|Before tub and vanity|
|Before toilet and shower|
|Before jetted tub|
|Before vanity top and mirrors|
|Before heat lamp|
|Before exhaust fan - isn't it hideous?|
|Before cherry fireplace surround|
|Before entertainment center|
|Another shot of fireplace and entertainment center|
|Before cherry bookcases and desk|
|Before handrail upstairs|
|Laundry room cabinets|
|First color that was too brown|
|First color that was too brown|
|Bathroom after tearout|
|Closet after tear out and extension|
|This will be a linen closet|
|Where the old bathtub sat|
|Shower after tear out|
|Toilet after tear out|
Thursday, when "my Russian boys" with American Home Services (801-224-1813) came out to begin the bathroom remodel, we completely changed the entire layout that had previously been agreed upon. I can't complain about it one little bit, since the new layout is better in every way. BUT change means more money and likely more time. Lesson One - expect the unexpected.
We also discovered the toilet had been leaking. Doing the remodel was actually a blessing as the longer that went on the worse the damage would have been.
I am usually very decisive when it comes to choosing things for the house - i.e., paint colors, hardware, furniture, accessories, etc. However, when completely gutting the bathroom and starting - literally from the ground up - I found there were way too many options and trying to narrow things down was more difficult than I imagined it would be. Our contractor sent us to Standard Plumbing to choose fixtures, tub and toilet. I had been looking online for months and had some idea of what I wanted, but it was very overwhelming nonetheless. I was thrilled when I realized that the fixtures have a whole line of items made to go together. So, choosing the sink faucet was pretty easy for me and then the rest of the items were just a matter of stating which ones we needed. I did not care for the light fixture that went with my faucet choice, but the sales woman was quick to let me know that there was another one that looked great with it and was her personal favorite. It was a pretty easy process and I was super relieved to get that all decided on.
As for the paint, I did not have the same luck. My painters (Fullmers Painting 801-341-8963 - www.fullmerspainting.com) gave me several paint choices and applied a small amount of each color to a cabinet front. I chose one that would have a bit of contrast to the white trim and plantation shutters. Once the paint was applied I realized how brown the "cream" color was. I tried to love it, but found myself waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. I just could NOT live with the color. My dream of having a more modern, clean feel on the main level had been completely squashed by choosing that color. The next day I approached my painters with making a color change. I am sure they were ready to wring my neck, but were super awesome about it. We found an amazing color that is everything I had hoped for and he began putting on the "second coat", which was actually the "first coat" of the new color. THIS was one expensive lesson. My advice is have the painter paint an entire door front with the chosen color and check it out throughout the day so that you can make sure you are not picking up the wrong undertones, etc. The color I originally chose was way too brown and very unappealing to me. I could not be happier with the new color. Although it is costing me more, it would have been more expensive to "try to love it" for 6 months or so and then have to start completely over. Since we were still applying a second coat anyway, the cupboards were still taped, doors removed, etc and so not too big of a deal. It basically cost us a "third coat" of paint. Lesson learned - Be absolutely SURE before proceeding!
I think I will sleep well tonight. My OCD heart is SO ready to get things put back together but I am trying to stay down in our basement apartment as much as possible so that I will be patient and give things plenty of time to cure. The bathroom will take several weeks to be completed, but that part is easier to live with. Once paint is dry I will be able to use the kitchen, family room, laundry room, and put the upstairs bath back together. There are lots of cabinets, shelving, etc in my house and everything with a cherry finish is being painted.
Stay tune for more pics and commentary......