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1/2 Bath Update

March 29, 2010

We made some serious progress on the bathroom this weekend.  Just in time, too, since JT’s family is coming to visit next weekend!  You all remember the nasty-carpet-on-the-walls-wallpaper-on-the-trim before, right?  We had fun graffiti-ing the walls.  Even if it was a bit disrespectful to that lovely cream + navy blue wallpaper.

We ripped all of it out in a weekend.  That was awesome.  We smoothed the walls and painted with black chalkboard paint.  We decided that the graffiti fun shouldn’t end just because the cream + navy wallpaper had to go.

We found the *perfect* wall-hung sink on ebay.  We ended up spending a bit more than we expected on the sink, but our bathroom is freakishly small and a standard sink wouldn’t have fit.  We found our sink on ebay, and were able to barter with the seller for $70 off of the asking price, so I felt good about that, even if we were totally over-budget with it.

Since we chose a wall-mounted sink, Jason had to take down the old drywall + plaster wall and put in 2X10 blocking to support the sink.

It took another weekend to get the wainscotting back up.  But we Jason did it!  And he did a great job.  Since there are tons of wainscotting how-tos out there, I’ll spare you all the details.  What I will say, though, is that if you’re considering it, but worried that you don’t have the skills – you do.  (That’s assuming you can use a tube of liquid nails + a hammer and real nails.  Not tricky skillz at all.)  It took a lot of patience to get the cut outs for the window and light switches in the right place, but in the end, it wasn’t too tough.  Putting up the trim on the windows, the baseboards, and the wainscotting cap was even easier.

And I think it’s so worth it – it totally changes the feel of the bathroom.  (As a side note: does the white paint above the chair rail drive you as crazy as it drives me?  I usually don’t let Jason paint the trim, but for some crazy reason I let him do it this time.  And now I will be getting the black paint out again… sigh.)

The floor in the bathroom was a super-dingy 1960s laminate (that is, after we took up the carpet on the floor, we found the ugly laminate).  We plan to eventually put hardwood floors in throughout the first floor, so we didn’t want to buy anything, but needed the floor to be a bit cuter than it was.  So I painted the floor with black paint, and JT covered it in 3 layers of polyurethane.  The internets says this should make our floor durable.  Fingers crossed.

The sink was also installed on Saturday, and it looks great.  Hanging the sink was easy peasy, and since I didn’t hear any naughty 4-letter words from husband while he installed the drain, I’m kind of certain that that part was easy, too.

The toilet is in, too, but wasn’t without a struggle.  When we pulled up the carpet around the toilet, we discovered that the floor around the toilet was wet, suggesting that it was leaking or at least had leaked at some point.  Then we discovered a few sketchy things about the way the toilet was installed previously – unfortunately, each time we discovered something new, we had already used a wax ring, had to remove the toilet and then use a new wax ring.  So, 4 wax rings later, we have what appears to be a functional and non-leaking toilet (fingers crossed).

We’re hopeful that our faucet will arrive this week, and then we’ll just add a few finishing touches (mirror, towel rack/hooks, and curtains) and the bathroom will be all finished!  Stay tuned…

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. March 29, 2010 10:16 am

    I love it! What creative solutions with the chalkboard/black paint. The wainscoting looks great, too! Can’t wait to see the rest! Yay for bathroom makeovers!

  2. March 29, 2010 10:19 am

    O I love the sneak peak! The chalk board paint looks so fun for the space! I like the dramtic feel! Very urban. Who wouldn’t love draining the lizard and writing about it?!?! hehe.

  3. March 29, 2010 10:28 am

    I love your sink! The wainscotting and and the blackboard paint looks great together. Can’t wait to see it all together.

  4. March 29, 2010 10:41 am

    your bath looks great – awesome job
    and I love the wainscotting –

  5. March 29, 2010 12:23 pm

    You amaze me….seriously. Love the sink and the makeshift mirror. 🙂

  6. GGG permalink
    March 30, 2010 11:50 am

    Can’t wait to come and write on your wall:) Can I use colored Chalk?

    • March 30, 2010 12:51 pm

      I’m not sure – it’s still up for debate.

      I prefer only white chalk for more of an old school look, but Jason wants to get neon chalk markers.

      I’ll let you know when I win the argument!!

  7. March 30, 2010 12:52 pm

    Thanks for all of the sweet compliments, guys! You’re too kind!!

  8. March 30, 2010 10:49 pm

    The idea of chalkboard paint in the bathroom is so creative and I love it! And I love that it is black. Can’t wait to see the finishing touches!

  9. April 7, 2010 1:37 pm

    I recently remodeled a small bathroom and I also used beadboard. It makes such a huge difference! Yours turned out very nicely! I might be a little biased though, since it looks so similar to mine. 🙂

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