The 1980's have called and they want their bathroom back.
Yes, this is my bathroom. For all of you that have showered me over my blogging years with compliments of what you think is my beautiful house, I now expose to you my dirty little secret. I have an ugly bathroom.
BUT, I am getting ready to remedy this situation. It has only taken me fifteen years but some things just take time - and money.
We bought our home fifteen years ago. The real-estate brochures on the house said that this part of the house was remodeled in the late 80's. So the look was already ten years old when we stepped in to the picture and it was probably due for a refresh even then but we had more pressing issues like an office for Mike, a new kitchen, and making the third floor livable for the kids. It is an old house and there was a lot that needed our attention. So, although we have made a lot of changes to the rest of the house, the only things that have received any attention here were the wallpaper (1998) and the shower head.
You may notice the very first major problem with this bathroom is that there isn't any door between the bedroom and the sink area of the bathroom. If someone gets up early or comes to bed late this creates a bit of a light and noise issue.
There is, fortunately, a pocket door dividing off the shower and toilet area.
This, dear readers, will be a total gut job.
How about those windows? They are single pane with some old storm windows on top. Circa 1916.
I can not believe we have lived with those scalloped roller shades for fifteen years.
I always thought we would change out the windows and then I would invest in window treatments to fit the new windows. Well, FINALLY, I will be saying adios to those old windows and those ridiculously hideous shades.
The only thing I intend to reuse is my makeup mirror.
You might notice we are also lacking an adequate number of outlets.
The cabinets were custom and cherry. True, they could probably be re-stained or painted and some new hardware added but I have a plan in mind that will most likely require replacing them.
We are getting a couple of bids on this project and maybe the contractors will have a different idea but what I am thinking is moving the bathroom door. Instead of having the door at the end of the bathroom, I would move it to the middle - right between the sinks.
Something like this.
This would offer a bit more privacy and we could add a door that closes.
I would remove these closets that are to the left as you enter the bedroom. The bathroom is behind them. This would allow a larger footprint in the bathroom and this is where the bathroom door would be.
I would like the final look to be more in keeping with the period of the house. I really would like to replace the cherry cabinets with something white and bright.
I'm not wild about the hardware here but I like idea of introducing a glass front or maybe even some mirrored cabinet fronts.
These colors speak to me too.
We don't have a lot of space to work with and I don't have room to expand but I think gaining two feet in width will certainly help the room to feel a bit more spacious and luxurious.
Before we can start on this bath though we will first be doing a less extensive remodel in another bathroom on this floor.
I have a pretty straight forward plan for this bath that will involve moving some plumbing and new tile but more on that later.
Suffice to say we will start in here and make the necessary changes so that we can use this bathroom while they are remodeling ours.
Whew. It could be a crazy spring and summer. Are we ready for all that?