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Happy New Year!!

I hope you have been savoring winter break as we have – with lots of family, friends, food, church, naps, football, and presents. Not necessarily in that order. :-)

There are some cool finds this week…here we go! (If you are visiting for the first time, I live near Cincinnati, Ohio, so these items are all local to me.)

1. Vintage white cabinet listed for $250.


I know that’s more than I usually spend on Craigslist items, but I like this one for its size, its condition, and its flexibility. Here’s why.
First, its size – dimensions are 70 ” tall, 30 ” wide, 12″ deep. You can fit a lot of stuff in that.
Second, its condition looks good – not perfect – but not like it would need a complete overhaul before you could put it in your house.
And third its flexibility. I love this for a kitchen or bath, as the listing suggests, but I think you could also store extra linens, books, or household supplies in it.
Here are a few pics to get your juices flowing.

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I’m not sure, but this may be an old medical cabinet, and my Uncle Dan & Aunt Pat (who are walking encyclopedias of furniture knowledge and have a booth here in Lexington, KY) just told me that medical items are hot right now. 
(READ: I think this could easily sell for more than it’s listed.) 
I can’t tell whether it’s metal or wood, but if I had room for it, I’d buy it.

2. “Old school” desk chairs or office chairs. I love ’em. Metal, wood, doesn’t matter… they are just SO superior to those newfangled things they make now. (wink) So, that said, go scoop these up. 

Cosco Propeller Chair $35


Vintage wood chair



Think about how cool they’d look in a boy’s room!



3. How cute is this old toy piano


It looks beautiful and would make an adorable addition to a nursery or playroom. 

The two like it on Etsy are more expensive than this one. They are asking $45. Go for it!

4. OK this item has been on Craigslist for a while now. In my mind’s eye there is a boy (what is it with boys rooms in this post?) who has an awesome vintage-y train room. 
Maybe like… this one.  
(Because HELLO it has a train track running around the top of the room. Please don’t tell my son. Thank you.)


And in this mythical train room, folded over the back of a cozy chair, you’d find this cool blanket.

It’s from a Pullman sleeping car!


I totally have a movie-like image of men dressed in suits and women in pearls taking a trip, eating and sleeping aboard a train in the heyday of rail travel. 


That’s the era these blankets belong to! 
It’s stuff like this that takes a room from catalog-designed to uniquely personal. They are conversation pieces, and they are a way to pass on some history to the next generation. 
So someone please buy this cool blanket and do up an awesome vintage train room.  Again, thank you.

5. Last, here’s a gal after my own heart. Cute side table, all painted and ready to go. Would make a great addition to a living room near you! $80



This winter weather and ridiculously cold temperatures have me dreaming of yard sale weather….

Just saying.

:-)
Anne







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It took 6 weeks, a couple hundred man or woman hours of labor, and about $2,000 in materials to get this job done.  And I am SO proud to finally be able to show you this!! Step right in!
(Here is the complete background on this room. In short, a family friend’s house caught fire last year. Insurance paid for everything except her only bathroom, which dated to the prehistoric era. She desperately needed a complete gut job and reno, so my Dad, his good friend, and I set out to give it to her, pro bono.)

 The light, you might recall, came from National Builder Supply. It is a Seagull Lighting fixture from their Sussex line and Dad chose to hang it with the bulbs facing up.  The light gets bounced around on the ceiling and diffused nicely in the space. Bathrooms must have enough light! This fixture is like the crown in this room.



 The vanity came from Lowe’s and included the granite countertop.

 The faucets are Moen, the Caldwell line.



 We really wanted to be able to get rid of a storage tower over the toilet.  Really.



It was taking up way too much space in this tiny bath.  Here was the inspiration photo we worked from.





And here’s the design I sketched out once we found out that we wouldn’t be able to do one wide set of shelves because there is a pipe that runs vertically right behind the toilet.  

The thick white arrow represents where the pipe runs.


I had to either abandon the built-in idea, which I did not want to do, or work around it.  So I worked around it. I’m very pleased with how this turned out!  It adds architecture and storage and I think makes the room feel much more well thought-out.


We went with a mirrored medicine cabinet with storage behind it, to maximize the amount of storage Ms. H gets overall.  This is a small bathroom, and the only one in her house.  Storage is important!

