Friday, December 28, 2012

OUR BATHROOM {shower time}

Two days ago our bathroom tile was completed and the plumbing fixtures were installed, and the first of many showers was truly amazing! Next up is the installation of the medicine cabinet, wall cabinets and our bling-y vanity light. We also picked out two shower curtains which I will reveal as things wrap up. Going with a neutral tile allows for many different accessory options which is great for someone like me who likes to change things up. 










Just a quick reminder of what we started with...yikes!




Saturday, December 22, 2012

OUR BATHROOM {tub, tile and toilet}

Our bathroom is really starting to come together. The tile floor is finished and the plumbing wall is tiled and grouted for this mornings plumbing install. Yesterday we had the new toilet put in...a cute little Toto toilet called the Drake with a soft-closing seat {not that there's a problem in our house with slamming toilets seats}. Today our sink, faucet and shower fixtures will be installed. The rest of the tile will be finished on Monday which means continuing to shower at the gym...but at least it has forced me back into a workout routine again.


New floors, new tub, old toilet


8"x12" glossy white subway tile and inset niches with glass tile

The view into our bright new room



Plumbing wall with grout and our shiny new toilet

Soft-closing seat {which is kind of silly to me}

Grout vs no grout, and the glass tile border

Toto Drake 1.28 GPF toilet

Can a toilet be considered cute? I think so.

Stay tuned for more updates over the next week!



Wednesday, December 19, 2012

COLORFUL AND BOLD {statement tiles}

As my white wall tile is getting installed in our bathroom, I decided to post tiles of just the opposite. If our bathroom wasn't so small I'd be open to bold, colorful tiles. But in a space that barely fits two people, too much color and pattern would make it feel even more cramped. I'll save these ideas for our next home. 










{images via Pinterest}


Monday, December 17, 2012

OUR BATHROOM {white walls}

So day 4 & 5 of our bathroom makeover did not look much different from my last post. It was dedicated to taping the seams of the drywall and applying joint compound. Over the weekend we painted our ceiling and the portion of the walls that will be exposed. What color you ask?...Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace which has been used to transform our brick fireplace {here} and both bedrooms. In my early twenties I couldn't get enough of bold colors {red bedroom, orange living room, teal bathroom}...I guess I'm going through a white phase... 






The weather conditions this morning have delayed our tile installation until tomorrow, but in the meantime, here's a peek at what we have planned for the floors. This hand-cut  ceramic tile from Trikeenan Tile in Keene, New Hampshire will be randomly placed throughout the floor. We purchased it a few weeks after moving into our home during a "seconds sale". Although it was a spur of the moment purchase, I knew I could work this shade of taupe into many different designs {secretly knowing all along it would be a white bathroom}. 



Thursday, December 13, 2012

OUR BATHROOM {day three}

Things are moving along quickly in our little {and only} bathroom. Drywall and cement board is up, and the new window is in. 




I know I've talked about niches a lot in the past few days. We are planning to have three in our bathroom; two in the shower and one to the side of the toilet. So not to bore you with construction photos only, here are a few bathroom niches for your viewing pleasure.







{images via Pinterest}


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

DEMO DAY 2 {our bathroom}

I know this doesn't look like much, but to us, any type of insulation is a luxury considering we don't have any in our walls! I It was great coming home to this last night. 


Another luxury we didn't have before...a vent fan and a ceiling light.


Plumbing, electrical and blocking is in place.


Yesterday I mentioned our wall to the right was too shallow and we'd have to find a solution for the recessed shower niches. We decided to have them moved to this window wall even though it's an exterior wall. Normally it wouldn't be recommend, but in our case the garage slopes behind this wall and the the foam tile niches will provide a small amount of insulation in those areas. 


Additional 2x4s were added to our existing stud wall and insulation was added.


Electrical outlets and switches are in place and our recessed niche is framed.


I've always loved the clean lines of Kohler's Purist collection. It was a bit of a splurge, but well worth it to have quality fixtures that will last. 


The next two days are dedicated to drywall after which the tile installation will begin.