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BATHROOM: HOW TO CONVERT A FURNITURE PIECE INTO A VANITY

I have wanted to convert a mid-century modern dresser or side board into a vanity for a while now, so when the main bathroom at our place needed immediate attention due to a shower ‘malfunction’, I jumped at the chance.  Adding a unique or custom piece to any space really adds that extra designers touch, and if you’re skilled in the tools department (or have a good contractor) its relatively easy.  Here’s how we did it. This is the dresser…

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BATHROOM: PAINT AND FLOORING

With the shower tile all but completed in the bathroom we have moved on to paint and flooring! As I had mentioned here, part of the push to do a full bathroom renovation was the fact that we already owned flooring that could work.  We decided to use the vinyl tiles we had leftover from the kitchen and entry floors. THE WALLS After the tile installation was finished (we still need to caulk) I got the walls painted out before the flooring…

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Bathroom: the new shower tile

As you might recall, the last image I shared of the bathroom looked like this: It’s exciting, and exhausting all at the same time!  We went on to remove the small tub so we could replace it with a deeper, wider version but we needed a new one, like, NOW.  Once we took that wet drywall out the timer was ticking to get a shower back in there. We have a small, old, kinda scary, shower in the basement but it isn’t…

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Bathroom: how we stretched the budget

Last week I talked about the importance of the design process and posted a few tutorials (here and here) that might help all you DIY rebels with your renovations, or more specifically, planning your renovations. Now that we have decided to go for a full bathroom update, we really need the budget to work for us.  Unexpected renovations, especially in the middle of another ongoing renovation, are not ideal.  This means working under a lot of restrictions, and forgoing things…

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Designing a space – a basic process for DIY’ers

When planning for a renovation the most important advice I can give to all you DIY’ers is DON’T WING IT.  Plan everything possible before you begin.  This includes selecting all your finishes and fixtures, and making sure everything works together both aesthetically and spatially. There are several reasons to do this: PROJECT MANAGEMENT – purely from a project management point of view having everything pre-selected helps to avoid delays. You won’t get stuck having to back track, or redo something to make…

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Bathroom: the design decision

After contemplating our options (and our budget) for the bathroom, we have come to a decision. Last week I reviewed the potential options for a renovation we didn’t expect and haven’t planned for. You can take a look at that breakdown in this post.  From a design perspective, the idea of half finishing a space is a difficult one for me, so options #1 or #2 are not my first choice.  We also can’t magically make money appear, so that…

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Bathroom: an unexpected reno

So, we had a bit of an event here at the LND residence a little while ago… It turns out the shower in the second story bathroom was not standing up to our daily use.  For some time water had been seeping though the grout lines to the drywall behind.  I had noticed there were a few places that the grout was thinning, and needed to be re-grouted, I just didn’t know that water was already seeping in. Showers can be constructed in such a…

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