Okay, so I am very keen to hear from all you renovating gurus on what to do when you have "the vision"...but your lovely husband just isn't seeing it. Or maybe he is the voice of reason in amongst all my delusions of bathroom grandeur?
The original plan for our main bathroom was that Mr Handy-Tig (aka Hubbie) was going to install a new bath and vanity himself. The tiles are neutral beige, so we decided to save on cost and live with those at the moment. We agreed that the brassy gold edged-shower would also be going, but hadn't reached the point of purchasing the replacement.
So there he was, Mr Handy-Tig, poised with his tools of the trade, ready to delicately extract the epitome of 80s neutral tonings, beige, cream and apricot with an accent of gold.
First, out with the apricot toned timber vanity with "cut in" towel rails, followed closely by the beige apricot bath that was both short AND ugly.
Next, Mr Handy-Tig brought in the new pure white vanity with seamless moulded sink...(is that angels singing), followed by our new long white bath.
Stand back. Admire. Uh-oh, hang on. What's this!?
The plumbing, set into our concrete slab, is not where it should be. Oh! And the new bath is slightly wider than the previous pretender to the job; this will require lifting the first row of tiles out. Hmmm, that wasn't in the plan.
"Okay! Never fear" exclaims Mr Handy-Tig, "I will get my trusty tools and remove each tile, hopefully not cracking any in the process".
At this point, I made coffee.
Cut to a little bit later...hark, is that the dulcet tones of Mr Handy-Tig muttering to himself. I'm not sure if it was the language, or that his delicate touch just wasn't delicate enough, but those beige tiles cracked...and cracked.
At this stage my lovely Mr Handy-Tig decided that the job was going to be a bigger nightmare than it was worth and it was time to bring in reinforcements who get paid to do this stuff for a living...by choice!!
So come October, we are getting the complete new fab bathroom. Now I would love a free standing bath...a chair...a cupboard...a vaulted ceiling...no kids to ever enter the space to ruin the illusion (sigh) ... but the reality is, it is a typical bathroom for a bath, basin and shower. There is room to stand - and if we are super lucky, all three children are NOT in the bathroom at once - this is a chaos factor, not a limited space issue.
So I am inspired. I would like white everywhere, with our vanity, bath AND the tiles, then I would like to paint the walls in Dulux White Duck quarter - a warm grey - to bring in some tone with all the white, but without darkening the space.
Issue - the tiles. What type. What size? I pondered this, and thought that perhaps smaller white mosaic tiles on the floor, with a subtle shift in "whiteness" - then a "coaster" sized tile on the walls of the shower and edging the vanity and bath. We are not going to tile our whole space because we don't want it to be sterile. So I thought the smaller tiles in the smaller bathroom may add an element of interest amongst all the white.
So, I really liked this....
...and Mr Handy Tig said no way - it reminded him of "old bathrooms". Old bathrooms with timber floors and rustic elements he likes - this, he doesn't. Fair enough...but I am stuck.
I would love to have some extra guidance on this, given these are going to be there for a while!! I am inspired by the idea of the lightness, the airy feel, by the luxury of soft towels, gorgeous soaps and the occassional opportunity to soak in a lovely bath...
love this colour
I am not sure where I got these two beautiful images from...