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
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)