Hey y’all! As you know, I have been renovating my bathroom super slowly. The initial plans/ideas were posted a couple months ago (check those out here!) but I’ve been working on this bathroom longer than I care to admit. This is my first time undertaking a project like this and I’m a teacher with limited time and budget. Also, to be perfectly honest, parts of this project really sucked, so I lost motivation at times… but now I’m finally starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel!
Just to refresh your memory… This was the bathroom I started with in all it’s 1984 glory.
If you want to read about the full vision, definitely check out this post where I wrote all about it, but for now I’ll just leave you with my vision board so you can see the colors and general idea..
The first thing that I needed to do was take out that tan tile that was installed so poorly the first time. In the vanity room it was easy to get the tile out, but for the weirdest reason ever… It wasn’t actually attached to the floor. See, the two rooms looked like they were on the same level, but the vanity room is actually and inch lower than the tub room, so the previous owners just stacked up some cement board and put the tile down on top of that. Weird, but it made my life easier because the whole floor lifted off in one clean sheet.
The other room was not so easy. Bring on the jackhammer!
I put that picture on Facebook with the caption “pray for me” and my dad called me immediately out of concern for my safety and decision-making skills. The jackhammer made me feel like a beast in the absolute best way possible. Destroying stuff is fun!
To replace that boring old stuff, I went with this beautiful tile from Home Depot.
My friend Ken came over with a wet saw and showed me how to operate it and map out where I wanted the tile on the floor. Using all these power tools made me feel, as my dad says, like I could take on a medium-sized bear.
Since now one room was an inch lower than the other, I used a strip of this cute white/grey/silver tile as an accent for the step up. I think it looks really unique!
Once the tile was down I could really start to see my future bathroom! Still have a long way to go, though…
Next on the list was taking down that wallpaper, but I discovered 2 things when I did:
- The walls underneath it in the vanity room were red. Which would be all fine and good if I didn’t plan on painting my bathroom white. Without loads of paint, this room will always look a little pink, so when I bought the primer I had Home Depot tint it grey to neutralize the red.
- The previous owner of my lovely little townhouse put the wallpaper in the tub room directly onto sheet rock without priming it first. Now, if you don’t understand the problem, let me explain… It won’t come off. Like ever. All those tricks they show you on Pinterest are BS if you’ve got nothing but sheet rock underneath. What do you do if you can’t get the paper off the walls? You put up new walls.
Yep… 1/4 inch drywall all around the whole room. That’s one way to get rid of your wallpaper!
Now, the problem with putting up new drywall is you have to mud it. And sand it. And mud it again. And sand it again. And mud it again. And… you get it.
So this is about when I lost my motivation. My bathroom looked like this for longer than I care to admit. I was so sure I was doing something wrong and no number of YouTube videos made it any easier. Ken came to save the day as he often does when I have a “I am woman, hear me roar” moment followed by a “I have no idea what I’m doing” moment.
It turns out everyone hates mudding and sanding drywall and I really didn’t do it wrong… I guess I just lost patience. But finally that step is over and done with and I’m not sure I could ever be convinced to do it again.
So here we are now. This is when most bloggers would show you beautiful pictures of spotless, mostly finished product…. That ain’t reality. The reality is this: It’s a construction site! Excuse my progress…
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- Paint the walls (and ceiling) white
- Put up the trim (I’m going with 4 inch, clean and simple, white trim)
- Replace the outlets (they need to be white and the ones with new drywall around them have to be moved out a quarter inch)
- Frame in the mirror (I’m using this self-adhesive metal tile from Aspect that I’m so excited about)
- Install a concrete overlay on the countertops (What the heck? No, seriously- It’s going to be beautiful. Read about this process here)
- Paint the cabinets white
There will be lots of little details to do after that, but I’ll probably do yet another update post before my final reveal. Stay tuned!
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