Here's what I do like about our bathroom. I love the neutral colors as I have a lot of color throughout my house. I love the antique chandelier I had my husband put in. That's about it. Not crazy about the carpet or the tile. The shower insert is the worst to keep clean. The tub, while nice and big, never gets used. It just collects dirt and hair. Ugh! Do you like all the mirrors that I have collected and never hung up. Well, since we've been talking about re-doing the bathroom for quite a while, I never saw the point if I would just have to take them all down again.
So, here's what we want to do. We want to take out the carpet and replace with some kind of tile. We want to completely re-do the shower, make it bigger which will mean taking out the tub. We will most likely keep the vanity, but replace the tile with something else, not sure what yet. Get new sinks and fixtures. Take down the giant mirror and replace with two smaller mirrors framed some how. Not sure what to do with the remaining space left by the tub. Maybe just leave a space for a cool old cabinet to hold bath supplies. I wanted to put in a built in vanity, but then we would have to monkey with electrical stuff and I'm not sure we want to go the the trouble for just one outlet.
My dilemma is this. While I love decorating, the design stuff, not so much. I guess I just lack the confidence to do it. I have checked out 20 plus books from the library on bath design and everything I've seen is either too fancy or too modern for my taste. I really just want to keep it simple, but elegant and most important, easy to keep clean. I don't want a WOW! bathroom, but an Ahhhh... bathroom. Does this make sense?
Some elements I would like to include if I can would be bead board (love it!), maybe some glass brick around the shower, white or cream subway tiles, hex tiles (but I've heard they are hard to keep clean) and maybe some kind of solid surface material for the vanity top. We don't really have a budget for this project. We plan on doing most of the work ourselves with the help of our contractor friend. Ideally we would like to do it this winter.
I am going to head over to Home Depot today to look at tile and other possibilities, but I would welcome any advice, suggestions from anyone who has gone through this. Please, I'm desperate! Okay, maybe not desperate, but I definitely could use some help.