Toilet in the Snow

Bathroom Toilet in the snow bankOr “toilettes dans la neige”. Sounds so much lovelier in French, oui? Last night I came home from work and discovered this toilet in the snow in front of the barn. Why, you ask? Well, before I left for work, demo commenced on our bathroom remodel (finally!!) on our upstairs bath. Now, this is not the master bath. This is THE bath. Back in the mid-1800’s, folks were fortunate to have indoor plumbing, never mind a special bath dedicated to the master(s) of the house. Since we purchased this home many, many years ago, this bathroom has undergone some minor transformations as I attempted to keep putting “lipstick on the pig” as they say. It has so many different color coats of paint on it, I think it is actually smaller in size (which, to me feels tiny, but am told by the contractor that it is a pretty standard 5 x 8 bath, just laid out improperly.) When we moved in, the bath had a gray tub (still does),

Gray Bathtub Beforeaqua tiles on the walls (those are long gone and replaced by the wainscoting installed by yours truly), a gray sink on rusted metal spindle legs and a beige toilet. Oh, and old speckled linoleum on the floor. GROSS.

Old Linoleum FlooringI have been talking about and thinking about and deciding what finishes I wanted for this bath for awhile now. Finally, Coach and I decided that it was time to take the plunge and gut the entire room and start over. You would think with a bath this small that it wouldn’t be difficult to decide on fixtures and finishes. But, since I wanted to design the bathroom in a country, vintage style, ala 1800’s farmhouse, it takes a little more searching to find the right stuff.  For that, I have been saving some favorite bathroom photos on my Pinterest Bathing Beauties board for inspiration. This is the mirror. Simple, beveled edges with the polished chrome brackets from Hooked on Houses. LOVE.

Bathroom Mirror via Hooked On Houses

Photo courtesy of Hooked On Houses

This country bath from Chip & Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s Fixer Upper- well this is kind of exactly what I am looking for in our bath. Country charming. Loving the vessel sinks with the wall-mounted faucets and the painted dresser turned vanity.

Bathroom via HGTV Fixer Upper

Photo Courtesy of Joanna Gaines via Fixer Upper on HGTV

The walls will be 3/4 board and batten as in this pic courtesy of Infarranty Creative. Although it is quite fun, the painted areas in our bath will not be quite that bright shade of purple.

Board and Batten Walls

Photo Courtesy of Infarrantly Creative

The flooring? Marble of course. So many choices…

Marble Tile Sample BoardThe only thing in the room that I am hoping to save is this beautiful heating grate. Love the heart designs.

Bathroom GrateOther than that, we’re going with a new toilet, new door and window, and blingy chrome hardware. And the best part is, the only thing I will be doing is choosing a new shower curtain and some matching towels! No DIY for me this time! And the second best part, we will finally be able to finish the Hall of Shame that has been in limbo for the past two years since I ripped out the old red rug. My thinking has been that we wouldn’t put down a new rug until the bathroom was remodeled, so we’ve been living with ugly, slippery white painted, un-carpeted stairs since then. Which, as it turned out was a great plan, since there was a stream of blue Tidy-Bowl going down the stairs yesterday when they removed the old toilet, which is now laying in the snow. So now I am dreaming of the new bathroom and happy that these tools are not mine : )

Bathroom Remodel ToolsI hope that by the time the snow is gone and that toilet is actually hitting the driveway pavement, the bathroom remodel will be completed…I will keep you posted as things progress! TGIF everyone! No snow today! Susan 

 

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