Did you catch that little “before baby” title? And did you catch that our baby just turned five months and our bathrooms are still missing doors?
Such is life with four children. Jim Gaffigan understands.
So, yeah, gutting our bathroom was our “before baby” project that got a little extended due to life and work and the fact that Sara came three weeks early. When we bought this house, our “starter” home five years ago (funny how that happens, isn’t it?) we knew we would eventually have to replace the bathrooms because the stick-on linoleum floors were completely peeled up by the tubs, with years of water, steam, and probably dog urine lurking underneath them. We could smell the mold it was so bad. Exhibit A:
It took us only a mere five years to work up the savings + the gumption to get going, and by “we” of course I mean my incredibly talented woodworking/handy man husband, Ben, who literally did all of the work himself–
Right down to chopping down the tree that he then built custom cabinets out of. (Ok, ok, this is a shameless plug for him too–he builds everything from tables to kitchens and I happen to think he’s amazing.)
Yeah. Sometimes I feel inadequate when I look around at our house that contains so much of his talent and skill, but then I remind myself that I built his babies, so we’re about even.
Ok, let’s start with the kids’ bathroom:
Granite: ANA Granite
Cabinets: Walnut wood, built by Ben
And this organizational hack, which I was way too excited about:
And then the master bathroom:
Can you believe that’s just the natural color of the wood, completely unstained? Ah-mazing. And again, all of these cabinets, in both bathrooms, came from a tree that my husband cut.down.himself and then crafted into these works of arts.
Granite: ANA Granite
And this special toe-kick drawer is Ben’s speciality. Now you see it:
Also, does stocking up massive amounts of toilet paper make anyone else insanely happy? Just me? Ok, then…on to the shower.
This little project was my one and only contribution to the bathroom. Ben made these shower hooks out of the leftover wood and I hot glued some burlap and pearl buttons together. I know you’re deeply impressed.
Overall, I’m so happy with how it all turned out–for once, we were both totally on the same page as far as what we wanted and with Ben building everything himself and doing all of the work, we got away with luxury bathrooms pretty cheaply.
Custom Cabinets // My husband, who is for hire. Ahem. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wood // Walnut, Tung-Oil finish
Granite // Remnants purchased from ANA Granite (for my local readers, they’re located in Flint)
Hardware + tiles // Home Depot
Bathroom accessories // Kohl’s, courtesy of my mother-in-law!
Shower hook DIY // inspired by The Shanty Chic
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