Saturday, March 21, 2009

With the kitchen nearly done, the upstairs bathroom is next.




Guess which bathroom is mine?


We closed the door to it 4 years ago when we bought the house and have barely opened it since. We had so many other horrifying rooms in our house, that this was an easy one to just ignore for a long while. But, now that we are emboldened by our kitchen progress, this room is next, in addition to finally tearing out the carpet upstairs, getting the icky popcorn stuff off of the ceilings, and redoing the bedrooms. Remember the magical BINDER? I just started one for the bathroom project. Yay.

I have to brace myself, though. We're going to find a lot of expensive problems as soon as we start this. We need to replace most of the pumbling in the house.

The upstairs toilet is lounging in our tub for a reason. A bad reason. About a year ago, I noticed that the ceiling above our downstairs toilet was kind of bowing. I didn't want to think the unthinkable, which was that not only was the horrifying bathroom upstairs a cosmetic mess, it had actually problems. Plumbing problems. Scary leaky problems. Tear up walls & ceilings problems. Sure enough. After Big Jim the plumber removed the toilet to inspect things and confirm our suspicions, we all just decided to leave the toilet in the tub and close the door and only think about it again when we were ready to fix the entire problem.

That time is upon us. I am excited and terrified. And ready to sign my paychecks over to Big Jim and a new contractor.

God help me.

41 comments:

katiedid said...

You have gained so much experience with the kitchen this will be a breeze. I am sure it will be fantastic!

Emily said...

I love that first bathroom.

Also, love the structure of your tiny upstairs bath - the window and the ceiling are awesome.

Finally, digging the orange tile. It's quirky and potentially awesome.

snobertson said...

You're being smart by doing it one room at a time, the right way. If you need any remodel recs for the Seattle area give a shout.

Lolo said...

Oh dear, the pink tile. It was ubiquitous at one time, it seems. One of the rentals we own has that tile and well, I'm a shit landlord cuz I'm not tearing it out. The house we live in has that, but in blue in all three bathrooms and me and my wallet just aren't ready to do the tear out. I'll just enjoy following yours instead.

Decorno said...

Oh - and get this. It's not actually tile. It's sheets of fake plastic tile. Sheets of it.

Gross, huh? At least it will be easy to remove.

Saga said...

Decorno, we are also in the middle of a bathroom remodel. We are doing everything ourself, naturally, since we possess the dangerous combination of thrift (read: cheap) and ego. Subway tile is my new favorite.

Home Depot Expo is closing soon and most of their bath fixtures are 60% off. Scored a delicious Hansgrohe faucet for less than $100. Worth a visit if you have one nearby.

agirl said...

Oh my goodness. I'm new to this blog, and to decorating in general (not that I yet have a home of my own, but I'll stop renting one day), but you just blew me away with that binder. That is so after my own heart.

I'm going to have to read this entire blog from the beginning now aren't I?

Anonymous said...

subway tile anywhere is tomorrows crappy orange tile. Only tile where you have to where bathrooms are concerned (i.e. shower/tub area) No need to cover all the walls in it since tile dates so fast.

Mona said...

Now I don't feel so bad, your bathroom is in the crapper just like mine.

kate said...

no one commented on the pic of the first bathroom:
although fabulous down to the perfect pink frock, what's with the itty-bitty space heater on the floor?
huh? I get magazine stylizing but that seems like a weird addition to the photo. Am I just pms-ing?
(I am, but that's beside the point, right?)

The Polka Dotted Owl said...

good luck girl! It has some major potential. Can not wait to see how it turns out!!!

Shawn said...

@kate, I think that's an old-timey radio.

Amy said...

Yeah, that's a radio.

I'm just waiting on you to get started on the bathroom because I have 2 terrible ones myself that we inherited in the fall. I'm nervous to start because there are SO many directions to take with a bathroom.

I would like to add that, even though I may be alone here, but I'm tired of seeing dresses/gowns/clothing being hung as decoration. Is that not weird to anyone else? It seems like cheating to add color/texture, and I feel like it'd just be so weird in a real house.

Kristen said...

We just did 2 bathrooms and a laundry room recently, and are now in the middle of our kitchen remodel. The custom cabinets were just installed today - they look so wonderful! It makes it a little easier to do it a little at a time. We did bathrooms first to get a feel for the remodel life, then started the kitchen. After this is over we will do a bump out on our master bedroom and make a full big bath too! Good luck. Oh, and sorry about your contractor. We got a great one, but we are down in California, so I don't think that will help you any.

Anonymous said...

Why the old bridesmaids dress hanging in the bath? It looks like Bette Davis is going to slouch her way in to powder her face. I only hope that it was laundry day.

Fancy for nyc said...

Leaky toilet, sheets of fake pink tile, and replace the plumbing? Wammy!That's enough to make you constipated.

Ve con dios!

mary said...

The bathroom project sounds amazing! Are you deriving inspiration from the above photo? I love antique pedestal sinks and touches of antique gilding in bathrooms. Can't wait for the drama. Go For It.

Thanks for the 1stdibs comments..I have been posting my items with them for the past two years..and have been looking for a new venue besides my new website.

Stella said...

@ Kristen, you wouldn't happen to live in Southern California, would you?

I just bought my first little house in LA -- which needs lots of work --- and am looking for a great contractor around here.

(The bathroom has the same kinda Pepto Bismol/salmon shade of tile as Decorno's! Yikes!)

