It's hard to believe that our DIY master bathroom is now two years old. I count the day that I posted pictures of our bathroom reveal as the official start of this blog, so today marks two years of Golden Boys & Me as well. Phew, that went fast!
The small white tile floor has been easy to keep clean. I think the best thing we did was choose a medium gray grout (delorean gray is the color) because the grout hasn't stained at all. Because it is ceramic tile, we can use any cleaner without worrying about damaging the floor.
I still love the style of the vanity. Keeping the front of the bright white vanity clean is something I need to keep up with daily. The fronts of the drawers (where I keep my makeup) need frequent wipe downs. It is a bit of a pain, but it is worth it for the crisp and clean feel it gives the bathroom. Definitely something to keep in mind if you are considering white cabinetry. I replaced the white baskets that we originally had on the lower shelf with the mint green ones (from HomeGoods) to add some color, and because the white ones were hard to keep clean. I keep all of our bathroom toiletries and my hair things (blow dryer, brushes, etc) in these baskets so they are constantly in use. These are much more forgiving. I still think this vanity was a great find and I would still recommend it after 2 years of daily use. Unfortunately, the mirrors never became available again at Lowes. They are available at Bed, Bath & Beyond for about 3 times more than we paid for them at Lowes. In my opinion, they are even worth the more expensive price as I think they are such a key element in the bathroom.
I still enjoy keeping fresh flowers in here and buy them weekly at Trader Joe's. Fresh flowers in the bathroom are just one of those simple pleasures that make the day better. As for the carrara marble countertop, I still love the way it looks. As you can see in the picture above, I keep most things on the counter on trays, including the soap dispenser. Those Target soap dispensers look so pretty, but they always drip soap onto the counter so I put a matching soap dish under the dispenser to catch any leaking soap. Fortunately, the hand soap doesn't stain the marble. Although we haven't had too much trouble with staining, anything that is left on the counter surface will leave a mark that usually can be removed after wiping it down and letting it dry. But I have panicked several times. Once, some pollen that fell from a lily appeared to have stained the marble, but we were able to get it off. I will say that marble definitely requires much more care than any surface we have ever had in our home and I do still worry about it. We do have one permanent stain in front of one of the sinks. It is small (about the size of a pencil eraser) and only noticeable up close. I darkened the exposure of the picture below so you could see it better.
I have no idea what caused it and have not been successful in removing it. I knew going into it that marble could stain. Even knowing that, I would still choose it again. I am just trying to keep this update as real as possible :) And I am so glad I chose not to put marble on the floor! We use a mild dish soap and water to clean our marble counter.
The vinyl bead board on the ceiling and below the chair rail are awesome. So easy to keep clean! The tub is also holding up so well. I take a bath almost every evening so we have definitely gotten our money's worth on that tub. I love the built in shelves for storing our bathroom supplies. Since the remodel, I have replaced all the white towels with new towels from Target. Our favorite towels only cost $4 there so when the original towels started looking a bit off white despite lots of bleach, we replaced them.
I took the picture above through the shower glass. We still squeegee after every shower and that has made all the difference in keeping the shower clean.
The white subway tile is easy to keep looking good. Our shower faucet continues to shine and work great. We have very hard water so we have needed to occasionally clean the shower head. Our favorite cleaner for the faucets and tub is Bar Keeper's Friend. We originally purchased it for our kitchen farm sink, but it is fabulous as a bathroom cleaner.
So that is my honest review two years later :) Most importantly, I want thank all of you that have followed along on our journey. I am so glad that I found the courage to share pictures of our DIY bathroom on my little online journal of a blog. The support and friendship that this blog has brought into my life has been amazing. Thank you, friends!!