Monday, January 28, 2013

on the boards: bathroom renovation

we travelled to Cincinnati this past weekend to check in on our current home project: a complete gut renovation of the small full bathroom in my previous home turned rental property. though this project was on my to-do list for the house, it was effectively put on hold when we moved. but after a series of mysterious leaks and the final discovery of large cracks in all of the drain and waste pipes, we had no other options. I am very thankful for our extremely patient and understanding tenents!

for this project, we needed to stick to a somewhat strict budget. because we no longer live there, it wasn't worth the expense to expand the small bathroom per previously conceived plans. I also had to temper my desire for pricey modern tiles and fixtures. but I am happy with the materials we found and think that the bathroom will be, like the remodeled kitchen, a clean and modern space. here is what is currently on the boards:

1_IKEA SAVERN Mirror, stainless steel
2_IKEA SAVERN Wall lamp, double, nickel plated
3_IKEA SAVERN Double hook, chrome plated
4_Danze Amalfi Single Handle Tub &Sower Faucet,chrome
5_IKEA LILLANGEN Sink cabinet with 2 doors, white
6_ceiling mounted curtain track, white, with ball chain drops and white subway tile. I am planning to use a medium grey grout with an 1/8" grout joint.
7_custom flat roman shade from The Shade Store in an Eames inspired dot pattern sheer fabric
8_The Tile Shop Soft Dreams Beige 13x13 inch porcelain floor tile
9_Benjamin Moore Cinder wall paint

now that the demolition is complete, the major work of re-plumbing the entire bathroom will begin. the waste stack from the basement to the bathroom is being replaced as well. I am looking forward to seeing this project completed in several weeks and will post more pictures as construction continues!


  1. have you tiled a wall before? we are wanting to do a half wall of subway tile in our 1/2 bath and i'm wondering how big of a project it is. i can't wait for you to see the house so you can lend your eye to our upstairs bath as well (and the whole house in general)...

    1. never. but i have tiled a floor and i imagine the whole process can't be that much different aside from the direction you'd be checking level. it might take some additional time as you may have to wait before lower rows are set before adding weight from the rows above. i also can not wait to see your house! it seems (from pictures) like it is coming along well and i am constantly impressed at all you both have accomplished in what is, to me, a short amount of time. when is this baby due??


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