Renovation Reality

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I have been so consumed with this bathroom renovation project, but unfortunately, I’ve been bitten by renovation reality.

In my last post, I talked about how we’ve been somewhat forced into remodeling the master bathroom sooner that we planned. To say that the planning alone is a lot of work is an understatement! I had no idea how much effort would be involved with just getting the project started.

Homeownership is constantly teaching me something new, and I love it! Sometimes these projects are a piece of cake, and other times we’re way in over our heads. In this case, I thought I new what to expect and was just way wrong! HGTV shows make it all look so simple, which is another reason it stings when renovation reality sets in.

I thought we’d call a contractor or two, get a bid, pick out some building materials and then we’d have a brand new bathroom in a matter of weeks. From the beginning of that sentence to the end, I wasn’t even close.

As it turns out, finding a contractor is hard work.

I mean, hard work.

I just counted up the number of contractors I’ve met with over the past several weeks. Eleven.  Well, nine if you don’t count the two that never showed up for our appointment. Out of the nine contractors I actually met with, only five of them have actually submitted proposals–the others just fell off the face of the earth.

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I thought that we’d be able to find a contractor rather quickly and then be able to get started within a couple of weeks. Some guys were scheduling appointments 2-3 weeks out just for the consultation! And, there were many GCs that were scheduling projects to start into November/December. Even though we did the work up front to have space plans drawn up, some of these guys took three weeks just to get the proposal to me.

It’s no secret that I have expensive taste. But, even with an extremely budget-conscious approach, this remodeling project turned out to be twice as expensive as we thought.

Twice as expensive.

The first bid we got was for $12,500. The second was for $36K even (I’m sorry–what?!) After the third bid came in around $25,000 we reached out to our space planner for a second floor plan that didn’t include adding on a powder room, in hopes that limiting the plumbing changes would help with the cost.

 

 

holly on hummingbird - bathroom renovation- floor planMaster Bathroom Floor Plan2.1-Holly on Hummingbird

 

The renovation reality is that it costs $15K-$20K to redo a master bathroom. Not $10K like we had hoped.

So, what now?

Well, it just doesn’t make sense to do this right now. As much as we tried to fight it, the reality is that we’re going to have to tear down some walls to rebuild them to tear them back down later. And I’ll have to get over it.

The good news is, we can continue to save our money and do the renovation as we had originally planned when the time is right. The bad news is, the only thing I have to show you until then are these amazing drawings of our future bathroom by Kat Black Designs.

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Bathroom Remodel Inspiration

Bathroom Remodel Inspiration

I just share my master bath makeover with you, and it sounds insane, but we’re planning a bathroom remodel.

We’ve been so busy the past month dealing with a little plumbing problem (which I can’t share too much about) and we’re pretty much forced to go ahead and do the bathroom remodel now. It’s been crazy hectic calling contractors, meeting with them and getting quotes! We’ve also been working with a space planner to ensure that we’re utilizing our square footage to the max, and we’re now on round four… But, it’s also super exciting!

I’ve spent lots of time searching for inspiration and trying to figure out what I want, which is a ton of fun but also a little overwhelming.  Especially since I have such expensive taste! I think I’ve finally got a pretty clear picture of what I want to do, and lucky for me, Mike and I generally agree on these things (I do have great taste, after all…)

I love all white bathrooms, but I’ve really been into black and white lately.  I’d love to incorporate brass hardware as well, but that’s the one thing Mike didn’t agree with, so I’ll let him win that one.  And by win, I mean that I’ll do it in the guest bathroom instead. ;)

I will share our space plans with y’all next week, but in the mean time I thought I’d share some of the photos I’ve been swooning over.  Whenever I’m looking for ideas and inspiration I generally have a few go-to sites: Pinterest, Houzz, MyDomaine and Apartment Therapy.

Here’s some of my favorite bathroom remodel inspiration:

Mixed Media

I love how they mixed up the metals in this bathroom. Chrome on the vanity lights, brushed nickel on the faucets and drawer pulls, and then the glass knobs on the drawers. It just goes to show that you don’t have to be matchy-matchy.

 

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 (Image via Pinterest)

 

Tile Patterns

I love creating texture with tile, and I can’t get over the way they used different patterns and textures within the same color scheme.  Notice the hexagon pattern on the shower floor–that’s a must in my new shower!

mydomaine bathroom photo

 (Image via Apartment Therapy)

 

Wood on white

I have really found myself drawn to this trend of wood on white, and this bathroom is ideal. I love how they’ve incorporated this amazing vanity (I’m seriously in love) into the all-white color scheme. Based on the comments on this post, it was custom made in NYC, so it likely cost the same amount as my entire remodel budget… I’ve gotta find someone to make this for me!

midcentury modern bathroom vanity

 (Image via Houzz)

 

Subway Tile

It’s so basic, but I just love white subway tile. It never goes out of style and it’s super cheap. Lowe’s sells it for 72 cents a tile–you can’t beat it!  I’m definitely going to be using it in my new bathroom, but I’m on the fence with the black grout. I go back and forth on it–what do you think?

white subway tile-bathroom remodel

 (Image via Pinterest)

 

Black + White Geometric Tile

This is a seriously bold look, but I really love it. I think it adds character and definitely some style! I’m thinking that maybe I’ll use something similar for the shower floor.

white-black bathroom remodel inspiration

 (Image via Pinterest)

 

Tile Accent Walls

I really want to do a tiled wall above the vanity.  I think it’s a great way to create a really elegant look, and would be an ideal spot to use some of the more expensive tile I’ve found since it’s just a small area.  This is the tile I’ve been dreaming of for this.

tile for bathroom remodel

 (Image via MyDomaine)

We have so many choices to make! Stay tuned to see the space plans next week and to find out how this bathroom remodel turns out later on.

