Monday, September 11, 2017

Bathroom remodel

                                                               

The original builders of this house, decided to make the downstairs their home for their master bedroom. We are in the process of turning that area into a family room. This was their master bathroom. The other part of their master bathroom was outside of the door pictured below. There is an adjoining room that housed a very long vanity (about 8 feet) and then another wall. Behind that wall, was their master closet.


 Because we didn't need a 8 foot vanity nor want the master or master bath downstairs, we decided to turn the vanity area and adjacent master closet into a small bedroom for our oldest. We are in the process of doing that now. The bathroom we refinished and put a smaller vanity in as well.


                                                                        BEFORE:

Yep. That is carpet. Yep. That carpet is dark pink. Yep. I bet that carpet is full of poop, pee and throw up.  Needless to say, we did not use that bathroom until we had removed the carpet. That was a happy day for me.

Although I am a huge fan of bathtubs, we did not need a huge circular whirlpool tub in yellow. It had to go.


Below were a couple of towel racks and a space perfect to put a new vanity since we were getting rid of the monstrosity of a vanity just outside the bathroom door.

Yes, the walls are also pink. It's fine, everyone was doing it back then so it made it OK.

After we got the tub out, we set to work, taking out the step, which gave us an extra 1.5 feet for a vanity.
Much to my displeasure, Travis decided to do the plumbing. Much to my delight, it did not flood.
Thanks to Youtube, he is now a plumber.  We found this Kohler tub at NPS in Salt Lake for $200.00 originally $1400.00 Great find. Thank you NPS.


Travis spent quite a bit of time doing the plumbing and putting up backer board. So grateful I didn't have to do that part. We decided to tile behind the toilet because there are 4 boys in my family plus one girl that doesn't aim any better. . . so yah.


The floors went in first. Trav did an awesome job on those. My job was mostly clean up.

They turned out great and way better than pink carpet.  Come on, 1986 admit it, you love it.


Next went the tile on the walls. I got to choose and went with Carrerra marble that we found for a decent price.


On the top of the marble, we decided to do sheets of herringbone pattern.


Travis also carried the pattern around the tub, which I loved. 


Tiling stinks. That's all.

My fingers were cut to shreds by the time we were done. My advice? Go with cheaper tile and hire it out!


                                                                            AFTER:
This project took us about 2 months to tile. Not fun, but I am thrilled with how it turned out. It is a little excessive for a basement bathroom and by a little, I mean a lot, but we love it.


 We got the vanity top from the DownEast scratch and dent for $60.00 and the vanity is Home Depot.
 One bathroom done, three to go, or maybe we just live in this one and never do the others, that's fine too.

I know what you are thinking: "See, we can do that!"

Here is my response: Yes, yes, you can and it will probably look better than ours does, close up. Also, you could probably climb Everest. . . but you'll probably freeze to death on the side of the mountain just before falling into a crevasse. So there's that.

Hire it out and also, stay home and just watch the movie Everest.

Happy Decorating,
-Kate

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