Have been loving this blog forever, thank you!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Anonymous 10:43.

When I see clothing hanging about as part of room styling it makes me think that the designer has the mindset of a retail merchandiser. This is a great way to decorate a store but not a home.

rerun said...

i disagree with the poster who said that today's subway tile is tomorrow's sheets of plastic tiles.
done well, they're timeless. i still love nyc's subways for their tiles, and i've toured the city of pompeii. ok, maybe those are bad examples, but my point is that tile/mosaic work holds up very well and can support your decor or be the focal point.

go forth.

Lolo said...

Talk about bad news/good news on the "tile". Well at least you know how to peel stuff off. Are you going to try and switch your toilet and sink placement?

The inspiration bathroom is lovely, hanging dress and all but what do I know? I hang stuff in my bathroom. Robe, towels on the hooks, it's crazy in there.

kate said...

geez, I am losing my mind. Not only did I think that innocent old timey radio was an itty bitty space heater, I also thought that obviously yellow frock was pink!
forget the contractors, anyone know of a good mental doc or maybe an eye doc?
friggen nut job here, sorry.

Kristen said...

@ Stella - No, I'm up north in the Bay Area...sorry. Kristen

hunkate said...

i love the inspiration bathroom of course. why can't we all just live in gorgeously dilapidated cottage/mansions that have (still-well-working) quaint old-timey plumbing and electricity?

anyway i notice your tub has the same problem we did in our 2xlast rental = there's no way to hang a normal curtain rod! you could go euro and just sit down to shower but i found that tiring and water still goes everywhere. do "they" make L-shaped curtain rods? i imagine it can only work with a hanging support for the corner...

Anonymous said...

Did Big Jim find any mold?

red.door.read said...

toilet inside of the bath - very avant garde.

remember - the worse the 'before' , the better the 'after' feels.

melissa said...

hanging clothes in the bathroom
while you are having a shower is an easy way to steam press what you are wear...

melissaharrisjewellery.blogspot.com

Susan said...

I can't tell you how many bathrooms we've had with that same color of tile. Just gut it up and remodel. It will be beautiful.

Ivy Lane said...

With "Big Jim the Plumber" on your side.. it's gonna be ALL GOOD!!!!

Mojo said...

Mmmmm..are you going to have a chandelier in your pretty new bathroom? Love the idea of that.

Regardless, I love the idea of white subway tile, walnut cabinets and shiny silver hardware. Good luck with re-plumbing. Hope it isn't as horrid and costly as you imagine!

Anonymous said...

You're a brave soul.

I hate tubs. I tore mine out citing safety issues for my dad. The shower I threw in there looks good if you squint your eyes and ignore my messed up tile (match the physical tile of each box, not the code or batch number).

You'd have to do plate glass for a surround in that small of a space - or do the hoop shit with double curtains. And a rain shower head from the sloped ceiling! That would be so cool.

That idea goes out the window if your fiance or step kid is tall. Tall people fuck up good design ideas.

Dana said...

I think the first picture is your bathroom. its nicely done. the bottom one is not well lit.

Like the top one better :)

Renate said...

I kinda like the orange tile but must admit that having the toilet in the bathtub is a bit impractical. Besides, it would be handy to be able to flush without flushing away the downstairs ceiling. You should enter that pic in the moggblogg 'ugly house features' contest!

Leigh said...

I don't think it's the tile shape that's dated, it's the color. Color undertones change every decade or so. I say use color in places that are easy to change, but keep the tile neutral. I looove the pale blue subway tile in that universally admired kitchen you posted recently, but it's gonna look really bad in 15 years.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh I am scared for you. Very scared.


We played that game TWICE last year. In for a penny in for a pound.

Godspeed big Jim.

Anonymous said...

Is that a space heater?

I thought it was an old-fashioned radio.

Annette said...

I know the feeling to take one room at the time. I also bought a house about four years ago, and have soon been through every room. Now when we thought we were finished, the living room needs paint, and we can start all over again. The joy of beening a house owner :-)

Anonymous said...

on the plus side it looks like you have a nice old tub and pedestal sink to salvage. and tiling need not be a budget buster. i think writing the plumber's checks will be the hardest part here.

juniperberry said...

oh good lord...prepare yourself. We have been renovating our bathroom since...oh...October, and I'd say we are halfway there. It looked a lot like what you have in your picture...outdated and bad plumbing (in fact, it was a forced renovation, plumbers had to knock through some walls to do pipe surgery. yeah, you heard me right. It was expensive.) I wish I could agree with your other poster that after the kitchen, the bathroom is easy. But just imagine all your kitchen problems squeezed into a 6'x6' space, and you get the picture. Good luck!

hello gorgeous said...

You don't have to replace the tile with tile. If you feel the need to put something on the walls, beaded board wainscoting is an idea. Although I have it in one bath and think of taking it off (I'm afraid to know what it's hiding). It does take a little beating in a steamy bath (as you may recall, our house is old and doesn't have proper ventilation in baths).

I love the inspiration photo and have it in my files as well. I was just soliciting advice for my bath with stained glass windows (try decorating around that). Although, all I wanted to do was paint.

Take many pictures for us.

Anonymous said...

Curious - why a 'new' contractor? Why isn't Gary the guy for the job? You weren't happy, he isn't available - or he doesn't do bathrooms?