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December 13, 2010

Main Bath: "Before" & "Now"

Whew.  99.9% of this bathroom is done.  Woot woot.  My hubby just made a door for the medicine cabinet, so I fianlly took some pics.  Still to do: change the light switches, paint touch ups, some art above the towel bar (?), and new light fixture (this one is being demoted to the guest half bathroom).  If someone has an idea for a cute light fixture, I'd love suggestions.  The mirror is a place holder.  At some point, I'd like to make a grey-stained wood frame for the mirror with a Scandinavian vibe. Scroll down for info on what was changed.  In a nutshell: all of it.

Take a nice long look . . .



Picture my mom & I took in Hungary

My mom thinks our tray looks like a fast food tray.  We bought it in France, to
set metal hairspray and shaving cream cans on. 
Marble can stain easily and a rusty can is its worst enemy.

Handmade in Finland,
nobody in my family wanted it but I thought it was cute . . .

Goodbye light fixture.  Soon.

What we did:
Hired pros to remove the old tub (I pictured it tumbling down the stairs with me running ahead of it like in the cartoons), install the new soaker tub and white tiles.  It was a package deal which saved money.  We were “upsold” on the soaker tub—it is, apparently, a good feature for resale.  But I wish I had also splurged on more unusual tile—even just subway.  The plain rectangular tile we have was oodles cheaper.  At the time, cash was tight.  I at least wanted the plain tile installed in a brick pattern, but the salesmen talked me out if it.  Sarah Richardson just recently installed the same kind of tile in an unusual pattern on “Sarah’s House” and it looked great!  I have vowed to trust my own judgment from now on.  It was hard, being so green at renovating and having an expert tell me something won’t look right.  Has anyone else been talked into/out of something they really loved?
Live and learn.  The rest we did ourselves.  We removed everything!  It was grubby, gross work.  The cabinetry and floors and toilet were filthy.  But we didn’t do the sledgehammer demo people tend to like on television.  We carefully disassembled everything which made cleanup easier.
With everything gone and the tub and tiles in, we installed vinyl flooring (removing the old stuff first), a new vanity with marble countertop, new toilet and everything else (if it looks really similar to the guest half bath, that’s because it is).  We recently made a new door for the medicine cabinet.  I’ll post more specific details about that project later.  Couple more things to do, but I don’t even care.  I just love a bath in a brand spankin’ new and CLEAN tub. 

The Nitty-Gritty:

Removing floors first = bad idea. 
It was super sticky, so we abandonned ship until we were closer to installing the new floors



  1. Hi! I just stumbled on your blog (I don't even remember how I got here. Oh the interwebs!) and I love your bathroom! I am really digging the shower curtain which would look great in my newly renovated bathroom. Could you tell me where you bought it?

  2. Hi, I end up at blogs the same way! Thanks for your kind words.

    The shower curtain is by Marimekko. I purchased it at a locally owned store in Thunder Bay, ON ( but Marimekko isn't hard to track down. Here's a link to their store finder (it defaulted to Canada):

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. What a fun blog you have! My husband and I are builders and I'm always looking for inspiration and things off the beaten path... That said, I really like your new bathroom floor. I read that its actually vinyl - do you mind if I ask the brand & pattern? Its soooo hard to find vinyl that doesn't look cheap. And I think yours looks great!

  4. Hi Nicole, thanks for you kind compliment. I am searching for the flooring remnants we stashed somewhere, hoping the make and model is printed on the underside. We purchased it from Home Depot. I'll get back to you soon with more details . . .

  5. I want that cool towel rack, how can I get it?

    1. I bought the double towel rack at Home Hardware. They actually have quite a few styles:

      It is super handy and I would definitely buy another one for my next place.

      P.S. Sorry for these terrible photos - this is such an old post! The townhouse tour has much better photos :)


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