Sunday, December 30, 2012

Bathroom Makeover ... Work in Process

It's been a looooooooooooong time coming!
Our 1979 home is getting one of its circa 1979 bathrooms made over.
I wish I could say it's happening to the master bathroom.
It's not.
It's the upstairs bathroom that serves the two peeps living up there,
i.e. darling son #2 and darling daughter.

The choice was made by necessity. 
The upstairs shower was leaking, big time, on the downstairs ceiling
which happens to be the ceiling of the closet for the master bedroom.
Meaning, leaking all over MY clothes.
Not the dear husband's ... mine.

The fix required busting through tile.
So at the end of the year, with bonus in the bank
we knew the time had come to bring at least
one of our watery rooms into the 21st century.

The 1970's are not known for design and style sensibilities.

So without any further ado, and with a beg for tolerance
of blurry photos because I took them with my new phone ...
one that is supposed to be known for it's picture taking capabilities ...
I guess I need to work on my end of the capabilities ...
but I digress ...
here's the good, the bad, and the seriously ugly:

The entry ... and yes, I need to paint the landing too!

Frankly, I'm glad for the blur ... it's easier on the viewer's eyes!
The floor was something I did about 8 years ago, quick and easy.
But seriously ugly ... along with that sink.
Shell-shaped, solid surface, so 1979.

Not pretty.
The pink tape was over the corroded overflow metal thingee
that leaked the constant drip from the capped off tub spigot.
Needless to save, the temporary capping of the spigot
did not save my ceiling or clothing.
I needed to pull out the hot pink duct tape to save us
for a couple of weeks while awaiting for the bonus to land in the bank.

This actually made our day when the contractors got to this point.
First, we were worried about mold ... but there was none.
Secondly we were worried about the condition of the sub-floor
because the tub itself leaked around its drain.
The tub has been a source of trouble for a long time.
It couldn't be used as a tub because any time it held water
for a period of time
... like the time it takes to soak in a nice hot bath ...
water leaked onto my clothes.
But the sub-floor was in very good shape!

New tub installed with new plumbing fixtures
and the installation of the new tile in process.
The contractor had to stop at this point and let the listello set over night.

Tile completed. The shower head was raised an additional foot
which brought the shower into the 21st century.
I don't know why shower heads were installed so low during the 1970's.
It's not like we all grew exponentially in the past 35 years.

The other corner of the tub and tile.

The new granite sink top.
We got this on close out at Floor and Decor ... I think we paid $169 for it.
The vanity will be sanded and repainted, update with new
drawer pulls, handles and hinges to complement
the burnished bronze plumbing fixtures.

Here's a view with the plumbing fixtures installed.
I know it's not easy to see on account of the blur.
The next series of photos I take will be with my camera!

The floor tile is the same as the tub tile.
This bathroom is small so we needed to go with a light
color palette and some uniformity so the user's 
don't feel like they are literally in a water closet!

The toilet could not be saved, as much as I really wanted to save
our 1970's era toilet! Really. They were not "low flow" back then.
As much as I love being green and conservative about
the precious resources of our planet, 
I like a toilet the flushes waste away with NO problem.
But the toilet had a through-and-through crack in bad spot
so we had to let it go.
At the moment, we are without a toilet upstairs
because no one stocks a "biscuit"-colored round toilet.
Elongated, yes, but those are too big for our small space.
So hopefully the contractor has already ordered
our new biscuit-colored toilet (which matches the tub color) by now.

The work is not done.
Contractors are all done so now our work begins.
We have popcorn texture on the ceiling to scrape off
and walls and vanity need painting.

Lighting fixture and fan need to be replaced.
Needless to say ... I will be very busy for the next couple of weeks!


Christine Moss said...

You're a long way ahead of me on this one....I will start work on our bathroom from Monday. Thinking about it is the worst part!

Kathy Moody said...

Wow, your are making great progress. I hope to start on our bathroom makeover next month! Thanks for the inspiration.

Happy New Year! Your newest follower from the Let's Get Social Hop. :) Can't wait to read more of your great blog.

Kathy @

Judy Haughton-James said...

Your bathroom makeover is going very well. All the very best with your other plans. Thanks for becoming a Follower of my Blog. I am happy to follow back. Have a wonderful week and Happy New Year!

Rox said...

You're getting a new bathroom, how exciting! Looking forward to seeing it all done. Thanks for following, glad to follow back! Roxana (

Pride In Photos said...

Remodeling...such a big job. Kuddos to you to brave this event.It is looking great...keep the faith.
Happy New Year to you.
Laurie @ pride in photos

Paula Miller said...

It's already looking fab!! I know all about the 70's and early 80's design. My house if full of it, although we're slowly trying to change that!

Thanks for linking up with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party :))


Sherrie {Bird Lady} said...

Great makeover! My husband is a floor and tile man, so I can appreciate all the hard work that goes into a project like this. Good luck!

~ Sherrie (Bird Lady)

RACHEL TaoOfPoop said...

You definitely deserve a beautiful new bathroom. Looks like it's coming along nicely! Following back!

Justina Marie said...

I looks great already, it looks like it will be amazing when it is finished. Its't it amazing, when something leaks or goes wrong it is never the husbands clothes or things that gets wet? lol I am your newest follower from the Let's Get Social Blog Hop. I am also enjoying your posts about sewing!

Justina @

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