Have you ever demo’d any of those 80s or 90s patterned backsplashes and tiled countertops?
Patterned tile is coming on, but it’s not the ivy borders of the early 1990s. The mosaic tiles installed now are most likely imported and have a Moroccan or Mediterranean lean. Patterned tile appeared on my radar as I began gathering inspiration for a small kitchen remodel we are planning for a friend. See the beginnings of that project on the Pinterest board.
I was cruising through Domino and saw the revisit of this kitchen,
And that pretty much got the wheels turning and I quickly found my images of this kitchen initially featured in Cottage Living and revisited by Design Sponge. The whole house tour there is a treat, I recommend checking it out. This is by far my favorite application of patterned tile as a kitchen backsplash,
Ann Sacks is showing off her patterned collection in ads running in our favorite home mags and then patterned tile recently showed up on my blog feed in Isuwannee’s Friday Chat. A Mosaic floor tile takes front and center on the cover of the May 2014 issue of Country Living,
Before I officially listed my previous home for sale one of the things on the punch list was to give the master bath a quick upgrade without remodeling the entire thing. Out of necessity we had the entire shower re-tiled months before. The whole story about the mystery leak is here.
I previously posted the before of this bathroom and talked about the plans I had for the upgrade. I needed a fix that stayed consistent with the overall style of the house and a look that would be pleasing to most. Here’s what I set out to do with this quick fix-up:
replace existing mirror with 2 framed mirrors
eliminate recessed lighting and replace with sconces
paint walls & ceiling
install new hardware
install new vent fan
The cabinets were clearly the biggest eye sore in the room. They were vinyl coated, particle board cabinets with flat fronts. Some of the vinyl veneer was pealing away revealing the particle board.
We needed new lighting, some new jewelry (hardware) and to make the biggest impact we needed to tweak the cabinets and replace the dated mirror. Clearly I’m stoked about taking photos of myself at 7:00 am and likely the Crossfit workout!
To avoid ripping all of the cabinetry out and everything with that I decided that the most cost effective and attractive way to go would be to have the Quality Cabinet Co. fabricate new drawer fronts and new cabinet doors and install them on the existing cabinet frame. After measurements were taken the building commenced and this is what we ended up with,
The next big element to tackle on the list was the very ugly and huge frame-less mirror that was glued to the wall. The regular carpentry crew came over to remove the mirror and remove the recessed lighting and patch those holes. The electrician followed closely on their heels to rough in for the sconces. I had our regular painters do the ceiling for me because I like to avoid holding things over my head for a sustained amount of time whenever possible and then I painted the trim and walls myself with Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing.
Sconces are the Steiner from Pottery Barn which are really substantial fixtures for the price but unfortunately are no longer available. All hardware including the pulls, knobs and towel rings are from Lowe’s.
And here’s the result,
I think it turned out great without spending 10K. Here are some suggested things you can do to get a quick upgrade in your bath,
I’m guessing that most of you like this bath because of the contrast of the dark wall and the metal of the mirror and barn sconce…and let’s not forget the white shiplap. Am I totally off base here? Let’s see if we can get the look of Atlanta designer Kim Winkler’s rustic master bath that was featured in the 2011 issue of Tradhome.
Ever wonder why I don’t get anything accomplished on my punch list, well that’s because when you live in an old house and don’t have the dough to rip the place apart before move in day– you have to take it one repair at a time.
The master bathroom was not really at the top of my list for improvement but a month or so ago we discovered that there was a steady drip down in the basement after morning showers.
Our plumber Doug came over to assist me in determining what exactly was leaking.
First, we ran all of the fixtures and none of them were causing the drip. So Doug had to open up the partition wall that houses the shower/tub plumbing, he didn’t see a leak there but he saw a lot of wet stuff and what he thought was a crappy tile job.
There was a size-able caulk line around the perimeter of the tub where the surround meets the tub and it didn’t appear to Doug that the tile had been carried all the way to the tub deck.
So he sprayed water all over the perimeter of the tub and then it started to drip. Time to call the tile installer. Our tile guy Chris agreed with Doug and we had two choices, we could re-caulk and hope that it held until we were ready to renovate the bathroom or we could re-tile the surround. After some discussion we decided to go ahead and re-tile.
