Thursday, March 22, 2012

My name is Reena and I'm a rehab addict


I thought I'd start this post off with something pretty like the view across my yard this morning.  Because what follows isn't all that pretty.

As promised, I said I would share with you my DIY home project but before I jump right into that, I should let you know I love construction. I love watching shows like Renovation Realities, Rehab Addict, Holmes on Homes, Income Property, or Disaster DIY.  Love watching the transformations that take place.  They make it look so easy and get it all done in 30 minutes!

When we moved to our current home in 2005, we hired an architect and contractor and pretty much had the home gutted out.  Everything was updated, or moved or replaced.  Everything except one upstairs bathroom.  It was outdated but in very good shape and besides, the last child was off to college, so why update it anyway.

Well, seven years later and that bathroom has become an eyesore ... at least to me.  The more rehab shows I watched, the more I believed I could rehab my bathroom myself.

How. Hard. Could. It. Be.

So, two weeks ago, I began my own DIY project.  Here is my story.

Cost to remodel a bathroom:  $15,000
Cost to do it yourself:  $3,000, 2 bottles of ibuprofen and 23 band-aids
Knowing where the water lines are:  Priceless!







This is the place I have inhabited the last 2 weeks.

These were my best friends.


This was my old retro bathroom.

 Capturing evidence of outdatedness.

 And the demolition began.
Breaking through the tile and cement!

 All ready to begin laying a new floor.

 First, half-inch plyboards are cut and stapled down.

Things are moving right along.  Cement board is measured and cut.  And then ... first snag.  Screws are not going in easily.  Having to pre-drill each hole.
Can you tell where the water pipes are hiding?

This is what happens when you drill into a waterline in the floor.  Main water is shut off until the plumber can come the next day to cut a hole in the master bathroom ceiling below to repair the water line I have damaged.  I write a $650 check to the plumber.

Upon discovering that the Lowe's employee handed me the WRONG screws for cement board, I obtain the CORRECT screws and finish the installation of the cement board.  Unfortunately, having to countersink each screw hole.  The beginning of my first huge blister.

Knowing there was no way I was going to attempt to remove the wall tile, I hired a company who repaints the tub and tile.  Here, they have prepped the room for it's coat of paint.


No more yellow tile!  Woot Woot!

With the painter gone, I return to my next task.

Laying out the 1-inch hexagon black tiles.  Next time, (if there ever is a next time!) I'm choosing very LARGE tiles!!!  Do you have any idea how hard it is to cut a one-inch tile on a wet saw????

Took two days to lay the tile.  One day to set it into thin set mortar.  The second day to grout.  Oh, my aching knees and hands!

Of course, I had supervision.  But Boss Kramer was not very encouraging.  In fact, he was downright skeptical of the work in progress!

 But finally, the day had come.  All tools could be put away.

 So, come and take a look.

 What do you think?  Like it?

 Now I can rest.  All is well.  
Well, not all is well.  I still have a large hole in
my master bathroom ceiling.

And then there is our unfinished basement.

Oh, I need a 12-step Rehab Program!


70 comments:

Sylvia K said...

You are fantastic! And a whole lot braver than I am!! The bathroom looks terrific!! Now I can't wait to see you basement -- you are going to do that, too, aren't you! I love it and I do applaud you! You are good, Reena!! Now, get some rest over the weekend before you start your next project! I'm looking forward to photos!

Sylvia

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

lol.. Hi Reena, my name is Wanda and I am a rehab addict also!

Great work Reena, the results are beautiful! Love the new sink and tile. Sorry about your water pipe mishap, guess we all learn from our mistakes though.

I'm getting ready to paint my kitchen cabinets this summer and add new hardware,counter tops and back-splash...wish me luck! ;)

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Job well done, what a difference! Seems all DIY jobs take twice as much time as hoped but there's great satisfaction at the end.

Hilary said...

Wow.. you did a fantastic job despite your initial woes. Good for you for persevering. It looks just beautiful.. fresh and airy. And I love that spring green. Nicely done.

Evelyn S. said...

Fabulous bathroom! It still retains some of its vintage style but is so modern! Boy, do I admire you! I really don't want to be like you because I just don't have it in me, but I admire you. ;-) (We re-did our master bath a year ago...well, we hired a contractor to do it! That's the only way for the two of us. Some day, I should tell you about our bedroom project of last month!)

Bob Bushell said...

Could you come to my bungalow and refit the bathroom, PLEASE.

eileeninmd said...

Hi Reena, you are amazing. I would never even think about starting this kind of project on my own. Congrats, you did a wonderful job. Your new bathroom looks beautiful. I love it! Time to take a break and relax. Have a wonderful weekend!

