Wednesday, December 9, 2015


It took 7 months. SEVEN months to renovate our upstairs bathroom! No one should ever hire us to do any type of renovations in their house because it will probably feel like watching paint dry. But I don't care. We have a NEW bathroom and I am singing "hallelujahs" every time I step into this gorgeous new room. 

It was the one room I wanted renovated when we moved into our charming fixer upper. I cringed every time I saw those red laminate countertops and the dingy old bathtub/shower combo. I still cringe just thinking about it! You might recall my joy at destroying this room back in May with a sledge hammer and crow bar - pure bliss! 

I look back on these last 7 months and I think about all the steps it took to get to this reveal - it was quite the process.   
  1. DEMO - fill our 4th dumpster and chuck that tub out the window
  2. BEAMS - reinforce the old beams with new
  3. PLUMBING - re-do all the plumbing, including a new waste pipe 
  5. NEW WINDOW - replace the old window with a new, smaller transom window 
  7. SHEETROCK all the walls & ceiling
  8. SUB FLOOR & TILE - install new layers of plywood flooring & tile floor with grout
  9. SHOWER TILE - pick out the tile, put the tile with the cement board & grout
  11. BATH TUB - order online, install plumbing, hook up
  12. HEATERS - install new baseboard heaters
  13. PAINT - prime & paint (x2 because I changed my mind on color)
  14. INSTALL POCKET DOOR - this included putting in the framing
  15. SHOWER MIXER & FAUCET install
  16. SHOWER GLASS DOORS - order online and install
  17. INSTALL OLD TOILET - we splurged and got a new toilet seat!
  18. VANITY - design, build & install with new sink & faucet
  19. TRIM - baseboard trim, window trim, shelves, and door trim
  20. MISC - order and install hooks, toilet paper holder, towel bar

There you have it - just 20 easy steps to this bathroom reno....did I lose anyone?? I know, there are always a surprising amount of steps and things that go into a reno. We have now gutted and rebuilt 6 rooms in our house and each time it is surprising to realize just how much time and energy it takes. My favorite is when the UPS guy pulls up and says, "You know you guys could have built a new house by now, right?!" Yeah. Thanks. Noted. Next time (if there is one!) we will be sure to build in the charm to the new. You don't have to tell me twice;) 

It's all been worth the effort though, in fact, sometimes when it takes longer than expected the results are all the more sweet. And that is certainly the case here. 

Check out these before & afters...

It's hard to believe that this is even the same space. We completely transformed the space and used every inch possible. I think our friends had their doubts that we could actually fit a shower, tub, vanity AND toilet in this small space without feeling like there were millimeters of space between each. Somehow we made the space work. I credit both my husband and the pocket door! It's hard to believe how much space a door takes up until you tuck it much space was opened up! 

This floor tile was not exactly what I had envisioned, but when we got to the Tile Shop, Andrew picked it out. I had wanted a white hexagon style, but I figured I'd entertain his idea. I didn't want to admit it at first, but when we compared the two, I also loved the grey stone look. It also has an awesome texture! It was not super easy to install because of the pattern, but well worth the effort. 

With winter upon us, this bathroom is gonna be my saving grace. You will find me with a book and some bubbles in this claw foot tub for the next few months! 


Wall Color: Sherwin Williams "Silverpointe"
Floor Tile | The Tile Shop
Claw Foot Tub & Hardware | VintageTub
Shower Base | Kohler
 Shower Glass Doors | Original Frameless Shower Doors
Shower Tile | Lowes
Sink | Kohler
Monogrammed Towels | Ralph Lauren
Mirror | Brimfield
Hooks | Moen

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