7.26.2010

Half Bath Redo

So I FINALLY found my camera the other day, which means that I was able to upload some "before" photos of the house.  I definitely remember what it looked like when we bought it (oh, how i miss those post-it-colored walls), but I haven't seen a side-by-side comparison of the projects until today.  YAY!  Take a look at the "house tour" tab up top for more before and after reveals.  My goal is to do a post about each step of the transformation (and definitely some tuturials for DIY-related projects...which is a lot!!) over the next few weeks.  First up is our half bath... 

For some reason we didn't take a lot of pictures of the lovely space pre-renovation (although we might have video of it), but let me paint a picture for you.  Yellow tile on the walls (about waist high), yellow tiles on the floor, a yellow-painted vanity with a yellow sink, a yellow toilet AND yellow walls.  Oh, and even the baseboard heating covers were painted yellow....and the door too.  Yea, I think that's it.  Oh wait.  No.  Here's the best part.  There were two brass carriage lights flanking the mirror (oh yea, the ones that you put OUTSIDE your house next to your EXTERIOR doors).  L.O.V.E it!  So....here she is after we ripped everything out.


(I apologize for the bad photo.  B was in the process of cutting a hole in the wall to make a little cubby shelf - the wall he is facing goes into another little pantry closet for the kitchen, so we could afford to lose a little space in there for extra shelving in the bathroom).  I will definitely have him write up a little tutorial on that in case someone out there wants to try it in their own home.  It only took him about 2-3 hours to complete, so its a pretty quick (and cheap!) storage solution.


(Cubby shelf - pre-molding),

I also painted the walls at this point, since it is much easier to do that before installing the beadboard than trying to cut in around it after the fact.  We also wanted to do this before we installed the new floors so that I wouldn't ruin the nice new grout with big blue paint splotches.  I am definitely careful, but accidents can happen.  And they always do in our house! 

Before installing the beadboard or wainscotting (I've heard both terms thrown around), though, we had to install a new floor. I spent SOOOOO long looking at different flooring options. I really loved the look of the penny tiles or the small hexagon ones in white, but white flooring is just not a good option in my home.  Not only is my husband a little messy, but it is a guest bathroom that will be used quite often, so I just envisioned scrubbing the tile and grout ALL THE TIME.  Not fun.  In the end, I chose a blue/gray/white porcelein tile from a small tile store down the street in Norwell.  It was really affordable at $2.50/sq. ft. so that made my decision easier as well. 




My uncle was nice enough to come by and show us how to install the tiles one weekend.  We thought about heading over to Home Depot to have all of the tiles cut for us, but since we are planning on re-doing the backsplash in the kitchen this summer at some point, we decided it was worth the $79 to get our own tile saw.  And let me tell you, it is my husband's new favorite toy!  Not only is it pretty convenient to be able to cut and install all of the tile ourselves, but we also made a HUGE mess of ourselves in the process.  I wish I had a picture of us at the end of that day.  B looked like a mad scientist with a big white stripe going up through his hair.  See...in order to cut the tile, it needs to be wet, so there is a little pool of water at the bottom of the saw that keeps the blade lubricated while you are cutting....sooo, when you put the tile through, the water sprays right at you!!  He loved it.  I did not, but hey, I got a new floor that day, so I couldn't complain too much!


Next up, grout. [Side note: up until this point, I had no idea that you can find ANY color grout that you want.  I always just thought it was black, white and beige.  End of story.  But no, you can have ANY color of the rainbow.  Crazy!!]  So.  We waited for the tiles to set for a day and then mixed up the gray-colored grout in a little bucket.  We took a trowel and spread it all over the tiles, pulling back in criss-cross motions, making sure to get an even amount in between each tile.  We let it sit for a few minutes (maybe 5 or so) and then started wiping off the excess with a wet sponge.  The entire process took about 5 hours. 

1.5 hours for laying out and cutting the tiles beforehand
2.5 hours for laying down the tiles (we used thinset mortar to adhere the tiles to the floor)
1 hour for grouting and wiping down

We also bought a grout sealer as well, but I haven't put that on yet. 

Finally, we started working on the beadboard.  We purchased the big sheets of it at Home Depot.  I believe it was $15 each for the tall 8 ft. ones.  We cut them in half (or ripped them, as B says) and went 48" high all around the room (not counting the baseboard molding and chair rail on top.  For the one corner that sticks out in the room, we used a dowel rod to close up the gap between the two sheets of beadboard.  I had seen that done on another blog when I first starting researching beadboard (but I can't remember where I saw it exactly)?.  Once he put the beadboard in and the rest of the molding up, I filled the nail holes with wood filler and the corners with caulking.  I like using the DAP kind from Home Depot.  I get the Alex's Plus one that is paintable.  This is great for filling in all of those little imperfections (sorry, honey).  Molding is a really difficult thing to do, especially in an older house where some of the walls are not exactly straight and the floors aren't perfectly level.  It just cleans everything up and makes it pretty.

