Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Powder Room Revamp or Remodel or update, you pick

I wish I had pictures of this bathroom from the day we moved in. I don't, so here's the visual. Imagine iridescent blue wallpaper with a 1980's design clad with massive pink flowers of some sort. It was hideous. You can see some wallpaper in some of the before photos, this is actually the original wall paper from, not the iridescent florally blue stuff I speak of.  It didn't take long for me to get busy removing the wallpaper, but as we all know, moving in to a new home is time consuming, which equates to a very half ass job on my part. Despite the half-assedness, the wall paper was gone, and there it sat for 3 1/2 years desperately anticipating my next move. We did replace the toilet shortly after moving in, and just recently, I transformed the wood work and opened up the space a bit (remember this post ?), however, it just wasn't enough.

Here she is in all her pre-demolition glory.  I had already painted over the brown on the top portion of the wall, because of course, I FORGOT to take pictures.  Imagine that! Anyway:

Mark removing the "nice toilet"

What a MESS!!

Mark laying the marble tiles.

Mark talked me in to replacing the vanity with a pedestal sink (brand new, craigslist $75) and laying white marble tile, which I am so, so thankful for! I wasn't sure I'd like the pedestal sink, but wow, the difference. The space feels much more open and less cramped. Since the remodel I have had two people comment on the "nice toilet". What they didn't realize was that this is the same "before" toilet. Suddenly, our "nice toilet" is much more noticeable now that the huge vanity is gone. I have to admit, it is kind of funny to eagerly show someone all of the new improvements and they end up commenting on the "nice toilet". Something I never would have anticipated, but funny none the less.

Aside from all of the obvious surface work, Mark also replaced all of the old plumbing that is now visible behind the sink and added a joist (?) between the studs on the wall where the pedestal sink is now to allow the pedestal to anchor in the correct spot. Blah, blah, blah. So, enough of that. Here's the fun part. The after pics!

I am so, so proud of my talented husband.  There is nothing he can't do!  I am just so impressed with all of his work and the TIME, oh the TIME.  He came to bed many nights after midnight...after working a full day at work.  My only contributions were picking out the paint color (Behr Verdigris), priming and painting everything and caulking and spackling.  Other than that, Mark did it all.  

And on to the next project. ;)



  1. Wow! Talented hubby you have there! I'm in awe over all of his perfect mitering, and how perfect his cutting around for the toilet plumbing in the molding looks! Gorgeous bathroom!!!

  2. Thanks Emily!! Thanks Michelle! We are sooo in love with the change!

  3. I can't help but notice the before walls. It's exactly how I've been thinking of doing mine. We have 6 dogs so it's hard to keep the walls clean, so I was thinking of a chocolate brown 1/3 up, then a lighter color on the top 2/3 with a chair rail dividing the two.