Bathroom renovation

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    superjedi's Avatar
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    Bathroom renovation

    Hi all!
    OK, I know this is waaaaaaaaay off topic, but I wanted to show some pics of a home improvement project I've been working on. We bought our house just a few months ago in September and I've been working on different stuff here and there to bring it more in line with the wishes of our "design team" (my wife )

    The latest project is the downstairs half-bath. Most of the interior of the house was pretty blah when we bought it. So we went in knowing we'd be doing a lot of work. And when I say "we" I mean. . . "me."

    Here's a before pic of what it looked like. The house was built in 1964, and it had brownish ceramic tile on the floor, some cream-colored wallpaper, and off white/brown ceramic tile halfway up the walls. The cabinet was just clearcoated bare wood with a gold-speckled white laminate countertop. There was a flat pane mirror with a 4 foot fluorescent light fixture.



    Nothing was really wrong with it, it just wasn't our style.

    I didn't really take any in progress pics, but here's what I did and how it looks now.
    I began by steaming off the old wallpaper. Turns out there were 2 layers on there, and I discovered that steaming old wallpaper is one of my least favorite things to do!
    Once the wallpaper was down, I knocked off all the ceramic wall tile. This was much more fun as I got to use a chisel/pry bar and hammer. I love those breaking noises!!



    I removed the doors from the cabinet, sanded them as well as the frame, and added some 3/8" rope moulding for some visual detail. The entire cabinet was painted a semi-gloss black and given a coat of water based polyurethane. The old ceramic sink was removed and the countertop was sanded to roughen it up before laying down some new textured black laminate with DAP contact cement. The texture doesn't show up well in the pics but it looks pretty cool in person!



    Before laying down the new laminate, I mounted a new section of 3/4" plywood where the old sink was. This was attached from underneath with 4 steel flat brackets. After the laminate had dried I drilled 2 holes for the plumbing for the new Kraus vessel sink and waterfall faucet. We decided on this style because it just looks so cool!
    The walls were painted with Valspar "granite" paint. Very nice texture and natural, just slightly uneven appearance. Once the walls were done, I added new baseboards and a chair rail. The chair rail was painted to match the cabinet.
    We got a new mirror in a pewter frame, and I installed a new light fixture over it. It has a nice wrought iron look and even though the pic is washed out, the glass has the appearance of old candles. It's nice!



    The finishing touch was a new black toilet.
    My wife wanted a sort of jungle theme, so we got some leopard accessories including; a toilet seat, small area rug, trash can/tissue box cover, a square "bin," some small glass trays, a soap dispenser, and a couple of decorative boxes.

    Just for fun, here's the before and after side by side. Well actually it's the after and before.



    *Whew!!* Lots of work, but the "design team" is very happy, so that makes me happy.
    Thanks for looking!

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    Re: Bathroom renovation

    The paint, woodwork, lights and well everything seems fantastic! I'm not crazy about the leopard stuff though lol.

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    Re: Bathroom renovation

    yep bathroom looks great ,but the rug ,iss kinda bleh , nice job , what kind of toilet is it ?

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    Re: Bathroom renovation

    a snazzy improvement.

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    Hey, nice job on the renovation! I can certainly appreciate the work involved in projects like this as I'm also in the process of renovating my new house as well. Unfortunately my "design team" (fiance) is a registered interior designer, so I get to hear a designer's point of view on ANY ideas I might have. Fortunately we see eye to eye on most things. I really like how your sink and cabinets turned out, although,.. registered designer or not, I probably would've put my foot down on any suggested animal prints, lol... just giving you a hard time buddy, looks nice. Gots a woman's touch, but the color scheme doesnt feel too feminine.

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    Wow, night and day. Nicely done bro.

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    Re: Bathroom renovation

    Thanks, guys. I don't mind the animal print really. Not like I spend a lot of time in there. LOL

    Vader's Right Hand, the toilet is a Barclay. Don't remember the model but it's just a plain ol' 2 piece toilet. Installation was really easy.

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    The leopard print is a bit porn star but otherwise a pretty good job. A far cry from the hotel style bathrooms I usually design.

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    nice job bud! I like the style...and growing up a total punk rocker, the leopard print is pretty neat to me too =P

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    Re: Bathroom renovation

    Could of always added some star wars toilet paper in the shot for all the Boba fans


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    Re: Bathroom renovation

    Well I would only use that toilet paper if I had the. . . (wait for it). . . Kessel Runs!!!!!!!


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    *falls over laughing* You just made my night.

    Outstanding work, by the way. Looks great. And I love those breaking sounds too!

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    superjedi said: View Post
    Well I would only use that toilet paper if I had the. . . (wait for it). . . Kessel Runs!!!!!!!

    LAWLZ!!!

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    Re: Bathroom renovation

    That's a really good throne :P

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    Re: Bathroom renovation

    Okay... now I've seen everything on this forum. hahahaha

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    Re: Bathroom renovation

    That is an awesome sink! being a carpenter/contractor I've seen alot of sinks and that is very uniquie. Nice job, gotta let the girls have their way if you want free run sometimes. GOOD WORK!

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