Before & After: Sarah Beth's Kansas Bathroom

Before & After: Sarah Beth's Kansas Bathroom

Heather Blaha
Mar 12, 2009

We recently heard from Sarah Beth about her major bathroom renovation in her Kansas stone cottage. What she expected to be a quick "pull up the old floor, paint the walls" redo, ended up being a huge undertaking with (we hope!) great rewards. Click below for details in this historic preservationist's own words, and the After shots:

My project began with the idea of tearing up the ugly vinyl in the bathroom. We quickly discovered water damage and realized that we had bitten off a HUGE project. Tearing up 2 layers of vinyl, 2 rotted subfloors, and replacing some original 1 x 12 planks gave us a stable base. We installed white oak hardwood floor (yes, in a bath... scary... but I meticulously sealed it). We repaired drywall, installed new Victorian baseboard, re-routed plumbing and installed a new pedestal sink and toilet. New paint and accessories completed "Phase 1."

Phase 2 will include installing a clawfoot tub and freestanding shower. (I snagged the clawfoot on eBay for $25 and will refinish it myself.)

Phase 3 will be tearing out the ceiling and repairing plaster and lath damage we discovered while installing a new ceiling fixture.

Check out more of Sarah Beth's bathroom journey (and other journeys) at her blog, Cottage of Stone.

(Congrats, Sarah Beth, on a finishing Phase 1, and best of luck on the rest!)

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