I of course wanted to rip out the tub and have a big shower with frameless glass doors but that’s not in the budget right now.
At this point you might be asking yourself, how is it that Sarah has been blogging for like 4 years and she didn’t have the presence of mind to take before pictures? I don’t really have an excuse answer. But the tile before was 6×6 squares that was totally early 90’s tan. I found this image and this looks almost exactly like what the before looked like.
Our original fixture configuration included a shower head, diverter, hand shower and shower valve. The plumber advised me that we would save $200 but eliminating the diverter and shower head from the equation. Since this isn’t the dream bath remodel we need to fix this with some level of style and move on. The fixture set up we would have to save that $200 was a hand shower on a vertical slide bar that would function as the shower head and we would still have the function of the hand shower for cleaning.The set up would look like this,
This Rohl kit above was at my local plumbing showroom for about $600. Pretty, well made but too expensive. Goodbye Rohl display.
OK back to the Delta section. The Delta kit I purchased was $400 with a shower head that I could eventually install upstairs. So just to keep this in perspective, that is $400 for just the fixtures. We’re not even talking about any plumbing, tile material or tile labor.
So we go to Lowe’s to get my trusty American Olean white subway tile and ring up a tab of $500 in tile materials combined with the $150 water proofing material at the tile showroom. I show Chris (tile guy) a picture of the shampoo niches I like,
Chris gets to work and we make progress,
we have a snafu with the niches, they need some adjustment but then Chris finally grouts and then the plumber comes and we are in business,
Plumbing demo & valve rough in – $349
Tile labor – $900
Tile material – $500
Fixtures – $322.76
Plumbing finish – $95
and the leak stopped in the basement, boy I feel much better now.
I recently completed the renovation of a bath in a 1920s cottage.The before post is here and I did some planning and inspiration gathering here.
A little background on the house-
The May house is a 1920’s cottage with three bedrooms and two baths. The largest of the two bathrooms is on the second floor. All of the bedrooms are upstairs which makes that one bathroom on the second level pretty important. The upstairs bathroom did not have a shower, lacked storage and was of course totally 80s complete with oversized whirlpool tub and shiny brass fixtures.
Everything was removed including the entire floor,
the 20-year old particle board vanity was replaced by a custom vanity with a carrera marble counter top.
We installed PVC wainscotting ordered here, it looks just like wood but is completely waterproof.
To gain the storage that we needed we converted the awkward, empty nook below the slanted ceiling in to a storage cabinet with shelving,
I brought the wrong lens with me so I didn’t have the proper range so you can’t see BUT we kept the window in the shower. I decided to make a fixed window, no grids with obscured glass to eliminate working/moving parts that would be subjected to water and we trimmed the vinyl window in Azek which is a wood composite that won’t rot. I’ll let you know how it holds up.
A rain can showerhead was installed in the ceiling.
Dan and I justÂ finishedÂ watching allÂ four seasons of Mad Men last week (tear), I’ve read that itÂ isn’t set to return until March 2012. We are hopelessly addicted, its a fantastic television show. Watch it– you won’t be sorry.
There are a few things I like about the Mad Men sets like the indigo blue walls in the Draper’s formal living room, scores of tall ceramic tableÂ lamps and the colorful inspiration boardsÂ in the creative department atÂ Sterling Cooper Draper Price.
DuringÂ an episodeÂ inÂ Season 4, DonÂ seeks refuge fromÂ another random bedmateÂ in his apartment bathroom.Â See there he is above, with a wicked hangover and wondering what the hell he’s doing with his life.
Somewhere inÂ between my feelings ofÂ disgust and sympathy for Don, theÂ bathroom caught my attention because in an instant I saw pre-war classic design and a masculine flair. So naturallyÂ I thought I’d like to create my own rendition of Draper’s apartment bath.
And my firstÂ thought was how unfortunate and then I was confused as to why it might be included in a “Recent” list implying that the design might in some way be current. It appears pretty dated to me among other things…
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