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Starting The Bathroom Remodel

We finally got started on the bathroom - it was our anniversary present to each other and I'm thrilled with the way it's coming along!

Bruce took the week off last week to get as much done as possible - the tub got demo-ed and the shower and floor tile went in. Ready to see the process? Here we go:
Bruce told me not to take pictures of him. oops, already did. :o)
But he's off to a good start!

Goodbye to the yucky tile surround

I can't help it; he's just so darn cute and working hard!
 There was a bit of mold but it all got torn out anyway.

The tile is gone, the tub is history!
Breaking out the first row of floor tile to put shower curb in - can you say messy?

Shower curb started and drain in

liner and cement board in

floor tile all out
 Fortunately, we didn't run into any surprises so it was just hard work with long days. And the back porch was all set up for relaxing in the evening plus Bruce had his hammock for taking a nap break.

It's going to look great. The tile is just what I envisioned with the beautiful decorative accent.
decorative tile on left, shower tile on right
We are leaving the beadboard on the walls - have to add more where the old vanity was. Plus I'm going to paint the door and window sill white to match the rest of the trim - good-bye matches nothing stain.

The floor is just wow! I love how it looks like rustic wood planks.

And my beautiful buffet. She needed a bit of cleaning up and then I started putting the polyurethane on her:

Yikes! Disaster! By the 3rd coat, the poly turned the paint really yellow. Yellow clashes with my tile so off to the store to buy stripper. What a headache, because of course, the paint came off too. Ok, deep breath; find a store that sells chalk paint, drive 38 minutes to Tyler, buy paint, drive back, paint, and poly again. whee. But I have to say I love the new color even better than before. Here's a sneak peak of the drawer with the lion head handle:
ASCP "Coco" with white wash

A different brand of poly this time and she's ready to be made into a vanity and start her new life.

And that my friends, was the week of hard work. We are tired but happy with the progress we made. I'd like to give a big shout out to my MIL, Bonnie, who was there the first weekend and helped haul debris out (she's awesome!) AND to my brother-in-law, Michael, who was there the following Friday and Saturday and helped Bruce get the shower tiled. He saved me from having to cut the tile (I really dislike that job!).  My sister and I left them to work and ran to Canton for the day. haha! It was a nice break from the dust and noise.

We are taking a couple of weeks off to rest up but we Bruce will be grouting and getting the vanity in next. (I get to clean out grout lines where the mortar oozed through, paint the door, window sill and beadboard, and the fun part of decorating.) Yay! Can't wait!!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!



  1. Oh Cecilia - I've been wanting to buy those tiles for a long time now - they look fabulous !!!
    This bathroom's going to be gorgeous - I can't wait
    And that vanity ( I guess you used oil based poly the first time? ) is incredible - did you go with COCO ?

    1. Thanks, Suzan! I am in love with those tiles. You should see the whole floor. Swoon!

      Yes, it was oil and Spar which is what I think did it. I just got plain oil based the next time, it worked! But since it wasn't white this time, it didn't change it (or show). It is Coco...I wanted French Linen but it was too grey. The Coco was perfect. I'm really glad I was forced to repaint the buffet because I really wanted something that color in the bathroom. The whole thing is coming together-I can't tell you how badly I want to get it to the decorating stage!

  2. Over from Tidbits, I just started a much more restrained update on our main hall bathroom...but like you the vintage/ rustic vibe is strong :) I love the vanity piece!! Good luck.

  3. Wow! You guys have been busy! It is going to be just all the choices and that vanity! I am swooning over it...) Sorry about all the work it took to get it finished, but I am sure it was worth it.There always has to be something to give you trouble with a remodel it seems! Your floor tiles look almost like my kitchen counters which are floor tiles! I love them on the floor too! I cannot wait to see the finished room! Have a great rest of the week and weekend! Hugs!

    1. Thank you, Vicky. We are sooo tired; been dragging all week long...guess we don't bounce back like we used too. LOL. I can't wait to finish it plus I've found a couple of things for decorating and will be making a couple too. Time to really do it up! :)
      hugs back

  4. All that work is going to be soooo worth it, and I love what you've picked out for it so far! It's definitely going to be a beauty :)

    1. Thank you, LZ. It is definitely going to be worth it!! The bathroom has needed updating since we bought the place and finding the mold behind the tile confirms we did the right thing pulling out all the old tile. It looks so pretty so far. Can't wait to get it finished!!

  5. Cecilia,
    The bathroom project is coming along! I love the paint you ended up with....the finish is perfect. That poly can get you every time!

    Happy day friend!

    1. I almost cried, Karianne! But then I decided to go for what I really had envisioned and I LOVE it! Bruce did tell me he didn't like the amount of distressing on the buffet anyway (why didn't he say so to begin with?), so I was able to do away with most of it. :o) It's going to be just what I had in mind - or better. I'm so excited!!

      Happy day to you too, sweet friend!

  6. The bathroom is looking great after such labor of loves on everyone's part....Love that floor and the finish on the cabinet!

    1. Thank you, Shirley! It's going to be fabulous. Working on a couple of projects for the finishing touches. :)

  7. That cabinet has stolen my heart Cecilia! What a fabulous find!!

    Demolition is such hard work, but I can see that this is one project that's going to pay off big time. I know how exhausting it is too.

    I had to smile when I read it's your anniversary gift to each other. Isn't it funny how our priorities change?!


    1. Doreen, you should have seen me rushing over to it when I saw it at the Canton Trade Days! I knew the minute I saw it, it was perfect.
      We are still trying to get rested...we don't bounce back as fast as we used to.

      Haha, yes, from wanting flowers, etc., to more practical things. Last year it was a zero turn radius ride on mower. Yeah, baby! We've come a long way. ;)


  8. We are thrilled as well, and we cannot wait to see how your bathroom will turn out! A project like that is a satisfying one to finish, since its results are going to be both very useful and enduring. I hope the remodeling sticks and lasts for a very long time. Cheers!

    Roxanne Vaughn @ Total PLBG


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