19 July 2013

Upstairs Bathroom Updates

I originally started updating our main upstairs bath back in January.  Yes, it's shameful how long it took to finish the details- especially considering how small a project it was! Life with a toddler... oh well. A leaky spout diverter was the original cause for updating, and the changes we made (while not drastic) were worth all the effort! The "Home Depot Special" spout was replaced with a Hansgrohe E Spout with diverter- and I just love the simplicity of it. Something about this one seemed so much more elegant and simple than the others. The shower head was perhaps the best update- we now have a Hansgrohe Raindance S 150 AIR handheld shower head. Seriously people. Best shower head I've ever used. And the functionality of a handheld unit with a toddler and 2 dogs has been extremely helpful. I would *highly* recommend one of these to anyone re-doing a shower! I wanted to also update part 2 of the "Home Depot Special" in the control valve and trim (the part you use to control on/off and temperature). Alas! Jesse is not experienced enough in plumbing to replace a valve (which costs $$$ anyway), and the replacements that fit our current valve didn't blend well at all. Eh... no big deal.

Since I'm incapable of just doing what is necessary, we replaced the sconces on either side of the medicine cabinet; the chrome finish on them was deteriorating, so they always looked dirty or dingy. Shockingly, I found something I could afford on a huge lighting sale at Restoration Hardware! The Keller Sconce reminds me of a vintage barber shop or something... Beyond that it was just some new turquoise bamboo towels, accessories borrowed from elsewhere in the home, painting the medicine cabinet nook black, and some vintage Kohler ads to update the photo frames. All in all a pretty minimal update visually from what it was before, but I'm really happy with the 'final touches' that make it just a touch more elegant and functional!


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