I ♥ My Bathroom

Ironically, my bathroom was the first room in my house to stop being crappy. It was fully renovated before I moved in and it didn’t cost me anything. I know! What?? I bought my house with the help of the Long Island Housing Partnership (or LIHP). The short story is this: I was a renter for many years. Hated it. Got bedbugs from a neighbor. Had a nervous breakdown. Killed the neighbor bedbugs. Started saving for a house. Went to the LIHP to meet with a counselor. Qualified for a great program involving my employer that helped me buy my house and get grant money to do some renovations. The end. (No, not really the end. There are stipulations, but if you’re interested in learning more, feel free to contact me directly.)

So with my grant money, I was able to do some much needed renovations on my crappy house that I could never have afforded to do otherwise; the most significant being a Brand. New. Bathroom. Here’s a picture from when it was the epitome of crappy.

Ugly Bathroom Before
I was able to design every aspect of my bathroom myself, from crown molding to hex tiles, but a stipulation of getting the grant money was that an approved contractor would do the work. He thought I was crazy when I gave him my 3D rendering, but I needed to make sure he shared my vision.

Bath Render Please enjoy this little movie I made of the stages of decrappification.

I know. No toilet in the video. I do have one, of course. I never thought I would have an opinion on a toilet design, but doesn’t this one look perfect?

Egor on the Toilet Egor likes it. And here is my finished, NOT crappy, bathroom!

Finished Bath I made the shower curtain myself. I wanted something sexy like lingerie that would still show off the tile in the tub area.

Bath Lighting Who says you can’t put a chandelier in the bathroom?

Bath Chandelier If you love it, please share!

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26 Responses to I ♥ My Bathroom

  1. Victoria Tims says:

    Love it!! So you!

  2. Lisa says:

    That is one sexy bathroom!!

  3. Carol Amato says:

    I love those tiles! Nice job with everything!

  4. LadyNicole Nikki P says:

    Where did you get the chandelier?

  5. Classof65 says:

    So beautiful! Is there enough light to apply makeup?

    • My Crappy House says:

      Thank you! I think the sconce over my sink would be bright enough if I upped the bulb wattage, but I’m lucky enough to have space for a vanity in my closet, so that’s where I apply my makeup. The chandelier is really for ambient light, as it casts a lot of shadows around the room, but when combined with the sconce it gives me a decent amount of light. I also have a south facing window in there, which helps too.

  6. Sandy says:

    Love your bathroom transformation! This is my first visit here. A bloggy contact recommended it to me. I love your quirky sense of humor and am really impressed at your DIY skills. You do rock!

    • My Crappy House says:

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you stopped by. I hope you’ll visit again. I’ve got a lot more to post

  7. The chandelier and shower curtain do give the room a sexy vibe. I like your style! The first home I purchased was on Long Island as well, Riverhead, but now I live in Westchester.

    • My Crappy House says:

      Thank you! I bet Riverhead got very crowded once Tanger moved in… I hear Westchester is beautiful. Thanks for visiting! Happy Holidays

  8. DeviantSole says:

    Crappy my ass! How SEXY is your bathroom!!! I think it seduced me. This is one of the absolute BEST bathroom makeovers I’ve ever seen in a while. I love the chandelier. And just so you know, I am completely going to STEAL that shower curtain. Like right now. Seriously, I’m walking into the fabric store as I type. Note to self, buy house, give contractor 3-D rendering, ignore crazy look.
    Oh, btw I know folk like to know how they were found, I followed your link from an Apt Therapy post.

    • My Crappy House says:

      lol thank you! Yes, I will agree – my bathroom is definitely NOT crappy (but the rest of the house… ugh). Here’s a tip for the shower curtain – buy cheap black sheers and modify them. I cut the tops off so they were the right length, then used the extra fabric as a casing, sewed that back onto the top and made button holes for the shower hooks. I think I used 4 curtains. I didn’t even sew them together at the sides. They just hang better that way. This was WAY cheaper than buying black fabric and the bottoms are already sewn perfectly. Cheating (a little), but whatever works

  9. msorrelle says:

    Really like your bathroom makeover – I, too, have a rancher so seeing how the rancher bath can be glammed up is great! Question: what 3D software do you use?

    • My Crappy House says:

      Thank you! Yeah, I just ignore the fact that my house is a crappy ranch and I do what I like. I use 3D Studio Max for my renderings.

  10. BRIDGET says:

    GOOD JOB, GIRL!! YOUR BATH ROCKS!

  11. Bonnie says:

    Great job, but not necessarily done all by your self (“The contractor thought I was crazy when I gave him my 3D rendering, but I needed to make sure he shared my vision”)as you have promoted yourself and this fixer upper as.

    • My Crappy House says:

      Thanks! I’m sorry if it wasn’t clear that I had a contractor do my bathroom. I do most of the work myself, but not all and I always disclose when this is the case. There are just some things that are over my head and for those things, I do defer to the pros. I think it’s easy to tell when I’ve done a project all on my own, as I tend to brag about that fact. A lot.

  12. Bobbie says:

    Your bathroom is beautiful. I just started following your blog and love it. Keep up the good work. Who cares if you have a contractor or not, it’s gorgeous!

    • My Crappy House says:

      Thank you! I thought I was clear that I did *most* of the work myself at my crappy house. I really wasn’t trying to hide anything! Anyway, thank you so much for the compliment. I don’t take credit for the labor, but the design was 100% me

  13. Heather says:

    This may sound weird, but I LOVE that toilet… Kohler, right? The shape is so nice. I had it in a rental apt. and if I ever buy a place that is the toilet I would put in! Beautiful job overall too, I love the bathroom!

    • My Crappy House says:

      Haha when I was shopping for toilets, I thought – meh, it’s a toilet. Who cares? And then I saw THIS one and yes… oh, yes, I cared! Funny story: I picked this toilet and the contractor told me it was too big to put in. I was very disappointed, but what could I do? So he put a plain old (well, new, but you know) generic toilet in – and it was literally 5 inches off the wall! Seriously, the tank was FIVE INCHES off the wall!! And he tried to tell me this was how it was supposed to look. Have you EVER seen a toilet that’s 5″ off the wall? Luckily, because this was done with grant money, it was also subject to inspection by the people who provided that grant money. I showed the inspector the toilet and he was like, WTF? He made the contractor send his plumber back who “magically” was able to fit the toilet I originally picked. THIS one. I swear, if I knew then what I know now, I would have had a VASTLY different relationship with my contractor. It might have involved my nail gun and his ass…

      Oh, and yes, it’s from the Kohler Memoirs line. Good eye!

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