Cottage Saturday: Kelly’s Half Bath

Kelly sent three pictures of her bathroom, saying, “The halfbath one was just done last week. The main bathroom was redone about a month ago.”




14 thoughts on “Cottage Saturday: Kelly’s Half Bath

  1. Now that I’m a homeowner for the first time, I’m so interested in things like this!

    Changing out the counters made a big difference in these bathrooms. It’s the one change I’d love to make to my upstairs bathroom, which I’m redecorating this month, which I’m not doing at this time. Would love to do it later, though–and it looks from your photo as if it’s possible to replace the counter without also having to replace the cabinet below?

  2. Kelly S says:

    Hi Jinx,

    It is hard to say. There’s calendar time and actual work time. In the bathroom with the square sink, we were fortunate to find the sink/counter top in stock & on clearance at Menards. Once it and the other fixtures were purchased, they sat around for a month before we did anything. Likewise with ordering the counter for the powder room. It took a few weeks to come in, then it was the wrong side splashes, and once we got those, it all sat in the living room for a month.

    However, once we got focused on each they didn’t take too long. The bathroom with the tub took 4 nights to paint since I was also painting the cabinets. I would work on it after work & dinner. Hubby prepped it by removing the sink, counter, lights, and wall paper which probably took 2-5 days since he also works. Putting it all back together took another 2-4 days including the drying time for the caulk and adding the knobs on the doors & drawers. Even so, each day we only spent 1-3 hours working on it before we had to stop for something to dry.

    The powder room took 2 days to paint where it was about 2 hours each night plus an hour of prep or cleanup. Hubby installed the toilet in probably 2 hours, the lights in a half hour, the towel rack 15-20 minutes, and the counter, sink, and faucet was more like 2-3 hours to install a day or two for everything to dry. It seemed to take a week to redo not including the decision and ordering time.

    Last one is going to be the big one. The master bathroom. We plan on adding a sink, new cabinets will then be needed. Might change the flooring. Will remove a 7 or 8 foot long mirror and put in two light fixtures for the one so may need an extra junction box. I’m very fortunate to have a husband who is handy (and handsome).

  3. Kelly S says:

    Yes, it is totally possible. The full bath had a standard size cabinet so it made it easier to replace the counter. The powder room was an odd size so we needed to order it but we were able to reuse the sink which saved a little bit of money and space in a landfill. 😉

  4. Carol says:

    It is amazing how a few changes make such a difference. Love the new faucets. I’ve been looking to change my old ones. I need to update the bathrooms. Great job, Kelly.

  5. The half-bath looks so rich with that new countertop. And the full bath looks cleaner and fresher with the new paint on the walls and the cabinet. In my last house, I painted a cabinet in my bathroom to go with the other white-painted woodwork I was putting in and it made such a difference to the look of the cabinet and of the room.

    Glad you have a handy (and handsome) hubby! 🙂

  6. Cool! I’m about 2/3 done redoing my master bath, and the only thing I don’t like about the finished version is the vanity counter. I’m going to leave it alone for a while, since I’d like to get my bathroom back for a while! But I’m going to take some measurements and start researching this, since I would like to get that counter replaced later on.

  7. Micki says:

    What a beautiful counter! I’m very happy to hear the details, too. Our bath is miserable and orange. I wonder if I can get it painted before spring rolls around? The timing you lay out gives me some hope.

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