Bath Reno

Sometimes it takes a while for us to fini$h room$, ifyaknowwhatI’msayin.

Take our guest bathroom, for instance. We’ve been working on the right side of it, off and on, over the past couple of years…

We’ve done some tiling, some building, some plumbing, and some accessorizing…

And although the left side of the room is now painted in the same soothing shade of “Sea Salt” (Sherwin Williams) that the right side of the room is, and the florescent light and textured ceiling are gone too, we still have a long way to go over there. Among other things, we want to remove the existing tile, replace the fiberglass tub with a clawfoot one, and take out the half wall separating the tub from the toilet. Here’s an OLD pic that shows the ‘sea of drywall’ (SOD) that’s still alive and kickin’ above the tub and toilet on that side of the room…

Is that sucker totally begging for some (high, or non-see thru) windows or what?!

I’ve been avoiding the whole issue for quite some time because I’ve always envisioned it being sort of big ordeal, ifyaknowwhatI’m$ayin.

On the other side of the SOD is our paintry. It’s like a pantry, but instead of storage for cans of food, it’s for storing cans of paint.

One day, it’ll be all nice and organized, but for now, the room is completely shelf-less, and our paint and tools live on the floor…

The other day the SOD in the bathroom was reeeeeeally driving me nuts though, so I posted a question about it on our Facebook page.

29 people responded…

To which I replied,

Thanks for the motivation Facebook folks!

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  1. says

    Ack!!! You took me through the entire post just knowing some great demolishing was comin’ and then all I saw was your hammer in the wall?!? Just FYI, I’m totally ok with seeing it all half-way thru with just a hole in your wall! I’m just so stinkin’ excited to see the end results I could burst! Keep ‘em comin’, photos of all the ‘in between’ stuff that is! I love your blog, thanks for sharing!

    • Layla says

      Hey Mindi!
      That’s actually all I did that day- LOL! :-D
      But as soon as we’re done shooting here this week (more footage for our HGTV pilot), we plan on attacking that sucker TOGETHER again! (Yes, I got Kevin’s blessing and he’s agreed to help me demo next time- hee hee.) ;-)

  2. says

    You are very lucky you have a hubby that knows how to DIY! I would NOT be able to do that. That hole would stay there until I hired someone. Actually, my hubby would be all over the demo… but, THEN I’d have to hire someone. (HA!) I love the built-ins around the vanity. Y’all are so good at adding storage to all the rooms you re-do. That is so great!!

  3. says

    Yeah! I’ve been wondering when we were gonna get some more eye candy with that bathroom! I know how much a difference removing a wall can make. We just removed one between our kitchen and a windowless bedroom to give us a functional dining room. Best decision we made. Love the fact that there is actually light in there now.

  4. says

    That’s just how projects get done around my house. Just punch a big hole and “viola” a reno is birthed. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

  5. says

    Holy window wall batman! :) Do you know what kind of window you’re going to put in yet? I hope no one has to use that guest bathroom until you find something….they might just have to hang a towel over that hole! LOL :)
    Can’t wait to see it Lay!

  6. says

    woo hoo! you go girl. you and kev are the ultimate diy go for it couple! i love ALL your reno’s and ideas. they have inspired me in more rooms than one. lol
    i thought our bathroom renovation was the longest in history, over one year. take a peek, if you’d like, here:
    and notice the overhead light fxture…had to drive 3 hours to buy it! but it was inspired by your reading room post.
    i think you’ll be SO happy with the light filled room…a vintage window would be really cool there too.

  7. says

    Talk about a cliffhanger!?! I KNEW we were going to see some demo as I was scrolling down, I just knew it! But to stop there?!?!?
    Layla! You can’t leave us hanging like that!!!
    Fine, I guess you can… I’ll be here, waiting for an update!!!

  8. says

    YEA! It looks great so far…don’t house projects rock?

