Wednesday, December 11, 2013

#ugliestbathroomreno Update.

 My pretty pink poinsettia in front of the Christmas tree.

It's been a while since I've updated on the bathroom renovation. Things are coming along slowly but surely. It's definitely true what people say about bathrooms being the worst home project of all. Every single step in the process, has taken longer, and been more work, than anticipated. Well, perhaps only what I anticipated.. I think Steph was well aware of just how much work it was going to be and I simply chose not to listen. I was too caught up in my Pinterest bathroom board and online sourcing to fully accept what a disruption it would be to my life.

I like to think I am easy going and can go with the flow but it's been hard. I'm tired of going to shower elsewhere, of not having a toilet for longer than I'd care to admit, of living out of a suitcase, of missing our Crossfit classes. Stephane is just plain tired.. working all day and coming home to work on the reno. I do my best to keep things in order around the house and help out where I can, but the reality is that this is his project. It's beyond my scope and frankly there isn't room for both of us in that room. It is really so so small.

The tree is up!

Just in case any of you are planning a bathroom renovation and still aren't aware of the truth.. here it is: Bathrooms will rob you blind! I had an idea what things would cost but the building supplies are slowly adding up, on top of the the bathtub, toilet, vanity, taps and shower fixtures, tile, heating system, exhaust fans, lighting, towel bars... it's never ending. It doesn't help that everything I seem to like has a big price tag. I'm trying to make smart choices but it's so hard! For the first time, I am pretty darn happy that we only have one bathroom! 

I don't mean for this post to sound negative, although I'm sure it's coming across that way. I won't deny that the last few weeks haven't been challenging but I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel and I'm extremely excited about it. It will all be worth it in the end!

It's really all I want for Christmas! A finished or even semi finished, functional bathroom. I would be blissfully happy. I think Steph would agree:)


  1. I am sure it will turn out beautiful. Kitchens and bathrooms are notoriously expensive and the good news is that it would be more expensive if Steph wasn't doing it! Probably double the price! I can sympathize however; I don't know any woman who can go without a bathroom for a day let alone while it's under construction. I bought a townhome this year that had been all redone-at first I thought I wanted to do all of it and now I realize how lucky I am that it's all done. They did a gorgeous bathroom remodel (travertine tile in the shower/floors and a gorgeous vanity, etc); I got my dream bathroom and they didn't even know it, lol. Your lucky to have a guy like Steph who is so talented. You two make a great couple.

  2. Listen. Bathrooms are expensive. There is no way around it. When you hear about ppl doing it on a budget, it often is a 'budget' compared to what they could have spent. If you want to feel better, email me and I can tell you what mine cost. hahahahahah But here is the thing. THis is your main bathroom right? It is not only a selling feature but you will love it...multiple times a day. I STILL look at ours and say "MAN I love this room". Right now it hurts, but once it is done and you are enjoying will forget about what it cost. Sort of :)

  3. Hang in there! As Janice said, I'm sure it will all be worth it when all is said and done. And at least you won't have to do it again, right? Before and afters are fun, but no so much when you're living through them. :)

  4. I totally hear you. Why does it always take longer than what it seems like it should?! It will totally be worth it in the end and you won't even remember having to find someplace else to shower! I can't wait to see it.

  5. Bathrooms and kitchens are the hardest for sure!


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