Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Old Girl, New Gig-Part 3, Bathroom Makeover Completed

If you have been following along with this bathroom face lift, the time has come to show you the finished project! The "how I got here" can be seen here and here.



I started with a bathroom that needed some TLC. The family's requirements in this rehab were as follows: gender and age neutral, match the rest of the house, functional, mom and daughter approved.




It didn't need anything major, just some prettying up. I was given a budget and went to work. You can read about it here and here.

The family/clients were on vacation for the week which made it super easy for me to come and go and work. By the time Friday rolled around I was ready to get this thing done but had to wait for the back splash installation. I had way-over-planned this thing out and just wanted to see progress!

Nothing can be done on top until that back splash is in.
Remember those old Avon bags? It was my mom's and I use it to carry my stuffs. 

Friday: The back splash was installed and the fun began! I brought the cabinet up and placed in on the counter.


My calculations had been off and the jog in the back did not sit high enough to clear the back splash. Mister had a half day at work and came riding in on his white horse, well um...black four-door. A little scoring with a utility knife and a little chiseling and ta-da! He's awesome!


This is what we used to attach the trim directly to the mirror.

He helped me cut the trim to fit and notch out the baseboard on the bottom. We measured and cut all the trim pieces for the mirrors and attached them with construction adhesive. One of my pieces was bowed and did not want to sit straight- ugh! After much stressing we got it where we could were happy and knew that caulking would do wonders. Frog tape held pieces in place until they set. Everything was left to dry overnight.

You can see the space at the top of the trim that gave me so much trouble.

Saturday: I arrived bright and early and to my surprise I found the majority of the family there! I had much to do but they were on their way out so I could focus. I pulled the tape off and finished caulking the mirror trim. I asked the owner what they thought so far and he answered that he was "not supposed to look yet, right?" Which really didn't answer the question and I still don't know if he looked or not.... I know somebody was in there but nobody is talking.


 I installed the towel hooks, toilet paper holder and towel rings. Here is where I have to take a minute to tell you how much I HATED those things! I liked the style and all but I hated the stupid set screws!


These stupid, stupid, stupid little screws (did I tell you they were stupid) that you have to install with the world's tiniest allen wrench were a major pain in my tookas! They took me so much time. I was praying, just knowing God was using these aggravating teeny-tiny pieces of metal to work something out of me. I installed 4 hooks, 1 toilet paper roll, and a towel ring with much prayer.  I was down to One.   More.  Towel.   Ring. Pleeeeeeeease Lord, (begging like a little child wanting something they know they can't have) just let me get through this without any more trouble.

And, God said "No".

I worked on that one silly thing for almost 30 minutes. The set screw would not go in. The receiving end had been machined wrong and it just would not go in. I had to let it go. God has to keep me humble some how! Perfection can be crippling and no matter what I did at that point it was not going to be perfect. I would have to let it sit until the owner can replace it. Grrrr.....

Onward and upward. It was time to dress the room!

That is The Towel Ring-Grr..... As long as nobody touches it we're good.

No more gap in the trim! Love, love, love caulking! 



The products you can find on my Pinterest page. I purchased the clock from Kohl's.

Tray-effect sink is nice and deep. 
Miss B. will be painting a series of three sea horses that will eventually hang, in black frames, over the toilet. She is a very talented artist and at only 16 years old I can't wait to see what she does as she becomes more skilled and comfortable with her art.




Yes, I should have ironed the curtain! 






Air register a little rusted before just needed some cleaning and a coat of paint.
The ceiling just needed a little cleaning.

The fan light and air duct both got a coat of high gloss white to freshen them up without having to replace them. 
The budget? Well, of course we went over what had originally been budgeted but if you remember I did talk to my friend about that before we started and agreed to bust it a bit. How did I do compared to my proposal? I estimated $2840 for everything. Now, we did not buy a new toilet and I got a really good price on the granite. I do not know how much it cost the owner to build the cabinet on top. All that being said I spent $2170. That is $670 under budget! ($470 not counting the toilet.) I know it didn't cost that much to buy the materials for the cabinet so I am thrilled. 



Lessons Learned:
1) I hate set screws that have to be put in with teeny-tiny allen wrenches.
2) " 'Perfect' is the enemy of 'good' ." A friend told me that recently and I have to say "Amen".
     It keeps you from ever being happy with 'good' .
3) A project always takes longer than you expected.
4) Budgets are hard-no matter whose money it is.
5) Next to Jesus Christ, my husband is my biggest asset, my sweetest blessing and a gift
    from God while I linger on this earth.

And there you have it. My first client, my first job-completed. I loved doing this but I did miss my family this week and I think they missed me. I never did make it into the pool but that's okay. The beach has been calling my name and I aim to answer....


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35 comments:

  1. Jolena, what a beautiful makeover. Love the blue and white. The addition of the center cabinet breaks up the expanse of mirror and provides much needed storage and a focal point. I had to laugh about the teeny-tiny screws Sorry!

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    1. Thank you, Carol! I am so glad that it was conveyed in the photos! Oh, and those silly little screws still haunt me. Thanks for visiting with me today.

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  2. Nice work!
    Lisa @ https://hopewellslibraryoflife.wordpress.com/2016/08/13/what-caught-my-eye-this-week-3/

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    1. Thanks, Lisa and thanks for stopping by!

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  3. You showed us how to update and upgrade a standard bathroom on a budget. It really turned out so nice. I love the granite tops and all of the decorator touches you added.

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    1. I am glad you dropped by, Debra! Thank you for the kind words.

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  4. I love what you have done here. Great makeover!

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    1. Thank you, Sherry! Thanks for spending time with me this morning. Hope you visit again soon.

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  5. Really pretty...good job :)

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  6. Very pretty! I love a good makeover story. Those countertops are absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you! I am glad you could visit with me!

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  7. I love the transformation! Beautiful!!! Visiting from #HomeMattersParty. :) Cindy @DownhillRun

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    1. Thank you for spending time with me today, Cindy and for the kind words! Hope you stop by again, soon!

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  8. This turned out so amazing!! LOVE everything you've done!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Thanks, Jessica. I will be sure to pop over to Facebook!

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  9. That turned out gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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  10. Your bathroom looks great! :) I love the color you used for the walls! :)

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    1. Thanks, Katy and thanks for the visit.

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  11. I love the makeover! If the beach is calling you better get going!! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty hope to see you back!

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    1. Thank you, Crystal. I will be back when summer has moved on.

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  12. What a gorgeous bathroom makeover! Love the granite and that awesome cabinet you added in the middle! Glad you shared the lessons learned with us.Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words and for stopping by!

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  13. Wow! Beautiful! I want to do something similar in my master bath! Would you consider sharing this at our weekly Dishing It & Digging It Link Party? We are live every Sunday @4pm.

    http://www.thestonybrookhouse.com/2016/08/dishing-it-digging-it-link-party-111.html

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    1. Hi Lori! Thanks for stopping by! I will be sure to link up at your party. Thanks for the invitation!

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  15. What a gorgeous transformation! I love the cabinet in the middle! Very clever! Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and spending time with me! And, thank you for the kind words.

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  17. I really like your blog.You showed us how to update and upgrade a standard bathroom on a budget. It really turned out so nice.Bathroom Makeover in Springfield VA I love the granite tops and all of the decorator touches you added.

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    1. Hi Angela, thank you the kind words and for stopping by and spending time with me.

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