Bobby and I are in the s-l-o-w process of a bathroom renovation. We (and when I say “we” I mean Bobby) do most of the work ourselves so our projects usually take months and months. Today I want to share how we planned the bathroom renovation and how things are moving along! Some of the images of my 1990 bathroom may be quite shocking so look quickly then look away. You don’t want the big flowered wallpaper to skew you good decorating sense!
In its day, this bathroom was quite lovely and in style. And yes, it really looked like this until recently. Guest used this bathroom! It’s all about loving the home you have!
We still have the this bathroom, the master bedroom and sitting area, the master bath (this will be done by professionals), the Gable suite and bathroom and the laundry room and a downstairs bathroom. These are rooms you have not seen yet. My guess is they will all be done in three years.
Right now we are working on this bathroom, the master bedroom and sitting room and I (and when I say “I” I mean I) am making over my study.
Our bathroom is a good size for a hall bathroom.
The above picture is where the cabinet and sink were.
The bathroom has a little privacy wall. We are going to replace the existing toilet with a tall one.
The floor was a black and white checked linoleum that I loved and still do but it was replaced with hardwood floors.
Oh, yes! Quintessential 1990’s!
We are working towards a pretty classically styled bathroom. If it’s too trendy we might have to reno it again before selling our home (in a thousand years!). I would love to make this bathroom very “farmhouse chic”, but I think it would look dated in a decade or so. It’s very important to know how long you plan on living with a style. That is why we are going “classic”. We may be replacing some things before we sell it but we hopefully won’t have to rip out the entire bathroom.
I thought it might be worth showing you how we planned out our new bathroom:
The first thing we did is START! You would not believe how many people get “stuck” in wanting to do a project and not doing anything to start a project. We made our minds up that we would cross this big project off our list.
We stared looking at all kinds of bathroom images from magazines, blogs, online sources and especially Pinterest. Here are just a couple bathroom that I love. As you can see they are vastly different. I have a Pinterest board filled with bathrooms that you might like to follow HERE. It’s all about inspiration!
Next, we discussed budget. We have been saving for a several projects so we do not have a very big budget for this project. We are doing most of the demo and reno ourselves. That saves a ton of money! However, we decided to s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d our budget a little more because we thought it best to rip out our fiberglass formed tub and shower and replace it with a glass tiles and porcelain tub. Not a free standing tub, that will go in the master bath.
I want glass tile for ease of cleaning. We have terribly hard water even with our water softener. I also love the sheen glass tiles have. I love the large glass tiles in the picture below! We want the bathtub area to be subdued and not showy. And no glass doors on the tub. Oh, what a mess to clean with our well water!
Bobby and I do all the renos looking towards resale some day. We thought that it would be better for resale to have a beautiful tub.
So the budget got a little larger for this project.
The next thing we considered was a timeline. Let’s just say our timelines are usually grossly under estimated. At least we agreed on a starting date!
Then we made a plan! We put the bathroom ideas on paper so we had a rough idea of what we were looking for.
- HARDWOOD FLOORS We decided on using all the leftover flooring pieces from the family room, dining room, living room and 3 bedrooms we made over to good use. No cost and a gorgeous hardwood floor. If you are wondering about using hardwood flooring in a bathroom all I can tell you is that we have hardwood floors in our kitchen and another bathroom and have never had a problem. Our one toilet overflowed all over the hardwood floors about 8 years ago and they were fine! Gross but fine!
- VERTICAL PLANKED WALLS I really struggled with this. I love horizontal planking, but I just did not suite the layout of our bathroom. I’m giving vertical planking a try! (This picture was taken with my iphone) The finished product will look nothing like how it looks now!
- PAINT VERTICAL PLANKED WALLS We are painting them a soft white.
- ADD DOWEL PEGS FOR TOWELS
- PORCELAIN TUB WITH GLASS TILES. Not the little tiles, larger ones. I love the look of glass subway tiles. I’m working with a company right now to pick the perfect ones out.
- RIP OFF THE WALLPAPER. Ugh! This is a horrible job. Bobby believes that wallpaper should be stuck on so good that in the minuscule chance that a hurricane would blow through our home the rooms that have been papered would still be standing! No kidding!
- PAINT THE UPPER WALL I love the color of my sister’s bathroom. It’s sorta Greige. I’ll show it to you when we paint ours.
- RELACE BASEBOARD TRIM AND PAINT IT We love Atrium White by Benjamin Moore. All the trim in our home is this color.
- PAINT ALL DOORS AND OTHER TRIM
- BEAUTIFUL CARRARA SINK AND CONSOLE WITH PLACE FOR BASKETS We scored big on this one! Bought the most gorgeous sink and console! I found it at our local Pottery Barn Outlet. (no shipping cost- we hauled it ourselves) Why, oh why must I love PB so much? It really speaks to my classic styling! We had a bit of dilemma when it came to finding a cabinet that would fit. There is a little privacy wall between the sink and the toilet. Because of that wall the space for the sink was only 58 inches. Most double sinks (what I really wanted) are at least 60 inches. But I did not want to rip out a wall! So I started looking for a single sink. And found this beauty for less than half price. It included the under mount sink and the backsplash! SCORE! And it is 54 inches.
via Pottery Barn
- NEW TALLER TOILET WITH CLASSIC DETAILING I’ll order this online soon. We are getting the “comfort” height. You can see it HERE.
- NEW MIRROR FOR SINK AREA I really have no idea yet what I’m going to use. I think I’ll wait until the sink goes in and things are painted to decide. And that’s okay! It will give me lots of time to look. I am probably leaning towards an espresso mirror rather than a silver one but who knows!
- SCONSES ON EITHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR. Here they are! They are milkglass and nickel. They are a touch farmhouse but still classic enough to work for a long time.
via: Pottery Barn
- FIND A SMALL GLASS FRONT CABINET FOR TOWELS Our bathroom has enough room for a small cabinet for towels. I’m still looking! Maybe something like this. I also have a vintage cabinet that might work if I paint it. And you know I love to paint furniture!
- NEW FAUCET FOR SINK AND TUB This is another decision I have not made yet. But soon. I’m looking for a nickel finish like the drawer pulls.
- BASKETS FOR UNDER SINK I already have them!
- NEW SHOWER CURTAIN AND TOWELS
- REPAINT LARGE CLOCK IN THE BATHROOM
- CHOOSE NEW ARTWORK
- GET BAMBOO SHADES FOR WINDOW
- CHOOSE RUG
- NEW DOOR HANDLES
- PEGS FOR TOWELS ON THE BACK OF THE DOOR
- NEW AREA RUG FOR THE FLOOR
Bobby started the demolition and I started shopping. See how that works? We are both in our happy place!
We are hoping to be done the upstairs hall bathroom by April and begin laying hardwood floor in the bedroom. But that is just a wish, I’m sure! As I said, we work slow! But we work TOGETHER! For some reason we work wonderfully when we build things like houses, room and home decor!
I love the process and will be letting you see how it’s going on Facebook. If you want to follow me click HERE.I
I hope this has helped you understand how we go about a reno or any makeover project here at StoneGable. And I hope this inspired you to get started on the one you have been putting off!