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Bathroom Renovation…. Complete!

The day is finally here when I can say our bathroom is done! {Ok, well we are still waiting for our ceiling light, but it’s on backorder until March, and I’m not waiting that long to write this post.} We lived for five years with our IKEA bathroom with too tall sinks {make that¬†sink – as one of the faucets leaked and we didn’t want to put a dime into that bathroom until we were ripping it all out, so we just shut off the water to that sink!}, cracked grout, and an overly modern look for our old craftsman house. It has been worth the wait to see the dramatic transformation take place. We are absolutely in love with our bathroom!

{BEFORE!}

{BEFORE!}

{BEFORE}

{BEFORE}

{DURING}

{DURING}

{DURING}

{DURING! The floors are done but not grouted yet.}

{DURING!}

{DURING! Tile is done! And we have a shower curtain and toilet!}

{DURING... It was such a shame to have to have a piece of drywall as our countertop for more than a month while we waited for the marble to arrive just in the nick of time!}

{DURING… It was such a shame to have to have a piece of drywall as our countertop for more than a month while we waited for the marble to arrive, and not a day too early}

{AFTER!!! We finally received our art after it had to be custom framed and it looks complete now!}

{AFTER!!! We finally received our art after it had to be custom framed and it looks complete now!}

{AFTER! The custom features, like this niche, and our little footrest in the shower, have been so nice to have!}

{AFTER! The custom features, like this niche, and our little footrest in the shower, have been so nice to have!}

{AFTER! We are SO happy with how everything turned out. It came together so nicely in the end!}

{AFTER! We went with a Seattle theme for our art on the walls – this print is a map of Seattle with each neighborhood written out, and the other print above the toilet is my absolute favorite – it’s a depiction of the Space Needle with other iconic Seattle images surrounding it, like mountains, trees and coffee.}

{AFTER!}

{AFTER! We are loving our vanity – the storage is so much nicer with drawers {and my fancy drawer organizers}. The chrome finishes on all of the hardware and accessories came together so well, though it wasn’t easy finding some things on our list! We are SO happy with how this all turned out and we owe a lot to our amazing contractor John and the tile guys at Wilson Tile.}

Bathroom Update 9.0

Just in the nick of time for our holiday party we had our bathroom countertop and sink installed. We were kind of sweating bullets over whether we would have a counter or not. In reality it’s not that big of a deal, but we are just so proud of our bathroom that we wanted our friends to be able to come over and see it in its finished {or mostly finished} state for our party.

{Checking out the countertop for the first time!}

{Checking out the countertop for the first time!}

Thankfully the counter place cooperated and was able to work with our timing and get the countertop installed on Friday afternoon – the day before our party! Alex spent a couple hours plumbing the sink that evening and then we had a counter and a sink for the first time in two months!!!

{Our master plumber ;) }

{Our master plumber ūüėČ }

{We are SO happy with how it turned out!!!}

{We are SO happy with how it turned out!!!}

{Close-up of the gorgeous counter and sink... and me in the mirror! Hi!}

{Close-up of the gorgeous counter and sink… and me in the mirror! Hi!}

{I also went to town on getting organizers for the drawers on my side. Our old vanity only had cabinets, so it has been an adjustment now having drawers too. I found these great bamboo organizers and am loving them!}

{I also went to town on getting organizers for the drawers on my side. Our old vanity only had cabinets, so it has been an adjustment now having drawers too. I found these great bamboo organizers and am loving them!}

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{First aid supplies and medicine is nicely organized now too... It's been so nice to have everything for the bathroom all in one room now. Novel concept!}

{First aid supplies and medicine is nicely organized now too… It’s been so nice to have everything for the bathroom all in one room now. Novel concept!}

Our bathroom project is so close to being done – we’re waiting to receive the ceiling light fixture and the art we ordered, and then we’ll be 100% done!

Bathroom Update 8.0

Phase two of the bathroom is officially complete! We’ve got lighting, we’ve got a mirror, we’ve got a vanity and a toilet paper holder, we’ve got heated floors, and we’ve got outlet covers…. Things are coming together and it looks¬†amazing!

