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Bathroom Reno Day 15

Oh yeah, we’re done. Except for the door, we’re done. Medicine cabinets and baseboards. Oh yeah. Take a look, we’re pretty happy with it.

It’s nice to have a bathroom that’s not in the basement… especially in the middle of the night. Let’s just say I haven’t been drinking anything after 9:30PM. 🙂

There have been a lot of photos, and I’ll be compiling a photo gallery later when it’s all completely done. But for now, all bathroom reno posts will be concluded. Back to your regularly scheduled lives.

I’ve learned a few things this time around about renovations.
– Make sure you check that the materials you want are actually in stock somewhere, and don’t take 5-10 days to order.
– If your experienced builder tells you to buy tile from a particular vendor, at least check it out. Quality does matter when it comes to tile.
– Be prepared for delays and unforeseen problems. They are inevitable. Take however long the time estimate is, and double it. That way, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when it finishes ‘early’.


Bathroom Reno Day 14

Day 14: Painting the kitchen, and putting up some bars

grab barsIs it done yet? Is it done yet? Well, we’re close. Really close. Two more days. Tomorrow, the baseboards (I think) are coming in, we get the mirror medicine cabinet and the cabinet above the toilet installed, and a few more hooks and bars. Importantly, the shower curtain rail is getting put in, and I have to go get a shower curtain. We were thinking to get a hemp one, just to stay away from vinyl and plastics as much as possible. But they’re a bit on the pricey side ($80-$100) and we’re not convinced about the longevity of them. Interestingly, IKEA makes shower curtains not out of vinyl, but PEVA, a chlorine-free plastic alternative to PVC.

Replacing the door

Originally, we planned to re-use the existing door, just make it swing the opposite way. Simple right? Not really. Since the door jamb isn’t square anymore, and the door has been shaved and cut to fit the slant, flipping the door would cause it to no longer fit so nicely. So we decided to get a new door installed. But because the door styles have changed, and these are from who knows when, we couldn’t find anything at Home Depot that would be the same.

Well, as it turns out, I sent the builder to Central Fairbank Lumber to pick up the baseboards that match what’s in the house, and he said that he literally almost walked into the exact same door style as what we had in our house. It’s now on order and should arrive next week, so they’ll come back and install it. Meanwhile we’ll have a bathroom without a door, but at least it works!

Bathroom Reno Update: Day 13

Thirteen is a lucky number, I guess. Today the crew installed the vanity and toilet, and the water is running. The baseboards and trim, the door, and the towel rails and shower curtain rail aren’t in yet, those are to come in the next day or two.

We had hoped that today would be the final day, but there will be a few more days to go.

Yesterday the linoleum was cut and put in, and it gave us a bit of a scare. When we unrolled it, it was all yellow on the inside! It didn’t look good. But a quick search on the internet for “yellow linoleum” and I found out that linoleum will turn yellow if it isn’t exposed to light, because the linseed oil will oxidize. It’s called “blooming“, and it will go away with exposure to light. So we put it out in the sun for a while, and in half an hour it had cleared right up. Remarkable.

bathroom reno day 11: painted

painted tubToday our room took a big step forward to being done. The drywall was sanded, and the paint (Benjamin Moore Lily White, if anyone’s keeping score) went on. The shower control lever, spout and hand spray were also installed today.

bathroom reno day 10

I don’t have much to report today. They came, they grouted, they mudded, they left. Oh, and they picked up our vanity and sink and medicine cabinet from Lowe’s and dropped them off in our hallway. Not quite into the bathroom yet, but soon. They’re estimating that they’ll be finishing on Tuesday. 🙂

bathroom reno day 8

Great progress today, the walls are up, with blue board and cement board around the tub. The glass block window is looking great, and the tub, although a tight squeeze, fits in the space! What remains to be done are the floor, tiles, install the toilet and vanity, and medicine cabinet. I can’t wait!

bathroom reno update: day 7

I spent the day at the studio while the crew motored ahead with the bathroom. Yesterday was a sunny day, so the roof work was completed, with a new stack pipe and ceiling vent installed. They made a lot of progress today, with the glass block window and the tub getting installed, as well as a few more drywall sheets.

Things are looking good, they’re aiming to be done by the end of the week! w00t!