My epic DIY bathroom gut remodel — a six-month and six-day long DIY project — is now complete. Along with my sense of pride and accomplishment in having achieved such a feat mostly by myself, I also feel a sense of duty to share some of the lessons learned along the way and my methods for approaching such a ginormous undertaking. A project of this magnitude can be all-consuming, frustrating, exhilarating and stressful all at once, but with careful planning many would-be road bumps can be greatly reduced or eliminated all together.Heck yeah there is more →
I visited my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore 12 times looking for a reclaimed piece of vintage sparkle laminate. But boo hoo, no can do, so it was time to start looking for alternatives. Pam’s story about all the places to find laminate was the next place to search, but none of the patterns or colorways seemed right for my bathroom. Feeling discouraged, it was time to search the rest of the laminate world — where I found exactly one laminate selection from Pionite, called “Rock of Ages” that appealed to me for my pink bathroom gut remodel. This particular style reminded me of a sparkle laminate without the sparkle. With my laminate selection made, it was time to get serious about the building and installation process. Laminating a counter top didn’t look too complicated to me — heck, I just built the vanity from scratch — so I decided to do it myself. Now that the project has been completed my verdict is: Laminating a counter top is easy when you have the right tools.Heck yeah there is more →
Back in the early planning stages of my retro pink bathroom, I knew one of the biggest hurdles would be finding, modifying or making a vanity that both met my storage needs and fit with the mid-century design of the bathroom. Thus began the extensive search for a pre-made vanity that was both affordable (under $1,000) and would work in the space. But alas, I could find no vanity meeting these criteria. Next, I toyed with the idea of converting a mid-century dresser into a vanity, and even found a good candidate to start with. But ultimately, the space restrictions ruled out this option. All that remained was for me to either hire a carpenter to build a custom vanity for me, or to attempt this feat myself. Not one to shy away from a challenge, I began the research, drew up the plans, and built my own custom bathroom vanity. Here’s my epic story — and tips –>Heck yeah there is more →
Excited, giddy, thankful, accomplished, proud — all of these feelings have been bouncing around in my brain ever since completing my retro pink master bathroom remodel a few short weeks ago. When beginning this project, I knew it would be a huge job, but one that felt completely worth the effort. The transformation that has taken place in this small space since then — both in terms of look and functionality — is enormous. Starting my day in this glowy pink bathroom every morning has been downright magical. Even my husband continues to sing the new bathroom’s praises. Let’s take a closer look around, shall we?Heck yeah there is more →
One of the best compliments I’ve received about my pink bathroom was when the electrician asked if the wall and floor tiles were original, a remark that made me grin from ear to ear. Constructing a new pink bathroom that looks like it is fresh from 1962 — the year my house was built — was no small feat. Besides the actual work to install everything, I spent many hours sourcing materials, comparing samples and looking for vintage bits and pieces. Yes, sourcing all the products to build a retro pink bathroom is more work than sourcing a similar remodel using white fixtures and tile that’s popular today, but with a little determination, it is possible. For those just starting this journey, you’re in luck. I’ve compiled a list of all my resources — most of which are readily available — to help you build the retro pink bathroom of your dreams.
More happy dances were in order this past weekend after I finished grouting the pink wall tiles in my master bathroom. Yes, things are really starting to take shape in there — getting ever closer to a finished bathroom. Pam asked me to do an impromptu video to show how my bathroom is looking with freshly grouted walls — so if you have about four minutes to spare — why not listen to me geek out about wall grout. You can even play a fun game and count how many times I say, “exciting.”Heck yeah there is more →
Monday afternoon felt like Christmas morning at my house. Why, you ask? Because after 90+ hours of work — planning, cutting and adhering — my B&W pink ceramic wall tiles are all finally installed. When the very last tile was put into place, the happy dancing commenced. The pink tile makes it the space “glowy,” as Pam would say. And after having the floor covered up to protect it from mortar spills during the install, it finally came out of hiding to meet the wall tiles. Let me tell you — I am in love. Heck yeah there is more →