Tiny Dark Bathrooms

I’ve always had a thing for tiny rooms that are super dark. It’s hard to take a chance on a dark color in a larger space, but for our little downstairs bathroom, I’ve found the color is something I really love.

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It’s actually the same color we used up in H’s room – so that worked out really well for saving some simoleons 😀

Dark Blue Baby Room

Another thing I love about this color is that it grabs from some of the rug colors out in the hallway, so it compliments the look of the other rooms downstairs while still maintaining an independent vibe.

Dark_Navy_Bathroom

It’s actually nominally difficult to get any good shots of this room being that it’s small and dark and awkward to shoot at all angles, but I figured if I was showing the house as it stands one year in, this was a room to include as well 😉

In complete honesty, I have no recollection of what this room was even painted before (maybe red?) but it was not my fav and so we just decided to take a jump and use the extra paint from Henry’s room to tie this space together more, too.

I see us switching this out over time in here (for some fun variety), but I got this oversized painting on craigslist for $20. Maybe you’ll see me on antiques roadshow someday?? 😉

Oversized_Artwork_In_Bathroom

We also swapped out the light in here for something more updated and put in a new towel rack and toilet paper roll holder, they were both gold before.  Dark_Navy_Small_Bathroom

As in all our houses, I had to find a space for the Desiderata print and my friend Emily told me bathrooms are always best, and she’s a wise girl, so I trust what she says. Plus, we had a perfect nook for it right next to the loo, so there ya go. All of the bathrooms in our house have this bump out (bump in) and I’m seriously scratching my head on the builders initial intentions for these. Toilet paper? I don’t know.

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If I ever start to feel a bit crazy (and like spending $$) I’d love to wallpaper a bathroom someday. 😉 For now, the paint is an upgrade from the original – good enough! 😀

Master Bath 2.0

Isn’t it refreshing what a difference some paint can make. For thirty bucks, you really can’t beat the transformation it helps to bring to a space, y’all. Case and point. Our Master Bathroom.

Double Vanity in Bathroom

Our dark green, dated and well – ugly Master Bathroom. This was actually one of (the?) last room we painted in our house because truth be told, I think we were both just so stinking happy to have a loo that had 2-sinks and a walk-in shower that we really didn’t care that much about the paint color. But if you know me, you know 4-months is actually an awfully long time to sit on my laurels on NOT paint something, so we got to gettin’ and painted that joint!

Updating Exhisting Bath

It came out a bit greener than I thought the color would look (after slapping some samples on the wall), but overall, I’m pleased with pudding with how it looks.

Here is a view of the color up against the floor, which is NOT going to change for at least another year. Hold me to that internet world. See, Jay and I had a bit of a preview on how well this tile was laid when we went to remove the laundry room tile. Yeah. Not a huge desire to do that for the entire room.

Upgrading Bathroom Tile

Not planned at all, but the color actually is sorta matchy matchy with the little accent color we have going on around the shower interior, so there’s that.

Updating Master Bathroom

One nice thing about this bathroom is that it has a little corner dedicated to extra storage for towels and such. I’ve got plans to try and rehab this little looker to make it look a bit more in sync with the updates I plan to make down the line (think crisp and white and bright).

Built-in Bathroom Storage

I don’t want to spend much on the reno, so it’s going to be a work with what we’ve got rendition 😉

Speaking of working with what we have, we’ve been making some subtle upgrades to the space to help the room feel more put together. Like scoring these sconces for 70% off on craigslist.

Bathroom Hardware Update

I didn’t even take pictures of the old lights. Trust me – they were ugly 😉

This is a vantage looking in from the door to our bedroom. The shower needs to go eventually, along with the vanity, but for now the color is so much better.

Master Bathroom Renovation

I’ve also got to get rid of these two-toned faucets. Not working man.

Updating Bathroom Hardware

Overall – things feel much better and it feels really good to finally have all the really dark and outdated colors in the house switched out for colors that feel more like us!

For anyone looking to recreate the look – the color was Benjamin Moore color matched at Lowes.

