project bathroom: the reveal

bathroom after

So after proclaiming that the time had come to do something about our dated and dull bathroom on March 26th, we have done a complete overhaul of this small-but-important room in our pad. One month, a lot of elbow grease, a few dolla dolla bills, and we can (almost) call this one officially done-zo. The *almost* refers to still having to install the overhead fan and put in the floor transition (both on handy hubby's to do list!). In case you've missed the progress, here is what we've done to the space: -the "before" -the demo -tiling the shower -grouting -installing marble floors -building a floating vanity -installing the vanity -patching walls -adding trim and ... CONTINUE READING

project bathroom: the last piece of the puzzle


We're coming up to the finish line, folks. Painting the ceiling and switching out the light were more or less the last things on our "to do" list for this bathroom renovation. There are still a few small maintenance things - like adding the floor transition, sealing the tile, etc, but those don't really affect the big "after". After painting all of the walls white, I was left wanting a pop of colour somewhere in the room, and you know how I love a painted ceiling, right? (check out this one in my hallway). I didn't want to introduce a completely new colour into the small space, so I ended up going with the exact same greeny-gray shade as our DIY vanity (called Sterling by Benjamin Moore). ... CONTINUE READING

project bathroom: the details, darling


Okay, so after all that talk about caulking yesterday let's get to something a little more pretty, shall we? Accessories. Whether they are for your outfits or a room in your home, who doesn't love accessories? They totally make a room (or outfit) and add that little bit of sparkle and fun. After doing a long list of labour-intensive projects (like demo, tiling, or laying a floor), adding the accessories felt like such a treat. First up were the bars - towel bar, TP holder, etc. We had a gift card to Bed, Bath & Beyond leftover from our wedding, so we headed there to see what they had. They carry a pretty good range of products in various finishes (brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, ... CONTINUE READING

project bathroom: fixer uppers

fixing walls 1

Doing corners and filling holes. Not one of the more exciting steps in the reno process, but I'm just keepin' it real folks. This step always seems like it's going to take all of 20 minutes and somehow becomes a multi-day project. We had a variety of patching to do in our wee little bathroom - fixing existing walls, working on the new areas of drywall, and filling some big gaping holes. Let's take a look at what we were working with. One of the first things I tackled was the old walls. They had this weird subway tile pattern on the bottom half which at first glance looked like the real thing, but once you zoomed in you could tell it was just a painted vinyl. Not charming. Since ... CONTINUE READING

project bathroom: demo

02-demo pic 1

Step one in project bathroom reno? Demolition, baby. We need to still be able to use the bathroom during our re-model (we only have one, after all!), so we didn't rip everything out all at once. We knew the bathtub had to be the first thing to tackle (messiest and biggest job), so that's where we started. Let me tell you, that grimy old tub of ours was cast-iron and reeeeally well installed. It took a whole lot of hammering, and help from one of Dan's friends (my muscles just weren't cutting it), but we got 'er out. Luckily this friend is a carpenter/plumber, so he also helped us install the new tub. Changing a toilet is one thing, but doing the plumbing for a new bathtub was one ... CONTINUE READING

the time has come, bathroom

main bathroom

The bathroom. A room in our pad that has been at the top of the "to do" list ever since we moved in. I have showed this shot below of the room in our house tour, but have tried to avoid any other pictures at all costs. Want to see why? This grungy, old, doesn't-get-clean-no-matter-how-much-you-scrub tub is why... Ickity Ick Ick Ick. See why it has been at the top of our list? Not only is the tub grimy and gross, but the vinyl floors are "blah", the sink that comes out of the wall has zero storage, the lighting is boring, and the room just doesn't really have anything going for it. So, it's renovation time! We've been saving our pennies and talking ... CONTINUE READING

basement reno update #8: bathroom presto-chango

With all the major reno's going on in the main part of the basement, the bathroom was pushed a bit to the wayside. It was super that there was an existing 4-piece bathroom, but the not-so-super part was that it was looking more than a little outdated. The combination of grotty old fixtures (lights, faucet, etc.), a beige-coloured toilet and sink, and a mottled blue/beige coloured bathtub surround was just looking a little too “dingy-basement-bathroom” for my liking. Since we were spending essentially our whole budget on the other, bigger parts of the basement, we just didn’t have the money to rip up the bathroom and start fresh. So, I put on my DIY and bargain-hunting cap and went to work. ... CONTINUE READING