Claudia said...

Reena, what an amazing job you did! It looks totally different. WOW!

xo
Claudia

Beth said...

wow, what hard work. i think it is so funny to see homes that are aged like that & then see the redo. my parents had a yellowish kitchen ... now redone ... & it looks fabulous. just like your bathroom. great colors. so pretty. if i need a bathroom redone i know who to call. ha. ha!! (:

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I'm so there with you, I love doing these kinds of projects. The tile painting came out amazing and it's much easier than ripping them out, as you already know :-)

The pain goes away after a few days. It takes longer as you get older, DAMHIK.

Marcie said...

I'm speechless!! What an incredible project to have undertaken and completed. WOW...good job!

Brian Miller said...

oh wow...i absolutely love that floor....very cool redo...ach on the water pipe....

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Wow, what a transformation. These DIY projects are never straight forward but it always feels good when you get to the end and get to marvel at the finished project, especially when you can stand there and say "I did that".

Catherine said...

WOW ~ fantastic! What an excellent job you did. And look at all the money you saved and the pride you can feel in telling people you did it yourself. Good job!
xo Catherine

Ivanhoe said...

You did fantastic job! Take it from another HGTV junkie :)

Sandra said...

amazing, i can hardly hang a photo on the wall. the bathroom is gorgeous.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I am very impressed. Few women would attempt to do what you did and fewer still would have stayed with it to the end. I didn't know tile could be painted. The whole project looks great. You did an outstanding job. I apologize for snickering at the drilled into waterline, but I've been there myself so I could relate.

My Journey With Candida said...

Oh Reena!!
I love your new bathroom. It is so fresh and clean looking. I have a bathroom I really need to think of doing something with.

Daryl Edelstein said...

I love it .. I was thinking did you want to come re-do my kitchen? I mean its a small kitchen and you could use it as a warm up to the re-doing your basement ..

Judy said...

Wow, what a transformation, I turned out great! Good job :)

Mark said...

That was fun reading and looking at the progress in that post. Very impressive.Looks great.

Ann said...

WOW, Impressive. What a difference. I dub you the queen of do it yourself. There will be no mention of the little snag in your plan :)

TexWisGirl said...

crazy girl! but that looks great! :)

biebkriebels said...

Wow you are a real handy woman. It looks great. I admire your persistance, I probably had thrown everything out of the window and closed the door behind me.

islandwonder said...

That is darling. Kudos for doing it yourself.

Michaele said...

You are fearless!! Great job!

elena nuez said...

I'm in love with the first one!!!

Florida Farm Girl said...

What a transformation! The new version is absolutely gorgeous. Had my doubts about that floor until I saw it after the grout. Love it.

TSannie said...

VERY impressive! It's a beautiful rehab, Reena!
Totally agree with you on all the before/after shows. So excited yesterday as there was 3 hours of back to back income property shows!

Steve Gravano said...

Well, I say great job! A few band-aids an ache here and there. But you can now soak in that tub with a glass of wine (or bottle) and admire an excellent job! I miss Holmes on Homes, we had a fight with our cable provider and we canceled cable. It's not too bad. My 15 year old is actually reading instead of watching TV.

Madi and Mom said...

REENA IT IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!
I'll send you my address via email...
please try to arrive by 8 am on Monday so that we have a full 8 hours to work!! LOL!!

Bless you heart I know you must have muscles hurting you didn't even know you had.
Hugs C

Madi and Mom said...

PS Madi would be even less impressed that Kramer in fact she'd probably be down right indignant of her world be disrupted.
C

S. Etole said...

This looks fantastic!

Dodie said...

WOW!! Great job! Now, if you come back to Columbus,I could certainly use some help!

Linda R said...

Oh my stars.. You go girl.. I just LOVE your make over. It really does look amazing...

Hugs, Linda

ds said...

Gorgeous. Such a restful color combination. I hear you on the big tile, but what you chose is perfect.

Roberta Perez said...

As they say in those meetings...
Hi Reena!
Wow!! You are a doer! Your bathroom looks so marvelous! And in only was
it 16 snap shots! Haha I love your supervisor Boss Kramer :) I would rather have one who is quite instead of always giving orders! Hahaha

Pat said...

Reena, You've done an amazing job! I love your new bathroom.
Let's not forget about that beautiful shot at the beginning of this post!

Gillian Olson said...

First of all I love the magnolia.
You are very brave to undertake a project like this, you description is hilarious too and that supervisor of yours looks very hard to please.
The results are wonderful though, give yourself a pat on the back, well at least one.

