The total amount of months it took us to complete our renovation was fifteen. I spent almost every day after work at the house, almost every weekend and it just about killed me. Going into the renovation I knew it would be one of the hardest things I had ever done but also, what I wanted to do more then anything I had ever wanted to achieve in my entire life. This master bathroom was my treat to myself. The double slipper tub (*swoon*) was the one splurge I gave myself for all of my work and I have never regretted it, I absolutely LOVE that tub! But lets start at the beginning. Check out that linoleum!
I’m going to do a copy and paste from my previous post about our Master Bedroom and our Master Closet so you know where everything began: As far as the design goes it all started with the passing of my other Grandma: Eleonora. You’ve seen her mentioned a couple of times here along the way in my Before & After of Eleonora’s Rocker and Eleonora’s buffet/our entertainment center. You’ve also probably heard me mention my incredible and undeniably sexy white leather tufted hassock (check out the post about our Master Closet to see it in action!) It was in Eleonora’s attic room for my whole life as far as I can remember and I absolutely fell in love with it when they said each of us Grand kids could pick a couple of things to keep. It also scared me a little bit, everybody here probably knows by now that I am not a panty-hose-wearing, dress-loving or pearl-wearing kind of gal. However, that did not stop me from entirely falling in love and from there, the whole design fell for it too.
This was the smaller of the two bedrooms on the second floor (smaller because the staircase takes space from this room and not the other) it was once my mother’s room after her parents built a bedroom downstairs for them when she was a teenager. My aunt had the room across the hall that became our Master Bedroom. I struggled and struggled and struggled with the design of this room(s). It first was just a bathroom and then that seemed like a lot of space when we really needed another closet. Then, it was a bathroom with a closet in it and I didn’t like that at all. What I really wanted was a closet with the vanity in it and then all the rest of the bathroom in the next room. I never managed to get it done. So, it is a walk through closet and a bathroom.
With the slanted walls there was very little area to actually have a shower so having it in the center of the whole old bedroom (across from the vanity) was the only choice. I didn’t want plumbing on exterior walls but, in the end, I just didn’t have any choice and I think the bathroom vanity looks like it is exactly where it belongs. It was an old dresser/buffet of my mom’s, you can see more about it here: How to: Turn a Buffet into a bathroom vanity
So, I bet you want to hear about the tub huh? Yeah, it is my pride and joy 🙂 Of the hundreds upon hundreds of hours we put into this house in the renovation I gave myself this one splurge. A lot of folks wouldn’t call it a fortune (I purchased the tub on sale at Menards for $599) but to me it was an extreme indulgence. However, I literally thought about slipping into this tub on a daily basis and it became a part of my working mantra to keep me going throughout the entire house renovation. It is wonderful and I am so glad I got it for us! I take a bath at least once a week now and I wouldn’t live without a big tub again.
So, the tub faucet I saved some money on, I got it for $70 at our local fleet store and it is the exact same faucet as our kitchen faucet because (brace yourselves) it is a kitchen faucet. I don’t think it looks like a kitchen faucet much at all though, in fact I think it looks like it belongs there and nobody has ever questioned it. Pedestal tub faucets start at around $200 and run into the thousands of dollars so the choice of this faucet was a bit of a no brainer for me. There is also one major advantage to it being a kitchen faucet that I did not anticipate: the faucet swivels completely out of the way and I LOVE that.
See that cute little magazine rack beside the tub and commode? It was in my Grandparents’ living room for years (now our Living Room) and I ended up spray painting it black and using it as an end table in my Master Bedroom for lack of better alternatives before we moved in here even though it was way too short and didn’t look right/really work at all. It found its new home here and it is exactly where it belongs. With its cedar lined storage cubby I have a place for girly storage and we actually use it as a magazine rack as well and, of course, it is the perfect perch for my wine glass when I take a bath and who knew a table lamp would be great in a bathroom? Well, it is and this little magazine rack made it all possible.
We have become true fans of vessel sinks! Not everyone likes them (I’ve read some horror stories online) they are definitely different then what I was used to! We splurged on this one and the faucet but I had always wanted a vessel sink. So far, we’re extremely happy with it and find we are a lot less “splashy” and a lot cleaner. The vanity we left really high as well so we don’t have to bend over very far to use it and I love that. Joe mentioned how nice it is for shaving and keeping the mess down for him. The only real gripe either of us have about the entire bathroom is that the buffet is very deep, meaning that leaning in to get close enough to the mirror for certain bathroom activities is basically impossible. We got ourselves a little handheld mirror and: problem solved! If I had a choice I would still prefer the deeper buffet we used for a vanity though because we have SO much storage in our master bathroom!
In the end our second floor master suite is my very favorite place in the entire house. It really is our own “retreat” and its really nice for me to be able to sneak up here and get away when Joe and his son are having “boy time” and I need some girl time to relax!
As always guys, thank you so much for all of your support and shares! See you next time!