August 31, 2010 in Making our House a Home
You may remember back to January when I introduced our bathroom remodel project.
Don’t feel bad if you don’t, it was only about 9 MONTHS AGO!!
It seems that bloggers like to redo rooms…and I always look forward to checking out the big “reveal” posts with before and after pictures when they do.
Usually they say silly things along the lines of
“doing this project was so much fun”
“everything just came together so wonderfully”
or “it was really very simple”
Sometimes they even say things that are just plain ridiculous like “I can’t wait for my next big project”
or “I’d do it all over again.”
You won’t hear any of those things from me.
You see, I am very excited for my big bathroom reveal…
…but mostly I am just relieved.
We knew this was going to be a big project. But it was bigger.
There were tears. arguments. frustration. disappointment. frustration. stress. deliberation. trial and error. frustration. wasted time. and stress.
We had major issues with the toilet (which you can read about here)
And a few set backs with the vanity (which you can read about here).
But we can put all that behind us now. It is finished!!!!! [Well, finished enough...it still needs to be decorated...and I guess I'll just have to have another big "reveal" when I get that done But not now. We are taking a bathroom break (not to be confused with a potty break). The walls will be decorated when I get the inspiration and find the right things on clearance racks and garage sale bins.]
When it comes right down to it, I know that much of the stress if this project begins and ends with this mama’s indecision and perfectionism.
I agonized over the decision between bronze, chrome, or brushed nickel faucets (and whether my preferences were legitimate given the price differences).
…and also over whether to keep the old tub and repair the chips, or shell out the cash for a new one (we kept the old one and spent $6-7 on some porcafix, which worked great).
Who knew there were so many different exhaust fans to choose from with different noise and power ratings? I studied all the charts, but in the end I went with this one ‘cuz it was prettiest.
We spent weeks trying to decide what our floor tile should look like (thanks to everyone who cast their vote in this post!).
I picked up about a hundred paint sample cards before determining how to paint the walls (Olivewood by Glidden)…
like when we discovered that there were four glass light globes that all matched on the clearance shelf…AND I really liked them!
And when we found these soap dishes at the Extras Warehouse…
Like installing a glass block window,
and texturing (which isn’t actually what he is doing in this pic, he is priming in preparation for texturing)…
and “do” grout,
I also admire and appreciate his ingenuity with a few “special circumstances:” like inventing new methods of plumbing when the existing pipes were designed to be hooked up several inches to the right of where I wanted the vanity.
Thanks also to my dad for helping discover the leak which prompted the whole project and cleaning up the mold which it left behind.
And I do think that everything came together wonderfully.
I’ll even be a bit ridiculous and admit that I am already excited for our next big project…
However, I will NOT go as far as to say I would do it all over again. I’d really rather not.
Here is a quick recap:
This post is linked up to Centsational Girl’s Blogland Bathroom Remodel Gallery.