the “anchor” of the room…and this new Devonshire uses less water, less space and looks pretty to boot! Price shop – we got this one at Lowes for under $300
SINK FAUCET– Randolph Morris 8 Inch Bridge Lavatory Faucet with Cross Handles. In polished Chrome. I adore this faucet.
I agonized, (sorta sounds stupid now) but I spent hours trying to decide whether to go with Brass or Polished Chrome in the master Bathroom. I finally chose the Chrome. Both are timeless, and both would look great but I just did not think that over time the Brass wold keep me as happy as the Chrome does. again…so silly. but it mattered at the time.
MEDICINE CHEST AND TABLE- The medicine chest is from Pottery Barn and the little Demi Table is from our new Homegoods! It was $59 and while I intended to paint it, it looks so nice with the cabinet I am leaving it alone.
The “SUSSEX” sconce above the window is from Pottery Barn and matches the TP Holder and Hooks. The Green Scalloped Mirror was a $15 Thrift store find that I spray painted Kelly Green. I LOVE this mirror!!!
The walls are painted Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue and the Beadboard and trim is Mountain Peak White. I love standing at my new sink and looking out across the back yard…I can see the Cows next door and when they were little….the kids running around…It is so peaceful… Now I can watch BEAN as he escapes!!!!
. Did you know Doors use up 7 square feet of room space. Well I am excited to say we have solved that Issue with a BARN DOOR!!! and Hardware from REAL SLIDING HARDWARE
THE MASTER BATHROOM!!! THANKS FOR VISITING!