Follow this flip: Bathroom before and after

Image

Hello friends. I don’t know about you but we are buried in snow this weekend! There is about two feet of it outside our door right now. So the fam is inside enjoying a much-needed movie, snack and lounge-around Saturday. So fun!

Today I am thrilled to share with you the “after” photos of the downstairs bathroom at the flip house. This particular room was supposed to be just a quick cosmetic update (ha!) but it quickly turned into a complete gut job. However, I am happy to report it is now done and I couldn’t be happier with the results. ūüôā

This was the room that I officially cut my construction teeth on, so to speak. There were a lot of challenges and a huge learning curve, to be sure. But ultimately, I’m glad I went with a total overhaul of this space.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and look through some “before” pics.

Bathroom-before- Bathroom-before-1 Bathroom-before2Bathroom before sinkAnd here’s a look at the renovation mid-stream.

Bathroom-demo-2 Bathroom-demo-1 Bathroom-demo

Check out the video below, where I show the room in the “messy middle” part of the rehab.

The only things I salvaged from this space were the cast-iron bathtub, which is in perfect condition, and the ceiling.

And, drumroll please … here’s the “after.”

Bathroom-sink-and-vanity Bathroom-renovation-tub-side

After I demolished the walls and took out the flooring, vanity and shower, I hung and finished new drywall. Then I painted the ceiling and walls. I painted the ceiling with Zinsser¬ģ Ceiling Paint (Paint & Primer in One).* This product goes on light pink and dries to a bright white, so you can see exactly where you’ve painted. I’m using this paint on all the ceilings throughout the house. It’s water-based, so you can clean it up easily with soap and water.

Painted-ceiling

For the walls, I chose Valspar Ancient Stone (347-2) from Lowe’s. Nicole Curtis of the show “Rehab Addict” used this color in many of her flips in seasons 1 and 2 of her show. This is a beautiful warm neutral shade. I love it so much, I may use the same color in the upstairs master suite of the flip house.

After paint came the flooring. I installed 12×24-inch luxury vinyl “sticky” tiles from Lowe’s. I chose the¬†Oyster Travertine groutable tiles. They cost a little over $1 per square foot.

Luxury-vinyl-tile-grouted

For the grout, I mixed up a combo of the Antique White and Saddle Gray colors. The installation of these tiles was super easy and I’m so happy with the results. I’ve installed sticky tiles before (about 12 years ago) and I had trouble with some of them staying sticky back then, so I was leery to try the product again. But these seem to¬†stick really well and I think the grout really helps seal and keep everything in place. I’ll be installing a similar version of these in my own kitchen this spring. This floor is inexpensive but I think it looks high-end, don’t you?

I updated the nasty built-in cabinetry that was previously used as a linen cabinet by removing the old doors, adding shelf bottoms, priming and painting the heck out of the shelves and adding decorative fronts and molding to them. Total cost to update this linen closet? $10! (I apologize; I don’t have any “before” shots of these shelves. #bloggerfail)

Built-in-bathroom-shelves

You’ll also notice I updated the door hardware to include a knob set that actually has a lock on the bathroom door. I chose the Schlage¬ģ Keep It Private Bed & Bath set, which cost me about $20.

For the sink and vanity, I chose this unit from Lowe’s. It was fairly inexpensive and the size worked really well in the space. I loved that it already had the top built in. The faucet was off the shelf at Lowe’s as well.

Bathroom-vanity Sink-closeup

I spent a little bit extra to get a mirror with a medicine cabinet because of the need for more storage in this bathroom.

Medicine-cabinet

This one worked well with the color of the vanity. Again, it was off the shelf at Lowe’s.

The towel rack beside the sink is from the Liberty Hardware‚ĄĘ Design + Combine line. The one I chose is available at Home Depot, I believe.

Towel-hookThe other bathroom accessories are mostly from from T.J. Maxx and Hobby Lobby.

Towel-rack

Vanity-top

The stuff we did that you don’t see or may not notice in the pictures? Insulation, new toilet, new tub and shower fixtures, new wiring, new plumbing, new ceiling fan, new light fixture, new molding around the window, new baseboard and ceiling molding …

All together, I have a little over $1,200 invested in this bathroom. What do you think of the exhausting ūüėČ transformation?

