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I have a new bathroom, y’all!

Soooooooo, you may recall we’ve been working on a full bathroom remodel (like, the down to the studs, I could see the dirt under the house, city permit kind) and it’s ALMOST DONE. We’re being kinda lazy/slow about it right now, since we’re able to use it and it’s lovely and glorious in there, but will wrap it up fully soon.

So, here’s the list from a while back with lots of new lines crossing things off.

Master Bathroom To Do List:

  • Obtain permit from city.
  • Demolish everything!
  • Install all new plumbing/fixtures. 
  • Update electrical & add outlets/lights.
  • Install sheetrock & paint.
  • Build new shower.
  • Tile shower, walls and floor.
  • Replace door, including new hinges and knob. (Need to install knob!)
  • Install new window. 
  • Install vanity with sink & cabinet. 
  • Hang mirror.
  • Install toilet paper holder. 
  • Hang hooks.
  • Pass all city inspections. (One more to go!)
  • Add finishing touches!

As you can see, we’ve mostly cleared the original list. So, what’s left?

  • Touch up the wall paint.
  • Install baseboards and paint.
  • Paint door and window trim.
  • Install the door knob.
  • Add some art or something to the walls.
  • Hang a window treatment of some sort for privacy.
  • Decide on a shower door and order/install. (Using a curtain for now!)
  • Pass the final city inspection.

I’ll probably also pick out a small plant for the countertop and buy some new towels. 😀

So, now that I’ve recapped what we’ve done so far and what still needs to happen, let’s check out a quick reminder of what the bathroom used to look like:

OMG MY EYES. It was so small, and smelly, and leaky, and we never used it. And when I say “small” I feel like you’re not imagining how small. The photo on the left is the ENTIRE BATHROOM (the toilet is right behind that door) and I took the photo on the right while sitting on the counter because that was the only way to get the toilet and shower sort of in the photo because they were so close.

Now that we’ve given up two small closets to make the new shower and left the original square footage for only the vanity and toilet, it feels so spacious in there! And the shower is fantastic!

I mean, look at this:

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Yay! That tile is perfection.

And a corner of the shower:

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Love it in there! The shower is so nice and the drawers are soft close and sigh. It was sort of horrible and I had so many stress dreams and it’s not even done yet, but I’m a fan!

Full tour, details of what went right (and wrong!), and sources coming soon.

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Life Update, late March

I ate another sandwich today:

Chicken Salad Sandwich

Chicken salad made with rotisserie chicken, mayo, mustard, relish, celery, grapes, salt and pepper, with lettuce and tomato on a ciabatta roll.

And my bathroom passed the first plumbing inspection! Phew.

The window install meant for today had to be postponed due to thunderstorms, but they’ll be going in Monday, so no big deal.

Tomorrow the electrician is coming to update the wiring in the master bedroom and bathroom (and add a light over my table in our new dining room). There will be lights in better spots and more outlets! (Also, zero scary wires from 1960, so that’s a great thing too.) Once the wiring is done, it’ll be time for two more inspections: electrical and framing, for the room/walls/foundation in general, before the sheetrock can go up.

My painter stopped by today to check things out and work up a quote for installing/repairing/updating/painting the walls in the bedroom, bathroom, and hallway, and I’m working on scheduling the tiling for the shower walls and bathroom floor.

The new bed is being delivered in two weeks. Just in time for us to not have to sleep on the floor while we have houseguests who will need the guest bed we’re currently using.

So many moving parts! I will fully admit that about two days after I posted, Master Bathroom: Deadline April 19, my husband acknowledged how stressed I was trying to get this timing just right and move things along and kindly said, “If it’s not done before they get here, so what? We’ll share a bathroom with them just like we have every other time we’ve had guests since we never used this bathroom anyway.” And then I exhaled and have felt way better since then.

We might be done in time, but we might only be close to being done by then, and oh well. We’ll share. And the bathroom will still be fantastic when it is done.

Message to myself:
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Master Bathroom: Progress!

