Last January, we discovered that we had a leaking potty upstairs — our children’s main bathroom. And like a lot of household projects, the project always grows. When my husband removed the potty to instal a new ring, he discovered that the floor underneath was also rotting. So, we decided that since we had to rip up the floor, it was the time to finally remodel our bathroom.
The sink and tub were also ancient and had dripping faucets. We kept replacing the valves, but they were so worn, they didn’t last for long. The sink faucet handles also were extremely difficult to close and didn’t work properly. The sink was discolored and didn’t fit the base so it rocked slightly when you leaned against it. The tub was also rough, stained, and needed a new porcelain coating. I priced getting it redone, and it cost as much as a new tub.
Our choices became clear. We would buy new flooring, a new potty, new tub, new sink, new faucets, new light fixtures, and repaint while we were at it.
Since we needed to save before starting each new phase, the bathroom remodel took us a year to complete. I forgot what it was like to have a main bathroom for the kids to use. They forgot what it was like to not have to walk downstairs during the night to use the bathroom.
We are now forgetting what it was like to not have the convenience of a main bathroom for the children. The bathroom remodel turned out well, and if I may say so, looks wonderful!
You’ll have to look at the before and after pictures to see the transformation!
Note the before pictures. The bathroom was originally a pea green, and the wood was very dark before we painted it white. We painted the wood white, and the walls a very light beige. You’ll see the ugly flooring and old stained fixtures. At one point, I tried to use porcelain paint to fix up the fixtures myself. Note, they didn’t last. The last few pictures show how entirely different the bathroom looks. The new tub is also jetted, which our boys find immensely enjoyable! (My husband and I have yet to try it.)