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Friday, July 3, 2009

Bathroom Occupied

My poor blog partners have been stepping in for me, because, frankly, I've been a bit occupied. For over three weeks, my mind have been focused on nothing but grout, grout color, tile pattern, and toilet and fixture selection. Remodeling when you're trying to be your own designer is exhausting, especially when I lack style or worse yet, confidence in my choices. I get easily paralyzed by all the choices out there. That's why I turn to Costco.com for some of my stuff, including this fabulous sink.

First, I have to tell you, our house is 102 years old, but the previous owners remodeled it in the early 80s and removed all the charm of homes of that era. Since we've moved in, we have been trying to restore a bit of that charm to our house, as well as modernize it along the way. Here's a peak into one of the dirtiest/cleanest room in our house. :)

Before: Ugly vanity and narrow bathtub

Before: The slippery tile and no room for dirty laundry

We were trying to empty our bathroom contents when we took this picture. That's why it's so messy. Yep, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

After: The bathroom looks so much bigger

After: A place to throw the dirty laundry in

Every remodeling project from, the kitchen to our new bathroom, involve copious amounts of subway tile. I love them, can't you tell?!

One funny thing about this bathroom remodel was that I was at the plumbing store A LOT. Seriously, almost every weekend. It took us a bit of time to shop for a toilet because I wasn't sure what I was supposed to do at the plumbing store. There was a row of 30 toilets and aside from assessing them for aesthetics and water conservation, how was I supposed to pick a toilet? I wanted to sit on the porcelain throne and try out the seat...you know...for comfort, but no one else seemed to be doing it that way. When I did finally try to test out a few of them, the salespeople gave me a weird look and a few people smiled politely and looked away, as if they were interrupting me. (You know you want to test it too, people!) I finally just picked a dual flush Toto toilet (I highly recommend the dual flush) and when it arrived, I again immediately tested the seat in the privacy of my own home. Much to my relief, the seat proved durable, clean, and comfortable. Whew!

I hope you enjoy the little tour of little bathroom. Happy 4th of July to you and your family!

-Thuy
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39 comments:

Sevibabyyy said...

WOW! I definitely love the upgrade. You should be more confident in your choices, you did a superb job.

Yaya said...

Wow it looks great!

Alicia W. said...

Ok, Can you guys come do our bathroom next? WOW, Yours looks fabulous and I love all the changes you made.

Willow Tree said...

Well done! I heart subway tiles. And how smart are you? A washer and drier in the bathroom. Genius.

You know everyone wants to do the sit test. Kudos to you.

Blessings,
Carolynn

Lolli said...

Great job! Fabulous! We remodeled all 3 of our bathrooms back in the day when I had a husband who didn't work round the clock. It's hard but rewarding!

He And Me + 3 said...

It looks awesome. I so want stackable washer and dryers. How cool.

Lula! said...

Um...it's GORGEOUS. Love the subway tiles. It looks awesome.

Jenny said...

I love the new bathroom, it is so pretty. I would have been testing out the toilets too ;)

KC Mom said...

It turned out great! Have a great weekend too!

Miranda said...

I can't believe the difference. It looks amazing, I love it. Enjoy!!

Randi Troxell said...

oh i love that after pic... i love the simplicity of it! happy friday!

Booklover1212 said...

WOW!!! Fantastic job!! I love it!! Can I hire you to come do mine! LOL!!

Happy 4th!

~ Jennifer
http://thetoyboxyears.blogspot.com/

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

I need to know about this dual flush feature. How does it work? Is it dual because of #1 vs. #2? ;-) Please enlighten me. I'm so curious!

(The bathroom looks awesome, by the way!)

TrueLoveIsaMama said...

Very Nice!!

Connie said...

I love the remodel!! You did a great job! Altho your ugly 80's starting point was nothing like the '70's style bathroom I did over 5 years ago. I swear, the layers of wallpaper were terrifying to behold... I was scared, and yet oddly fascinated, to see what happened as I peeled off each layer...

Kristin said...

The subway tile is beyond fabulous. Great redo!!

Kimmy said...

Looks great!! Love the sick too :o) Great choice.

Karen said...

I'd totally want to test a toilet before I bought it too! Don't people do that?

Looks great. Must feel nice to have it all done.

♫ Spasm ♫ said...

the first bathroom wasn't bad, but that black sink stand is cool!

looks great!

Jennifer said...

LOL! I never thought to test out the seat, but you're right! If it's too high or too low, it will always bug! ;-)

Great choices, I have to say, your bathroom looks beautiful!

Unknown Mami said...

The bathroom looks great. I especially love the washer and dryer.

I have no idea what a dual flush toilet is, I'm intrigued.

Bee and Rose said...

That is a GORGEOUS makeover! Absolutely divine!!!

Jen said...

what a great remodel!

{Katie Lane} said...

It looks great!! I love that you have a washer/dryer right there. That would make life so much easier :)

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

Wow, I LOVE the remodel! It looks awesome! :)

carin davis said...

GREAT WORK! It is beautiful!!!!
Happy 4th of July!!!!!!!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Fabulous job!!! Remodels are always a lot of work but once they are complete-- It's all shiny and new and clean and, well, paradise. Enjoy!

PS I love my Toto toilet too.

Counselormama said...

Wow, you guys are truly talented!

PetalsYoga said...

I so love that you tried out the toilet in the store. You are AWESOME! I love the picks of your new bathroom too. I think you have fabu style.


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Helene said...

Oh wow, love the remodel of the bathroom!!!! Very classy!!!

Ronnica said...

I can't see NOT testing out the toilets. It's a big decision! However, it would be awkward to see others testing them...

angie said...

I LOVE, and I mean LOVE subway tile. What a transformation.

I know what you mean about living at the plumbing/hardware store. I've been living a parallel life with you, I think. :)

lov said...

beautiful!!!

Wenbren Explains It All said...

Awesome! I love it I need to remodel or better say finish remodeling my master bathroom, I'm inspired to finish it soon!

Grand Pooba said...

Thuy that looks great! I live in an old house too. Not quite 102 but close. Ok, it's only 40 but it's getting up there! I have to live with tiny tiny bathrooms, come do mine!
Please?

ck said...

What a great remodel! I love Love LOVE that you have your washer/dryer in there.

Gibby said...

Wow, you guys did a great job! Can you come do mine?

Angelle Marshall said...

I felt great to go through your blog.
Your bathroom looks very cozy and high-class.

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tiburon said...

I LOVE IT! Well done!!!