Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Before and after photos of bathroom
This is our new look upstairs bathroom. We did not change many things in it and yet to see it in person, there is a real change. I still have a few items I want to replace but have to go shopping for them. Here are some before and after photos to show you what we did.....
The old toilet is typical for a new build here in Holland. Although it is not visible in the photo, the plastic reservoir has turned yellowish grey with age. I really hate this kinds of toilets although they are standard in Dutch homes unless you pay extra. We are not the first people to live in this house and little above the standard was purchased when the house was built. This photo shows very well how you saw only the floor when you were in the bathroom. It just did not work with the other tiles.
Here is the new porcelain toilet block. I think I always took for granted that things like this were normal from back in the US. The reservoir is also smaller and easier to clean. It seems a luxury to have this which I never imagined I would be saying. Behind the toilet, two tiles were damaged where the reservoir was hanging bolted to the wall. Those tiles were replaced with two that Jos carefully took off the wall from the downstairs half bath. You would never know they were replaced.
We used furniture oil on the sink cupboard to bring it back to life. It was drying out from the humidity in the bathroom. We replaced the plain wooden knobs and put on these pretty porcelain ones. You can see a bit of damage if you look closely. The previous owners of the house had never put the knobs on and they used their nails to open the doors causing the wood to be damaged slightly along the top.
The old tiles on the floor were white and showed everything. They also did not really match the tiles which had been chosen for the walls. The grey grouting made them look very busy and even dirty.
After smoothing out the old uneven tiles.....
.....the results were a warm and cozy new floor tiles. We fell in love with these wood look tiles.
The bathroom before.....
.....and the bathroom after. When you see it in person, the few details we changed do really stand out. I am unable to get a total photo with the chandelier but the effect is really amazing how the small details have mattered.