Why would we change the counter in the bathroom when we have perfectly good Formica?...Said my husband 2 days before the One Room Challenge was scheduled to begin. My response was a calm, measured,
disbelief in how we ever managed to get married "I know we have other places we need to spend money right now. I get it. I think I can still make it look good." I was trying to work around the Formica and make the room look its best with the finishes it had. But like most projects, they can evolve over time. And when we finally got an estimate for remnant piece of marble, the hubby was all in. Did you know that a remnant is the same price per square foot whether you install the cheapest granite or the most expensive marble? If you can find a remnant that will fit your bathroom, in the finish you want, then I highly recommend going this route.
Welcome back for week 4 of the One Room Challenge! Created by Linda, at Calling it Home, this fun event includes 20 designers who have six weeks to transform one room, updating you every Wednesday morning with our progress. If you're just tuning in now, click one week one, two, and three to catch up. You'll want to get a good look at those before photos. :-)
The obvious progress this week was getting the marble counters & faucet installed. It's so beautiful my hubby was just standing in front of the counter admiring it last night. ;-) We've had a lot of years with "perfectly good Formica" and the idea of cleaning an undermount sink? Pinch me. Yes, I know marble can stain but this bathroom will be mainly used by my two boys and guests, so I'm not too worried about wine stains or makeup. Extra bonus is the company sealed it with a product that claims it's good for ten years.
Other progress...Towel hooks are up. Here's a small preview. "J" for one of my boys and "G" for guest. I have four of these hooks total. Love them. Boys love them. The problem of the perpetual towels on the floor has been solved.
The goal for this week was to remove the shower doors and paint the tub and tile.
I removed the caulk along the edge of the rails and my husband and I carefully carried the glass doors to the garage. I was surprised to see that the glass doors had been tinted this whole time and I never realized this. Now there is SO much more light in the room. Although a glass block window wouldn't be my first choice, I'm fine with it for now. I am not, however, fine with looking at the gross vent area in the middle of the window. I have plans for that...
"They" say that you should be able to just unscrew the side rails from the tile and if you've removed the caulk from the sides, they'll come loose. Not so at our house. Whoever installed these shower doors went crazy with silicone caulk underneath the rails. Enter trusty husband with a big muscles and a crowbar. I'm not endorsing this as a method for removing your side rails. Remember, this isn't a DIY blog, we're just figuring things out as we go. ;-)
See? This was living under the rails.
Gross. Dirt and Silicone for days...
I've been working with caulk softener and a razor blade (cut myself twice so far) but this silicone is a b**%#. I think because the wall tile is textured, it's making it extra difficult to scrape off the caulk. I have the big chunks removed, but there's still a film left over, and I know my paint won't stick until the tiles are completely clean. Tips welcome.
After using the crowbar, we had a couple casualties in the shower area, but thankfully there was a big ole box of these tiles in our basement and my resourceful husband just replaced them. No worries.
Ta Da! No more shower doors.
The room feels much brighter and larger. I love it. Obviously I haven't painted the tub and tile yet, because I'm still working on the ridiculous caulk. But it has to get done, so if you need me anytime in the next week I'll be in the bathroom.
At least my view from the tub is this pretty faucet and marble counter. ;-)
If you've been following on Instagram for sneak peeks of the #oneroomchallenge, then you know that I've partnered with Tonic Living to put this masculine bathroom over the top. That's all I'm willing to say for now, but I leave you with this image from Tonic Living's Website as a teaser for next week's post.
Here's my must-get-done-in-the-next-ten-days list.
*Paint tub & tile
*deal with ugly vent on the block window
*hang art from Minted
*drink more coffee
Thanks so much for reading and following along with the One Room Challenge! Now I'm going to settle in for a few minutes and read what my other challengers have accomplished. I'm guessing they're past the crowbar stage. ;-)