    Today, our electrician is coming to start rewiring our 63 year old place-I cannot WAIT to have more than one plug in the kitchen AND be able to plug in the iron and my laptop at the same time-
    without blowing a fuse! Woohoo!

  9. Maureen says

    A girl after my own heart!! Every time I “decide its a good idea to renovate” I knock a hole in the wall I want moved, or opened up, etc.!! It gets the hubby’s attention and gets him motivated to get it done!

    I can’t wait to see your finished project!! Keep the photos coming.

  10. says

    Ha, nice pic! The bathroom is looking amazing! Love the countertop and shelves. Go girl!

  11. says

    So jealous… I need to redo a couple of rooms in my house… Will get done hopefully this year. Traded a Macy’s gift card for a Home Depot one with my best friend the other day… Makes my heart sing!

  12. says

    p.s. i’m so not a home remodeling kind of girl just yet because i actually took several seconds to realize that the title of your post was not mentioning a city in nevada, but instead a renovation. bad, bad becky!

  13. says

    Layla, you look great in the “hole in the wall” pic!
    I like how the remodel turned out! We just had to get our tiny masterbath done per the bank to do our refinance and they gave us 2, yes 2 weeks to get it done! It takes us forever to get stuff done around here too sometimes, but with the bank on our behinds we had no choice! Now I’ve got a lovely ( still tiny), yet lovely master bath! What helped us get it together so fast with the contractor was my master bath idea book on I was easily able to see a scheme and have it come together! Love that place and have many of your photos as inspiration. Thanks! Now I’m just waiting for the grey ruffle curtain to come in from Urban Outfitters and she’ll be done! :)

  14. Kim in MD says

    Wow…you are very brave! I’m not sure I could have done that without a definate plan, but I’m so excited to see what kind of window you put in! You inspire me to “just do it”, Layla! :-)

  15. says unbelievable redo. seriously amazing! i just posted a before and after picture of my office and all i did was clean it! holy cow you guys are good! and you are too stinking adorable too! hole in the wall picture … priceless!

  16. says

    I love the monogrammed t-shirts or onesies. In fact I’m ordering one for my sister for Christmas with the discount! Thanks. And I LOVE what you’ve done with the bathroom so far, the “window” will be great too!

  17. says

    This, Ms. Layla, is why your house looks the way it does and why my house still looks like it should be the backdrop for The Brady Bunch. The 70’s is a style. Not very stylish but it’s a style. Anyway, send some of that bravery up here to Ohio. I have a lot of work to do!!!

  18. Allyson says

    I’m so envious! I am dying to do this to my master bathroom. It doesn’t have a single window in it and it has been driving me crazy for 11 years. The real problem is the whole house back here is brick and hubby is terrified to touch it. I keep telling him all you have to do is chisel them out! Can you say “glass brick transoms”? I knew you could!

  19. says

    OMG, Layla you are such a brave girl. So wish you have Kev’s surprised face on camera:) My project that I think will take a month seem to drag out for years (our bathroom). Your pantry looks great, it could be worse you could have a toilet and vanity in your foyer:)

  20. Beth says

    I love, love, LOVE your posts, ideas, creations, sense of humor – um…EVERYTHING I see on here! Went back and read the guest bathroom posts but somehow missed the tile info? I love it!

  21. says

    Yep, the feeling of the hammer going through the drywall, and the light peeking in. Awesome. One idea? A friend of mine has antique windows built into some of her interior walls (up high) to allow light to travel through in style. The weathered frames add alot of character. I can’t wait to see what you do, it always is amazing:)

  22. says

    The shot of the hammer in the wall, followed by seeing your cute little face popping through cracked me up! I can’t wait to see how it all turns out. I have $imilar issues with planned future renovation$ in our house too!

      • Stephanie says

        I know exactly what you mean about slowly but surely! That seems to be the way things are going at my own home. One of these days, tho….

  23. says

    Oh, that’s funny. I thought the paintry meant that it was a pain to deal with. Glad you explained. Great name for it though. I love what you’ve done with the bath so far.

