Happy Day! Today I’m sharing some before and after photos of our upstairs bathroom!
This was actually the last room in the house that we got to. It took us over six months to finish (thank you, toddlers), but I think we finally finished it at the end of 2015 (we moved into the house mid-2011). There is a bathroom downstairs that we use more frequently because it has a shower (it’s a smaller clawfoot tub, but it has a shower kit). In this bathroom, we ultimately decided to leave all the plumbing where it was. We originally had grand dreams about moving things around and getting a shower kit for this bathroom, but the slanted wall really made it difficult to accommodate our fantasies. Also, by this time, my posture was: lets just get it DONE already. By this time we had already had both kids, and a second bath with more storage and space was much needed (the downstairs bath, although a full bath, is tiny).
Out of the two bathrooms, this bathroom was the much easier to fix up. It was a usable bathroom when we bought it. The trouble was, since we were doing other rooms in the house, it literally became a storage room for tools and other things. The bath tub desperately needed to be refinished, and the whole space would get dusty and dirty because no one ever used it. We kept it closed for a long time because we didn’t want the kids to get in there and play with the chipped lead paint.
I don’t have any photos of it when we first walked through it, but take my word that we didn’t touch it from 2011 to 2015, haha.
^Do you like the rocking chair and kids bouncer at my computer desk?! Oh man… those were some rough days!^
The first thing we addressed was the old window and the electrical. As with Ellie’s room (and the rest of the house), both were old. By the way, the only room in the house that is insulated is the kitchen (we took it down to studs and did drywall). The rest of the house is losing heat at a pace that keeps us up at night.
My original intention for the bottom half of the wall was to put subway tile all around the bathroom. Long story short, we discovered this beautiful oak paneling behind the disgusting 70’s-inspired paneling. We weren’t sure of it’s condition around the whole room, but when we were finished removing the newer paneling, it was nearly perfect!!
^Funny side story is that this toilet was cracked, and instead of taking it down the stairs to throw it away, my classy husband (also handsome) tossed it out the second story window atop the record 108 inches of snowfall we received in March of 2015. Haha! It stayed buried in the snow for weeks until the snow melted. It wasn’t even broken when it finally re-submerged.^
^And whose idea was it to make wax rings for toilets the same color as poop?! I mean, come on. Make it blue or something!^
Okay, so that’s all the pictures that I could find for the before. I probably didn’t take any more because our marriage was close to ending after putting down the hexagon tile, haha. I kid 😉
Here is what the bathroom looks like today. There’s actually a couple finishing jobs left to do in here, but those are at the bottom of our extensive home to-do list. The colors in here are Benjamin Moore’s White Dove (trim) and Palladian Blue (Walls).
^This hutch was picked up at my favorite consignment store (Consignment Corner in Chelmsford, MA). It actually has a whole top section, which I put on a mantel in my son’s room to store some of his toys! The ice cream chair is part of a set of four, and it came from Craigslist).
^The view coming up from the back stairs^
^Fun facts about the tub: Not original to the home (built in the late 1800’s) but cast in 1922! It was already in the home when we bought it, and I can’t imagine the poor souls that had to bring it to the second floor. That chip in the paint (next to the foot) was a result of moving it out to tile, and trying to get it back in. When I was picking colors for it (the tub), I considered black but finally went for classic white. I purposely wanted the feet to be painted brushed bronze, even though we went with chrome faucets. Why? I don’t know, sometimes I like when things don’t match. It gives it character and doesn’t look so intentional 🙂 The baskets were shoved under the sink to hide the plumbing (we didn’t re-route to have it go through the wall). The towel rack came from the same consignment store as the mirror and cabinet, and I just happened to catch it on the way out! I don’t know if it was meant for towels, but it’s perfect! I didn’t even paint it!^
^Sigh… look at all those hexagon tiles against the wall. One of the jobs we still need to do is make this prettier with some sort of trim. It gets tricky with the plumbing of the radiator^
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