 

Marble Herringbone Tile in the Bath

Yes, I know. I’ve kept you waiting dear friends. Holiday breaking just felt so nice, and with the munchkin only 11-weeks out, we’ve been oh so busy in this little house of ours getting the abode/ourselves ready for our babes grand entrance.

One of the bigger(ish) things on my to-do list was to get our little bathroom gutted and revamped.

Truth be told, I’m pretty smitten with how the space turned out! Here is a shot of our marble herringbone tile up close!

Marble Herringbone Tile

True to form, we installed one of my favorite bathroom looks, a marble herringbone tile.

We love a clean and traditional look, so we decided to go with a nice crisp white subway tile for the tub surround. The room feels so much brighter, and less dingy now!

Inset Storage for Shower

Knowing that every inch of space counted in our tiny little loo, we also decided to try something new for this renovation, and installed an inset within the shower for shampoo and other shower essentials.

It’s the perfect size for all our bathroom beauty products – I’m so SO glad we decided to do this!

Inset Storage in Shower

Working off the finish on the tub, I snagged these sconces from Home Depot for $30 each. Can’t beat the price. and love how they look in the space. Simple and elegant.

Nickel Sconces

We lucked out with our toilet, which, believe it or not – only cost us $40! Here in Durham, there is a local rebate for $100 for any household that replaces an old toilet, with a new efficient model. We went from a toilet that used 3.5 gallons per flush, to this one, which uses 1.09 gallons per flush. For a pregnant women that tinkles more than I ever thought humanly possible, I’m pretty sure this was $40 well spent 😉 I love how it looks up against the marble herringbone tile pattern!

Inexpensive Dual Flush Toilet

Another cost cutter in this space was our sink! Initially we planned on just reusing the old one, but alas, once we got the new toilet in, we realized it didn’t fit! We landed up selling the old kohler on craigslist for $80, and finding this pedestal sink at the habitat for humanity reuse store for $11. WIN.

Inexpensive Bathroom Sink

Jay and I each have a favorite thing about our newly renovated bath. For me, I think I’ve found my new paint color. Benjamin Moore Pale Oak. It’s delish – perfection. (see it in our next house here)

Benjamin Moore Pale Oak

Jay’s favorite add on – the new mega sized shower head. Sitting in the lap of luxury peeps.

Upgraded Shower Head

So there you have it! Our new herringbone marble tile bath. Man, it feels good to have that one off the list!

Want to see all the products sourced and some of my other favorite bathroom finds? I’ve got them all saved on this pinterest board 🙂

Before and After Bathroom Renovation

Sorry for the radio silence you guys! Jay and I have been working like mad beasts to get this bathroom finished so you can see a good before and after bathroom renovation and we’ve been pretty consumed with a world full of tile and toilets as of late. Very glamorous 😀

So, this is the official shot of the bath before, pre-demo days.

Bathroom Upstairs Before

It was fine, really, and in complete honesty we could have just cleaned the hello dolly out of it and bought a nice shower curtain and called it done. But I knew sooner or later I’d want to gut this baby, and my mantra is “no time better than the present” 😉

Plus, my kid sister Rachel is moving in next week (WHHAA??) and Jay and I have been using the bath off her room for the past 6-months, so we wanted to spruce up this upstairs bath so that we had a nicer place to suds up in the am.

My biggest beef with this space was that it was just ugly, and not really my jam.

Black Diamond Tile in Tub

It was redone (to look vintage) sometime in the 90’s. As we started in on the demo work for the bathroom renovation, we realized how poorly the work had been done, which made me feel better about ripping it all out 🙂

Although it may be functional, another ugly vote (in my book) was the ginormous mirror that took up half the bathroom. Oh, and the light about it, not so much man, not so much.

Large Bathroom Mirror

For the last few months I have been scrubbing lots and lots in this room, and there are certain stains that just did not want to budge. Kinda gross, kinda ugly.

Updating Tile

And overall, it just felt like the room was getting eaten up by stained tile. On the walls, in the tub, it was just a bit overwhelming.