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{Our main goal with the reno was to make the bathroom look more like our 1909 house… I can’t get over how much I love these light fixtures and how they feel so old, but so new!}

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{Thermostat for the radiant heat!}

{Thermostat for the radiant heat!}

{For several reasons we are ending up ordering a custom made counter top, so it'll still be a couple weeks before it's officially completed.}

{For several reasons we are ending up ordering a custom made counter top, so it’ll still be a couple weeks before it’s officially completed.}

Bathroom Update 7.0

We’ve got major changes in the bathroom as of late last night……. paint on the walls and a toilet! Things are REALLY shaping up in our new bathroom and it looks amazing.

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{We absolutely LOVE the wall color!! It is just what I imagined but looks even better than I had pictured. My brother did a really great job painting, too. Apparently the walls were not super easy – not a surprise since nothing in our house is!}

 

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{Why yes, that is a light in our toilet seat... quite handy for the middle of the night!}

{Why yes, that is a light in our toilet seat… quite handy for the middle of the night!}

So now all that’s left is some finishing touches, installing the vanity and hanging the lights and mirror. It sounds like the bathroom will be done tomorrow {except for the countertop and one final ceiling light which won’t arrive to us until December}.

Bathroom Update 6.0

My brother arrived on Friday evening and has been hard at work getting our bathroom renovation moving towards the finish line…

{The tile got sealed last week on Tuesday, so since Wednesday we've been using the shower. Jackson has made himself quite comfortable on the new bathmat and towels!}

{The tile got sealed last week on Tuesday, so since Wednesday we’ve been using the shower. Jackson has made himself quite comfortable on the new bathmat and towels!}

{We've got most of our shower products in the new bathroom and have been LOVING using the new shower!}

{We’ve got most of our shower products in the new bathroom and have been LOVING using the new shower!}

{Getting into the new shower feels like I'm stepping into a shower at a fancy hotel. It's hard to believe it's in my own house now!}

{Getting into the new shower feels like I’m stepping into a shower at a fancy hotel. It’s hard to believe it’s in my own house now!}

{John's first projects were moving and installing some electrical and plumbing, then hanging the final sheet of drywall to close up the room.}

{John’s first projects were moving and installing some electrical and plumbing, then hanging the final sheet of drywall to close up the room. Alex is enjoying “supervising.”}

{Drywall is up! Now just need to screw it into the studs...}

{Drywall is up! Now just need to screw it into the studs…}

{This morning John finished the second coat of mud to cover up the screws and tape on the drywall.}

{This morning John finished the second coat of mud to cover up the screws and tape on the drywall.}

Now it’s a lot of hurry up and wait. There are a few projects that they can do in the bathroom while they wait to move to the next steps on the walls, but it seems like the bathroom is going to be slow going for a while.

While they wait, John and Alex are tackling a big and VERY exciting project in our attic today, though. We have a whopping 3 inches of insulation in our attic right now {you really should have more like a foot here in Seattle} so they are going to blow in some insulation to get us up to around 14 inches or so. Our 100+ year old house is always cold and drafty because we have no insulation in the walls {save for maybe some newspaper!} and only 3 inches in the attic, so this will go a long way to warming us up!

It is quite handy to have a contractor for a brother, so thanks for coming to help us with our bathroom, John!!! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Bathroom Update 5.0

We passed a big milestone yesterday in our bathroom renovation: the tile is completely done, grouted and sealed! It looks incredible – we are SO happy with it. Now it’s only making us more excited to see everything done and finished and put together.

