After nearly three months of work (that’s 12 fun-filled weekends, plus the work we squeezed in on weekdays), the master bathroom remodel is officially done. We put the finishing touches on it this past weekend. And now, every time I walk in there, I marvel at the beauty and order we created out of total chaos.It was one of those projects that consumed me so fully, it’s hard to believe it’s over. All that research, all that work, all that expense, all that build up…. and then POOF, the excitement comes and goes in a whirlwind. Don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely thrilled to have the project completed. Not having to stress about it has lifted a tremendous weight off my shoulders, and I’m loving the all the extra space, the pretty fixtures, and the overall newness of it. But a part of me has already mentally moved on to the next project. That’s sick and twisted, no?
Maybe we’re addicted to the “look what we did!” euphoria. It reminds me of a runner’s high. One minute you’re exercising so vigorously that you’re barely able to catch your breath; your muscles are resisting every single step, and your mind is begging you to stop. And then out of nowhere, you suddenly feel like you could keep going for hours. You’re recharged, energized, and invicible. You’re ready to run another mile, or three… or move on to the next house project!
Anyway….. I know you’re more interested in the photos than my babbling, so let’s get to it. I’ll include some before pics so you can see just how much things have improved here at the Fixer-Upper.
Old shower and tub:
New shower and tub:
Old toilet area (which had a partial wall seperating it from the shower area – see floorplans for details):
New toilet area:
Old view from the hallway:
New view from the hallway:
I love everything about it; the color scheme, the materials, and the extra space make it feel really extravagant. And our creative use of thrifted stuff (like the dresser-as-vanity), salvaged stuff (like the clawfoot tub our good friends were kind enough to donate) and gratuitous recycling of things we already owned gives it a very unique feel.
I will go into more detail about some special solutions we came up with for specific problems (like a place for shampoo bottles and my newest jewelry organizer!) in my next post… right now, I’m off to clean the tub so it’s ready for a nice romantic Valentines Day bubble bath!
If you want to see our full photo set, including all the before and afters, head here for a slideshow: