Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Secret Project Reveal

Remember all the clues? Yeah, the clues I gave you about the secret project I have been diligently working on? Right. Those clues.

Well, I am ridiculously ready for this grand reveal. But first let's review the before:


Before it had lineoleum flooring. yes. It was gross. Sure, it didn't look gross in pictures but trust me...it was. In fact, it was the same flooring that continued into our kitchen before we ripped it out and laid hardwood. Which actually added to our problem. The hardwood was 3/4" higher than the linoleum...trip city (and I ain't talking about McConaughey's bongo). Oh and did I mention it was ripped?


Under my new bathroom cabinet was a giant gash. Everytime we swiffered, the snag would cling to dirt like Madonna to her yoga mat. Eventually the buildup was disgusting. Note the grossness in the corner...eww. So naturally it needed a makeover.

Enter moodboard options:

Obviously the tile choice had to go with my existing paint color (because I love it) and my white beadboard cabinet and the flooring in the hall (which it meets up to at the door). The first option was my favorite of the tiles...bring on the hexagon! But the priciest of the options as well. Three times the cost of the others and not appealing to all future buyers.

Option 2 was the most standard option being a porcelain ceramic tile. Since it was uber durable, this would definitely hold up well and still bring a light feeling into the room. Affordable, appeals to the masses and still brought warmth into the space. Obviously the least creative option as well.

Option 3 was a dark slate tile that would pick up the blues on the walls. Dramatic, enduring and also appeals to the masses. However the blue undertoned color might give the room a stark feel (no natural light + blues everywhere = ultra cool...and when I say "cool" I mean "not inviting" instead of "awesome like Blossom".)


After a quick consult with my boyfriend, we went with Option 2.


We picked out a couple options that 'spoke to us'. I liked the english muffin tile - lighter colored with tons of nooks and crannys. Jeremy like the bagel - smooth, warmer colored and little variations. I won.

What really sealed the deal was the fact that we had leftover white grout from our kitchen backsplash project. And white went better with the lighter beige tile than the darker beige or the slate.

So now that you know what we chose, let's get to the reveal. Afterall, my bathroom is screaming like Speidi - "I AM READY FOR MY CLOSEUP!"




Wonder what we did? Ok. Here's a recap:



Wanna know the best part? I did 90% of the work all by myself. GIRL BOWER POWER! My dear husband did change the door hardware and trimmed the bottom of the door (which I could have done) and he helped me lift the old toilet off and put the new one on (which I could have done with another girl) and he carried the sink out to the kitchen (which I could have done with another girl) and he screwed in the toilet bolts (which I could have done). I am saying that I could have done this not because I am ridiculously competitive at times (which is true). I am sayin' it because you women COULD DO THIS! Believe me...I am slightly above a down syndrome intelligence level. If I can do it....you can do it better.

Ok - back to the bathroom. I have tons of photos & info to share from this bathroom redo (including the budget breakdown) so if you wanna see all the details - stay tuned!

21 comments:

Steph said...

beautiful redo! and you go girl for doing it, you're awesome! I am liking that color for our bedroom.

(not sure if you're gonna get kuddos for the down syndrome intelligence comment tho...you're a funny girl and i know you're not trying to offend...but i'm just sayin')

Kelli said...

Very nice, I'm proud of your hard work. I love the trim...really cleaned it up. The flooring is just beautiful, I'm trying not to drool.

LyndsAU said...

I can't believe you did that by yourself :) you go girl! such an inspirtation!!! it looks fabulous!!

Jen M said...

It looks fantastic! Great job.

Elizabeth said...

Yeah, I was totally feeling this until I got to your last line, but my sister has Downs Syndrome and I just can't let that one slide.
Free speech and all, but pretty offensive to those of us who live with people who actually have Downs Syndrome.
I think what you mean to say is stupid, or dumb, maybe?

:::Lyzz::: said...

I'm impressed with the diagonal tiles. They sure are hard to lay. Good work!

Darby said...

Rock on with your bad self! I knew it included tile... love the diagonal pattern!!!!! Looks AWESOME!!!!!

Marge said...

Love the re-do! I really appreciate you showing that the ladies can do this kind of work on their own. I can't wait to see the step by step of just how things went. Perhaps tiling is in my future?! :)

I do have to agree though that the DS comment may have gone a little to far. You're hilarious but I know that for people that live with that it is real life and can be very painful... I know you are an equal opportunity jokester and wouldn't ever want to offend someone like that but, well, you know.

Costume Diva said...

Love the diagonal tile. Good choice!

Lindsey said...

Thank you for laying the tile diagonally! I can't stand straight tile! It looks great!

Shelby said...

like your blog...and like your bathroom reveal but had to comment on your down syndrome remark. i found it pretty offensive and i don't even know anyone that has down's...i can imagine how those feel that actually do know someone. i think you could of used a different description. i'm sure you didn't mean to offend...but still.

...................................Kim.......................................... said...

What color is the existing color? I love it too?

You did a great job!!

Kristina with a K said...

Holy Bananas! What a difference that tile makes!

High five for doing it yourself!! It looks great!

20-Something Superhero said...

It looks great! Good choice to put the tile in on the diagonal!

Jen said...

love the diagonal tile! nicely done!

Freckles Chick said...

Heck yessss, girl power. I love the diagonal layout. New tile makes SUCH a difference.

I'm happy that you didn't pee yourself (as your one clue insinuated) and that it was just the tile saw regurgitating water.....or was it? =]

Sherry @ This Young House said...

Nooooo way! I love it. Totally worth faux-peeing your pants. The funny thing is that I just posted an old pic of the vinyl tile we laid diagonally in the ol' kitchen (before we got around to the reno). And true to best-virtual-friend form, you one upped me with your fabulous REAL tiles on the diagonal. Love love love it. Wanna do my full bath with me this summer? I'm thinking marble mosaic...

xoxo,
Sherry

Leslie said...

ooo laa laa!!! it's beautimus!!!

Kim said...

Whoa! Love it!

Laurie said...

It looks awesome! I have done tile myself before but did not attempt the diagonal, it skeered me! Makes the room look bigger.

Marcie said...

I'm a little confused. You reference to a boyfriend and you reference to a husband. Are they the same person? If they are the same person, why the different reference?