Bath/shower reno — and an eleventh-hour upgrade

IMG_2069By Elle

Whoa, it’s been a busy few weeks, and this week I’m babysitting the three-year-old Human Wrecking Ball. She looks innocent enough, with her big blue cow eyes and red curls, but look out. I finally scolded her after she sat on my coffee table and knocked over my flower arrangement for the third time in so many days. She walked into the next room with her head down, and I was all too happy to have a few moments of peace.

After a few minutes, however, I knew I better find out what she was up to. She was quiet for too long. She appeared in the doorway after I called her, holding out her finger. “Oh, crap,” I thought. I called her over and asked, “What happened to your finger?”

She held it right up to my face, and said, “A booger.”

And how’s your week been?

Thank goodness we finished the bathroom/shower renovation before the Human Wrecking Ball arrived. One of the final touches was a clear glass panel above the knee wall to provide natural light and a shield from splashing water. But that’s not the cool surprise that I thought of doing at the very last minute. Thanks goodness our contractor, Dan Djuric, was on board. I love that man. He didn’t even blink.

Check out the photos below for a description of what we did — and what we wish we would have done. Remember to let me know what you think!

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Photo of the clear glass panel installed above the knee wall. In hindsight, we wish we would have done the entire shower in the larger white tile that you see on the wet wall. Or perhaps chosen a white grout for the subway tile. It’s just too busy, defying the clean Asian style to which we were aspiring.

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion bath/shower reno

Another view of the clear glass panel, which I think looks terrific over the glass tile “waterfall” that runs from the ceiling and over the knee wall.

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion bath/shower reno

We installed a solid piece of marble as the threshold.

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion bath/shower reno

Here are the swing doors that we installed in the new doorway that now runs between Mom’s bedroom and the bathroom. We used hinges that swing both ways so that Mom can push her way through no matter which way she’s headed. The doors, which we “stole” from a closet in our dining room, originally folded open, which is why there’s only one doorknob. I wanted to make sure the doorknobs weren’t in her way before I bought another.

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion bath/shower reno

We installed a new light switch for the bathroom in Mom’s bedroom, which has a seaside/beach theme. The switchplate is from Mermaid in Cali, which you can find on Etsy. I already had a complementary one in Mom’s bedroom — love them!

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion bath/shower reno

Bought hardware for the Kraftmaid built ins from, you guessed it, Lowe’s. Opted for something simple to stick with the Asian feel of the room.

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion bath/shower reno

This lovely shelf is perfect for all Mom’s important stuff, like Kleenex and a ceramic shell filled with more shells.

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion bath/shower reno

I love the wall color we chose. Totally matches my Asian mirror. In the reflection, you can see a portrait of a girl that Mom drew.

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion bath/shower reno

Close up of the portrait of a girl.

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion bath/shower reno

And now for the surprise upgrade! I thought, “Hey, the ceiling above the shower would look sweet in natural wood.” The easiest install was to use engineered hardwood flooring, and we chose wide-planked Brazilian Koa.

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion bath/shower reno

We opted for a rainfall showerhead to help reduce splash. This gadget, PULSE Lanikai 3-Way Chrome Shower Bar System, was about $250 from Lowe’s.

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion bath/shower reno

To top off the Asian feel, I hung this strand of paper cranes that my friend Adrienne gave me.

That’s it for the main bathroom/shower reno! Hope you enjoyed the photos. Read the first and second installment of the bath/shower reno if you missed them.

Up next, our dining room floor, which we completely redid in hardwood maple with a cherry border.

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5 thoughts on “Bath/shower reno — and an eleventh-hour upgrade

  1. Pingback: How to turn a closet into a butler pantry, with a (real) penny backsplash | Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion & Design

  2. Thank you for sharing this very attractive bathroom with many excellent ideas. It is practical with classic elements but made interesting by personalized touches. White tile grout would require more maintenance. I wonder if your marvelous wood shower ceiling could be done for an entire bathroom. We need to update “popcorn” textured bathroom ceilings, & I’d love to add wood texture. I assume ceiling exhaust fans would handle any possible moisture issues. You’ve shared inspiration!

    • Thanks for writing! Yes, you can cover an entire ceiling with wood. I’d tear out the drywall first, and you can also install roofing/tar paper between the ceiling and the new wood as an extra measure against moisture. Good luck!

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