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!
and with 2 small children,
I opted to not have a shower put in our main bathroom.
At the time, garden tubs were the big thing
& I thought my bathroom was beautiful with the step in tub.
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
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!
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
Yuck! And Ouch!
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.
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.
& 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!
Thanks for such a beautiful job, Mr. Gibson!
On a side note...
and had no idea that he is our
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
It is my "shower of blessing"!