Room Redos

Bathroom Renovations: Maybe This Time…

November 5, 2015

This bathroom renovation guys… I mean, really…

Things have been a bit nuts here (we hope to post about the reason why in the near future), but in the meantime, we are desperately trying to be done with this bathroom renovation! Maybe not desperately. I’ll be honest, we haven’t done much in there in the last week or so. I dunno. Lately, when deciding between going to bed or picking up a paint brush, going to bed always ends up being the winner. Every weekend though, I’m all like:  “This weekend. This is the one. We’re going to finish the bathroom this weekend.” And yet, every time – weekend or not – that we try to get something done in this bathroom, something goes wrong! If emotions had pictures, it would probably look something like this:

The first “Ow! What was that?!” would be the pipe we found behind the baseboard, and then having to pay a plumber almost $200 to slightly straighten it. (You can read all about that debacle here.) Speaking of plumbers, we had to call him to come out again, because after several attempts to fix the toilet – including, but not limited to replacing every moving part – it was still leaking. This part was all Michael, and poor guy, I really thought he was going to throw a wrench through the window. After 5 trips to the hardware store and multiple attempts at fixing that toilet, throwing a wrench through the window is certainly what I would have done. It wasn’t our his (I generally leave this sorta thing up to him) first time fixing and/or replacing toilet guts. He’s fixed both of the upstairs toilets just fine, so I don’t know what the issue was with this one; other than this bathroom’s sole purpose is to drive us to the brink of insanity!

But nonetheless, here’s where we currently are in terms of (air quotes)progress(air quotes):

Planks, baseboards, and most of the trim is installed!

bathroom renovations | plank walls |here-lately.com

Clearly, I need to clean the paint off the floor. We also need to put another coat of paint everywhere and add some trim to the wall near the ceiling, where we’ve brought the ceiling color down a bit (it too needs another coat).

bathroom renovations | bringing the color down | here-lately.com

We have a working sink! This is the sink we scored off of Craigslist for only $45 (and a trip to San Antonio)! I googled the number on the backside of it when we were looking for installation directions and turns out it retails for $450!! Yes, thank you. Saving that much money does make me dance around my kitchen like Jane the Virgin (is anyone else obsessed with that show?!). The faucet is one that I picked up at Lowe’s for only $40! 40 must be our lucky number.

sink 1

The sink area is finished, minus needing to finish a step stool from Ikea for the kids to be able to wash their hands and figuring out how to clean that little circle in the basin.

bathroom renovations | here-lately.com

We also need a window covering and art to bring some color to this space. I tried to make the “Please wait to be seated” sign using the left over planks. Here’s how that turned out:

bathroom sign fail | here-lately.com

Yeh. Nope! The paint was bleeding into the cracks between the planks, so I just tossed it. It was free (I was making it with leftover odds and ends), so I didn’t feel bad about scraping it. We would still like that sign in there, but I may try to buy one or just print the words and frame it. I did hang a print we purchased from Ikea. I really like the print, but not so much the frame. I tried to paint the frame to add a little color in there, but it really didn’t turn out like I’d hoped. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it.

bathroom art | here-lately.com

Annnd… we still need to add a door, the mirror and change out the light; which is going to involve drywall replacement. So, that’s where we are in the bathroom renovation. I hoping that perhaps this weekend it will finally be finished. What can I say? I’m forever an optimist.

Psst! Catch up on all the bathroom posts here: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7

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