Our Master Bathroom Reveal {Part II} The BLUE Shower

I was just SO excited about my post last week about the bathroom, I knew I couldn’t possibly fit it all into one single post and keep all your attention….or maybe I was so excited I couldn’t keep my OWN attention…hm, either way! I was excited and now I just wanted to expand on a couple of the individual projects within this little bathroom.

You all saw what we were working with…a BLUE shower.

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I will say that I am SUPER thankful that the prior owners had been kind enough to removed the matching sink and toilet. BUT, what the HECK do you do with a blue shower??? I started by looking into the cost of completely replacing it. My favorite store (Home Depot) sells a beautiful white insert, with glass, that would fit wonderfully into the corner, however, at $411.00,  that didn’t fit wonderfully into our budget! I’m just going to dive into a little side tangent here  – we want to live with our bathrooms “as-is” for now, but eventually have plans to do some reconstructing to create at least one larger, more usable bathroom for us – so, budget is VERY low. SO you might find yourself asking, “Where did the blue shower go???”. I am here to tell you! It’s pretty easy, takes a weekend, costs less that $30.00 plus a few brain cells, some pretty simple tools, a LOT of prep work and some patience.

As I scrolled through Pinterest I came across several blog posts that talked about this magic “Rustoleum Tub and Tile”, I was intrigued and read on. This particular post was my inspiration, if they could cover up that lovely maroon color, surely I could cover my blue! I was sold! I immediately ordered it (found here).

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As soon as it came in, I took a little jaunt down to the local hardware store and picked up the remainder of items I needed – 400 grit wet/dry sand paper, a couple of sponge rollers (I already had the handle) and a face mask (this is something I would normally skip, I’m kind of reckless and live on the edge!..but I knew how harmful the chemicals in this stuff would be, so I listened for once, but probably could have used a better one, womp womp..). The directions also called for lime away, I skipped this (and maybe I’ll pay for it in the end) and I’ll explain why.  Other things you may need, something to scrape with – I used a razor blade, a kitchen knife and a floor scraper like this, screw driver, paint tray, loud music and a weekend or at least 2 free(ish) days.

3 of my best friends in this process!

I started by disassembling the glass portion. I had NO clue what I was doing, haha! I was so worried everything was going to come crashing down on me at any point! I took out all the screws I possibly could, then I started pulling at different pieces (carefully), and sure enough it came apart. Let me just tell you (and show you, because I’m SO nice!) how disgusting this was…once I got down to the bottom pieces. All the grime and minerals had built up over the last 25 years and clogged the drain holes, the water no longer had a way to escape and just sat, stagnant and moldy. YUCK!

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I thought I was going to throw up at least 5 times. Good thing I was already in the bathroom! Once I removed each piece, and drained out the water, I walked them down to our other bathroom and set them in the tub. I knew there would be some intense cleaning involved. I continued on the shower by scraping off all the leftover sealer and silicone, along with the mold, grime, buildup, grossness! Around the outside of the shower stall and all inside. EVERY. SINGLE. BIT. There was a LOT! This took me the most amount of time, other than the waiting periods. I scraped with the scraper, the razor blade and the knife, whatever worked best! I had no concerns about scratching anything up because I knew it was just going to get covered! I also used my razor blade to scrape the walls of the shower (this is why I didn’t worry about using the lime away), there was a TON of built up gunk that came off. Once I felt like I had got it all, I used the sandpaper to rough up the entire shower stall. I was careful to try and get every last bit, knowing this would give the epoxy a good rough surface to adhere to.

Once the sanding was complete, I gave it a good wipe down. I wanted to be sure that there was no dust, dog hair, fuzzies or anything else that could get in the way of a beautiful finish. Lastly for prep work, I taped off the floor so I wouldn’t ruin the (not so terrible) tile.

And then I started with the epoxy! I put my nifty little respirator on, mixed the 2 part epoxy as directed, poured about 1/3 of it into a regular paint tray and began rolling. I was a little concerned with the coverage at first when I could still see the blue, but remembered from the post I had read, that it took a couple coats, so I pressed on! Once all the blue was covered (I was able to use to roller for all the nooks and crannies too), I wrapped up my roller in plastic (to keep it moist so I can use it again) and waited………I hate waiting…I’m impatient…my husband will attest to this. It’s also a good idea to have a window open during all of this. I had the window open which by the way, I chose the COLDEST day of the year to do this, it was -17 outside with wind chills of -31 (I didn’t think it would be important to check the weather report for an indoor project, ooops!

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I waited the recommended 3 hours. Went back, poured in another 1/3 of the remainder of the epoxy and started rolling. This was when I was beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel and it started to feel as though this was all for something! The only downside I experienced during this second coat was the roller had basically deteriorated from the epoxy being on it for so long causing the end to fall off, which then left a couple of little pieces behind in the epoxy as I rolled. I removed most, but found a couple after it was too late, oh well! I decided after coat #2 that I definitely wanted to do a 3rd coat, but chose to wait a full day before beginning the last coat. I wanted to be sure I had a good solid surface because I knew it would be the last of the epoxy and wanted to get the best out of it. I didn’t save the roller this time, and decided to start with a fresh one. The next day I put on that last coat…oh man! Was I happy!! It looked just amazing!

