It's time to start another remodel here at The North End Loft!
This time around we're having our master bathroom and bedroom redone. It's the first time in twenty years these rooms have been touched. Today, I'm sharing the bathroom. Are you ready for a 1990's hunter green and shiny brass blast from the past? Here are some before photos.
Green is my favorite color, so when hunter green was all the rage in the nineties, I used it liberally throughout my home. Even after it wasn't so popular anymore, I loved my bathroom for a long time.
When I finally grew tired of the color, I was also starting to get
too old for
tired of climbing in and out of our tall claw foot tub. Claw foot tubs
are fabulous for baths, but the wrap-around shower curtains don't
create the most ideal showering experience. We were ready for a real
shower stall, and knowing we'd be doing a complete overhaul soon, we
just lived with everything as it was until we saved up enough to go all
out. Who knew it would take so long?
Can you tell I also loved marble? Now days, one sees real marble everywhere, but we couldn't afford to import the real thing as young parents starting out with our first home twenty-five years ago. So I picked faux marble vinyl for the floor and faux marble Formica for the counter the first time around. I thought it was really posh!
And let's not forget the once popular wallpaper border.
How's that for a trip back in time?
We packed up everything from our bedroom and bathroom and are storing it in the front rooms of our house. Meanwhile, we kept out just what we need during the five or six weeks of construction and have moved into the rooms at the back of the house.
Happily, our contractor is turning out to be the queen of dust containment, and she built a tunnel out of ten foot tall poles and huge sheets of plastic all the way from our front door through the living and dining rooms to the door of the master suite.
The bedroom door is on the other side of this plastic and is only accessible through the tunnel from the front door.
And this is looking through the long tunnel from the front door towards the kitchen. The bedroom door is just around the corner out of sight. I think this is the coolest thing ever!
Okay, are you ready for some really scary demo pictures?
We're keeping the window, but replacing it with a new fiberglass one and surrounding it with tile.
There will be a knee wall next to the new vanity with frameless glass shower doors.
This will be a new 48" wide linen cabinet with a smaller cabinet built in over the toilet, prized storage for an old house.
Under the vinyl and sub-floor is a thick layer of some kind of underlayment that can hopefully be sanded off.
Because we're aiming for refinishing these original wood floors. To us, it's like finding gold under there!
This is where a shampoo niche is going in the shower. The old framing inside this 100 year-old wall has us all scratching our heads - not a 2" x 4" in sight, just a bunch of scrap wood nailed here and there!
All this demo was accomplished in just one day, and now it's on to the fun part: making everything pretty.
This is the new floor plan.
This is my design board, and almost everything on it has been ordered.
|Inspiration Photos from My Blessed Life|
This charming cottage bathroom belongs to Myra, who blogs at My Blessed Life. I fell in love with every detail of Myra's darling eclectic bathroom and could easily picture it in our own home. We've been inspired by it to use subway tile for our shower, to refinish our wood floors, and even to duplicate our dining room wainscoting in our own bathroom. Thanks so much, Myra, for being our inspiration!
We've been waiting for this new master bathroom for years and working on all of our plans for months, and we're so excited to be starting! Of course, I'll be sharing every step of the entire remodel with you, too.
(And I promise no more scary photos.)