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Grandma’s Walk In Shower

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Yesterday we stopped by Grandma’s house to check on the progress of the bathroom remodel. I’ve mentioned we’re renovating the kitchen but haven’t show you the bathroom yet. (As a reminder, Matt’s grandmother passed away last year and we’re remodeling the bathroom and kitchen in her small home for the estate before putting it on the market.) The kitchen cabinets get installed next week so while we were waiting for their delivery the contractor we hired has been working on other things like scraping the popcorn ceilings, installing crown molding, and upgrading the bathroom – he finished the shower last week.

I’m so bummed because I cannot find the official “before” picture of the old old oooold bathtub and its metal sliding double shower door that used to sit here. It was one of those standard shallow tubs with a sliding door above that many builders install. Funny, it looked identical to the one we also have in the hallway of the Las Vegas house – see this picture – you know the kind I’m talking about.

After talking with several residents in this retirement community and also pulling from Matt’s experience as an appraiser, we realized a walk in shower made more sense than keeping the old tub. I only have this “in progress” picture I snapped a month ago but it shows the empty space under construction.

shower in progress

I’m so impressed with the new look with the marble tile and frameless shower door. Forgive the iPhone pics, I’ll snap better ones when we finish the vanity side :)

tiled walk in shower

The shower kit (head and valve) is the Leland by Delta in chrome, the tile is Daltile Marissa Cararra, available at Home Depot for $2.21 a square foot. The edges, niche, and seat are trimmed with the matching bullnose tiles. We love the look of this tile so much we may repeat the use of it in the master shower in the Las Vegas fixer, it looks beautiful and is a great price!

daltile cararra marble tile

 

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Bathroom Vanity + Mirror Medleys

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Now that the kitchen remodel is underway, I thought I’d turn my attention to the hall bathroom since we’re trying to finish up the reno by summer. It’s time to remove the plain builder mirror, light fixture, and old sink vanity (which is falling apart) and replace with a free standing vanity and mirror combo.

This is the upstairs hall bathroom which is used by kids and guests; it’s a windowless space so I’m going to keep it light and cheerful in here. That little shelf above the toilet will go, I envision a mirror and vanity on the left, on the right a new toilet with some colorful art above. 

hall bathroom before

 

I had my heart set on this green Keys vanity but after I measured I realized it’s too big for my space, I’ll have to find something no wider than 32", perhaps the smaller Savoy in gray or aqua, or another that I paint a fresh fun hue. My research turned up so many other attractive free standing vanities and stylish mirrors so I created a few combinations for powder rooms and small bathrooms to inspire.

Imagine them with a wall treatment behind like board and batten or a fab wallpaper, and as we all know, if you like the shape but not the color of the vanity, you can always paint it and swap out the hardware for a more personalized look.

 

bathroom vanity and mirror

driftwood mirror / green vanity / silver corona mirror / white marble top vanity

bathroom vanity and mirror combo

whitney black vanity / chippendale mirror / gray blue vanity / scalloped wood mirror

 

bathroom vanity and mirror

aqua savoy vanityvenetian mirror / mother of pearl mirror / cherry vanity

 

 

bathroom vanities and mirrors

reclaimed wood vanity / rattan mirror / hamilton vanity / faceted gold mirror

 

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