Now that we’re almost done with the kitchen, we’ve been planning out our upstairs hallway bath. We have two full bathrooms in need of renovation – a “master” bathroom and this hallway bath. I put master in quotes because it’s about the smallest full bathroom I’ve ever seen. But it works.
That’s a post for another day, though. Today, let me present you our hallway bath!
Ugh. Yeah. It’s really hard to grasp from pictures just how much this bathroom needs to be renovated. The tub and surround are old, stained fiberglass (I think? Or something plastic). The tub frame is actually cracked around the base on the outside, so it squeaks when you stand in it to shower.
The vanity is circa 1985 and has a sort of peel and stick faux wood veneer. The floors are linoleum. The baseboards were never caulked, and nail holes were not patched. That is one bonus because at least they will be easy to remove when we put in new floors. The light fixture is also screams 80′s. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the 80′s. Just not the decor.
So, needless to say, everything is going to go. Well except the plantation shutter. We put that in and love it (perfect for privacy but still letting light in!). We put in the towel rack too. So the easy to replace things? We’ve got those covered already. Everything else? Not so much.
We’re meeting with contractors right now to get quotes. We know we’re going to use a plumber for the tub installation, but we are undecided on if we are up to the task of installing the tile surround and floors ourselves. It really depends on the cost and if we find someone we are comfortable with.
I’ve been looking at lots of these lately. We may or may not be using some or none of these. I’m not keeping secrets from you guys. I just really have no idea what tile to go with.
All of these samples are from the Tile Shop. We were really happy with the tile we got for our kitchen backsplash, so considering them again for bathroom tile. I really liked that they stock the tile and take returns, and they have a decent selection. I’m looking at some tiles through Home Depot and Lowe’s as well. I haven’t been able to find any other tile stores in our area that stock tile and take returns.
I might sound a bit like a stickler on this only-going-to-tile-stores-that-take-returns thing, but I just really don’t like the idea of having to special order tile after only seeing one or two sample tiles, get it in, then what if we hate it? I’m really bad about buyers remorse, so I need the security blanket of returns! Sorry to all the other tile shops around. I’m a returning kind of girl.
For tubs, we are strongly considering either the Kohler Bancroft:
Or the Kohler Archer:
I like the look of the Archer more, but it only comes with a pop up drain. We’re weighing the pros and cons of different drains. Any experts, feel free to weigh in :)
If you follow me on Pinterest, you might have seen my bathroom board blowing up lately. I have more ideas floating around in my head than I know what to do with. While coming up with the overall design is so fun and exiting, it’s also somewhat stressful. Decisions decisions!