{It's hard to get a wide shot since our bathroom is so small, but here is the finished product!}

{It’s hard to get a wide shot since our bathroom is so small, but here is the finished product!}

{We opted for a mid-gray grout to pull the grays out of the marble and tie everything in together. We are really liking how it looks with the subway tiles too.}

{We opted for a mid-gray grout to pull the grays out of the marble and tie everything in together. We are really liking how it looks with the subway tiles too.}

{We were so excited to have the tile done that Alex installed the hardware so we could use the shower... only to find out that one of us {me} bought the wrong size shower curtain.}

{We were so excited to have the tile done that Alex installed the hardware so we could use the shower… only to find out that one of us {me} bought the wrong size shower curtain rod.}

{Henry has been loving checking out the new tile. I think Jackson will be disappointed when we turn the in-floor heat on since he loves to stay cool on the tile.}

{Henry has been loving checking out the new tile. I think Jackson will be disappointed when we turn the in-floor heat on since he loves to stay cool on the tile.}

{We're loving how the marble on the floor ties so nicely into the trim pieces. The vanity will be going straight ahead of the door and the tile contractor cut the trim perfectly so the vanity could fit.}

{We’re loving how the marble on the floor ties so nicely into the trim pieces. The vanity will be going straight ahead of the door and the tile contractor cut the trim perfectly so the vanity could fit.}

My brother arrives on Friday night and has a busy weekend {and week} of helping us pull together the rest of the renovation. If all goes according to plan, we should be done with the reno on the 20th, except, of course for the vanity top, which won’t be arriving to us until mid-December. We are REALLY cutting it close with our holiday party!

Bathroom Update 4.0

The tile in our bathroom is officially complete!! Now all that’s left for the tile is grout and sealing and that’s happening on Monday and Tuesday.

{the floor is covered up with paper right now to protect it, so I can't take a great photo of the whole room right now}

{The floor is covered up with paper right now to protect it, so I can’t take a great photo of the whole room right now.}

Next on the list is my brother’s arrival on Friday! When he comes he will do plumbing and electrical work, then close up the walls and repair some of the drywall, he’ll also paint and install the toilet, vanity and all of the hardware, along with a new vent fan. I’m probably forgetting about 10 things on his major list of things to do. If I’m REALLY lucky we might see if we can get some extra insulation blown into our attic…

{We're super happy with how the shower turned out. We love the marble tie ins on the little foot rest and in the storage niche, as well as the window sill.}

{We’re super happy with how the shower turned out. We love the marble tie ins on the little foot rest and in the storage niche, as well as the window sill.}

Today I took advantage of Pottery Barn’s latest sale and ordered our mirror and picked up some new¬†¬†towels, bath mats and a shower curtain. We’re going for a dark gray towel and a white waffle shower curtain with pretty chrome rings for the curtain rod. We’re planning on finding a fun towel to provide a pop of color in the bathroom, too.

{The storage niche will be perfectly handy for holding our shampoos and soaps.}

{The storage niche will be perfectly handy for holding our shampoos and soaps.}

The renovation has been really only a minor disruption at this point, but I am quite excited to not have to go downstairs to use the bathroom or get ready for bed. I’ll say, though, that I am most looking forward to all of my bathroom stuff being in one room instead of essentially spread out all over the house…

Here’s to the tile part of the project being¬†almost complete!

Bathroom Update 3.0

And then, just like that, we have tile!

{Our tile contractor, Misha, used such precision to lay out the tile in the shower. We continue to be amazed and impressed by how wonderful and thoughtful he is!}

{Our tile contractor, Misha, used such precision to lay out the tile in the shower. We continue to be amazed and impressed by how wonderful and thoughtful he is!}

{The shower floor without grout.}

{The shower floor without grout.}

{...and the shower floor is done and grouted! We ended up selecting a much lighter grout than we expected to based on how the different grouts look and the recommendation of the tile contractor to avoid something too dark.}

{…and the shower floor is done and grouted! We ended up selecting a much lighter grout than we expected to based on how the different grouts look and the recommendation of the tile contractor to avoid something too dark. Note: this photo was taken just after he spread the grout out, so he hadn’t washed off the grout from the tile surface, so it looks a little cloudy.}

{And now today we have tile on the floor too!}

{And now today we have tile on the floor too! I think the yellow levels should stay, no? Nice pop of color ;)}

{Much to our surprise, our vanity components arrived today, as well - all but the countertop. I can't WAIT to organize those amazing drawers!}

{Much to our surprise, our vanity components arrived today, as well – all but the countertop. I can’t WAIT to organize those amazing drawers!}

