After I revealed the refreshed master bathroom earlier this week I’m sure you were wondering exactly what took so long. I know I was. We didn’t do any tiling, there’s no new feature, no updated plumbing. All we did was paint walls and cabinets, switch out a light fixture and hang a new mirror. So what the hell took so long?!
First, this whole thing started when we decided to (finally!) have the grout replaced in the shower stall. It’s 3 walls, plus the floor, in a very tight space. We contemplated DIYing it, but Jesse had a miserable time replacing the grout in Mara’s tub area. I was pregnant, which was a positive and a negative (from the project perspective! It was a very positive thing in general!). The negative was that I spent the first 22 weeks of pregnancy with my head in the toilet every evening, so I wasn’t much help. The positive was that Jesse was kind of bored in the evenings so he spent his time working on the grout. He was afraid of chipping tiles, so he did all of the removal by hand. It took him a few weeks and he vowed never to do it again. Bring it back to this spring, we finally decided to redo the grout so we called people for estimates. It wasn’t cheap, but we found a company that was reasonably priced and that I had experience with before from a previous place of employment.
It was awhile before they could come out because we had to let the shower dry out for two weeks. We moved everything we needed into Mara’s bathroom and removed everything from the walls. This was the time frame that Jesse used to paint the cabinets. The guy came and spent 8-9 hours cleaning the shower and replacing the grout. We go in to check it the next morning and the tiles are rough and hazy, grout is totally missing in several spots and in others it wasn’t replaced at all. We call, they send someone out two weeks later. Same thing. Then again. And again. See where I’m going with this? It took almost 3 months before we finally got to a decent point. And I say decent because it still doesn’t look that great in several spots. Jesse actually went through a few weeks ago and resealed it, just in case. That whole ordeal definitely slowed our roll a bit and we just kind of shut the door and ignored the bathroom for a while after that.
Then we have me. It’s no secret that I am probably the world’s slowest DIYer. It took me 3 weeks to paint that room. I worked on it
consistently everyday during nap time when I wasn’t cleaning, folding laundry, or watching InstaStories. Cutting in all those angles is no joke. At least for a slow-poke like me. I didn’t even paint the cabinets. Jesse did that. Because he complained that I was too slow. Plus, I was a dum-dum and decided to paint the bathroom AND redesign my blog at the same time. Which means I went back and forth between the two every other day.
Then, I couldn’t pick a rug. I bought 5 different rugs for that room and hated all of them. They looked so cute and promising online, but in person, nope. I’m about to sound like my mom, but I actually HATE shopping online in general. I really like to touch and feel something before buying it. I know that stuff can be returned. It just seems like such a hassle. Maybe I will come around to it one day, it just did not work out for me this time around. I actually ended up finding this rug at At Home for less than $30. The pattern was cute and subtle and it had more neutral colors with only a hint of green. Plus, Jesse liked it.
Next issue, the mirror. I LOVED this mirror from Rejuvenation, but I did not love the price tag. I really couldn’t justify $300 for a mirror, maybe if I’m rich one day… I really wanted a large mirror with a thinner frame for a more mid-century modern look, but those are expensive, so I started searching Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace on a daily basis. The mirror that I bought was $20 and after some light sanding and a darker finish it looked pretty damn good. Plus, it saved us a ton of money.
Now, though I didn’t splurge on the mirror, I did splurge a bit (for me) on the hardware for our cabinets. I fell in love with the Spanish Moss knob from Anthropologie years ago (They are currently sold out. Boo!) We actually used them on our handmade nightstands back in 2013. They were a bit much at $8 a pop (almost $50 total) but I found a coupon for 20% off so I bit the bullet and went for it. I had done my research and I just could NOT find any hardware that I loved as much as those knobs. Sometimes it’s good to splurge a bit. Especially when we saved on just about everything else!
I know that this all may not sound expensive to a lot of people, or that we just sound incredibly cheap (we probably are). However, all the money that we saved by using coupons, Craigslist and shopping at discount stores went towards summer passes to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. We were able to go almost every weekend and buy food and ice cream each time. The memories that we made with Mara are priceless. I do think investing in your home is important, but investing in experiences far exceeds anything I could do to a house. Spending our weekends together making memories is also a million times better than spending them painting or whatever. Another reason why projects take us so long… But whatever. Now we have a finished bathroom AND a ton of great memories with our daughter.