Moving on… The shower curtain, I will confess, I chose myself and surprised Ms. H.  When I saw it on the JCPenney website, I knew it would be perfect for this space. It lends a great pattern and color to the room and the brown in it ties in with the oil rubbed bronze fixtures beautifully. A HUGE thank you to JCPenney for supplying this curtain to Ms. H.  It totally makes the room, if you ask me!  I’m impressed with the newer offerings in JCPenney’s home department.  This ain’t your grandma’s JCP!





Dad also added a privacy film to the window – you can get them at the home improvement store.  It was a necessity as this bathroom is on the first floor. 


When we began, Ms. H needed a space that was brought into the current decade.  But it also needed to withstand the test of time.  We wanted this room to look current and lovely 30 years from now, and if all goes as planned, this space should last at least that long!  It was built to last!
That guided our design choices – white subway tile, beadboard wainscoting, neutral floors and counter.  Timeless and versatile, clean and classic.  




Last, I wanted to give you my best accounting of time and money that was spent on this room. 
Labor was free for this project – but please remember if you are hiring someone to do this kind of job for you, that labor costs are at least half the total budget.  This is hard work and if you want it done right, expect to pay someone for their time.  We had the ability to volunteer our time for this project, and we wanted to… even then, the cost for materials was about $2000.


That includes everything – new subfloor and waterproof backer board around the shower. Tile, mortar, grout, and sealer for the floor and shower walls. Beadboard sheets, chair rail, baseboard, lumber for the built-ins, and trim around them. Mirrored medicine cabinet. Vanity, countertop, shower and tub fixtures, and some new copper pipe, as well as some plumbing supplies to install the vanity faucet. Primer, ceiling paint, and trim paint. Safety handles for the shower. Caulk and spackle. Privacy film for the window. Shower curtain rod and towel bars.


The light fixture and shower curtain were generously donated, as was the incredible RIDGID tile saw from the great folks at The Home Depot, which all would have increased our costs.  Not that you have to buy a tile saw to do a project like this – you can certainly rent one, but that too has a cost.


As for time, my Dad was at Ms. H’s house 5 days a week, almost without exception.  I was there an average of 3-4 days as was Keith.  I worked about 5 hours per day when I was there.  Dad and Keith probably worked closer to 7 hours per day.  And from demo to completion, it took us the better part of 6 weeks to complete this project.  We did everything ourselves – demo, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, tiling, and painting. 

I won’t lie.  It was a TON of work. 

 

 That said, I think there is enormous value in choosing to do this kind of work…
 

 
 learning new skills…

 

 

 becoming more self-sufficient… 


 and going beyond your comfort zone when it comes to getting your hands dirty and getting to know how a home functions, from the inside out.


 I encourage you to educate yourself…

 do your homework..

 look around at the other phenomenal projects that people are taking on… 

 roll up your sleeves…


 and take a risk.

 


Try something new. 

Learn. 

 Work.


 Ask for help.

And reach out and give help to someone if you see that they need it.

 (that’s my cute mom, with Ms. H.  Decades-long friends.)

 I especially encourage you to find those around you who know how to do things that you do not.  If you are fortunate enough to find them, take full advantage of it.  People like my Dad and our friend Keith, pictured in many of the photos above, are wealths of information – and kindness.  They are do-ers.  Take a page from their playbook.  Use your own two hands, your intelligence, and the unprecedented amount of information that exists in the world, and do something good.  
This has been such a valuable experience for me personally.  Spending this time with my Dad is an experience for which I’ll always be grateful. 
It’s my hope that this room will give Ms. H much joy in the years to come. It has given us much joy to see it through to completion.

Thank you so much for coming along with me on this journey.  I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts.  I’d love to read about your projects.  Why? Simple.  Because Home Should Be GREAT.

XO,

Anne

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Hi everyone!

Catching up on how my Dad, a friend, and I wrapped up the renovation (down to the studs!) of a family friend’s bathroom.
Here’s the back story in case you missed it. If you look for the label “bathroom” down on the right side of the blog’s home page you should be able to find all the posts in between.
Once the beadboard, built-ins, mirror, and all the trim went in, we could install the new light fixture.   

Before, though, my Dad moved over the electric box from where the old light was, as we needed to hang the new light higher and a bit more to the right.

(We re-hung the old light temporarily)
The great people at National Builder Supply offered the homeowner a fabulous new light to complement her lovely new space.  We went with this one from Seagull Lighting
We chose a 4-light option as this is our only light in room, and it turned out to be fantastic!  We love the oil rubbed bronze… so beautiful.

