Remodeled bathroom is a better fit

The remodeled bathroom has new fixtures, a cabinet and a larger shower.
The remodeled bathroom has new fixtures, a cabinet and a larger shower.

We decided that since our house would be a mess during our kitchen renovation we might as well go into full chaos mode and include our downstairs bathroom in the mix. The goal was to claim some inefficiently used kitchen space to expand what was only technically a ďfullĒ bathroom into one with a normal-sized shower and storage space.

Used mainly by my husband, the old bathroom was a Spartan, unattractive place with mint green tile walls and a small, white pedestal sink that had seen better days. The only storage space was a small particleboard cabinet awkwardly wedged in beneath the sink. The commode was vintage Ė and not in a charming way. The shower was the most depressing part of the room. The molded fiberglass enclosure was so small my husband couldnít even really take a deep breath in it. It was a place where one might get clean, but it was not a place to luxuriate or relax.


Workers ripped almost everything out of the bathroom, including the walls. Only the radiator and window remained. The walls were then extended into the kitchen to create room for a tile shower. The frameless glass shower door we chose was something of a splurge, but we wanted the Moroccan-style tile we picked for the shower to be highlighted. The bathroom floor tile is similar to the shower tile but with a matte terra cotta finish.

Because we picked fairly dramatic tile, we opted for a low-key sandy-colored quartz (low-maintenance, durable) for the countertops. A Mexican tin mirror with a variety of multi-colored Talavera tiles makes a cheery statement and helps tie together the two contrasting tile colors. My husband likes the mirror but didnít want to give up his old-school medicine cabinet, so after the other bathroom cabinets were installed we asked the cabinetmaker to build a medicine cabinet to match. Bathroom storage is now plentiful.

My husband is happy with his bathroom and actually enjoys taking a shower these days. Iím just happy that when guests use the bathroom I donít have to cringe and be embarrassed by it anymore, and thatís a real victory.

Notice about comments:

Salisburypost.com is pleased to offer readers the ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. Salisburypost.com cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not Salisburypost.com. If you find a comment that is objectionable, please click "report abuse" and we will review it for possible removal. Please be reminded, however, that in accordance with our Terms of Use and federal law, we are under no obligation to remove any third party comments posted on our website. Full terms and conditions can be read here.

Do not post the following:

  • Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo.
  • Obscene, explicit, or racist language.
  • Personal attacks, insults or threats.
  • The use of another person's real name to disguise your identity.
  • Comments unrelated to the story.