My Bathroom Renovation: The Reveal!

Happy 2019! I hope everyone’s year is off to a great start. Some of you have been asking…did you finish your bathroom renovation and the answer is YES! Actually it was completed at the end of August, but due to life in general, I’m just now getting around to having it photographed and posted. We have been loving it - it’s a space you actually want to be in vs. retreat from. A quick reminder of what it looked like before. Dated, ugly, and pink.

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And here it is now! Modern, clean, and bright!

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For me, the show stopper is the floor tile. It’s cement which means there is variation in each piece - which isn’t for everyone but I love it. And the color is not quite a navy and not quite a cobalt. It’s really a lovely shade in between. By far my favorite part of this bathroom!


I opted to do a wall hung vanity in order to hide the kids step stool and scale underneath. It really frees up space on the floor, which previously felt cramped with these items here and there. It makes the room feel more open, even thought the vanity is 3” deeper than before.


I debated hanging a mirror above the vanity, but at the last minute ordered a recessed medicine cabinet. When we opened the wall, there was already a framed spot for it, so it felt like the right thing to do. We had a snafu with the first one I ordered (which I’ll share later on) but I’m so glad we went with a cabinet as it provides a lot of extra storage for a family of 4.


We were on a budget, so rather than hire a contractor, I acted as the contractor and project manager and brought in my own subcontractors who I have relationships with. There were certainly pros and cons to this approach and I plan on sharing some of those in a later post. But we did stay almost in budget because of it, and I learned a lot! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this great before and after!


Photography by Sabrina Cole Quinn

My Bathroom Renovation: Day 10

Hi everyone!  

I wanted to share a quick update on my own bathroom renovation. The good, bad, and ugly.  We finally have walls and the floor should be done tomorrow - yippie! Then the tile goes in, vanity, final plumb and electric and we'll be golden.  A reminder of the before.


 And here's what it looked like post-demo.


And here is what it looks like now. I've never been so happy to see walls!


First the good - the subcontractors I'm working with have been flexible and have done a great job so far.  I've never project managed a bathroom before, so I'm learning as I go, and they've been kind and helpful with my (many) questions.

The bad.  The tile is going to take 5 days vs. the 3 they originally had estimated. BUT we're still going to be done with this in 3 weeks total - a week longer than I had hoped, but let's be honest. Two weeks was just not realistic.

The ugly.  Man when the walls come down you really see the guts of the house. This house was built in the 20's and so the demo was pretty messy.  Plaster and lath walls do not make for an easy demo.  I spent a lot of time vacuuming up plaster and what not.  Word to the wise - wear a mask when you're doing any demo. The dust really bothered me at the start!

I plan on sharing my tips if you're going to manage a renovation like this yourself once the project is officially done.  Until then, we'll be continuing our tour of showers in the greater Arlington area.

Have a great weekend!