Happy New Year! January is the perfect time for new beginnings, and this year I’m starting a new bathroom remodel that I’ve been wanting to tackle for years.
When we moved into our house four years ago, we loved the layout and how the space worked for our family. We didn’t so much love the 1981 style that infused every room of the house.
Bathroom as Time Capsule
Nowhere was this late-seventies/early-eighties style more troublesome than in our master bathroom.
Back in its day, this thing was decked out. The green cultured marble countertops, and beigey-brown matching toilet and jetted bathtub just screamed custom 70’s master retreat. This place was NICE. 40 years ago.
Fast forward to 2020 and it’s gotta go. I haven’t once taken a bath in my bathtub because all I can think about is how those old jetted tubs used to harbor bacteria in the jets. I didn’t want to swim in a soup of someone else’s leftover bathwater. Ewww.
Last year, I painted all the dark wood cabinets white, just to lighten up the place a bit. So it’s not as bad as it was, but it’s still screaming for an update. And I’ve got big plans for a full new bathroom remodel!
How we’re Remodeling our Master Bath
This will be a bit of a different experience for me, since for once we won’t be doing it ourselves. We decided to hire a contractor (a painful decision, since we have experience with almost every part of this project) to allow us to focus on the rest of our life while the remodel is going on.
Can anyone else relate to neglected kids, piles of take-out boxes, and endless hours on hands and knees while DIY-ing a space? Being able to do everything yourself doesn’t mean you always have to. Sometimes quality of life takes precedence over saving money. Not to mention quality of marriage.
(For more on this subject, see one of my earliest posts: When Not to DIY.)
But don’t worry, I’ll still have plenty to say about the process. (Don’t I always?) I’ll be sharing design plans, tips for budgeting and working with contractors, and hopefully some really fun “after” shots.
New Bathroom Remodel “Before” Pics
To get us started, here are a few more before shots of the bathroom, as it stands now in all it’s pre-80’s beige glory.
Be sure to check back in for bathroom remodeling planning and budgeting ideas, coming soon!