Master Bathroom Makeover DIY

DIY-Bathroom-MakeoverWe’ve now lived in our home for 60 days, and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Almost all of the boxes are unpacked and the rooms are starting to come together… I’ve finally finished the master bathroom makeover, and I’m excited to show y’all how it turned out!

As I mentioned in a previous post, this bathroom is super ugly! The “decorative” tile and textured walls make it nearly impossible to work with, but I think we’ve gotten it to a good place. We intend on doing a full remodel at some point (hopefully soon!) so the goal was to just get it to a level of ugly that I can live with. Cue the bathroom makeover DIY.

Bathroom Makeover-Before

It really is amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do! After surviving the blue bathroom nightmare, I’m really happy with the gray-but-almost-white color that we ended up with. When Symphony Blue turned out to be anything but symphonic, I reverted to my trusty go-to color palette–gray. I wanted it to look as crisp and clean as possible, and I was worried that a greige or brown-gray wouldn’t be clean enough. I sure as heck wasn’t going to touch the blue-gray tones, so we settled on Olympus White by Sherwin Williams.

Master Bathroom Makeover DIY

I’ve been obsessed with the oh-so popular Greek Blue this summer, and found these fantastic bath rugs and towels at Target. I’ve never decorated with blue before, but I just love the sort of Mediterranean feel of these bright blue and white pieces. Especially with the (super weird) terra-cotta tile floors–it reminds me of Greece. And, for a bathroom that started out in Tijuana, it’s a huge step up for this makeover to land us in Mykonos.

Greek Blue Bathroom Decor-Bathroom Makeover DIY IMG_6050I haven’t finished the vanity yet–I’m still trying to decide what to do. One idea is to paint it navy blue and replace the hardware, but I can’t decide if it’s worth it. Hopefully, we’ll get to do a full remodel next spring, and that seems like a lot of work for a short time period.  I may just replace the hardware and call it a day.  Any opinions?

I love to make my own wall art! It’s so much fun to be able to make something that says exactly what I want it to say–it brings out our personality, and in this case, sets the stage for my shower-time vocals. All I did was throw this together in Photoshop, print it out and slap it in a frame–super easy!

Fresher than you Beyonce wall art-Bathroom Makeover DIY Fresher than you Beyonce wall art

Another easy DIY was this artwork I hung on the back wall. My mom was cleaning something out (her attic or garage or something) and had this big silver frame with the glass broken out of it. I happily took it off her hands last spring with this project in mind. I just bought this fabulous Nate Berkus fabric from Jo-Ann’s and a can of blue spray paint. After my mom sprayed the frame for me during our girls crafting day, I stapled the fabric to the back of the frame while pulling it taunt and attached a picture frame hook to the back of it. Easy peasy.

DIY Wall Art Nate Berkus-Bathroom Makeover DIYDIY Wall Art Nate BerkusI think this bathroom has a ton of potential, and I can’t wait to take out the bathtub and knock some walls down. The dark shower stall is less than ideal too (especially when I’m shaving my legs,) but for about $100 and a day’s worth of work, I think we’ll manage for the time being.

Master Bathroom Makeover Before-After

Violent Seas: The Blue Bathroom Nightmare

blue bathroom nightmareWhat started out as a genius plan turned into a blue bathroom nightmare, which we’re now referring to as ‘Violent Seas’.

Our master bathroom is hideous.  I mean, beyond bad.  The best way I can describe it is that it reminds me of a cheap hotel in Mexico. We will definitely remodel it, but that’s at least a year or two away and I’ve seriously lost sleep wondering what in the world I’m going to do with it in the mean time.

Ugly out-dated bathroom

The one almost likable feature is the cobalt blue tiles that accent the insanely tiny (dark!) shower.  So, one day as I was washing my hair I thought, “Maybe I should just embrace the ugliness and work with it, instead of trying to change it.  Maybe I should paint the walls blue!”  Later that day I was at Target and spotted some awesome blue and white towels, and the deal was sealed.  I bought the towels and a few rugs and burst with excitement when I told Mike the news (he, obviously, did not share my excitement.)

I browsed Pinterest for some inspiration and played with about 20 paint chips over the next couple of weeks. I knew it was going to have to be the perfect blue in order for me to pull it off–especially with the heavily textured walls.  I kept going back to this picture, described as Benjamin Moore’s Symphony Blue:Benjamin Moore Symphony Blue

I went ahead and got a gallon of the color so that we could get the entire main floor painted over Memorial Day weekend.

So, we had gotten almost every room painted in a day—it was getting late but all we had left was the bathroom and an accent wall in the bedroom.  I tackled the bedroom while Mike started the bathroom.  A few minutes in I shouted, “How’s it looking in there, babe?” When his response was “Uh, I don’t know…” I knew something was wrong.

I walked around the corner and my eyes burned as I tried to wrap my head around what I was looking at.

Ugly blue bathroom

It was clearly not covering very well, so Mike tried to make me feel better about it by telling me that it probably just needed a second coat, so I quickly slapped some more paint onto a small section.  Which didn’t help.

Symphony Blue Bathroom

We decided to get the first coat on the entire room (because, why wouldn’t we stop while we were ahead?  We’ve got to get in deep.)

Ugly blue bathroom paint color

Eventually, we called it a night–I needed some time to figure out what to do. I mean, what in the heck was I going to do?!  I hardly slept that night thinking about it.  Whenever Mike went in there he kindly reminded me that he felt like he was in an aquarium. The textured walls sort of gave it a “wave” feeling.

I showed my mom in the morning to see if she had any sage advice, and she was even speechless. I told her that I was going for a calming blue, and she told me, “honey, you’ve got violent seas!”

I spent the entire next day painting it gray.