Bathroom Remodel Update: We Ordered our Vanity!

If you’ve been a loyal reader, you know we are in the process of a remodel.

I posted about our vanity we were working on designing and a lot of people brought up some GREAT points that I took to heart.

And we have ORDERED our vanity! Here is the finished design:

We actually ended up working with Gossling’s Woodworking – literally within a stone throw of our house. Karla and Fred were so so helpful throughout the process. It helped that I had an idea in mind of what I was looking for based on thoughts and comments from the blog readers.

Here were some of the comments that were super helpful: anyone who actually had storage above their toilet, highly recommended it and said they did not hit their head on it. People who didn’t have storage above their toilet thought it looked too heavy and awkward. I love this over the toilet storage design much better that the first.

Someone suggested that if the two “towers” sat ON the vanity, they could get water damage, we would be losing counter space, and it looked crowded. This new design literally addresses ALL of those concerns. Here’s a look at the original design:

Original deisgn

On the right lower side of our NEW and improved design there are faux drawers and it is actually a spot for a hamper! That was Karla’s idea!

Karla also suggested making it a little closer to counter height but adding a step stool with the option to convert to a drawer later when the boys are older below the bottom cupboard.

When I went to the showroom to finalize the design with Fred, I got some serious laundry room envy! These are also the handles I picked for the vanity but will be in gold. Check this out:

The bathroom tile is still on hold until about mid-May. Which brings me to the bathtub debacle.

We have a whirlpool tub that we like. It will about $1,200 to replace just the tub with another whirlpool tub. Not including the labor costs to install it. Is that worth it? Or should we just get a regular tub? Either way it will end up around $750 for the actual tub replacement so maybe just spend the little more to get the nice tub?

The handles, knobs, shower head, and accessories were something I 1,000% under budgeted for. That was a bit of a sticker shock and I might be making some cuts/changes.

In the meantime, the bathroom is in limbo – it has no mirror, the cupboard doors are off, and is barely functional at this point so I’m excited that we are making progress at this point.

That’s the update! Oh and Carver was helping me choose a carpet sample for the upstairs – that might be getting pushed back as the budget for the bathroom is growing by the second.

For more remodel updates, check these posts out:


  1. Elle
    May 2, 2020 / 12:27 pm

    If you enjoy your current jetted tub, spend the extra $ to get the jets. Even if you have to pushback the schedule to pay cash.

    Also, you might check on 0% interest offers near you. I fully understand being a cash-is-king family, we have been for a very long time. Taking 0% interest when you KNOW you can pay it off, is a wise financial move. Farmers and RNs have significant job stability in this current world or I wouldn’t recommend. You and Craig have developed the discipline for this tactic.

    Best of luck making your final decisions. What matters is that YOU LOVE IT!

  2. Ccoop
    May 2, 2020 / 1:25 pm

    Why replace your tub?

  3. Susan the Farm Quilter
    May 2, 2020 / 9:25 pm

    Love all the drawers, and the step for the boys that can be converted to a drawer is brilliant. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product, but not as much as you, I’m sure!! I don’t generally undress/change clothes in the bathroom, so that would not be a place I would put a hamper.

  4. Jeri
    May 2, 2020 / 10:32 pm

    Go with the whirlpool tub. You both deserve a nice relaxing tub. It will also come in handy should sore arms of legs happen. I sure with J would have gotten one.

  5. Sophie Brown
    May 4, 2020 / 9:50 pm

    Love your choices! Can’t wait to see the finished product. 🙂

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