i've been back for a while, but
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It can be described with one word, but I can't decide if that word is "yuck" or "blah". Beige, beige, and brown, with a white toilet and more of that beige, brown and yellow linoleum from another distant time. My original thought about this bathroom was to embrace the beiege/brown - - -I tried to feel better about it by calling it mocha and hung up a shower curtain that was the same color. But it just wasn't working.
So I replaced the towel rods and put up some matching shelves over the toilet, changed the toilet seat to a new white one, and got a different shower curtain. I also painted it blue, which was a big help all by itself. Then hung up some blue and white towels. Eventually I want to rip out that nasty fiberglass shower insert and build one with tile, but that will have to wait a bit. Better, but still not there.
I added some hardware to the sink vanity, but that thing was still an eyesore. I thought I would look for a pedestal sink to open up a bit more space, but then I found a wall-mounted clear glass sink that would REALLY open up the space. So even though I had not planned to jump into a big-time-and-money change, the doors were closing and it was too late to jump out of the bus.
Since one thing always leads to another, I decided to put tile on the wall behind the sink to show it off. I wanted small glass tiles, and went back to my old favorite, naturalstoneoutlet.com, to see what they might have. I decided to go with the iridescent coral glass mosaic tiles that come in 13 x 13 inch sheets, on sale for $7 a sheet. I was going to put in a link to the picture of the actual one I chose, but I guess I must have bought the last of it, because it is no longer listed on the website. (Sorry) They are whitish, with pink, yellow, blue and peachy iridescence like mother-of-pearl. Colorful, but neutral, so I like them a lot.
Blacksburg's best plumber, Rick Littreal, ripped out the old sink for me, and redid the plumbing so that it would be fresh and shiny and new, since it is going to be highly visible.
Here is a view of the space minus the ugly old vanity, and after he reworked the plumbing. I cut a piece of concrete board that was left over from my subfloor I put down in the powder room, then slapped up the tile as soon as it arrived. For the first time, I used an adhesive-grout-in-one product, thinking it would save me some time, and would be helpful since the tiles are so thin (making it difficult to keep that adhesive from coming through the joints). But it was really not any easier because I had to go back and put a second application of the "grout" because the first layer shrank so much and left little holes everywhere. But here it is after some of it was up.......... You can see a bit of the new medicine cabinet, too. Since the old medicine cabinet has a light incorporated into it, I replaced the light fixture, too. In addition, I replaced the ceiling fan with a new quieter one that has a light, so now there is plenty of illumination in the space, which helps out since there is no window. Yet. Someday.