In October 2018, G and I undertook our largest project in our first home by remodeling the bathroom. As our one and only bathroom in the house, this remodel had to be done quickly, yet accurately. Luckily I know two of the most hardworking, dedicated, and talented men available to do the job: my husband and my dad.
These two worked their butts off. G and my dad started the project on Friday, December 21st and completed everything except the closet shelves and decor details by Wednesday, January 2nd. The only piece of the original bathroom which remained was the toilet. The guys gutted the walls, rewired the electric, created a fan vent through the roof, replumbed, and brought in a new tub/shower and vanity. Plus, they hung dry wall, painted, and laid tiling on the floor. It was a rough way to spend the holiday break, but the final result was well-worth it — G and I could not be more happy with our new bathroom.
Since moving into our first home at the end of September 2018, G and I dealt with our bathroom in the state below:
The flooring did not match. The wallpaper was peeling from the walls. Our mirror was hanging from the wall light with a bread-bag tie due to exposed (hot) wires behind it. And our shower was a walk-in that took up space where we were already lacking. We bought the house knowing the bathroom would be our first remodel.
The remodel began with gutting the walls to the studs. We removed the walk-in shower/tub and replaced it with a light-weight Vikrell bathtub and a shower wall. We had considered tiling the shower area but decided that, with our time crunch issue, the one-piece surround would be as nice. We’re happy with this decision as the surround we chose has six shelves, plenty to hold the majority of our shower necessities.
Then came some of the more technical steps of the remodel: rewiring the electricity, replumbing with PVC piping, venting the fan through the roof, and setting the subfloor. I won’t pretend to know more about these steps than their general idea. All I know is the bathroom increased in outlets so I could use a hair dryer and straightener at the same time, and that our fan is now functional. Thank goodness for handy men!
Being such a small bathroom, I chose a very light color for our walls: Valspar’s White Sage. I matched our shower curtain — which is a treescape of dark grey fading to soft green — to the wall color in-store and am happy for the slight touch of color the walls now offer. Set against our white-and-gray tiling, the bathroom looks bright and calming.
The vanity has a similar veining as our tiles as well. We were able to find a vanity short enough to allow smooth passage into the bathroom, but also full of storage space underneath. Our mirror and wilderness painting were both gifted to us, and fit perfectly into the aesthetic of the space. All our finishings (the faucets, hooks, and rods) are the brushed nickle Lilyfield style found at Lowes. And our wall light, which has the appearance of dew-drops over candlelight, are the Alexa model made by Progress Lighting.
Following the main haul of the remodel, G and I had been patiently using the bathroom to see what changes needed to be made before finishing its completion. We realized right away that our daily necessities, such as toothbrushes and hair tools, needed to be easily accessible. I found these great racks on Amazon which now house these things for us right next to the sink — and I would highly recommend them to anyone! We also decided to utilize an additional shower caddy because even six shelves weren’t sufficient for all our shower needs.
And, after nearly three months, G and I finished our bathroom closet as well! My vision of open shelves came to pass with the help of my very talented husband:
Now I am no longer storing all our cleaning, medical, and bath supplies in the office. I never realized just how often I used ibuprofen and body lotion until when it wasn’t within direct proximity of the shower/sink! Our shelves, which G sawed, fastened, and stained, are 27 inches deep and over 36 inches wide. Plenty of space to store even the most unused oddity for our personal care needs.
I could not be happier with how our bathroom turned out or prouder of what G and my dad accomplished. Plus, watching this cute guy working to create a piece of our home was a great way to spend my holiday break…
Next on our list is the exterior of the house. Not only do we plan to remove most of the foliage from the back and front yards, we also have to redo drainage along the sides of our basement (we have a walkout), build a deck on the front and a patio in the backyard, and redo landscaping. It is going to take a lot of elbow grease and dirty clothes, but we’re excited to get our little home sparkling from the outside as well as the in!
Have you done any DIY projects on your house? Please share your stories and/or pictures in the comment below!
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