8.06.2012

Master Bathroom - Part One

 I'm such a slack blogger. I can't even call myself a blogger. I just post here when I'm bored at work. That's sad. I have no idea who would ever want to read what I write here (and really, no one does) so I have zero motivation to post. Even when things get exciting.

So, we're redoing our master bathroom.

About a month ago, I had taken a shower and gotten ready to go to church. I headed downstairs while the hubs was in the shower. The next few sentences relay events and thought that happened in a span of about 15 seconds so I'm giving you the slo-mo version of what I experienced in that short amount of time. So...I noticed our new, shiny, black fridge looked like it was sparkling on it's lower half. Hmmm. My first thought was that the exterior of the fridge had some how shattered, but upon closer inspection that was not the case. Then I realized there was water on the floor in front of the fridge. I assumed it was from the water and ice dispensers on the fridge door. Did we leave some spilled ice on the floor over night and it melted? Then I felt it. A drop of water on my head. I looked up to see water dripping at an alarming rate through the pot light in our celing. There was a wet ring of water on the ceiling, too. Oh. Crap.

I ran upstairs to report this horror to my husband who was still in the shower. Let me interject here - our master bathroom sits directly above our kitchen so clearly, it was the source of our leak. I hyperventilatedly told him OMGWEHAVEAPROBLEM and he told me to chill. Really? Thou who are in the shower of doom? Oh ok. NP.

I ran back downstairs to soak up the water on the floor and found something to put under the drip to catch the water. I selected our bright orange, oval Le Crueset dutch oven. We use the good stuff to catch our drips, y'all.

I was all gung ho to call our insurance company, call someone to come fix it now. Hubs thought I was insane and then we kind of argued about how much of a hurry we should be in to get someone to come look at it. In my mind, our ceiling was full of water and hours from collapse, if that. Other wet spots were starting to form on the ceiling and then I started seeing phantom water lines everywhere.

Eventually, the drip died down and the ceiling dried out (left a lovely stain around the pot light) and I chilled out. Then we left it for 3 weeks and did nothing.

After a recommendation from the lovely lady that built our home, we found a contractor who lives literally blocks from us and he's doing the remodel for us. Sure it's fun to get to redo your bathroom and add things on your wish list NOW instead of later, but in a way, it sucks to feel like you can't use what you've got.

Turns out, we had a large crack in our fiberglass shower and it apparently had finally had enough. Add to that the fact that our shower was too large to just replace and there you have our decision to just move forward with all our upgrades now, all at one time.

Here's where we're at with...

TILE

The grey is for the floor (shower and regular). The floor tile is pretty cool - the darker parts are kind of a bronzy sparkly color. The white subway is for the shower and we're going a light grey grout. The mosaic is for the shower accent.


This is similar to what our grout color will be. I'm most excited about this little detail. This grout color will be used everywhere - floors, mosaic, etc. It's really going to tie everything together.


After initially choosing a light grey cabinet, once we picked the flooring, it seemed a bit too much grey. We're going with white cabinets to balance out all the while tile that'll go in the shower. Not necessarily the ones pictured here, but the color for sure.


This entire display really rubbed me right. We're going with those countertops and that lovely rectangular sink. Cabinets will be white as mentioned above. They will also be more plain that those on the display.



And this is the design for the floor. We'll use all small tiles on the shower floor.



The bathroom as a whole is getting a new layout. Nothing dramatic. We're basically scrapping our tub and moving the shower to the tub area. The corner that used to house the shower will just be empty. We plan on putting a piece of furniture in there for storage and a place to keep jewelery, perfume, etc. Like a little dressing area kind of. More on the layout later.

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