Thursday, September 24, 2009

~BATHROOM MAKEOVER - Torn Down to the Studs and Back Up Again~

(A True Labor of Love)

Ever since I started Blogging last January I've wanted to share with you pictures of our main upstairs Bath Makeover. But~since I'm NOT computer savvy and couldn't find just WHERE I saved the few BEFORE pictures I took when the renovation was underway, I opted to just forget about it!!! :( What good is it to show a makeover if you can't see the before pics, right? I mean...I want to see WHAT WAS DONE and read about the JOURNEY... not just view the end results!!!

Great for holding lots of STUFF!

Well...I mentioned to my Mr. AGPMan last night that I'd given up on finding the before pictures...want to know what his reply was???

Perfect for Maximizing the Space

"'ve been looking for the bathroom BEFORE PICS? I've got those on MY computer!"

( go read my "Love Is..." comic title from yesterday! No further explaining is needed!)

Hobby Lobby Reduced Special - $150
Perfect for Towels, Sheets, Tissue, etc.

(My Favorite Part of the Makeover)
Code REQUIRED a VENT chandelier I'm afraid~ guy forwarded the pics to me this morning making it possible to finally showcase for you all HIS hard work. I hope you are inspired!


(Yes...YES! The walls were RED! Don't faint Tea)

Our home was built in 1970 and came with a Galley-Style upstairs bathroom. It was long and narrow and not at all functional. In the picture above you see the placement of things. On the right (where there is no tile) there was a long sink and built in cabinets. Very dated. There was also a half wall that SORT OF hid the toilet...I was soooo happy to see it GO! On the left was the tub (along the wall) and a built in linen closet. Everything was removed straight down to the studs!


The tub below was right in front of the toilet. It was tiny and made of cast iron! The original tile was a terrible off white color with huge blobs of avocado green scattered about. I lived with it like this for 14 years (ARGH!) When you are raising a family you don't always have the $$$ mullah to spend on house makeover stuff. Too busy buying school clothes and the like!


The original tub was way too heavy to try and get down the stairs. So...we opted (like that word "WE?") to beat it up with a sledge hammer into manageable pieces. What a job!!!

Such a Tiny Window
(No Idea What My Guy is Doing Here!)

The reason I've included this picture is because I want you to see what kind of window was in the bathroom before the makeover. It was oddly tiny and I hated it from day one (red cup on floor is where the toilet had been and the tub was where the blank patch in the wall is - just to the left of my guy's raised foot).

Our TINY Linen Closet Door is on the Right

Including this shot is important for two reasons! First, I want to show you how TINY my original hallway linen closet was. It was almost useless. It is where you see the green carpeting. It was ripped out and the original bathroom door on the left was closed up! Second, the new entrance to the bathroom is what ONCE WAS that closet...just flipped the door around!! There was also a deep built-in closet in the bathroom as well (it butted up to the shower end of the tub). It was worthless. Too deep to be functional and it's only true purpose was to collect hair spray! :(


After all the STUFF was removed the renovation could begin. In this picture you can see how the new window's size compares to the old! Wow! Even at this point I couldn't really imagine how it all was going to work out!

My guy did though! And his vision was simply amazing!

~HOW THE DEBRIS WAS REMOVED~ this ingenious or what? Since this bathroom is upstairs there was no way we cold haul all that debris away without this contraption! It was wonderful! It stayed in place until the new window was installed. For a few weeks the window opening was covered with heavy plastic!

And there you have it!'s just a bit more information!

We started the bath makeover in 2006. It was finally finished in early 2007. It took almost a full year. My hubby is NOT a construction worker...he's a Computer Analyst for USA company. Still, he did all the work himself and saved us THOUSANDS of dollars.

Including the Whirlpool Jet Tub, Custom Window, Pedestal Sink, Toilet, Bead Board, Tile, Electrical, Recessed Lighting, Overhead Vent/Light, Wood, Faucets and Cabinets totally makeover cost was approximately $4,500. Had we hired the work done it would have been a $40K makeover. Having the tub installed along with the tile work the estimated cost was at least $3,500.

Was this a labor of love for us both? Yes! It was. And even more. The renovation was long and tiresome at times, but the rewards have been well worth the sacrificing of a tub for nearly twelve full months. Plus, the money we saved is helping us pay for our kitchen makeover.

I soo hope you enjoyed the tour.

