Our Home Renovation

Home Renovation Update #11 – The Bathroom Part 3

Come along with us as we renovate our 1946 home! This week’s home renovation update is the bathroom.

Home Renovation Update

If you’ve missed anything and would like to catch up, here are our past home renovation updates.
Update #1 – The Bathroom
Update #2 – The Roof
Update #3 – Foundation
Update #4 – DIY Rustic Shutters
Update #5 – Foundation
Update #6 – Foundation Part 2
Update #7 – Foundation Part 3
Update #8 – Dining Room Windows
Update #9 – Living Room Picture Window
Update #10 – The Bathroom Part 2

We are continuing on with our home renovation and updating the bathroom. I promised you the next part today because I didn’t want to overwhelm you with photos.

We have been working really hard to get the bathroom finished. Right now we are installing the shower tiles and that is not as easy as it looks on TV!

Where’s Chip Gaines when you need him?

Let’s get on with this week’s home renovation update!

Before I get started, I wanted to let you know that I have started another exciting journey. I’ve teamed up with Kole Jax Designs as a stylist. I’ve been eyeing their beautiful vintage jewelry for quite some time. So as soon as a position opened up I signed right up!

Don’t worry – I’m not going to force you into buying anything. I wanted to share it with you because I’m pretty excited about it! But if you love vintage jewelry at great prices then please take a look!

And just for looking, I’m giving you a coupon code to save 50% off all items in the sale collection! Just use code SAVE50!

This is one of my favorite pieces because it reminds me of my granddaddy:

Kole Jax Designs Necklace

And if you’d like to sign up to be a stylist with Kole Jax Designs, just click here. It doesn’t cost you a dime to sign up and you don’t have to keep up with inventory!

Our Home Renovation – The Bathroom Part 3

Last week I left off with all the plumbing that had to be done. New pipes had to be installed to replace all the old ones.

While replacing the pipes for the bathroom sink, we also replaced the ones for the kitchen sink since they are all one big connection. All the grease that had collected in those pipes was absolutely disgusting! I never pour grease in my kitchen sink, so all that grease had to have been there for years!

After the plumbing was all in place, I gave the ceiling a good scrub. I honestly didn’t realize how dirty it was until I cleaned it. Then I gave it a coat of paint, which really made a huge difference!

Painted ceiling - home renovation update

After the ceiling was dry, I removed the old insulation from the walls and put the new installation in. When I was removing the old insulation it would just crumble apart.

New bathroom insulation

Last year when we thought we were going to be able to start this process we went ahead and ordered a new bathtub, which ended up sitting in our basement for a while.

Putting the bathtub in was a pain in the butt. We ended up putting it in and taking it out about 5 times before we were 100% ready to install it.

Keep in mind that our home is really small so having a bathtub sitting in a narrow hallway makes for some talented acrobatic walking.

New bathtub - home renovation

Sorry – I apparently forgot to take a picture of it before we covered it with paper to protect it. I was probably too tired after all that work to remember!

New bathtub installed

After the tub was installed, it was time for the walls to start going up.

first part of drywall up
2nd wall up
closet walls - home renovation bathroom update

After the walls were in place, dry wall mud was added.

Notice the hanging light fixture? This is all the light we had until it finally had to be taken down. Now we’re using a work lamp that gets extremely hot!!

dry wall mud

Once the drywall mud had dried and had been sanded, it was time to put on the primer. After the primer was dry, the wall had to be sanded again, another coat of primer added and sanded one final time.

I think it’s starting to look better already!

primer on the walls

Hardie backer board was installed in the shower/tub area, which is water-resistant and perfect to use in bathrooms and kitchens when tiling.

hardie backer board

Once the boards were installed, we put Mapei Mapelastic Aquadefense on the walls, which is water-proof as well as mold and mildew resistant.

It’s funny how it’s almost the same green color that my entire bathroom was painted before. Good thing that’s gone!

Mapei Aquadefense

Next, we laid PermaBase cement backer board over the boards on the floor.

perma base flooring - home renovation bathroom update

Finally, we could start laying the tiles!

First, we laid the tiles down to get the pattern the way we wanted it to go. Then my husband planned it all out.

And the first tile was in place! Honestly, this has been the most exciting part for me because these beautiful tiles have been sitting in my back room for a year. I couldn’t wait to get them down to see what they looked like!

first floor tile
floor tile halfway - bathroom home renovation
completed floor tile - home renovation update

Now we are starting to add the tiles to the shower/tub area.

first shower tile - bathroom home renovation
shower wall tile

This is too funny. We used a laser level to make sure all the tiles were level and straight. The level started out on a tripod but the tripod would only go up so high. So to get the laser line further up the wall, we invented the bucket tower! Our tower consists of buckets, some coloring books, my mom’s high school dictionary, and an Edgar Allen Poe book. (Those last two books are the thickest ones!)

