Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bathroom Reno Complete!

This post has been a few months in the making.  The reno was about 99.9% complete just before the baby shower at the end of April with the exception of one blank wall over the toilet that I had no idea what to do there.  I contemplated posting this bathroom post without the wall done, but I just couldn't do it.

But this weekend, it all came together and after I cleaned the bathroom, snapped my pics.  So, be warned, this post is picture heavy!

If you need a reminder of the "reno" in process, click here, here or here

So, here we go!

 View from the doorway

Another view from the doorway

The once bare wall over the toilet

 Ta Da!

 New light by the tub and toilet

 New light over the sink

New tub surround

 New floor

New counter-top, sink and taps

Hidden laundry basket

First off, let me say....right now, the bathroom is my FAVORITE room in the house! I love how it all turned out and I have a lot of pride in it.  We did a lot of do-it-yourself in it.  We took out all the ceramic tile and replaced some drywall.  We put up the tub surround, cut and installed the new counter top, sink and taps.  Plus, we even did the floor and baseboards ourselves. There were some learning curves with all of it, but we started out with low end materials.  Nice enough to do for now but not pricey enough that if we had screwed it up, it broke the bank to replace.

Oh and my hidden laundry hamper?  This idea came from Home Depot.  When I was dreaming, browsing the display bathrooms, they had a set up where when I opened one cupboard, it revealed a deep drawer with a hamper inside!  I said right way!  "Oh, if I had the money AND needed new cabinets..THIS is what I would want!"  It got me thinking and I realized, perhaps my hamper would fit in one of the cabinets.  I have a bit more space in the cabinets than I need (either that or I am not utilizing it properly) and it makes the bathroom look 100% tidier!

There were 2 things we did that were "big effect, little money" changes. One was changing the shower curtain bar.  We  installed a curved shower rod and the space it provided within the shower is quite noticeable.  When you are having a shower, your elbows don't bump the sides and it feels like 12 people could fit inside.  But from the outside, it is barely noticeable.  The second change was the lighting.  We put the round "track" lighting so that part shined IN the shower/tub, on the toilet and towards the doorway.  So now, not only does the shower feel roomy, it is also bright.  I HATE a dark bathroom.  But if you are afraid it will be too bright first thing in the what we did when we first moved in....install a dimmer switch!  We actually put it in because there was no usable outlet for a night light and when you have to go pee at 3 don't want the bright lights on.

So, there you go!  I hope you enjoyed your tour.  I love it so much, I am going to join the Sunday Scoop link up party at I Heart Naptime!

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