Saturday, December 15, 2007

Bathroom be done!

On December 2nd I said I needed to fix my bathroom pronto because only having one shower in a house with 3 teenagers simply wasn't an option. After all, I didn't want to end up on the news as the "dad who went insane and locked himself in his bathroom for a year." Although now that think about it, if a guy had his laptop and a cell phone he might be able to get a lot of business done. And multi-task at the same time!

Anyway, I digress and I'm happy to say that won't be necessary because...

IT'S DONE!

Mostly. Charli didn't actually want me to post any pictures yet because she still wants to add some artwork, and she didn't want my millions of readers to be exposed to it as "unfinished." Sorry honey, but my people can wait no longer!

The project actually went fairly well. Removing the old rotted chipboard subfloor was the hardest part but after that it was just a matter of finding the time to do the rest.

The only other stumbling block I had was the fact that we bought our self-assembled sink cabinet and faucet from Ikea, and their instruction manuals don't have any words because apparently the Swedes don't have anyone who knows how to translate into English. Therefore, you have to interpret their cute little diagrams, and for a right-brained overanalytical literal guy like me, this isn't always as easy as it sounds. ESPECIALLY when the faucet manual doesn't even show the same parts as the faucet that came with it!

So, without further ado, here are a few before/after pictures of what has been consuming my time for the last 2 weeks. Make sure to click on them for maximum effect.


Hmmm, which version do you like better?

Speaking of ugly bathrooms, I'm still planning on posting my ugly/outdated bathroom contest next week. Just send your photos to
st.cloud.harmonicaman(at)gmail.com and I'll include you in the hilarity.

You could walk away with this!*



*(The award I mean, not the actual toilet. Just covering my ass here. heh)

25 comments:

Kathy Frederick said...

Jeff -- Congrats on the bathroom! Looks so non-blue and delightful! Glad you're back in business :)
Kathy at The Junk Drawer

Dan said...

You're right, the blue verson on the left is so much better. Good job Jeff.

Anonymous said...

Great job. Did you include a good ceiling fan? Recently I silently and accidently expelled gas in a fanless crowed elevator. Quickly I wrinkled my nose while looking around in disgust. That diversion failed when a midget standing behind me kicked me hard in the shins

Mom Thumb said...

jeff - It's looks like a before and after on Trading Spaces - I'm impressed! Now you'll never get your kids out of the bathroom.

I have assembled a LOT of furniture in my day, and I have to say that IKEA was the most difficult.

Doozie said...

Well done good and faithful man. It is so rewarding to do things like that, at least that's what I have found. Although? I kinda liked that blue stuff. Maybe I'll buy it from you

Charli said...

Honey, Do you think next time you decide not to listen to me you could at least get rid of the dirty hand towel on the sink and make the toilet paper a little neater - just saying...

DrowseyMonkey said...

OOoohhh...AAaaahhhh...it's like a spa.

Poetry aside, I'm very impressed! I have trouble changing the light bulbs in my place...can't imagine changing a bathroom.

Heather said...

I love the colors. Now you can come and do ours.

I took some photos of our bathroom, but I haven't had time to get them off the camera yet. You know, for some reason, Christmas prep is at the top of my to-do list.

Jeff said...

kathy - Oh, this is just the tip of the iceberg, trust me.

dan - I should have guessed you'd see it that way.

anon (aka Bill) - No, I already had a ceiling fan. And no, it's not a good one. But feel free to give me a hand with that next time you're in town!

mom thumb - Yeah, you'd think pictures would be universal. Apparently they were drawn as Swedish pictures. Who knew?

doozie - Too late. I put it in the garbage last Thursday. Besides, the shipping costs would have been ridiculous ;-)

charli - The only reason the towel looks crumpled and used is because the swan I made out of it wouldn't stay together.

drowsey - Oh, I didn't change the lightbulb. One of those is still out.

heather - Get your priorities in order. Christmas can wait - I have a contest to run here!

Sam said...

Don't even get me started on Ikea! I spent one of the worst days of my life in that place.

I sent in my bathroom entry, but no longer sure if it will make the cut...

Gary said...

Nice work, but what sort of a man do you call yourself if you have even made a cursory glance at the installation manual ?

Manuals and instructions are for women, real men just get stuck in there, real men don't even assemble stuff in any sort of order, we shun manuals and just install in the order in which it comes out of the box, we always have parts left at the end, always have too many screws int he packet, never use those Kwicklok joint things they supply and always end up going to the garage to get a big box of our own 6 inch screws to put the whole thing together.

Gale said...

ooooooooooh!!! Pretty. I like the white/brown version. Very nice, very Martha Stewarty with the towel draped just so on the counter.

Julie Pippert said...

It looks fantastic! I love the square basins.

But now you have to post Charli's version too, with artwork.

Julie
Using My Words

Carla said...

Me like~

Anonymous said...

Mom said...
It looks fabulous!!!! You guys missed your calling. You should be listed under "Interior decorators"!!

yellojkt said...

I like the sloped sink bowl. Very modern looking.

Impetua said...

Very chic! I considered submitting my master bath with its awkwardly-pasted 80's wallpaper and cheap little white painted-pine definitely-not-level shelf for the extra rolls of tissue, but I'm not sure it'd make the cut.

By the way that was what it looked like when we bought the house. I swear.

Mooselet said...

So do you still have the blue bathtub?

Jeff said...

sam - Your picture will be in the contest post and the fate of your bathroom's ugliness will be in the hands of the readers. Uh, good luck with that?

gary - That's exactly why I tossed the sucker aside and assembled the whole works using nothing but my manliness.

gale - I actually called Martha directly and asked her how to best place the towel on the sink, because with being a man and all I had no idea.

julie - I don't know that Charli will ever let me take a picture of it again, so you this may be it.

carla - Me thank you.

mom - I missed my calling because I rarely answer the phone. Especially when it's about something that involves work.

yello - Thanks. I've heard the Swedes are among the most modern people on earth.

impetua - As Johnnie Cochran would say, "If the style don't fit, you must submit."

mooselet - Yes, but that's why we have the cotton shower curtain hanging so it makes it to the floor. When it's closed you can't see the tub. Otherwise, there's a blue streak in the tiles that actually match. It all seemed to tie together quite nicely actually.

Anonymous said...

awsome job, little brother--as usual! LOVE it--So glad you're done--that's such a good feeling!sis

Julia said...

Awww...I miss the black mold! Seriously, it looks great. And congratulations on interpreting those darn IKEA pictures.

VE said...

Wait a minute...you're favoring those right handed now by switching the towel holder. Tried to slide that by us huh?

Sornie said...

What an odd coincidence that I just crossed a major threshold in my bathroom remodel myself. The updated version of yours is definitely better.

wayabetty said...

Jeff, HGTV called and they are looking for a handy man for a new show! The remodeled bathroom is absolutely a beauty! Great job!

Windyridge said...

I like the old version better. Just kidding (my kids like to do that). You are a great do-it-yourself-er. It looks fabulous.If we win the bathroom competition do we get to have you install a new one?