I hope you all are enjoying the brand new series on HGTV, Flipping the Block!! Did you catch the episode this Sunday?! We WON the bathroom challenge!!!!
It’s typical for a gutted bathroom renovation to take about 2 weeks- on a good day. We were challenged to renovate both the powder bath downstairs and the full bath upstairs in just 6 days! Madness!~
Our master started out like this:
See that hole above the toilet? Yeah, that was a hole all the way through to the brothers’ bathroom, and of course it happened to be right above their toilet as well. We weren’t allowed to work on any other spaces except for the challenge we were completing at the time, so John and I taped a trash bag over the hole during the first week when we were working on the master bedroom to give us, umm, privacy?! LOL! A trash bag clearly doesn’t block noise if you know what I’m saying! AWKWARD!
We bumped the wall back and stole 18″ from the 2nd bedroom so that we could add another vanity. This was an expensive move to add plumbing and electrical, and of course to frame the new wall. But it was worth it to us to have a much bigger bathroom! We were focusing on adding value, and a bath with double vanities is always a plus!
John is explaining our vision to host Josh Temple, who is such a ball of fun! Every time Josh came around, we were eager to get his advice and insight.
And here is the after!
We kept our current tub, and had it re-glazed. This was about $400 of our budget, and was a no brainer compared to the cost of a new tub, not to mention lugging this one down the stairs and carrying a new one up would’ve been a time sucker. Every minute counts!
As with any competition, there are rules. And of course this was no different! Some were put in place by production and some were out of production’s hands (i.e. city laws and ordinances).
Shopping was extremely limited, so this meant we really had to think of every possible thing we’d need to finish the challenge before we went shopping. Switch-plate covers, light bulbs, kleenex for staging, toilet paper, wax ring to install toilet, plumbing lines, door hardware, soap, shower rod, shower rod curtain rings, EVERYTHING!
Sharing tools and subcontractors was another obstacle the blockheads, as we often called ourselves, had to face! You may have caught that the drill died at the end of the challenge, and the brothers weren’t able to get their shower door or mirrors hung because of it. I think they deserve some slack for that– there was nothing they could do except try to get as much done as possible with manual screw-drivers. BTW, the brothers were awesome neighbors! We worked really well together sharing tools and running things back and forth between our units.
Also, Los Angeles has a noise ordinance law which restricted us from using any tools after 7 pm (It was close to this time- can’t remember the exact time). Who knew?! Mixing thinset (mortor) by hand?! Yeah buddy.
Speaking of thinset, we really love our tile floor– it’s modern and clean, but feels organic at the same time. We layed this floor in the evening on day 4. It was so important to use every minute to be productive, and luckily we managed to get all of our floor tile cut before the 7 pm tool cut-off time. Instead of waiting until the morning (of day 5) when we could use tools again, we mixed the thin-set by hand so that we could get the floor down that night and move on to the shower tile.
BTW, we had a good laugh during the tile scene…John and I were so slap happy from exhaustion and he was was clearly in a talkative mood!
A little green is always nice, so we chose a succulent plant for our bath. They are extremely low maintenance, and there is plenty of natural light in this space to let it thrive!
We had this to start with in the powder bath:
Nothing could be re-used in this space, so this was a complete gut.
We went with a shade darker in the powder bath on the walls. Everything is from Joss and Main except for the towel ring, tile, and toilet. Remember that anything we could get from Joss and Main was free, so this was the root of the big vanity issue on the block this week! Joss and Main vanities were limited, but luckily, John and I got the first pick in the random draw, so we were able to choose the one we wanted!
Here is the Rehabulous Nicole Curtis, who was our judge for this challenge! She knows her stuff!
All the blockheads deserve a serious pat on the back! We were all working our booties off!
Kitchens are up next! Lots of drama on the block coming on Sunday! Every team faced serious obstacles, so stay tuned! David Bromstad, the behind the scenes online host, makes his big debut on the block this week! There was never a dull moment!!
If you haven’t seen the sneak peek for Episode 3, go here to check it out!