Of course we wanted to keep the wall color gray, since we'd just painted it (and love the color). While our cabinets were covered by insurance, the countertop was not, since it wasn't damaged. They allowed money for it to be detached and reset onto the new cabinets; we ended up deciding to upgrade to granite (and I can't believe I'm getting granite in my bathroom before my kitchen, but this is how things work out sometimes). Here's the granite we chose:
It's called New Caledonia and has flecks of gray, black, taupe and silver.
Because we like how light and bright the bathroom is (and really, the entire house), we didn't want dark wood for the cabinets, which seems to be the style right now. We ended up going with pretty much what we had in the first place, only the new cabinets will be white painted wood (done by a professional painter) instead of the melamine that is in there now (the melamine has started peeling off of the wood since the flood - the combination of moisture and the hot fans that dried out the room pretty much wrecked them).
I had a hard time reconciling the cost of the faucets - we have two sinks, plus a roman tub, and the shower on/off valve. Jeff and I picked our favorite, and then I went to the plumbing store and worked on pricing - we got a nice contractor's discount, but it was still expensive. I looked at a different brand and got it priced out - it didn't feel as solid and didn't look as nice as the top contender. In the end it was only (ONLY, hah!) a $200 difference, so we went for it. I figure, after living with faucets we didn't like for all these years, it was time to get something we really loved:
Delta Dryden - and I'm super happy to also finally get a single-handle faucet...no more turning on one side, then the other, then adjusting to get the optimal temperature so my teeth don't feel like they're cracking from too-cold water when I brush them (yes, it's the little things, but they're daily little things).
Choosing the tile for the floor was pretty simple - my criteria was something that would hide dirt. And dog hair. And, let's be honest, my hair...I swear I can vacuum and the very next day it looks like I haven't cleaned in a year! We're paying extra for an anti-fracture membrane to go under the tile and hopefully prevent the cracking problem like before. This is a porcelain tile - the sample is big, but we're going with a smaller 13x13 size:
I'm surprised this shot came out clear, because when I turned the camera on, Paco came running over, stepped on the tile, and it slid a bit, which scared him! Silly dog. You can sort-of see one of the cracks in the current floor to the left of the sample.
The carpet was the hardest to choose, which surprised me. I mean, there's a gazillion different kinds of carpet out there - how hard could it be? As it turns out, fairly difficult. We didn't want something too brown/beige since we have gray in the bedroom, and we also wanted something that would help camouflage white dog fur. I really like frieze carpet, which has short, twisted fibers that hides dirt, traffic areas, stains...you name it. We narrowed it down to five and brought samples home. Ended up choosing this:
The best part? I mean along with it being brand new carpet, is that is cleans up with water. All stains. I was either making my carpet guy laugh, or grossing him out, by quizzing him: "Even coffee? Even dog vomit? Even cat hork?" - but he swears it all will come clean with water, and there's a good warranty to go along with it.
Because my office is right next to the bedroom, we're replacing the carpet in there, too...on our dime, but since you can see both rooms from the entry/dining area, we thought it would look weird to have one different from the other.
We are also replacing our shower stall enclosure - the frame was getting pretty grody on the outside. Our contractor said it's normal, after about 10 years, but it does seem odd that the outside looks worse than the inside. Who knows, maybe he was just trying to make us feel better, haha. We're switching it from a shiny chrome finish to a brushed nickel, and getting new glass, too. This is on our dime as well, but it was one of those "as long as we're doing this" decisions.
Along with having the walls repaired in the toilet room, they'll be retextured and repainted. The texturing will be nice since we weren't super-thrilled with how it came out when we did it after we removed the wallpaper. And as long as the painter will be here, we're going to have him repaint the interiors of our closets, which feels like a real treat since we are always too cheap to pay for a painter, and usually just do it ourselves. Yes, we're paying for part of this, but we never would have had a painter come in, otherwise, so might as well take advantage of our one-time deal, right?
Oh and as I'm writing this, I've realized that we should change out our doorknobs...they are shiny brass, which really clashes with the gray. Shoot, better get to pricing that as well! As you can see, one thing keeps leading to another.
So. This has nothing to do with weight loss/maintenance, except that it shows a parallel: I unknowingly began the "as long as I'm doing THIS (dieting), I might as well start doing THAT (exercising)" which started me on a healthy path that has continued to this day.