Monday, August 22, 2011

Our Newly Renovated Bathroom

I wanted to post this earlier, but we had five showings and an open house since Friday and I literally was running around like a crazy woman.  Of course, wouldn't you know, I can't find our before pictures!  But, our upstairs bathroom was rough - really rough.  The kind that hasn't been updated since the 1940's (when the house was built).  I did manage to find some pictures mid renovation.


We had a sink that just jutted out from the wall like the ones you see in a jail cell.  No joke.  We had a gross medicine cabinet with two ugly sconces.  We removed them and took them immediately to the dump.  We had an awful ceiling with a huge crack and peeling paint.  My husband tore out the existing ceiling and installed a vapor barrier followed by beadboard, made by Nantucket Beadboard.  We used their MRI product, which is a premium grade moisture resistant fiberboard.  We primed and painted it with mold/mildew resistant semi-gloss paint (even along the edges, after they were cut to size).  Here it is, partially installed.



The floors were covered with individual square vinyl tiles - how lovely.  And the plywood around the toilet was delaminating (breaking apart) after 60+ years of condensation around the toilet.


My husband did all the flooring.  He tore out the baseboards, the laminate tiles and cut out the plywood subfloor.  He installed a new cement board sub-floor.  I chose the tile and decided on the Daltile's porcelain hexagon tiles 2"matte white which came in square mesh sheets making it a tad easier to install.  We grouted in delorean gray.  Here's the floor post-tile but pre-grout.


We kept our existing tub and just had it resurfaced which ended up saving us a good deal of money.  Our shower/tub walls had been one of those cheap plastic inserts (ack!).  He tore that out, as well as the drywall behind it.  Up went more cement board, which provided the foundation for our tiled shower walls.  


And, now the afters!


The walls are painted SW Nonchalant White which is a subtle green.  We purchased the Del Mar 36 inch wide vanity cabinet which ended up being a perfect fit for this very narrow bathroom.  It is only 12.5 inches deep.  I love the toilet - it's a kohler.  


I can't remember where I bought the sconces, but I purchased the mirror from Lowes.  It was hard to find a narrow mirror and this one came with oil rubbed bronzed brackets which I spray painted chrome.  


My DIY greek roman shade which I love.  


Here is the beautiful subway tile.  I love how clean and bright it looks.  I bought a tension rod from Target because we didn't want risk drilling into the tile right before we put the house on the market.  It has held up pretty well and I don't think you can immediately tell that it is a tension rod. 

It was hard to capture a full on picture because our bathroom is so small and narrow, but I hope you got the jist of it.  I am very happy how everything turned out given our resources.  What do you think?


15 comments:

  1. Perfection! I love it all Fran. Now if you could only take this bathroom with you to Austria.

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  2. WOW....that turned out great! So clean and fresh.

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  3. You guys did an amazing job... what a great team you are! I love everything about this bathroom!
    -ME

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  4. Very pretty!!! I love the subway tile, roman shade and monogrammed towels!!

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  5. Love it all! You guys did a great job. The Roman blind is my fave:)

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  6. Oh! I love the beadboard! My husband and I have been thinking of doing the same in our house.

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  7. Looks like that was quite the project! It looks beautiful - very calming!

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  8. The beadboard ceiling totally makes the room. Well, so does that awesome window shade, and the new tile, and those pretty little towels, and...

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  9. I'm dizzy with the amount of work that went into your space, Fran, but oh, was it ever worth it. My favorite is the beadboard ceiling. Or maybe the floor tile you picked out. Oh, wait, no! The roman shade you made. Yes, that is my favorite.
    Camille

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  10. I'm just catching up on posts and can't say enthusiastically enough how pretty the bathroom is now, Fran.

    I don't want to sound like HGTV or something, but I will anyway: "bathrooms and kitchens sell houses" and based on these improvements, you will be selling quickly, I bet! Fantastic work!

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  11. Fran, it looks absolutely awesome. I can't believe all the hard work you did, but it clearly has totally paid off. Bravo! Wish you could stay and enjoy this pretty room a little longer!

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  12. Your bathroom is beautiful! I was wondering what company refinished your tub? We live in a larger metro area, but I am having trouble finding a business that does that. Thanks!

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