Back in January 2022, Mike and I experienced a house flood that began in our primary bathroom.
The fire sprinkler in our bathroom – specifically the one over the toilet, burst and flooded downstairs. It’s frustrating because we had just remodeled our bathroom. And we were really happy with how our entire ensuite turned out.
However, because of the flood I was forced to complete the same work over.
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Before: A Primary Bathroom with an Identity Crisis.
Our 90’s style primary bathroom had tuscan style light fixtures mixed with modern chrome bath hardware. They gave this farmhouse style home an identity crisis.
Let’s see some before photos of our primary bathroom.
Before the flood, before the first remodel
When we moved in, we did a quick fix and painted the walls and covered the dated tile with vinyl. I also installed new door casings and baseboards.
We had this craftsman style trim in our last house. Mike and I loved how it looked there, we ordered material to do it here. I regretted the decision the whole time I installed it. Because of the flood damage I had to re-do the door casings.
I knew now would be the best time to change the style and get it right.
A couple months after moving in we added an Ikea Pax system to the closet. Previously held together by drywall anchors, it’s a mystery the closet hadn’t been replaced sooner. It’s either a testament to how well drywall anchors work or how lucky the previous owners were.
On the vanities, the Corian countertops were yellowed and the drawers were in bad shape.
It is kind of hard to tell, but before our first remodel, the only bathroom lighting were the two lights over the vanities and the one over the bathtub.
After: the initial primary bathroom remodel
I love the way vertical shiplap looks. I painted the walls Benjamin Moore Simply White. The vertical shiplap creates so much texture and interest to an otherwise neutral color palette.
Mike added several can lights and moved the overhead vanity lights to sconces that flanked our tall mirrors.
We demoed and tiled the floor with a ceramic faux marble. I built new vanities and a linen cabinet. We enlarged the shower by 18″ in length. We built benches on either side of the shower facing each other. A shower ledge for all of our products. Added two ceiling mounted rain heads, two shower wands, and a steam unit.
The primary bathroom tub alcove and arch
I trimmed the alcove bath arch way. Altered the window shutters to fit inside the window frame instead on the outside. And I added oak floating shelves for extra storage. We also changed the tub from the oval to an under-mount rectangle. Swapped the faucet location and I trimmed the apron with box moulding.
New closet entrance and view
We removed the door from the doorway and shrunk the opening a few inches from 36 to 32″.
Every time I post a picture of a room painted Benjamin Moore Stormy Sky, I get a dozen messages asking me for the name.
Ten years ago, before I had ever used Stormy Sky, I was so nervous trying it. The color is dark, saturated and so moody. Dark colors like this are such a commitment. Trying to go lighter after means you have to prime the walls. Sometimes twice to cover the darker color and get the wall ready to re-paint. I couldn’t find any inspiration photos from other people who had used it before.
However, I went for it anyways and now Stormy Sky has become one of my go to, fail safe colors. It’s so safe that Mike has told me I can paint it whenever and wherever.
I have used this for every single toilet room of ours for the last three bathrooms. Our toilet room was Stormy Sky before the flood. I had zero interest in painting it any other color.
The flood replaced this view with a sad version of what used to be.
The flood: destroyed our shiplap walls and bathroom ceilings
Shiplap, made from mdf, quickly soaks in water. The pieces that didn’t touch the floor were salvaged.
We also took the open wall and ceilings as an opportunity to make a few minor upgrades. We combined the fan and light into a single recessed can light/fan fixture. He also added a fan/recessed light combo fixture next to the shower door. He wired that one to turn on whenever the shower lights are on.
After the flood and the final reveal
When we first remodeled our bathroom, we didn’t shiplap the toilet room although we shiplapped all the other bathroom walls. We had to remove all the drywall, even on the ceilings, because this was the epicenter of the flood. Instead of drywalling and retexturing we went over the new drywall with shiplap to match the rest of the bathroom.
The Primary Bathroom Entrance and Bathtub Alcove
I love the new door casings and plinth blocks I installed. I now have zero regrets about the trim work in our home.
The Bathroom Vanities
Mike’s side of the bathroom. I painted our vanities Sherwin Williams Feldspar Pottery.
My side of the bathroom. It was an easy sacrifice to remove the sit down vanity area and replace it with a linen cabinet and a larger shower.
The Bathroom Shower: Double Benches and Fixtures
I have never revealed the final photos of our shower. We have two rain heads, two shower wands, and a steam unit. The valves are all controlled via a digital valve made by Kohler, Kohler DTV+. We can turn the shower on with our phones, have it only start when it reaches a certain temperature and it is programmable for personalized shower experiences.
Instead of continuing the baseboard underneath the shower entrance as before, Mike and I used a remnant piece of quartz. The baseboard before the flood was already showing signs of water damage. Hopefully, using quartz and sealing well around it will keep the surrounding baseboards in better shape.
We also added the towel hook for easy towel access while showering.
One Room Challenge Progress
This post is one of an 8 week series of posts part of the Fall 2022 One Room Challenge. We chose our bedroom ensuite in order to get one large area of the house done since the flood we had in January.
This post is week 8. This post is part one of a three part final reveal. Due to the complexity and amount of rooms for this project I will be separating the reveal in to three separate posts in order to showcase each room and give them the attention they deserve.
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