Last Friday:

Today:

Some plumbing progress:

bathroom plumbing progress

By the end of today, the plumbing rough-in was done and the cast iron shower pan was installed. They’ll be back to do the water test tomorrow and the City Inspector is expected sometime too. (First inspection! Eek!)

Next: windows (Wednesday) & electric (Thursday)! Scheduling walls & tiling soon. OMG, Y’ALL. THIS IS GOING TO BE A BATHROOM.

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Master Bathroom: Deadline April 19

You may have noticed I’m in the middle of a bathroom remodel. Well, “middle” in the sense that it’s ongoing, but not quite “middle” as in we’re halfway done… unless it being fully demolished counts as halfway, since now we just have to put it all back together. 😉

I mentioned my remodeling anxiety earlier in the month and sadly, it’s still here. It bugged me so much last night that I accidentally passed it over to the husband too. He was out of bed measuring to verify we hadn’t forgotten to leave enough space for the toilet paper holder at midnight. Oops. (Although, I’m fully willing to admit it was nice to have someone else worrying with me, instead of just me agonizing over all of the details while overseeing the appointment scheduling and estimate getting.)

2" black hex tile by MerolaSpeaking of plans and details, in a possibly surprising turn of events, we’ve decided to go with 2″ matte black hex tile for the floor. (Sort of like this, but not penny rounds.)

So, it’s happening! The demo is done as of today, the tile plan and order will be finalized this week, the rough-in on the new plumbing is scheduled for next week, the electrical will follow, and then the walls and tiling, then the finishing touches and done! (Somewhere in there a city inspector will be out a few times to check things along the way, so cross your fingers that those go well and don’t cause any big delays.)

And our deadline is April 19 because we’ve got four family members arriving from The Netherlands on April 20 to stay with us for a few weeks and we are not going to be stuck all sharing the hallway bathroom!

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Master Bathroom: Picking Everything Out

 

The house is looking a bit like a bathroom showroom right now with everything arriving but not having a bathroom to go into yet. We’ve settled on the white faceted subway tile for the shower walls and halfway up the walls all around the room, and maybe 2″ marble hex tile for the floor. We’re going with Moen fixtures in wrought iron (very dark grey/almost black), so it’ll be a nice contrast from the bright white all over.

It’ll definitely be an improvement from where it started, but whew I underestimated how much it would stress me out. I’m excited to see it when it’s done though and I’m hoping that’ll be soon!

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Master Bathroom: Choosing Tile & Pinterest Board

picking out bathroom tile

We’re picking tile for the bathroom! It’s looking like it’ll be white beveled subway tile on the walls and marble hex tile on the floor.

This Pinterest board has some ideas and general look we’re going for:

I’m excited/nervous. Plumbers are coming tomorrow to remove some more of the old plumbing, then we can finish demo, and… ahh!

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Master Bathroom: Before

Since we’ve officially started ripping apart the master bathroom and gotten the permit from the city to keep things legal, it’s time to share some before photos so you’ll be sufficiently awed once it’s done. So, here it is:

It’s about 5’3″ by x about 8′ and used to have doors to both the master bathroom and our office, which almost collided when both were open. (Basically: yikes!) We’ve already closed off the door into the office, which was an instant improvement, and we’re adding in the square footage of a hallway closet to make it bigger. It’ll be closer to 5’3″ x 11′ when we’re done. All of the extra space will go to the shower, which leaves the whole current bathroom for the vanity and the toilet, making everything much less squished.

We haven’t used this bathroom at all since we moved in because the hallway bathroom is larger and in better shape (although it’s also still mostly original too). The shower in this one is very tiny. (See that little white stall to the right of the toilet? That’s the entire shower and that picture was taken with me backing up against the vanity as far as I could.) Also the sink pipes dripped and it didn’t have a vent for any circulation at all so it just sort of smelled like a 56-year-old bathroom in there. We’ve kept the door firmly closed and mostly ignored it for the past year and a half… until now!

Plans, details, and progress coming soon. 😀