This post has been a long time coming. Long time.
To sum things up, we purchased this house in July 2003. We discovered late that summer that, due to mold, we had to demo the 2nd floor bathroom that the previous owners had (i kid you not) carpeted and wallpapered (flocked, nonetheless) 30-some years earlier. It wasn’t in the plans, so we did a quick and dirty remodel, keeping the existing sink and shower, and just demo’ing the walls and floor, putting in a new subfloor + inexpensive vinyl and new concrete backer board around the shower and new drywall. A cheap toilet from Menards finished off the project.
Several years later, after a round of musical-bedrooms, we decided that it was time for a complete overhaul. The kids were upstairs, so there was no reason they shouldn’t be using that bathroom. Only they wouldn’t, because the shower scared them.
In October, we hit Ikea and purchased a vanity, sink, and faucet.
And then it sat in the box in our basement for the next few months. Because that’s how we roll.
Finally, in January, it was time. With a design in mind and a contractor to help with some drywall, electrical and plumbing (because we have original plumbing and electrical from the 1920’s. its scary stuff, people), we went to work.
(I talked about it a bit here, here and here )
And it morphed into this
View from doorway
Target rug, shower curtain, towel, and toothbrush accoutrements. Toilet is by Toto.
Ikea vanity, mirror, sink, faucet + stepstool.
Quote from a Dr. Seuss book that I made. I wanted the kids to see some kind of positive affirmation every day, whether it registers or not 🙂
Tile from Lowe’s. Rainshower is American Standard. Shower bar with hooks was ordered from Amazon.
Towel hooks from Ikea
As you can see, its not fully done. I still need some sort of window treatment, the shower fixture needs a finishing touch put on it, and the bathroom and closet doors (not shown) are currently being painted.
I am going to break this post in two so that I can share the nitty gritty with y’all : some photos of the process, the lessons we’ve learned the hard way, the money we spent on this “inexpensive” remodel, why we designed it the way we did (would we have done it differently?), and what we’ll do differently in July when we tackle the main floor bathroom. So stay tuned!
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