Another annoying detail – the only storage – in the entire bathroom – was this little rinky dink medicine cabinet.

White Medicine Cabinet

It just wasn’t a very functional space, so you know me, I got the itch to fix it.

Here is my inspiration board for the space. We’re finishing up the tile work today, and I should definitely have some details on the space for you next week! 😀 WOOT!

Bathroom Renovation

Want to see the full before and after bathroom renovation, go here.

Boo to This Loo

What can I say, I’m really just not a hot pink kinda gal. Lipstick, underwear, my bathroom walls. So when we moved in, and our downstairs bathroom looked like this… well, it just wasn’t my jam.

Small Walkin Shower

Needless to say, my paint-crazed hand was a twitching and ready to do some switching. Remember how I told y’all that I decided to be all spur of the moment and just randomly select the paint color for the bedroom next to this bath? Well ladies and gentleman, I went and did it again. This time my color of choice was Behr Swiss Coffee. Sounds nice, and whatdayaknow, it looks nice, too!

Behr Swiss Coffee

Here is that same angle, on move-in day.

Bathroom Before

Hoooolllyy mackerel, are your retinas still recovering? Cause let me tell you, mine sure are.

Here is the other side of the room, where the shower resides. So much better!

Swiss Coffee Behr

Now, this room. This room is most definitely not finished. Truth be told, I have every plan of gutting this little b-room and putting in some ultra-chic marble floor tile and a subway tile shower, but since I’m feeling all sorts of broke these days, I thought the $30 can of paint was a good place to start, right?

Some other low cost improvements I plan to make pre-gut job include switching out the ever lovely mirror and classy light fixture. For the mirror, I’ll probably search through HomeGoods. I’d love something like this guy (luurrrve)

Updating Bathroom On Budget

I’d also like to add some artwork to the main wall, which is your main view when your sitting on the loo. Awfully bland these days, in my opinion.

Artwork for Bathroom

Truth be told, I’ve already started my deal scavenging for this space and by the grace of the thrifting Gods above, my hands have not come up empty.

Guess how much I spent on this pretty little toilet paper number?

Thrift Store Basket

.49 cents, people!! Wooootttt.

And this guy, the price was a bit steeper at .99 but ya know, I sprung for it.

Hyacinth Trash Basket

Since there isn’t much room for storage in this bathroom, I also think that we’ll add some floating shelves down the line to give the room some much needed locales for stashing junk. And since I know you guys know how much I love to dream and scheme, here’s how I’d style that little bugger.

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Towels // Candle Holder //Picture Frame // Baskets

 

      

A Room Of Our Own

Although our bedroom was one ugly duckling when we moved in, I’m a firm believer that this space has got all kinds of potential once we snazz it up a bit. One of the things that I’m the most excited about is the prospect of reorganizing some of the space to create a pretty sweet Master Suite. That’s right, y’all, we’re planning on adding a bathroom to this little room of ours.

And in all honesty, by little, I mean way bigger than rooms we are used to. Namely, we’ve got a little nook just hanging out in the corner of the room that feels awfully underutilized right now. Just like my light bulb laundry moment, I had a bit of an epiphany when I walked into this room when we were house hunting.

If you remember from our overall house tour, the two upstairs bedrooms are very similar, however the second bedroom has a small office/playroom/future nursery/flex space attached to the back. I thought that a similar layout would work in the Master, but we’d just make that area a bath, instead! Peeerrrfection.

Second Floor Layout That being said, with all the other projects we’ve got in the hopper right now, this is definitely something that we will have to wait a year or so to do, which will allow us time to save up some cold hard cash to help pay for it. We’re pretty committed around here to doing all our renovations with cash on hand (vs. using our credit card), so if we want it, well just have to wait a bit for it! And believe you me, I want it. 😉

Here are some before shots of our bedroom, so you can see what we’ll be working with.

This is the main wall when you walk in, and most likely where we’ll position the bed.

Master Bedroom Before

This little nook below is where our bathroom will go! I think it’s the perfect size for a walk-in shower, toilet and vanity.