  24. Carol Adams says

    Boy, that is nearly impossible to decide upon one fave but I have to say I really like: TDW Custom Stamper CS-3606…. I would be very happy with nearly anything on their site! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  25. says

    Oh, we really want to install some foggy box windows in our bathroom. So I vote yes so that we can learn how to do it! (We’re pretty intimidated by the project too!)

  26. says

    LOVE IT! The best was seeing your face peeking through the hole at the end. Hilarious. Can’t wait to see the results. Love the right side so far. I’ve also got a hallway begging for a transit window over the door to our laundry room. So much light in the laundry room, so dark down the hall. You’ve inpspired me! If I get the hammer out, I’ll send you a photo:). Happy Friday!

  27. Sarah M. says

    I can feel your pain about everything taking $ome time to do! My husband and I bought an old home over a year ago, and we started a lot of demo but haven’t been able to finish any of it (ifyougetwhatI’m$ayin’). I’ve learned to live with the rooms not being decorated the way I want them, the bathrooms being so ugly I don’t like to turn the lights on when I’m in them (which can be a problem when you’re in a bathroom), and even the hole in the wall that we found when we took out a non-working fireplace. I know that there will be a day, many years down the road, when all of this will be fixed and beautiful, but I wish that time would just come a little bit faster than what the speed it’s going at right now! Oh well, such is life!

  28. JM says

    The bathroom looks terrific! Wish both of ours were completed, not yet but getting closer.

    Where did you get your soap dish? I love it!

  29. says

    You’re awesome! I’m glad I’m not the only one that’s starts projects at the climax of frustration. The only catch is I don’t always tell my husband what I’m doing until it’s a little too late for him to talk me out of it. Lol. For example last spring he came home to a newly laid patio that my ten year-old and I laid while he was at work. I’m lucky he’s super laid back and always loves what I do but if I were him I’d be afraid to go to work ;)

  30. says

    You folks amaze me! My husband and I are (slowly) looking for a first home, and I often think of how many changes you two have made to your home with a lot of DIY effort! I’m not hoping to be as amazing as you, but you give me hope that we’ll be able to make a house our own!

  31. Louise says

    Hee hee! Love it! Can’t wait to see the finished project! I know it’s going to be gorgeous!

  32. says

    Isn’t there just something so cathartic about bashing a hole in a wall? I could actually picture myself doing the same thing.

    My mom did the same thing years ago…tore out a half wall. When my dad saw what she had done he very calmly said (pointing to another wall), “well, just don’t tear down THAT wall…it’s what’s holding the house up.” And he didn’t talk to her for about three days. I was SO proud of her!!!!!

  33. says

    As you know for just a few bucks you can pick up a used window from your local Habitat for Humanity Re-store and can of frost paint and fix that right up. What ever you decide to do–I am positive it will be fabulous!

  34. Kim says

    Wonderful! I love that you just knocked a hole right through it! “All in all it’s just another brick in the wall…we don’t need no education”…Sorry! I could not help myself.

  35. says

    This is awesome! Lots of great light! Where did you find the basket for your magazines to sit in? I’ve been looking for a market basket for my recipe books for some time! Thanks for the inspiration!

  36. Amy Perkey says

    Love how you guys just GO FOR IT! Oh to be brave like that…(little intimidating for a beginner DIYer) and ONCE again I LOVE LOVE LOVE what you did. My daily visit to your BLOG never disappoints always inspires me. THANK YOU…

    P.S.: I volunteer my home to get a “LAYLA/KEVIN” inspired room. If you ever are looking for a room REDO in Ohio…my home would WELCOME you. :)

    Thanks again for all your inspiration…LOVE IT!

    Dayton, OH

  37. says

    My husband and I love your blog.
    I can’t wait to see how the bathroom turns out! I think every room needs some natural light.
    I love how half the room is remodeled and the other half is waiting for your touch.

