March 29, 2011

The Ugly Duckling Files-Guest Bath

by Shelly

Did you notice the title?  I’m officially calling all posts related to our new home The Ugly Duckling Files from here on out.  We’re going on our final walk through this afternoon and then…WE’RE CLOSING ESCROW!  **after only 15 days**  Life has been IN-SANE to the max this last month.  Work has been OOC for my husband and I’ve been a crazy mad woman trying to line up contractors and pick out all the ins and outs for the new place. I think by Friday we should have the keys to the new pad in hand.  Then I forsee the hubs and I with a long weekend of sledge hammers, crowbars and maybe a six pack of beer or two over the weekend.  I CANNOT….CAN NOT…freaking wait to destroy the ugly from that house. And since you’ve all been so patiently waiting (except for my cousin Rhyan. you have not been patient my dear, but that’s ok!), here is our little ugly girl. In all here glory….

{told ya she wasn’t pretty! look at the bird houses right into the facade there. oh and that roof line…yikes!}

{for reals…you thought the inside would be better? nope. you were wrong. pine kitchen circa 1960 baby!}

{family room opposite side of the kitchen wall. lovely wood paneling eh?}

{hey, plus side…at least there’s a pretty fireplace. wait, yes that IS a fireplace…with a fish tank in it. no idea, don’t ask}

I’m only going to share one more photo with you.  Can’t give away all it’s prettiness people!

{what the!? i know that is what you’re saying right now. a bathroom ISLAND! how brilliant huh? and yes there is a toilet tucked into that nook where the toilet paper is. 1960s architecture at its finest!}

But seriously, we say major potential with this place when we first walked in.  Living room and added HUGE family room with vaulted ceilings, a nice BIG kitchen, huge corner lot with tons of potential to add on or maybe put in a pool…..  It will be awesome.  At least we think so.  I already showed you what the kitchen plan is…although I may now go with custom cabinetry after all. I’m getting a bid from a great cabinet maker today.  Hoping for a low estimate!

Now I’m trying to finalize the guest bath, which is also our 3 year olds’ primary bath as well.  I’m going for elegant and polished, but colorful and easy to clean as well. Lots of glossy tile in a sky blue color with added glossy white tile in the shower/bath area.  Polished nickel faucets and lighting will be mixed with classic carrera marble countertops with a eased edge.  And the floor will be a pop of fun with penny round tiles with the slightest bit of sky blue edging. SO cute!

{the colors aren’t dead on, so please ignore the grey of the 4 x 4 tile. the vanity is still up in the air, but i like the idea of an espresso color instead of white. i don’t want it to feel to cold in this tiny room.}

I know I told you I wasn’t going to show you any more new house pics, but here is the bathroom where the above idea is going to go!

{pretty gross huh?}

So friends, are we totally crazy? Do you see what the ugly duckling could be?

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

sally lien March 29, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I totally see potential from Ugly Duckling to Swan! Can’t wait to see more!


kat March 29, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Diamond in the rough is what I think!


Shelly March 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Thank God no one else thought that when they saw the home. The little ugly is all ours!


Carrie March 30, 2011 at 2:03 am

Three words –
Bathroom Peninsula WHAT?
Shelly, You’re NOT crazy!! It’s going to be fabulous ~ Love the guest {Ellie} bath plan, especially the floor tile. TOO cute!


Shelly March 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Can’t wait to show you the Ellie bath when it’s all finished. I have a feeling I might use her bath more than our own!


Jessie March 30, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Wow. A Bathroom Island? Interesting… Can’t wait to see what you do with this, it certainly has TONS of potential. If anyone can convert this to a beautiful home, its you!


Shelly March 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Interesting indeed! I’m still mulling over ideas on what to do with this room. We would “like” to push out and expand in the future (I want a TUB!), so we might just keep it cheap for now.


Josanna April 12, 2011 at 5:59 am

Love the island! Really…. Have one in my family house!
I recognize a Cortese house anywhere… He designed and built my family’s neighborhood in 1956 – we still own it to this day. And would you know that the model for your house is in my neighborhood? There are 4 of them they built to showing the next of Cortese’s neighborhood design… hansel and gretle houses to boot!

You should see the master bath in our house. Think light pink walls… off white marble countertops, black island, and black and white checker floors.. it really is a nice retro feel. In the right colors, it looks fab.

Too funny!


Shelly April 13, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Oh wow! Thanks for giving me some history of the house. I don’t know much about the builders but I know they were quite the thing back in the day. Your bath sounds much better than ours actually. It sounds cute indeed! I’m not against the retro thing if it’s not all rundown and disgusting. But sadly our place was BAD and just needed to be ripped out. Are you in So Cal?


Josanna April 12, 2011 at 6:02 am

Also…that is an original mirror! If you don’t use it, why don’t you let me pick it up incase mine ever breaks?


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