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Guest Bath #2 Remodel

We are now officially finished [remodeling] the entire second floor of our house! This includes 3 bedrooms, the theater/media room, pool table room, and 2 guest bathrooms. FINALLY! Now if we could just stumble on a nice pile of money to start and finish our master, we would be set! The layout of this bathroom is as follows (not to scale AT ALL):

You can thank Homestyler for that! I now know what I will be using to design my sweet pool and backyard!!!! Anyway, enough of being excited about this AWESOME new design tool I googled-upon!

The bathroom is accessible from 2 of the 3 bedrooms upstairs. However, it only has one sink that is 55″ long. We debated changing it to a double bowl vanity, but it would be fairly difficult and not really worth the hassle.

Moving on to the before bathroom shots (I couldn’t even get a picture before Aaron already started demo and the mirror was gone.

guest bath before and after, guest bath linoleum

guest bath wallpaper

Yes, we had that wallpaper in the bathroom before. And the shower tile is UGLY but, we figured we would work with it since it looks like this bathtub was never ever used. So our plan was to do a marble/grey theme in this bathroom. In short – WE NAILED IT! This is my favorite bathroom. I can’t wait to re-do our master in hopes that it turns out as awesome as this one.

the vanity

First thing we did was demo everything. We carefully removed the counter top and donated to Habitat for Humanity Re-store. The linoleum was super easy to remove (still baffled by the fact that this house had linoleum but I guess we should be grateful since it is insanely easy to remove). Next up was painting the vanity. We chose the color Black Fox by Sherwin Williams. It blends perfectly with the tile. I was shooting for a black/grey with a nice brown tint. It didn’t really turn out the way I had planned. Instead, I think I like it more than if it had turned out how I originally intended. We also added some in-stock and inexpensive cabinet hardware from Lowe’s.

www.sherwin-williams.com

diy painted bathroom vanity

lighting changes

We decided to change the lighting in the room from a single bar light above the mirror to two sconce lights on each side of the mirror and also added a can light. Since this bathroom is on the second floor, it was easy (but very HOT) to access the ceiling through the attic. Adding the can light made it a lot brighter in the bathroom and was definitely a much needed improvement. For the sconce lights, we chose Hampton Bay’s Sadie Wall Sconce (on sale at our Home Depot for $19.99 when we bought them). In the shower and toilet part of the bathroom, we updated the light from a $5 acorn shaped light to a nice looking pendant light. The light has grey and white swirls and really looks great.

hampton bay sadie 1-light wall sconce

Here is what your wall looks like during this type of construction:


the mirror

The mirror that was in this bathroom before took up the entire wall above the vanity and can’t be reused in this space because of the lighting changes. We re-purposed the mirror from our other guest bath remodel since it is a lot smaller. We re-purposed the mirror from this bathroom and turned it into a main accent piece for our living room. I discussed that mirror transformation here. We used mirror mastic to hang the mirror and some mirror hanging clips to keep it in place until the mastic dried. Next, we decided to trim out the mirror and paint the trim the same color as the painted vanity. Here is a picture of the frame “dry fitting.”

tile

First of all, real marble is EXPENSIVE so we cheated and used some ceramic tile that somewhat resembled marble. We bought some mosaic marble tile and marble tile borders for accents. Below is a progress picture of our accent sections when we installed them. We couldn’t tile the rest of the wall until the counter arrived, so it was a good idea to get this out of the way. We used finishing nails to hold the tile in place until it the mortar was set.

The tile in the rest of the bathroom (on the floor and surrounding the sink and marble accents) is a ceramic tile that was brick shaped. The dimensions of each tile are something like 14″ x 8″. We staggered the tile to give it that brick look. As mentioned earlier, the white tile in the shower stayed put (for now) and it really blend well with everything. Here is an after picture of the floor:

brick pattern tile

vanity top

There is an excellent granite place that I found that isn’t too far away from our house. I called and the guy said they had a piece of marble and that he would do a 55″ vanity with a vessel bowl cut out (read about our vessel bowl drama here) for $450 (and deliver it for that price!). This was a steal compared to everywhere else we looked/called. Most granite places required that we buy the ENTIRE slab of marble/granite and Lowe’s cheapest vanity top that was a comparable color was in the $900 range.

By this point, we were into this grey marble stuff waaaaay too deep to not get the vanity top that was just perfect. Aaron and I both had a vision of what we wanted and we lucked out with this counter top guy because he had a perfect piece! And he didn’t care that we wanted to install it ourselves to save some $$$. We will definitely be returning to him for the master bathroom remodel! Anyway, the vanity top took about 10 days and it was delivered. It is more than perfect. I am so in love with that large veined marble!!!!!!!!

finally… the finished bathroom!

There are a couple of additional items that were purchased/added that weren’t mentioned above. We bought a new toilet for this bathroom after failed attempts to clean the old one. The house sat for 12-18 months before we bought it and as a result, all of the toilets have had rings in them where the water sat (ew). Also, we purchased a curved shower curtain rod and an extra long (84″) shower curtain. Advice: if you are going to have an extra long shower curtain, buy the curtain and plan the bathroom around it. It is almost impossible to find the shower curtain you like in extra long. We almost sewed our own- that is how much trouble we had finding one. Instead, we bought a plain white waffle weave shower curtain from Bed Bath & Beyond that you can find here.

And that’s it for this bathroom… I LOVE IT! I already warned Aaron that if the master bathroom remodel doesn’t impress me more than this bathroom, I will be moving upstairs and taking over this bathroom. haha!

