The Big Shower Reveal
Ahhh I'm so happy! It turned out exactly like I envisioned it! Everything is perfect. I'm in love.
The glass guys finally came yesterday to install the floor to ceiling glass panel (nine feet tall!). I just couldn't watch as they carried it up two flights of stairs 🙈but it made it in one piece, haha.
So we can get the full transformation, here's a little Before and After, where the Before is stereotypically awful — big bag of litter on the bench, toilet seat up, unnatural lighting. We gotta make it look rough y'all.
Even if I did meticulously take a comparable before it wouldn't ever look as nice as the After though. No comparison. There are things you can't see in the Before that needed a lot of help — cracked and missing grout, uneven tiles, improperly installed drain. When we opened up the wall and saw the water damage it cemented what a necessary project this was. We could maybe have fixed those things and kept the tub, sure, but I've been dreaming of this reno for two years, and now my dreams finally match the reality.
Now that the enclosure isn't hidden behind a curtain, we can enjoy the circle window and how the light catches the mottled surface of the wall tile. I love the elongated 4x12 shape of the wall tiles and how they look all gridded up with the gray grout. I think the slate 4x4 on the floor compliments it in a really interesting way, both kinds have an uneven, organic surface, but one is polished and reflective white while the other is earthy and dull.
All the new fixtures are from the Delta Trinsic line in champagne bronze. We picked a shower head that has a "pause" feature where it reduces to a trickle if you want to do things like shave your legs or something without wasting too much water. Then we added a hand shower as well, which I've already used for hosing down plants — it's a revelation. There's a towel bar on the left side for hanging the bathmat while it's not in use, and we included two robe hooks for our towels. Previously the robe hooks were vintage brass horse head hooks, but I'll be reselling those now. They are a bit too cutesy for how lovely this shower turned out.
The renovation also included an upgrade to the exhaust fan — it now has a built-in heater, which has been AMAZING with this interminable winter. It heats up the room like a little oven.
We swapped out the benches — the boxy storage chest made the room cramped both visually and physically since the new shower extends about ten more inches into the space. I hunted high and low (thank you friends who entertained my interminable quest for this bench) and finally snapped up a Møller Model 80A Stool when it became available last Thursday at a local vintage furniture shop. I got it for an amazing price and didn't have to have something shipped. It was challenging finding a piece small enough to fit the space that was also a decent seat height. For a minute I was thinking we'd do an iron frame curule type seat, but ultimately I chose one that was more understated since the rest of the room has so much character.
One last thing I wanted to include in this reno is a framed photo on the wall, which has remained blank (save for wallpaper) for the last four years. So finally, over a year after our wedding, now we have a wedding photo up in our house! Our wedding was a very small family affair, but we absolutely splurged on photography (I cannot sing high enough praises for our photographer Elicia Bryan, hire her for everything please). It was nearly impossible to choose just one photo because Elicia is a goddess who makes everything look like a gorgeous painting, and I had reservations about choosing one so lovey-dovey, but in the end I'm glad we went with this one. I love the texture of the grasses and shrubs and the way Elicia captured us in this moment.
The frame is a plain walnut one from Framebridge paired with a plain white mat. It was my first Framebridge order and I'm really pleased with how it turned out — really well done, a good price, and a beautiful, solid wood frame. I get that the bathroom is maybe sort of a weird place for a wedding photo, but I love it because I can see it every day now reflected in the vanity mirror when I get ready in the morning and go to bed at night.
So that's a wrap! I went and junked up the ledge this morning with shampoo bottles and whatnot, so no worries, we are still regular people with a junky shower.
In the end we were at 112% of our budget, but I blame the emergency insulation sprayers for the bulk of the overage. Not counting that, really we came in under budget, which was amazing. I added a lot of buffers to our initial estimates for materials, and we ended up under on a lot of them. I'm so glad it's all finally over and we can move on to enjoying this next phase of our home! Fingers crossed we can update the vanity next year with my planned hidden litterbox drawers! A girl can dream.
Have a great weekend y'all!