  38. says

    Oh Layla! you are a nut just like me! I would totally do the same thing. :)
    I HAVE to have light! I cannot stand a dark room.
    Are you glad u did it?

  39. Kristi Staples says

    I just realized I had an awful typo on my comment back in November! Somehow I missed the V in “lives”, which made the word LIES! Ugh! I’m such a goof.
    I am looking forward to seeing your bathroom when you get more done. I love basically every thing you do to your house! You’re an awesome inspiration for me! Thank you Layla!

  40. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    I can just see Kev walkin in the door…… do do do do………….
    And Kayla yellin………”honey, I’m home”……………………
    You’ve been watching “The Shining” too many times.


  41. says

    This reminds me of a scene from a Martha Stewart movie where Cybil Shepherd, who was playing Martha, started tearing out a wall between the kitchen and something with great gusto in the middle of the night. You did to that in the daytime, didn’t you???? Also, have you every tried a solar tube? We have three for two baths and a hall that don’t have windows. (We had three in our last house, too.) It is a tiny sky light that connects through a long aluminum tube to the roof. It is truly magic how much light comes in with one. They aren’t as pricey and can be installed in about an hour or two.

  42. Barb says

    Love your guest bath sink–who makes it and where did you get it–I’m looking online but don’t see one.

  43. says

    Wow, you did it.. YES!! This whole episode made me smile..

    1) Because your vision is awesome and I’d love to see it realized for you.
    2) It’s neat you have a paintry.. ha.. I have a scary garage where my paint lives (It wished it had it so good, but it does my heart good to know others store paint somewhere)
    3) There is a hole in the wall dear Layla dear Layla.. YAY!! :)

  44. Beverly Palmer says

    I absolutley L-O-V-E what ya’ll (yes, I’m from the South) done so far in that bathroom! I want to come over and cut it out of your house and plop it in mine. Love the custom shelves and the farm table made into a sink is to die for!

  45. says

    Layla ~
    I love the light fixture. I love how it’s a pendant and not super low. I am looking for something similar in a a half bath of ours. It currently has a down light but I want to convert to a cute pendant. Where did you get yours?

  46. Kate says

    Quick question… where is the incredible light coming from in your first after photo?! Is there another window or did you bring in professional lighting? (If this is a trade secret, you don’t have to share… but I would love to know!) I can’t believe that the right side is in the same room as the left side. Can’t wait to see the results!

  47. Nicki says

    Layla – LOVE the redo on your bathroom. The rest of it will get there! Now at least you have some natural light coming in. :o) I love the basket you have the Country Living magazines in, where did you get those? Also, the baskets are super cute on the bottom portion of your shelves, can you share where those came from too? I could definitely use those in my bathroom!

  48. Anne says

    Love this post. Way to go Layla & Kevin! I love your ideas and thanks for sharing on your fabulous blog. It’s my daily go-to, must see blog

  49. Alana says

    Hi Layla, Love it! I am all about taking out walls, or parts of walls!
    Meanwhile, I am curious about the bathroom sink. It doesn’t quite look like an above mount. Is it a pedestal sink (top)? I love it.

    Thanks. I love your blog, though I mostly am a lurker.

  50. Sharon Stinson says

    I love the bath reno – and all the projects you and Kevin tackle – I’m always inspired and encouraged to tackle my OWN projects; but mostly I’m relieved to know that I’m not the only one who takes a LONG time to finish them – ha! Keep up the good work. :)

  51. Tiffany says

    Layla- What are the dimensions of this guest bath? It seems fairly small. I have a TINY bathroom and have had no inspiration to re-do. It needs a complete demo, and your guest bath has finally given me the inspiration I need. I’m just curious about those dimensions. :)

  52. Roxy says

    Hi! I love your website, btw! Any change you have more photos of your amazing bathroom reno? I am trying to do something similiar in my bathroom as I am small on space and minus a linen closet, so that cabinetry would be a great solution! Thanks again and good luck with your book!

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