Half Bath Remodel and a big “Whoopsie”

A third bathroom in our house is now complete! I got a wild hair and wanted to re-do this bathroom a couple of weekends ago. I was pretty proud of myself for removing the toilet and vanity all by myself. I even had to take the door off the hinges in order to fit the vanity through it. But Aaron was busy on the car and I handled it all!

This is the primary bathroom that everyone uses when they visit and it is downright embarrassing. Or, at least it was. Lucky for us that the previous owners upgraded to this lovely granite vanity. I know that they upgraded because I could see the outline of where the old pedestal sink used to be after I had removed the current sink for painting. The “new” vanity is the only thing, and I mean only thing this bathroom had going for it.

My sincere apologies for the horrendous picture quality. That will soon change because I am getting a new camera for my birthday (YAY!). Anyway, the wallpaper border at the top of the room was added prior to the hunter green paint. I discovered this when removed the wallpaper using warm water and a scraper:

It took me 4-5 hours just to prep for painting. The wax ring on the toilet was bad, so the area around the toilet was nasty (thankfully we are on a slab foundation, so no harm done by the bad wax ring). I also scrubbed the trim, especially where it meets the walls so that paint could better adhere to it. Next, I removed the exhaust fan cover and the vent and scrubbed both of those (yuck). I also removed the light fixture and wired a temp light. Finally I was ready to paint the ceiling.

I have had a vision of what I wanted the bathroom to look like: I wanted chunky, horizontal stripes. Mission Accomplished yet again. I used this bathroom to write some helpful painting tips and tricks that I have learned along the way. Here’s the finished bathroom:

Not including the whoopsie moment, this bathroom cost around $250 to makeover. Here is the breakdown:

  • New chair height toilet $100
  • Paint $50 for the two colors
  • Ceiling and trim paint – already owned
  • Light fixture $5 from Lowe’s sale section – spray painted oil rubbed bronze
  • Mirror – free hand-me-down from Aaron’s parents (also spray painted oil rubbed bronze)
  • Glass light shades for light fixture $42 (3 at$14 each)
  • Towel bar and glass shelf – already owned
  • Faucet – to be replaced at a later date for under $50 (thanks EBAY!), or maybe spray painted for less… jury is still out on this one.
  • TOTAL COST = $250

NOT.TO.SHABBY. Here are the faucet options that we have picked out, but haven’t purchased yet:

  And now for the big WHOOPSIE moment that sounded more like “SH#()$)ale*&^(#!@” when it happened…

I had finished painting everything except for the trim, peeled all of the tape off from the stripes, admired my perfect paint lines, and got ready to install the bathroom accessories when something horrible happened. While trying to install a towel bar, we punctured a 3/4″ copper water line. GREAT. On Labor Day. EVEN BETTER! (On a side note, we have excellent water pressure)

After 4 hours, lots (I mean LOTS) of swearing, 2 Home Depot trips, and me on fire watch, Aaron was finally able to fix it and my wall looked like this:

The reason for the second hole higher up on the wall is that the solder didn’t take on the first attempt and the water had so much pressure that it looked like it could be leaking higher up in the wall. We didn’t want to take any chances because it was feasible that we had created a leak somewhere else after all the stress we put on the pipe trying to cut out the screwed (haha) section.

Needless to say, I was very depressed and disappointed. And I despise drywall, so that just made the sinking feeling even worse. Oh well, I sucked it up and patched and re-painted the wall. This project took about 6 days total from start to finish (although, 4 days were spent waiting for the coats of drywall compound to dry). And lets just say lesson learned… on the master bathroom, we will determine where the towel bars go before paint/tiling the walls.

Spare Bathroom Construction

Here is one of the spare bathrooms that is upstairs. Here are the before pictures:

Isn’t that linoleum floor NIIIIIICCEEEEE???? No way! And that carpet is just plain ugly.

 

The previous owners just loved wallpaper. They really loved it in bathrooms. And this is what happens when Aaron gets ahold of a hammer:

 

More pictures to come when we actually get around to reconstructing the bathroom.

Spare Bedroom Progress

 We started and finished painting our main spare bedroom this weekend. It looks amazing! We chose the paint color “Manor House” by Sherwin Williams. The room turned out even better than planned. We already had the maroon/red curtains from our old house but we didn’t plan the room they were in before. This time, I think we got it right! The room isn’t finished yet, but here are some before and after pictures of the painting progress.

           

First of all, I hate wallpaper. Did I mention… I HATE WALLPAPER! I don’t think wallpaper is a good idea. Especially in a bathroom. But more to come on that one later. My reasons for hating wallpaper: (1) it dates, quickly (2) it is a pain to install and even worse to remove (3) it is usually ugly. Now, this isn’t to say I haven’t seen some wallpaper that actually looks good, I just haven’t seen any I want in my house. Moving on….

And here is the after. Please excuse the multiple leaning sago palm plants. We had a recent weather incident and had to bring in the plants. And we had to hide them in a closed area because kitties like to dig. weirdos.

ANYWAY, after:

 

 I know it isn’t finished yet. And it’s pretty messy in there. Aaron said I needed to wait until the room was finished, as in finished finished. But I like to share, so I posted it anyway. Here is the plan for the room, just so it makes sense what we are planning. The picture quality is kinda crappy, and some peeps have told me that my color choices are bold (which means bad). So before you get nervous, check out our plan for the finished product:

The paint is Sherwin-Williams. Curtains are from Bed, Bath and Beyond. The bedding is from Macy’s and waaay out of our price range. The dresser and matching night stand are from Ashley Furniture. We plan on making our own head board and I am not going to lie, I am pretty excited about it. So, there you go… our first spare bedroom partial reveal!

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