The Bathroom

It’s late. I’m tired. I pushed too hard today.

Around 4:30 pm I got sick of twidling my thumbs and staring at the paint on the counter. Remember I said we were going to remodel our bathroom? Well I decided today is the day. As in I started painting at 4:30 pm.

I’ve got the first coat on and some of the second coat but now we are up in a debate. Several actually.

Debate #1: Are we going to tile it or hire someone to tile it? Craig is getting in the field now, we don’t know exactly what we are doing, we can’t take the boys anywhere for the weekend to really get into it. Craig’s co-worker suggested someone local, we called him and hired him and he should be able to fit us in actually pretty quick! That debate was solved and I’ll order the tile online in the morning.

Debate #2: The toilet. I say we are getting a new toilet but what the heck, who knows ANYTHING about buying a toilet?! Thankfully, our tried and true Home Depot also has a tutorial on how to select a toilet. Got one of those picked, also going to order one in the morning, also talked to a guy who can install it for us.

Debate #3: The tub. I love our tub. It has jacuzzi jets. There’s nothing wrong with it. We primarily shower upstairs and the boys always bathe downstairs. It’s just this awful cream color. So do we just replace the wall? What do we replace it with? Should we replace the tub too? Should we tile the wall and leave the tub? The tub is pretty old… our tiler suggests tiling it all the way to the ceiling. Should we paint it? IDK! I’m still not sure about the tub but he said we could tile it all for a pretty cheap rate but not till mid May.

Debate #4: The vanity. I bought supplies/a kit to transform the cabinets to a charcoal grey, we would replace all hardware, and keep our same shelving which we don’t hate but…if we switch out vanities, or want to switch out the vanity, now is the time to do it while we are re-tiling! UGH! I was eyeing a few DOUBLE vanities online too! Spendy but CUTE!

Debacle #5: It’s so hard to work on anything with the boys around.

Anyway, that’s where I’m at. I’ll finish the paint tomorrow, do some more research and go from there. Any thoughts and opinions are welcome. I’m new here to the remodeling world and while I love a challenge, this is challenging.

For our original bathroom Home Depot trick, check this out:

Also guys, please keep in mind this is all the work that has been done SINCE 4:30 PM TODAY! OOF DA! Check back tomorrow if I haven’t worked myself to death!



  1. Cheryl
    April 15, 2020 / 12:42 pm

    We had our bathroom ripped out yesterday. Tub is going today. We are replacing our small vanity just because it’s crap and we don’t have a drawer. I love your vanity, but you may want to consider painting. They are not cheap as you know. Change your light to get a whole new look…we are tiling our floor and walls but the shower head and control is very expensive. It’s not an easy decision on what to replace. They have awesome non slip floor tile. We are doing small subway tile on the walls. Cheap and functional. It’s our only shower and with the pandemic, challenging. Good luck!

  2. Joyce
    April 15, 2020 / 1:58 pm

    Don’t paint your last coat until all the work is done. It’ll get dinged up in the process. Now is the time to replace your tub if you’re going to. Otherwise it’ll always be an old tub. Those tub kits do not work .. (ask me how I know!) LOL

  3. Patty H
    April 15, 2020 / 2:39 pm

    Keep in mind that if you go to a vanity with two sinks you’ll have to have your plumbing too.

  4. Lisa
    April 15, 2020 / 3:56 pm

    If the cabinets are solid and in good condition, refinish them and add new hardware. Replace things like the sink and countertops, if needed to give it a a fresh look.

  5. Susan the Farm Quilter
    April 15, 2020 / 8:21 pm

    On tiling the tub all the way to the ceiling…do it! When the boys are bigger and showering, the water will splash on the painted section and create mold. On the double sink…I would much rather have the counter space then a second sink. How often are you really fighting over a sink? Hubby and I can share a sink when we are both brushing our teeth at the same time…not difficult. Just my old-lady opinion.

  6. Susan the Farm Quilter
    April 15, 2020 / 8:22 pm

    One more thought…I would actually tile the ceiling over the tub as well…just to keep the mold from the ceiling. It is much easier to clean tiles on the ceiling then it is to clean/scrub the ceiling that isn’t tiled!!

  7. DebMac
    April 16, 2020 / 12:31 am

    I agree, tile the tub area including ceiling. How old is your tub? The jets will not work forever. Double sinks take up a lot of room and have to be re-plumbed. Keep the vanity if it’s in decent shape and repaint and update counter and sink. Paint is the easy part in all this.

  8. Kim LeMere
    April 16, 2020 / 3:05 am

    Wow, you got a lot done since 4:30. I think your bathroom is going to look great when its all done. I would change out the toilet now and tile the back wall of the tub if you can afford it now. I think a painted vanity would modernize your bathroom and if you want something fresh at a new vanity/sink top with a faucet. I look forward to seeing the progress.

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