Ms. Wittig's Master Bath Makeover

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The Wittig Project

The cabinets are painted alder with a glaze stain and 2 coats of poly.

When we reframed for the recessed medicine cabinets we found a wood pecker’s nest in the wall!

It completely changed the room when we removed the existing closet and the 36” shower partition wall.


We opened up the floor under the old shower and discovered that the 16 ft. 2×10 ceiling joist had been cut in half to make room for the plumbing.

Mrs. Wittig was a sweet lady that reminded me of my grandmother. She trusted me like family and I made sure everything was just right. I had to shave more often because she kept kissing my cheek.

Her kitchen was all white. The Formica counters were white, the appliances, sink and fixtures were white, the cabinets, tile, walls, windows and trim were white. Needless to say, the lady liked white.

The tile in the entrance way of the large red brick colonial mansion was 3ft x 3ft. white marble with small 2×2” black onyx squares in the corners, laid on the diagonal. Very nice.

But, she then she said she also wanted to make the new master bathroom ALL WHITE with BLACK SQUARES!

My regular tile salesman and I showed her some white tiles at the show room and managed to get her look at some other selections.

Always good to have a professional second opinion. Natural tumbled marble was still in style at this time.

btw – I don’t mark up my tile materials and pass on my discounted cost. I work with an allowance and will show my receipts. I know it’s different but it’s a Huge selling point… takes the pressure off too.
The clients love it and call me back.

I know this bathroom looks tannish. It might be the camera. Anyway, she loves it, I like it too.

It’s a lot better than all white.

10 comments so far

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#1 posted 03-04-2011 04:00 AM

very nice I am thinking of doing the same thing in my baths, maybe some day.

thanks for the pics

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#2 posted 03-04-2011 04:17 AM

You really do some awesome work! I wish you had done mine!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#3 posted 03-04-2011 04:20 AM

Nice job on the bathroom.

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#4 posted 03-04-2011 04:45 AM

That is some incredible before and after!
I share your opinion on debt, it’s destructive!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#5 posted 03-04-2011 05:35 AM


Another sensational makeover! We could use all those mirrors to make our house look bigger, but at our age we’d rather not have to look at wrinkles that often!

Zero debt is the only way to really live and get ahead, but if you listen to our leaders they think we can spend, spend, spend, charge, charge, charge, our way into prosperity!

Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 03-04-2011 06:03 AM

Great Lookin Bath Room

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#7 posted 03-04-2011 12:37 PM

Well done really opened up became more comfy loooking. I agree on 0 debt other than house payment and only 1 car payment all other balances are zero! Although I do get alot of points on my Vrigin Atlantic Amex card with all the tools I buy! LOL Blondie likes it because we get free trips to England.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 03-04-2011 12:43 PM

wow…great transformation of the room…looks great

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#9 posted 03-04-2011 08:16 PM

Beautiful bathroom, you would never know it was the same room as the before pictures.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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