Reader's Bathrooms: The Chang's Eliminate the Pedestal!

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Welcome to the Chang family!

When it came to renovating our midtown apartment the biggest dilemma was the bathroom. This is an older high rise building from the 40's with a standard 5X9 bathroom with porcelain tub. It originally had cute black and white checkered porcelain tiles which eventually turned gray and white, a white pedestal sink and a metal hamper behind the door...

The original tub tiles were white 4x4 and needed repair. The floor tiles also had some wear and chips so we decided to gut the entire bathroom except the tub.

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The tub itself had no chips but looked stained all the time which a good cleaning with Duz soft cleanser brought it back to excellent condition. The untiled walls were skim coated and painted a glossy bright white to match the tub.

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We chose Keope textured porcelain tiles in color Tivoli which is an almond color that had color variations of beige and pink for the floor and tub walls. The floor tiles were 16x16 and were laid out straight. The matching wall tiles were placed in a diamond formation which required more cutting, but we thought it would better this way on the walls.

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The grout also matched the tiles to give a clean stone look to the entirety of the bathroom When we ripped out the pedestal sink, we were going to replace it with a similar looking pedestal sink. I then, remembered how much trouble it was to clean the floor around the base of the sink. I like to keep the bathroom clean and this means sudsing up the floors and mopping it till dry.

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This is when we decided to try a sink and fixture that were wall mounted in a floating position. The vessel bowl and base were purchased at a Home Expo that was closing its store and the discounted price ended up as $170. We chose a vessel bowl that was frosted on the outside to avoid water spots and to keep it clean looking, a striped design called Beehive.

We installed green tinted glass shelving to match the sink since it was the most colorful part of the bathroom. Since the sink was so cheap we splurged on the Kohler K-T196 Falling Water faucet trim because of the single handle control that we found nifty. The toilet is also Kohler K-3422-U Wellworth elongated and is surprisingly affordable, which is why you will see it in most restaurant bathrooms. It has a very recognizable flusher that looks like a star trek gun.

Since this bathroom does not have a window or a fan, we were always replacing the shower curtain when there was mildew. We started this project thinking that a glass sliding door would be a great finishing touch. At the end of the project, a shower door just didn't seem right.

We finally decided on a glass splash guard that was half the price of a shower door and it completed the look of the bathroom. The installation required no drilling of the original tub but only onto the tile wall and then siliconed all around. The tub area airs out quickly so there is less mildew buildup and crevices to clean.

Overall cost approximately $8000

The Chang Family

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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