This bathroom renovation has just about bested me. We’ve been working on it since…oh…January. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably remembered when I entered my half bathroom in a DIY Disaster contest by True Value. Well, your votes made me the winner. Here’s what the bathroom looked like when I submitted it for the contest.
(Before pictures always look worse when a toddler’s pajama shirt is strewn on the floor.) This post might refresh your memory about the window to nowhere, the ballet bar, the pink plastic tile, the faucet that was installed incorrectly, the sink that was falling off the wall, the sticky black tiles… Is this ringing a bell?
There are dozens of reasons why it’s taken us so long to get this done. We had to wait for the tile, then wait for it to be installed, then wait for the plumbing to be rerouted, then wait for the electrical to be moved…lots of waiting. The hex tile was mis-matched, so we had to send some back and reorder more. The faucet didn’t fit the sink, so we had to send it back and get another one. The toilet didn’t come with a seat, so we had to go buy one. The main reason, though, is that we have two other functioning toilets in the house, so it just wasn’t a priority. My mom flew up for a few days and that was the perfect time to throw things in gear and make some major progress. Here’s how it looks today…
I say with great pride that I hung almost all of the bead board and trim by myself. I made templates for the tricky spots. I used “big boy tools”, as I call them…like a chop saw, a circular saw, and a DeWalt finish nailer. I was really impressed with myself and those days of building sets for musicals in high school and college really paid off. I am known as “the caulk queen” in my house, so I also did the caulking and, of course, the painting. I used Benjamin Moore’s Satin White Impervo (the waterborne version) on the trim and BM’s Grey Owl in Satin for the walls and ceiling.
The tile and chandelier are the only things not purchased from True Value. I really, really, REALLY wanted hex tile, but it was going to cost about $1400 to have it special ordered through True Value, so I ordered it on Amazon for about $300. I love that tile. That tile was worth all of the waiting and headaches. I want it in every bathroom in my house. I want to take a nap on it when the bathroom is finally finished…well, maybe not, but I really love it and may kiss good bye it if ever we sell this house.
You may remember I had a very glamorous chandelier that was dripping with crystals. It was lovely. The problem was that it only had one, small 40 watt bulb and that was not enought to light a space with no windows or natural light sources anywhere close to it. I swapped it out for this simple chandelier from Lowe’s. I just about had to cry to get them to sell me the floor model, but they did and I went home a happy girl with a chandelier in hand. It was very basic, though, so I made pleated ribbon trim out of a charcoal grosgrain ribbon and hot glued it to the top and bottom of each shade. This was just enough to make it cute and put my stamp on it.
(I know it’s a little crooked. Relax. I have learned that machines make perfect things and I do not and I’m OK with that.)
I also hung some vintage locker baskets to put toilet paper and hand towels in.
It’s coming along and I love just walking down the hall to look at it.
Another project in the works is our office built-ins. These were supposed to be finished before our second child was born and he’s now three. Well, that’s how life goes, right? We’re getting it done now and it’s looking fabulous. Well, it’s a mess, but in my head it looks fabulous.
Jackie from Fat Jak Originals wins the Dear Lillie Silent Night/Holy Night pillow cases.
Tara (blondeinsc) wins the Wuslu pie safe.
Jenn from The Handmade Homebody wins the Wuslu tool tote.
As a chosen member of the True Value DIY Blog Squad, I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about the experience. I have also been compensated for the materials used in this DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.