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In between those coats of epoxy, I spent a lot of time in our other bathroom scrubbing all the glass, metal and rubber pieces. I seriously considered buying all new, but stuck it out. I used a wire and really tough bristle brush to scrub, along with comet and other bathroom cleaners to help cut the mildew. To my surprise, I was finally able to get things looking pretty darn good!

I waited another full day before I attempted reassembly. I wanted to be sure I wasn’t going to scratch or ruin this beautiful thing I had created! Putting everything back together wasn’t terrible, I used all the same hardware and a fresh tube of clear silicone. I won’t dive into all the details, since I kind of just “winged-it”, but if you took it apart, I have faith you’ll be able to figure out how to put it back together!

I was SO impressed with how amazing it all looked once I was finished. It looked like a brand new shower stall!

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You too can have a beautiful shower!! According to the Rustoleum Tub and Tile directions, this will work on tile, porcelain and fiber glass. I have not tested the shower to the max yet, it may not hold for years and years, but it sure is an easy solution for now and the immediate future! You can also use it to simply freshen up an already white shower that has dulled and discolored over the years. All around, I would recommend this to anyone willing to take on the project!

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Thanks for reading along, and please stay tuned for more on this amazing bathroom transformation!

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Our Master Bathroom Reveal {Part I}

I’m sorry I have been absent and did not post last weekend. I got myself SO caught up in projects and things around the house! I got so much done and felt super productive, but was sad that I neglected the blog! I was so determined that I would finish the bathroom, but unfortunately did not – there were just too many things that took time (paint drying, caulking drying, etc.) so I tried my best to be patient and fill my “spare time” with all the other things around the house that needed attention.

OK, so….it’s DONE!! Ok, almost done, I have a few finishing touches still needed (like building the door – minor…lol and some paint touchups) however, I couldn’t wait ANY longer to show off this AMAZING project! I can’t even begin to express my excitement about the transformation that took place in our master bathroom… there aren’t words.

Let me just show you what we were working with……

Pretty rough looking..

Pretty rough looking..

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Look, the light fixture even matches the cabinet and mirror!

The epitome of an early 90’s bathroom.. awful.. when we first moved in, I really had no hope for this room. I had NO idea how we could possibly transform it on a budget. I mean, how do you overlook that BLUE shower????? Thankfully, before we bought the house, the prior owners were kind enough to replace the matching blue toilet and sink (OMG – what were people thinking in the 80’s and 90’s…??).

Here you have it! The only thing that I removed from this room was the medicine cabinet and the awful blue towel holders. Everything else is original. You may find yourself asking, “HOW did you do that, Sienna???” . Well, I will tell you, and I will break down my projects and show you how YOU too can have a beautiful bathroom with a small budget.

Some nights I just stand outside the door and stare at the beauty!

Some nights I just stand outside the door and stare at the beauty!

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Cost breakdown:

Rustoleum Tub and Tile Epoxy:  found here  $24.25

1 sheet of 1/4in plywood: found at home depot similar to this one: $19.97

Paint: I already had on hand

Chalk paint: I already had the paint, and made my own chalk paint with ingredients I had

Wax: I made my own with ingredients I had on hand

Window and scrap wood (for cabinet): I already had lying around

Light fixture: repurposed the existing one

Mirror: I found mine at BigLots for $29.99 similar one here but it’s worth shopping around to find a good deal! Check Homegoods and TJmaxx.

Mason Jars: I already had on hand

Black metal pipe: Most of it I had one hand, but had to buy a few pieces: ~$20.00

Baskets: I found at Wal-mart (total score!!) canvas ones too and these super cute wire ones: I got the metal ones on sale for $7.97 each, the canvas 3 for $15.97 and the wire ones $7.97Total (for this project) $21.26

Clear calking for the shower: $6.24

White caulking: $2.28

I happened to have all the little trinkets and towels that matched perfectly with the color scheme. I plan on painting some canvas art to match eventually when I have time.. but this will do for now!

GRAND TOTAL: $123.99

WHAT!!!??

Yes, that is all. I am shocked too. Especially considering the transformation it made.

I will go into detail in future posts about some of the specific projects within our bathroom, but for now, sit back, and enjoy the beauty of it!

If you have questions, I would be glad to answer. Believe me when I say, you can transform a bathroom on a budget and have an AMAZING outcome too 🙂

Happy Saturday!

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Buy Our New Home: 6 Things to Consider

A little less like my usual posts, but along the same lines…kind of 🙂

So, you are looking for a new home, or potentially thinking about it.. or maybe you aren’t, maybe you’re just reading along because you love me, and that’s ok too!! I am going to share with you our experience in buying a home and a few “do’s” and “don’ts” that we learned along the way.

