Monday, September 29, 2014

Home Tour: Master Bath Before and After

Ok so our house is under contract now with a super awesome family, and we are thrilled to be selling to them.  They remind us so much of ourselves.  Thus why they are awesome.

Ok so I am going to be doing some quick before and after posts because I feel like it would be creepy to be posting before and afters of someone else's house after is sells.  So I am going to be packing like crazy, and I hope that you all don't miss me too much.

So I will tell you that the master bath was a scary room (much like the entire house honestly).  It had a weird and crazy configuration.  There was a little niche that the toilet sat in, with what felt like a ridiculously low hanging shelf above it.  All covered in what can only be described as grime.  The sink sat under a window.  But wait!  How did they see how well they had their teeth brushed, or make-up applied?  Biggest design flaw ever!   Okay, maybe not ever, but certainly short-sighted.

Don't be jealous ladies.  I know you will all be sad to know that we didn't keep that toilet.  Also the walls in here weren't wallpapered.  It was some kind of patterned panel board.  I demo-ed this room mostly by myself, and I won't even begin to tell you all the junk that was happening in here.  I will tell you though that there was some seriously unsafe wiring, and I could have easily electrocuted myself  when I was prying crusty paneling off the wall with a pry bar.  Luckily Señor Hotness and some awesome electrician friends from church completely rewired the house with brand-new wiring. PROBLEM. SOLVED.

Mmm.  I'd like to believe that this was solely from overflowed toilet mishaps.  Something tells me though that this, much like an awesome woman, had mysterious qualities and was more than meets the eye.  We did some crazy things in this room...other than completely gutting it.  <hint hint>  The toilet isn't still sitting here when we are done.

Apparently we didn't get a good picture of the sink area, but as you can see it was an unfortunate shade that screamed that it hailed from the same era as the Brady Bunch.  I, unlike Mama Brady, do not find green sink counters groovy so this to didn't survive the executioners ax either.  Now to address the elephant in the room.  I'm sure you are all asking what we asked.  What is going on in this weird closet area?  The sheet rock in here was installed backwards.  There was a capped drain in the floor, and if you look very carefully, there is wire strung across the top for what I can only assume was clothes storage.

There is a better view of that strangely placed drain.  Just a little fun fact.  When we fully demo-ed this room we discovered that this drain went no where besides the ground beneath it.  So I'm thinking this was planning ahead?

I don't know where to start in this picture.  The heat lamp still sporting a bandaid from who knows who that had been covering who knows what?  The serial killer light attached to the wall, or the fact that the twist air freshener that you can see on the wall there was one of 8 found in the room.  They were almost impossible to remove.  They came out with the paneling.  

Just to show you the classiness up close.  Here is the shelf that is just made to crack your head on.  Also I LOVED the crooked switch plate, and you can see through the doorway to the window in the master bedroom that was busted.  So fun.

So instead of having a drained closet we opted to put in a shower because having to share bathing facilities with the horde wasn't something I wanted to do.  We scored this shower 50% at a local builders surplus store.

This room is super tiny.  It isn't really big enough to comfortably have two people in there at the same time so the wall that was here before made this room feel even smaller and cramped.  So we got rid it during the remodel.

Notice how this niche is suddenly toilet-less.  I'm sure thats a word.  It made so much more sense to place the sink here in the niche, and the toilet where the sink had been.  It allowed for the space needed when stepping out of the shower.  The cabinet, granite sink/counter, and faucet were all also purchased for 50% off at the local builders surplus store.

On a whole I generally don't care for medicine cabinets, but this room was all about being pretty and funcational.  Since this was such a small room already, we needed a place to keep our toiletries off the sink.  I will say this isn't your grandma's medicine cabinet though.  

Generally I wouldn't recommend taking toilet pictures, but this one was a super nice one.  Señor Hotness insisted on this model because he found a video that showed that it could flush an entire bucket of golf balls.  I'll let you draw your own conclusions as to why that might be important.

Other than showing you our super dirty cabinet this picture is pretty significant.  This is where the window was in the room originally.  Being such a small space also meant, in my opinion, that we could sacrifice natural light for more wall space to allow for more storage.  I knew that we would need a behind the toilet cabinet, and I'm not really a fan of covering up a window so we removed it.

This is how we light up the niche.  Its a really pretty cream stone mosaic light fixture.  

I noticed after I snapped the picture that one of these lights is burned out, but these are the other fixtures that handle the lighting for a little windowless room.  The bigger round fixture also doubles as a surprisingly quiet exhaust fan, and the light above the shower is a LED light.  These lights and the niche light are all switched separately as is the fan.

Again, this room being so tight on space meant, we weren't going to be able to have a towel rod.  So instead we installed this row of hooks.  Its pretty and practical. 

So in the end I gave up quality, drainable closet space for a shower,  a toilet niche for a sink, a towel rod for a row of hooks, and a window in lieu of extra storage.  If all of that meant that I was going to have private showering and my own place to potty I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

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  1. Well done, I'm so happy for you. Shame you have to leave now, huh?

    Hope your move goes well. I'm visiting from Inspire Me Tuesday.

  2. I absolutely love this! Looks amazing. Pinned. It is so fun to party with you. Thank you. I hope to see you at our party on Monday at 7 pm.
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  3. Oh my WORD. I don't even know what to say. Those befores....... amazing redo. amazing.

  4. Thanks so much for linking up to Teach Me Tuesday last week. We hope to see you again there this week. Our party would not be such a growing success without you :)

    Have a great week!

  5. Another great renovation Sarah! Had to laugh about the golf balls. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.