Thursday, November 11, 2010

Show Us Your Life....BATHROOMS!

**This is an almost word-for-word copy of Kelly's last SUYL Bathrooms done about 1 1/2 years ago.  We have finished a couple of things, so I wanted to include them in a new post.  There are some old pictures mixed in with some new pictures.  I hope you enjoy!**

Well, here is another fun week brought to you by Kelly Stamps from Kelly's Korner with Show Us Where You Live Fridays!

This week's theme is BATHROOMS!

Well, bathrooms are a pretty exciting subject for me.

I know, I know....BATHROOMS?

Yes, Bathrooms!

Here is my explanation.....

For the past 20 years, we lived in a house that only had ONE ill-working bathroom. I HATED that stinkin' bathroom! (Oops, no pun intended

No matter how much I cleaned, how often I painted, or how much bleach I used, it NEVER looked good!

When we first moved in, I swear, there was wallpaper with Greek ladies, wearing togas and holding urns on it. Add to that, it had an avocado green sink and toilet, and 1970's peeling, yellow vinyl was a COMPLETE eyesore!

We completely gutted it down to the studs, and made a decent usable bathroom. Nothing spectacular.

The biggest problem, however, was that we only had ONE bathroom!

It was bearable when it was just hubby and I, but after adding a was a NIGHTMARE!

I remember very vividly, one December night when THREE of us (Me, Marty, and Chelsea) ALL got a horrible, horrible stomach the exact same time.

Let me just say, it was NOT a pretty site in that house for a few days!

So, of course the very first thing on the list for our new house was MORE THAN ONE BATHROOM!!

We would have liked to had at least 2 1/2 baths, but it wasn't quite in the budget at the time of building. Eventually, if we are ever able to expand upstairs, we hope to add at least one more.

But for now....two bathrooms have been HEAVEN SENT, especially with having a little boy with the tiniest bladder!

Now that we have two bathrooms, I don't think I could ever go back to one again.

I will start with my kids bathroom. I didn't want it to be to "Kid-like" because it also serves as the guest bathroom. It is very small, but has everything we need.

This is the kid's combo bath/shower. This hasn't been used even once since we moved in. Since I still have to help both kids with their showers, it is much easier to use our big shower. Eventually, I am sure it will be used very frequently. I love the tile work. It came out even better than I imagined. I love the tub, too. It is enameled cast the water will stay warm much longer!

Here is our super-flush toilet and vanity. I specifically asked for a toilet that could suck-down a large bath towel and our wonder plumber obliged!

The vanity matches all of the other cabinetry throughout the house. The sink and faucet also match the other sinks/faucets in the house.

And this is a little piece of art that I found at Ross that I thought would be just perfect for this little bathroom.

These are some small frames that I found at the thrift store.  I painted them to match the mirror and downloaded some art to put in the frames.  I still need something larger over the toilet, but haven't found exactly what I want yet.

And here is a picture I took today of the shower area.

Now on to our bathroom!

This is my vanity....alllllll mine!!! When we were in the building process, we had NO idea my vanity would end up being this big. Not that I am complaining or anything...but if we had realized the finished product would have been this large, we probably would have made it smaller and made the toilet room a little larger. Again, the cabinets match all the cabinets in the rest of the house, as does the sinks and faucets. The mirror came from Hobby Lobby. The only think that I don't LOVE about this area is that the mirror is DIRECTLY across from the shower....

Think about that one.....NOT a pretty visual, is it? LOL

Nothing interesting here....just the backwards-opening door into the toilet! The builder wanted to enlarge the doors as wide as possible, making it almost impossible to open the door to the inside, so we just reversed the door and made it open outward. Not very conventional, but it works very well!

(This is an older picture before we finished the trim and hung the curtains)

Here is our linen cabinet and hubby's vanity. It's small, but it works for him. This mirror also came from Hobby Lobby.

(This is an older picture before we finished the trim and hung the curtains)

This is our whirlpool tub that I just HAD to have. I fretted over this baby. I didn't want a seat in it....I just wanted ALL tub. You know, when you are a big ol' gal like myself, you need all the room! But the thing is....I've been in the tub a grand total of TWO times since we've been here. Oh well, those two times were really nice!

(Here is an updated picture with completed window trim and curtains)

I still have NO IDEA what kind of art to put on these walls!

Yes, our tub is also complete with a television and DVD player! It's nice to have in the mornings so hubby can watch the Weather Channel.

Here's the tub all decked out by my dear sweet hubby. He surprised me with this after I'd had a long, hard day at work! It was REALLY nice! (The best part was he took the kids and left me ALONE to enjoy the bubbles!)

And this is my very, very, very favorite part of our bathroom.....


I {HEART} this shower. I could live in this shower! We spend hours in this shower. This is one of the best investments we made in this house! It is one of the most used things in this house! Our plumber surprised us with the controls that also contain 2 body sprays. IT IS WONDERFUL!!

And here is a close up of our rain head. We love this too! The main thing to look for in a rain head shower head is the ability to adjust the spray. This has an adjustable spray and it makes the stream stronger so you are able to rinse your hair better. The only thing we would change would be to add a second shower head. We hope to do that in the future.

We have extremely hard water in our city, so a glass shower door is out of the question.  Even with daily cleaning, the glass would only stay clear for a matter of months.  So, we opted for a decorative curtain.  It works well, and when it's dirty, we can just throw it in the washing machine.

Well, there they are folks, our bathrooms!

I hope you enjoyed this tour!

And don't forget to go to Kelly's Korner and enjoy all of the other wonderful bathrooms!
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