Friday, September 14, 2012

XY + XY + XY = Pink Bathroom Demolition

The 2nd floor hall bathroom (the “boys' bathroom”) was pink and dated when we moved in.  You can see in this before picture that the door opened up into the narrow hallway.  Also the heat lamp made the already pink bathroom even hotter (punny) by making the room fluorescent pink.  Our plans got rid of the baseboard heating (to be replaced with a towel warmer).  We lived with it for a couple years but the day my then 2 year old took a tile off the wall with his bare hands and handed it to me we figured it was time.  That and we were expecting baby #3 and since all of said babies had a Y chromosome the pink had to go.
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So Christmas week Sean demo’ed the bathroom.  He’s a trooper.  This shot shows our solution in progress for the door that opened up into the narrow hallway, eating into the valuable real estate.  There used to be seldom used linen close to the left.  We traded that space in for a pocket door.
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We used inexpensive 6x12 ceramic tiles in a neutral tan on the floor, smaller 4x4 on the walls and a band of 1x1” dark brown tiles as an accent band around the room.  The pink tub & toilet were replaced with white fixtures and a towel warmer was installed in lieu of the baseboard heater. 
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The 60’s vanity was replaced with a shaker style single vanity and we were able to score a granite slab for a couple hundred bucks despite our cheapo budget because we didn’t need much.  It helped give the Home Depot vanity a higher end look.
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Simple brushed nickel fixtures and square under mount sink for a more modern look.
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Sean and I had probably the biggest ‘debate’ of our marriage over whether to glaze the tub/toilet or to buy new. Our marriage survived, the pink tub & toilet did not and we made way for new white fixtures.  To the left you can see what we did with the new dead space since we lost the hall linen closet.  I think the cabinets cost more than the entire rest of the room due to the fact that they had to be built custom.  The insides are still empty as we’re trying to figure out what to do with a 9” cabinet.  It may not have a lot going on inside but it sure is pretty and we’re superficial like that.
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I still need to figure out what I’m doing with the wall color.  What’s there isn’t doing it for me.  You know I’ll keep you posted.
So if you’re keeping track we’ve now renovated 3 bathrooms in 3 years.  Would you expect anything less from the peeps who have 3 babies in 3 years?  Wait a minute they can’t be related can they??  Good thing I don’t have any more bathroom reno’s in my future…
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