It’s about that time again. You know, the one where you find yourself buried under the oppressive weight of two million paint swatches? Yeah. I’m there.
The good news is that we’ve completed enough drywall in the station so that I can actually think about what to do with the tile, paint, and colors. The bad news is that I’m designing a bathroom for a man-cave, and, uh, contrary to the fact that I own really big powertools, I’m not a dude.
I was thinking maybe we should just replicate the bathroom as it was before the remodel. I like to call this “Prison Bathroom in Seafoam Green.”
Okay, enough jokes. I acutally had to avert my eyes from the screen for a minute because that picture gives me a compulsive urge to take a shower and disinfect. Thoroughly.
Obviously we’ve made some progress since then. And if you’re wondering who the brave soul was that removed that toilet, which was not empty by the way, let me just say this: Not. It.
Since in a previous life this was a gas station there were actually two “facilities” which we combined into one full bath. As you can see, I was using household objects to represent our future bathroom fixtures for visualization purposes. The step ladder is in the place of our future commode, and the broom is currently standing in for a urinal. Hey, I said it was a man-cave.
You can also see that I added a partition wall between the urinal and the sink. Because the longer I thought about it the more likely it seemed that some dumbass might try to do a trickshot and switch his aim from the urinal to the sink midstream.
The blueboard is in place because I’m expecting to tile half-way up the walls (another design element inspired by the urinal) and under all of that dust the concrete floor looks something like this:
MysteryMan has given me free reign over the design of the room with 2 conditions:
1.) It must not be girly.
2.) I am not allowed to tile over the bathroom floor.
My personal feeling is that the bathroom should never be the same flooring as outside-of-the-bathroom, but I conceded the point this time because remodel-relationship survival is all about compromise. And holding out for the fights that really matter, to which I will just say this: Granite. Counters.
I’ve been picturing a palette in blacks, browns, and warm neutrals for the station. Usually I’m much more tactile when picking out colors and tile, but this time I decided to put together an idea board before I start buying samples.
It seems to be all the rage to photoshop all of your samples on to a white background, which actually is very helpful for comparison reasons and also an absolute pain in the ass if you’re trying to actually determine which product is what. I don’t know how many times I have to look at the product I like, memorize the number, scroll down and find the number in the list below it, and then scroll back up again to see the next item I liked and repeat the process, but suffice it to say enough is enough. So I put my rudimentary flash skills to use to make this idea board slightly more interactive for you. Roll over an image for additional information and click on it to be taken to the product page.
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If you don’t have flash on your computer you can view the static image of the idea board here.
I thought about bringing some green or another color in, but in the end I liked keeping it a bit simpler. We bought an unfinished cabinet that will be painted black and distressed, and after that I’ll be spending the rest of my natural life grouting the 7,776 one-inch tiles that it will take to do the two walls in the bathroom.
So what do you think? Is it rock-and-roll enough for a future man-cave? (Excepting the color “Pineapple Sorbet” which I will be telling MysteryMan is called “Kick You Ass Wheat, or some other similarly manly name.) Think I should add in a little more color?