We didn't have much of a choice in going with beadboard either, since the walls were in bad shape after we pulled off the tiles. We would have had to tear down all of the walls and put up new wallboard to make it work. And let's just say that we are better at taking DOWN walls than putting them back up. So...beadboard it is! The truth is though, I really love beadboard, so I'm happy that we went that route anyway.

Then my dad came down for the weekend and helped me install the toilet and sink (he's my hero).  I should say that I helped him install them.  All I did was help to move it into place and hand him things when he needed them.  Wrench.  Check.  Screwdriver.  Check. 

So....after all of that work (and I'm sure that you have already scrolled down for the final reveal)....here is our new updated bathroom.







I need to put something up on the wall that isn't shown in either photo.  It is just a blank wall right now with the same beadboard as the side shown above.  I was thinking of doing a few beachy photos with some blue in it, but I'm not sure which photos to use.  After de-personalizing our condo for a year and a half while we were trying to sell it, I'm nervous to put up personal photos around the house.  I tend to go for landscapes or maps or old signs.  Maybe I'll do one big beach picture that is broken up into three frames....hm..ideas, ideas.

Since I absolutely love before and afters, here is one more look at the transformation:








Well, that's it for our bathroom reveal.  Hopefully I will have some time tomorrow to share more projects.

Oh, and I have linked up to the following parties:

Thrify Decor Chick's Before and After Party
Lettered Cottage's Room Re-Do's Party (click the button below to check it out)

The Lettered Cottage

38 comments:

  1. Wow, I love the color with the nickel finish. Don't you just love when you can sit back and check it out. Nice.

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  2. Gorgeous! I love the color of the walls! It looks like an elegant seaside inn bath!

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  3. All your work really paid off! Beautifully! Love the wall color--what brand/color is it?

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  4. Love the new bathroom, especially the color. Check out Donna Geissler for beautiful photos. I bought three of hers for our "beachy" bedroom. They're fantastic!

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  5. Thanks for all of your kind words! I will definitely check out the Donna Geissler photos for some inspiration!

    The color was one of the toughest choices for me in this room. There are so many beautiful shades of blues and they all look so different in the space (depending on the lighting). I ended up going with "Tranquil Pond" from the Behr Premium Plus Ultra line since it has some nice cool undertones, which goes well with the rest of the colors in my house. At first I thought it was a little too dark, but it provides a nice contrast against the "Pure White" Behr-painted wainscotting. I'm really happy with it!

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    1. Was this a sim gloss paint or matte finish,or flate paint color

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  6. Wow! You did an awesome job! I love how the white pops against the blue.

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  7. Hi , I love your renovation of the bathroom, it turned out awesome. I have some questions about the beadboard. I live in Vancouver BC and have been searching everywhere for sheets of beadboard that is reasonably priced. I can't find it! I looked in our local Home depot and they don't carry it, they just have wall paper that looks like beadboard and it's not cheap. Where did you get yours and by sheet do you mean 8x4 ft sheets for $15? I would be so happy to find that. Look forward to see what else you do to the house, Rhianna

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  8. Absolutely beautiful! Go you guys on laying the tile... the paint color is perfect & it fits great with the beadboard.... enjoy it!

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  9. I was so intrigued by the wall color in your thumbnail that I couldn't wait to see this. It is even better in a full size image. I love seeing people work with colors that are a bit out of ordinary . Yours is gorgeous and so is the trim work. You have to be excited by the outcome.
    Pam

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  10. I saw your "after" photos and thought you had taken them out of a decorating magazine. Love, love, love what you've done!

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  11. grat work you have done on your bathroom i reall admire your spirit and your zeal to work, you made your bathroom look really good

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  12. great remodeling ideas, i really loved the fittings you have put in your bathroom, it has given bathroom a new look and very personal touch too, grea tjob done

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  13. What a difference! The bathroom is so beautiful!

    Do you have any close up pictures of the corner with the dowel rod? I have been wondering how I'm going to handle corners if I do beadboard, and have never heard anything like that. So creative!

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  14. Beautiful. I love the color on the wall with all the white. Well done.

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  15. LOVE this! Fantastic job! We are in the middle of a bathroom renovation and this gives me hope and inspiration that the ugly will pass... hopefully into something this pretty! Great job!

    xo- M

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  16. It sounds like we have an identical bathroom! I have to ask how you were able to get the tile off the wall!!!!

