I See London…

We wanted to make a quick post about something we’ve been working on for quite some time now…our bathroom theme! Introducing, the world’s cutest and most awesomely-themed bathroom (own horn = tooted). The theme for our bathroom is “I See London, I See France…” Pretty clever, huh?

Bathroom Decor Wide

I’m a total Pinterest freak – absorbing as much media as I possibly can at a clip, even if I’m never going to bake that fancy pie or DIY that pallet coffee table, I like seeing it, reading about it and being inspired. So, although Pinterest and the internet cannot take full credit for this idea, I must say I am always inspired by what I see out there. I’ve never seen or heard of anyone else doing this same theme for a bathroom. However, inspiration for the little details comes from all over:

Bathroom Canvas Prints

  1. White ceramic faux animal head: You’ve probably seen these before, mostly in the form of a deer an antelope, or some other long-horned creature. Ours comes in the form of the majestic, elegant creature that is…the English Bulldog. Our inspiration for the piece had to do with a few things: 1. It was 5 bucks at Christmas Tree Shops. 2. We like the faux animal head idea, especially the all-white look. And 3. This little guy:Crumpler the English BulldogThis 65-pound beast beauty is none other than Crumpler. Some of our devoted readers and followers know him well. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, just take it all in – this little bugger is a true English gent with a colorful personality and a face only a mother could love. Cheerio!
  2. White floating shelves: We used this in a different space in our last house. Now that we have a normal-sized bathroom, we thought they would make a lot of sense in this space. Now we just need to really deck them out with some more London and France-themed things.
  3. Canvas prints: These museum-quality canvas prints come from one of the many online spots where you can fashion your personal prints onto just about anything. I made both graphics in Photoshop and we used EasyCanvasPrints.com to get these fun and vibrant pieces of art slapped onto a canvas. Nice touch with the “Oui Oui”, right? Gotta love bathroom humor…

We also have an older piece of wall art featuring a sketched, black and white Big Ben. This fit perfectly with the theme, so of course it belongs in the bathroom.

Big Ben Avery Tillmon

We still have one blank wall to fill, which just means more London and France-themed fun to be had.

Our love of London comes from the time Andrew and I spent abroad, studying in Kingston-Upon-Thames back in college. You can read all about that here.

Bathroom Before and After

Tally-ho, monsieur!

Someone’s having the best week ever!

This guy:

Bathroom remodelDo you even recognize this space?! We don’t! Introducing, our brand new bathroom! It may still be the world’s smallest bathroom, but it’s brand spankin’ new and ready to start its new life! Our friends at Hammertime Remodeling gutted our old pink disaster bathroom, removed the old window that was in the shower, reinforced some beams, installed a new vent fan, new tub and wall surround, new pedestal sink and layed some lovely new tile. Now we’d like to present to you, a full before and after timeline of our bathroom’s life:

Day 1: Sayonara, Swans!

Sliding glass shower doorsThe 1950s pink bathroom shortly after we moved in and started trying not to hate it.

1950s pink bathroomYep, that’s a window…in the shower.

Bathroom windowThe linen closet before we gave it a piece of our mind.

Linen closetHere’s what we did to get by with this 1950s pink disaster area:

Shower doors and shower curtainLinen closet before and afterWe got rid of the shower doors and replaced them with a blinding white shower curtain in hopes of literally blinding all who dare enter. We also converted the run down, dirty linen closet into a highly function, semi-clean and freshly painted open storage space. Then, this happened:

Water damaged bathroom tileYes, the straw that broke the camel’s back, the icing on the cake, Custer’s last stand, every other idiom and reference that has to do with being pushed beyond our breaking point. There was so much water damage behind these tiles, I was able to literally just pluck the soap dish right off the wall.

So we called up our buddy Mike – the man, the myth, the legend who installed our new dishwasher – and he hooked us up with a sweet deal on a brand new bathroom!

He gutted the place.

Gutted bathroomInstalled a new vent fan (sure beats a window in the shower that won’t open)!

Bathroom ceiling vent fanThen he went to town, building us a new bathroom. Goodbye, window!

Closed up windowHello, new tub!

New tubWe love this new pedestal sink (and it was only $50)!

New pedestal sinkThe new tile is way better than those tiny little gray and pink squares.

New bathroom tileAnd a new Kohler toilet seat for the only fixture we kept from the original bathroom (besides the light fixture).

New Kohler toiler seatWe painted. Behr “Fresh Day” and a fresh day it was!

PaintingAnd finally, the fun part! Adding a new mirror and a practical shelf/towel bar. Bringing our beloved typeface shower curtain back into the picture and coordinating the colors we always wanted in our bathroom.

New bathroom mirror, shelf, towel barThe ultimate before and after.

Bathroom before and afterWe couldn’t be more proud! Baby’s all grown up. :-)

Bathroom Rebuild

So you saw the first look at our bathroom remodeling project when we posted some pictures of the demolition on Monday. Now the walls are up, the window has been filled in, the tub is in place and the tile is on the floor. Here is the view from the stairwell. It’s looking down to the basement, but more importantly it is looking at what used to be a silicone sealed window to our bathroom!

Bathroom remodel window removal

I’ll be honest, we had problems with mildew and moisture in the bathroom. I have a feeling that the vent fan, the removal of the window and the installation of the g-board instead of tiled walls and ceilings will fix that problem. Not to mention this whole project is solving our collapsing tile problem.

new bathroom g-board

Our remodel man, Mike was also able to remove the lowered ceiling over the shower. I’m not really sure what the purpose of that was, but maybe it had something to do with the lovely shower doors we had when we moved in.

new bathroom tile 12 x 12

We’ve also upgraded from 8,000 little 1″ x 1″ pink tiles to maybe 50 12 x 12 tiles. I can’t wait to put my feet on something solid every time I get out of the shower instead of something that feels like a jigsaw puzzle.

Huge thanks to Mike from Hammertime Home Remodeling. If you’re in NJ and you need a new bathroom, he’s your guy. This afternoon, the sink and toilet went in. This weekend we will start painting! Keep an eye out for some updates on our progress within the next 48 hours.