Adding Bath to Master Bedroom

So far, the only real progress we’ve made on this room was removing all the wallpaper. I’ve sampled a few colors up there, but this room is giving me heartburn on paint, too.

A Room of Our Own

As you can see, we inherited some pretty nice trim work in this room. We’ll definitely be working with that to create some type of wainscoting down on the lower side of the room. When we moved in, the trim in this room as all a creamy/yellowy off-white that just wasn’t my jam. Here’s a sneaky peaky at what I’ve been working on the past few days at the house. Just look how different Benjamin Moore Simply White looks up against the trim that was there before.

Painting Wainscoting

Needless to say, I think things will be improved for the better once we’ve got the bottom half of the room painted in a nice crisp white.  This room reads kinda dark right now (if you can’t tell from the pictures) so I’m looking forward to small changes that we can make in the room to brighten it a bit.

As far as layout for the space, after thinking about it quite a bit, I’m pretty sure the configuration below is pretty much the only option that will work for this room.

Master Bedroom Layout I seriously want to squeal like a pig looking at that proposed bathroom add-on. It just makes my heart so dang happy.

Here are some yummy plans for the bedroom.

Master Bedroom Mood Board

And eventually, for the bath!

 

Master Bathroom Mood Board

We’re hard at work this week finishing up some painting in this room – I can’t wait to show y’all some official before and afters! 🙂

Hello Half-Bath

Now I know you guys have seen glimpses of the half-bath, but I thought it was high time for a grand reveal and cost breakdown. Ready? Let’s do it.

If our attic conversion was a big old ice cream sundae, than our little half bath would most definitely be the cherry on top. And when I say little half bath, I mean little. Now on paper, the space doesn’t appear super small for a half-bath (it’s 25 square feet), but in reality the slanted ceilings in this space make it quite the petite little loo. We had a family friend come over with his 5-year old right before we listed the house, who confirmed for us that it was the smallest bathroom he’s evvveeerr seen. 😉 #TimetoCallGuinness

But given the crazy, crazy timing we’ve been facing with our totally unexpected out of state relocation, our decision to only do a half-bath vs. the full-bath we had planned was without a doubt the right decision to make. Here is the layout we had planned initially.

Attic Bathroom Layout Someday my friends, someday. We’re moving in the right direction though, since the en suite on our first house looked like this! You could simultaneously brush your teeth and use the loo. Efficient.

Small Bathroom Design

This time we were able to achieve a space where the toilet is at least spaced out enough to not be touching the vanity. 😀 Here is a shot of the room from the bedroom. Hello, toilet! I read online that it’s bad feng shui to have your toilet facing directly at the door but ya know what, those old Chinese dudes must not live in 1940’s homes with converted attics.

Installing Toilet against knee wall

I finally found a spot for our new etsy artwork, too! (Along with a print we’d had stored away from our last move – oye)

Etsy Art

I’m cuckoo for cocoa puffs about our new floor. SWOOOONN. I’m totally replicating this bad boy in every house until I’m 97. You can quote me on that 😀

Herringbone_Tile_Subway_Pattern

As chronicled earlier on the blog, we decided to install a pocket door in the space in order to save some room and make things a little less awkward as you transition from the bedroom to the bath.

Installing Pocket Door

Fanciest feature in my humble opinion is our porcelain potty. Dual flush people. We have arrived.

Dual Flush Toilet

I’m loving our Home Decorators vanity we snagged, too! I actually had a few people ask if it was custom made, so I’ll take that as a $500 well spent 🙂 $500 is still a lot of smackaroos for a bathroom vanity, but we are so, so happy with it! Sometimes you’ve just gotta pull out the wallet to make the magic happen.

White Marble Vanity

Largely due to our major time crunch, we opted to install a generic (neutral) oval mirror. For our next house, I’d love to add some more character to our bathrooms by finding some more ornate antique mirrors for the space. We had to go the safe/inexpensive route with this house though, since getting this guy on the market was our main concern.