Kamana said...

i am so impressed! it looks so good :)

Country Girl said...

Can't wait to see it. One more sleep and then I will. Beautiful!

Jennifer Richardson said...

well done, you!!!
kind of makes my fingers itch
to grab some tools
and have a go:)
-Jennifer

Jazzi said...

Alot of work but it looks really nice. Good Job!!

wags
Jazzi

zooperson said...

Tell "the Boss" to get that skeptical look off his puss because you're da bomb! It looks fab! Scott at Income Property has nothing on you.

Mental P Mama said...

Love it!! Wish I was coming to see it, too!!

lisa said...

I cannot believe you still have a sense of humor after this project!!

Reena, you are amazing, and it looks just beautiful!

Michael said...

wow...impressive on many levels: the finsihed product, the price, the quality pics.

I am the least handy of all people on earth. Years ago, we had a bathroom to re-model, and after getting a professional who quoted a price of 10K, I decided we could do it ourselves...and we did, for a price of 11k and not very good craftsmanship!

Grace said...

Very nice bathroom....I can't re-model and would need more than a 100 band aids... Cheers ~

ladyfi said...

The floor looks gorgeous - just like the magnolia.

Nancy Claeys said...

Reena! I had no idea you were so talented in the rehab business. Your bathroom is amazing -- love, love the mosaic tile floor.

You go girl! I'm very, very impressed. :)

jennyfreckles said...

Wow, it's beautiful now - though even that retro had a kind of appeal! Sorry you had such a 'journey' but it made amusing reading. Most of us have been in a similar place one time or another!

Andrew said...

Wonderful to see Reena...

CherryPie said...

That is an amazing transformation, I love it :-)

Even the professionals who did my kitchen, managed to catch a water pipe. They did fix it very quickly though ;-)

Laura said...

Wow, you go girl! You have done an amazing job. What a transformation. Just keep reminding yourself of what your achieved and how much money you saved!

GailO said...

Priceless! You had me rolling on the floor for sure but I am happy that all ended so beautifully well! Gorgeous update! I have to admit though that I love that yellow and green tile together:) I do love retro:)

Ginny said...

O.K. I have to admit that I kinda liked the pretty yellow, so sunny and nice...I was real curious to see how you could make it better. LOVING all the pictures of the different steps!!! And I have to say you have made it look like a very beautiful upscale spa!!!! It ROCKS!! And you are one talented renovator! Have you ever done anything like this before? You are brave to have attempted it, but gosh how much money you saved!

Caryn Caldwell said...

Wow, wow, WOW! I am so impressed by how much better your bathroom looks. Just gorgeous! And for you to do it yourself? Even more impressive!

Oh, and the blossom photo? Superb!

Sharkbytes said...

You did a great job! I like the white and black.

Low Tide High Style said...

Well I have to say that your hard work certainly paid off in spades, it's beautiful! And that black floor tile was worth every hassle, it's stunning and really makes the room!

Kat

Friko said...

You're mad! You don't need a rehab programme, you need locking up before the urge to continue overtakes you again.
Get some workmen in, it'll be cheaper in the long run!

But I do absolutely love your new bathroom!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Well, who knew you were so talented? Very very nice. My knees could barely handle the grout sealing job so I'm glad I didn't try actually laying the tile.

Caroline said...

HOLY S%#T! You did this yourself? You rock! This is amazing!!!

Kerri said...

It looks Absolutely FANTASTIC!! WOW!

Suldog said...

I was going to say I really like the retro bathroom, so why did you want to ruin it? But then I saw your finished project. You really did a fine job and it does look better. Well done!

Deanna said...

This is terrific. I am trying to get started on re-doing 3 bathrooms, didn't realize you could paint over tiles, that is wonderful since I have yellow-gold tiles that are still in great shape, but don't like the color. Fabulous job, you are to be congratulated!! Kudos!!

beth said...

OMG.....what a fantastic job !!!
really....WOW WOW WOW !!!
xoxo

Betty Manousos@ CUT and DRY said...

great work, reena, the new bathroom looks terrific!

you're amazing!

xx

Lisa said...

Wow. great work. I love the end results .So very bright and full of light.

Cynthia Schelzig said...

WOW!! now that is what I call a MAKEOVER....just fabulous and you had me laughing too...and I LOVE the furry cute supervisor...tooooo cute!!
I am in awe of you that you DID all that WORK...holy cow....and it looks beautiful too.

Grace said...

I really like this flower picture ~

I will use it for my haiku post (again) ~

Thank you ~