The globes around the light bulbs aren’t on yet in these pics because we still needed to paint the walls.

So a huge thank you to National Builder Supply!!  Doesn’t this look so much better?
In addition, the vanity got caulked.  
My Dad and Keith added handle bars to the shower for safety.

Coming up… we wrap it up.  And I create a (cheap!) custom piece of wall art for this space.  I’ll show you how you can, too.  Are you getting excited for the big reveal?  I sure am!!!
XO,
Anne
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Grout for the subway tiled tub/shower went up on our little bathroom project, and by little, I mean the biggest thing Dad, Keith and I have ever tackled.  :-)
We used a white, unsanded grout.  And wow, what a difference it makes!! If you look at this first picture, you can see where the grout has been applied to the upper left hand corner.

 You can also see the beadboard went up all around the room.  It comes in 4×8 foot sheets for $20.

We cut it so that it ran 4 feet high, put Liquid Nails on the back, and then nailed it for real into the studs. WHAT an improvement!

A standard chair rail tops it off.  Make sure it’s level.  Liquid Nails on back. Nail it in.

I also primed the cabinets for the recessed shelves/built-ins.

 Don’t forget to go back and sand once your primer is on.  Mucho important.  It will give you the nice, smooth finish you want.

 Once they were primed, and had a few coats of paint on them (Behr Ultra White out of the can), it was time to hang them.  The were screwed into studs and into pieces in the back that my Dad and Keith put in. These puppies aren’t going anywhere!

 You can see in the back where the shower head also got installed.  Yay! It’s Moen the Caldwell line.

We chose a piece of door/window trim to put around the mirror and shelves.  It was mitered on the ends and fit together really nicely.  I think it makes the whole thing look more cohesive and “done”.

Once the shelves were in and the beadboard, chair rail, trim, and baseboards were in, it was time to spackle nail holes, any spots in the wall that still looked lumpy, recessed, or just not flat. It goes on pink and when it’s white, you know it’s dry.

 After the spackle was dried, we gave it good sanding, wiped it down and it was time to caulk! (I will admit, I LOVE caulk.  It’s like magic. It can hide a multitude of “sins” or just areas that aren’t perfect, and if you have ever owned an older house, you are one of the members of the “nothing here is 90 degrees club.” :-)

I am behind on my posts – next up is the new light fixture from our sweet friends at National Builder Supply, paint and finishing details, including a brand spankin new shower curtain from the great people at JCPenney (which I am secretly plotting to buy myself and put in my own bathroom).  WOOO HOOOOO!!!!!

XO,
Anne

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It’s week FOUR, people, and things are hoppin’ in this bathroom.

Did I already mention that the toilet got re-installed?  Woo hoo! No more potty trips to the gas station for us. :-)

Besides that, we the last week putting up subway tile – and some coordinating white trim tile – from the tub all the way up to the ceiling.  It was my choice to run it all the way up.  It was a little extra work, but I don’t regret it one bit.

Getting the first, bottom row of tile straight was probably the most stressful part.  Shims – those little wood sticks – are crucial.  They kept the tiles from sliding down while the mortar was setting.  We used chalk lines and levels and our eyeballs to make sure nothing got out of line in that first row.

I chose subway tile for this bathroom for several reasons.  It is a great price performer.  Looks polished, fresh, and classic. It is the Little White Dress of kitchens and bathrooms as far as I am concerned.  I’ve used it before in two of my houses, and I’d use it again in a heartbeat.  White subway tile can do no wrong in my book.  When in doubt, use white subway tile.

These tiles were self-spacing, which just means they had slight ridges on the edges that save you from having to use spacers.  Just put your mortar on the back, and press it on the wall.  Slick it and stick it, as I like to say.  (Make sure it’s level, of course.)

Now it’s time for me to introduce you to my new bestie.  RIDGID’s 8 inch wet tile and paver saw and stand, which you can find at the Home Depot.

This thing rocks.  The tiles that needed to be cut for this bathroom were probably a couple hundred, including floor and walls.  Using an inferior machine to do that, or trying to rush because we had rented  one would not have been fun.

 The folks at RIDGID and the Home Depot supplied us with this saw, and I’m not sure I can adequately express how grateful we were to have it.  We wanted to do something good to help out our friend (she needed a new bathroom, badly in case you missed it.)  And RIDGID and the Home Depot decided to do something to help us (we needed a tile saw, badly.)  This is a win-win.

