Final Stretch of the Bathroom Reno

Happy Thursday!

We are in the last stretch of the renovation, and finally made it to the fun finishing part! Instead of our usual daily updates, I’m just going move around the room and post about what was done over the last 2 weeks.

1. Marble Shower Curb: We had some issues getting to the point of done, but it’s in and it is gorgeous! We still need to tile the other side of the curb. with the same tile as the shower walls.

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2. Double Vanity: We purchased this vanity. I ordered it online for pick up at Home Depot. It came in four pieces, the base, the top and two sinks. First step was to install the sinks while the top was upside down:

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After that dried for 24 hours, we installed the top on the base:

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3. Plumbing: I installed the faucets using this product. It was soooo easy and required no cement, or glue or anything like that. It just basically pushes on to the water supply lines until it clicks in place.

Collin worked on the plumbing of the drain. I picked up all of the different pieces needed and he used the primer and cement to get everything together. We let everything dry for a few hours and then tested to make sure it was working. Everything was a success, and the plumbing part went surprisingly smoothly.

4. Mirrors: I installed the Mirrors that I picked up from Target. They are wood frame mirrors that tie in to the floors and give a nice contrast on the light gray walls. Installing the mirrors confirmed my fear that the lights were not installed at the correct center point, so I will be going back and fixing that, promise!

Here is where we are now:

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Everything is fully functioning, but we still have a few more items to check off before we are done:

  • Install Shower Glass
  • Finish Shiplap Wall/Re-Center Light fixtures
  • Tile back of the shower curb
  • Baseboard and Door Moulding
  • Paint the Window and Surround
  • Art

So close to the finish line!

Tiling the Bathroom Floors

Guys! The Bathroom is sooooo close to done! Today I’m back with some general updates and details about the tiled floors.

We last left off with a true disaster. Collin and I decided to make the past week a full push to completion, instead of moving at a realistic pace and it taking us 3 weeks to finish. So get ready for the whirlwind week:

Last Thursday:  We installed the hardboard for the floor. We secured it using cement board screws directly in to the subfloor:

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We were also able to get the drywall on the ceiling and remaining walls in place.

Friday: Collin did the first coat of drywall mud

Saturday: I installed the Shiplap wall (detailed post coming this week) and then gave up on work and went to Brunch. Collin got home from work at 4 PM to me napping 🙂 . We called it a day, and headed out for dinner and drinks instead!

Sunday we were back on track, sanding the walls and drywall, priming the Shiplap wall and installing the light fixtures. We were done by 2 PM and ready for some lunch and duckpin bowling!

Monday was Tile Day! I got home from work and got right to it.

**Important note here: We only have 1 bathroom in the house, so Tile day, also meant, no toilet day – FOR 3 DAYS!!!! I am still scarred by this, so won’t go in to detail, but lets just say there were a lot of trips to Starbucks and a lot of eating dinner at restaurants, just to use the restroom before going home…

I just kind of winged the tile (as usual) and installed the first run along side the shower:

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Yes that’s the toilet in my brand new shower. Oh, did I not mention we didn’t have a shower for 3 days either. Hello Gym, my old friend. Too bad there was no workout being done…

I continued the tile, using my tile saw to cut any difficult areas (I’m looking at you angled wall). I finished about 80% of the tile on Monday night.

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Tuesday: Collin and I got home after work to put the last coat of spackle on the walls and ceiling and finish the last few pieces of tile. We got everything done, then headed out for a late dinner (and much deserved beers), and of course using the restroom before heading home.

Wednesday: Grout day! Collin had work at night, so I was on my own. I mixed up the grout and used a grout tool to “squish” it in to the grout lines. I made sure to start in the back of the room and work my way out, cleaning as I went. Here she is, all ready!

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Thursday: I woke Collin up at 6 AM to install the toilet! Hallelujah! Since the grout was dry, and I was sick of the Starbucks bathroom, we installed in just a few minutes and we back in action!

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Finally, Thursday night we painted. The walls got a coat of Glidden’s Smooth Stone, lightened 75%. It is a very very light gray that matched the tile almost perfectly.

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I also, picked up the Vanity and it is a beast! But gorgeous! Tonight’s job is to get it installed, so might be able to stop brushing our teeth in the kitchen <– For some reason this grosses me out!

Moving right along!

Bathroom Demo – Round 2

Hi All!

If you thought the bathroom couldn’t look worse, you would be wrong. It’s looking really bad right now, but I can see a slight light at the end of the tunnel (kind of).

This past weekend was spent on small projects like painting, installing the ceiling light fixture and the toilet paper holder.

One issue we ran in to this weekend had to do with the stone for the shower curbs. I had picked out a remnant piece of marble to be installed on the shower curbs. When the guys got here to install, we realized they beveled the edge of the marble. It looks beautiful, but the bevel went the entire piece, when it should have stopped where one piece met the next.

It is nearly impossible to explain in writing, and I have no pictures, but the end of the story is, it had to go back to the stone yard to be re-cut.

This wouldn’t normally be a huge deal, except that we needed to demo our entire old shower this weekend to prep for the plumber on Tuesday. So we are left with garbage bags over the curbs while we use the new shower for the next week (or two). It’s super glamorous.

Collin was off on Monday and Tuesday, so he was able to make some major progress. He was tasked with demoing the vanity, sink, walls and shower on Monday. This is what I came home to:

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Tuesday morning was plumbing day! The plumber came for a few hours and roughed in the double vanity plumbing. After the plumber left, Collin started demoing the tile floor. He was on a roll, and chipped away every tile with just a hammer and a screw driver.

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Wednesday, when I got home from work, I decided to try my hand at some electrical. The quote we got was high, I knew I could run the electric for the two vanity lights myself. I watched a YouTube video, Googled some images of what the wiring should look like and got to work. I was able to install the boxes for the two vanity lights, new white switches and one GFCI outlet.

Ignore the hanging light fixtures, they still need to be installed, after my super special wall treatment.

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The rest of this week/weekend will include installing cement board on the floors, finishing off the drywall, a special wall treatment and possibly even starting to tile the floors. I think the next 4-5 days are going to be crazy work hours, but the bathroom is looking like it should finish up by next Wednesday!