Blessings to you as you remember that hard work and commitment always pay off in the end...Rebecca
PS: To my Mr.AGPMAN: You are amazing! Forgive me for forgetting sometimes how awesome you are and how you always work so hard to make my dreams come true! You are the most talented person I've ever known...xo~B


Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Rebecca,
Your bathroom is divine, really its wonderful you both did an amazing transformation. Its very romantic and I love your ceiling and your curtains, all your glass bottles and special touches look so pretty.
I enjoyed your post today very much,
Take care,

Vicki said...

Wow!!! What an amazing transformation! Your new bathroom is absolutely gorgeous!! Your man is VERY Handy!! I love everything about your new bath. Sending hugs your way. Vicki

Julie Marie said...

Oooh Rebecca, your bathroom is simply stunning! Quite a change for the "before" pictures... love that Mr. AGP does so many wonderful things with you and for you! Yes, I think your LOVE IS from yesterday is appropriate! Bisous... Julie Marie

Deanna said...

Outstanding results!!!
AWESOME what you went through and completed.
So glad you shared this makeover.

Autumn blessings,
d from homehaven

Deanna said...

Perhaps you already know about Metamorphosis Monday over at hosted by Susan.

I think you've got a winner here and otta show it off on her site.

It's alot of fun to see what others have completed or what they are working on.

God bless,

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Love your new makeover. It looks so pretty. The ceiling is awsome. Now just enjoy and tell your hubby he did a great job.

Stacey said...

Rebecca, your bathroom makeover is amazing! Now is this a guest bath or the one you use? I'm thinking that I would be in there! It's sweet and beautiful - great job!

I think sending the debris down that chute was ingenious. What every man wants to do, seems like. :)

Sandra said...

What an amazing transformation, Rebecca! I love it!

Anonymous said...

Amazing make over! And such hard work! I know you're enjoying it. ♥

Jocelyn said...

Rebecca, what an amazing makeover!! Beautiful!

blushing rose said...

Oh, Rebecca, how I know those long days, turn into weeks, then months AND FINALLY! a year later a job is completed! Oh, YES I DO!!!

You all did a marvelous job, it is beautiful, serene & elegant. I love the details on the cabinetry also. Your accessories are excellent touches. BUT then WHAT did I expect from you, other than DROP DEAD BEAUTIFUL!!

Nothing more fun than putting the lid DOWN & sitting in there just to TAKE IN the beauty .... chuckle!

Guess there's no 'outhouses' for you, sweetpea! On second thought!, I WONDER what you could do with one of them ... hmmmm ... hold on! I am getting am image ... chuckle!

Hugs of love, TTFN ~Marydon

Lynn said...

You did a great job!
I LOVE to see things like that!
The ceiling is perfect!


Anonymous said...

Rebecca, your bathroom makeover is gorgeous and looks every worth the trouble it took. I got a laugh out of the "before" photos you couldn't find. I like your new shoe forms, too! Pretty!

DeeDee said...

Rebecca,, no wonder you are so beautiful...only beauty comes from within beauty,....Love your redo...lovely colors too..

Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

All I can say is WOW REBECCA you did it again. Your bathroom is beautiful what a transformation. You have an amazing touch displaying all you wonderful treasures. Those bottles got my attention with the scrolly tops. What color of paint did you use on the walls and by who? I have something like that in my bathroom, only mine may be a little bit lighter by Sherwin Williams.

Enjoyed your Post today-

Cherished Treasures said...

AWESOME !!! If that AGP Man of yours would like a working vacation My 1970 ish split level could use a complete overhaul:-) All I could offer in exchange is some southern cooking:-)
XOXO, Carol

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Wow, your man did do a fantastic job! I just love the tub feminine. I would imagine NOW that it is finished, it was worth the wait and mess!
Hubbys are wonderful!

Unknown said...

What an awesome renovation! It's fabulous! Love it!


Tanza said...

Hahahaha... Ooohhh sweet ~r~ !! You're still married !! Kudos to you girl ..I think my hubby would have sent me down that shoot.. You are so brave and patient !! Now, I KNOW why my hubby says Noo..He knows I'm not soo patient, and calm..BUT, the afters..WOW !! It's BEAUTIFUL and quite stunning !! I LoVe the color choice, the softness of it all !! And those bottles..mmm..they look lovely..hehehe.. Okay, what's with the RED walls my friend, and than Mr. Steveie in an ORANGE shirt leaning on it !! Ooohhh oh.. such a fashion no-no..hahaha..I have to tease you, cuz I'm sooo jealous, and envious that you married a Mr. I WILL do anything MAN !! I think next time you come see me, he should bring his work clothes !! I would EvEn let him wear that Orange shirt in my home !! I LoVe you girlie, and ALL that you always share !! You are my little "Rachel" friend that always inspires me, and encourages me to go with it !! You are blessed to pieces.. Do you know that ?! I LoVe and adore you both~
huggers ~tea~xo

Lisa said...

