Bathroom Project Complete

Finally, our main floor bathroom remodeling project is complete.  Well, 99% complete.  We still have to install some baseboard and repaint some trim.  But it is once again a working bathroom, yeah!!!  We learned a lot of things from this remodeling project, for instance, the next time we need to skim drywall we will be calling in professionals!  Overall we are happy with how it turned out.   Here are the before pictures.

The hardest part of the project was removing the wallpaper from unsized walls and repairing the drywall.  It took forever and required much patience, and as most of you know, patience is NOT one of my virtues.

Here is a peek at a few of the new details in the room.

We have a unique space in this bathroom that the new vanity had to fit (notice the angled wall at the backof the vanity in the before picture) so our choices were to build our own or purchase an expensive custom built vanity.  My brother-in-law Steve generously helped us build our own based on exact specifications we provided.  Once it was installed, there was a slight difference between the vision in my head and how the new vanity appeared.   I was originally thinking the bottom shelve would be a little higher and the vanity apron would be a little lower so there would not be as much space to see the plumbing under the shelves.  After thinking about how I could resolve this, I remembered in my search of vanities several months ago seeing a towel bar across the front of a vanity.  I went to Lowe’s and came home with a standard size tension shower rod.  It fit perfectly into the space under the vanity.  Here is the finished bathroom.

Whew, I am glad that one is done.  Now what should we tackle next?

  1. Rebuilding of two built-in entertainment centers?  Who knew 15 years ago when we built this house that TV’s were going to be a totally different shape?
  2. Garage storage and painting?
  3. Basement carpet and painting?
  4. New patio?

Decisions, decisions.

Bathroom Redo

I mentioned a few months ago that I was starting a new project to update my main floor bathroom.  Dave and my bother-in-law Steve have built a new vanity that I am going to use, but we have been so busy that I have not had time to do much else towards this project.

Here are the before pictures of the bathroom.

I just learned how to create mood boards in Photoshop so I decided to pull all my ideas for the updated bathroom together in one place.

I had so much fun putting this together.  I would probably be much further along on my project if I did not spend so much time on the computer!!!

Well, this weekend I finally got started by spending about 5 hours stripping wallpaper.  I have both hung and striped wallpaper many times in the thirty years I have been a homeowner. I have tried several different techniques but the method I have found to be the most effective is to use a scoring tool that perforates the paper, then applying a stripping chemical such as DIF to dissolve the adhesive.

Unfortunately, no method works very well if there was no sizing applied to the wall when it was hung, which appears to be the case with the wallpaper I was stripping today.  When this wallpaper was hung the house was new and the drywall had never been painted.  It appears that the paper was put directly on the wallboard.  I had a few choice words for that contractor as I peeled miniscule pieces of paper off the wall bringing the drywall right off with it.

Now we will now have to spend several days spackling and sanding the walls before we can paint it again.  Fortunately the room is fairly small.  Anyone love to spackle?  We would love to share the fun!

I would really like to have this project completed before we go on vacation at the end of June, however at the rate I am going, I will be lucky just to get the wallpaper down.