Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bathroom reno

Except for a few details, our bathroom renovation is complete! Every time I walk in with a sense of disbelief that this is really our bathroom. This is no fancy 'tub in the middle of the room, dual sink, chandalier' sort of remodel. It'a tiny and functional and crisp and beautiful. We replaced everything, but kept the same footprint and did most of the work ourselves, so it was very economical. This means no more bleary eyed, stumbly trips down two flights of stairs to the basement, um, bathroom. Truth be told, though-we still haven't showered in the new shower. We have fallen in love with our outdoor shower (although the blue tarps aren't exactly my ideal look), and will probably continue to use it all summer.  Bonus: the new bathroom is staying reaaallllllly clean!

Here's a look at the before and afters......
I'll give you all the details and cost breakdown in the next couple of days.

I dreaded using or cleaning this bathroom. yuck.
This is actually after a quick facelift that I performed in an act of desperation.
It was even worse than this when we moved in.
*note the lovely sixties vanity
the tear out......and
ta da!
I jumped for joy when we ripped out the nasty plastic tub surround.
It was replaced with crisp white subway tile and a brand new tub. dreamy.
We waffled a lot about the original hex tile floor. Of course I love, love, loved it, but it had a couple of cracks in fairly noticeable places.
Luckily, we found this fab tile online and I love, love, love it even more than the white.


  1. The bathroom is beautiful!

    Re. the tile - so you replaced the hex tiles with new hex tiles, right? And they're still ceramic?

    We actually used hex floor tiles on our kitchen countertops. I have mixed feelings. I love the look, but it's a constant struggle to keep things like blueberries from staining the grout.

  2. jealous! where online did you find the honey-hued tile?

  3. So lovely! Perfect for you and true to the vintage of your home. Well done! I want your hex tile!!!

  4. Maria,
    yes-we put the new ceramic hex tile right over the old stuff, so we didn't have to do any tear out of the floor. yeah-tile on countertops is really tricky..... this floor was small, and I would not have wanted to deal with this on a larger scale.
    ladies, stay tuned for all details (including tile info) tomorrow and Thursday!

  5. Fantastic! I like the floor tile you used in your bathroom renovation. It's a good substitute for the monotonous white tiles. We had also our home renovation last month. My husband and I settled for laminate wood flooring. Tampa, Florida has been known for its fine construction supplies, anyway. Also, my sister-in-law suggested the best Sarasota flooring. We had blast! The results of our recent home renovation turned out to be fine.

    Thanks for sharing, Christine! Loved your simple bathroom design.

  6. I just ordered a sample of the maize tile--looking to redo my new "old" bathroom and wanted to match the gold flecks in the shower. Thanks for the great photos!

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