Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Master Bath Progress

So, Remodeling with 4 kids is SLOW.  As as you can tell, blogging about remodeling is almost non-existent. 
I am a Second Use stalker.  It is an architectual salvage shop about an hour away and lucky for me, they post daily some of their new items online.  So, when I saw this granite counter the perfect size with under mount sinks and faucets for $125, I called and bought it immediately and thus began our bathroom remodel.

So here is what we started with.

The ugliest red stone, nasty tile floors.  And compared to our newly remodeled main bath (View HERE)... I hated using this bathroom.  The cabinets were upper cabinets with no shelves and see that aweful nook behind the shower.  What am I suppose to put there?!!?  I swear the old owners searched the dump for this bathroom.  And what's sad is this bathroom is a "new addition", built a few years before we purchased it.  So pathetic.  Please notice the single pane window.  You could literally feel wind blow through around it.
So I gave it all away on craiglist.  And while Redneck was picking up the counter at Second Use, I also had him grab some cheap awesome cabinets with awesome inset pulls...

totaled at $55 for the cabinets plus $125 for the cabinet = $180 for this awesome double vanity

But they would obviously need a facelift.  I had to rip everything out.  The drawers were standard 24" deep so I had to do a complete overhaul and rebuild them to only be 12" deep so they wouldn't hit the sink drain and install new 12" drawer slides.

A lot of sanding and priming and some "Swiss Coffee" Behr white paint (same as main bathroom) and we had some progress.

Then the window... the awful window that wind blew in around, single pane and single pain!! So, I found a wood casement window at Second use for $20 but the hinge was broken and it was about 6" more narrow than the old one.  Repairing this window was one of the most complicated things I've done. There are hundreds of different sizes and types of casement hinges.  Stupid me thought "one size fits all".  Lucky for me, found a great site online ( with the most helpful owner EVER.  Took a couple weeks of emailing back and forth but got that fixed and functioning perfectly, then had to re-frame the window opening so that required ripping off all the vinyl siding.  I planned on doing this all along because when we installed the huge slider (View HERE), there was a transition in the vinyl that we took  off.  But I wanted it to be all a continuous wall of siding.

Reframed the opening, put up the tyvek (wrapped into the window opening)

and installed the window, trim and siding went back up.  Too bad I ran out to completely finish it, haha.  I'll be putting up some specialty shake siding in the front of the house, so when I take off the current gray siding from there that will be replaced, it will be put here.

Ok, back inside....Of course I had to rip out the tile floor to install it properly and I had some left over vinyl from the main bath remodel that fit perfectly.

Then there was that awkward nook space so one day the perfect 15" wide cabinets with thick glass shelves came up on Second Use for $25, so you better believe I loaded all 4 kids up and headed straight to Second Use.  With some more white paint and mod podge some fab fabric on the back...

And wha-lah... Progress.

Then I bought a fade translucent film for privacy, you can't see through at all at the bottom and it fades up so you can see out the window at the top.  Of course I still need to install trim around the NEW casement window.  There will be beadboard over the hole under the new perfume cabinet and around the entire bathroom... but its coming along. Don't even get me started on the ugliest track light EVER...

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