Category Archives: Bathroom renovation

Our now lived-in new bathroom

Some shots of the not-so-new anymore bath, which we’re still loving. (Click on any photo to see larger image.)

view in from landing

Looking in from landing

sinks and TP roll, talo lights

lights!

The lights over the vanity are Talo from Artimede. Faucets are Axor Citterio from Hansgrohe. Like everything we picked out. And they’re all still working.

axxor citterio hansgrohe

the famous cat vanity

The secret litter box

My worry was that Bean and Bart would never use the box. Bart’s a little heavy and that door was a little small. But they figured it out and have been very prolific in their business. Also, we put an outlet right next the box and found this genius plug-in carbon air filter from Febreze. It’s spectacularly effective. If they stop making the filters, though, we’re screwed.

Speaking of cats, the bozos took a while to get used to the glass shower doors and jumped into them a few times, to hilarious effect. The Toto faucet is uncomplicated and works like it should.

tub and Bart

And here’s a shot of the glass doors, also installed by a super nice Montenegrin — and his name was Sajo Magic! And a shot of the niche we had the marble guys make for us.

Shower doors

marble shower niche

And the tiniest toilet made by Toto.  Looked novelty sized when we first put it in.

Tiny Toto Toilet

And the Robern medicine cabinets are amazing. The cats freak out a little when we open them and think there’s some feline colony through the looking glass.

robern

Medicine cabinets & extra cats

Pocket doors work great. And the little bump-out is perfect for towel bars (Valsan) and trash can (K-mart).

pocket door

And then a couple shots of the new closet doors, which are from Sliding Door Company. Customer service stunk at SDC, but the doors seem to work really nicely — but we just had them installed a couple days ago.

sliding doors opened

sliding doors closed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And just for shiz and giggles, the old coffee-dimpled piece-o-crap we had for the last eight years of living here.

BEFORE

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Feels Like a Fancy Hotel in Here!

Sorry no photos — we left the camera at the beach.  BUT, the bathroom is pretty much finished. I’ll post some super-dramatic ‘before and afters’ soon. The only thing we’re waiting for are the glass doors for the shower and the new closet doors.

Big news is that we put our apartment back together on Friday, including hiring some expert cleaning guy to come in and dust the sh*t out of everything with a surface. I took the day off and moved the bed out of the dining room and set up the dining table, put books back on bookshelves, replaced AC filters, moved Christmas back up into storage, put clothes/shoes/hampers back into the closet, etc. And then we promptly left for the beach as soon as it was done.

So last night felt like the first night back in our apartment in five weeks, and I could actually watch tv now that the clothes rack was gone. (And I got stuck for two hours watching Ella Enchanted, with Anne Hathaway. How embarrassing.) Up until this morning, whenever I was in the bathroom, all I saw was a punch-list. Today was amazing. The AC cooled the bedroom and the new bathroom, and as I stood there with all the mirrored cabinets open, the soft glow of our overhead lights, the cats milling around happily, I felt giddy. It’s just so much better! And I couldn’t believe this great room was in our apartment, for us to use everyday.

My favorite changes: two sinks, the pocket doors, the higher ceilings, the cat vanity, and the new sight-line into the hallway. Other shockingly nice change that I wasn’t expecting — the side project of fixing up our closets gave me two bars for hanging clothes instead of one. Ah-may-zing.

A few items left: hang some art, new bath mats, and that’s about it. Here’s sort of how I felt:

robern mirror

So fancy!

Getting Very Close

Apart from a pretty short punch list, we seem to be near a new bathroom. A sconce isn’t working, the dimmers are in the wrong place, the shower doors are still being thought about by a glass door contractor from — wait for it — Montenegro. But one piece that we still have to decide: where do towel rods go? The walls are so pretty (painted “Blackened,” a Farrow & Ball color) and the tile looks so nice, I kind of wish we didn’t have to have them. But we do. Somewhere in here:

bathroom walls

Where should they go?

We already bought two of them (brand is called Valsan, which sounds like a prescription for chlamydia) and we have to tell Ted where to put the dumb things.

Vanity Fair

Lots of progress at the end of week four. Most significant is that we have running water — tub, toilet and sinks. No shower curtain or toilet paper, so there’s at least one more morning for me at the Greenwich Ave. Equinox, having to stand near men as they shave their chests. (That whole  experience has been a revelation, not to be repeated.) But more exciting — the new vanity came in. Really happy with the way it turned out.

his & his sinks

PS: Beach was beautiful this weekend. No matter how excited I am about the new bathroom, the ocean is better.

Lunch

I made the guys tuna fish sandwiches with pickled peppers. What’s the phrase — don’t sh*t where you eat? Whoever said that hadn’t seen our new bathroom.

A Cat Vanity

One of the big reasons for this entire project was to hide the cat box somewhere in the new bathroom. Hence, the cat vanity mentioned in the first post. Our friend Doug (parent to Pam and Madge) asked this morning how this part of the plan was going.

So I give you some shots from Ted of the Cat Vanity as it’s being built in his studio.

cat vanity cat vanity two

Looks like a novelty item from a Tom & Jerry routine. Within, however, is magic:

inside the cat vanity

Eureka!

It’s starting to look and feel like a bathroom. We turned on the water, and sure enough, it shot out of the — well, out of the pipe that’s where the tub filler will eventually go. Small miracle, but we had water in a tub.

The subway tile went up the walls and looks great against the floor. Really good. And the grey pencil tile looks sharp, if a little  Thom Browne-y. The grout is only on half the floor as they ran out, but it’s going to look great.

subway tile

Subway tile up wall

But the big reveal came with the tub, which looks crazy amazing. I know Amy will think this is awful, but Barbra Streisand would in fact love to bathe here.

tub surround