So…We marked where the tile needed to be cut.

Before turning the saw on, we lined the piece up with the blade to make sure it would be correct, and then we turned it on, lowered the blade, and smooth as silk, this thing took care of it.

Effortless, really.  I feel completely comfortable using this by myself, and am thrilled with the results.  And my Dad?   Let’s just say he petted the box when it arrived. LOL… what a fantastic tool to have in our “tool box” to pull off this job!  Thank you RIDGID and Home Depot!

It truly is one tile at a time, but it does move along pretty quickly – especially if you have several people – who can be measuring each space where a cut tile needs to go, making the cuts, putting mortar on the tiles, setting them into place, and making sure they stay where they need to be without any slipping.

The accent tile comes in a pre-cut set of four pieces, and we added a plain 4 inch white square to the center.  The rope trim is sold a single piece at a time.  All the tile came from the Home Depot.

Tiling this standard size tub all the way to the ceiling took us five solid days.  That’s two or three people working 5-7 hours per day.  It’s work.  But it is so do-able.   And the payoff is big. You know that advice that you should hang your window treatments as high up as possible to make a room feel larger?  I believe it worked here with tile, too.

A clean, white, unbroken space. I’m thrilled!

SO here’s my take-away.  If you have the ability to take accurate measurements, the patience to mix mortar and grout to the consistencies necessary for spreading, the attention to detail to make sure your pieces are level and straight, and the willingness to learn how to operate a good piece of machinery safely, then I say taking on a tile project is a MUST-DO.  It adds value to your home, and it will make you smile every time you walk into the room!

Next post, grout and beadboard!

XO,
Anne (and Ken and Keith)
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We are into our third week of the Bathroom Reno and things are moving right along.

Dad, Keith and I spent a few days working on installing the tile for the floor.  I picked a 6″x6″ tile and the homeowner, Ms. H. agreed.  Going smaller than a 12″x12″ tile means more grout on the floor, which means better traction overall.

This is the tile, from Home Depot.  We needed 34 square feet.  It took several hours to lay it all down.  We laid them in a staggered pattern, to echo the subway tile that will be going in the shower.

 We ran them in straight lines, the length of the floor.  I think visually it helps make the space seem a bit larger.

 I chose Bone colored sanded grout, also from Home Depot.

Love, love, love how it turned out!!  Blends extremely well and the color will help hide some stains, cat hair, etc.

We let it set overnight and it’s good to go the next morning.  Woo hoo!!

Then Dad and I set out to create the cabinets that would become the built-in, recessed shelves.  Dad did all the measurements to make sure they would fit into the space available, and taking into account the thickness of the poplar wood we used, made sure we would get as much storage space as possible.

 I had to wear my sunglasses because we were cutting these in Dad’s basement and left all the safety goggles at the job site :-)

We used Dad’s table saw, and under his supervision, I learned how to make good cuts, counter-sink screws to hold the pieces together, and they turned out beautifully!  We set them in the wall just to make sure they fit.  They do!  We’ll wait until we move the old light fixture to secure them in the wall but it was great to see them in even temporarily!

The space right below the shelves is where the toilet goes. Once we are ready to install them, we’ll prime and them paint them the same white as the beadboard and other trim in the bathroom. I cannot wait to see it all finished!!

Next up was to install a piece of beadboard paneling where the toilet will go, so we can re-install the toilet and turn the water back on.  We’ve also chosen trim for around the built-in, and a chair rail to top the beadboard.

Tired yet? 😉

I am.
Thank you so much for reading!

Next post… you’ll meet my new BFF.  Big, strong, reliable, and hard-working.  It’s a tile saw from the great people at RIDGID and the Home Depot and boy, are we ever grateful.
:-)

XO,
Anne

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I will just go ahead and put it out there.  I got further into the DIY world than I had planned today.
My Dad had me cutting pipes in Ms. H’s bathroom so we could put in the new ones for the tub/shower faucet.

I learned about soldering pipes (something I never would have the guts to try on my own.  Luckily my Dad has done this before so I watched him and learned.

This pic below is a pipe cutter.  I’ve never used one before.  It has a circular blade like a can opener and it clamps onto the pipe, and each time you turn the whole thing around the pipe, you turn the knob, tightening the blade, and you keep that up, tightening and turning around until the pipe is cut through.

Then Dad cleaned it with a metal brush, inside and out.

