When I moved in with my boyfriend, Mark (now my husband), I mentioned to him how much I liked taking baths. I far preferred it to showers. We had a bathroom with a bathtub, but it was unchanged from the initial 1950’s installation. Plus, we did not have enough hot water. So we decided to upgrade.
We bought a whirlpool bath and Mark built the box that hosted the tub. We also replaced the floor and wall tiles to this lovely mottled pinkish-grey stone tiles. Those covered the floor, halfway up the walls, and the box for the tub.
We kept the cabinets intact, but we did re-laminate the tops of the counters, giving a whole new look to the fixtures. That part was very easy and quite inexpensive. We painted the parts of the walls not covered in tile, and repainted the ceiling white. We also installed a bigger, more powerful and efficient water heater on the other side of the house, and Mark built a closet for that.
We considered installing an enclosure around the bathtub, or a shower curtain, but decided against this as ultimately I wanted to use this room for bathing, not showering. So instead of a traditional shower installation, he installed a handheld shower that was toward the bottom of the bath. This was so I could easily wash and rinse my hair while sitting in the tub. So convenient!
I was amazed and thrilled at this terrific, luxurious gift he’d given me.
The sink and toilet was old but adequate so those remained the same. We also kept the sink faucet, but replaced all the bath faucets and knobs.
Naturally, it was a bit hard to cope during the changes, because I am very particular about my home and I don’t like mess. However, I knew the improvements were going to be so worth it, that this kept me relatively calm. I believe it took about 6 months to complete in it’s entirety.
I shared his bathroom during this time, which was no problem at all. When it was done, I was very happy and had a great time decorating it. I bought new towel racks, towels, floor rugs, soap holders, all that sort of stuff. The final touches were silver candelabras, with scented candles, on the walls giving a romantic feel.
And the hot water!
Oh my…yes, yes!
Tons of hot water for the whole house was the best part about this. We never lacked for a drop of hot water again!
It turned out beautifully and my handy husband saved a ton of money doing all the labor himself. It was a great experience! Next: the kitchen! 1950’s be gone (please!).
And next on tap (pun intended) is to tear down pretty much the entire kitchen so we can replace everything from the floor to the ceiling.