When we bought our house in January 2017 we loved nearly everything about it. Don’t get me wrong, it needed some TLC, but we loved the character and style of the mid-century rambler. Some of the items that we tackled before we moved in were adding recessed lighting, removing a wall into the kitchen, refinishing the hardwood floors and painting the whole interior. The refinishing and painting we hired out, but everything else we did ourselves.
But, the bathroom… we left that because it was functional. It wasn’t pretty (see the picture below), but it worked and we had used up our budget else where. So we stayed with the 1950’s vibe for over a year.
But as I’m (Jon) apt to do with any pregnancy, I started to nest and needed a project to keep me entertained. With Owen it was another bathroom remodel. With Hudson it was redoing a deck. And with Logan it was this! It makes Mochie happy because she gets a new room and yet she probably questions my timing!
The demo was pretty straightforward, no real surprises. The cast iron tub on the other hand was something else! With the help of friends and a dolly we finally got it out and started the remodel.
We decided to redo the plumbing and electrical throughout since we had it all open. The old galvanized pipes and ungrounded wiring needed to go so we tackled that.
Then insulation, sheet-rocking, mudding, painting, etc. We did nearly all of it ourselves (well, Mochie is the primary cheerleader) but hired out the tiling. I haven’t had a desire to try that and with special ordered tile, heated floors and subway tiling to the ceiling in the bathtub area I decided it was best to get a professional. I’m glad we did! Side note, the heated floors only cost about $200 for the thermostat and the heating coils and it was the best $200 we spent on the project. It’s incredible!
It took about three months to get everything done, minus the window. It took probably another three months to bite the bullet on the window. We wanted a casement window to let in the most light, so we went with the Milgard Tuscany, which we love. But it wasn’t cheap, mostly because we went with their premium vinyl, added the obscure glass, z-bar to fit with the exterior, and it’s a weird size. But it’s magnificent. And it’s the first thing you see when you walk in the door.
The other splurge was the vanity. It’s actually a West Elm buffet that we converted. Drill, drill, hammer, hammer, and the custom piece was done! It fits the two sinks perfectly. It also adds the warmth that the bathroom really needs. The dark tile, cool grey walls, and black accents need the warmth of wood and it was the perfect touch.
The rest we either ordered on Amazon or Target. And the million trips to Home Depot to get building supplies (I’m not an efficient Home Depot shopper!).
As with most projects I start, I get really excited to start, then I wane and wonder why in the world I decided to start it, then I complete it, sit back and love it. But I don’t sit back for long. I’ve already started an outside studio (pics to come) and am in the wondering phase. But, I’ll probably finish it and start looking for the next room/project to conquer! I think I have a problem :)
Anyway, enjoy the pictures (Mochie’s so good) and let us know if you have any questions!