Thursday after work, Alethea mentioned that we should probably do a bit of shopping. Our journey took us to a few different hardware stores, then later to a few websites. Several hours and one steaming debit card later, we’ve purchased all the tile for the bathroom and kitchen, plus the bathroom sink and faucet.
First the kitchen backsplash. I think we both knew what we wanted before hitting the stores. We’ve had our eye on white, marbled subway tiles for a while. Here’s a picture of our kitchen taken from the real estate website:
As you can see, what’s there now isn’t all that pretty. You can’t really tell from the photo, but it’s obvious that it’s old tile that’s been painted. We’re replacing it with this:
Next, on to the bathroom. You’ve already seen the dresser we (and by “we”, I mean dad) will be converting into a vanity. We knew when we decided to replace the vanity unit that we would want to do something about the old, boring, white tile which was above the unit, and the possibilities for backsplashes are endless; there’s glass, stone, glass and stone, cubes, bricks, thin bricks, metal bricks, etc.
We actually picked one right away! It was perfect! We only needed four sheets of tile, so we went through the whole stack and hand selected the nicest four; the ones with the most variety of colour without any obvious repeating pattern. We continued about five feet down the aisle, then found an even more perfect tile. So we put the original back and hand selected four sheets of the new tile. This was our final pick:
What do you think? All of the blue and green tiles are glass, and the brown and grey are stone.
We realized that the dresser for the vanity has feet, thus you’ll be able to see the floor underneath. The floor currently in the bathroom if vinyl, and we suspect it probably doesn’t carry though under the current vanity. So a new floor was in order. We went with a porcelain tile with a wood grain pattern.
The last thing to do on our little field trip was select a paint colour. It didn’t take us long to unanimously decide on “Steeplechase”.
After selecting all the tile and the paint for the bathroom we came home and showed our haul to dad. He already knew about the dresser/vanity conversion, and he seemed pretty keen on doing it. We ran past a wall-mounted faucet idea (as per Alethea’s mum) and he seemed completely unphased by it. So wall-mounted faucet it is!
We had a look in hardware stores earlier, and couldn’t find any. We took to the internet and found this beauty:
Selecting it was easy – the ordering was not. Two hours and an extremely frustrated Alethea later, we may have two of the same faucets on their way to us, we shall have to wait and see!
Last, the sink. Who knew a bowl could come in so many shapes and sizes. The ones we found in stores were either too big or had unsightly overflow drains on them. Lo an behold, the internet came through again with not only the perfect size and shape, but at the lowest price any store had.
Anyway, the house is ours as of tomorrow! We’ll do our best to keep you posted along the way, but for now, goodnight.