Saturday, July 7, 2012

Blessings of a Shower!

I don't know why in the world it took so long . . .
but after years of arm twisting, begging, whimpering, 
& maybe even some foot stomping . . .
I now have a shower in my bathroom!

Our home was built in 1979.
After fighting a leaky shower in our other house,
and with 2 small children,
I opted to not have a shower put in our main bathroom.
Big mistake!!!

At the time, garden tubs were the big thing
& I thought my bathroom was beautiful with the step in tub.
(No whirlpool jets in this one.)
The kids grew up splishing & splashing in this big tank
& loved every minute of it.
In the past few years, I've even thrown a few dirty grandkids
in for a good sudsing up,
& they too swam like little fish in my wall to wall bath.

Finally, something clicked.
(Maybe something about me not being a spring chicken anymore
might have had a little to do with Hubby's decision to tackle the job.)
All he had to do was say the word & I was off to the tile store!

Good grief...
that is ugly paint
and we found uglier than that vinyl floor
when he took up our ceramic tile.
I thought that was pretty?

Out went the tub--the cultured marble counter top--
the very distressed because we used it for 33 years vanity
and the not too old ceramic tile that was never very pretty.
And no more wallpaper or border in here!


For some reason, we never sealed the grout
& I would have to get on my hands & knees
every few months & clean the grout lines
with a "Magic Eraser" sponge.
Yuck!  And Ouch!

Plans were to begin this project before Christmas.
It didn't happen.
I agreed to wait until after the Holidays
but had no idea we would be delayed by 6 months.
But Bob knew he wanted only this tile installer,
so patiently (aHem...) we waited.
BTW...those blocks in the back wall are for our grab bar.
No way will I be able to yank it off that wall!

Tracey showed up & worked hard for 4 days.
He installed the Durock, squared up the walls,
bedded in the cement base for the shower floor,
did a beautiful job on laying the floor tile,
and the shower walls & floor.
I'm so glad we waited for him.

Margie, my tile designer, convinced me to have the
floor tiles layed on the diagonal.
I wasn't too sure about the idea but was very pleased
with how it turned out.
Margie also recommended a very dark brown for the walls.
We ended up using "Cobble Brown" from Sherwin Williams.

This room is long & narrow but the shower is much roomier
(is that a word?)
than it appears.
It actually is 4 feet by 5 feet
& is very comfortable!
(I know...I couldn't wait & tried it out before the shower doors got here!)

On the left is the water valves & a hand held attachment.
On the right end is the shower head & 2 cubbies for soaps & shampoo.

Shower floor tiles are 2 inch squares.
The grout is stain resistant, & mildew resistant.
Our installer said we will be so glad we paid the extra
money for the best grout!

One row of Venetian bronze accent medallions were added for accent.

Our installer used an artist brush to detail the grout around
these accent tiles.
It made it look 3 demensional!

And I was so happy with the way my new vanity turned out!
With a print out of a picture from a Pottery Barn ad,
Andy our cabinet man custom built the vanity.
I wanted a single bowl so I could have more counter top space
& also wanted a couple of drawers.
It's beautiful!

The drawers are perfect for what little primping I do.
Andy used Sherwin Williams "Snowbound" for the paint
& at my request,
he slightly distressed the drawers & cabinet legs.

We used the Venetian bronze faucet that we already had
& added Venetian bronze knobs to the cabinet.

I ordered the large baskets from Pottery Barn
& they are fastened to the slide out shelf.
Left basket is for towels & right basket
is for wash clothes, hand towels, tp & necessities!

The counter top is Corian "Bisque"
with an ogee edge
& the largest sink they make!

Yesterday, the glass doors were installed.
Early this morning, Tracey came by to install the grab bar
& hanger for the hand held sprayer.
Thanks for such a beautiful job, Mr. Gibson!

On a side note...
Bob has used Tracey for several of his houses
and had no idea that he is our
daughter-in-laws uncle!
Small world!!!

Shower doors are "frameless"
with only a header railing & door handle.
It also has a water resistant coat on
the inside of the doors to repell water spots.
Hope that cuts down on the cleaning!
(Coating by "Cardinal Showers" out of Louisville)

We also used our framless plate glass mirror
that is original with the house.
It was cut down a few inches
& Andy made a beautiful frame for it!
He also custom made baseboard for this room
& painted it to match the vanity.
Makes the wall color pop!

I found a Nancy Noel print in the closet
& decided to use it in here.

There are no windows in this bathroom ~
Only a skylight which brings in plenty of light,
but makes for poor lighting for photography.

I also was able to use the canvas floral print that I already had
& it looks so much better on this wall color!
(Taken from reflection in mirror...)
Purchased with gift card from April & Jeff & I loved it
& wanted to keep using it.
(Hobby Lobby)

I am jumping up and down happy about how our project turned out!!!
Now, when we have a house full of company,
we won't all have to be taking a number & waiting on the only shower we had in the house.

It is my "shower of blessing"!


Made In The South said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.
All I can say is WOW!! Your bath is awesome. I love the shower doors, and the way you used baskets to hold the towels. That is funny you never new that your tile man was kin to your daughter in law. It is hard to find good help where I live. People just do not take pride in their work. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Melissa

Katressa said...

Our bathroom is our next project. LOVE it!!

Jenny said...

WOW! I looooove the vanity!!!!

Tricia G. said...

LOVE your vanity!!! Tell your cabinet maker to send one this way! :) The whole bathroom looks beautiful!

Susan Brown said...

So glad for you Sheila and for the guests (hopefully me again sometime soon)! Looks great and will be so much more functional!