Fifty-two days after the fateful peeling up of ‘just one’ vinyl tile on our bathroom floor, the bathroom renovation is complete. Instead of feeling dated, grungy and pieced together, our bathroom now feels happy, spacious and clean. Natural daylight floods the space and the bright colors are refreshing and uplifting.
Details, details! Who knew it would take over a month and a half to get a window in the bathroom and to finish caulking everything? The most important parts of the bathroom–aka the toilet, sink and bathtub, were useable by the first week or two of September, but the missing window prevented the use of the shower for several more weeks.
Thankfully, the warm fall weather in Pocatello held out and my crazy plan to combine a regular window with glass blocks worked fantastically.
Many aspects of our Do-It-Yourself bathroom renovation have been incredible learning experiences. One of the more stressful lessons is that when you order tile shipped to your house, half of it may arrive smashed to pieces. Luckily, I could take it right down to Home Depot for a refund and I quickly reordered the amount I needed. It’s a good thing it was a pretty painless process, because next the glass block window I ordered arrived with about 12 chips in it. I ended up just ordering loose glass blocks on the second go-round and Jer and I put them together ourselves. We are much happier with the finished appearance and we were able to fill the window space perfectly with an awning window above the glass blocks. I was pretty stubborn about wanting glass blocks in the bathroom, but with a large window on top that would open and vent. Our awning window ended up being 32in x 16in, and the glass blocks were 32in x 24in below it. I am really glad I stayed true to my vision, even when it seemed like such a hassle.
Another eye-opener for us is that tub and shower fixtures are not all made the same. Of course, we didn’t find this out until the end, when all of the tile was completely done. We ended up coming in from the back side and cutting a large hole in our kitchen/dining room wall to replace the pressure balance valve. What would have taken less than an hour while everything was out in the open ended up taking all day. And now there is that little issue of the hole in the kitchen wall…
One of our favorite things about the bathroom is the statement tile on the floor.
It completely fits our family’s style, but it will also work very well with other styles. Simply changing the art and the color of the towels gives the bathroom a different vibe.
We also love the modern look of the vertically stacked white subway tile with the charcoal grout. The tile fits well with the style and era of our home, but also has a fresh twist. At the last minute, I decided to add black tile around the window, and I am so glad I did.
We no longer have to fear that the tub or toilet may fall through the floor unexpectedly. Gone is the plexiglass nailed to the old shower window to prevent leaks into the wall.
We know the amount of hard work and attention to detail that was put into every inch of the room. There are a few details remaining, such as knobs for hanging towels and maybe a small cabinet for storage, but that’s all part of the fun.
Can I just tell you how awesome it was to take that first shower in the new bathroom?!?