You are very brave! I love your bath!
Hugs, Lisa

Just A Girl said...

Hi Rebecca,

I just took a little rabbit trail through some of your, "you Might also Like" and think your home is just dreamy!!!!

I hope you're having a lovely Thursday.
God bless,

Tara said...

The bathroom looks beautiful. It's so fresh and crisp. This is a style that you can easily change/adjust the look as well if you feel the urge. I don't know why you would, it's so pretty! Well done to you and Mr. APG Man!

June said...

Sweet Rebecca, what a transformation! 'WE' did a beautiful job and the end result is just so lovely. I bet 'WE' smile everytime 'WE' go in there.

Rachel said...

Wow, what a great renovation! Nice job to your awesome Handy Husband! Enjoy it!!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Beautiful, fresh, clean, crisp just couldn't be any better. Congrats to your honey. What a great fella....and talented too.


Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful redo!!
As the old song says..."It's so nice to have a man around the house!!"

Lynn said...

Inspired you ask???? Oh yes, I am so totally inspired, this should be in a magazine, your makeover is amazing and beautiful, and your husband is very talented, you can tell he put his whole heart into this and probably to make you happy :)
I am so happy "he" found the before photos so you could share this with us :)

Anonymous said...

Great job. We need to do that to ours, but it will have to wait for awhile. You have been some great ideas to save until than.


One Shabby Old House said...

Wow...what a fabulous job that you both accomplished.
Love the color you chose. What is it?
Just beautiful.


Love your new bathroom. You have given me LOTS of ideas for to find the time for a many other things before doing the bathroom.
Deb :)

Barb said...

It looks great, Rebecca. Lovely!! We redid our master bath during the early part of this year. Yuck....I thought I would die from the mess. I like everything neat.


Love, Barb ♥

Rose of Sharon said...

It's so pretty! I love it! You guys did a wonderful job on it.

:0) Sharon


So Pretty and I would have enjoyed the pic even without the before pic's who cares as long as we can see the pretty stuff, LOL!

Beach House 27 said...

Fantastic - I love it so much!

When you have rooms like that I think you actually enjoy cleaning them and touching everything and thinking and enjoying.

Have a great weekend -

From Our Hart To Yours said...

What a transformation! You both did a great job!

Martha's Favorites said...

Gwen: Thanks for the birthday wishes. Love your bathroom. I am going to start my master bathroom make over too. Wish me luck! Blessings, Martha

Cathy said...

The new bathroom is gorgeous! I love the colors, they're so elegant and serene. You both did a super job!

Cathy ♥

A Romantic Porch said...

Rebecca, That is stunningly gorgeous. You said you hoped we'd be inspired...inspired "yes", but even more impressed! How neat to have a wonderful hard working husband. I posted about my hard workin' man today. I just luv that guy! xo rachel

Lynnae said...

Your husband is doing a 'Captain Morgan' pose, which I'd seen on commercials for Rum. He is funny. He must have felt pretty proud of himself tackling that project.
It looks great!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Incredible bathroom makeover! Love the end result! What a luxurious place to pamper yourself. Your man did a superb job!!

Hugs, Sherry

A Rose Without A Thorn said...

I love all of the photo's showing your beautiful bathroom makeover. I bet it is a joy to go into this lovely room every morning now, take care, Maureen......

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Rebecca,
What a beautiful bathroom! You did an amazing job; both of you! I am still working on mine but it's not a total reno like yours was. I don't have a window :0( Someday I hope to have a sky light put in; what a difference that would make!! It is a long process.


Sh@s said...

Wow! The bathroom looks amazingly beautiful and inviting. Can't believe what it looked before the makeover.

Anonymous said...

You an Steve are the most talented couple that I know! Steve is so talented in remodeling and contruction and you are the artist,putting the final touches on each and EVERY room that you both do over! I just LOVE your bathroom remodel!It came out so beautiful! I can't believe how mush money you saved by having Steve do all the hard labor himself! Amazing and such an inpriration to others! :)
Laurie Beaudette

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