Sometimes you have to be creative and work with what you have. And usually those creations are the most memorable!

bucket tower

We completed the back wall of the shower/tub area Monday night and we’ve started on the side walls. So stay tuned for another update shortly! I’m excited that this is all finally coming together.

Have you ever renovated gutted and renovated a bathroom before? If so, would you ever do it again?

Thank you for sharing!
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Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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  1. Looks like things are coming along great, Michelle!

    1. Thank you! Things are finally going faster now. πŸ™‚

      1. Glad to hear!

  2. In answer to your question, Michelle: yes and NO!!!

    We did so much renovation in the two houses we lived in in England – both were built in 1911 – one smallish terraced house and a large 3 storey town house. You just have to focus on how lovely it will be when it’s done πŸ™‚

    1. Oh wow! I bet they were both lovely homes. I just love older homes. πŸ™‚ Thank you! I’m trying to keep that in mind. πŸ˜€

    2. Love your makeshift tower!! Lol!! That made me smile because β€œbeen there done that” Your floor looks amazing, Michelle!! I just love that tile and the one you chose for the bathtub area!! Great job!!

      1. Haha!! It’s so funny what we have to use sometimes to make things work. πŸ˜€ Thank you so much!

  3. Wow that tile is absolutely gorgeous. I love your bucket tower I had to giggle when I saw it. It is so something my husband would do too! Whatever works, right? Hugs!

    1. Thank you! Haha!! Sometimes you have to get creative! πŸ˜€ Hugs!!

  4. That saying on the necklace reminds me of my grandfather too. We used to sing that and my grandmother would too.

    1. That’s so sweet!! It’s the little things that make the best memories. πŸ™‚

  5. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Awesome work!!

    Good mother’s da ideas 😁

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ˜€

      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        You’re very welcome!

  6. I really admire your all’s hard work and your creativity with the bucket tower! It’s fun to see it taking shape and to imagine the finished product. Can’t wait to see your beautiful new bathroom!

    1. Thank you! Now that it’s coming together I can see the finished result a little better. It’s exciting! πŸ™‚

  7. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you!!

  8. Great Pictures!

    1. Thank you!!

  9. Stunning!! In the sense of the word it is a hammer πŸ˜‚πŸ‘

    1. Haha! Thank you!! πŸ™‚

      1. πŸ˜Šβ€πŸ‘

  10. That is just looking gorgeous! It’s a lot of work for sure, but you are getting lovely results!

    1. Thank you! I can’t wait to be done! πŸ™‚

  11. I’ve got a soft spot for vintage jewellery and that necklace is gorgeous, plus such a sweet message Β β™₯

    Good note on the grease side of things. Doesn’t do pipe any favours. On another note, I saw in the news earlier how there’s an increasing problem now with more people putting wipes (antibacterial surface wipes) down the loo, which is really not a good idea!

    Anyway, the ceiling’s looking good too, it’s amazing how white can go off colour over the years. And wow, I LOVE those tiles! Almost a damask type pattern. The monochrome style looks amazing, just my kind of thing. The renovations are coming along nicely, and what must be incredibly hard work is definitely paying off!

    Caz xx

    1. I love vintage jewelry, too. It’s so pretty and eye-catching!

      I’ve heard about people putting wipes in the toilet, too. And not too long ago there was a story about people using ripped t-shirts to wipe with and flushing them. Why?!?!

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad we picked these tiles because at first I was a bit worried they wouldn’t look right. But now I love them!

  12. You are really busy over there at your home. The bathroom floor is my favorite oh and the tower. Love that one!

    1. We’re trying so hard to get done with the bathroom quickly so we can move on to the next project. πŸ™‚ It’s funny what you have to use to make things work sometimes! πŸ˜€ Thank you!! I loved your tv stand decorating post, but for some reason, WP will not let me comment on your blog. I’m visiting, though! πŸ˜€

  13. It is coming on wonderfully. We have done my bathroom too and it was hard work, worth it though!

    1. Thank you! Bathroom renovations can be a pain. πŸ˜€

  14. Wow. Simply amazing. I would never know where to begin. And I never even heard of a laser level before. LOL.

    1. Thank you! My husband does a lot of research and watching tons of YouTube videos so he sees all the little tips and tricks. Then of course he has to run out and buy it all. lol!

