Now that you’ve seen my house, I can start in on one of my FAVORITE topics of all time – what I would do to change it. When we moved in in 2008, the house had just gone through a small renovation by the previous owner. It was, in essence, a flip job – not the highest quality and not the most well-thought-out overhaul. I never saw the place before it was renovated, but judging by what some of the other apartments in the building looked like before they went through their own renos, I guess I’m thankful for what we’re working with. It could have been a lot worse. That said, a few things have always bugged me about the house: namely, the kitchen and the bathroom. It always amazes me how poorly laid out so many kitchens are; ours is no exception. And it’s not because it’s small – it is possible to have efficient, thoughtful kitchens in tiny houses. I’ve seen it! Mostly in Europe, where they know how to do stuff like that.
Gah, you’re so pretty!
Anyway. We are not in the market to overhaul the kitchen anytime soon. We are, however, planning some improvements to the bathroom, one of which being to finally, finally, tile our shower. It’s a fiberglass coffin with the most horrible glass door ever designed. Why anyone would add so many nooks and crannies to something that is constantly getting wet is BEYOND me. Trying to clean this thing is like wrestling a bear. Actually, I might enjoy wresting a bear more than trying to scrub this damn door.
This isn’t our door, I’m not ready to show the internet our actual shower yet, but it’s the same style. Stupid.
John finally we’ve agreed to rip out the fiberglass insert, tile the walls and add a new glass door. It only took 7 years of begging, but no matter – we’re there, on the same pretty page. Now comes the fun part: tiny shower inspiration photos! I originally thought I wanted to go with clean white subway tile:
But I also love the look of modern gray tile, something I see a lot on Scandinavian design sites and also in many of the bathrooms I’ve seen while traveling in France:
Our recent apartment rental in Paris
But I also love the look of colorful ice subway tile, something that would add some pizazz to the room:
Lastly, the option I know will get nixed immediately but I can still dream about – Marble:
You are gorgeous. Don’t you ever change.
In fact, John and I are so very on the same page that he even suggested we tile the walls as well, something I’ve always wanted to do but never mentioned because, well, baby steps. These photos help the cause:
Since this is not our forever home, I don’t want to invest gobs of money into the project. But on the whole, it will be a nice improvement to the look and functionality of the bathroom. Our shower may be tiny, but there’s no reason for it to be so fugly. I am counting down the days until demo begins!