I have a confession - I’ve been hiding an avocado green bathtub in our guest bathroom since 2002. It was every bit as awful as it sounds, in all it’s 70’s glory. It fit right in when we bought the house, but over the years we’ve done a LOT of remodeling and it was starting to really stand out. Or so I thought. It turns out having a shower curtain that goes all the way to the floor is good camouflage. Especially when your friends and family don’t peek behind it. I keep telling people how happy I am to have that green tub gone, and they didn’t even know it was there. Just so you can get the full effect of what we were dealing with, check out this photo of the bathroom when we walked through the house for the first time.
I don’t even know where to start. The avocado tub, toilet and sink pale in comparison to the gold glass window and the awful Formica countertop. And who puts carpet in a bathroom??? We had it in both of ours. That was one super gross tear out. Shudder.
One of the first things we did after we bought the house was an addition on the side that window faces. Since we weren’t in a position to remodel the whole room at that point, that vintage gold glass was replaced by a piece of wood that we painted to match the tile. Ugly, but still better than what was there.
We had other projects that had priority over this one, so we replaced the flooring with a tile-looking vinyl, refaced the cabinet body and doors and added a wood frame around the mirror. By we I mean my husband, of course. The same talented guy from the living room, sewing room and bedroom remodels I’ve talked about before. The few things we splurged on were a brown tile for the countertop that looks like leather, a round glass tile backsplash and a blue glass bowl sink. All things I still love, so those were safe during our recent remodel.
The rest of this though? So outta here. See what I mean about that shower curtain? What avocado bathtub?
Hiding so much yuck.
I didn’t hate the floor, but I was ready for something nicer. What I did hate though, with a fiery passion, is that plastic molding stuff around the bottom of the wall.
You know remodeling was a good call when this is a more attractive view than the one you started with.
We picked out a nice white tub that was wider than the previous one. Our most frequent visitors are the kids, and my son and son-in-law are both of the wide-shouldered variety and needed a bit more space.
We found a large rectangular tile that was neutral but still had an interesting pattern to it and used it all the way up to the ceiling and on the front of the tub. Since it was pretty enough to let guests see it now, we went with a clear glass shower door instead of another curtain.
Did you notice those portholes on the wall? We bought those from a seller on Ebay, then I etched the glass to give them a frosted look. My husband installed some LED lights in the wall behind them, so they serve as a nightlight. Since it’s the only room in the house without a window we wanted to still let some light in. When the other lights are off it looks like this. They’re actually a little dimmer than they look in this photo, although they came with a remote and we can change the brightness. We can even have them strobe if we want. Yeah, I don’t know why we would do that either, but my husband and daughter think it’s hilarious.
Because the shower door was going to swing out, we were a little concerned with the towels sticking out in the way. To solve that problem, my husband built an inset between the studs and tiled it with the same tile as the shower. Not only is it more functional, but I think it’s a nice design element.
Here it is before the grout was applied.
For the flooring, we went with a wood-look vinyl. When my husband told me about it I was skeptical, but this stuff is really nice, and great for a wet area. The same tile from the tub made a great border.
The soft touches are usually my department, like picking out towels and décor. Yeah, I got the tough job. With the portholes and my Skillful Sailor sign, we had a nautical thing going, so I really wanted something with mermaids to hang on the wall. I searched for a print, but couldn’t find anything I liked. I finally found some heavy home décor fabric I loved, so we stretched it over an artist canvas and stapled it to the back.
I love everything about this.
I say this every time we finish a different room, but this one is my new favorite. It somehow feels bigger and I love how all the different components work together. We’re those people that drag every visitor that walks in the door directly into the bathroom. And my husband turns on the strobe lights.
The big question now is – what’s next? The built-in by the bathroom? The laundry room? The basement?