Let's Renovate the Bathroom in the Home I Never Live In!

After "living" (aka being on the road more often than not) in my condo for more than a year and a half in a situation which required me to use a stepstool in order to wash my face, I finally pulled the trigger on a mini renovation! And while it took substantially much longer to get right than I would have liked, in the end it was absolutely worth it and I'm thrilled with the results.

Before - I hated the extension of the marble over the back of the toilet... and the stepstool.

Before - I hated the extension of the marble over the back of the toilet... and the stepstool.

Pre-reno, I moved into a condo with a bathroom sink that was 42" tall. This may not seem like a big deal, but for someone who's 5'3", it was a giant pain - note the children's step stool I had to use on the daily. Plus, the cabinet / sink / faucet combination wasn't really my taste. After getting quotes for more complete gut rehabs including tile replacement, I decided it wasn't worth the hassle or the investment, and settled on what should have been a quick rip-and-replace for 1/3 the cost.

Being the psycho choosy person that I am, it took an embarrassingly long time to select my fixtures. I had a vision for the faucet, but couldn't find it; I had no idea what I wanted for the overhead lights, and just hunted forever; and that mirror was nearly impossible to source without being told it would take 9 months to be delivered. Let me tell you, it's very difficult to be both selective and frugal (What's that saying? "Beggars can't be choosers"? WATCH ME), but with extensive procrastination thinly veiled as research, it's possible. At long last, I selected every darn piece, placed my orders, and stacked a massive pile of boxes in the corner of my living room. And then, I waited.

After - There is no way it will remain this clean for long! And I will never forget the name of the granite I selected... "Ivory Fantasy". If that doesn't make you feel weird, I don't know what will.

After - There is no way it will remain this clean for long! And I will never forget the name of the granite I selected... "Ivory Fantasy". If that doesn't make you feel weird, I don't know what will.

Even with my extensive prep, checking and re-checking and confirming and re-confirming logistics with my contractor, this project was a PAIN. For something my contractor assured me on multiple occasions was "so easy," it certainly did not feel that way. We had to be reminded of the start date, which was first pushed a day, then a week, then another day; on a four-day project, this is a long time. Then, the work was... not up to par. Apparently, it did not go without saying that I wanted the old drywall anchors removed, then patched properly, for example. Several return trips spanning 5 weeks, a complete new set of drawers that functioned properly (and a subsequent full refund), and another attempt at full paint coverage later, we finally have this beaut of a bathroom space. At long last, I'm thrilled with how it turned out! Especially since I can stand on solid ground in the morning and not worry about slipping on my step stool and smacking my face on the countertop.

Next step is to find the perfect shelf for that space over the toilet. I wonder how long that will take...

For those of you curious, links to the products are below:

[ light fixture | mirror | faucet | sink | handles | towel bar set ]

Cheers,