It’s official! We are finally done with the bathroom remodel! I’m so excited to show you all of our hard work (and believe me, remodeling a bathroom is HARD WORK). Those of you who follow my blog, have listened to me go on and on for months about this bathroom and I wanted you to be the first to see it.
This project started in January with the planning and materials. We remodeled the upstairs bathroom last year and used two subcontractors – one for the tile and one for the drywall. This bathroom is my boys’ bathroom and my husband and I were feeling ambitious. We set out to remodel the entire thing by ourselves. The only exception being the custom glass shower doors. For the record, custom glass shower doors are not a do-it-yourself project. I acknowledge when I am out of my league.
We could not be more happy with the result! I think we get better each time we do a remodel. My husband and I handled the tiling very well. We thought it was fun! A big thanks to my father-in-law for coming over for the occasional assist with the demolition and plumbing. A team effort, for sure!
In this post, I wanted to go through the process of this remodel quickly to show how it all comes together. You can also check out these posts on how to begin a bathroom remodel – part 1, part 2, and part 3. I also have a post with some of my tips for remodeling a bathroom here.
Like I said, the process began in January. I measured the bathroom and figured out the layout first. Now is the time to decide if the bathroom will have a shower, tub, or combo. Look up standard sizes of tubs and shower bases, so you know if they will fit in your space.
Pick out the toilet, vanity, and storage arrangements early on. All of these decisions have to be made to create a layout of your room. We used the toilet that was already in the room because it was fairly new and we wouldn’t have to move the plumbing for it.
I initially wanted to put a tub in this bathroom, but quickly found out it would take up the whole room. After checking out the standard sizes for the type of shower base I wanted to use, I selected the size that would work best in my space. For storage, I always use medicine cabinets because my bathrooms are tiny!
I measured for the vanity and determined the size I would need, but realized that I needed to turn it and place it on the other wall. The shower door would swing and I didn’t want it hitting the vanity. Moving the vanity would allow enough room.
Now that I had my layout completed, it was time to go see Korie. For those of you who are new to my blog, Korie is a designer at Scrugg’s Lumber in Jefferson City, MO and she is a friend/designer who humors me. We work well together and I don’t like to tackle big projects without her.
We picked out a porcelain tile that mimics a slate tile. It couldn’t be real slate since this bathroom belongs to a 6 and a 5 year-old. A gray matte wood grain tile and a marble and glass basket weave mosaic accent tile later, we were well on our way. We picked a green-gray for the walls and Korie picked out a creamy color for the vanity. I wasn’t 100% on that vanity color, but I trusted Korie and now I remember why. That color is perfect! You need a little trust here, because you can’t see the result. You have to envision the final product and that’s not always easy.
At this point, we also pick out grout colors and plan out the way the tile will be set. There’s no going back now! I take my measurements with me and Korie figures the price. Boom! Tile is ordered. What about everything else?
Indeed! Now I order the tub/shower base, toilet, and medicine cabinet. I ordered a Tile-Redi shower base and niche and a Kohler Verdera medicine cabinet. I didn’t need a toilet this time.
Hardware is next. I spend hours picking out the shower head, faucet, towel bar, and light that go along with the vibe of my room. For me, it was important to give my boys a beautiful bathroom that wasn’t too pretty. We wanted a masculine room, so I chose a lot of square, angular hardware. The boys picked out their own faucet and light themselves. What a modern sense of style they have! They selected a simple, yet aggressive waterfall faucet. It does look great!
While I was waiting for all that stuff to come in, my husband set to tearing out the entire bathroom. Everything except that toilet, anyway. He needed to move some electrical and plumbing since we moved the vanity. Some plumbing had to move for the new drain and shower head locations for the shower. He also had to make sure the walls were square for the shower doors later, AND he had to secure the floor and top it with concrete board in preparation for tile.
After all of this rough-in, he then had to replace and/or repair all the drywall in the room. As you can guess, this is not my area of expertise. I take care of all the planning and acquiring, and the rough-in is his part. After the drywall is complete, we team up for the finish.
But I can’t finish yet! I forgot the vanity! Just kidding. I didn’t forget it. After Korie determined that I needed to paint the vanity, I did a little research. I found a vanity that was made of solid wood and had a great price, but I would need to refinish. Curiously, I spoke to a local cabinet builder and he could build me the vanity I wanted for $100 more. Now, I refinished a vanity for the upstairs remodel and it was fine, but it is a lot of work. If you have a good vanity, just refinish it. I did not, and it was worth it to spend a little extra here. I got to pick out the doors and the trim and the legs and everything. He even put shelves and little cubbies on the backs of the doors for extra storage.
I then went to a local stone supplier and selected an awesome remnant they had. It is a titanium granite with a leather finish. It isn’t shiny or polished and has just a hint of texture to it. Perfect! This company delivers and installs, so I don’t have to do a thing. I also used this remnant to cut a piece of granite for the ledge behind the toilet.
We primed and painted the ceiling and walls prior to tiling. Some people do the opposite, but we always paint first and touch up later. I hate getting paint on the new tile!
Next, my husband and I set out to lay all that tile. We started with the floor. We cut and set every piece of that tile working in the evenings and weekends. It took us a long time because we were new to the process, but I think we did a great job. It was our little gift to our boys, so I hope they love it!
After the tile was completed, we set the vanity and called the granite company to install the top. We also cut, painted, installed, and caulked the trim. We installed all the hardware and put the toilet in.
Once the tile is set, we called a couple of glass companies and got estimates for the shower walls. We picked one and had to wait a couple of weeks for the glass to come in. They showed up and installed the shower and Presto! Bathroom done!
Sorry that this post is so long! It’s hard to compress three months of work into 400 words! I am a detailed story-teller – always have been. I guess life is really about the journey and I enjoy taking you along. This project was really a fun one. It definitely isn’t our last tiling job, but mostly we felt like we were creating a gift for our boys.
If you have any question or comments, please enter them below. What do you think? Was it worth all the work? Don’t forget to sign up for my weekly newsletter in the sidebar, so you won’t miss my next project! As always, you can find me at [email protected] and I can’t wait to see you next time!