Friday, September 2, 2011

They Had To GO!!

We are right smack in the middle of having 2 of our bathrooms remodeled.  I thought it would be fun to show you exactly what I disliked about each room.  I think you'll understand why they had to go by the end of this post. 
We'll start with Josh's bathroom upstairs.  What?  "Josh's" bathroom?  Yes, we have separate bathrooms in this house.  None of our bathrooms are attached to bedrooms, so we don't have a master bathroom at all.  I totally wouldn't mind sharing my bathroom (and I have tried to), but Josh just likes his better for some reason.  We were kind of forced to redo my bathroom early in 2010.  (You can read about that and see pictures here, here, here, here, and here.)  Since that time we have been saving up for the other 2 bathrooms.  Anyway, here is Josh's bathroom before:
What I dislike: 3 different tiles- walls, shower walls, shower floors
What I dislike:  Blue flower vinyl tiles, unsafe gas wall heater, toilet paper holder that only holds regular-sized rolls (they are not that easy to find anymore!)
What I dislike:  low ceiling in shower, cave-like shower, TILE shower- ick!
What I dislike:  low, wobbly vanity with cameo door knobs
What I dislike:  Old light fixture
What I dislike:  2 towel rings (why 2 for a tiny vanity?), outlet in weird location
What I dislike:  blue flower wallpaper panels (almost like stuff they used to put in trailer houses)
What i dislike:  LOW shower head- poor Josh had to duck every morning
So what DID I like?  The cabinet over the toilet in the first picture.  It was the only real storage in the whole room.  It's not coming back, and I will miss it because it held so much stuff.  We may have to install a new one if our new storage system doesn't work out- more on that in another post.  The only thing returning to this bathroom is the toilet.  The rest had to go!
Now onto our downstairs 1/2 bath.
Dislike:  Vinyl tiles that are shifting, HUGE towel bar (seriously, you just need a hand towel in here), again a toilet paper holder than can only be used with regular-sized rolls
Dislike:  Tile walls and vanity, peach base cabinet, old light fixture
Dislike:  Cracked, rusted sink
Dislike:  speckled wallpaper that got wet and dirty around light switch and was peeling in various places
So what's staying in this room?  The mirror, toilet, base cabinet (w/new paint), and the faucet is moving upstairs.  The rest had to go!
As you can tell, I HATE tile.  I mean HATE!!  All those grout lines full of decades of dirt and muck really gross me out.  I like smooth surfaces that are easy to clean, especially in bathrooms.  I can't wait to see the final results of this remodel.  Both bathrooms were stripped down to the studs and popcorn ceilings were taken out.  Josh's bathroom is also getting a whole new floor, wood and all.  We are not changing the layout of either bathroom, just drastically updating them.  Currently we have new insulation, new flooring upstairs, and new walls and ceilings that are textured and painted.  I love coming home each night and seeing major progress.  The work is supposed to be done on Monday- yippee!  Lots of pictures to come...


Shelly said...

LADY! I am laughing so hard right now!! I opened you blog and saw the title "They had to GO!" and saw the first picture of the toilet and I thought your post was about something all together different!!! I'm excited for your remodel to be done!

Anonymous said...

sounds like you have had good progress this week--I can't wait to see the "after" pictures!


Lara said...

I think you are the first person who has ever expressed a loathing to tile that matches my own. I can hardly wait for our shower tile to get bad enough that I can justify ripping it all out. Enjoy your new bathrooms.