I’m at an age where most of my scene is in the throes of renovating their family home. Every brunch, casual evening of euchre, girls night out, or play date with our toddlers (I am making myself ill) inevitably ends in a deep discussion about renovating.
At this time we take turns shocking each other with tales of the before ("…you should have seen the linoleum!", "…we took the wallpaper down and the walls caved in!", and my personal fave and true story, "…we had a toilet at the top of the basement stairs! You open the door to the basement, and there was a working toilet on the landing.")
All this to say, I have heard some good reasons to bleed one’s self for that reno credit line. And then there is THIS bathroom.
When my girlfriend bought her by all accounts awesome, MidMod hacienda-style bungalow, and I saw this bathroom (along with electric blue shag throughout, and about seven tonnes of Ukrainian tchotchkes), I honest to goodness didn’t know if she should rip it out. It was so flamboyantly psychedelic, it almost had a god-given right to keep on existing.
She lived with it for a while, only to confirm that what she really wanted was a clean, modern bathroom instead of a joke.
And so, the Afters…
The whole ordeal was approx. $10,000, over three weeks, and she’s super happy with it. There are a few minor decisions/concerns that qualify this as a real reno, but overall, it went off enviably without incident.
- Where to stop tiling? She went for floor-to-ceiling, as per her 12-year-old son who loves a rowdy bath, as well as aesthetically, it’s a cleaner look over introducing a third design element such as paint or wallpaper.
- Should the floor and wall tiles be more contrasting in size/shape? Jury is still out, but I personally don’t see a problem.
- The sides of the fiberglass bathtub are not straight, but convex, (a ‘selling feature’ to better envelop the bather’s form) and required a wall be built and capped with a wide-ish lip, in order to encase the tub in a flat, tiled surround. What material should the lip have been made of? Corian.
None, save for the usability of the fashionably shallow basin — it splashes everywhere because the faucet is right over the drain plug, and at full stream the water hits the edge at the perfect angle to make you look instantly as if you’ve peed yourself.
- Tiles: Saltillo, Toronto
- Tub and turlet: Taps, Toronto
- Vanity: Ikea
–Godmorgon sink cabinet with two doors, in high gloss gray
- Mirror: Elte/Gingers, Toronto