Wednesday, May 12, 2010

One Year Anniversary...

WOW!!! It’s been just over a year since we started the bathroom remodel project! I can’t believe I haven’t shared it with you. Most of my good friends on here knew I started it some time ago; I believe I even posted a picture of my tub, then HELLO! I disappeared!

So, Let’s get to some pix, ‘cause who cares the steps that I took to tear it out, everyone can/loves doing demo (especially on a room you HATE!!!)

Shower corner before. Yep this retro, yet, festive Christmas-like paneling was covering the walls. Most of it was painted, and painted and did I mention painted? But some of it was left in its 1970’s beautiful state.

EEWWW… Here’s underneath the shower floor. Great support system as you can see, humm, do I blame me stepping through the floor on my weight or the support system. Yeah, definitely the support system. Dig the groovy tar backed linoleum?

Yeah, here’s the closet, bathroom in its massive glory! I’d take you on the tour, but this is it! In 1902 when they built my house they didn’t factor in bathrooms, so somewhere along the line someone decided to take the only closet in my upstairs and convert it into a bathroom. Yeah, that’s a WHOLE other subject!!

We (yes, my DH started helping with the demo when he knew I was serious) gutted the whole room, ceilings and ALL!!

NOW, look what we accomplished, all by doing it ourselves, well, except for some plumbing manifold installation from a plumber.

We did the electrical, most of the plumbing, installed all the fixtures, tiled, everything… and it only cost $3700 for the total remodel! The tub was our biggest cost at $1700. (I highly recommend acrylic tubs on 2nd floors!) Who knew a claw foot tub could fit in a 7x7 square foot closet! Just a little elbow grease, the DIY network, and a few smarts and anyone can do this... you might kill your significant other in the process, but it will be worth it... I promise!

Granted, it took us 7 months to fully complete, only because we took the ‘Hey, we have another bathroom…” “How many ball games this season?” “Don’t forget I’ve got classes every night this week…” “Saturday classes?” approach!


red.neck chic said...

Yep! I remember when you got your tub!!! And now? Look at that - you're ready for me to move in to your gorgeous house! LOLOL

Girl - you DID GREAT FANTASTIC AWESOME!!! I love the tub - and that sink is incredible! So is the cabinet!!!

;-D robelyn

Marge said...

Awesome remodel!!! I love the gorgeous tub and the sink and faucet are fabulous!!!

kimmykats said...

I grew up in just such a house--no hallways(we had to walk through parents bedroom to get to ours) no closets...our ancestors didn't have enough stuff! Love the look of the tub and sink. Enjoy!!

Abby said...

You did SO MUCH WORK! You should be proud of yourselves! Way to go!

(LOVE the tub!)

~Red Head

Mama Holli said...

Happy one year Anniversary! I have a one year present for you! I am linking you up on a new women's networking site!
You will be in the Flock,or group named Perky Blogging Mamas! I have you linked up in the Blog Roll! Pleaase stop by and post up a discussion!!! Happy one anniversary day!!!

Jill said...

Oh...great job!! The sink is especially wonderful! And, that morel above...yum! We only found a few this year and they were pretty much already dried out. bummer.

Jamie said...


I just cam across your blog and was scrolling through when I came to your post on your bathroom remodel. Well we have been in the (over a year now) long process of remodeling our bathroom also. We are beginning to see an end to it thanks goodness, but...... I will be custom building our sink/vanity and seen your sink and fell in love with it. I was wondering where you purchased it from?

BTW, your bathroom is looking great!! Love that you kept the wanes-coating unpainted and stained!

jenny said...

I love your faucet, actually I envy it.

thehillbillies said...

Thanks for all the comments! Gotta love a little elbow grease!

Jamie- we purchased the sink online at

They have a great selection of sinks and faucets!

Good luck with your remodel!