Bathroom Update 2.0

Our bathroom renovation is majorly underway! The prep and demo work is basically done and the actual tile work should start tomorrow. It’s amazing to see the progress since last week

{at the end of last week, our tile contractor had shimmed out the framing of the bathroom to ensure the walls would be flush and level. He also laid out the coils for the in-floor heating and poured cement to set the shower base.}

{At the end of last week, our tile contractor had shimmed out the framing of the bathroom to ensure the walls would be flush and level. He also laid out the coils for the in-floor heating and poured cement to set the shower base.}

{it was really fun to see what was behind the drywall! where our bathroom currently sits used to be the outside of the house. now there is another room on the other side.}

{It was really fun to see what was behind the drywall! where our bathroom currently sits used to be the outside of the house. now there is another room on the other side of most of it.}

{the new cement floor base is being poured!}

{The new cement floor base is being poured!}

{on Monday I had to make a trip to the slab "graveyard" and pick out a large-ish slab of marble to be used for the threshold into the bathroom, as well as the curb getting into the shower, the shelving in the built-in storage niches and the window sill. the contractor advised this so that all of those surfaces would be the same look, since marble can appear very different. It was an undertaking since all of the slabs in this photo were stacked up next to each other and they were not easy to handle.}

{On Monday I had to make a trip to the slab “graveyard” and pick out a large-ish slab of marble to be used for the threshold into the bathroom, as well as the curb getting into the shower, the shelving in the built-in storage niches and the window sill. The contractor advised this so that all of those surfaces would be the same look, since marble can appear very different. It was an undertaking since all of the slabs in this photo were stacked up next to each other and they were not easy to handle.}

{Here is the slab I picked out. it is placed next to the hexagon tile that will be on the floor. I'd say it's a good match!}

{Here is the slab I picked out. It is placed next to the hexagon tile that will be on the floor. I really like the contrast and think it’s a gorgeous piece of marble.}

{Over the weekend we painted some swatches of different colors we are deciding between. What's your favorite??}

{Over the weekend we painted some swatches of different colors we are deciding between. What’s your favorite??}

{Cement board is in on the walls and we are ready for tile... fingers crossed!}

{Cement board is in on the walls and we are ready for tile… fingers crossed!}

Bathroom Reno Update 1.0

We are a week into our bathroom reno and have only hit two snags. I’d call that a success! Demo went very smoothly and things are happening FAST!

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Our tile has arrived and it is patiently awaiting its installation. It’s hard to see it all in boxes and not get excited and want to lay it out on the subfloor to get an idea of what it will look like. I’m being pretty patient, I think, though. And supposedly our vanity has arrived in Seattle and we’ll receive it this week. I’m not holding my breath on that one because we still don’t have our new chairs for the living room…

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The snags we are faced with are simply due to the old age of our house and the numerous renovations the house has seen. The wall in the shower ended up basically being a wave from top to bottom. The crown in the 2x4s that are framing the shower walls is upside down, which means that the wall bows out the wrong way. To make up for the inconsistencies, the framing along¬†the entire wall {inside and outside of the shower} must be shimmed up to be “plumb” {aka “level”} so that the drywall is even across the whole wall.

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Additionally, the floor has seen a number of renovations and it appears that with each renovation a chunk had been taken out of the subfloor and patched with a different thickness of plywood. The {original 100 year-old fir floor + patches} floor ultimately had to be cut out and they replaced it with plywood that is even and smooth throughout.

{we have floors! and a drain!}

{we have floors! and a drain!}

All of these “snags” were fairly expected, with the exception of the wall. It would have been a miracle to have gotten through this renovation without any surprises, so we were anticipating having to deal with some unexpected changes. Our tile contractors are absolutely fantastic and it turns out that our tile installer is a former carpenter and drywall contractor, so he is highly capable of fixing the wall and the floor. We are in good hands and things are coming along really nicely!

{you can see the difference of how much the "shimmed" wood sticks out from the drywall how un-level the wall is!}

{you can see the difference of how much the “shimmed” wood sticks out from the drywall how un-level the wall is!}