Bathroom Remodel: Prep

As I mentioned in my last post, Chip and I finally got to remodel our bathroom. When we first talked about this project, we weren’t thinking too big, we really just wanted rid of the awful yellow floor tile and find some type of solve for the black wall tile (we even discussed painting it thanks to something I had seen on Pinterest). Then we considered taking the black tile out of most of the bathroom and just leaving it in the shower hidden behind a curtain (classy, right?). Then we decided to get rid of the black tile all together. We soon started talking about getting a new vanity; we had a pedestal vanity and thought it would be better to have one with storage. Chip also disliked our tub since it was so old and big, so he started a campaign to get that replaced as well. By this point, we were consulting with my parents on how to tackle this project and my mom agreed with Chip’s plan to replace the tub and suggested we do the toilet as well, since everything else was being updated. Suddenly we had a major remodeling project on our hands.

Our (very rough) sketch of the bathroom

Our rough sketch of the bathroom

Thankfully, my parents were more than willing to fly out and help us for a long weekend! Once we picked the dates for my parents to come out, Chip got to work getting rid of as much of our old tile as possible so we could get started right away when they came to San Antonio. He got the hang of it pretty quickly!

Slowly getting rid of the black tile (and the broken gas heater)

Slowly getting rid of the black tile (and the broken gas heater)

Showing the tile who's boss

Showing the tile who’s boss

Don't miss these yellow hexagons at all

Don’t miss these yellow hexagons at all

Under construction

Under construction

Sending this tile back to the 1960s

Sending this tile back to the 1960s

Getting rid of the cement board behind the black tile

Getting rid of the cement board behind the black tile

While Chip worked on the tile, I set out to find some paint for the room. Overall, we knew we wanted the bathroom to be much lighter than it currently was and after some initial trips to Lowe’s, we were leaning towards light tan-ish floor tile, white bead board, and a light blue paint for the rest of the walls. After talking to my friend Haley about different types of paint, she quickly sold me on getting some from Benjamin Moore. Six samples later, we finally found a color we were happy with. The first few samples we bought were less light blue and more along the lines of “Congrats! It’s a boy!” blue… not exactly what we were going for. So at the end of the trips to Sunset Ridge, we finally decided on Glass Slipper for the walls and Cloud White for the bead board and trim.

I carried the paint chips around everywhere for a couple of weeks. Some of them are now bookmarks. Good recycling, right?

I carried the paint chips around everywhere for a couple of weeks. Some of them are now bookmarks. Good recycling, right?

Trying to find the right blue

Trying to find the right blue

My parents got into town on a Thursday evening, so after a quick dinner at home, we made our way over to Lowe’s ready to purchase everything. Thankfully we had a couple of gift cards as well as a home project fund we had been working on for a while to help cover this project. By the time Lowe’s was getting ready to close on Thursday night, we had everything we needed to get to work early on Friday morning!

Getting tile and helpful tips from one of the many helpful Lowe's employees

Getting tile and helpful tips from one of the many helpful Lowe’s employees

Cart full of tile

Cart full of tile

Ready to go

Ready to go

We love Lowe's gift cards

We love Lowe’s gift cards

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