Sharing the progress of our master bathroom renovation.
Disclosure: I was compensated with Jeffrey Court – HD tile selections for this renovation challenge, but all opinions are my own.
Hi friends, so glad you are here for the 5th week of the Jeffrey Court Renovation challenge. I am so excited to share our progress and give you a sneak peak of the progress we have made.
Can you believe that we are one week from the final reveal? I am so excited I can hardly contain myself.
This has been an amazing and exhausting journey that is quickly coming to a close.
We feel blessed to have been chosen to participate in the Jeffrey Court Renovation Challenge.
When we began this journey we were nervous because it had been so long since we have done such a big project.
Not only has it been a long time, we have never built a full shower. This is totally new territory for us.
With that in mind, here is a look at the progress we have made.
If you were here last week, you remember we installed the cement board walls, built up the floor and had the drain repaired.
From there we sealed everything to make sure it was waterproof and were ready to begin some wall tile installation.
Just prior to starting the wall tile we cut a square for the niche insert we used for our shampoo and such. This part was so much easier than I ever knew.
We also had to pick our grout for the tile. We waited to the last minute to decide, we chose “Silverado”. A beautiful light gray and we were able to find caulk to match.
After choosing grout, we began with the mortar on the walls in order to set the tile.
It took us about 8 hours to complete the tile on all three walls. Each time we had to make cuts we had to walk out to the garage since the bathroom space is so small there was just no way to do that inside.
Cutting the tile outside also cut down on some of the dust.
After the tile set a few days we went ahead and sealed the tile prior to grouting it.
The tiled walls set for a couple of days while I was out of town taking our daughter to her perspective college.
With me being out of town, we had to catch up to ensure we would get this project done in time.
Of course no renovation can happen without some kind of challenges and ours was no different.
None of our challenges were catastrophic, but were difficult regardless.
Working on the floor tile after working all day was certainly a challenge, but not anything we could not push through.
One of the biggest issues we had was that the floor was not square, but I don’t think anything in our entire house is square.
Having an area that was not square made us nervous when it came time to tiling the curb, but we did a pretty good job of figuring that out.
Another small issue we had was not calculating enough grout, we purchased one 25 pound bag of grout thinking that would be enough.
Boy were we wrong, it took almost two of those 25 pound bags, with just a bit left over. Having never worked with tile like this, we did not think about all the grout lines.
Now that the tile installation is complete we can breathe a bit.
There are just a few items to wrap up to complete this master bathroom renovation for the Jeffrey Court Renovation Challenge.
This entire process has run pretty smooth until this point.
Bumps along the way
Living in a small coastal town we were not aware that at our local home improvement store all shower doors are custom order.
That sent us into panic mode as you can imagine. Being on a very specific time schedule, ordering doors was simply not an option.
We started researching companies that install shower doors, they were extremely expensive and simply out of our budget.
It looked as though we needed to come up with an alternate plan, so I began calling home improvement stores in other cities to see if they carried shower doors in house.
Home Depot in the next town over was the one home improvement store that carried shower door kits in house and had a great variety in which to choose.
Selecting and purchasing steps 1,2 and 3 was super easy and worth the drive.
We were lucky that issue was quickly solved, and we were able to move onto the next issue, lighting.
Originally the plan included a light that looked vintage, unfortunately when the light was delivered it was too big for such a small space.
That light was returned so that meant returning to the local hardware store. Their selection was less than desirable, so we traveled back to the next town over and found a light with a totally different look.
Now we just needed the shower head and control and would be set with everything.
Once again, that had to be ordered because the local store didn’t have what I wanted in stock anymore, that order was placed a while back.
We received a message that the shower head kit would be delayed and could take several weeks. We were getting nervous that it was not going to come in time.
Happy to report, that it finally arrived and it goes perfectly with the door kit we purchased.
Now that all our little bumps along the way are straightened out we are super excited to get everything wrapped up this week for the final reveal.
Remaining details to complete:
- repair over cuts on sheet rock with sheet rock mud
- paint the walls
- install shower doors
- install shower head and control knob
- add grout to the dome border tile joints
Now for a little look of our master shower renovation. Just a peek though, you will have to come back next week for the full reveal.
Remember to go the the Jeffrey Court Renovation Challenge website to cast your vote for our renovation project and check out all the other amazing renovations for this week.
We really appreciate your continued support with voting during this challenge.
Till next week