As I write this blog, we are just adding the finishing touches to a four month bathroom remodel. I’d have never believed it would take that long, but a lot of the delays were waiting on materials. I hated having only a small shower for that length of time. However, I’m happy to say that we are now in the home stretch. And that we had little or no major issues crop up.
It started with a simple comment by my husband about how nice it would be to have a larger tub. Ours was tiny and uncomfortable and 26 years was long enough. But, since a larger tub wouldn’t fit where ours was, that meant moving it. Which meant moving the toilet. Which meant completely redoing the plumbing. You get where this is going, right? By the time we were done with demolition, we’d taken the room down to the studs. And decided to redo a dining room wall that had paneling on it, which explains the picture taken from the kitchen looking into the bathroom.
It was tough on my husband to hire someone to do the bulk of the work. He’s used to doing it all himself. But it was time to let someone else do the hard stuff. That doesn’t mean hubby wasn’t in the thick of things throughout the process. He was and I’m grateful for all his time spent making sure things were done right and well. Of course, Dude and I were a little involved too.
It’s been a long haul with lots of, umm, discussions about things like cost. I may (or may not) have wanted some higher end stuff, like a colored cast-iron sink, but I also did my best to search out the absolute lowest prices. That was my job in this project. Well, that and clean-up.
So demolition. Then the plumbing. Then all new sheetrock, and a larger tub went in. We had the tub/shower area tiled, adding a mosaic accent. Texturing was next, then I wanted 3 paint colors on the walls and ceiling…another expense. Sigh. Mark re-purposed our old vanity cabinet since it was solid old wood. We painted it from dirty white to chocolate brown and found a quartz remnant for a countertop. I felt something was needed to make the sink I loved really pop. My poor husband almost had a stroke when I mentioned quartz, but it’s a small area, so the cost wasn’t too bad at all. At least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. My husband’s mantra, through this whole process was “You need to sell more books, Laurie.” (Working on that, dear.) After the cabinet, lighting, and mirror went in, it was time for the toilet and flooring. Sadly, expensive flooring. We looked and looked and one day, saw this one sample and both went “That’s it!” at the same time. It wasn’t cheap. But again, it was a small area, thank goodness!
So here you go, finally, the before and after pictures:
And now we have an awesome bathroom that we and our visiting friends and family can enjoy. I’m so glad we did it, but it took time and patience and a few arguments to get through it all. Oh, and at the beginning of this process, both my husband and I estimated what we thought the cost would be. Sadly, I was spot on, and it was about twice what he estimated. He’s grumbled a bit, and I explained he’s got a right, right up until the bathroom is done. Then he has to stop that so we can simply enjoy it.
Which we are…a lot. And honestly? We’re both glad we did it. And we’re still happily married. But it’ll be a while before we do another project. We’re due for a break!