Around February or March of last year we knew that we would be moving to Massachusetts within the year. Both of our military tours were ending in September and we didn’t have a desire to stay in D.C. My husband wanted to be closer to his family, and I liked the idea of that.  While I love my family and I miss them very much, I had already been away from them for 3 years and knew that I would be ok continuing to be away (and by no means does this mean I didn’t want to be closer to my family! I wish we were all closer, but I knew that I would be happy wherever I was with my husband).

Budget.

Know your budget.  We (I) began looking around in MA at houses on various real estate sites. I wanted to prepare myself for what we could get for what we were planning to spend.  It’s important to stay realistic and not look too far outside your budget, otherwise you end up with expectations that cannot be met.  Look towards the lowest end of your budget – you never know what you might find.

I also wanted to get an idea of what type of home we would want – did we want a colonial? a contemporary? a cape? a craftsman? an antique? a ranch? a split level? haha, ok you get the idea. There is a lot to choose from, and depending on what your needs/wants are, you should choose accordingly.

Which brings me to my next point: wants and needs.

Something that we didn’t do, but we kind of did, was make a list – we had a list in our heads, but we would have been better off writing it down. Write down your absolutes – the things you will not compromise, along with the things you need.  Now we all know, “needs” are pretty basic and mostly turn into “wants”, however it’s important to consider certain things and really determine if it is a want or a need. This will help you, trust me! We knew we would need an area for our projects – sure, you might think this is a “want”, but for us, it fit into our “need” category because it’s just something that we do, we do projects! We also knew that we needed at least 3 bedrooms because we plan on having babies someday, and we wanted to be sure we had room to expand. We knew that we needed outside space – with 2 dogs, we needed space for them too 🙂 We had others, but you get the point.  Your needs will be consistent with your lifestyle.

We had plenty of “wants” like, a beautiful kitchen with granite and stainless, 3 or more bathrooms, a master suite, lots of closet space, hardwood floors, and the list goes on and on.  After looking, and getting an idea, we knew that we would likely have to cut back our “want” list to make room for our budget and reality..

When we were about 3-4 months away from moving, we started looking seriously.  With the help of our amazing uncle and Real Estate Agent, Rich, the hunt was on!  We sent him listing after listing after listing and vice versa.  I feel like we looked at every possible listing in Central Massachusetts!  It was tiring, overwhelming and frustrating at times.  Either it was a bad location or it was already under agreement or it looked amazing, but something was wrong…we were soon realizing that it was a little more difficult than we had thought.  The other difficulty we were facing was that we were searching from a distance.. so we couldn’t look at them all in person.  In the course of looking, we were only able to make 2 trips to actually look at the houses.

On our first trip, we looked at, maybe 3 houses.  On that trip we found a house.  It was a contemporary home, which was different than we thought we wanted, but it had amazing character and lots of open space.  I had visions of this house being ours.. I could picture the things I wanted to do and our décor throughout.  I made one of the biggest mistakes of house hunting…..I fell in love.  Before the weekend was over, we went and looked at the same house again.  At this point I had about 24 hours to come up with 10 thousand other ideas and things to do with this house, BAD, all bad things.  I had been told by several people, several different times “Don’t set your heart on the first one” and “Don’t love it too quickly, you still have the home inspection to get through”… We made an offer that week and scheduled the home inspection.  Over the course of the next 2 weeks, I had MORE time to dream about our new home and all the great things I wanted to do…..bad.  The home inspection results came in, and they weren’t that great.  In the end, we chose not to continue trying for this house.  I had to break up with this home that I had fallen in love with….that I had hundreds of amazing ideas for..I felt like I had a connection! It was hard to do..but I let go.

On our second trip, we looked at several other houses and I just wasn’t impressed.  My husband isn’t as picky as I am, so this is why I’m no longer saying “we”. His “need” list was a little shorter than mine.  After our second trip, we kind of knew that we needed to either make a choice and cut somethings from our lists, or move without a home, put our things in storage and have to move again – this was not on the “want” list! We weren’t moving all our belongings twice!! Finally, my wonderful husband convinced me that we didn’t HAVE to have a perfect kitchen….and that we could change some other things to make it fit into our “wants” down the road.  So we chose our home.  I may have kicked and cried a little, but we did it.  And let me just say, I AM SO HAPPY WE DID IT!!!!  Sometimes it can be so hard to get past the cosmetics and see the true potential. When we looked at our home the first time, I hated it. I compared every little thing to the one I had fallen in love with.  I found a reason to dislike even the good things. All the reason to take the advise of NOT falling in love.  I have now fallen in love with a new home.  We took the relationship slow! And now it’s amazing. We are still making improvements and making it ours, but it was one of the best decisions we made!

Our amazing and BEAUtiful home.

Our amazing and BEAUtiful home.

In a nutshell, here are my SIX things to consider when home buying:

1) determine your budget

2) decided on the style of home you want

3) make a list of your needs

4) make a list of your wants

5) DON’T FALL IN LOVE

6) look beyond the cosmetics

 

Thank you for reading along, and I hope my tips make home buying easier for you 🙂

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