Monday, February 27, 2012

Short Attention Span

Y'all know I have a short attention span.  It should come as no surprise then that I'm already thinking about what I'll tackle next after the floors are done. 

I think it should be the bathroom next to my bedroom, because I just can't take looking at this anymore....
That's the wall behind the tub, where the plastic tile is falling off.  I call this bathroom my "winter bathroom", because unlike the other bathroom in my house, it has a heat vent and taking a shower in there is actually bearable during the winter months.  Unfortunately, the winter bathroom didn't have a shower in it until I added that handheld thing about 18 months ago...and unfortunately, the tiled wall was never meant to handle as much moisture or humidity as a shower puts out, so the tile is popping off.  (I may have helped that process along by picking at the tiles when I'm in the shower.)  Anyhow, I now have a situation where, in order to take a shower, I'm going to have to tape plastic over that wall.

Or I could move to the summer bathroom a few weeks early.  The summer bathroom is in a sort of hallway between the back porch and the back bedroom.  I've talked about it before, but long story short it's about 11 feet long and slightly over 3 feet wide and has a shower tacked onto the end of it.  It's kinda icky, but not as icky as the bathroom next to my bedroom. 

Or I could finally do something about these two bathrooms.  I've been talking about it for years.  Long-time readers might recall that about three years ago Mare and I came up with a grand plan that involved tearing out the teeny shower, knocking out the wall between the two bathrooms, and turning the space into one big bathroom.  Well, I've rethought that.  For one (as many of my dear readers pointed out at the time) a 3-bedroom, 2-bath house is a lot more appealing to a potential buyer than that same house with only one bathroom.  For another--and the more important consideration, to my mind--is that taking out that shower and that wall and redoing that whole space would be a giant pain in my hiney.  I'm all about saving myself some hiney pain whenever possible. 

Eventually, I'd like both bathrooms to look somewhat like this photo I found on the Better Homes & Gardens website.  I love the beadboard and the tan walls, but I'm not sure about all that subway tile.  That's a whole lot of subway tile.  I love, love, love the tile floor too.  In fact, I'm surprised by how much I love it because I've always dreamed of a bathroom with black-and-white hex tile.  Maybe it's because that floor looks warmer, more like hardwood.  (I might actually have a decent floor under all the layers of craptastic flooring in at least one of the bathrooms.)  I like all the vintage details too, like the wall hooks and the shelf supports.  The neutral palette appeals to me too. 

So...after I decide whether or not to put a second coat of stain on the floors, and after I varnish them, and after I move all my furniture back into those three rooms, and after I buy a decent sofa for the front parlor....then I'll start in on the bathrooms.  Maybe.  Unless something else grabs my attention.


  1. I would suggest adding heating mats under the new tile floor, and then insulating the heck out of the crawlspace between the floor joists to keep the new floor warm. I'm doing that in the old house I'm renovating, and it makes all the difference in the world. I'm planning on using spray foam that you can apply yourself. You'll love having 2 decent bathrooms, and it will really help keep the value of your house.

  2. You deserve a better bathroom -)

    It was a huge advance when I had the tile around the tub replaced, new flooring put in, and fixed the walls in my old bathroom. I don't think I have the moral fiber to have a bathtub ripped out.

    What has blogger done to comments? Is it just me or is everyone seeing a huge white space to the right, the comments squashed on the left, and the comment box in the middle, like people aren't going to read the other comments before they write their own?

  3. I've known gnats with longer attention spans...

    I had a bathroom that looked exactly like yours, popping tiles and all. Lived with it like that for years then finally fixed it. Moved out a month later. LOL

    The second photo is GORGEOUS. Love it, love it, love it.

  4. I can't remember the end result of that long ago discussion - did you end up with a plan for two bathrooms and the back door returned to its original location? There were a lot of good ideas tossed around!

    Can you take plans & pictures to an architect or builder for a set price and get ideas for potential layouts and an incremental plan?

    I agree with Karen Anne - you deserve a better bathroom - and I'm sure it will end up as lovely as your inspiration picture!

  5. Karen Anne, I'm seeing the same thing with the comments--the big white space to the right. The comments look smaller and mashed together to me. I don't like it.

    Cheryl, My daughter-in-law came up with several good plans for both making it one big bathroom and for leaving it as two bathrooms but tweaking the layout a bit. She drew them up for me and I still have them. Something to think about. And yes, there was talk of moving the back door...I'd still like to do that, but Charlie came up with another plan that I'm mulling over.

  6. What kind of plan did Charlie come up with? One for the bathroom - for the back door - or is he feeding your short attention span with something entirely different?

    Just hoping you get the floors done before you get hip deep in something else!

  7. Cheryl, Charlie came up with plans for both, actually! I showed him the photo of the BHG bathroom and he said, "That doesn't look too hard to do. I'll help ya." Hooray! And then when I was griping about the back door, he said, "Too bad you don't know a concrete guy who could tear out that broken sidewalk & pour you a new one even with the door." (Charlie is, in fact, a concrete guy.) Hooray again!!