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And so it begins~The New Downstairs Bath

Hello Everyone!

I thought I would share a little bit about our current renovation project. One that has been a long time in the making.,
The downstairs bath.
But before I do... here is a picture of my dining room mantle.

It's so much prettier than what I'm about to share...
Are you ready?


This is and has been since around 1920....the downstairs bathroom.
This was taken just as we began ripping out the old...

Layers and layers of YUCK!

This is actually the second time we have worked in this room. The first time was 17 years ago and it was literally just a quick remodel.
When we were done it looked like this.

Before that, I barely remember but it was divided in the middle and you came in just off the stairs Yep, right behind the potty but at that time it was just beside it and you couldn't even open the door all the way.
I told you YUCK!
We have found many surprises along the way . Unique ways to patch holes...

And traces of what once was, the original back door to the house.
Probably circa 1890's.

Before colder weather set in we replaced the old window with glass block and insulated.

Last weekend,
The floor was completely removed, layers and layers of ...
Yep, you've got it YUCK!
The original floor joints were jack up and reinforced and then the whole bathroom was decked.

We now have a great new plywood floor!
But it's a perfect start to what happens next.
Over the course of a few years, we have sketched, planned and discussed to the nines...the new downstairs bath.
This is a rough plan of what we will be doing.

We used glass block in the existing window because it is now in the shower!
A second window will be installed over the tub once the outside temperatures allow us to open a gaping hole in the wall.
In the meantime, construction gets underway on the other side of the room this weekend.
Woo Who!
I won't be here...
Double woo who!

I'm off to Texas once again to visit with Miss Paisley but the knee wall and closet construction will begin.
I'm so excited!
We have put this room of until last for so many reasons, but now we've begun....
I'm actually excited about it!
I will share some of the really cool fixtures, tile and vanity ideas with you soon!
Until next time
Blessings to you my friends!


  1. Oh- It is going to be wonderful. Glad you are getting rid of all the YUCK and I can't wait to see some more pictures along the way. Enjoy Miz Paisley! xo Diana

  2. Donna, I know you are going to LOVE that bathroom. I like the licenses plate patch.:):) Get all the baby hugs you can. Tell April. hello and hug her too. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  3. You are a smart lady to leave the construction mess behind {I'm assuming with the boys} and enjoy some snuggles with Miss Paisley.

  4. I am sooooooooo happy that you are posting again, Donna.

    This is a BIG job! We are in the finishing stages of building our 4th (and LAST) building (although we hired pros do the sheetrock & we're kicking back for the moment). I think tearing away the old & doing restoration work like you do is so much harder. So kudos to you & yours for taking it all on and turning it into such a lovely home!
    Enjoy all those sweet Paisley moments - they are so precious!!!

  5. Oh, Oh, what a job!!! But I'm sure it will come out fabulous!!! A lot of energy to you and
    happy spring from Austria

  6. Oh wow! That's a lot of work! But I bet it's gonna be so great when it's finished. I guess just getting it ready to work on is at least half the job right there! Can't wait to see it finished!



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