I am reposting this since it was originally posted when I was pretty much “talking to myself”, learning the blogland ropes. Still learning, but I hope you all enjoy this 70’s bathroom redo as much as I did (when it was completed!).
I’m a sucker for a great Before and After room remodel, which is probably why I’m addicted to so many HGTV shows that give me my Before/After fix in a mere 30 minutes. I can enjoy the whole process from the comfort of my own home, without any of the stress. But, the ultimate reward that we reap from this time and effort, is what keeps us coming back, begging for more. It’s kind of like childbirth. After the project is over, the memories of the blood, sweat and tears fade, and you’re left with this beautiful baby that YOU created. Bliss.
The project I’m featuring here was actually a “surprise bathroom makeover” for one of my best friends. I managed to conspire with her husband to get access to their house while they were away on vacation. I must say up front, that this transformation effort began with a modest plan – finish the wallpaper stripping that my friend had started, paint, new towels, perhaps replace the countertop, etc… However, this project soon turned from “D-I-Y” to “D-I-Why?”. It was one of those projects where one thing led to another, and the project just took on a life of its own. “If I redo the countertop, I’m going to have to redo the floor. If I redo the floor, I can’t leave the lighting the way it is…” You get the picture. That’s where I started asking myself, “WHAT have I gotten myself into?” Past experience tells me that this feeling usually rears its ugly head when the project looks the absolute worst. During this project, I reached that phase right about here…
My friend’s surprise bathroom makeover (my hubby helping me) –
In the before/during/”what the heck was I thinking?” phase
But, quitting is not (usually) an option, since these D-I-Why revelations usually hit us when our projects are at their worst. We press on, literally, through blood, sweat and tears until we achieve our vision.
But that’s where you just keep on, keeping on, right? Fortunately, my husband pitched in with some of the demo, electrical and plumbing work and was a real trooper in helping me achieve my vision. So, what began as a modest goal of stripping wallpaper, painting and MAYBE redoing the countertop and painting the vanity turned into much, much, more. When it was all said and done, we accomplished the following:
-Stripped the wallpaper
-Repainted the walls
-Installed a new vanity, vanity top and faucet
-Installed new flooring
-Installed new pendant lighting
-Added a new tile backsplash
-Hung a new mirror
-Painted the trim and door
-Added decorative accessories – towels, towel rack, throw rugs, new shower curtain, wall art, etc…
Yes, we bit off more than we intended to chew, but the surprise was well worth it!! Getting a tearful phone call from my girlfriend made every last bit of stress and work completely worthwhile.
A complete before/during/after photo montage can be seen below.
Before: (I had started working and realized I should probably take some photos)
During: Again, kudos to my hubby for helping me with this undertaking!
AFTER: Cue the Hallelujah Chorus
Another Before & After View:
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