Thursday, January 12, 2012

Evolution of a Master Bath

Our bathroom started out as a simple project to remove the Pergo and refinish the hardwoods. When we found water underneath the Pergo and evidence of a long-standing leak, we knew we'd have to rip just about everything out and start over. Our bathroom began life as a simple shower (no tub) and one sink. We decided if we were going to do this project, we were going to go big or go home. My former gen-con of a husband decided he wanted to try his hand at building a Roman spa.

So, he reinforced the floor with 2x6s, built the form and poured lots and lots of concrete:

This much concrete takes forever and a day to properly cure, especially in the Pacific Northwest. We were bathing in huge Rubbermaid tubs for a while...oh, and did I mention I was the teensiest bit pregnant during all this?

Then, he sealed the inside and began cutting and laying the tile, starting with the drain. He's a bit of a perfectionist, so each piece was individually dry fit.

Hint: do not step on a plastic tile spacer as you stumble into the bathroom at 4 am. It will hurt.

And added a bead board surround, which we painted white:

 Then, it was time to tackle the existing sink:

We wanted a really gorgeous double vanity, my Pottery Barn dream wasn't in the budget. So, we made one:

You can go here for the cost breakdown and the building process. We added lights above the-ahem- facilities and the spa. The spotlight over the toilet is a constant source of amusement for us...a friend commented that all he needed to complete the experience was a choir singing Hallelujah when he flushed:

Added two mirrors we found at Ross and spay painted to match:

And one more:

Thanks again to our good friends for all the help- could not have done it without you!

Linking with Kristi @ Addicted2Decorating!


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