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So I have this bathroom.
That adjoins our bedroom.
They call it a “master” bathroom.
But there is nothing “master” about it.
Only that it is the bathroom that is assigned to the master bedroom.
So really, master by association bathroom.
For years I have wanted to shake it up a bit.
This is the thing; we still had the same paint from the previous owners (we will call them Claude and Mona for the sake of the blog) who lived here 7.5 years ago.
And we may or may not have still had the same storage cabinet in the bathroom over the toilet that may or may not have allegedly been in Claude and Mona’s master bath.
I even blogged about our pathetic little bath back in 2010 here.
Here is a picture of my bath from 2010:
See Claude and Mona’s white cabinet?
And my saline on the counter?
Apparently I don’t know how to clear a counter before I take a picture.
This will make more sense to you in a few seconds.
So the bathroom was this blue color.
Which was nice and serene but also made this very soul crushingly small room even more small.
We also had one of those builder grade mirrors that take up most of the wall as well.
We ended up finding an amazing mirror at Lowe’s Labor Day weekend 2010 but before you look at the picture let me offer a disclaimer about the picture you are about to see:
There is Monistat on the counter.
Because in addition to having a really ugly bathroom in 2010, I must have also had a yeast infection.
And don’t shake your head.
Because you get them too.
And yes, I could have edited the photo but I decided to be real.
Because you are not gonna get this kind of honesty at the big blogs.
Nor will you get a plug for a feminine product.
Geez, its almost like I posed it there.
Like Monistat was payin’ me back then.
Or I wouldn’t have had to wait two more years for a better bathroom.
Back to the mirror.
It was only 12 dollars.
It was sheer luck because I have yet to find another mirror that even comes close to that price.
So the bathroom sat like this for another two years after adding that mirror.
Whoa whoa whoa….didn’t want to go too fast you know.
So this summer I said, enough.
We are making this bathroom our own after seven years.
But I wanted to do it, as I want to do everything, on a major budget.
Or minor budget.
Depending on how you look at it.
My original budget was $150 dollars.
Which isn’t much when it comes to bathrooms.
Here is the before circa September 2012:
Do you see how the rugs, towels and shower curtain don’t even match.
Or have remotely the same coloring?
I just gave up in here.
I had nothing left to give.
Oooh lookie below at the new light fixture I got to replace the circa 1988 dressing room bulb light fixture!
39 dollars at Home Depot!
To give those who aren’t privy to pricing on these types of things some idea, these things usually cost around 100 bucks plus.
So I was stoked to score this.
Oh and see the new faucet?
Huge props to my husband for installing this himself.
He will be the first to admit that he isn’t the handiest of peeps but he is always willing to learn and try himself.
And he did this himself.
And I am so proud of him.
And thankful that he didn’t break it in the process.
Looking good already!
So we were peeling and sticking the planks away and literally cheering each time we finished a plank.
Clap. Clap. Clap.
Then we started getting all cocky.
“This is sooo easy!”
“OMG who in the world would pay anyone to do this?”
“A toddler could do this!”
Until we hit a stumbling block.
The…dum dum dum….toilet.
The potty, the crapper, the john….call it what you will.
It was a pain in the….you know.
No pun intended.
OK a little pun intended.
Rebecca literally made a template, then traced it onto the vinyl pieces then I would take the knife of death utility knife and score the plank and snap it.
Then try to fit it into place like a puzzle.
This is when it happened.
We literally lost it.
We were laughing so hard that we had tears in our eyes.
Oh wait, maybe we were crying.
And that is when we said, “OMG this is sooo why people pay other people to do these things“.
And that is when we also said, “OK I get why labor costs so much”.
Here I am enjoying my new floors.
Whilst Rebecca is laboring away with the templates.
I absolutely love this so much.
You have no idea.
I never ever ever ever thought I would have floors like this.
Thank you so much Rebecca for helping me with this.
I love you so much for this.
50 bucks at Lowe’s.
50 bucks for hardwood looking floors.
My brother mentioned it would have been easier to take the toilet out altogether to install.
I told him, that I am replacing the girls bath flooring as well and I should expect him at my home to help.
Because if we had trouble putting the vinyl around the toilet, I am going say we are gonna have even more trouble taking said toilet out.
Isn’t that the theory of relativity anyway?
Sure it is.
Are you ready for the big reveal?
Here we go……
Here it is before:
And in 2009:
I did not put one thing on a credit card to create this bath.
Still staying true to the debt diet that I mentioned in the original bathroom renovation post.
Here is the cost rundown for the bath renovation:
Grand total for a total master bath re-haul?
I also did not shell all this money out at one time.
I wonder what Claude and Mona would think?
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