Basement Vanity

Why is it that David and I will discuss holding off on a project because it is not a priority, and then all of a sudden we cave and start the project as if it is top priority? Does this even make sense? I do tend to ramble these days.

Well, the bathroom in our basement is a perfect example of this.  Even though the basement is so not the way we would choose to do it if we were designing it ourselves, we are so lucky that we moved in to a house with a finished basement that included a full bathroom. The bathroom had an ugly dated vanity, and the shower tiles and hardware/ fixtures are so ugly, but it served it’s purpose when we had guests come to town. Redoing the bathroom down there was never really even a discussion. Every once in a while we would talk about retiling the shower, but that was the extent of it.

Once the date got closer to the basement being painted, David started looking up different vanities that might work in that small space. His logic was that if they are already in there and painting, shouldn’t we just have the bathroom done the way we want. I mean, yes we should. It definitely makes sense to have a pretty new vanity to go with the pretty paint, and if we waited to put in the vanity that meant David would for sure have to do some patching and painting on his own eventually. So, why not just get it out of the way.  We chose a vanity that was simple, inexpensive, and worked in the small space, but while we were debating which vanity to order, David thought- why not get a new toilet while we are at it. So, we now have a new vanity and new toilet, and an ugly blue tiled shower.  We both agreed that we would wait on the shower. With the bathroom being painted, the tile won’t look as bad, but it will definitely be replaced someday soon. Maybe during David’s paternity leave.

I’m really happy with how it is looking, and once the paint is finished we can order a cool mirror, light, and replace all of the hardware that is in there.

Broken Tile, Messy Grout, Bad Vanity Planning, and Paint Splatters

I think that our contractor and his men wanted to be done with the bathroom just as bad as we wanted it to be done.

Besides not reading the reviews for this company, our biggest regret was not having the contractor do a final walkthrough because there was a lot more to be fixed than we anticipated.

Last weekend, David went to deep clean the bathroom so that we could move the boys into it. Who would have thought sharing s bathroom with two small children for 2 months would be such an ordeal?! As he was cleaning we discovered quite a few things that we would have expected to be fixed.

The grout is kind of mess but I really think if we used a lighter color it would have turned out great. I just expected more from a professional company. We noticed one broken tile and three scratched tiles in the shower. All which can’t be fixed but need to be chiseled out.When David was walking in the bathroom, you can hear and feel that some of the floor tiles are loose. Again, they need to be chiseled out.They did terrible planning when installing the vanity because the drawer on the end cannot be opened all of the way due to the window trim being in the way. Unfortunately, this is something that can’t be fixed at this point.Lastly (from what we could tell), there was ceiling paint splattered all over the counters. I’m not exaggerating here, splatters everywhere. Luckily the counters are light so it’s hard to tell, but it took a while to scrape them off and we didn’t even get all of them!I am so mad we didn’t have the contractor do a final walkthrough but I am so grateful that David could fix all of this stuff. We would be in big trouble if he couldn’t.

We learned so much during this experience and with all of the trouble and stress that came with it, at least the bathroom is done…but no the boys still aren’t moved into it yet!

Counters

Oh man, the counters. This is where all of our drama began with our contractor.

Our contractor recommended a specific company to order our counters from. They come highly recommended where we live, so we just went with his suggestion and ordered the counters from them.

It was a fairly easy process, they came over with samples, we picked one and ordered it. They came to measure a week later and told me it would be 1.5 weeks at most until the counters were ready. A few days after they came over to measure I got a phone call that he needed me to remeasure. Now, I know how to use a measuring tape, but I thought that it was a lot of pressure for me to measure for something pretty expensive. If I got the numbers wrong, it would have been a huge problem. I got the measurements, and they just didn’t seem right to the guys cutting the counters, so they came over to measure again. Sure enough, my numbers were correct and they told me yet again that it would be about a week and a half to be ready.

Let’s fast forward a week, we have the polar vortex. It was way too cold for the counters to be delivered, so we were delayed. And delayed. And delayed. By the time we hit two weeks David finally put some pressure on the company. They were a little weird with communication but after pushing and pushing, we finally got the counters three weeks later.

