It occurred to me today that if we don’t get a move on this JSH Home Tour, we’ll never get through the rest of the Suburbialand house before we’re on to the Coastal Crafstman in less than a month! So today, to celebrate FriYAY, we’re going through the deets of our DIY Bathroom Renovation. I do not call this the “Master Bath” out of habit now, as one of our builders banned us from using the word “master” to describe bathrooms or bedrooms. If you think of the connotations, I get it. Just a little PC tip for you. So anywho, here’s the journey of our DIY bathroom renovation, from cabinet refacing, to countertops, to new tile, to trim work, to a new tub… and allllll the way to the beautiful finished product! Without further ado, our DIY bathroom renovation!
Here are the listing photos. Not the worst I’ve ever seen, just pretty vanilla.
On the t0-do list for this room was:
- Replace fogged window above tub
- Remove ceramic fixtures (that leaving gaping holes in the walls… who invented these things?!)
- Replace tub
- Replace shower enclosure with frameless glass enclosure
- New shower & tub tile
- Paint cabinets
- New countertops (we used the same leathered finish that we adored in the kitchen)
- Add vanity (wall-mount) light fixture… before there were only recessed lights above each sink. I don’t get it.
- Trim out mirror and window
- Add light fixture over tub
- Replace toilet
- Replace faucets
We started with taking down the shower enclosure, which instantly made a big difference and opened up the room.
We were excited to begin demo. In fact, I think that on the first full day that Lane and I were doing rip out, this is where we started. We had a giant dumpster for all of the debris, so we started with taking down the shower enclosure, and then Lane began busting down the tile. Lane was carrying out the large pieces and I was loading the small pieces of tile and backer board into one of those big construction garbage bags. We SHOULD HAVE both been wearing close-toed shoes, long jeans, eye and ear protection, and gloves. Instead, all I had of those listed items was gloves. I was wearing capri length yoga pants, and when I quickly turned around and hit this:
I didn’t even have to look down to know that it was a problem. Turns out that little piece of jagged tile was suuuuper sharp and ripped my leg right open. I had not yet looked at my leg, but I could feel blood, and when Lane heard me gasp, he looked down and, without looking up, said “GO GET IN THE TRUCK”.
We toyed with the idea of just running to the drug store and getting some butterfly bandages and calling it a day. I was irritated that we had a small window of time to work and this injury was cutting (puns) into it. But ultimately we decided to go to urgent care.
They took a long pair of tweezer looking things and untwisted all of the skin and laid it back flat and then taped and wrapped it all up. When I asked how bad it was going to scar, the doctor said, “why are you very concerned about that?” and I didn’t say it, but in my mind I was like, “well now that I know you’re not going to have to amputate, I am a little interested in how bad this shin racing stripe is going to be…” It’s still there and pretty purple almost eleven months later, by the way.
After that little snafu, we continued on with demo.
Then began the reconstruction. Lane put up all of the new backer board and waterproofed it himself. I see tile jobs every day and he did a better job than professional tile crews who’ve been doing this their whole lives. Next the tile crew came to tile the shower and tub, and then it was time for the new frameless enclosure and the fun details like the trim work and decorating! And before my leg wound even closed up, we had a beautiful new
MMMM looking at that tub right now makes me want to go jump in. What’s your favorite part of our DIY bathroom renovation?
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