White Granite Vanity

Thinking along the sell this house fast as lighting vein, we also decided to stage things a bit by putting a nice big (HomeGoods, of course) basket in the corner with some fresh white towels. We found all these items on the clearance rack, so my total cost for (4) towels and the basket was only $30. Shhhaazzzaaamm.

Staging Bathroom for Sale

So, y’all ready for the cost breakdown to build a bathroom from the ground up? Here it goes:

  • Wall framing: $74
  • Pocket Door and hardware: $65
  • Door: $70
  • Vanity: $518
  • Mirror: $28
  • Faucet: $139
  • Marble Floor (including backerboard, grout and mortar): $212
  • Paint: $18
  • Board & Batten: $20
  • Toilet: $168
  • Sconces: $82
  • Art: $12
  • Basket and Towels: $30
  • Plumbing for Second Bath: $690
  • Total: $2,126

Now that’s a LOT of money in my book. Not cheap at all!! But, just on a dollars and sense appraisal of the house, this investment will pretty much provide double the value for us as we go to sell. Plus, I think that buyers really like the fact that the loo is right off the bedroom, so they won’t have to tromp down the steps if nature calls in the wee hours of the night. Overall – I think it’s a pretty solid investment.

Bringing Back the Bath

Our basement bath has been long neglected. Other fish to fry, my friends. After we slapped some paint down in there and put in a few new tiles, we figured, good enough for now and moved on over to the next thing. #Storyofmylife

But every time I took a shower down there and glanced on up above the toilet, I had a shiver run down my spine cause it was uuugggllllyyyyy. Don’t believe me, here you go.

Art in Bathroom

I don’t know why, but when I was at HomeGoods one day I stumbled across this gold razzle mcdazzle frame and thought (thought) it would look super swag in our downstairs bath. Ummmrrr yeah. But once I got it down there, I was like, yeah WRONG. You win some, you lose some.

See, when I started putting together design boards for one of my lovely clients, I got to thinking that I really, really liked some of the art I had picked out for her living room. So much so, that I decided to bite the bullet and buy those amazing little prints for my own abode! 😀 Dangerous career path I’ve got, ey?

Remember this mood board?

Lemon Grove Interiors

Well those purty little constellation prints, they made their way right on into my heart, and subsequently, right into my bathroom 😀 Cause once something enters my heart … I just can’t shut that door as hard as I try 😉

So I contacted the shop owner and ordered a few 8×10 prints stat! And let me tell you – I’m so, so glad I did. EEEMMMERRRGAUUUDD. Gorgeousness.

DIY Constellation Art

Check out this close ups, so fa-reaking beautiful.

Constellation Print

I was all ready to hang them to replace my bad decision making (aka Mr. GOLD) but first, I had some problem solving to do in the frame department. See I had intended to use some IKEA frames I’d purchased earlier this year. These guys, to be exact.

IKEA Stromby Frame

But when I trounced down to the basement to retrieve these bad boys, I was pretty darn bummed to see that they didn’t fit. At all.

Whomp diggity whomp.

Etsy Constellation Art

Now I could just pop a matted border in there to solve my dilemma, but the mattes that I had laying around the house didn’t fit, and I also wasn’t crazy sauce about the color of the frame. So, I did what any sane person would do. I went go HomeGoods and found these beauties.

Reclaimed Wood Frames

And just look how much better the bathroom looks now. I’m smitten.

Artwork Above Toilet

Added bonus – when I ordered my new fa-vo-rite prints, guess what I got in the package as a little “thank you”? This guy! The cutest little 5×7 you ever did see.

Inexpensive Constellation Art

I don’t have a spot for it quite yet, but I did have a pretty nice frame that I decided to pop it into in the interim. MEEOOOOWWW. Now that’s some fine looking star charting if you ask me.

Recycled Wood Frame

Psst!! If you’re looking to order these lovely lookers, you can get them here!