We understand things happen and delays happen, but three weeks was a bit frustrating. Not to mention, our contractor was pressuring us because he wanted to keep up with our project but couldn’t until the counters arrived. Not sure why he was pressuring us, since we had zero control over the counter company.

Anyway, they were installed in an hour and they look beautiful. David wasn’t the biggest fan, but I think they are perfect with our floors and backsplash.

Vanity Arrival

Happy Monday! Lots of progress to report this week!  The vanity for the boys’ bathroom was delivered and installed last week.  We did have a little bit of spacing issues, but they seemed to figure it out and make it work.  The vanity is two pieces and it is really long once put together.  We had the option of having a big space in the middle to fill with a wood filler piece, or the option to push the two pieces close together and have wood filler pieces on both the left and right sides.  Ideally, I wanted it that way, but they told me that there would have to be some plumbing rearranged for that to work.  So, David and I decided that having a space in the middle to fill was the way to go.

I was going about my afternoon and one of the men working on the bathroom told me that he realized he didn’t account for the door jamb, so he had to adjust the plumbing to make the vanity work.  This wouldn’t be my first choice, but it is still looking amazing! Counters are measured and ordered, and I can’t wait to see it all come together.

Tile, Tile, and More Tile

Ah another Monday! I usually love the weekends just like anybody else does, but lately I can’t wait for them to be over so that we can continue to get our house worked on!

We are finally starting to get to the fun stuff of the master renovation.  Last week our cabinets arrived for our vanity, we picked out our counter, and our contractor picked up our floor tile and wall tile. In Compass Pointe, David tiled the back wall where our vanity was, and he also did a half wall around our tub. We loved the look and never got sick of it in the entire 18 months we lived there. So, we decided to go with subway tile for the backsplash and walls in this bathroom too.  It is clean and classic looking, and I think it’s good for resale as well.  We are going a gray and white color scheme, and since our vanity will be gray, we thought white was the appropriate choice for the subway tile.  Our homework for the weekend was to decide on a grout color and a paint color.  You would think this would be an easy task, but we are struggling! Part of me likes the idea of white walls and gray grout but then another part of be thinks that that would be too white.  We are also toying with the idea of white grout and gray walls but I get nervous that the white grout will get dirty and gross looking. Decisions decisions. Hopefully we figure it out soon!DSC_0001subway2subway

We Have Light…And a Few Other Things

I am not sure if I mentioned this before, but we didn’t have any lights in our master besides the two dinky lamps on our nightstands.   The room was so dark, even with the lamps on. We budgeted for a certain amount of recessed lighting and as our contractor has been working on our master, he thought we needed more than we budgeted for, especially in our bathroom and closet.  We got to see the progress and I am so happy we ended up putting more in.  The room is going to be so bright and pretty, and it’s going to be so nice to not have to pull a string in our closet for the light to go on.DSC_0011You can see there is some more canned lighting, and here my friends is our new walk in closet!DSC_0016DSC_0010

This window is currently in the new walk in closet, but we are moving it to the other side of the closet so that we have even more light in the bedroom.DSC_0013No words can describe my excitement for the light that will be in our bathroom.  We had one light, dark walls and floors, and beige/yellow tiles in the shower.  It was so dark and dirty looking.  Not to mention, our fan.  Holy moly, the fan in that bathroom was beyond disgusting.  It was so dirty that it made a creepy noise and didn’t ventilate anything in the room.  Because the fan was so awful, all of our towels and my clothes in the closet smelled like mildew and mold. So lovely.  David’s company carries intense fans, and when we told the contractor which kind we got he said it will literally suck up everything.  I can’t wait to buy new towels and to not feel dirty and smelly after I use them!

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Future shower
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Future double vanity

You can see with the marks on the wall, but we will have two mirrors and then light fixtures above them- yay, more light!DSC_0007Our contractor framed the wall behind where our bathtub will be going.  He inserted an area for us to store candles and bubbles and such.DSC_0002I am so impressed with our contractor and the rest of his team so far.  They are so respectful of our space, honest, keeping us on budget as best as they can, and doing an amazing job! You would think I would be excited at 5:00 when David gets home, but the truth is I am more excited for the contractor to leave than for David to take the boys off of my hands because that is when I get to see the progress!!