I promise I’ll stop bugging you about my bathroom very, very soon.

Okay.  The drywall’s been ripped out.  The sub-floor’s been removed.  The electricity in the room is dead.  Everything’s out of there. 

Tomorrow, the tub should be going in—assuming it fits.  I am not fully convinced that we gained a full 2 inches by just removing the drywall…but we’ll see.  (Have I talked about that?  The tub is 60″.  The room measured 58″ with the drywall up.  That seems like it’s not going to work to me…but…whatever…we’ll see…the contractor seems pretty confident.)  Then it should be pretty quick once they’ve got the flooring in, I’d imagine.  Sinks and toilets are easy installs.  They do have some pipes to replace with plastic (or whatever…PVC?  I don’t know…).  The iron I have down there now is a banned material.  (Wow.  I’ve been drinking poison.)  But hopefully that won’t take a ton of time. 

So…I’m moving on to thinking about decorating.  I mentioned yesterday that I’ve got a “bronze” motif in mind for the accessories.  The shower door, the towel bar, the mirror holder-thingies, etc…all that will have bronze involved.  And I mentioned the possibility of a deep red for the paint…  I wasn’t sure about that even when I wrote it.  It’s a fine line between tasteful, dark, elegant red and crappy, sleazy, whore-house red.  I must tread carefully… 

But in all, I think I might be headed in this direction…maybe a little darker…  (This isn’t the actual room, it’s a bunch of the individual pieces, crappily photoshopped together.) 

Tub obviously not pictured... It would be immediately out of frame on the left...as you sit in it, you'd face this wall...

 

Okay.  That might not be the actual comic book panel I put above the shelf.  🙂  I just wanted to imply that I’ll put some kind of art there.  Much more likely a landscape.  Or picture of The Who.  Something to make peeing awkward, anyway… 

But I think I kind of like it.  I’m imagining that colour (or a little darker) going all along that wall then over the top of the shower enclosure.  I would probably leave at least one wall white…maybe just doing a “red corner” and a “white corner.”  I can’t imagine painting my door this colour…but maybe I could find a bronze-ish colour close enough to the mirror mount and towel bar to work, and paint the area around the frame in red.  I’d imagine that if I left a wall white, it would be the one you’d be facing if you were sitting on the toilet. 

…but I like this particular image, I think. 

I don’t know how far they’ll get tomorrow…but I hope it’s far enough that the holiday weekend doesn’t feel ridiculously long.  (Odd timing, right?  Who starts a major renovation two working days before Labor Day?  If it weren’t so ironic, it’d almost be poetic.)  I’d like to get some paint on the wall before my next payday (mid-month).  Of course, at the moment, there’s a huge hole in the bathroom floor and the bathtub’s sitting under my carport overnight (in a thunderstorm, no less)…so pretty much, if we just get THAT taken care of, at least it’ll be a lot of forward motion. 

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EDIT: Oh and PS…  This isn’t in any way related to the bathroom (nor to my job, before anyone gets any ideas)…  But why is it when someone tells you “You can do whatever you want” they invariably proceed to tell you that you’re doing it wrong and then tell you exactly how you SHOULD do it?  That’s just so insulting.

Just BARELY in time…

Okay…I think I (GASP!) have everything I need for the bathroom picked out.  (However, I am unsure that the tub and the shower enclosure actually match.  I chose them separately and I *THINK * they’re both white…but the tub may be more of an off-white than the enclosure…so I need to confirm that.  But otherwise, I’m as close to happy as I’m going to get, I think.

I owe a HUGE part of that to having broken with the contractor’s wishes and shopped at Lowes instead of Home Depot.  I felt MISERABLE shopping at Home Depot.  Partially, I just don’t think they have very good service/products.  But they also seriously wronged my brother a few years ago (again, his story, not mine…so I won’t tell it) and I felt like a traitor to the family even walking in there.  I HATED the thought of giving them even one penny…and I’m glad that now I will not be directly (or indirectly) responsible for that.  It genuinely felt like betrayal.  YOU try picking out tile samples when you feel like you’re going against the family.

I can sum up the bathroom in one word.  Old.  If I used two, I would also say, “bronze.”  I found this mirror, towel bar, toilet paper holder, and robe hook in a deep bronze and a deep bronze shower door.  It’s a real old-world vibe.  I am absolutely in LOVE with the mirror and the whole “bronze” thing.  Even the light fixture is going that direction.  I almost don’t even CARE about the tub now that I know I’ve got the bronze/old-world look developing.  I think I’m going to paint the walls a deep, deep red.  Almost so burgundy it’s brown.  Maybe I’ll leave the wall above the bath-tub white, though…might be nice to have a splash of white in there aside from the toilet.  (Who knows?  Once it’s all going up, I might like it against the bare white…but I don’t think so, ha ha.)

The tile I chose on for the floor has a sort of “slate” feel to it.  I like it.  It’s kind of eye-catching, but sort of subdued.  Hang on…let me post a picture…

Should end up in 13" x 13" squares with kind of a grey grout...but I think the actual tile will be a little bit lighter, overall (though not much).

Neat, huh?

Oh, and I’m putting in a TILTING mirror and NO medicine cabinet.  Instead, there will be a shelf.  A glass shelf with (you guessed it) a bronze base.  Here are pictures of those…

 
The mirror that kind of started bringing the room together for me. I don't know if I care about anything in the room BUT this mirror!The shelf...this picture doesn't really do it justice though...
The shelf...but this picture doesn't really do it justice.

It’s finally coming together.  Worth the sleep I lost?  Ah…no.  Worth the baths I’ll take?  Sure, why not?

…and as a side note, I very nearly titled this post, “And now I may shit in peace.”

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And I also made it by the comic books store!  Here’s what I bought (to be reviewed in this week’s “Empty Checking”):

  • Scarlet – Issues #1 and #2.  – Really good read that the comic book guy virtually forced into my hands…and I thank him.
  • 1 Month 2 Live – Issue #1 of 5
  • Red Hood: The Lost Days #4 of 6