STARTING A HALF BATH RENOVATION

December 15, 2017

Ground has broken on our first floor powder bathroom. It is an entire gut job and it is HAPPENING. This is our first bathroom renovation in this house and so a dainty sized half bath is a great one to cut our teeth on. Plus, it’s first floor so most used and visible!

Here is a reminder of the before. Chipping tile, a bad vanity, AND GENERAL MUSTINESS. The door would catch on the uneven tile and I felt shame for every poor guest who had to brave that mountainous terrain to use the bathroom. In a weird way I kind of dug the wallpaper, but in the name of having a super clean and fresh foundation, it had to go too. (I saved a piece to frame!) With ripping out the vanity and putting in a pedestal sink the wallpaper would not cover all of the newly exposed wall.

DEMO TIME. I stripped the wallpaper which took me about six sensational hours of using a clothes steamer. The old sink and toilet, bye. David’s brother ripped up the floor tile for us and of course we discovered a bit of water damage.

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Water damage is not even a big deal to me now after installing our wood floors. Honestly I operate assuming every bathroom older than fifteen years has water damage. David replaced the subfloors and cut out the part of the wall that was effected, which I then patched with new drywall.

There was a couple simple plumbing fixes and then we added our millwork! This is the same look we did in our living room and I love continuing it in more places. I think at least one more spot we will do it again is in our son’s bedroom.

I wrote a more detailed tutorial of installing the millwork in that living room link, but the overview is that we use this trim and this nail gun to adhere some rectangles to the wall. We do everything about three inches apart (three inches from the ceiling, the baseboard, another box, a corner, etc.) We also added a thick crown molding (the widest I can get away with on eight foot ceilings) and a new chair rail.

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Since that wallpaper was I believe put up when the house was initially constructed, there was bare drywall underneath. Because of that (and the area of new patched drywall where the plumbing damage was) before painting I slapped up some of this primer so that the untreated wall would not just keep soaking up paint. A whole gallon is only $10, so worth not skipping on it.

The tile I am picking is going to use a multi-color hex pattern, so since it’s kind of the star, the walls will stay a neutral white. But this millwork adds the detail and interest I love with white walls.

GLORIOUS PROGRESS.

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I considered removing the soffit, but it would have been extra money to have an electrician re-do the recessed light in it, so I decided to keep that little gem and trim it out with millwork like the rest of the room. I think it actually looks better than if I had torn it out because it adds another layer and structural detail. AND THEN when we were nailing in the trim we learned there actually was a vent inside of the soffit, so that would have been an unfortunate surprise that would have derailed the whole thing which I tried to play off behind my nervous laughter.

We have motion in here! Also the clean, pinewood-y smell. Everything was just old and with the tile and vanity gone, plus all the water damage completely cleared it is totally fresh and solid. NOW WE PUT IT BACK TOGETHER AND I WILL REIGN ON THIS POWDER ROOM LIKE THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX.

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