As promised here’s some updated photos of our upstairs bathroom. But first, check out these before photos. The upstairs bathroom was interesting…. The previous owners had installed a “steam shower” which wasn’t installed properly so technically someone could have been electrocuted while having a shower. Not cool! Personally I’d probably die from having to look at the ugly tiles while showering.
The tiny shower area was divided by a wall which had the toilet and vanity on the other side. This space is tiny! I’m not sure why they thought it would be smart to make them into 2 separate rooms, but that shower felt insanely claustrophobic considering you couldn’t really turn around inside of it, it was a walk in forwards and back out slowly situation.
Naturally, we wanted to open up the space and take advantage of the skylight that was just to the right of the bathroom. The only problem was the pipes from the sprinkler system didn’t allow us the very open space we wanted because it went through one of the walls and we didn’t want to contact our building to shut off the water and move pipes (that’s expensive and time consuming). So we removed the main dividing wall and kept a half wall for a bit more privacy. We cut out a “window” in the wall to allow the natural light from the skylight to shine in and it’s the perfect spot for plants. We did have cactus on the shelf for a year, but they died from too much shower steam, so we’ll need to find some small plants that can handle humidity.
I had mentioned in a previous post that we had the apartment water shut off inside our shower!! It couldn’t be moved because we didn’t have time on our side to deal with it since we needed to move in ASAP and it’s a crazy process to contact our building to contact the city to shut off the sprinkler system, so our plumber created another shut off location near our hot water tank and this one is now pretty much useless, but it’s still there and still very ugly. We tiled around it and got a custom acrylic shelf made that disguises the eye-sore. The shelf is open underneath so it’s still accessible. Maybe someday down the road we’ll remove it, but for now it’s not harming anyone.
The reason the water shut off was in the shower was pretty obvious, the previous owners converted what was a closet, into a shower and second bathroom, yikes! Check out some photos of the shelf situation:
I thought it was time to take a few new photos of our bathrooms. This post will just be about the downstairs bathroom, look out for a post about the upstairs bathroom soon!
Even though our renovation was over a year ago, things are still not perfect, but the renovation is done and it’s generally pretty, I just keep fussing over accessories (although I’ll like fuss about that stuff my whole life haha). Also, the fact that I REALLY want to replace the light fixture. We put in a cheap Ikea fixture as soon as the reno was done, it was meant to be replaced eventually, but I just haven’t found the right fixture for the space. Check out the transformation below, it’s pretty awesome too look back on it, I can’t believe the walls used to be mustard yellow and the floors were blue! Also, the closet is the major change for us, sliding doors and shelves inside!
Oh and if you missed the previous posts about this bathroom check them out here and here.
The upstairs bathroom is finally finished! Although these photos are not really up to date, they don’t include what we ended up doing with the corner shelf in the shower to cover the pipe. I’ll probably do a single post about this to explain in detail what we did to avoid cutting into the main water line and moving it. I previously posted about the progress of this room, but a lot has changed since then.
The bathroom took a while to finish because we were waiting for our counter top to arrive. We got a reclaimed piece of fir that was hand finished, it really looks more beautiful in person, it’s very smooth and the cracks and knots have been filled with epoxy, so you can see right into the wood. I was initially scared about getting water on it, but so far so good, it just beads right off, but I still wipe it regularly.
Someday we’ll probably change the light fixture, which was so cheap at IKEA. We just needed something urgently, so we went with it. It’s not the most attractive thing, with the black base that sticks out on the wall, but it does the trick for now.
It’s almost done! It actually feels and functions like a real bathroom now.
Claw foot tub
Wall and floor tiles
To Do List:
New light fixture
create shelving in the closet
Make and install sliding closet doors
Patch up random holes in the walls
Paint the door and trim
Progress has definitely been made. The downstairs bathroom has been tiled, but not grouted yet. Check out how cool these tiles are, each piece is made to look like a unique piece of wood. We splurged on fancy italian tile for the floors, only because the square footage was so small.
To do List for Downstairs Bathroom (we’re not physically doing it all ourselves):
Install Claw foot bathtub
Install sliding closet doors
Install closet shelving/storage
Hang light fixture
This is the claw foot tub we’re installing. It’s pretty much our dream tub! We wanted to find an old one on craigslist, but everything we came across was too long for the space. We had 59″ to work with and most older tubs around 66″. In the end, we spent less than if we had to get an old one and fix it up.
Guess what? I’m moving to an amazing loft next month! I’ll be moving in with my boyfriend and we’ll be fixing up the place. My blog will probably be filled with posts about before & after’s, DIYs, decorating for the next year or more? We’ll be getting some professionals to do the tricky stuff, but after that it’ll be a clean slate for us to have our way with. I’ll be attempting to document as much of it as I can.
Below are some photos of the space:
Amazing windows – one of the main reasons I wanted to live here!
Probably the most dysfunctional kitchen i’ve ever come across. The fridge and oven open up onto each other, the upper cabinets are extremely large and deep, you need a ladder to reach into them and that 80’s bar/island has got to go.
The ceiling is amazing! But the colour is scary. We’ll be painting it white with dark beams. Don’t worry, we’ll be getting professional painters for this part, the ceilings are 16ft tall, I don’t really see myself standing on a ladder that high up!
The downstairs bathroom will get new tiles, fixtures, a claw foot tub, and some sliding closet doors:
Goodbye lino floors and laminate counter tops, you won’t be missed:
I look forward to sharing our adventures in home renovation and decorating with all of you!