Sunday, November 27, 2011

Voila! French Bathroom Transformation.

Well, it took almost 7 weeks, but the master bathroom face lift is finally complete! I'm thrilled with how it turned out. I've been wanting to make some changes since soon after we moved in, as things were starting to break/peel/chip and generally just feel dated.

To make a long story short, it was actually the shower I hated since day one because of a bulkhead drop wall that trapped all the steam inside and made the paint in and around the shower peel and get all moldy. Ick. I was so sick and tired of sanding and repainting in the shower all the time! Once I got the accounting department's permission, it was go time on this bathroom operation.

Here are the before shots I took:

If you look closely in the above shot, you can see some of the paint peeling along the edge of the bulkhead "drop" wall that goes across the shower. So annoying.
The old vanity and sink with peeling counters and trim. It looks much better in the picture than it did up close, believe me. You'll just have to take my word for it :)

And... *drum roll* Here are the after shots!
 Ta-da! Nice clean, modern shower, with no more bulkhead or peeling paint. Because the rest of the room is so girly, I went with plain white subway tiles and an accent of silver and black mosaic, colors reflected in the rest of the bathroom. I thought hubby would appreciate a hint of masculinity. The shower head is the neatest I've ever seen; a rain head with a center detachable spray head, so we can clean the walls easily. So very cool.

Beautiful new black granite vanity with silver flecks in it, a new undermount sink and brushed silver Victorian faucet with French writing on the knobs. I love putting together little details like that!
Pretty robin's egg blue paint on the walls, a fresh coat of white on all the trim, some French decor I had all kinds of fun picking out, and then I gave the clawfoot tub a coat of semi-gloss black Tremclad to make it match everything else. I added all kinds of neat little accessories that pulled the room together: French towels, toothbrush holder, fancy towel racks and candles, etc, etc. That was my favorite part of the whole project :)
And last but not least, a couple pretty silver French-style chandeliers, to make everything seem that much more luxurious.

Yeah it took awhile to get all the tradespeople lined up to do their thing, but the important part is that it all turned out well in the end. I love the room, and I had my first long soak in the tub last night. Very nice, if I do say so myself! Hubby likes it, though not as much as the kids and I do. But a happy wife means a happy home life, right? So I say it's all worth it, lol.

In writing news, I found out last week that Absolution took third place in the 2011 Laurel Wreath Awards. Another accolade for Luke and Emily! I miss them.

Now that the bathroom's done and I'm finally wrapping up edits on the last story I have contracted (gulp), I plan to get the rest of my Christmas shopping done in the next week or so, then write without any undue stress hanging over my head! How are your Christmas preparations going?


Anonymous said...

Turned out beautifully, love the colors! Well, I'm way behind on Christmas preparations but it isn't December yet! LOL

Kaylea Cross said...

Thank you for saying so :)

I know it's not quite December yet, but the month is so crazy busy, Christmas will be here before I blink. Where does the time go???

Karlene Blakemore-Mowle said...

Just beautiful!!! I can just imagine all the creative 'ploting' and thinking you can do in there! xx

Kaylea Cross said...

Hey, I never thought of writing off some of this on my taxes! Good call, Karly ;)

Pretty sure the accounting dept will say no way though. Ah, well.

I'll just plot while I'm soaking in my tub with all my French candles flickering (and when the kids are in bed!).

Katie Reus said...

Yay!! I know how long you've been waiting to get this done. It looks fantastic. Love it, love it, love it :)

Kaylea Cross said...

Thanks, Katie! It's now my favorite room in the house. I'm already eyeing the guest bathroom upstairs, but hubby says no way. Lol.

The kids are so young still, so I'm sure they'll do some damage to it in the years to come. By the time they're old enough to appreciate a nice bathroom, I may be able to get approval for another reno. Or...not.

Wynter Daniels said...

Wow - it's gorgeous. I want a bathroom like that! I hope you enjoy it.

Kaylea Cross said...

Hey, Wynter, thanks! You can use it if you ever come up here to visit me :)

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