If you’ve been reading the blog through the last winter months you know that we not only tore apart our kitchen but decided it was in our best interest in the long run to also remodel our small but main bathroom in the house.
The bathroom had several main issues. The existing vanity had been painted once, and the inside base of the unit was beginning to decompose. The floor of the unit had been made from a type of particle board that was beginning to just crumble and fall apart after numerous rounds of exposure to moisture. Several of the drawers were broken and although the vanity top looked pretty nice, it was a very inexpensive replacement we had found several years ago as a “for now” fix For the room.
The biggest problem in this room was the bathtub, the plumbing to it was extremely old and was full of sediment buildup and debris from years of use and was draining extremely slowly. Several times since we had lived in the home the water had leaked around the border of the tub spoiling the drywall beside the tub and at least twice but I can remember, flowing down stairs into the basement through the ceiling. I had replaced small patches of the drywall that appeared to have mold issues but I wasn’t confident in what was underneath.
The girls are in high school and second grade now and rarely use a bathtub anymore. They all prefer to shower, so the installation of a shower seemed to be the way to go.
We looked at several replacement units for a tub/shower combo with sliding glass doors, but I really felt that the tracks and corners created with these were just a fabulous place to breed bacteria, specifically pseudomonas was on my mind.
We weren’t sure that we had enough room to create a doorless shower, but felt that the benefits of this we’re worth trying. Between Kevin, his cousin Mark, and our contractor Doug, we did manage to build a nice sturdy three-quarter height wall, with a slant, that could be tiled as the outside wall of the shower. The angle of the wall allows the space to not feel overly boxed in, but is just high enough to keep the splashing inside the shower.
We chose a shower head that had a straight L-shaped angle down towards the floor rather than one that tipped out. This also minimized the amount that would splash out at the end of the shower.
We went with a wood look greige shade of ceramic tile for the flooring. It does have a cold feel to bare feet but is beautiful, easy to clean and hopefully durable.
Second to the shower conversion, my next favorite element of the bathroom makeover is the wooden accent wall behind the toilet. Lightweight & easy to cut this decorate wall product fit together like a tongue & groove puzzle. We staggered the lengths of the pieces & worked from bottom to top, installing with a pneumatic nail gun. LOVE the way it turned out!
The vanity was replaced with one we happened to find on our local lumber yards showroom floor, with matching mirror. The built in cabinetry was just just too nice & sturdy built to tear out. I decided to match the color to the vanity & give it a paint face lift, leaving one of the doors off to expose the towels & make room for 2 laundry bins. I have a phobia about mixing wet used towels with regular laundry!
Now that everything is back in place, the girls are very much enjoying their new bathroom, and I’m more confident that Christa’s showers are pseudomonas free!