Update on my Master Bathroom Reno

Today, we leave for a much needed Spring Break family vacation but first, I wanted to update you on the progress of our Master Bathroom Renovation.

It has been a loooooooong winter here in Michigan and unfortunately, we have had some set backs on this project and it seems, every other client’s project too!

I have been playing the waiting game a lot lately.

All of my current clients are waiting on painters mostly so we seem to be at a stand still….my own house is no exception!

Today we are waiting on plumbers actually but, after I arrive home, I am hoping to wrap this project up.

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Does everyone remember how ugly it was before?

Pretty basic….and pretty ugly!

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So, first things first, we did demo! My favorite part!

We busted up all the tile, which was no easy task because it was porcelain.

Typical of this house….lets spend the max on the ugliest tile we can find so the next person that wants to change it has a heck of a time.

Do I sound bitter?

Its been a long 2 1/2 years remodeling this house!

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We tore out the floor, shower floor and vanities.

It got even uglier before it got better but, thats pretty standard on any renovation.

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I bought Penny tile for the shower floor and Carrara Marble for the bathroom floor and shower surround.

Love it!!!

So excited to get it all installed!

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I also came up with a plan to eliminate the white grout that drives me crazy on the existing subway tile we kept.

The white grout would drive me crazy when cleaning the shower.

I decided to dye it gray and go with gray for the entire tile project.

Easier said then done….would I do it again?

NO!

I am a perfectionist and my picture should be on the side of the bottle with a line threw it…..crazy, OCD Interior Designers need not apply!

I may have even gone over the edge one afternoon and busted out the niche to add a bit more penny tile just so I did not have to dye the grout in that area.

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It took us a few weekends but, we laid the floor tile and the shower tile.

We went with a hopscotch pattern on the floor which really widened the small room.

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I also decided to add height and character to the wall we would install this paneling from Home Depot. I really wanted Ship Lap siding but my tight budget would not allow for it.

I found this product instead and decided to hang it sideways.

It looks fantastic!!!!

It looks exactly like ship lap for a fraction on the cost and for such a small space, it only adds 3/16″ to the surface of the wall.

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The paneling is painted Behr Ultra White, as is all the trim in the rest of our home.

We painted the walls above Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray, which really makes the gray veining in the marble floor pop!

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The grout is finally all gray and the marble floor and surround are in!

The shower door is on order and I look forward to using the shower soon!

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We installed medicine cabinets to add extra storage. Unfortunately, we could not recess them because the wall behind them is load bearing, but I think they turned out fantastic! They really add the character we were looking for.

We did have to put up the old lights….maybe temporarily? Maybe Not? We have limitations on ceiling height that is making it a challenge for me to find new fixtures I actually like….stay tuned on that one!

It may take some time!

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Last night, we installed the vanities and that brings us to where we must wait for a plumber. In order for the bottom drawers to close on both vanities, he needs to move the water shut off valves a bit. It has been a slow process of trial and error and, ups and downs this last two months but, I am really proud of the way it is turning out.

We still have loads of trim work to do and a few faucets would be good but, we are getting there!

Up until this point, My husband and I have done all the work ourselves too!

What a a great feeling of accomplishment!

 

 

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Before photos…..adding accessories and life to this blank canvas!

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A few weeks ago I started work with a new client. She came to me after she had hired a local furniture store to help her with design in this large new construction home. Here is a lesson for everyone out there….the designers at furniture stores are great but, they are also in the business of selling furniture. When they offer “Free Interior Design Services”, it is really not free. Isn’t that the first thing we all learned in Econ 101? There is NO free lunch! I can hear my crazy scatterbrained Econ professor saying it now, LOL! The design services are included in the commission they make off the furniture they sell you.  So, if you are looking for a specific piece of furniture or are in need of a sofa, then a furniture store if the place to go. They are a great design resources for sure but, if you are looking for someone to tie a complete room together then you need a designer who has limitless resources available to them.

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This particular furniture store really helped her choose some great pieces but when it came to accessorizing the home that is where the design stopped….most furniture stores has very few accessories so a designer who can shop outside of the store is really needed. In my opinion, accessories are really the most important part of the home! I can’t wait to post the after pics of this house. Those sofas are screaming for throw pillows and lamps flanking the artwork. The bookshelves need books to add character to the space and to be properly styled.

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We also have decided to paint the wall the TV is on Benjamin Moore Squirrel Tail to make the fireplace tile pop!

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The lighting is also an issue. These photos say it all and the homeowner is chomping at the bit to get it all replaced. We are ordering it all now so look for updates!

So, off I go, room by room to add character and life to this family home.