Monday, January 3, 2011

Longest bathroom reno ever - and a bit of painting

I haven't written a post in awhile as December kept me busy with class projects, a final exam, and then Christmas. Since my last post, Josh has completed the reno on our main bathroom and painted the entry way, living/dining room and hallway.

Back in April, Josh renovated half of our main bathroom but had to put the remaining half on hold as the landscaping season was starting. You may remember the after picture:

Part two of the reno involved the tub and tiles. Josh ripped out the old jacuzzi tub and lovely seashell tiles and encountered a bit of a surprise.  The original builder hadn't used any type of waterproof barrier between the drywall and the tile - resulting in some mouldy drywall underneath. 

This is one of those unexpected surprises that often happens in DIY renos, and just proves the old adage that a reno is ALWAYS going to cost more than you think it will. Having to rip out all the drywall and replace it with a mould-and-mildew-proof backer board ended up putting us over budget. 

Before - We had a hollow tub from April until December - not the most relaxing atmosphere!

RIP Seashells

During - Gutted bathroom

Over budget or not, it's all done, and we're very happy with the results. After watching a marathon of home renovation shows on HGTV over the holidays, I came to appreciate having my own live-in handy man. Basic bathroom renos I watched seemed to cost anywhere between $20,000-$30,000 with a huge chunk of those dollars going to cover the labour costs.

We used the same glass tile as behind the sink, and the same slate tile as we used on the floor to tie the look together. Together with the new tub, shower curtain, shower head and faucet, it looks a world away from the previous seashell motif.

After completing the bathroom, the only thing left to do was paint, and the onus was on me to pick the colours.  We used two shades of Behr paint as mentioned in a previous post.  We went one shade darker for an accent wall and learned that one shade is not enough to notice a difference. Unless there is direct light on the contrasting colours, you really don't notice the difference. If I were to do this again I'd go two shades darker with my accent colour.  
Before - boring beige walls

After - Granite Boulder by Behr

The accent colour - Squirrel, by Behr

I find the grey makes other colours really pop out now - like with our Chinese garden stool.

1 comment:

Sylvia said...

wowowowow!! gorgeous... i think it's time for a visit to your place.. hehe..