Tomorrow is Day 1 of our remodeling project.
Actually, this is Day 1 or our fourth round of remodeling here at our Linden home.
We've lived here for fifteen years but it is a big old cavernous house and we are just now really addressing some of these long neglected rooms in this old house.
This time around we are launching into the Jack and Jill bath and then, after that is done, we will move on to the master bed and bath. I spent today pulling out everything that wasn't attached in this bathroom. It looks so naked now.
Unlike some of our earlier projects,where we did most of the work ourselves, this one will be a turn key operation.
There are some real advantages to growing older and handing this off to someone else is one of them.
Our target completion date is October 31st
but I'm not planning on hosting Thanksgiving here just yet.
It's not that I'm a doubter but hey, I've been down this road before.
Add 25% to the expected budget and six weeks to the time line. That has been our experience.
The biggest change here in the Jack and Jill bath will be new tile.
When we bought this home in 1997 the tile in this room was predominately white but they ruined what would have been a great classic look by scattering in a few country blue squares and a tile border on the floor. I couldn't live with it but I couldn't afford to get rid of it either so what is a determined DIY girl to do?
Paint the tile of course!
Although this got me through about five years before I had to repaint it, this isn't a permanent solution that I would recommend.
It might work well on tiled walls but floors get wet and need to be cleaned. They take a lot more abuse. As a result, the paint begins to wear, flake, and peel.
I repainted it about seven years ago and it hasn't had as much use in the last three or four years or it would look even worse. It may be hard to see here in the photo, but trust me, this is a tile who's time has passed.
The other changes in this bath will involve some new plumbing.
Now I'm not sure who or what they were thinking when they installed the shower head here but if you will notice it is on the WRONG wall.
We've already removed the nozzle but you can see what I'm talking about.
So after living with it for fifteen years, this is something we are FINALLY going to make right.
I will keep the built ins and the custom base cabinet.
I'm hoping a fresh coat of paint is all they really need. I'd rather spend the money in the master bath.
I'm also going to stay with the existing Corian counter top.
The faucet, though, is another thing that will have to go.
This is my inspiration photo for this room.
I found this very tile for the floor but it was $16.00 per square foot over my budget so I've had to adjust my sites a bit already. Still, I think that the end result will be pretty similar to my vision.
So, enough about my Monday Motivation this is YOUR event and this is what YOU have been up to this past week.
And, in typical fashion you have been creative and resourceful,
I am never disappointed.
On the contrary, this week as I perused your posts I found these stunners to share.
I am totally crushing on this
painted cocktail table shared by
Like A Saturday
Oh for swoon.
Ten years ago I never would have been drawn to this but now I am all over it and I am, right this minute, cruising the house and looking to find something I can also paint up in this head- turning shade.
how great is this sport bag created by
using a favorite recycled t-shirt?
I love the phrasing. Perfect for this project.
Here is an easy idea from
A Spoonful of Crafts
A set of rustic napkin rings ...
and here's a snap shot of all you will need to make some of your own.
When it comes to organizing, I am a total dork but I am not alone.
apparently shares my orderly obsession.
Check out her tips for
She is even organized about HOW she organizes!