 Next he asked me to brush some of this cream on the parts of the pipes that needed to be soldered.

 And then – the part that really freaked me out.   The blowtorch-thing that heated up the soldering metal and melted it at the spot where we needed them joined.  The soldering metal seeped into the teeny space between the pipes, then once it cooled, if all had been done right, the joint would not leak.

 And onto the next cut.

Dad made me cut the old pipes.  This went against everything in my body!  But cut I did.

Now, about that built-in dilemma?  If you missed it, you can read about the pipe in the wall that surprised us, here.

The bottom line is I wanted to put some recessed, built-in shelves in the wall above the toilet. But a vent pipe was right smack in the middle of the wall.

I’m sure for some amount of time and money we could move it.  But that’s not in the cards for us.  So, we have to work around it.

I sketched out what I’m thinking about.  I hope it translates here…Starting from left to right:
The mirror/medicine cabinet would be recessed. Then we would add a piece of drywall or wood trim, flush with the wall, about 4 inches wide.  Then a set of recessed shelves, about 10 inches wide.  Next another piece of drywall or wood flush with the wall, then the last set of recessed shelves.
The whole thing would be the same height and would be trimmed out together so it would look cohesive. You with me?

Basically, I added the first piece of trim, between the mirror/medicine cabinet so that when we put the piece of trim to cover up the pipe, the built-in as a whole would look symmetrical and not like there was a random piece of trim stuck in there.

Kind of like this but without the sconces, and another set of shelves to the right:

Traditional Bathroom by Norwich Architects & Designers Smith & Vansant Architects PC

Besides all that, the toilet got hauled out today.  And yes, they are laughing at me for constantly taking pictures.  :-)

So along with a lot of plumbing work, here’s how the day wrapped up.

Til tomorrow,
Anne

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There are at least five boxes of pink and beige tile on the curb outside Ms. H’s house tonight.  As well as a dismantled vanity, the old sink and faucet, medicine cabinet, and three boxes of ripped out drywall.

We got tons done today.  But as with pretty much any major reno, there were some hiccups.



First, we had planned on adding a new overhead light/vent combo.  Dad and I looked up in the attic, and upon further examination, realized that was going to be quite a bit more complex than we had planned. 



There is a large HVAC duct in the way, and the bathroom vent would need to be run outside.  The roof is quite low near the edge of the house, making the space we’d have to work in pretty small.  
We were bummed.  After deliberation, we reluctantly decided that was probably biting off more than we could chew.  
So on we went with demo.  Here’s one last look at it, it all its pink tiled glory. 





Demo went relatively quickly.  But there were only a few fixtures and screws that required me to use my awesome new Ryobi drill.   Don’t worry… I’ll find more excuses to use you, my little friend. :-)

I was feeling generous and even let my Dad borrow my new toy.


Ms. H got in on the action, too…buh bye wallpaper!






We also ran into a hiccup where we planned to put built-in shelves over the toilet.  

But once we removed the medicine cabinet, we could see behind the drywall, and found that there’s a plumbing vent running all the way up the wall right smack in the middle of where we were planning on having a nice big built-in.


Darn.

It was about lunch time when we found this.  My brain was sorely under-caffeinated at that point.  Time to refuel and re-evaluate.
This is where it would be pretty easy to get frustrated.  But that’s par for the course on jobs like this.  You have to be able to adapt.
I have a plan to work around it, I think.  Can you guess what it is?

Anne
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In case you missed it, my Dad and I are getting ready to renovate a bathroom for a family friend.  Here’s the first post, if you want to get up to speed.  Bottom line is, she really needs a new bathroom on a small budget, and we’re going to do it for her!

This is Dad – waiting for her to meet us at the house.  #stepintoouroffice :-)

We all three went and hit the big box stores this week.

Mrs. H got her new sink faucet, and tub/shower faucet.  Moen Caldwell in Oil Rubbed Bronze (sink) and the shower one is here.

Very nice – it’ll be a huge upgrade!

She also picked out an overhead light/vent combo.
There is currently no overhead light or vent in her bathroom.  Again, big upgrade coming.
However, after reading the reviews of the model she bought, we may exchange it.

I think she’s also settled on a new vanity.  This one’s a combo, sold at Lowe’s and it comes with a granite top.

Again, I went and read the reviews and we’ll take a look at the piece we get once it’s out of the box.  I’m on the fence about it so far.
We did look at Home Depot but she wants a darker cabinet and we only have 27″ of width to play with.  I found it hard to get something in the size we needed.

