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Mar 29, 2014

Bathroom Remodel Starts- Day 1, Thrifting & More Decor

Thanks To Mama Pea for the spring quilt from her giveaway! It's up on my bulletin board at work:)

The demo in progress

Bathroom Remodel Starts, Day 1-
Dave hit it hard today in the bathroom. We knew we wouldn't know what the water damage was on the floor until he got in there. Not too bad, because it hadn't spread underneath the wall into the adjacent small bathroom. He treated the mold, and it's drying out pretty fast with a small heater on. The decking is pretty intact, dry underneath. We have a makeshift shower set up, until the plumber can come and swap tubs. Then we'll install the shower, have the flooring done, and we'll install the rest. Here's the "before pics"-

We installed the medicine cab, sink and toilet. The rest was here 7 years ago. Cabinet and pitted tub is original, 25 years old? I painted the cabinet white and changed the knobs. It was a really DARK brown, ugh.

My beachy theme, I'll recycle those somewhere else, we added the lights too

Icky shower, not installed properly, didn't use the right material

More beachy

I'll keep the shelf, paint it maybe green or deep blue?

Our light fixture we will move over and keep

Possible wall colors, going with a cream or very light gray, neutral

First layer of vinyl off, wear respirator when working in mold!!!!

previous vinyl

Water damage by tub
Shower walls down and sheetrock down

Shower wall off, at least the vapor barrier held and it was nice and dry underneath!

Mold remover drying, heater on, fan on

my original turquoise, then I lightened it

Shower ready! Til the plumber comes :)

Anya got thirsty watching Dave work! 
She discovered last week that the filtered water tastes best right form the tap :)

Thrifting & More Decor-
On a practical note, towels were calling my name yesterday! Our were getting pretty faded. I buy new ones every few years, and like heavier, quality made ones. They last much longer. Ross, the local outlet store, is always hit and miss. While I like white, forget it in hard water :(  I've always loved a bright blue, it reminds me of the ocean. Since I couldn't find the apple green I was hoping for (at Ikea but too thin) I dropped by. Come to Mama! What a great deal, so I stocked up for both bathrooms.

I found some vintagey-looking, new green Ball Heritage canning jars today at Wallyworld (which I avoid), so I think I'll be doing a craft of 3 of them for a shelf in the bathroom. More green! I also found a cute white ceramic farmy looking liquid soap dispenser there. I got some green paint to (maybe) paint the tall bathroom door mirror green.

New solar exterior lantern for our shepherd's hook by our front door, like a silvery mason jar! Cute and works well. $15.00 at Home Depot.

Little ginger grater I got for a friend for a gift, so I got one too $6.00 on Amazon, it's a blow fish, and the glaze is eve prettier in person!

Also got this cute birdbath at Ross for our deck for $10.00. How cheery! Our main birdbath is in the back of the garden. After seeing our heated one on the deck all winter, I really wanted one there. It comes with a long spike you stick in the ground. Perfect! Or maybe my herb box?

I also got a "jewelry tree", that I saw somewhere else, dressed up for the winter holidays, Easter, etc. with little ornaments. I saw one last year at Cost Plus, $25.00, ouch. I got one at Ross for $8.00! I love the bird on top.

Here's the "before" picture of my kitchen window. The old pull up blind was 8 years old, and not washable. My new one is! I looked all over and found this white cotton twill (I think?) one at Ikea. $19.99, nice weight, heavier than I expected for the price. I had to hem it, but I'm sewing this weekend anyway. It's the perfect width, exactly. At WWorld I finally bought a cheap floor lamp, with a reading lamp. $10.00. It was so dark in the spare room, I couldn't sew very well. It was like the Sahara today, dang bright, alright! After I hemmed it I decided to use the extra fabric for ties. That way it's more adjustable. I don't like looking at my neighbor's messy deck. It's so much brighter now, love it!!!

More Decor- I need to sat away from Google images! I'm looking for some decorating ideas, on the cheap, including recycling some things I already have, of course. Since I was in Ikea recently it gave me some more ideas. Sadly the closest store is 7 hours away, but probably good for the budget! While I don't like all of the more modern stuff, I love their prices, and quality of their better items. I found this online, what a cute bedroom storage idea. It used 2 ladder shelves next to a bed. It's from Stockholm-vitt.blogspot I never would have though of using that there. Good use of space! I would probably knock one over slamming off my alarm clock daily :)

   Ladder shelf from

From  English Bathroom In Royal Inn Love the cabinet!


Mama Pea said...

Regarding your bathroom remodeling: WHAT A PROJECT! But won't it be loverly when it's all done!!

You sure do come up with some nifty ideas. I've never been in an IKEA, can you believe that? Our nearest one is 5-1/2 hours away.

Thanks for posting the picture of your new spring wall hanging! Such fun to see it in its new location.

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks! I'll be swimming in happiness when the bathroom is all done :) Yes Ikea has some great stuff when you're on a budget, and great use of space for homes/apts...

Loving the quilt!

Black Fox Homestead said...

Remodeling projects are so difficult but so rewarding when finished. I hope all goes well for you! Thanks for sharing your progress with us at the HomeAcre Hop!

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