We’re about a week and a half into this Master Bathroom update, and I think we’re halfway there. The shower and bathroom floor have been tiled, and while that’s not half of the work, it sure looks like a halfway different space!
If you follow the blog on Instagram (@stacyssavings), you’ve seen some of the progress.
The stone company brought the Carrara Marble Countertops a few days ago, but for some reason, they didn’t bring the rest of the marble for the tub deck, shower seat, threshold, or pony wall toppers. So that has delayed things a bit. The lady was here measuring last week, so I’m hoping they show up early this week to install those pieces. Once that is done, the tile guys can come back and finish up the bathtub surround, the plumber can come put the jewelry in, and the glass guys can get the shower door installed!
It’s looking really great! I love that we went with the 3×6 White Subway tile. The 2×4 would have been too busy for that huge shower wall.
The 1″ hex tile-backed niches are awesome! Originally, we were going to go with one long horizontal niche that ran about 4′, but we ran into some mystery pipes in the wall. Our compromise was two 18″ wide niches, one in the wall and the other in the pony wall next to the bench. I’m already trying to figure out where I can use more marble hex tile in the house. Possibly in the powder room as wainscoting? Wouldn’t that be pretty!
The black River Rock Floor looks great! We went with black grout this time. In the old house, we did a charcoal grout, but I think I like this better. It’s a bit stark, since everything else in the bathroom is white/light grey, but I think it will be a good contrast. It sure does feel great on my feet! We also went with a border of subway tile around the river rocks instead of taking the rocks to the wall. I think it will be easier to clean, and the water won’t pool at the wall as much as it did in the old house. There are a few issues I have with this floor. The drain isn’t centered, but there really wasn’t much we could do about that. The drain is where it was. Its not extremely noticeable unless you take a pic from above, like I did, but I wanted you to see the floor. The other issue is, the drain cover is supposed to be chrome. When the contractor shows up, I’m going to bring that up.
I really love the bathroom floor! It’s making me impatient to change the tile in the rest of the bathrooms! This is a bad angle to see the diagonal pattern, but I wanted you to see the shine. The tile is so much better than the chalky concrete that we’ve been walking on for weeks. I don’t have to put shoes on just to go in the closet anymore! I wanted the grout lines to be smaller, like 1/16th, but the tile guy said that 1/8th was the smallest we should go. I’m trying to get used to it. We went with Snow White grout for all of the marble tile, which is just a tinge grey. It’s really pretty, and much better than a stark white grout would have been.
The next big hurdle is the drywall going up. I thought the painter was coming today to tape, bed, and texture the walls where the new drywall is going, and where the mirrors were, but he hasn’t shown up yet. I also pulled off as much textured & painted over wallpaper as I could, so this weekend, I’m going to prime those spots with oil-based primer, and the painter will texture those too. Once he’s done, I can start my painting projects and install the baseboards & new toilet.
I’m not pulling all of the wallpaper off. There are parts where it’s really stuck to the wall, and the fact that the previous owners textured and painted over it (there’s a special place in Hell for people who texture over wallpaper right before they move. Don’t do it! Bad karma!), apparently without priming with oil based primer first, makes removing all of it more daunting. So this weekend, I primed the edges where I did get it off with oil-based primer (which should seal everything), and then after everything is textured, I’m going to do another coat of primer over all of the texture everywhere, just to seal in the wallpaper even more. Once that is done, we can paint. That should make a huge difference! I can’t wait!
Yes, those are old light bulbs in the fixture holes. There were two ceiling fixtures that never worked, because the bulbs needed to be changed. We did that last night, and placed the bulbs there for safekeeping until we can take them to get recycled.
Right now, I’m trying to figure out when I should start painting these cabinets. They are so ugly with that pretty marble on top, and I’m ready to see that golden oak gone. My dilemma is, I also want to paint the new tub skirt and the floating shelves that I’m going to install, but I don’t want to waste paint rollers or brushes. Doug is pretty sick of all of the paint brushes in the fridge. I just don’t know what I’m going to do about that.
Here’s a few more in-progress Master Bathroom Pics for your viewing pleasure!
I also ordered all of the materials to make my first Roman Shade for the window, and I’ve got a cool Target Furniture Hack coming soon!
It’s coming along! I can’t wait until the plumbing is hooked up and we can actually use it, but the waiting is pretty brutal. I think the waiting while they are working on the project might be worse than the waiting for them to get started. Maybe I can get a bubble bath by Mother’s Day? That would be fantastic!
What do you think? Have you ever done a full bathroom remodel like this? How long did your project take? Do you have any tips for passing the time? Tell us in the comments!
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