Master Bath Reno Dust Files Part 1

Well, hello there!  I have been a bit lax on my blogging these days because I am knee deep in a Master Bath reno.  The upside? Thank goodness it isn’t a kitchen reno.  Kudos to all who tackle that while LIVING in your home! I don’t know how you did it if you did!  Don’t get me wrong, I feel fortunate and excited that drywall dust and debris is all over the house, but man alive it is never as easy as you think!

We bought this circa 1988 house (yes, the god-awful design challenged 80’s;) 11 years ago.  You know, the bright jeweled tone colors, bigger is better, taffeta balloon drapes, carpets in bathrooms…you get the idea;) Party on!

Just to warn you…don’t be scared;)  These are all very poor phone pics of the bathroom. I had to hurry before my husband started demolishing this 80’s charmer.  He literally started after I took the last pic. Let’s meet my 1988 Master Bathroom in all her glory shall we?


This is the listing picture(a picture of a picture;)  Are you seeing what I see?  Yes, that behemoth whirlpool tub could fit 4 adults! Look at the lovely pine siding topped off with cranberry tile!  However, my two year old  twins thought this lovely “swimming pool” was the bees knees!  I never had to beg them to bathe!  They actually liked to wear their goggles once in a while and “dive” for their bath toys over the years (true story).  This tub took up 3/4 of my bathroom.  The shower, toilet and whirlpool were all an undescript shade of coffee.  Don’t get me wrong I LOVE my coffee, but on my bathtub…not so much!

At the time we closed on our home we were tapped out financially.  Meaning zero dollars for any type of major renovations.  However, after a few months I told my husband that I could not look at cranberry tile and pine cabinets anymore.  I had to do something that could “get us by” until we could do more.  So, in an effort to “fluff” up all that coffee colored, cranberry tiled, carpeted goodness, we painted and used every decorating trick I could to make it “look” ok.  I truly believe a space should rise up and greet you and this space couldn’t get off its’ knees;)

We painted the cabinets, changed the hardware on said cabinets, painted every surface, changed the fixtures to brushed nickel and hid the shiny brass shower door with a shower curtain(I know a run-on sentence;)  A couple of clearance Target shades and accessories and I called it a day.  Year after year we would have to re-paint the tile until we just gave up. I had no more tricks up my sleeve and after cutting my toe on the place where the tile met the disgusting carpet. I was put a fork in me D-O-N-E! I might have scared my kiddos with my antics when that happened, but whatever…



(Again, excuse the dark phone picture above). Notice the carpet cut in an interesting pattern? Pretty fancy don’t you think? This is the place (where tile meets the carpet) where I cut my toe (really bad).  Remember this tile was painted a bazillion times.


Here is another view from the other side of the room.  You can get a better idea of the scale of lady behemoth tub;)  It truly was a waste of space.  We didn’t even have a water heater big enough to fill this watering hole with hot water! What was the builder thinking?


This is the side where Mr.’s vanity is, as well as a pre-formed fiberglass coffee colored shower with a shiny gold door;) I actually tried to cover it with a beige and white toile curtain!  A girl has to do what a girl has to do;)

A decade later here we are…finally had enough and ready to tackle the reno, but still wanted to keep it budget friendly.  So, my Mr. decided to demo the WHOLE BATHROOM BY HIMSELF!  Mind you, we aren’t 25 or even 35 anymore….but he did it like a rockstar!  Every last nail, piece of tile etc.  I tried to help, but he just wanted to do it himself. I secretly think he liked using the new reciprocating saw, but that novelty wore off after a few he-man cuts! I helped carry the heavy pieces of tub and debris down to the garage, but that was it.

So, the tub, vanities, tile for the shower and floor were all picked out. The tile is currently being installed.  We decided we would hire out the tile installation for the floor and shower.  My husband just simply doesn’t have the time and he knew his limit.  We saved on demo, so I think it was a smart choice.

I knew I wanted a freestanding tub since it wouldn’t require a “deck” or built in and I like the look. So, I scoured the internet and found a freestanding tub that was on clearance.  I actually went to the store to order it and low and behold I saw THE tub sitting lonely in the back and walked ran over to that baby and staked my claim. That’s what is called a “meant to be” purchase, don’t you think?  After talking with the salesperson, he said it was the floor model that they were replacing with a newer model.  Well, if you know me (bargain hunter) I asked if he would discount it further and he did.  Don’t you love when that happens? I got that beauty on clearance with a further discount and the manufacturer had a $200 rebate. Win! So it literally was a steal. Let’s just say the hardware for it cost more than the tub;)



So, that is where we are…hopefully by the end of the week the tiling will be completed, the sink/cabinets will be installed and we can finish the job and do what I love best…install and decorate! Stay tuned for Part 2 and hopefully better pictures;) !


  1. February 9, 2015 / 4:26 am

    That tub is AWESOME!!!! I can’t wait to see the finished product! Way to go Seth on the demo! Love it!

  2. February 9, 2015 / 2:38 pm

    Thank you Kris! I cannot wait to see your BIG reno! Are you back home yet?

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