Bathroom Remodel

Have you ever had on of those months that didn’t seem to exist in your life?  You know one of those times in your life where you wake up to see the 1st; then, you wake up and it’s the 1st of a completely different month.  Well, that sums up what happened to me in May.  I was looking forward to May for all sorts of reasons.  The school year was coming to an end – YAY; summer was quickly approaching – I love the smell of summer (not the heat though); and finally, our bathroom remodel was going to begin.  Wow!  Such lovely things to look forward to?  Right?  Even though I was told my home was going to be turned upside down (biggest understatement of the year so far), I was okay with it.  All I wanted was a spa like feel – somewhere I could go and escape from the world at the end of the day.  I’m sure Todd felt the same way.  I am working on getting him to take more relaxing baths.  I feel it’s important – it’s like those who drink alcohol to drown their sorrows.  Sort of.  I choose that at times too, but I prefer bath salts & L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil.  Sounds too foofoo?  It’s not really.

We came to the decision of remodeling our bathrooms back in March of this year.  A long story short… Todd was offered another job opportunity with an amazing company in Tampa.  It was something neither one of us expected but led us to privately list our home with our realtor.  Little did we know it would be sold in four days.  We had a total of six showings.  Amazing!  But one complaint they all had in common was that our bathrooms were not updated.  I totally understood because that was something I struggled with each day (stuck in the 80’s).  The couple that put the offer on our home were retired veterans.  They also had saved up something like $250,000 to put into the home in renovations.  With this plan, the bathrooms weren’t an issue.  End of story, the deal fell through.

I felt really bad when we pulled out of the deal because we decided to stay in Fort Myers.  My dad once told me that I was going to get lots of great opportunities in life.  But just because they were all great didn’t mean I would accept all of them.  He’s right.  It would have been hard to uproot the kids again, and move into a totally different city.  Even if it did offer more.  The real fact is I had already fallen in love with our home, our life, our friends, and Fort Myers.  As I am writing this I am getting a little emotional.  For some time, I was really mad at the fact of moving here (Ft.Myers).  I left a great career opportunity, my entire family (my support system), my friends I practically grew up with, and the amazing city life.  I will never forget the first year living in Fort Myers, I felt sort of lost.  But I had to put on the happy face and support my husband – though I was hurting inside.  Now, I feel I have found myself, and I love what my purpose is every day.  I am a very different person because I’ve grown from this whole journey in my life.  I don’t mean to get emotional with you guys, but I want to think of it as taking my guard down.

Pictures of the guest bathroom:

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Wall color is Behr Rhino here. The trim color is Behr high gloss enamel.
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We chose Shaker style for our cabinets.  The door pulls are from Home Depot in brushed nickel.  The artwork is from HomeGoods.
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We went with Moen Boardwalk Faucet Set for the tub here.  Travertine stone in Cascade White Country.  Glass mosaic trim is in Spa Liner Blend Glass.
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Sink faucets are Delta Nyla in Brushed Nickel here.  The counter tops are marble in Cremafil.  The sinks are square porcelain.

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Mirrors are from HomeGoods on sale $89 each.  The light fixtures are from Lowes (build your own light fixtures).
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Replaced regular door with a pocket door.  Our floors are travertine in Cascade White Country.
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Replaced wire shelving with two shelving units from IKEA here.  We also changed out the door knobs with mercury glass knobs (bought at HomeGoods).

Keep in mind this was a tight space and taking photographs was a little challenging.

Pictures of the master bathroom:

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 You’ll notice the walls were taken down for a more spacious look.  DSC02132

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DSC02134We got a newly designed closet!!  Pictures coming soon…

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Travertine: Cascade White Country

Marble: Cremafil  | Glass mosaic trim in shower and on wall: Spa Liner Blend Glass

Shaker style cabinets – color Baltic Gray here.

Door pulls are from Home Depot in Stainless finish.

The mirror & shower glass was installed at a later date (plain mirror to fill the empty space you see).

The mirror and glass installer was Alexander Glass Co. – 239-791-9907

Marble was purchased at Metro Granite – Contact Mara – 239-821-2462

The color on the wall is Behr Dolphin Fin here (a few shades lighter than Rhino).

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Door pulls were purchased from Home Depot in stainless steel.  Couldn’t find any that we liked in chrome finish.
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The faucet is Pfister Vega 4 in. in chrome here.  The sink is round porcelain.

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The tub filler (faucet)  here.  Great look & very durable.

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The chandelier is from Home Depot here.  The freestanding tub is from Kardiel which is a steal $1295 here.

Where you see the outlets is where we added a 24″ flat screen t.v.
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By taking some of the walls down space looks more open.

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We added more drawers & cabinet space for storage.

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This is a faucet & shower dual tub filler.  Perfect for rinsing the tub after a bath.  Or great for bathing Nittany.
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These drawers are very deep and make life simple .
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We took the opportunity to add two niches for all of our shower needs.

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The shower faucet set is Kohler Elliston here (shower head & handle only).
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IMG_2201We are in the middle of completing our closet.  Once we have everything in order – I will do a blog post for you.  Just know this, I am very happy about it!  If you have any questions at all please let me know.  Till my next blog, I will see you soon.  Have a great 4th of July weekend.   Oh yeah!  I will be vlogging my weekend so be looking out for that.  C-ya!

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