Monday, March 21, 2016

Full Bathroom Renovation Complete!

Before our winter trip to southern CA, Steve finished our full bath! We celebrated this moment in a big way with our trip and he now feels so relieved and free to do other things. One thing after another took precedence over this project as evidenced by our first and second post about it in February 2015....yes, an entire year before its completion. (There are many reasons why, but who cares now.) Thanks to this persistent man we no longer shower amongst black plastic. Way to go Stephen!


This excellent ceiling fan really helps the humidity in the bathroom and gives us a nice bright light overhead.


Steve, of course, new exactly where to cut the roof opening for the fan.


Other than helping paint the walls, feed the laboring man and offer moral support, this is about all I did with this project...look around - ooh and ahh. The bathroom is so far out of my league so I really appreciate all you DIYers that tackle a project like this!


Drywalling is not fun in our opinion (the dust!), but was very necessary in this room because of some weird stucco stuff put on by past owners...a cover up gone awry for sure.


The trim for the bathroom windows and floor boards came from pallets destined for the landfill. This sort of wastefulness only comes amidst abundance and we consider this such a poor reflection on our society.


Alas, though, we do the best we can and salvage as much as we can. Ta-dah! Another colorful room in the home of Jennifer & Steve.


The sink, tub, and toilet are new. We replaced the old, water guzzling, leaky toilet with a water efficient one. We got estimates on refurbishing the sink and tub and couldn't afford the price so we found the best made and least expensive units we could find.  The sink light is used. I made the circular rug; we found the woven rug at an antique store when we lived in Carlsbad, NM. The toilet paper holder, trash can, towel and most of the knick knacks are from the thrift store. The floor is the old subfloor, which Steve stained and varnished.


Steve pulled the mirror from someone's trash...it's old with beveled glass and though it's just a bit cloudy, it's a fabulous find. He started sanding the wood and found all these layers of different colors of paint from years gone by. You know what we did...we left them and all the old hardware holes.


Besides the windows, the mirrow is my most favorite part of the bathroom.


We kept all the original cabinetry and hardware, which Steve made look fantastic.



The original bathroom had one window to allow humidity to escape into the back stairwell since there is a door there that allows fresh air to enter the house. When Steve opened up the wall he found three other windows that were walled over so he kept them open, trimmed them out and voila, the natural light in the bathroom is fantastic, even though this is an interior room.


There are a few minor used things we are looking for, but we don't rush and what we need always finds us. Part of the charm of this house is letting it evolve and turn into the creative, thoughtful space we desire.

Now, we are completely switching gears to the growing season. Yes!

For all you plant lovers, a little update: we don't have a greenhouse here so won't have early plants, but we will have lots later. Watch here for updates as the season progresses. Thanks for your inquiries everyone...they make our hearts happy knowing all of you want plants for wildlife.

Happy, happy spring to you all!

10 comments:

  1. ITS Perfect!! I love the rich color you chose for the walls and the natural trim. The floor is awesome too. I k now you are enjoying it!! I just finished my bathroom project too...with a couple little tiddly things!! I can't wait to actually be living in MY HOUSE...hopefully it will be soon!

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    1. Thanks Sondra! You know the effort that goes into these projects. You are so admired by us! :)

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  2. The room is great; I especially love the mirror and the windows. Hope to use it some day. ;)

    I'm such a dork. You've posted brilliant posts of Nature lately, and I'm commenting on a bathroom.

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    1. You are invited here anytime dear friend!! Steve calls us all DRENS. The opposite of nerds - cool nerds! :)

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  3. Just amazes me when people wall over or take away windows. Your bathroom is awesome.

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    1. Thanks sister! We love it! I love your orange garage door. :)

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  4. What a transformation! You must have worked so hard. We recently renovated our bathroom but we called in the experts to help us design and fit everything. Plumbing scares me and I wanted to make sure that there would be no leaks once everything was finished. We also opted for dark colors, well done once again.

    Lovella Cushman @ Perfection Plumbing

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  5. This is awesome! I've been trying to do some bathroom renovation , and this gave me some great insight for things to try. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. You should be very proud of the work that Steve has done. Have you thought of putting plants in the bathroom since you have all the natural light now? They would add a homey feeling and make the room look bigger. They would also help to cut down on air pollution. Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. We have plants everywhere in our house, but not here. That's a good thought. :)

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