1970s Detached Backsplit – Week Two – Bathroom & Painting

Happy February 6th everyone! There’s nothing special about February 6th but it sounds a bit better than just saying Monday, right?

It was a busy weekend for me! On Saturday, my girlfriends and I went to the ROM for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit. I had an evening meeting with clients who are getting ready to sell their house, so we discussed upgrade options (including a full master ensuite reno) to add more value to the house. We’ll work on the details over the next week and should have a plan in place shortly after. And of course it was Super Bowl Sunday! Lady Gaga was unbelievable, and the second half of the game was fire!

Meanwhile, back at my full-scale construction zone house, a few of the fundamentals were successfully checked off the list.

The second floor bathroom was definitely the biggest undertaking this week. Last week was demolition, which included taking out the linen closet (we already have another one down the hall) to open up the entry and enlarge the currently narrow door frame to standard size. This week, we got the framing, drywall and new door frame up. The new found space makes a HUGE difference.

The cement board was installed in the tub/shower, followed by white subway tiles in a brick patter up to the ceiling. What a difference, and what a change from the original pink tub and pink tiles (before & after below)!

Next, the subfloor was installed, and then the 12×12 hexagon marble mosaic tiles. I did have a moment of panic when I saw the hex tile laid out. I knew when the sheets arrived that there was slight colour variation in the marble (which is to be expected), but once it was installed, it looked quite a bit more obvious. The contractor assured me that once the light grey grout went down, everything would even out and there wouldn’t be such a large contrast in colour.

A ton of painting took place this week – pretty much the entire house! The walls in the bathroom were painted using Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172, which will compliment the vanity and tiling, marble flooring and white wall tiles. The bedrooms, hallway and living/dining room were painted using Benjamin Moore Classic Gray OC-23, and we went slightly darker in the basement with Benjamin Moore Ozark Shadows AC-26.

I also proposed to the client the installation of new baseboards throughout the second and main floors. We knew going into the reno that there would be a slight gap between the floor and the baseboards when the carpet came up, but in reality it was more than a slight gap. On the plus side, baseboards can almost always be seen as a good investment, and aren’t (usually) a huge expense, so after getting approval from the client, we added this onto the scope of work for the contractor. Stay tuned!

We’ve made a ton progress this week- the vibe has totally changed now that we’ve brought the materials in the house into 2017! We’re ready to head into Week Three – FloorsCheck back next week for updates, and enjoy the progress pics below!


(L) the before – (R) the after – bright, white and new (though not yet grouted)


I was a little nervous about the darker patches in the mosaics, but once the (light grey) grout goes in, it’ll tie everything together and even out the tone of the floor. Plus, that’s the beauty of natural marble right??


The newly painted frames on the left; one of the four bedrooms on the right

No more red walls down here! It’s going to make a huge difference once the vinyl tiles come out and the laminate goes down

Stay tuned for next weeks post – FLOORS!

See you soon!


xo P


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