7.26.2011

And in other news

Oh, let's be honest  - there is no other news besides what's happening with the bathroom remodel. My life is nothing but the ordinary - and I love that!

I put in trim on Friday between jobs and installed the toilet during a midday Saturday break between bridal shower and bachelorette party. I'm fancy. I know.

One of these days I'll take a picture with a real camera rather than the phone. But I'm just too lazy lately! And yes, I still have some work to do on the wall patch where the tp holder used to be. Details, details. 

This "Little Loo" (yes, she has a nickname already) was no easy thing, either. Although, it should have been. Ladies - do NOT be intimidated by the toilet - it may be nasty to clean, but it's a breeze to install! As long as your bolts are long enough. Which, of course, mine weren't. Had to have some fun with this project - it's no fun if there isn't a little drama involved!

The previous owners apparently decided to "seal the toilet" onto the concrete floor with CONCRETE. Really? So annoying. The old toilet came off just fine - so much for sealing it. But the bolting system was cemented to the floor. When I put our new toilet over the top, the addition of the mastic and tile made it so that the bolts were just a smidge too short to actually do their job of securing the toilet. 



A quick trip - with my lovely photo - to Ace Hardware and I had my answer. A few couplings, some nylon washers and two new screws to go into the couplings and I was good to go. Oh, and a new water hose that was long enough, too. I hate projects that take multiple trips to the store - ugh. 

I've used Little Loo several times - and I love it! It's so nice to watch a movie in the cool basement and not have to run upstairs in the summer heat and use the restroom. 

Yesterday over my lunch hour - I'm nothing if not efficient - I ran to the HD to get some lumber for my vanity. Let me tall ya - these plans by Ana White are so stinking easy. I had everything cut and put together in about an hour. Now I just need to get the wood for the top, sand, sand, and sand, and stain and seal. 

No pictures yet - but as soon as I get the top I'll post some. 

Oh - and in other other news - I chopped my hair! 


7.22.2011

All By Myself

Ahh, Celine. You bring back some memories....



Yes - I'm continuing on the bathroom remodel - all by myself. By choice.

And guess what? I'm loving it. It's so fun!

Here's the update from last night - grout and a window blind.


Sorry for the cell phone picture. In person it looks awesome! 

Next up - trim and install the toilet! 

Have a lovely weekend all!

7.21.2011

The Master Bathroom Wrap-Up

Remember almost a month ago when I posted here about the near completion about the project? Well I realized that I never did do the final recap - so here it is!

We went from this:
What used to be the shower on the far left and the vanity

The shower

The wall where we ripped out tile around the vanity area
to this:
New paint, new beadboard walls, new mirror and light fixture
We took the doors off the cabinet above the toilet - I love the open spa-like feel of it. 

We even have new towel bars! But we reused the sink and toilet to save us some cash!

IN LOVE with my new shower. Love the tile. Love the rain shower head. Love, Love, Love. 

Now this is what I like to wake up to!

Patched the wall (left) where the old TP holder was and got a fancy new one!
Yeah - we still have two pieces of trim to put up - as well as one tiny section of beadboard near the shower. But it'll get done eventually - right?! I wish there were little elves that could come over and "finish" all the little projects in my house.

Or maybe I should do all the finish work before starting the next project! ha - silly girl. That would NEVER happen. I'm a remodelaholic - I love starting a new project!

I wish I had the break down of costs - but since the project was almost 11 months long, I have no idea what we spent on stuff. Here's what I do know:

Tile - Rialto Noce from Lowe's ($2.28 sq ft) 12 x 12 in porcelain tile


Accent Tile - I can't seem to find it on Lowe's website, but it was about $11 for a 12 x 12, that we cut in half to get the narrower accent trim in the shower

Grout - Custom Building premixed sanded grout in Sandstone from Home Depot ($20.97 x 2)
#180 Sandstone 1 Gal. Premixed Grout

Beadboard - Cape Cod MDF Beadboard Planks 3 pck from Home Depot ($17.97 x 6?)
14 sq. ft. Cape Cod MDF Beadboard Planks (3-Pack)
Chair Rail - Knotty Pine Beadboard Trim Pack from Home Depot ($15.98 x 2?)
8 ft. x 2-11/16 in. x 9/16 in. Knotty Pine Beadboard Trim Pack

We scored the shower head from TJ Maxx (of all places!) for $30, and bought the simple replacement shower handle for $32 from Home Depot.
Method 1-Handle Posi-Temp Shower Only in Chrome

The mirror was a clearance purchase from TJ Maxx - but of course I can't remember what I paid for it - maybe $40 or $50?

And the light fixture was from Lowe's, the Bel Air 3-Light brushed nickel vanity light for $60
Bel Air Lighting 3-Light Brushed Nickel Bathroom Vanity Light

We scored the towel bar, hooks and TP holder on clearance at Target
Product Image Parma Paper Holder - Brushed Nickel

We reused/recycled:

  • the shower rings and shower curtains
  • the vanity
  • the toilet
  • the cabinets
All in all, not a bad project. And I LOVE my new bathroom - I might even be nice enough to let Seth use it from time to time! 

7.20.2011

And then there was tile

I think I work harder on my days off than I do at work. After a day off of work like yesterday, I'm more than happy to come back to work and sit in a chair all day! My back is hurting - but so are other muscles I didn't even know I had.

