I am very excited for our upstairs bathroom to be out-of-order! After much deliberation, we decided to hire-out for some key parts of the bathroom renovation. In the end it came down to two main reasons:
1. We both work full-time, and DIYing would mean we would be out of a shower (and weekends) for a long, long time.
2. We are moving a wall and reconfiguring two closets, and our walls are plaster, not drywall. Best to bring in the experts. (Plaster is seriously an art form. I watched them work in our family room and it’s amazing!)
We will DIY the shower and floor tile (which I am very excited to learn), install board and batten, as well as the normal painting and finishing trim work.
You saw my inspiration board here, and now here is a Photoshopped rendering (can you tell I am a visual learner?) of what look we are going for.
In the mean time, we have been doing a lot of research (mostly Moose), shopping, and a LOT of time talking to sales associates. Here’s what we’ve gotten off the list so far:
Faucets and showerheads are always going on clearance at Home Depot and Lowe’s. We check constantly until we find one that we like! We got our sink faucets for more than 50% the original price!
- Kohler Bellwether bathtub from The Kohler Store
- Kohler Verticyl undermount sinks from The Kohler Store
There is a Kohler showroom in Natick, MA where you can see their whole line of bath equipment. Because we ordered our sinks and tub through them, they shipped it to our house for free! (Don’t even get me started about helping carry that 400 lb. cast iron bathtub up the stairs though.)
- Tempesta 2″ Hex for the floor tile from The Tile Shop
- Royal Satin Carrara 4×12 Subway Tile for the shower walls from The Tile Shop
- Hampton Carrara 1″ hex for inside the recessed shower shelves from The Tile Shop
- Whisper Gray Grout and other misc. tiling tools from The Tile Shop
- Recessed shower shelves inserts from The Tile Shop
The people at The Tile Shop are AMAZINGLY helpful. We waited for a sale and managed to get all of our tile for 20% off. They also have free classes every Saturday morning for those looking to DIY tile. My parents also recently DIYed their bathroom, and we split the cost of a tile-saw with them.
We still have to pick out our sconces, the mirrors, wall color, and, most importantly, our vanity/granite slab.
This past week we have been vanity hunting – if you are in the Boston area there are several great places: Frank Webb’s, Ferguson’s and Splash, and the custom cabinetry department at Lowe’s. We also went to New England Supply, but it was the least helpful. We saw a lot of great options are very close to finally getting that checked off the list as well!
In more exciting news…. who is ready to see the new Muppet’s movie that comes out next week!?!? Only me?? (Probably!)