We (ok, I talked my Dad and Ms. H into it) have decided we are going to try and do a built-in to the right of the new vanity mirror, to give Ms. H some badly needed storage.  This is the picture I found that is pretty much exactly her floor plan.  I love it!

There’s no closet or anything in this bathroom, and right now she’s got a freestanding bathroom shelving unit over her toilet.

It’s fine, but in a room this small, that takes up an awful lot of visual space.  I’d love to get that out of there, and recess some shelves for her.  Now, that said, neither Dad nor I have ever done a built-in like this before so it will be a learning process!

That’s where we are so far.  I have to admit, my fingers are absolutely itching to get in and start the demo of this room.
Could it be because I now have this (to quote my 8 year-old) WICKED set of new tools from the awesome peeps at Ryobi? (a prize for Tweeting my little brains out about the Ryobi gang who came to this year’s Haven Conference.)

Yeah, it could.  #ryobirockshaven

You’ll just have to wait til next week to see me learn how to use a reciprocating saw.  I know, I can’t wait, either.  Insert schoolgirl-like squeal of happiness here. :-)

XO,
Anne

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My Dad and I are good pals these days.  He’s my go-to guy for many of the projects I do.  Anything that needs fixing, shoring up, or building gets put in Dad’s capable hands.

He’s been DIYing stuff, big and small, since way before DIYing anything was cool.  He’s retired now, so we have loads of fun together when we get to work on projects.  (Here’s the link to the post when we built this cool hall bench, for a good cause!)

The next thing we’re doing is a complete bathroom reno for a good family friend.

We’ll call her Ms. H here – and she’s been friends with my parents literally for decades (she’s with my little girl in the pic.)  She and my mom are both nurses and have spent their whole lives taking care of other people.

My mom’s on the left, and another very good friend is on the right.  Aren’t they adorable?

Ms. H has a small home that she shares with her furry companions.  Recently, the house caught fire.  The damage was extensive.  Thankfully, insurance took care of almost eveything.  Almost.  The home’s one and only bathroom was left untouched.

It’s in need of a top-top-bottom reno.  The “vintage” pink porcelain tile was probably swanky in its heyday but now it’s falling off.

The tub and toilet will stay.  Everything else – tile, fixtures, vanity, light, linoleum floor, medicine cabinet, and yes, the shiny wallpaper all must go.

Dad and I took Ms. H to Home Depot last week to look around and try and narrow down some choices and pick a direction for the room to go.  I’m very happy with where we ended up after only one day of work, and as soon as we gather our supplies it’s go time.
Ms. H will go stay with a friend while we’re doing this, so it will not be a do-it-in-our-spare-time sort of event.  We need to rock and roll!  I’m very excited and a little nervous.

Dad’s done bathrooms before – bigger than this one – by himself.  Tile, fixtures, all of it.  He’s very skilled.

I am his apprentice.  I’m eager.  And I have designed bathrooms from the studs up in two homes that my husband and I have owned.  They turned out fabulously, and stayed mostly on budget, if I do say so myself, so I feel good about at least being able to contribute that way.

Right now, Ms. H is agreeable to doing a white subway tile with some decorative white accents around the shower.  I love it.  Subway tile can do no wrong in my book.  It goes with everything.  I think it will be a perfect choice for this home’s one bath.

 For the floor, we’re thinking these 6″x6″ tiles will be perfect.  It’s a small room, so keeping these tiles proportional will be good, and rather than doing a 12″x12″ tile, these will give us more grout lines on the floor, which will help with traction.

Ms. H likes oil rubbed bronze fixtures (great taste, right?) so we’ll go with that.

Beyond that, no decisions have been made.  We’ve got our work cut out for us but we are ready!

And last week, I got in touch with the awesome people at National Builder Supply.  They heard about Ms. H’s story and have GENEROUSLY offered an item from their website to put in the bathroom!  A light fixture, maybe? A sink?  It’s so good of them.  And I know Ms. H will appreciate it.  I’ll let you know what gets chosen, and of course, I’ll have pics once we start demo-ing this baby!  My fingers are itching, I will confess.

I spotted this room on Houzz.  Same layout as Ms. H’s.  Nice right? (source below)

(source: Creative Eye Design + Build, via Houzz)

Pretty soon, I hope I’ll be able to share just a lovely an “after” photo with you here!

XO,
Anne

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