I realize this has been a slow climb up to the second and third floor of our house. The truth is, I’ve been slacking on my indoor projects since the weather has gotten nice. Every night, you can find me in our front garden trying to make sense of what has been planted and adding beautiful annuals and perennials.
Anyway, I have been taking pictures of how the third floor master bathroom has been shaping up since the renovation. We still have some improvements we’d like to make, but they are mostly cosmetic like painting, hanging art, and adding decor to the built-ins. The hard work is done and we are so loving the end result!
Here are some before and afters to illustrate where we’ve been and where we are now!
This is a picture of the master bathroom (if you can even call it that!) taken during the foreclosure. I never saw it like that first hand, but I trust it was scary! Mint green porcelain? Interesting.
Back when we first started to look at the house, the bathroom was all the way down to the framing. It was hard to envision how it would come together, but what we did know was that it was much bigger than any other bathroom we’d ever had before and that was enough to get us very excited about our new “adult” master bathroom!
Once we decided to pull the trigger on the house, our first order of business was to pick out all of the tile for the bathroom. I knew that the master bathroom was the only room I was going to be able to choose virtually every single piece of. I knew that if I was completely in charge, the look and feel of this bathroom wasn’t going to totally align with the rest of the house, but I decided that was OK. This was going to be my master piece.
As I’ve mentioned before, I feel most comfortable with neutral foundations. Surprise, surprise, I decided to go with white offset by dark and light grey tile. I went to Best Tile in Wexford with this color palatte in mind and a very strict budget set by the contractor.
I searched all over their showroom but everything was outside of my budget. When I thought I was going to have to resort to more bland tile, my sales rep told me that there was an Outlet showroom downstairs with majorly discounted overstock from other jobs.
Oh happy day! I went downstairs and found these gems among piles of stacked tiles around the warehouse! They were literally exactly what I was looking for! For the floor tile and tub deck I chose 18 x 18 slate grey tiles. For the shower wall tile I chose 8 x 12 Carrera Gris large subway tile.
Now, I just had to decide between a modern tumbled Carrera floor tile or a retro hex-penny tile for the shower floor.
I’ll show you what I picked in a second. But before I do, I need to tell you that if you are in the Pittsburgh area, you need to go to Best Tile. They have a wide variety of close out tile and in many cases you’ll be able to find a variation of what you are looking for at a fraction of the retail price. I’m still patting myself on the back for the luxurious look we have without the expensive price tag. Anyway, more about the actual tile…
The only concern I had was the slip factor on the floor tile. So far, we’ve had no accidents! It’s actually not as slippery as it looks. Apparently, the other issue is the large size of the floor tiles. My contractor cringed when we saw them because with old houses, the floors aren’t always level and so you risk a tile edge popping up. Luckily, that hasn’t been an issue yet either.
As you can see, I chose the modern tumbled Carrera for the shower floor and I am so glad I did! It brings the Carrera wall tile and the dark grey floor tile together by blending the colors, and stays within the same shape family as well.
It’s very pretty and feels good under your feet in the shower too!
On to the next assignment. The vanity. We had 72+ inches of available space and another small budget for this piece. I was hoping I could have a connected double vanity, but with a budget of under $1,000, it seemed an impossibility. That is, until I found this vanity on the Home Depot website. I was beginning to think that this was the luckiest bathroom ever! When I ordered it, I thought it would come as it was shown in the picture with a grey granite; however, when we received it, it came with black granite. Before I could get on the horn to complain, my contractor had already installed it, and turns out - I love it!
We also picked out the mirrors above the vanity. I didn’t want one huge mirror wall, so I found these Martha Stewart collection mirrors to hang above each sink. Turns out they were also deeply discounted because of their fragility. Jay had to run to 3 different Home Depot’s to find 2 that didn’t have chips in them.
Once they were hung, we realized that oh yes - we did buy a 100 year old house and no - the walls are not level. Which means the mirrors, even though they are hung level with each other, do not look level on the wall. Not something many people would notice - so we moved on.
We chose chrome for all of the fixtures. I knew I wanted early 20th century fixtures with hot and cold knobs. I found these Kingston Metropolitan Chrome 2-Handle at Lowe’s.
Now for one of my very favorite parts - the tub! I told Jay when we were looking at house, I just wanted a bathtub that no one had bathed in before. I got more than I wished for with this huge soaker jacuzzi tub.
The contractor built it into the corner above the window and added shelves for storage and decor.
He also built in a make-up vanity. I guess he didn’t get the memo that I do my makeup on my bedroom floor in front of a giant floor mirror.
Eventually, everything came together and miraculously all of the odds and ends that I had picked out worked well and didn’t cost a fortune.
Here’s how it turned out.
By the way, this shower tower is crazy! It has 4 different spray options and a lot of nozzles, none of which I actually use other than rain shower head.
And here is a little sneak peak of the work I’ve been doing to get the walls painted (Stonington Grey). I’m almost done, I just need a rainy day or a weekend at home to knock this room off the “to do” list.