      1. Sounds like an adventure! 😁

  15. LOL love that bucket invention, looks like all is coming together so nicely. Congratulations on teaming up with Kole Jax Designs, that piece is lovely. Blessings on your new journey. <3

    1. Thank you so much! I’m excited because I love their jewelry. The bucket tower was too funny. It’s funny what you have to use sometimes just to make things work. πŸ™‚

  16. So glad you are able to get some work done Michelle. I’ sure it feels great for you too.

    1. Thank you! Yes, it does feel good because I’m ready for the bathroom to be finished. πŸ™‚

  17. I considered your floor tile on our last renovation. I love it! I can’t wait to see it all come together.

    1. Thank you! I was worried it wasn’t going to look right, but after it was down I love it! πŸ™‚

      1. I went with a similar style with blues and muted colors and some extra pattern in our entry way. I loved it. But that was before our house flooded. After the flood we ripped out all floors and laid the same wood-look tile throughout.

        Those gutsy choices are not easy. Good for you! I love yours, too.

        1. I’m sorry your home was flooded. That has to be a hard thing to go through.

          1. It’s all okay, almost three years later. Hopefully 2020 is my year to let it go.

  18. This is such a mammoth project and it’s so exciting to see it all coming together. Those floor tiles are stunning. Great job πŸ‘

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  19. Love it so far, and nice work with the laser :)!!

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ˜€

  20. So much work – can’t wait for the end product. Love the tower at the end – we think alike!

    1. Thank you! It’s good to know we’re not alone when coming up with crazy ideas to make things work! πŸ˜€

  21. I love renovations. Thank you Michelle.

    1. They can be tough, but the end result is worth it. πŸ™‚ Thank you!!

      1. I know, mostly worth’s.❀️

  22. Keep going, keep going, you’ll get there in the end! And congrats on the new gig with the jewelry designer!

    1. Thank you for the encouragement! πŸ˜€ And thank you!

  23. The floor is looking good! Can’t wait for the big final reveal!

    1. Thank you so much! I’ll be glad when it’s finished. πŸ™‚

  24. Nice renovation πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much!

  25. This is turning out great. I know how hard you guys are working too. Bathroom renovations are not easy. Can’t wait to see the finished results. You are going to love it too, especially knowing all that work you put into it. My husband and I turned our bathroom remake (we had to tear the walls down, and replace pipes) into a homeschooling lesson for our kids. They helped fix the bathroom up at Our Little Red House when we first bought it.

    1. Thank you! It has really been a tough process, but I’m sure it’s all going to be worth it. That’s a great idea to use the renovation as a lesson. Our daughter has helped a little but she’s just not into it much (she’s a teen so she’s not into anything right now! LOL!).

  26. It’s really coming along. The ceiling makes such a difference and brightens up the whole room. Frank painted our ceilings before we moved in almost 9 years ago. Huge difference.

    1. Thank you! I couldn’t believe the difference a little paint made. πŸ™‚

      1. Paint does wonders. It can make an old house look new. 😁

  27. Shae says:

    Your tile is sooo pretty!!!

    1. Thank you so much! I was worried it wasn’t going to look right in such a small bathroom, but I love it!!

  28. To answer your question, after 4 years and still in renovation, I would Never Never Never do it again. Although it is self satisfying to say “I did it”, it is still something I would never do for myself again. I would help someone else, that would be fun, but to go through this day after day for 4 years plus at my age.. nope. But then again, now that I know how to do things…

    1. I can completely understand. I don’t mind the painting and little things, but gutting a room and tearing down walls I do not like.

  29. It’s so much fun to see tthis tranformation process, Michelle! SO many people don’t realize all that’s involved when taking on DIY projects like this. They thing it’s like TV πŸ™‚ I love all the tile you chose. It’s all going to be fabulous. I’m so excited for you! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much! If only it was like what you see on TV. They do an entire house in one hour! πŸ˜‚

  30. Renos are so much fun, especially when they are finished. I have renovated 3 bathrooms, but not to the stripped down wall stage. Thank goodness we have 3 bathrooms. The only place worse to reno is the kitchen. Looks like you are doing a great job.

    1. I am really looking forward to finishing up this bathroom. Thanks for the tip because the kitchen is next on our list! πŸ˜‚ Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!

  31. What an amazing job you both are doing! That tile is gorgeous!

    1. Thank you! I was worried it wasn’t going to look right in such a small space, but I’m really happy with the way it turned out!

  32. Wow. It’s all beginning to look a lot like it. Smiles.
    Keep it up. Kudos to you two.βœ‹
    Happy mother’s day. πŸ€—

    1. Thank you so much!! It’s been tough, but I’m so glad we’re close to being finished! πŸ™‚

      1. You are welcome ma’am. 😊
        Aww. Sorry to hear this. πŸ˜ͺ
        Yeah, I am excited for you too. ❀

  33. Wow Michelle, I know first had that is hard work and not at all easy! My son has a construction business and they do mostly bath and Kitchen remodels and tile installations, I can’t believe y’all are doing this yourselves! Great job!! And good luck on your jewelry adventure, sounds like fun!!

    1. Send him on over because the kitchen is next! haha!! Thank you so much!! πŸ˜€

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