It’s been a while since I’ve posted any updates on our home renovations. Last time I posted, I quickly went through most of the rooms in our house because EVERY SINGLE ROOM needs a huge update. Sooooo, there just may be about 20 renovation posts in the near future, or maybe 30 or 40. A lot y’all.
We have definitely been busy. Every weekend we are at the home improvement store. Every weeknight we are game planning our next project (or I am watching Real Housewives while painting a fifth coat of paint on the wainscotting in our great room. That reminds me…. are we Snapchat friends yet? I snap all of my current house projects and lessons learned over at @J.Trogstad).
We have also hit a few renovation roadblocks during this overwhelming process. It was to be expected. Just grab yourself a beer, open your mouth pretty darn wide, and allow yourself to curse for a moment. Then, when you are ready, put your big girl pants back on and figure out how to fix the current mess.
One of the many rooms that forced me to drink and curse was our upstairs jack and jill bathroom. This jack and jill bathroom was hideous. Below is the before picture…
The list of hideousness included and/or still includes (as we are only mid-way through renovating this sucker!) :
- ….AND A BORDER
- damaged countertops. They are beat up and on top of that, there was a teenager who resided in the house who painted her nails in neon colors and had an affinity to spill and not clean up the paint as witnessed by pretty much every flat surface in the house.
- aged light fixtures and bathroom finishes. The towel rack and toilet paper holder are builder grade models…from the early 90’s. The sink faucet and handles all fall under the same category.
- a slow slow slow shower drain
- a mirror and lighting in need of an upgrade
So what have we done to fix these issues? Sure thing….
We (thanks for the help mom!) took off the colorful border and then quickly followed that up with taking off the metallic teal wood patterned wallpaper. I am pretty much a pro at taking off different borders and wallpapers so I am thinking that I need to write up a detailed post to help others who are in the same boat as we were at the beginning of all of this. Removing wallpaper can suck if you don’t know how to do it right!
I patched some areas in the walls that were less than stellar dents and ugly craters, and painted two coats of Behr’s paint and primer in Clear Pond. I added a new curved shower rod, cleaned up the dumpy cabinet doors, and added in some new decor options that also function as storage for tissues, soaps, and lotions.
I also used Roto Rooter’s awesome Gel Clog Remover to easily fix the slowly draining shower. I wanted to save money and fix the plumbing problem myself and with only one working shower in the house at present (because, you guessed it, the other options are under construction), it was very important to have a properly running shower, no snafus. I put my trust in the Gel Clog Remover and it did not let me down. It was easy to use, the results were quick, and I haven’t had a recurring problem since using the Roto Rooter product. I am a customer for life now. It’s sooooo worth it!
And what do we still intend to do in the room? Yes, we have a long list of things still left on the list for this “special” room.
- update the countertops, sinks, and sink faucets
- reface the cabinets and add new hardware
- paint the oak trim piece along the baseboard white to match the rest of the trim
- update lighting, doorknobs, cabinet and door hinges, towel rack, etc.
- frame in the mirror
So now I just need the time and money to make all this happen. What have been your biggest renovation roadblocks? I’d love to swap battle stories!