Bathroom-before-and-after

Bathroom-before-and-after-2

Special thanks to Rust-Oleum¬ģ for providing the ceiling paint and to Liberty Hardware for providing the towel rack used in this space. As always, all opinions, projects, and blood, sweat and tears are mine.¬†

*Affiliate link provided for your convenience 

Christmas decorations around our home

Hello friends! Today I wanted to share some of the Christmas decorations we’ve¬†put up around our home. If you’re anything like me, you love taking a peek at all the festive decorations around your¬†neighborhood and in blogland. It always puts me in the holiday mood.

This year, I kept things pretty simple. In other words, I didn’t fret over every small detail, mostly because I’m so busy with the flip house. And I let the kids help – a lot! I have to¬†admit,¬†it felt pretty good to let myself off the hook and not try to get everything perfect. I should let myself off the hook more often. ūüėČ

Living-room-Christmas-decorations

In the living room, we switched to an artificial tree with flocking.

Woodland-tree

Are you a faux-tree or real-tree family? We’ve tried¬†both. I left it up to my husband this year, and he said to go ahead and put up¬†the fake tree. Less mess, I guess. ūüėČ

Christmas-mantel

I like to go with more of a natural, woodland feel in the living room. I fell in love with these faux-fur stockings last year and snatched them up at Target.

Wooden-reindeer

I fill my little woodland reindeer with white Poinsettias every year. The only challenge is remembering to water them. ūüėČ

Nativity-set

This tiny nativity set is my most favorite decoration of all. I picked it up while on a mission trip to Guatemala. It is one of the few material objects in my home that I feel truly sentimental about. It is a constant reminder of the true reason for the season.

Christmas-village

We usually set up our Christmas village on the TV stand. It is so hard for our little guy to keep his hands off this. ūüôā This year, our daughter set it up. Didn’t she do a great job?

Christmas-at-America's-Landmark-Homes

I’m really enjoying this coffee table Christmas book, “Christmas at America’s Landmark Houses.” I got a complimentary copy to review. I would absolutely LOVE to get the chance to visit many of these homes in person at Christmastime. They are absolutely stunning! Also, check out the cute wool throw blanket I picked up at the thrift store the other day. Score!

The dining room is where I go full-on red and green.

Dining-room-Christmas-tree

I¬†think the holidays are a great time to bring out sentimental family pieces, don’t you?

Christmas-dinner-tablescape

Our dining room table features china and glasses handed down from Matt’s Grandma Delger.

Bowl-of-nuts

I like to keep my dining room decorations very traditional. I even like to add whole nuts, which seem to be a hit with guests. I displayed¬†them in a basket we got from Matt’s Aunt Cherie, who passed away earlier this year.

I’m also looking for a very special place to display a doilie from Matt’s Grandma Penning, who went to be with the Lord recently. It’s been a rough year for our family. These very special ladies¬†knew the Lord, so we know we’ll be reunited again one day.

Above-cabinet-decorations

The space above my kitchen cabinets is a great place to display Christmas decorations.

Bathroom-decorations

And I always like to put a few Christmas touches in our downstairs bathroom, for guests to enjoy.

Have you finished decorating for the holidays yet? What is your favorite sentimental decoration?

Follow this flip: Bathroom demo plus 2 tools I can’t live without

I have officially crossed over into “weirdo” territory. I am probably the most excited person you’ll meet who’s actually happy about tearing a room apart.

The bathroom demolition at the white house is officially done, which means I can now start the process of putting that room back together. The vision in my head of this tiny bathroom¬†is gorgeous, people.¬†The road to get there? Not so pretty. ūüėČ I’ve filled up four contractor trash bags full of debris from this room.

Let’s go way back to the before:

Bathroom-before- Bathroom-before-1 Bathroom-before2

Bathroom before sink

First, I chipped off all that strange, dirty, plastic-y tile. #shudder

Bathroom-demo-1Then I demolished everything but the tub (toilet will go soon). Thank goodness, my dad was able to help me detach the shower and sink plumbing.

This is where we are as of this afternoon:

Bathroom-demo-2 Bathroom-demo

I’m hoping by the end of next week, the insulation, wiring, plumbing and maybe even drywall will be installed.¬†Stay tuned!

In the meantime, I wanted to share two tiny tools that have become absolutely vital to me on a daily basis.

Fav-tools

On the left is¬†a pair of vice grips.* On the right is the Purdy¬ģ painter’s tool. I can’t even list all the situations I’ve encountered where these tools have come in handy. There are too many to count! Trust me when I say you need both of these in your toolbox.

What is your favorite tool in your toolbox?

*Affiliate links are provided in this post for your convenience.