Bathroom Redo - Part One

June 13, 2018

Hi everyone, and Welcome to my Part One of a Three Part Bathroom Redo Series!

This is a photo of my old Bathroom as for the rest of the photos on this post.

I have been living in my house for 23 years now and I just love it!

When we moved into our house we didn't do any renovations.  We just moved into the house and had it painted.  We both decided to live in the house for a while and see what we wanted to change over time.  We were both working and we didn't have that much money to spend on redoing anything major in the house.

Well, over time and years we have done so many renovations to this house such as the kitchen, two bathrooms, the living room, basement, and of course the outside of our house, and yard.

I love our house and it has so much charm as it was built in 1924.  I have talked numerous times with my husband about renovating this bathroom.  We do not have a bathroom on our main floor, so we have to go up one flight of stairs or use the basement bathroom.  I also have a bathroom off our master bedroom that was redone 18 years ago and it still looks great.

This bathroom has been functional and just OK but the bathroom was so old and outdated.  I think the last time it was updated was like 40 years ago.  The window did not open or work well and the fixtures were gold as that used to be very popular.  The contractor we used was funny and said that gold is old!

Bathroom Cleaned Out

The one thing I liked about this bathroom though was that you could keep A LOT of stuff in the vanity and medicine cabinet.

One time back in 2013 my husband was away on a business trip and I had not cleaned out this bathroom in a long time.  Thanks to my blogger buddy at Exquisitely Unremarkable, who inspired me to clean out my bathroom, and did a blog post on organizing her bathroom, found Here.

Well, thankfully I looked underneath the cabinet sink and I found a LEAK.  My daughter had her friends over and they could hear me yelling GET ME PAPER TOWELS so loud.  I had to clean up the mess as best I could and throw out a lot of damaged products.  I had to call the plumber to come and fix the leak and he also fixed the toilet that was not working properly either.

To this day my daughter and her friends still laugh at hearing me yell for the paper towels!  LOL!

Ever since that whole incident, I have been cleaning out and organizing each of the rooms in my house.

The vanity and the shelf were made of white Formica.  My daughter and I used this bathroom a lot and the Formica was very sturdy and it did not leave any stains on the counters.

You can see that the white tile in the shower was very old and the window too.

It was so hard to keep things organized as the counter was always cluttered with a lot of stuff.

In the fall of 2017, we finally decided to do a gut and redo on this bathroom.

The big decision for us was to figure out what contractor was going to do this work.  We have had some really good contractors in the past but they don't do this kind of work anymore.

Last year I had new blinds that I bought and had installed and put up in my kitchen from Lowe's.  I was so happy with their selection of blinds and the service that they provided.  The blinds in the kitchen were also old and needed a new update.  I originally wanted to have Blinds To Go do my blinds but they wanted close to one thousand dollars just for two windows.  I wanted the Roman Shade style with a pretty fabric in a chevron pattern.  We were not willing to pay that much money!  I love my new shades and I didn't spend anywhere near that amount of money.  Thanks to my sister-in-law who suggested I try Lowe's for blinds.

I also had in the fall of 2017, a new custom-made glass shower door picked out and installed by Lowe's.  This shower door is in our master bathroom and we love it.  They did a great job putting it in and it took about four hours with two people from Lowe's to install and do the job.  All of the people from Lowe's that do this kind of work are bonded and insured.  I stayed and watched for hours while the people did the work!

**  A good note is that when you decide to get work done in your house do not leave anything valuable lying around such as wallets, credit cards, money, or fancy jewelry.

This is Part One of my bathroom redo process, and please stay tuned for Part Two coming soon!

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  1. Great job, it looks so light and fresh!

  2. I can't wait to see what you do with it Julie. I know it's a big job.
    xx Beca

  3. I did not know 'gold is old,' I like it, (R.I.P. gold fixtures lol!!). I'm excited to see part II, and that's funny about the paper towels.

  4. Our bathrooms are old and out dated. So is our kitchen. When we moved to our house 15 years ago, we painted and put in new hardwood floors and windows. Thats it. I would love to redo my baths. We have the white tiles halfway up the walls and in the tub and shower. They are a pain to keep clean. Cant wait to see your finished results.

  5. Oh! Can't wait to see what you've done with the room, Julie! And I totally remember when I did that post and you commented that after you read it you found a leak. Seems like yesterday, doesn't it? Thanks for the mention. xo

  6. You're inspiring me! Our bathrooms upstairs are both original to the house and need to be gutted! I love seeing what you do with your house!

  7. Bathroom redo projects are hard to live through but have the best outcome! You'll love it, I know. :)

  8. How exciting for you! Oh, I can't wait for mine to start....sometime in August. I will have to keep track of yours to see how the process goes. I am so afraid of demolition and mess in the house...ours is getting mostly gutted. I don't know how they are going to get the current shower insert and tub out through my narrow doors but I will be there to watch!

  9. You did a great job Julie ! I love this type of projects.
    I need to start on the master one as well.

  10. Looking forward to seeing part 2!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  11. Now that I'm reading this late, I can hop right over to part 2 and see what you did!


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