*Before I start, a shout-out to Barbara Curtis, who won the tote from L.L.Bean. You should be getting it this week!*
After too many delays and too much money, the bathroom is almost done! And it was worth every penny to get rid of the sink that was apparently built with Munchkins in mind.
We are very careful when we do major renovations to Brandywine. The original occupants had a lot of the elements of the house shipped over from Europe, and we want to keep the "piecemeal" vibe going, even though we have been tempted just to gut the whole thing and move on from there. But this is our house and it needs to be what we think it should be. We are honoring the original owners' vision, and that guides all of our selections.
Two things that were a "must have"--marble basketweave floor tile and a soaking tub. The original tub (1940s) was only about 12 inches deep...not much good for a soak. We stole some space from the guest room, then framed an alcove for the tub. Our old tub went to serve as a trough at a farm for rescued horses, which is nice. DL framed the space with a header made from an old tobacco barn timber and it looks great. (We used the same idea on a corner and around the window.) The alcove has tub-to-ceiling white subway tile with gray grout. I am hoping that gray won't show the dirt. (Fingers crossed.)
The sunflower shower head was a must for DL.
An old hand-built dry sink (pre-1940) got a vessel and became the sink. The faucets coming out of the wall were Skip, the plumber's, idea.
Everything in this bathroom was changed, except the toilet!
A later post will give the deets and the before-and-after, so stay tuned!