Monday, October 3, 2011

The Bathroom Saga - re-flooring

Back at the beginning of the year I shared the continuing saga that is the bathroom - we have two, one in the master bedroom, and this one which everyone who comes to our house uses. This is what the bathroom looked like a couple of years ago before we painted the walls:

The first major change was painting the walls in Ralph Lauren's chamois:

Then it became a pressing matter to re-do the flooring because our splash-happy boys were getting water all over and several planks of wood laminate were starting to lift. Thank goodness the damage did not go under the cabinets or the tub so we do not have to replace either. The ugly orange brown vanity and medicine cabinet were painted a rich chocolate brown and the animal-themed curtain gave way to a rice paper print curtain.

For the flooring we wanted something very basic and neutral, so we went with Interceramic's Grecciano Beige tiles which were on sale at Lowe's for 68 cents each.

The beginning of the re-flooring process:

Steve's uncle D, invaluable help with lots of advice, instructions, tools, etc.

The "lovely" vinyl we found underneath the wood laminate

The damaged sub-flooring is replaced

One of our enthusiastic watchers :D

Backerboard layer is installed:

My husband figuring out tile placement

Noting down the cuts that need to be made

Tile cutting!!!

Ready for the new toilet!
Our old toilet was a major water hog to begin with, AND - in what we are told is common for houses built at the same time as ours - it flushed down twice, wasting even more water, so we got a new water-sense toilet.

Voila! The new flooring is installed:

Here is how our bathroom is looking these days - I am so happy with it!

I have to say I am so proud of my husband for getting this done - it was a big job, and thanks to Uncle D's knowledge and help, we saved a lot of money and repaired damage that was just going to keep getting worse and worse.

The next step in The Bathroom Saga - sort of like The Twilight Saga but with no vamps or weres - is the sink/vanity top. That thing is FUGLY. Apparently it is top of the line marble but damn, ugly is ugly. I hate that it extends over the toilet, too. We will be adding a couple of floating shelves once that banjo-shaped counter is gone. For now, though, we are all enjoying the pretty new flooring - I hope you liked this transformation!


Casa Bella said...

Wow! Neat! It looks great! Isn't that amazing the difference some paint and a different floor can do! Great job!!!!

Lauren said...

I love the new flooring! It's absolutely gorgeous and makes such a big difference!

Sarah Reede said...

OH MAN! Aiden looks so much like Steve it was weird to see! I love it. Super cute kid!

Can't wait to pee in your new toilet. /weird comment

Jennifer said...

It looks so great! Love all the colors, great job!

claudia b said...

Thanks everyone for the kind comments, I love how it's all coming together!

Sarah, just wait till you see Alex, he's even more a Steve mini-me :D

abeachcottage said...

It is really coming along, great job on the flooring!