3.27.2013

Before & After: Back Bathroom

2 years in the making and we've FINALLY finished the back bathroom and it feel sooooo good. Once we actually started working on this room it actually took us about 4 months of work, which when you consider all the things we had to do, is really not too long. However, we did demo this space in January of 2011, and I even wrote about the plan for this room and we started buying materials that January too, so the official length of renovation is 2+ years. Damnit. But I'll just keep thinking about the fact that we didn't start working on it till November of this past year to make myself feel better.

When we first moved in in January of 2009 it looked like this


Yup, not only ugly, but completely disgusting. And that was the bathroom we had to use for nearly 2 full years before our main bathroom was redone. It was not a fun bathroom to use. I always felt slightly dirty. But now, it's fun to pee


Photographing this room was actually really hard because it's not too large, so it's basically impossible to get a full shot of each wall, so that kind of sucks (a fish eye lens purchase in the near future, hmmm?). Another bummer is that I have SO FEW "before" shots of the bathroom. Mostly because we hated it so much. There was of course the fun discovery that was made in January 2010 of the glass enclosure just shattering (because the asshole who "renovated" this bathroom shoved the glass into place and nothing was square)


Yes, that's a shattered glass wall in our shower. It was lovely. But because at that time our main bathroom was still in shambles, we were still using that back bathroom so I cleaned it all up...



And Chris installed a waterproof barrier so that we could continue to shower in there for another year before the main bathroom was done. After we finished the main bathroom we were happy to completely destroy this space. It went from this...


...to this...


...in a day. And then it stayed like that for a very long time. Until November, when we worked and worked and worked for 4 months. We worked on so. many. projects. But this room was completely out of level, out of plumb, needed all new electrical and plumbing, walls, insulation....the list was long. Chris leveled out the floor, installed all new plumbing, and after we hung all the drywall we did the mud, tape and texture, we did our first shower mud job (and I mixed and lifted 60lb concrete bags while 5 months pregnant, oy vey), we built a cubby out of a hole in our wall, we rediscovered how much we hate laying basketweave tile, we spent 52.5 hours tiling the floors and walls and then we spent a lot of time grouting. After all that, it was just a bunch of little stuff before we could finally call this room officially DONE


I don't have before angles to compare all these after shots with, so I'll just give you with a bunch of afters :)






So what do you think? I am so unbelievably happy to call this room done for many reasons: there is no longer a pile of materials for this reno sitting in our laundry room, we can walk right from our bed to our new bathroom in about 3.4 seconds, our new shower is gloriously large and awesome, and we did 99% of the work ourselves (minus the glass enclosure). I'm really proud of the quality of work in here and every time I shower, brush my teeth, pee or just stare at its awesomeness I give me and Chris a nice little pat on the back. And Cashew worked very hard in utero as well. :)

14 comments:

Mary Bradley Quinlan said...

The hard work shows, it's beautiful....so bright, clean, fresh, modern and very tasteful.
Cashew will love it, too, bouncing around while you're showering!!!

Heather said...

Beautiful! You should get a pro in there to photograph it with a wide-angle lens and submit that shit to some decor home sites!

Deb said...

It is stunning! If I could, I'd send you an orchid for the top of the toilet tank - perfect spot...good light and humidity!

meryl rose said...

Thanks everyone!!! You have quite an amazing idea there Miss Heather :)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

It really looks great. I love the shower shape with all of the glass. Lovely.

I've always meant to ask, but what is the opening in that bottom shelf in the wall? You've probably mentioned it before but I must have missed it.

Alison Ashcraft said...

I want this! Love the seat in the shower and the tile is lovely.

Bunny @ 86n It said...

Amaze-balls.
Seriously so beautiful! So well detailed & executed!

Now please talk a photo of one of you with your head up the laundry chute!

meryl rose said...

Thanks!

That opening in the bottom shelf is a little laundry chute! :) We've got our hamper there and when we work on the laundry room it'll be a cabinet that pulls out so it's all nice and concealed :)

And Nikki, a pic with my head popping out of it sounds just about perfect ;)

grumblebunny said...

Hot damn!

meryl rose said...

Thanks! :)

Sarah @ St. Paul Haus said...

Omg! Its finally done. Love every last bit of it! I agree with heather. Submit it to the TOH contest! Nice job guys.

meryl rose said...

After we finally get some better "afters" I'll have to take your guy's advice :)

Jen42 said...

Hi! Your bathroom looks gorgeous!
We are about to install the beveled subway tile in our new shower and our contractor has concerns that the beveled effect will make the tile difficult to clean and maintain. Have you experienced this?

meryl rose said...

Thanks!

Not at all, but it was pretty tedious to grout. The end result is so awesome though, I say it's completely worth it.