Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Extreme Home Makeover - Parent's Bath #1

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The construction at my parents house has begun!

I first told you all about our intentions to add a first story full bath to my parent' home here just in case you missed it and felt like catching up with me!

As I explained the other day, the home is in dire need of some updating as no updates have been done since the late 70's early 80's when a large family room edition was added on.  My father is very old school and very country so the home is what many would consider 'rustic'.  All throughout the home you will find some lovely good old 1970's paneling.  I am not a fan of it, especially the dark faux wood which makes the home feel dim and lifeless on a daily basis... even if the sun is shining bright.
(honestly, I apologize to any and all faux wood paneling lovers out there - I really do)
Honestly, I think the choice of wall covering was a half by choice back then and a bit by necessity. The aging of 100 year old lath and plaster walls is not a graceful process as it crumbles.

The first 2 days of construction were spent in the depths of the yucky basement working on piping.  (Growing up I thought everyone had basements with dirt floors like we did)
The paneling was removed in the corner where the shower and bathtub will go.  Check out that 40 year old wallpaper!  I can barely remember the walls like that as a young child but have seen it in photos.  One wall and the bathtub partition wall have been studded out at this time.

You can see the full glory of the rustic paneling above!  The small white hole is where the toilet will be placed in the near future.  Gotta love the Mommy, stuffing an old towel in the hole in fear her dog will fall in it.  The window will stay as well as the original radiator heat.  Progress has been a bit slow (at least my sister and I think so).

The men did not work much over this past weekend which drove the double K's cray zeee! Double K's are myself {Kimberly} and my sister {Karla}.  Saturday we got together and decided to try to tackle the floor.  Growing up with hardwood, we went through our phase of hating it.  Other people had beautiful lush wall to wall carpeting unlike us with our rustic wood floors.  Now as adults we are back to appreciating it's glory. 

I'm still blown away at the transformation of the floors in only a few hours!  Before, as seen in the above photo, the floor were very dull and worn.  We will be carpeting outside of the bath and kitchen per Mom & Dad's request but refinished the whole floor for future sake.  I am still amazed by the change.  I am so in love with the depth and texture a single coat of poly has made. 

I will be back soon with another update as the work began again last night!
Follow along and let me know what you think! 

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Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Ugh...I am right there with you on that wood paneling. My grandparents had that in their house and even at the tender age of 9 I knew it was decor nightmare...LOL The new floor looks beautiful!Best of luck w/ the rest of the project.

Nicole [The Lovely Poppy] said...

good work- i'm stopping over from tip junkie and would love to have you stop by my blog and check out our huge giveaway going on- http://thelovelypoppy.blogspot.com/2011/10/blog-follower-giveaway.html xoxo nicole

Christina said...

Oh my goodness, are you saying all you did was add a layer of poly to that floor and THAT'S the result???? If so, I am stunned!!! It's BEAUTIFUL! WOW! Tell your parents their crazy for wanting to cover those gorgeous floors with carpeting!!!

On the other hand, yeah, I'll have to agree with you about the paneling! It's not the prettiest. However, some friends of mine had paneling all over the first floor of their newly purchased home and they ended up painting it white (while they save up for a more permanent solution). Honestly, it actually looks great painted. It truly is amazing what a coat of paint can do!

Good luck with the ongoing renovations!

Take care,

customteddys said...

This is fun watching your progress. I love hardwood, too. Great job so far.

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