Someone’s having the best week ever!

This guy:

Bathroom remodelDo you even recognize this space?! We don’t! Introducing, our brand new bathroom! It may still be the world’s smallest bathroom, but it’s brand spankin’ new and ready to start its new life! Our friends at Hammertime Remodeling gutted our old pink disaster bathroom, removed the old window that was in the shower, reinforced some beams, installed a new vent fan, new tub and wall surround, new pedestal sink and layed some lovely new tile. Now we’d like to present to you, a full before and after timeline of our bathroom’s life:

Day 1: Sayonara, Swans!

Sliding glass shower doorsThe 1950s pink bathroom shortly after we moved in and started trying not to hate it.

1950s pink bathroomYep, that’s a window…in the shower.

Bathroom windowThe linen closet before we gave it a piece of our mind.

Linen closetHere’s what we did to get by with this 1950s pink disaster area:

Shower doors and shower curtainLinen closet before and afterWe got rid of the shower doors and replaced them with a blinding white shower curtain in hopes of literally blinding all who dare enter. We also converted the run down, dirty linen closet into a highly function, semi-clean and freshly painted open storage space. Then, this happened:

Water damaged bathroom tileYes, the straw that broke the camel’s back, the icing on the cake, Custer’s last stand, every other idiom and reference that has to do with being pushed beyond our breaking point. There was so much water damage behind these tiles, I was able to literally just pluck the soap dish right off the wall.

So we called up our buddy Mike – the man, the myth, the legend who installed our new dishwasher – and he hooked us up with a sweet deal on a brand new bathroom!

He gutted the place.

Gutted bathroomInstalled a new vent fan (sure beats a window in the shower that won’t open)!

Bathroom ceiling vent fanThen he went to town, building us a new bathroom. Goodbye, window!

Closed up windowHello, new tub!

New tubWe love this new pedestal sink (and it was only $50)!

New pedestal sinkThe new tile is way better than those tiny little gray and pink squares.

New bathroom tileAnd a new Kohler toilet seat for the only fixture we kept from the original bathroom (besides the light fixture).

New Kohler toiler seatWe painted. Behr “Fresh Day” and a fresh day it was!

PaintingAnd finally, the fun part! Adding a new mirror and a practical shelf/towel bar. Bringing our beloved typeface shower curtain back into the picture and coordinating the colors we always wanted in our bathroom.

New bathroom mirror, shelf, towel barThe ultimate before and after.

Bathroom before and afterWe couldn’t be more proud! Baby’s all grown up. :-)

Bathroom Rebuild

So you saw the first look at our bathroom remodeling project when we posted some pictures of the demolition on Monday. Now the walls are up, the window has been filled in, the tub is in place and the tile is on the floor. Here is the view from the stairwell. It’s looking down to the basement, but more importantly it is looking at what used to be a silicone sealed window to our bathroom!

Bathroom remodel window removal

I’ll be honest, we had problems with mildew and moisture in the bathroom. I have a feeling that the vent fan, the removal of the window and the installation of the g-board instead of tiled walls and ceilings will fix that problem. Not to mention this whole project is solving our collapsing tile problem.

new bathroom g-board

Our remodel man, Mike was also able to remove the lowered ceiling over the shower. I’m not really sure what the purpose of that was, but maybe it had something to do with the lovely shower doors we had when we moved in.

new bathroom tile 12 x 12

We’ve also upgraded from 8,000 little 1″ x 1″ pink tiles to maybe 50 12 x 12 tiles. I can’t wait to put my feet on something solid every time I get out of the shower instead of something that feels like a jigsaw puzzle.

Huge thanks to Mike from Hammertime Home Remodeling. If you’re in NJ and you need a new bathroom, he’s your guy. This afternoon, the sink and toilet went in. This weekend we will start painting! Keep an eye out for some updates on our progress within the next 48 hours.


You may recall how we got ourselves in this sticky bathroom situation (literally, lots of things in our house were sticky before we cleaned them). And as I’m sure you all know, we’re having our bathroom remodeled now. It’s all we’ve been thinking/talking about! Mike from Hammertime Home Remodeling (our new best friend) started on the demo today and it’s already complete! We are happy to announce that the pink tile is gone and the project is pretty much halfway done! After all, it is the world’s smallest bathroom – shouldn’t take too long.

Bathroom plumbingThat’s where the toilet and sink used to be. Now it’s just a hole in the floor and a bucket. Also, note the “orb” in the top right side of the picture. Oooooooo! Nothin’ spookier than a dirty lens or a floating spec of dust!

Bathroom demolitionAs you can see here, we’ve been dealing with a bathroom window, not to the outside, but to another part of the house. Specifically; a window to the basement stairs. How that makes any sense, I’ll never understand. Well, to be honest I do understand. The window was once a window to the outdoors, but when the previous owners finished the basement they also built a small addition. Instead of putting in a fan, they just left the window.Bathroom ceiling installMike installed this new vent fan we picked up at Lowe’s. It’s going up from the bathroom and thru the roof. What a concept! Maybe, just maybe we won’t have to take showers with the door open anymore.

Bathroom floor tile removedAnd there’s the floor. Tile-free. I’ve been really worried about what we’d find behind these walls and under this floor, but as it turns out, there was nothing to be afraid of at all. Day 1 is complete and the crew is already well ahead of where I thought they’d be with this project. Now all we have to do is pick our paint color (and a ton of other stuff, but who’s keeping score)?