bathroom redo...

FINALLY!!! after about 4 months of sharing a bathroom WITH THREE TEENAGERS... our master bathroom is finished (well, there are a couple of little things still to be done. but finished enough to blog about...)

you may recall how it looked before we discovered that we had an ongoing leak and had to GUT the entire 5x7 room...

yellow and gray. i really loved the color combo. and i loved the yellow 1960's tile. i didn't love the TINY shower with a low ceiling. it was constantly moldy. and dark. and did i mention TINY? i usually showered in the kids' shower. but most of all we didn't love the way the floor was caving in. though the fact that at any moment we could fall through into the underbelly of our home did make going to the bathroom in the middle of the night quite thrilling...

so DURING the process the entire bathroom was gutted. and the molded floor boards replaced. and some of the supports replaced. 40 years of water leaking does something bad to wood. that is my professional opinion...

the whole shebang was proving to be a lot of bang. and a lot of bucks. we decided on white subway and black and white tile from home depot. and a framed glass shower (we wanted frameless but could not justify the price.) we knocked out the wall between the shower and the toilet and that gave us a little more room in the shower and a couple more inches to the side of the toilet. but the perfect and affordable vanity and countertop eluded us...

until i went to the shabby shack by the fairgrounds. and found this most excellent 1940's dining room buffet. for $125. perfect size. lots of character. and ready to be refinished.

adam stripped it and then added SEVERAL coats of black stain with acrylic. inside and outside to waterproof the whole thing. he cut a hole for the sink and even made the middle drawers with cut outs for the plumbing AND areas where we can still use them for storage. BRILLIANT. and then it all came together into a lovely little master bathroom...

white subway tiles on the walls. black and white tiles on the floor. gray grout (which means that it will NEVER look dirty!) and a light gray paint color. i bought two glass plates from goodwill (on half price monday) for us to put our items on that go to the sides of the sink. and the glass shower feel HUMONGOUS compared to the shower closet with lowered ceiling that was there before. it is a pleasure to shower in there now. i think i may head back to take a shower right after blogging...

so there it is... our new and VASTLY IMPROVED master bathroom. i LOVE it.