Upstairs / Final Bath Renovation

It’s hard to believe that we’ve completed our final bathroom renovation in our home! Now that this project is complete people ask us if we’re done; I don’t think we’ll ever be completely “done” improving our home until we move out sometime way on down the line. Here are some pictures and comments talking about the process from start to finish. Enjoy!

This first shot doesn’t show the bathroom in it’s bare-bones status after we pulled out the vanity, toilet, sheet rock, vinyl flooring, sub-flooring, and cultured marble around the tub. What you can see here is the new mold-resistant green-rock as well as the cement board for the tub surround and the first of two 4″ can lights to give the shower a little more lighting. With a short ceiling and a shower curtain it get’s pretty dark in there!

Here are a few more pictures including the huge soffit above the shower area and the new ceiling, the small section of sheet rook above the door that was still decent enough to leave in place, and the corner of the bathroom for the vanity.

The next step, after closing off all the incoming and outgoing water pipes, patching the sheet rock holes and seams, and a few other items considered “prep” work, we were able to start installing the tile. Picking out tile size, color, and pattern can be a difficult task but luckily for us we have a few friends in the business who have seen many other tile installations and can give us a better idea of how the finished product will look. Here you can see we’ve screwed levels to the wall to start the tub surround. The trick here is to make sure that the first row is perfectly level; after that the rest of your rows will be nice and straight!

This is a great picture of the tub surround and ceiling in progress. We decided to do a staggered brick pattern on the walls and ceiling. Even though the tiles are square shape the brick pattern is simply one of our favorites!

Here’s a shot of the finished product minus the grout of course!

You probably notice that there are triangular-shaped shelves in the shower. Here’s a closer look at the left and right hand side shelves:

As we waited for the tiles in the shower to set we went ahead and had the floor tiles installed. This pattern, herringbone, is so awesome! We love how it breaks up the pattern on the shower walls and ceiling. Looking back we may like it better than the brick pattern in our master bathroom but we’re not changing that any time soon!

Here’s a closer look at the herringbone pattern with a the threshold, grout, and (because it’s travertine) a coat of color enhancer:

Here are pictures of the final product including a new vanity and sink, the old / new toilet, a fresh coat of paint on the ceiling and walls, towel hooks, baseboard, shower curtain, mirror, and light fixture!


No more lost socks

I found this on Pinterest (Hi my name is Kelly and I am addicted to Pinterest)

Of course, I sent this picture to Matt so we could add to our project list.If I forgot to tell you all I have a fantastic husband who goes along with most of my crazy project ideas.

It was a very simple project, 1 piece of wood and 3 brackets. I tried to make the project more difficult by losing a screw under the washer.

What do you think?