Plumb de Dumb

We all have a nemesis in life, plumbing just happens to be my dear, sweet husband’s. Want to see my man cuss like a sailor till he’s blue in the face? Ask him to plumb your bathroom. I’ve done it a few times and the sailor in him comes out just a hair more each time. Since I prefer guy’s of the soft and sweet genre, I’ve decided that plumbing just aint something Jay’s going to tackle. Not on this project at least. 😀

We figured since we’d be doing all the other finishes, we could pay someone to come in and do the nitty gritty back end stuff for us. Overall, to have rough-ins installed for our toilet and sink, we we’re out $700. A decent chunk of dough, but I think we will be pretty glad we made the investment come selling time. For reference, plumbing for just the half bath vs. the full option with a walk-in shower, saved us about $1,400 in plumbing costs alone, ($4,000 when you factor in the fixtures) which was one of the main reasons we opted to can the shower option.

Cost of Adding New Bathroom

Now I personally find that to be a head scratcher (really, $1,400 MORE for 3 feet more of plumbing) but we got (3) quotes, and each one reflected a significant bump up for the extra fixture. Meh, what do I know. 🙂 All in all, I’m pretty glad that we decided to got with the more petite option since this attic has been a hairy beast so far, it’s sorta nice to lighten the load when we’re able.

After the plumbers left, we had water lines running up from our downstairs bath right into the new room. Voila.

Plumbing Rough in Cost

Overall, I can’t recommend our plumber enough! His name was Brian and he was pretty much a plumbing ninja. He came in and did all the work within one day and you could tell he was doing quality work (using copper vs. shark bites, etc). If you’re local – I’d be more than happy to pass along his info.

After we added the backer board to the space, we had this. A nice, flat surface for us to get cracka lackin’ with some flooring!

Board and Batten in small bathroom

Now to actually be at a point in this renovation where we’re putting down FLOORING is like angels singing. Happy, happy day my friends.

What made it an even happier day was seeing how lovely the tiles we picked out looked down in the room. Meeeooooowwwww.

Subway Tile Patterns

Notice anything familiar about this pattern. Yes. It’s true. I love me herringbone so dang much that for the upstairs bath we just flipped the pattern a bit and made it a 90 degree herringbone pattern vs. the traditional style we did in our downstairs bath and kitchen. Jay was happy since this meant all the cuts didn’t have to be done on an angle. Husband is happy and wifie is happy too, well how about that.

The next morning (in much better lighting) I snapped this photo of the tiles sans grout. Yep, that’s a winner.

Marble Subway Tile Herringbone Pattern

The key to keeping everything kumbaya with this pattern is just to make sure the end of each tile isn’t overlapping, or leaving an edge. We used 1/16″ spacers and we found that they’re a little less forgiving than an 1/8th inch option, so if we could do it again, we’d probably space them out more. Live and learn. If you’re new to tiling, the spacers are definitely extremely helpful to get a consistent and quality finish.

Truth be told, we did have one such unpleasant incident. The hubby blames it on the dry walling job, but we did have some inconsistencies in our walls, which led to a big old gap at one point in the pattern. Luckily, we were able to see it happening as we went along, so we made sure to strategically locate this one deviation smack dab under the sink. Although it’s not ideal, it should be completely hidden once we get our vanity installed. #Should.

Fixing Gap in Tile Pattern

Since we liked the grout we used in the other two bathrooms so much, we decided to just stick with our tried and true favorite – Whisper Grey from the Tile Shop.

We grabbed all our grouting essentials (a float, our sponge and the grout) and got to working!

How to Grout Floor

This first time we put down Whisper Grey, I freaked out a bit since it looked way darker than the samples they had up at the store. You can see in the photo below that it almost looks charcoal as it goes up. Don’t fear, this drys much lighter and softer.

Whisper Grey Grout

After our initial pass with the grout float, we came back through to shape the grout and wipe down the excess. The back of the container suggests waiting 2 hours to come through for your final haze wipe off, but we noticed things drying up about an hour and a half later, so we decided to wipe everything down then.

The next morning, our bathroom looked like this.

Marble Tile Floor Grey Grout

Here is a close up shot, too. The grout still has just a tinge of drying to do (this was taken 10 hours after the coat), but overall, I’m pretty sold on this grout color. I think it looks great with the marble hues.

