80’s Master Bath Makeover Plan and Progress

When you buy an older home (which seems to be the only kind we buy) there is always the “Grand Plan”. Pinning goes into hyper-drive, you create boards for EVERYTHING. And some of them are just dumb. Like… IDEAS FOR WALLPAPERING THE INSIDE OF GARAGE CLOSET. I mean, seriously. If you want to see how *extra I can become, just meander through all my Pinterest boards. I’ve got some doozies in there. And then…at some point I go into this negative panic. I become overwhelmed with all the great ideas I’ve saved and I get too scared to make the first step. That’s about when, without fail, the Universe steps and lends in a helping hand.

And such it was with our master bath. Case in point.

We knew when we bought the house that we were gutting the bathroom next year. There was no room in this year’s budget for an overhaul to that degree. And, while even on the smaller size, it was really pretty vanilla and not offensive at all. We didn’t mind the brass, and after coming from a bathroom twice it’s size, I kinda welcomed a smaller one to mop, truth be told.

I have no idea what made this realtor take such a dark picture. The space actually does get quite a bit of light.

See? Pretty much a blank slate, this one.  So when Bessie the Bathtub decided to she was no longer going to live in this space as is, we had to make a plan. Because…if there’s one thing I was sure of…it was that I was not going to live with gaping holes in the bathtub skirt, chunks of grout on the tile and tools scattered about for weeks on end.  Might I add this happened at 10:00pm in the middle of the week. Pure awesomeness.  Because who doesn’t want to hear their husband banging around and cursing at midnight when you desperately want to sleep?

So, back to Pinterest I went, to forge a plan on the cheap.  Since we’re not ready to do a full gut job (read: our finances are not ready for a full gut job) – we need a Band-Aid budget solution. And this is what we’ve come up with:

For right now, this is the plan to get us through for now:

  1. Fix the tub
  2. Re-tile where smashed
  3. Re-grout and re-caulk the shower where needed
  4. Paint the walls
  5. Paint the vanity
  6. Raise the vanity (this i’m not sure about yet. It’s 80’s short but not sure what that then means for adjusting pipes and addressing flooring on the immediate)
  7. New mirror
  8. New lighting
  9. New cabinet hardware
  10. Spray the shower frame champagne gold*
  11. New artwork over tub (really digging vintage paint by number pieces i’m seeing all over etsy, especially those that have lake and mountain scenes since we’re in a lake community)
  12. New rug

About #9 – spray painting the shower frame. I’m both terrified and scared to try the shower frame project – BUT I was really intrigued when Lauren from Bless’er House transformed her builder grade shower in her last house into a farmhouse industrial look so I figured, what the heck – we might as well try it since we’re eventually gutting it anyway.  (As an aside, what she’s doing to her new-old house is pretty cool as well, and is definitely worth the follow)

And here’s a sneak peek of that blue vanity – yep…like I said on IG …all the feels on this one. Definitely better – hopefully by this time next week, i’ll have made progress on the shower frame. That’s today’s project.




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