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  17. WOW! Look at that bathroom! I love the bold, crisp new look of it! You guys did such a great job! It's gorgeous!! :)

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  18. Just beautiful!! Popping in via TLC.
    Rosa

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  19. Love the wall colour! Your bathroom is so light and airy. Great job!

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  20. Amazing makeover - love the colors and the wainscotting. Excellent.

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  21. WOW! That is beautiful! I love the color and the wainscoting. The cubby shelf is genius. I can't believe you guys did that all yourselves. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Wow, that is incredible! Great transformation!

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  23. Hi lovely lady.
    I love all the Makeover you did in your Bathroom~~ I also have the blue and white in my bath with the Wainscotting in white, you did a Great Job sweet lady. Im your newest follower on you blog. If you like come see my Tablescapes. I hope you have a Great Day.
    Diane

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  24. Random internet stranger here. Love the bathroom! Would you mind listing the make and model of the sink and toilet? The style is perfect for what I'm looking for and they obviously match well. Thanks!

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  25. Simply elegant. That is an amazing transformation.

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  26. Love the Bathroom too :) what color is that that you painted the bathroom ???

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  27. what is the color/brand of the paint color?

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  28. Heather, I absolutely love all of your home updates and remodeling. I have a question - did you use the same blue paint throughout the house? When we bought our house it had the same cream color as your before pictures, and I love how it brightens the rooms, but there is something so dull about it. I really like is blue you used and wanted to know your thoughts on using it throughout (& I'd love to know the color!). Thank you for posting!

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  29. Absolutely outstanding ...love it....I have to have that floor tile....who is it made by and where did you get it from....any info pleeeeeaaaaase....

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  30. I absolutely love what you did with that bathroom! Fantastic job! Where did you find that awesome plate you hung on the wall?

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  32. خدمات منزلية جيدة تحل لك الكثير من المشاكل المنزلية التي تكون مزعجة لكم مثل تسريبات المياه التي تظهر بالحوائط والاسقف وتحتاج الي
    شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام تكون متخصصة للحصول علي سبب التسريب بدون تكسير وتخريب فالتعامل مع
    شركة كشف تسربات بالدمام لديها خبرة كبيرة في التعامل مع مثل هذه الاشياء فهذا يحدث مع شركة ركن البيت التي تكون متخصصة في مثل هذه المجالات في السعودية لدينا اشهر المدن التي نقدم بها الخدمة وهي الرياض التي يمكنك التواصل معها من خلال شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالرياض والتي تصل بكم الي قمة الاعمال في مثل هذه الخدمات فلدينا في شركة كشف تسربات بالرياض اهم الفنين والاجهزة الحديثة التي تساعدنا علي انجاز هذه المهام فمن الان لا تقلق بشأن التسربات التي توجد بالمباني الخاص لانك سوف تحصل علي خدمة جيدة

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  33. thanx,Nice info شركة رش مبيدات بجدة الشركة الاولى فى المملكة والتى تعتبر افضل شركة رش مبيدات بجدة كمان اننا نضمن لك الجودة والتوفير لاننا ارخص شركة رش مبيدات بجدة ونقوم بمساعدتك على إبادة الحشرات فى شركة رش حشرات بجدة ونقوم بمكافحة الحشرات أيضاَ فى شركة مكافحة حشرات بجدة والتى تعتبر افضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بجدة بل وتعبر كذلك ارخص شركة مكافحة حشرات بجدة

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  34. its very Nice شركات الماسة تقدم لكم شركة جلى رخام جدة فنحن نساعدك على عمل جلى رخام جدة حيث أن شركتنا شركة جلى بلاط جدة لديها أفضل ماكينات جلى بلاط جدة كما اننا فى شركة شركة جلى سيراميك جدة لدينا احدث أدوات جلى سيراميك جدة كما ان شركتنا تعتبر افضل شركة جلى رخام جدة وبشهادة العملاء نعتبر افضل شركة جلى بلاط جدة ونعتبر أيضا افضل شركة جلى سيراميك جدة كما أن لدينا افضل اسعار جلي بلاط جدة

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  35. Very Nice شركة مكافحة حشرات بجدة انها شركة الماسة والتى تتميز أيضاً أنها شركة رش حشرات بجدة وعلى مر الأيام أصبحت شركة الماسة افضل شركة رش مبيدات بجدة كم أصبحت أيضاً افضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بجدة نعمل سوياً على إبادة جميع الحشرات والقوارض فى شركة مكافحة حشرات بجدة كما أننا لدينا أفضل المبيدات الحشرية فى شركة رش مبيدات بجدة

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