I have a master bathroom. Two bathrooms in this little house of ours. It’s weird now that it’s done to look around and realize that every. single. square. foot of this home has been rebuilt by us to make it what we want. Not just painted. Rebuilt. Transformed from the inside out. 4 years ago this home was nothing more than a rotting shell of a house with nothing salvageable on the inside. Yet here we are. 4 years ago, my husband, daughter and I were living in the living room and kitchen with all the other rooms caution taped off. I was 8 months pregnant with our son and this house seemed impossible. Insane. Yet here we are. All this time of working hard, waiting, doing what we could when we could with what we had we are finally here. We’ve spread out as each room has been completed. Bedroom by bedroom, we’ve slowly made spaces for each of us. And now, to go with my master bedroom, we have completed the master bathroom. The end. No more rooms to renovate. No more 70s paneling to take down. No more avocado tile to remove. No more yellow toilets to remove. It’s just done. Which is weird and sad. But mostly wonderful.
I wish I could show what this space was when we bought the house, but hubby was so fast at ripping ugly old stuff out back then, I couldn’t even snap pictures fast enough. This space was once the dream of the people who owned this house before us. Sometime in the 70s they dreamed big and decided to renovate their garage into a master suite – bedroom, bathroom, walk in closet. They never came close to finishing. What we bought the day we signed on the dotted line and were handed the keys was a house that had been neglected for 30 years by a family who didn’t have the money or gumption to make it what they once thought it could be. The old garage space had plywood floors, laminate walls and what should have someday been a bathroom was just a framed room with an avocado tub/shower and an avocado toilet with no plumbing to anywhere.
While we worked ourselves like crazy to make the rest of the house cozy and livable for our family, this space was storage. It’s where the tools lived, where the things lived that would’ve otherwise gone in closets if we had them. We learned over the last 4 years how little we really needed that we’d taken the time and energy and space to store. Gradually we emptied the room and learned to live with what fit in the house. Finally the space was ready to become what that couple had dreamed of 40 years ago now. We made it our master bedroom with a walk in closet and master bathroom. As usual, we put our own twist on it – changing doorways and deleting a hallway. And we love it. It’s perfect for us.
I didn’t have a perfect vision for this room. All I knew was that I wanted it to match our other bathroom and I wanted a clawfoot tub. After spending hours drooling over design websites and some seriously amazing antique-looking handshowers from Homeclick.com, I got the clawfoot tub (on craigslist) and it became the painted clawfoot tub. I wanted it to be new old. I love old. Everyone who really knows me knows my heart is in old homes and the beauty and character they exude. I wanted all of that in this one tiny room.
My parents remodeled their master bathroom 4 years ago and gave us their pedestal sinks. After years of storing, moving, and dreaming of them being installed, they both are now – one in one bathroom and the other in this bathroom. After hubby knocked over and broke the pedestal a few weeks ago, we weighed many options. We considered changing our vision altogether and going with an antique buffet to turn it into a vanity, we considered buying a vanity, we considered simply replacing the pedestal to the sink. At the end of the day, hubby left it up to me and I chose to simply replace the pedestal. It wasn’t an easy decision but it was the reasonable decision. It would’ve been not nice of me to take his $150 mistake and choose a $1000 replacement as much as I would’ve loved an antique buffet turned vanity. Another day, another house.
I wanted hooks for towels just like in the other bathroom, but this time I wanted no excuses for my kids to leave their towels laying around. 3 up high for us and 2 down low for them. No questions. No gray area. Just hang up your towel when you are done with it. We haven’t had it this way long enough to know if this will work or not, but gosh am I hopeful.
I went shopping for a mirror or medicine cabinet the other day and was annoyed at how expensive everything was. Thank you Lowes, but no I don’t want to pay $50 for a cheap mirror. I found this at a local antique shop for $12 and was practically jumping up and down to give the owner my money. I am so sick and tired of projects and spending money that the last thing I wanted was a $50 cabinet that was white or a $5 cabinet that I had to paint. I have probably never been happier to buy something than I was this mirror. I bought it, I brought it home, I hung it. End of story.
The hooks are from Hobby Lobby, the only place I’ll ever buy knobs or hooks from again. $1.50 each during the 50% off sale and I was more than happy. Anthropologie, I love your knobs but not their $8 each price tag. Again, happy thrifty customer.
The curtain is Pottery Barn and was $1 at a yard sale. I used it a long time ago in my kitchen as my frugal excuse for a curtain. When this room was done, I knew it was perfect for the space so I moved it and I love it here.
I realize that the room is completely empty except for the necessities. Right now, I am loving it this way. My mom bought towels and bathroom rugs for it but they are a Christmas present so we have to drip everywhere for a month. I am loving how open and simple and pretty it looks right now that I am ignoring the need for storage and stuff in here. Please just let me live in my happy, clutter-free space for a little while. It makes me smile ear to ear every time I walk in, even if there isn’t a towel or roll of toilet paper in sight.
All the details:
Floor: Daltile from Home Depot – no idea why they don’t show it online.
Wall color: Behr: Blue Fox (we chose one shade darker than the master bedroom for coordination)
Tub: Craigslist, painted Behr Blue Fox by us
Sink and toilet: Kohler Memoir series
Hooks: Hobby Lobby
Light fixture: Home Depot
Curtain: Pottery Barn
There you have it. Our new old bathroom that I am in love with. That I can’t believe is done. That I adore my hubby for making a reality for me.
linked up with Centsational Girl’s budget bathroom makeover linky.