Saturday, 27 October 2012

Finally finished!

After weeks of talk about finishing the upstairs bathroom, it's finally done. I don't know why I procrastinated for so long - once I finally got down to it, it only took a few hours. 

And here it is! The floor looks really dark in these pictures, but it's more of a medium slate blue-grey. I love the contrast of the white fixtures against the darker floor.

Ignore the hanging pot light in the shower - apparently the housing is in our contractor's shed and we're waiting for him to drop it off.

The shower is amazing. We chose plain white subway tile for the walls, but had it grouted in a silver colour to tone it down a bit. We had a basketweave marble mosaic laid in the bottom and used darker grey grout that matches what was used between the slate tiles on the bathroom floor.

At Matthew's request we had a rain shower head installed, along with a more traditional sprayer shower head.

I love my new vanity. Since this is the only bathroom aside from the basement, it needed to be large enough for everyone to use in the morning - sometimes all at the same time. It used to be such a struggle trying to squeeze past one another when everyone was trying to brush their teeth and wash up. Now, there are two sinks, lots of storage, and plenty of floor space.

The photograph you can see reflected in the mirror was taken by by brother-in-law. You get great gifts when you have a photographer in the family!

I also hung up a picture that used to hang in the sunroom above the bathtub. It's an amazing in-camera double exposure done by a local Toronto artist. It was taken in India - he took a picture of a woman standing on the steps of a temple, and then re-exposed the same film frame to capture light reflecting off a river. In the days of Photoshop, it's amazing to see someone with the talent to do interesting manipulations right in the camera.

And in case you didn't notice, we have a chandelier hanging above the bathtub. That was our contractor's idea, and of course, once he'd suggested it, I had to have it. Alan thought it was a ridiculous idea, but I did it anyway!

So there you have it. I can finally cross one room off my list.

Next up - the front hallway. I should be able to make some good progress on this cold, dreary, rainy day.


  1. Love it, Karen! It is such a huge room! At least it looks big in the pictures. That vanity is great-- 2 sinks and lots of counter space.

  2. Wow - beautiful! Love the photos. So happy to have found your blog.

  3. Looks fabulous! - Elke

  4. I am in love with the shower floor and the chandelier. Exquisite. All of it!

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