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Thursday, October 17, 2019


Are you ready for another kids' Jack and Jill bathroom makeover update?  We are plodding along getting one thing finished at a time.  The progress seems slow but at least there's forward movement!  In the last update the major thing checked off the list was getting all of the tile work finished.  Now we've checked a few more larger to-do projects off of the list!

(If you're just joining in, go back here to see the before photos and design plan, then this is the week 2 update,  then here's the latest update for week 3.)  (*This post contains affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

We've been slinging tons of white paint around!  The cabinetry painting had already been completed in previous weeks, but now we've painted the ceiling, walls, and almost all of the trim.

It's amazing that what I thought was "white" before looks so yellow now against the bright white paint.  The walls and trim are freshly painted, but I still need to do the doors.  I didn't brighten this photo much so you can see how dingy they look.  I wasn't planning to but looking at this now I think I need to add moulding to these doors like I have on several others in the house... hmmm... my to-list is supposed to be shrinking instead of growing!

The other big piece this week is that the countertops came in!  Woo-hoo!  I visited a wonderful locally owned shop, Hōm Kitchen and Bath to look at some options.  I knew I wanted quartz and something pretty white with little pattern in it, so their helpful designers steered me towards these three options.  It's hard to tell much difference in the photo, but the left is "Titanium White" and had the tiniest little bit of a speckled dot in it.  The top is "True White," and true to it's name it's nothing but bright, solid white.  The last one is a simulated marble called "Bianca Aspen," you can see a tiny bit of gray veining in the sample but the slab had more pattern.

I brought the samples home and was able to try them in the bathroom, it's so helpful to see what it will look like in your personal space and lighting.  I knew pretty quickly that I wanted the plain ol' bright True White.  After I made my selection a pro from Hōm Kitchen & Bath came and electronically measured for a template for the countertops.  I was so impressed with his professional manner and speedy work!

The night before the new counters were to arrive, we saved a little money by tearing out the old countertop ourselves.  That wasn't easy!  Once we ("we" meaning Ray- ha!) got it loose, it was so long and heavy that the two of us couldn't lift it out of place, so he had to break it apart in place and we took it out in smaller pieces.  We were also trying to be really careful not to damage the freshly painted vanity, so it probably would have been a little easier had we not been worrying about that.

The next morning, just as promised, the guys from Hōm arrived with our beautifully cut and finished counters.  They set up everything they needed to make the final adjustments and get them installed.  Again, they were super professional and considerate.

Eeeek!  They looked so beautiful already even without a backsplash, sink, or faucet yet!  I selected an undermount sink from Hōm as well when I chose the counters, so they also had those ready to deliver and got them all installed.

The plumber came that same afternoon and installed the fixtures.  For this bathroom we decided on this single handle faucet, and since using it we've been very happy with the style and function.  The only thing that I'm not 100% pleased with is that this finish seems to spot terribly, which is disappointing.  I find it a little odd that the metal used for the drain cover doesn't spot at all... why couldn't they have produced the rest of the faucet the same way?  We'll have to get used to wiping it off after each use if we don't want the water spots, who has time for that?  ;)   I'm not sorry that we got them, they are truly beautiful and I'm pleased with their performance, I just wish that issue had been worked through in the design of the materials used.  I'm curious to hear your thoughts on this issue if any of you have a Delta faucet with the Champagne Bronze finish as well.

Apparently when an undermount sink is installed it's necessary to wait 24 hours before installing the drain assembly (just so everything cures well I believe), so although the faucets were installed the plumber had to return the next day to finish them up and get them operational.  Also, when trying to install the backsplash, the guys discovered that my giant mirror wasn't perfectly level, so the perfectly cut backsplash wouldn't quite fit.  They expertly trimmed it down slightly just on the one edge that was lower than the other, and it fit like a glove.  The difference was only just over a quarter of on inch, but enough nonetheless to cause an issue which they solved, no problem!  And no one will ever know that my mirror isn't perfectly straight.  Except all of you.  ;)

I also stumbled across the vanity light fixtures at a local surplus shop.  I originally had these cuties on my design board, but with all of the other expenses they just weren't in the budget and I was concerned that the globes would hang down in front of the mirror too much.  So, after a lot of looking in shops and online I was so happy when I spotted these and decided they just might work!  I couldn't decide if they were super retro or super modern looking, but they grew on me quickly and I was drawn to the height they would add to the wall space over the mirror.  (If you missed it, I shared 25 affordable and stylish vanity light fixtures in yesterday's post.)

One of the last bigger projects has been getting all of the baseboards put back on.  Normally, my tile installer would have done that but the old ones were in such bad shape that we opted for new ones that I painted, cut, and installed myself. Not a bad job, I actually enjoyed that one.  Any project where you get to use a nail gun is pretty fun! 

Now, we're getting really close to the finishing touches!  The biggest projects I have left are the shower curtain and cornice, painting the doors (and adding moulding?), then just some little things like towels and artwork and accessories... the fun stuff!

I think I'll have one more update for you and then I'll be ready to photograph the finished space!

*Thank you to Hōm Kitchen and Bath for providing a discount on my countertops.  If you're in the OKC metro area be sure to check out one of their beautiful showrooms for you next remodel, they offer start to finish remodeling services!  And check out their Instagram page, they post the prettiest designs and materials! 

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  1. This is coming along beautifully. I love the colors blue and green myself, so I am especially looking forward to the final reveal!


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