This is what I did yesterday -



It may not look like much - but it took me almost all day to lay all the tile. Let's just say I have a whole new appreciation for Seth and all the hard work he does for me! (and yes, I told him how awesome he is)

I started at 9am by laying out all the big tiles. I decided to use a staggered row design. I really wanted to do this in our master bath but Seth said no. Since I was in charge of this project, I got to do whatever I wanted. And I wanted staggered rows. Honestly, I think it was easier than straight rows, and definitely gives the floor more interest. I even made sure to check the tiles to ensure they were all level every few rows. Seth will be so proud!

After laying all the big tiles, I took a 30 minute break for snacks - my new favorite green smoothie - courtesy of Laurel at Ducks in a Row. 

Then I took on the challenge of cutting all the side pieces. I had never used the tile saw before, but found it fairly simple, and similar to using my table saw. The only difference is that with tile you must be EXACT with your measurements as it is nearly impossible to shave off a smidge if necessary, like you can with wood. In fact, I had a few cuts where I only needed to cut off 1/4 of an inch - these were the hardest to cut! The saw left my tiles with some jagged spots - thankfully these will be up next to the carpet so it will be hard to see. 

After a few hours of cutting - I ran out of tile! Go figure - I thought I had bought 10% extra like the experts suggest. Thankfully the store had more (as this was a closeout sale - $0.68 per sq ft. Yeah, baby!) and I welcomed the mid-afternoon break from the tedious work.

So even though I sent my SIL a text message saying "Girls can do anything boys can do - but better!" with a picture of my almost finished tile job, I do have a new found appreciation for the many, many tile jobs that Seth has taken on in the last few years. While I'm proud to say that I did this job all by myself, and I now know that I too can conquer a tile floor - I definitely don't want to do it again any time soon. In fact, I'm not even really looking forward to grouting. ugh. More time spend on my knees bent over the tile - yuck! But it will look soooo good when it's done. And I love a done project!

Over the weekend I also finished the patching, priming and painting. And I even installed two sconce lights and an overhead light. All by myself. Without electrocuting myself or setting the house on fire.


Can you hear my head getting bigger with my little project? I can! I'm pretty proud of myself - just call me Martha Villa! I can cook/clean/craft/bake a la Martha Stewart and I can dominate a remodel job just as good (well maybe not) as Bob Villa.

7.13.2011

When you gotta "go"

You might think that somebody (that would be me) has been on vacation or something. Nope. Just MIA from the blog. Enjoying summer. Being lazy.

But guess what?! I finally showered in my own master bath shower yesterday! Yup, it means the bathroom project started over Labor Day last year is almost done! There are a few pesky little details that still need to be accomplished (caulking, trim on the ceiling of the shower, one little piece of bead board and trim, and hanging the final hooks on the walls) and then we can call it complete.

I failed to take any pictures of the finished project yet - so I'll update those soon - hopefully.

Is any project really ever "complete" though? Maybe if you hire a contractor to do the work, but not in my world!

And while I'm super psyched to have the bathroom done, I've already super-secretly started on the next project - the other bathroom!

I should have entitled this post "how to really tick off your significant other." My super secret project started last night when I decided that when we are hanging out downstairs - which is the coolest location in the house these days - that I don't like having to walk all the way up stairs and through the house to use the facilities or wash my hands, etc.

The room is practically stripped - there are no floors and the walls were primed before we moved in. All that remains are the yellow toilet and the vanity. Simple enough for me to remove and start my own little project.

I say "my" project because I really want to do this one by myself. Partly to see how long it takes me, but also because I want to see if I can do it. The only new skill will be cutting and laying the tile. I already grout, seal, paint and install electrical lighting. What can be so hard, right? (let's hope these aren't famous last words!)

Let's take a look at the before's, shall we.
 These pics make it look really yellow in here, but really it's just the toilet and the counter top. 
 Check out these rocking lights - not.
 A very vintage looking vanity, with a yellow sink.

Remember, this is my indoor spray painting station. 
 Ugh, the tiny shower. 

The bathroom has kind of a weird lay out with a wall separating the vanity from the toilet.

Here are some of my inspiration photos:
Designer Bathrooms and Pictures - Bathroom Decorating Ideas - House Beautifulbathroom 36 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!The Polished Pebble

Loving this light and bright and organic feel - especially the open format vanity with vessel sink.

Contemporary Bathrooms from Christopher J. Grubb : Designers' Portfolio 3202 :
Specifically this square vessel sink with brushed nickel faucet.

Inspiration for decoration
I'm totally loving these colors - the beige tile with gray walls!
Think Runway
I'm thinking this rustic leaning shelf would go great in the large space in front of the toilet - perfect for storing extra tp and towels.

washyourhands%5B1%5D.jpg (431×640)Bathroom Art » IS•LY | I Still Love you

And some great art work!

We already have Behr's Sandstone Cliff in the rest of the basement so I figured I'd use it for consistency - and because it's a great neutral.

Find a BEHR Premium Plus 8 Oz. Sandstone Cliff Interior/Exterior Paint Tester #
Sandstone Cliff - Behr

And I found this tile at the Floor and Decor Outlet for $1.09 sq ft.
Pompeii Coral Ceramic Tile Ceramic Tiles - $1.09 | Floor & Decor Outlets

My plan is then to custom build an open vanity using plans from Ana White like this one.
Spa-Slatted Double Vanity

All in all I'm hoping to do everything for $500 - (this doesn't include the shower). I just want a nice place that I can "go" without having to go all the way upstairs.

What do you think? Can I do this all without any major catastrophes?

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