Posts Tagged ‘Bathroom’

Bathroom: Tiling

After gutting the lathe and plaster… ripping out the appropriate walls… building new walls… and all things filthy… (I highly suggest you do things like this BEFORE you move into a reno.  You won’t believe the places the dust will end up!  Thankfully we did this all pre-wedding and prior to moving in.)  It was FINALLY  time to start putting things back together!



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First off, prep the floors for tile.

Cement board first!


Look!  It’s a picture of me working!  I’m always behind the camera so friends are always asking why I’m never working.  Handsome Man appears to do all the work!  But honest!  I work too!

Sam took this picture from upstairs through the bathroom drain hole.  Hence the aerial view of me cutting tile! 😉

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Next the tile!

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And more tile…


And more tile…  (This is just before Handsome Man had to do quite the acrobatic stunt to get himself out of the corner he tiled himself into! 😉  )

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And this is when we were just about finished!

At 1:00 a.m.

Cause that’s how we roll.

And probably why I like coffee so much.



Bathroom: Where it all began

So, long ago… before marriage… and a baby… and all things that those entail…


We bought this house.  Almost 3 years ago to be exact!

Happy anniversary House!


We as you know, it was a foreclosure. A fantastic deal that made this house a perfect investment.  We knew it wouldn’t be our “forever home” but it was a great “for now investment home.”


Part of the reason we got it for such a great deal was that all of the pipes in the entire house had frozen and burst.


That little thing happened to be an AWESOME turn of events for us!  Because not only were we able to get a great deal on the house, but it forced us to totally gut the bathroom and kitchen to replace the plumbing.


Because we had to completely start from scratch, we could totally re-think how our bathroom layout was going to be.



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This is what it looked like originally.  It was a tiiiiiiiiny bathroom and a very small closet next door. It had too many big windows for a bathroom. And it had a very weird layout.  And that’s not even getting into the lavender walls and royal blue drop ceiling!  Nice, huh??


I wish I had pics of it before!  I can’t seem to find them!



Here’s one of the storage closet mid-demolation.  We were cussing out the lathe and plaster walls saying goodbye to the turquoise lathe and plaster walls at this point!  YAY!




Gutting these rooms was not an easy task.  Especially the ceilings.  I hate the ceilings.  It’s that whole gravity thing.  Even while wearing safety glasses, I got junk in my eyes.  Blech!


And here’s Handsome Man ripping out walls, moving drain pipes, and just generally looking handsome! Rawr!

Actually, the whole idea of ripping out the walls and the new layout was all him!!!  My brain didn’t really work that way previous to this house.  I did lots of renovations, but they never entailed moving things like WALLS!

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This is what the new and improved layout looked like.

It feels SOOOO much bigger now!  The layout makes a lot of sense now that we have 3 very separate “areas” for the sink, the shower, and the toilet.  Having the door on a diagonal made a whole vanity attainable instead of just the pedestal sink.  The windows were replaced for smaller ones that weren’t as revealing.

In the next posts, I’ll take a trip down our proverbial memory lane to see just how we got from here to there!

When the cat is away, the mice will play… Bathroom Shower Curtain….

Soooooo….. Yeah….  Here’s how it all went down.


Handsome Man left for California.  My friend, Grace came to stay with me for a few days while he was gone.


We were talking about the bathroom and how much we loved it when we both mentioned (I’ve been thinking this for quite a very very long time.) that the shower curtain just didn’t seem to fit in.  Everything was so light and airy and happy except the shower curtain which was big and dark brown and heavy looking.  The killer was that it was a good curtain yet! Incredibly good quality!  We’ve only used it a short while and it seemed like such a waste to get a new one when this one was still perfectly good.  Against my better judgement, I made my way to… Just to look…. Not to get anything!


Yeah.  Ummmm….. So…. while I was *just looking*  I found this.




Light… Airy… Happy…

And very very inexpensive!  Only $15.99!!!!

And I *think* I can re-sell mine for almost that much!

(This doesn’t sound like rationalization, does it???)



But really… I love it!!!   Really really love it.



And… I’m totally scheduling this post for tomorrow after Handsome Man gets home.


So I can ‘splain to him! 😉 lol!


I’m TOTALLY blaming this one on YOU, Grace!! 🙂

6:07 p.m.









Caulked…. Primed… And top-coated! Just one more coat and its done!!!!!! I’m giddy!! 🙂

I even got a door front/back painted AND a bench I made out of pallets!  How’s THAT for a productive day??

P.S. ignore the junk in the sink. Mentally pretend its not there. 😉

My obvious problem is that I get overanxious to start a project and don’t take the time to… You know…  Clean things up???


Almost everything there will go on the shelves I’m painting.  So….   Ummm…..  That’s my rationalization this time!


You shoulda known what you were getting into when you started reading a blog called DIY in REAL LIFE!!!!!   Haha!!!


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