Impromptu Redo II

No, it did not take us an entire year to finish the bathroom remodeling project. Yes, it did take me an entire year to blog about it. Could I be a better blogger? Sure, go ahead judge me, but who cares our bathroom looks AWESOME! After the demolition was complete, it took us almost two weeks to get our bathroom put back together.

Bathroom After 1

We installed new paneling and new molding. We used the same window and base molding which matches the remainder of the molding we upgraded here. Caulked all of the seams using paintable molding caulk. There was so much of this to do that it took me almost one entire day. Then we painted on a fresh coat of gloss white paint. We opted for gloss paint in this room to make the surface of the paneling easier to wipe down.

Bathroom After 4

I researched different flooring options for a bathroom application, and based on our choice to leave in the existing flooring(not necessarily the best way but this worked for our budget), we opted for cork patterned floating vinyl plank flooring. I loved the look of the cork but needed the durability and installation perks of vinyl. The color turned out great it was warm, and it doesn’t show every single speck of dirt and hair. We had some tough corners to get the flooring around where two door frames met and inside of the linen closet. I created paper templates which helped reduce the number of mistakes on actual material. We found it easiest to cut the flooring with a pair of snips. We used a carpet installation razor blade in some instances, but the planks of floor were two layers thick which made it difficult. The floor installation took us a day and overall the installation was fairly easy especially once we got to the straight pieces. The thing to note when installing this floor is to make sure that all of the planks and adhering strips align correctly. Once these babies are stuck together, they are tough to get apart and the adhesive comes off making the piece nearly useless.

We also removed the doors and sanded them in preparation for a new coat of paint. While they were removed, we cut them down using a table saw to fit over the new layer of flooring.

As part of our remodel, we selected a new pedestal sink, a new medicine cabinet, and light fixture for above the sink. Everything looked so new and we were really excited once these items were installed. Max ran into the issues with the sink installation and we had to install some wood behind the wall to brace the sink.

Bathroom After 2

Bathroom After 3


For the paint color, we followed along with the inspiration picture with white paneling on white walls. We picked almost an ivory shade to keep the bright fresh warm feel. We used our favorite paint, Valspar Paint/Primer mix. Since the walls were in such bad condition, we applied two coats of paint. Once the paint was on the walls it really started to bring the room together.

Finally, we got to accessories. It took us a while to finally hang pictures on the wall and hang the shelves.

Bathroom After 5

These items put the finishing touch on the remodeling project. There are still a few more improvements we would like to complete in the room, but as I seem to be reminded in all aspects of my life lately, my work is never done!

Recent Reno – Post 3 of 6

On the third day, “monkey paw” as well as many other aches and pains started setting in. I’m sure the first thing that’s coming to your mind is… what is “monkey paw”? Well, monkey paw is the term we use for the hand cramping that occurs for those of us who are more or less desk jockey’s at work and then spend 24 of the previous 48 hours doing home improvements. I’m no doctor but logic would suggest it comes from using muscles that are not regularly used to grip items such as hammers, crow bars, sanders, and paint brushes  to an extreme. Unfortunately until you work to the point of numbness, it can be quite painful (oh yes, this is how we roll). This was our physical condition when we started off day three.  Not to mention this was the day that the mess started really getting to me. There was debris all over the floor despite constant cleaning and everything was everywhere and there was nowhere to put anything (I’m an everything in its place kind of gal so, this really bugs me). Here you can see in this picture of Elsie all of the little wall pieces and random things placed all over the floor. Please keep in mind this was only a snap shot of a 5 ft by 5 ft area, and the whole house was in this condition.

When considering all the aches, pains, anxiety, and an analysis of progress made in comparison to time remaining to work/recoup, we decided it was best to nix the bathroom remodel. The good news is that we did some major shopping and learned a lot about what’s available and in style for bathrooms these days, so we did make some progress just not anything physical. Oh well, we’ll just wait until after the spring semester (guess I’m stuck with Christmas trees a little longer than I planned).

Day three began with a trip to the “Gucci Dump”, which is an awesome landfill because you drive up to a cement barrier and throw things over the side. There are no seagulls, no stepping in garbage, and there is minimal mud.  This was followed by stops at Home Depot and Lowes to get all of the paint (did I mention that we live 10 minutes away from everything? – Awesome!). We bought 5 gallons of Valspar Signature Paint Foggy Mirror, 2 Gallons of Behr Premium Plus Basketry, and lastly one gallon of Olympic Premium Paint Sand-dollar. Also,  re-enforcements (my Mom and Dad) arrived to help for the day shortly after we got home from shopping – WOOO!

We decided not to remove the carpet until after painting, and it served wonderfully as a drop cloth. The rooms really started to transform on this day.  Applying the color to the walls made a huge difference. My Dad and I took on trimming the foggy mirror gray.

My mom was assigned to the basketry tan color for the two bedrooms.

And last but not least, Max spent the first 8 hours of the day replacing electrical sockets and light switches because they were either a) painted over and unusable or b) a hodge podge of various colors. He also installed a ceiling fan in the previously yellow spare bedroom.

During this day of painting, I managed to paint every color and all three brands (Olympic, Valspar, and Behr) of premium paints on the wall. The first lesson I learned is that when your walls are in as crappy a condition as ours were, it is WAY worth it to spring the extra dough for the premium paint as it shows better coverage than non-premium (which was the ceiling paint from the previous day). Also in my unprofessional opinion, the Valspar Signature color had better coverage .  The Behr and Olympic were comparable, but not as good as the Valspar (sorry Behr and Olympic!). Next, we all discovered the accuracy of trim lines when using Frogs Painting tape over the standard blue paint tape or hand painting.  In most cases, I went back and touched up after removal of the Frog’s tape, but it helped expedite the process tremendously. Lastly, my Dad taught me a little trick to keep my trimming brush fresh. I learned that if I rinse out the brush periodically and dry it off with a towel after rinsing that it made little to no effect on the paint and it was easier to clean the paint brush when I finished.

Here was the progress at the end of day three:

Spare Bedroom – Behr Basketry (don’t mind the bed and check out the new ceiling fan!)

LR/DR – Valspar Foggy Mirror

Tricky Part of the Hallway shown only with the trim painted here (this was where I displayed my amazing balancing act!) – Valspar Foggy Mirror

Family Room – Valspar Foggy Mirror

Family Room (painted paneling) – Olympic Sand dollar

Oh, and did I mention I spent a lot of time in the sink last week? Yikes, here I am again!

We painted ALL day, and we finished all of the color painting – BOOM! I’m still learning to remember to get pictures of every room, so only the rooms I remembered to photograph were shown here (Oops!). It was awesome and celebrated by some serious sleep to prepare for the day’s next carpet removal and molding efforts.