The design elements of the guest bathroom are finally coming together and it’s getting clearer each day that she (yes, it’s a she) is going to be one fine beauty.
- Tub, toilet, sink, and faucets – purchased and delivered (Bain Depot)
- Shower – purchased and picked up (Decor 25)
- Dresser slash future vanity – purchased and picked up in Toronto (West Elm)
- Lighting – purchased and delivered (Restoration Hardware)
- Tiles – selected and partially purchased (Olympia Tile, La Tuilerie)
- Vanity quartz countertop – measured and ordered (Moruzzi)
- Door – purchased and awaiting pickup (Home Depot) - yes folks, we need a new door. Ours was only 24 inches wide – honestly can’t figure out why. No new tub will be fittin in there, so new door it is.
Only a few things remain:
- accessories: towel holder/hooks/shelves, toilet paper holder,
- picking a paint color
- Doing all the work!
I’ve put together a little mood board for you to get an idea of my plans for the bathroom. I don’t know about you but I’ve been swooning over these tiles ever since I picked up the samples. The floor tile looks like wood (but it’s ceramic) and the large tile for the shower walls looks like marble (but it’s porcelain) – soooo purdy!!!
What do you think?
While I’ve been off causing damage to our credit card, Adam has been hard at work installing heated floors in the guest bathroom. The installation didn’t seem too complicated, but most certainly required a lot of planning.
Here’s the gist of how it works:
- You can either buy the floor heating in a mat or cable format. We opted for cable, which allowed us to only wire the walkable (that’s not a word, is it?) areas of the bathroom. You also need to get the thermostat for the heated floors. We bought the cable and thermostat at Home Depot for just over $400 (True Comfort brand, 120-V 33-41 sq ft coverage).
- Wires get installed on top of the plywood, using spacers and a hot glue gun. The wires cannot touch or overlap, so you have to plan the wiring “route” and placement very carefully.
- Once the wires are placed and connected (and tested!), self-leveling cement is poured onto the entire floor, enough to cover the wires. We thought we’d only need 2 bags of cement, but no. So we had to go out and buy another 2 bags. One thing to note – if you pour a second batch of cement within 24hrs of the first layer, it’s all good, but beyond 24hrs, you need to seal the cement first (which is what happened to us).
- I’m totally oversimplifying the process here, so if you decide to do this yourself, please read the instructions very carefully . We followed this youtube video before and during the install to make sure we (ahem…I mean Adam) didn’t miss any steps.
Lots of things brewing at velvet toolbox these days. Shopping for the bathroom fixtures and accessories, painting the family room and entrance, AND working on the bathroom. Adam and I decided to divide and conquer to speed things up – he’s handling the entire bathroom reno, while I take care of the finishing work downstairs and ALL the shopping (can you tell who got the better end of the deal? )
The 2 rooms are primed, baby! I’ll be starting to paint today – yeehaw!
Coming up: bathroom and shopping updates!
2 coats of plaster: Check!
Guest Bathroom demo: Check!
Additional Plywood layer for the guest bathroom floor: Check!
Plywood floor sealed and ready for heated floors wiring and self leveling cement: Check!