Whisper Grey Grout

Alright, y’all want a cost breakdown of what this lovely looker set us back?

For marble floors, I’ll take it! Next step, installing the toilet and vanity!! Yippie kai you kai yeh.

 

 

Drinking Up Some Drywall

Man alive, amigos. This drywall shabang has been a lot more painful than initially anticipated. Overall moral of this story and hard lesson learned? Never, ever, go with your lowest bidder. Care to hear my sad tale? Sit down, it might take a while 😀

So …. flash back a few weeks ago, and we were going through our normal looking for someone to assist us routine via craigslist. Although we do almost all the work in this joint ourselves, every once and a while you just have to call in the support troops. Drywall happens to fall into that category for us. We got (3) quotes. at .70 a square foot, $1 a square foot and $22.50 an hour. We went with .70 a square foot, and landed up paying $22.50 an hour. Do you hear that, it’s me, wailing in the corner. Loudly.

After a few days of drywalling (with the first guy), our attic was looking like this.

Adding Drywall To Attic

The status of the room didn’t change much after oh, day 3, cause the dude just stopped coming. Like I don’t know if he’s in jail, or hates our guts or moved to Tahiti but this guy seriously went awol. We tried contacting him for 3 days straight, and when we only heard crickets talking back to us, we bite the bullet and had to hire another guy to come in and finish the gig.  Go figure, the only guy available was the one that charges $22.50 an hour. Ouch. He also (kinda smugly) informed us, it would take 4 days of labor to do the job, when we’d already PAID the first guy who disappeared on us. Nope, sorry, I don’t have another $700 sitting around that I can burn hand over to you. GAH.

On top of the crap sandwhich of a reality that the first guy just up and left us, he also did the poopiest job possible on the initial work. POOP. The new guy also (kinda smugly) informed us of this reality and kept telling us how we should have hired him first. Thanks for the memo, Sherlock.

That being said, there is finally a light at the end of this tunnel. Although we paid up the nose for it, we finally got a guy in that can actually help fix our little situation. We’ve got one more day of sanding ahead of us, but right now our space is looking like this.

Drywalling Attic

Some of the problem areas for the first installer included our ceiling joints. He used WAY too much mud on them and basically just tried to fix all his bad hanging skills by slapping on tons of mud. We had (3) full buckets of drywall dust from the first pass.

Too Much Mud on Drywall

Overall, I think that the ceiling will be able to be moderately camouflaged since it will all be the same, matte white color. So although the seems are not perfect, they’ll at least be under some cover with the paint job.

You can see our wee little bathroom bump out, too. This room is going to be small, but ya know what, it’s still a bathroom so that’s a value add to an old house like this where you typically only find one bath.

Half Bath Attic Knee Wall

Speaking of bathroom’s lookie what landed on our doorstep this week. Color me PUMPED to get this beauty upstairs! It’s my new motivation – just get this babe of a vanity upstairs where it belongs 😀

Marble Vanity

Moving on to some areas I love … check out these skylights. The corners look nice and crisp, and they add so much light into the space, too.

Skylights in Attic

You can also see how nice the closets look now that they have a drywall surround as well.

Adding Closets to Knee Wall

Everything is starting to feel much, much closer to being done now. In all honesty, I’m just really excited to be at a point in the reno where we don’t have to depend on someone else to do the work for us.

Overall, hiring out has been such a pain for a control fa-reak like me. I can’t manage any of the timeline, how much it will cost me, anything. After our super awful experience with this first craigslist dude. we’re feeling a bit sour about the whole shabang of an experience. Especially when they come through and leave messes like this throughout your house, kinda adds salt to the wound (umm – drop clothes, ya heard of them?)

Contractors Leaving Mess

For reference, our total cost with supplies will be around $1,400 for the drywall. Way WAY more than we had initially anticipated largely due to our little mishap with the installer. At the end of the day, it was a valuable lesson for us and being so dang tired from the entire process, I think we’re just glad to finally see light at the end of this tunnel.

Has anyone else had a bad experience with a contractor? Any good hints or tricks to keep these things from happening? Bestow your knowledge!!