We have a sparkling new down stairs powder room thanks to the hard work of Jeff and his dad! They have been diligently working on the project for the last month and a half. We had a few hold-ups with sicknesses, but I am happy to report the project has come to fruition and it looks fabulous if I do say so myself. This was our very first official house remodel project and it is addicting and inspiring.
We had figured for our first project we would tackle a small space so the powder room was perfect to get our feet wet. It was definitely eye-opening how many steps are involved, even in a small space. The first step was the demoing; taking out the old outdated vanity, wall mirror, linoleum flooring and removal of the toilet and trim. Next up was removing part of the dry wall that was damaged from removing the vanity and wall mirror and replacing it with new, applying texture to the wall and painting the wall. I did my part by painting and refinishing the trim, but the boys did all of the hard work.
The next part was installing the porcelain hex flower tile which was pretty tedious in making sure that it goes on smoothly. The flooring took several steps; stripping the existing floor down to the wood, installing the backerboard, laying the tile out to fit perfectly and numbering each piece so that it is ready to install once the adhesive is down, spreading the adhesive and placing the tiles down on the adhesive with the tile spacers (waiting 72 hours for the tiles to adhere to the adhesive), grouting the tile (waiting 72 hours for the grout to dry), spreading the first coat of sealer (waiting 24 hours for the first coat to dry) and finally spreading the final coat of sealer and letting it dry. Then, ta-da – gorgeous flooring!
Next up was cutting, installing and caulking the trim, installing the pedestal sink, lip to connect the hardwood hall floor to the new tile, toilet, light fixture, mirror, window covering (that my mom made!) and other hardware. Once all was in place I went back in and touched up the wall paint and the trim.
I have loved spending time picking out just the right piece of hardware, flooring, pedestal sink, etc. to make the vision come to life. I adore the look of old-fashioned, 1920’s décor. It gives a sense of timelessness that is so comforting and classic.
We are now looking forward to updating the remainder of the downstairs (in the next year) by painting our kitchen cabinets white and adding new hardware, painting the downstairs walls a neutral color to go with everything and adding a new mantle in the family room and eventually adding built-ins next to the mantle. We are also looking to purchase new dining room furniture which I am so excited about – I can finally entertain at a large, welcoming table.
It is nice to be able to finally make it our home just the way we like it!