Monday, March 31, 2008

Master Bath Renovation Finally Done!

WHEW! What a job it was, but the master bath renovation is finally done. There was so much work involved in renovating this tiny little 8 x 10 space off the master bedroom! It's not our final vision, for we do have dreams of adding on a luxurious spa-like master bath someday, but it's much more comfortable now.

Original to the 1970's house was this narrow tub with tile walls, further cramped by glass shower doors. When you'd lift your arms to wash your hair, your elbows would knock either against the tile wall or the glass door. When we had a leaky faucet fixed and discovered the backer board for the tile was plywood, we decided the right thing to do would be to re-grout the tile with epoxy grout. We then removed the glass doors and installed a "hotel" shower rod to add a little breathing room to the tub/shower.

I also knew that I could not live long with the shiny metallic gold wallpaper in this small room!

After starting to remove the wallpaper, which didn't come off with the solution you can buy at your home improvement store, I found it came off with hot water and Dawn ~ in two layers. The top metallic layer came off first, then the paper layer afterwards, tearing the drywall facing paper off with it. Consulting my BIL, a drywall contractor, he advised us to prime the drywall with an oil based paint, and then skim coat it with drywall mud. After that came the primer, then 2 coats of final paint.

Since this bath is used primarily by hubby, we decided on a "fishing" theme. My bath is the main one with a really girly color scheme punctuated by Waverly's Norfolk Rose shower curtain and window treatment! With the paint job finally done, we put up the trout wallpaper border. Then it was on to the project I'd promised DH for about a year now ~ a "quilt" pieced shower curtain made from quilt shop fabric featuring all sorts of fishing prints ~ a line designed by Holly Taylor for Moda called "Northern Shores." I knew I wanted a quilt pattern that was fast and easy ~ this project has been going on for about 6 weeks and I wanted to finish! I called my sister and asked her for the "Turning Twenty" quilt pattern, and off I went to the quilting studio. Two days later I was done, even with DH's help for about 4 hours one evening. Thank God you can't see my buttonhole stitching across the top ~ the shower hooks do a great job hiding it!

Not being able to back up far enough to get better shots of everything in this room, these photos really feature my one-of-a-kind shower curtain!

So this is one of the projects I've been spending so much time on for the past 6 weeks. We're also renovating the Sunroom, but I'm not finished with it yet. I'll post photos when it's done. I'm at the hard part ~ trying to figure out window treatments. And there are a TON of them. I'll need 20 yards of something!

Till next time!



Kimmie said...

Hi Ya' Mary!
What a beautiful job you did on hubby shower curtain! It is so the fish theme. You are an awesome sewer! Thanks for sharing!

Sandra Evertson said...

Fabulous! It looks Terrific! I particularly like the patchwork shower curtain, love the fish!
Sandra Evertson

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