Adding to the list of things I could easily tear my hair out over is the master bathroom renovation at the 70’s Landing Pad. Other things on that list include lighting and wallpaper removal. You can read about the lighting woes here. I haven’t posted all about the wallpaper removal mess yet, as I don’t think my sanity is ready to relive those horrors quite so soon. Just stay tuned.
With the 70’s Landing Pad, the master bathroom is probably the biggest project to tackle in the house and also one of the few projects that we can’t DIY our way through.
While the master bedroom is huge, the master bathroom – not so much. There was no shower in the space – only a jetted tub. Ideally, we (ok, me) wanted both a shower and a bathtub. The long vanity was nice, but really not needed since neither me or Grunt Labor rarely get ready at the same time. There was a ton of reconfiguring and plumbing that needed to be done and since plumbing is in no way one of our strong suits, we hired a contractor.
And actually finding and hiring a contractor is a whole other post – seriously, I swear some of them have zero idea of how to run a business. I’ll save that soapbox for another day though.
Honestly, I thought there would be no way of getting both a shower and tub into this small space. And unfortunately, due to the location of a set of french doors, there was no way to expand the bathroom. Luckily though, after talking with our contractor, we came up with a plan to get a shower, bathtub, good sized vanity and of course a toilet all in this space. YAY!
Of course, all the wallpaper will go and the lighting will be switched out as well. There will be new tile floors and a new tile shower. The current doorway, which is where the image above was taken from, will be sealed up and the freestanding bathtub will go along that wall. A new doorway will be put on the wall opposite the vanity. We will be re-using a portion of the old vanity, but reconfiguring it and having new doors made for it.
Basically, I took part of the old vanity that held the sink and combined it with a single cabinet that was on the opposite end of the vanity. After scouring everywhere for a new vanity and refusing to pay $800 – $900 for a new one sans countertop, I decided this was our best option. Besides the new doors, the vanity will also get a new black granite countertop and under-mount sink. I’m hoping to be able to strip and stain the vanity, but if that doesn’t work, it will most likely be painted a dark gray.
Demo has begun on the bathroom and this is where we are at now:
The design for this bathroom (along with finding a contractor) is almost what sent me over the edge. I came up with a plan that consisted of lots of marble. In all honesty, a marble bathroom was the only thing I could figure out how to design. And the design was gorgeous – but there wasn’t a lick of it that resembled me, Grunt, our style or what I envisioned for the 70’s Landing Pad. So, I scrapped the marble plan and begged and pleaded my friend Kellie to help me. And she did. We went to her favorite tile shop and within a couple of hours, we had a whole new plan that I am just crazy over – but the good crazy and not the lock-me-up-and-give-me-a-straightjacket-crazy.
And let me tell ya what else will piss you off – when you order your freestanding tub and it goes on sale a week after ordering it. WTF. #storyofmylife
Overall, the bathroom will have a black, white and touch of gray color scheme with brass accents. There is a bit of a 70’s vibe going on with the design, which is what we were going for – the rest of the house will also give a nod to the 70’s design era. The black subway tile will be in the shower in a brick pattern with a herringbone accent pattern around the shower head and faucet. The same tile will also go on the wall behind the bathtub. The floor tiles are 12″ x 24″ and will go in a brick pattern on the whole bathroom floor. There is another tile for the shower floor, but I couldn’t find it anywhere online – its just a basic black square mosaic tile though.
Hopefully by the end of this month we will have an essentially brand new master bathroom and one huge item crossed off our to-do list with this renovation.
What do you think of the plan?
I know so much black isn’t everyone’s cup of tea – but is sure as hell is my shot of whiskey. 😉
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