Happy Labor Day! We spent the entirety of our holiday weekend working on the bathroom (of course) and visiting friends and family on various occasions. I had to squeeze in a little lesson planning for work, but I had Saturday off, so it was painless. The perfect mix of work and play, and even a little bit of relaxing, too. The laundry did not get finished, but I would call it a successful one, none the less, doing all of the things we love the most. I think every weekend should be 3 days!
On a completely different note, we also found and hired a new Nanny, who I am excited will be coming once a week (for now) so I can get a full studio and/or work day in. I say “work day” because things are starting to get exciting around here on that end. Nothing to reveal quite yet, but I have new adventures on the horizon, that which I promise to be very exciting and big. Real big. In fact, you may start to notice some changes around the blog parts soon enough! Ok, I better zip it, before I spill the beans!
Moving on. I thought it was about time to show you the actual bathroom I keep talking about. I know, probably not a smart move, because it’s about to get real ugly in here, and lots of “bloggers” love to leave the befores until they have the pretty redemption after pics. I’m just going to throw it all out there, unveil our dirty little secret. Eye bleeding ugly. Yes-we-lived-with-it-like-this-for-4-years ugly. But in all honestly, I’m proud to share with you the proof that I can exhibit restraint, and wait patiently until we theoretically saved up enough cash to feel like we could really do what we want to this bathroom. See, it’s is the work horse room upstairs. We sleep in our bedrooms, of course, but this room has to provide adequate storage, and serves as quite the utility when you have young boys.
Anyway, here is what you see looking from the nursery doorway into the bathroom.
The vanity set up was pretty awful, terribly dated, obviously, but the worst part is that it has to fit in this sort of “niche” going on, but this particular vanity is a bit too small, leaving a weird gap. Perfect for the trashcan, you say? No. Just don’t even. I believe in symmetry, people. This killed me.
Let’s not even start about this stupid wall to the right behind the ever luxurious Diaper Dekkor. This is just the dumbness. I can’t even start.
You guys, this bathroom’s layout sucks. That wall breaks up the space so much. That wall is the entire reason why this renovation is elaborate. It’s why we have to learn how to move and rough in plumbing. It houses all of the shower and tub plumbing. You could fix any pinhole leaks (because jesus we’ve had to repair those copper pipes way too much!) via this amazingly gross access panel:
But, guys, really. The tub should not be here. P.S. Make sure you pin this one. It’s a winner. I especially love how the shoe molding (or whatever ya’ll like to call it) is wood and the gross linoleum is white. No. Just say no.
Oh and if you’re wondering, as you walk into this bathroom, what, you may ask, is behind this big obstructive wall. It’s the tub. And a toilet. A feature? No, don’t think so. Just a random alcove tub, crammed against this side of the room, and a toilet set beside it. I mean really, where the tub is placed was clearly an afterthought, or just sheer laziness.
Where you place the tub in a BATHROOM should not be an afterthought. It should probably be the first thought.
And lastly, here is the view from the toilet back to the exit, which I can imagine you are now running towards.
So here is some redemption. It’s all gone. This is the back wall, the toilet was to the left. We are going to put the tub against this back wall.
The stupid obstructive wall is gone and the plumbing is capped, and a new corner is framed out.
Then before we ripped out the drywall in this niche, I tapped up some visual cues to see if I had the measurements right. Very helpful.
Ended up with this iteration.
The medicine cabinet got framed out. This frame looks wonky, but it got squared out with shims once it was in place.
Here it is in place, with the supports for the sconces (which are to the boards to the left and right of the big box. Little bit of trouble shooting with that pipe to the right, but it all worked out well.
And then, just when you think it’s all going so smoothly, we opened up the medicine cabinet box (that seemed so safely packed that we had previously decided not to mess with it until necessary) from Restoration Hardware to check the dimensions of the cabinet only to find an obscene amount of glass shards.
Womp, womp. That’s one big broken corner and a crack across the entire cabinet. So Mr. UPS will be here tomorrow for a scheduled return, but the new one won’t arrive for a few weeks. How’s that for bullshit?
Restoration Hardware was more than apologetic, of course, and returned the cost of the shipping, and gave us some store credit so I’d turn my frown upside down. They are such an easy company to work with, even if it’s for a problem, you always get a representative right away, and while it’s a frustrating set back, it was simple to resolve.
The electrical is actually done for the sconces, I just haven’t taken pics of it yet. Next up is ripping up the floor so we can rough in the new plumbing. No turning back now, I guess.
I am just saying, when it’s all over, I’m going to live in the bathtub.
Ok, we’re hitting midnight. Shame on me.