Karin & Jeff's Bathroom Renovation: The Final Countdown

Karin & Jeff's Bathroom Renovation: The Final Countdown

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Tess Wilson
Aug 25, 2015
Drop cloths are popular napping spots in this house.

Name: Karin and Jeff
Type of Project: Main Bathroom Remodel
Type of Home: Single-family home built in 1967
Square Footage: 1,800
Years Lived In: 2.5

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My helpers asleep on the job.

From Karin:

At the end of last week, I estimated our bathroom renovation was 95% complete, but it certainly felt like my to-do list was more that 5% long this week! So many odds and ends needed finishing, but I (barely) managed to wrap it all up just under the wire after a few late nights.
Ready, set, grout!
In progress.
Several days were devoted to grouting, which is such a gratifying step. Pro tip: Trader Joe's sells tubs of snack cookies that, when empty, are the perfect size and shape for mixing grout. Plus, it's an excuse to eat an entire tub of cookies. I also recommend grouting with an adult beverage nearby and Netflix or a good podcast playing to keep things from getting too tedious. Fortunately, I had grout left over from a previous project and it turned out to be more than enough.
You can see the layers here - cement board, waterproofing membrane, thinset, and tile.
I couldn't wait for the grout to dry to install the new tub fixtures. We had to track down a slightly longer set of screws for the valve escutcheon, but other than that it went smoothly and I love the end result. I'll admit, even though we have a tiny master bathroom available, I've already used this shower several times since it was caulked and cured because I couldn't wait to try it.
So much painting.
Aside from finishing up the tile work, the rest of the week was spent fixing the hole in the wall from the plumbing disaster, installing trim, caulking, filling nail holes, and lots of painting, including painting both the bathroom and closet door.
The new closet with finished floor, shelves, and the old laundry chute door covering the shut-off valves.
I reused the old laundry chute door as an access panel for the shower shut-off valves at the bottom of the closet. I will also confess that this is the only closet in the entire house that has trim installed... I'm going the distance for Apartment Therapy!
Bye-bye, Bagster.
Much to the probable delight of my neighbors, I finally scheduled the pickup of our Bagster. I was posed and ready to take a shot of the bag mid-air, but a delivery man showed up at the front door at just the wrong time and I missed it! We had packed it to the brim with some heavy materials, so I breathed a big sigh of relief when I saw it had been successfully loaded into the truck.
Taping off the caulk line behind the countertop.
I hung the towel bars, then the final step was to silicone caulk behind the sink counter and the joint between the floor and tub. I highly recommend taping off the joint when working with silicone, otherwise it gets everywhere and you can't paint over it (I may have learned that lesson on a previous project). Aside from waiting for a new shower curtain rod to arrive, I'm counting this project as completed! And on time? That might be a personal record.

Estimated time for project: 7 weeks

Time remaining: Done!

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us tomorrow for the exciting reveal of Karin and Jeff's new bathroom!

(Images and diary text: Karin and Jeff)

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