Monday, February 10, 2014

A Cottage Style Master Bathroom

It's amazing to look back and think there was a not so long ago time when our house did not have an upstairs, just a big open attic. We started on the upstairs project exactly two years ago this week. It seemed like such an impossibly daunting task, but in retrospect it was well worth the work and seemingly never ending sawdust everywhere. Now we've moved on to the guest house project, which is ticking along magnificently, and should be complete within a month or so. After that we have phase two of the downstairs. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
         Even though the bathroom has been done-ish (we're still missing one piece of trim by the door) for almost six months, I've never shown you pictures! So here's what it looked like before, and what it looks like now. Happy Monday!

This was about a year ago. Here's my mom puzzling over the plumbing layout. She's a seriously multi-talented lady. On top of being the Executive Director of a Library and Museum
 she also happens to be a skilled plumber and electrician, and published author. 

Mom and Shane cutting  a hole in the floor for the shower drain pipe. 

And here's the shower bring constructed. Mom and I built the shower pan. Shane framed the structure, and Brian did all the amazing tiling work. 

And the shower completed. It's absurdly huge. We got really carried away with the size.  Some day when we have an extra $2500 laying out we'll get a glass enclosure for the top half. For now the shower curtains work just fine. 

I picked up this hutch bottom off craigslist for under $50. 

And here it is as our vanity. Sooooo much wonderful storage!

And I got this adorable antique cupboard at Brimfield last year. 

Fully refinished and with an antique barn board top, it adds ever more storage to the bathroom. 

We left the chimney brick exposed in both the bathroom and in the hall that's on the other side of the wall. Who doesn't love exposed brick!

The floors are painted just like the rest of the upstairs. 

Considering it was just a big empty space two years ago, I don't think the transformation is too shabby, especially since we did much of the work by ourselves.

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  1. Look at what you guys have done! Charming, absolutely charming. I'm so appreciative of your doing it all yourselves...impressive and sooooo darling.

  2. How incredible! I love the different textures with the wood and the brick and the contrasting color of the white cabinets. I am in LOVE with the sink/cabinets!

  3. It's gorgeous! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features tonight at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on over to check out your feature. Here is the link to the showcase. Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  4. Absolutely beautiful! You have inspired me since we are going to do bathroom in our attic upstairs. I really like how you drew in to textures. So very pretty and looks so professional!

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