The reason this improvement even got started is thanks to our crappy tub spigot. You had to jiggle it to get the shower to turn on and I snapped the thing right off and also the pipe that it was connected to... whoops! So instead of fixing what would have been a $300 fix, we decided that now was the time to gut the entire bathroom (for the second time in 7.5 years!) and get it how we wanted it. Now normally my Mr. Fix-It husband does everything around here. But we immediately decided that the plumbing was going to be too big a project. So we hired Mr. Simon to fix it all up. So glad we did since our house's plumbing job was in need of a major upgrade. (And it was worth every pretty penny as we have not had a clogged toilet in over a year now! The longest we've ever made it before then was probably only a week!)
So we gutted the bathroom down to the studs. We cut out a ton of the old pvc, laid OSB and a new (level) sub floor. We took the old tub and tub surround out, the old vanity, the old toilet, and the custom built cabinet that Jordan had once installed (see post here!). What a job. When you're down to the studs in a room, it doesn't feel like it'll ever be complete again. It's a scary thing. Not to mention, that is our ONLY shower. We went 12 days without a shower!! We jumped between nearby friends and family every other day and we doubled-up on deodorant! Here are some of the 'work in progress' pictures!
|yikes! So nerve-wrecking sometimes. Jordan wasn't scared though!|
|I worked below....|
And here is the finished product!
We were thrilled to find this tp holder at IKEA since we could find nothing else even remotely appealing!
|And I'm scared to commit to hanging this old ship print onto our beautiful plank walls!! So for now, it just leans against the wall!|
A couple of details you may have missed, near the toilet we have an adjustable night light which we knew would come in handy for when our littles need to pee in the middle of the night. Also, there is nothing in this bathroom that we don't use on a regular basis. So there's no need to dig through extra junk to find that nail file or bobby pin. There is a place for everything.
So now I must show you some before pictures compared with the after pictures!
Before we moved in: