Ugly, isn’t it? See the hearts? See the flower they make with their points? It's just too-too cute. Yuck. I hate it. Good riddance!
1 step forward
We considered porcelain tile, which is a bit more durable than ceramic and evenly colored from surface to base. But we liked the patterning in the ceramic better. Durability isn’t a concern because ours is a wall installation rather than a floor. And since the tile finish is white anyway, the ceramic base in its natural state matches the surface.
Here are some photos I found online that show how the tile looks installed, both with and without the accent strip:
- Ceramic, $2.21
- Porcelain, $2.29
- Real Carrera marble, $7.86
6 steps back
Before I explain more about this present stage of our renovation, let’s backtrack to what we've done to this bathroom since we moved in four years ago. Granted, renovations in stages can be tricky. But this condo had a lot that needed done to it functionally and cosmetically right away, so we tackled first what bugged us most.
#1 issue: Flooring
It’s textured, colored and grouted to look like stone, but not cold like the real stone or tile. We chose the Mesa Stone pattern, which simulates slate, in a coloration that includes both browns and grays to give us flexibility in future décor.
#2: Sift-and-shake lighting
#3: Color, color, color
We bought this condo from Chris’ mom when she moved into assisted living. She was the second owner and moved here in fall 1996, at which time Chris and his brother painted every room off-white. We moved in March 2012, so it was due for new paint.
As far as the master bath went, I tried to match the shade of blue in the tile “heart-flower,” but I couldn’t get anywhere close. I brought home enough paint chips to open my own store, but all of there were either too green or too blue or too purple.
#4: Sleek and modern accessories
#5: Rattle-trap shower door
- We both hate sliding doors, and there’s not enough clearance for a door that opens out.
- Any sort of door would make a shower this size seem claustrophobic.
- I don't feel claustrophobic with the curtain, and it allows for some "nudge" room.
- I hate cleaning shower doors, but I also hate the spotted, hard-water look.
- The whole bathroom feels much larger without the doors.
#6: Potty wobble
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However, while Chris had the toilet off to install the floorplate, he accidentally dropped it and it cracked (oops!), so it was back to the home store. Nothing’s ever simple, is it?
Back to the future
So here’s how everything I’ve shared so far looks together with existing decor:
Tune in tomorrow for demolition photos from today
...as well as more details on the overall renovation, including a few projects Chris and I plan to tackle ourselves.