EIGHT YEARS! How time flies—I really can’t believe we’ve lived here for 8 years already (technically I’m two days early, but still)! Unfortunately I missed our anniversary last year, but we’ll just chalk that up to the 7-year itch with houseblogging, as I strayed a bit from that last year.
On our House-iversary two years ago, I did a little before-and-after of the exterior and yard since we were working on that so much at the time and the year before was a summary of yearly exterior changes.
Now that the interior has changed over the past year with my craigslist “Purge Splurge” among other changes, we’ll focus on the latest updates and how the rooms have evolved over the years.
I’ll keep this thread going in future posts, but let’s start with the most recent update: The Main Floor Bathroom.
After eight long years of bitching and moaning about how much I hated the 1990s-era blue-and-yellow bathroom remodel I finally did something about it (yes, dragging Pete with me, kicking and screaming but eventually relenting). Despite his reluctance, I have a wonderful husband and am very grateful that he puts up with me.
I would also get some opposition from a few friends who would say, “I don’t know; I kind of like it!” or “It’s not that bad!” (many thought it was an “original” retro style similar to the pink 1960s bathrooms, and no, I didn’t hold it against them). I think Pete must have paid them to say it, but I was not having any of it. I can be a little stubborn, especially when it comes to my own design aesthetics.
The first few years were focused on remodeling the attic into a master suite and “bonus” area, but starting in 2012 the bathroom was high on my Project Goal list. Along with Pete’s grumbling however, some other project would take precedence. I guess it just wasn’t time because I’m sure it would have turned out much differently had we done that early on, so no regrets about waiting.
Since I realized I need to update my Before and After pages, I plan to add additional photos and links there in the near future.
In a nutshell, here’s the bathroom over the years, starting with pre-ownership.
The owner (whom we knew as our neighbor two doors away) planned to take the green toilet with him. No problem there!
We removed the beige basement toilet and used it here for a while.
Trying to embrace the color scheme. With the addition of the white toilet, at least it’s looking fresh and clean.
Enough was enough, I decided this was the year for this project, and I might as well see what the original floor looked like. I had to tear the top layer off anyway even if we had to re-tile.
Luckily, it turned out beautiful!
Getting the walls up and everything functional before guests arrived for a weekend.
As of today, it is thisclose to being completed. We installed a glass corner shelf and remounted the toilet paper holder (I decided it was too far away). Pete also finished the window ledge.
The tub deck (formerly the pool table slate) is installed now that the bathtub has been refinished. Pete caulked everything yesterday as well. We just need to finish gluing the seams and then install the shower screen door. I also need to do some paint touchups and general cleaning, but I think we can wrap it all up this weekend and take a well-deserved break over the 4th.
It is definitely the best House-iversary present ever!