Adulting, Domestic Me

Look What I Did!

When we bought our current house five years ago, we wanted to update our bathroom, paint our bedroom (which had hideous trim color and wallpaper border) and built a new closet system since the one that came with the house collapsed a few months after we bought it. Now that we’re about to put the house on the market? These things are finally getting done.

MrZ has been working his ass off on the new closet system. I can not wait to show you pictures of it, it’s so awesome. However, there’s not much I can do to help, so I decided to take on the bathroom. And here…something most bloggers are too proud to do…I’m showing you a picture of my old sink.

Yes. The sink is disgusting. (In our defense, the little kids use our bathroom too!) Yes. Those are tampons on the counter I didn’t even bother removing for the photo. Yes. That’s paint in the sink. I wanted you to get an honest look at our bathroom so when you see the end result? You will be as impressed as you should be.

I DID THAT. I replaced that faucet AND drain all by myself! Well…I had the help of copious amounts of videos on YouTube, but no real people helped me. And let me tell you, the faucet? Not the hard part. The drain…that had been there for 15+ years and had hair and paint and god-only-knows-what-else in it…the drain was the worst part. One plumber video was taking his drain off of a sink removed from the wall and said, “If your sink is attached to the wall, this will probably be a two man job.” Yes. Two men. Who did it in my bathroom? Two men? No. ONE WOMAN. And that woman was me.

Now…our light fixture needed replacing too.

I got the old fixture off the wall fine. I painted the walls using Behr Paint/Primer in one. That stuff goes on beautifully. Then, when I went to put the new fixture on? I couldn’t figure out how to do it. I felt defeated. MrZ had to do that for me. He swears it’s because the box used for the other fixture is not the standard shape so I shouldn’t have been able to do it, but I still lost a bit of my pride at doing the faucet myself. Oh well.

I bought a new shower curtain that will be used to re-upholster some chairs after we sell our house – I cleaned the counter a bit and Ta Da! an updated bathroom.

$30 paint. $30 faucet. $90 fixture. And the bathroom looks hundreds times better. We bought some towel racks too, but we haven’t put those up yet. Those were about $40 total. I’m hoping combined with the fantastic closet, this will make our Master bedroom look more like a suite. Or at least less gross. Either way…it’s better.

16 thoughts on “Look What I Did!”

  1. Fantastic job!

    My husband is so handy that I don’t get much of a chance to do that kind of work. Although I did install the dishwasher and paint all the walls.

  2. WOW! Great job! It just goes to show – one woman can easily equal two men! It really looks great!

  3. Awesome job. We did very similar changes to our bathroom and it is amazing how such little money and some elbow grease can yield such a huge result. I didn’t change the faucet and drain though (just removed wall paper, painted, replaced towel racks and light fixtures) but you’ve inspired me!

  4. Good for you, and good job! We did a similar bathroom renovation just before putting our house on the market – ours included a new cabinet, single piece sink/counter and medicine cabinet, with a light fixture in it. It was so nice, I almost hated leaving!

  5. Excellent work, Kim! You have every right to be proud – it looks great! 🙂

  6. You stud you! I think I could maybe replace one of the lightbulbs in the bathroom. If I could find where they’re stashed, that is 😉

    seriously, looks fantastic.

  7. very nice! We are going through the same stuff here, its exciting to get it done…but still

  8. themamabeth – Arizona – Mom to four amazing girls, wife to the best husband in the world. Wrangler of a cat, four dogs, and two ferrets. Maker of things as the mood strikes.
    Beth says:

    Wow where did you find a faucet for $30? That’s a great price!

  9. I thought for a minute you snuck into my house … same counter top and same mouth guard. Great job on the updating!

  10. Rachael1013 – Bellingham, WA USA – Sassy, fiery, tattooed bookworm, kinda-geek-girl, big heart, movie buff, mama to 2 crazy boys, photographer, windows down car singer following the thread of hope into a new phase of life. The written word is in my blood.
    Rachael says:

    You rock, seriously!

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