The $1200 Bathroom Flip

Just as we're beginning to finish up the first floor powder room, Mikael and I (officially crazy people) decided that we should just go ahead and tackle another bathroom because we are crazy people. In the powder room, nearly all is done except for the plumbing, which is to be completed tomorrow! So we'll be sharing the final reveal soon!

pre-flip, mid-demo

So here's how this whole other bathroom reno came up... The heat of summer has made sleeping in the master suite on the third floor unbearable. We've tried increasing the number of fans, closing vents to increase air flow from the HVAC, and even bought a portable AC unit from Costco. Unfortunately, none of those attempts made the room sleepable. Eventually we will have to get a mini-split AC unit for the third floor. In the mean time Mikael and I are sleeping in a guest room on the second floor. It's been a bit complicated because most of our stuff is upstairs and then our toiletries can't fit in the second floor bathroom. Thus, we thought "Why don't we just put in a new vanity? That'll be easy." Ohhhh that's how it always starts.

With this bathroom, though, we have WAY less work to do. It's encased in drywall (wooh!) and no plumbing or electrical is being moved. This is going to be our quick bathroom flip that will take us a week or less (!!) and come in at less than $1200! 

the ugly vinyl flooring

As we were planning it out, we knew we wanted a new vanity and sink that had plenty of storage. Additionally, a new mirror was necessary as it just looked old and not the good kind of old either. There was this ugly cabinet above the toilet with mushroom door knobs - so we removed that and needed to put in a new storage solution. This bathroom is going to be our summer bathroom, a guest bathroom, and eventually the kids bathroom too. We're keeping the toilet (for now) and the bathtub. We also are keeping the vinyl flooring (for now), but we are painting it white!

Sunday, we officially began the renovation by making a trip to IKEA to pick up a vanity, sink, mirror, cabinet, and towel rack. We chose from the Hemnes collection in black-brown so that all of the pieces matched. Demo began once we got home as we took down the ugly mushroom cabinet and Mikael began to patch and smooth the drywall. 

notice the paint job on that door! it's on the repainting list

While Mikael was at work on Monday, I finished patching the drywall, sanded those spots, and then painted the room! It already looked so much better with a fresh coat of paint. We chose the same Winter Solstice color from the living room (a beautiful blue-grey) for the walls. 

inspection phase by Bear

Today, work began on the floors. Since it is vinyl flooring, it is paintable, but it requires prep. I started out by thoroughly cleaning the floor, applying a sanding deglosser, and painting primer on the floor. Depending on the color and adherence, it could require two coats of primer, but I likely will only use one. Once that dries, I will paint the floor with Behr Porch and Floor paint in glossy white. Hopefully that will dry in the next few hours and then Mikael and I will be able to put together and install the IKEA pieces!

priming the vinyl floors

I can't wait to share the final pictures!

Powder Room Inspiration

art via versoPRINTS
As I envisioned the space of the newly renovated powder room, I knew I wanted it to be an elegant, chic, and stunning little room. Since it is so so tiny, it really gave us the chance to play a bit risky with bolder colors than what we might normally do. I adore the color emerald with its multi-dimensional hue - it varies from bright green to dark green to dark teal. I love the mixing of the colors because it aids in the vibrancy of the hue. So emerald was the wall color I decided upon for the powder room. When I told Mikael about my idea, he was pretty reluctant. He thought that maybe we should just do one wall or go with another color. However, once I painted the room he definitely was convinced!
To help lighten the space, we are using white penny tile and contrasting it with black grout. Additionally, we're painting the tin ceiling tiles white. So both of these will play well off of the darker emerald walls. 

Powder Room Inspiration

Although I wanted to use gold fixtures, Mikael convinced me to go with matte black - so our faucet, toilet paper holder, and plumbing will all be black. Beyond that though, I was able to get some gold touches into the room. We've picked up two beautiful gold light fixtures, one from etsy and another from West Elm!

Finally, in the bathroom nook we're installing cedar plank shelving. They will house two copper baskets that will hold toilet paper and linens. I can also foresee creating a mini-gallery wall within the room as well!

I cannot wait for the room to come together! This weekend we are going to tile the floor, so that's going to make it feel like we are so much closer to the end!

Powder Room Reno - Part 3

Here we are! Part three of the powder room renovation and we are nearing the end! Walls are up, drywall and plaster are skimmed, and paint is done! 
As we left off in the last update post, the wall was framed and the next step was to put up drywall. It ended up being a bit more challenging than we initially accounted for. It involved a lot of measuring, re-measuring, and a few instances of screwing in and then removing drywall! Again, it comes in handy that Mikael is an engineer and good with numbers, which helped with all of the calculations that were involved. 
Once the walls were screwed in, taping and mudding had to be done. Remember how I said before that we were going to hire this part out? Nope, we really did do it. (As in Mikael really did do it and I cleaned up the mess.) The challenge that we ended up facing was ensuring that the tap laid flat against the drywall. 
Here in the corner, you can see the lovely taping job that Mikael did! 
Here's the little cubby that we built! It was already there behind the previous drywall, so we opened it up, re-drywalled in the area so that it will hold shelves to store toilet paper, linens, and pretty items.
The next steps involved smoothing and sanding all of the walls in the bathroom - trying to fix any imperfections in the walls. Mikael quickly learned the lesson of making sure the mixture was thinned enough to let it dry quickly enough. One other thing we quickly learned is how messy all of this was. The drywall dust and particulates got everywhere! In the future, I'm going to make sure we put up a plastic protective sheet to help keep the dust limited to the work area.
You may notice that the wall into the hallway hasn't been taped. Mikael decided to hold off that project until we work on the actual hallway. 
We then primed the wall for painting. It likely would have been better if we had chosen a primer that was suited for darker colors, because it took us 3+ layers to completely cover the wall in the finished paint. The color I chose for the room was Sherwood Forest by Benjamin Moore. It's a lovely emerald color that is going to make the space look stunning!
So here's how the painting turned out! I adore the color and it is going to look unbelievable once we are finished! Tomorrow, I'll be sharing my vision for the space since we are getting much closer to the end! Be on the lookout for that! 

Our next steps in the process are to tile the floor, paint and install the ceiling tile, paint the moldings, and install the plumbing and light fixtures! That'll be on the next (and last) powder room reno post!