The List

Learning patience can be a tough pill to swallow.

I am so close to shutting the door on the Powder Room project, yet there are still some small items waiting to be checked off the list. If you are keeping track I promised the big reveal at the end of February.  My apologies. It didn’t take me long to realize I had given myself an impossible deadline to keep. Yet, I needed the idea of such a challenge to kickstart the beginning of the end. The fact is I have a family who needs my attention too. Surviving the Details is meant to be a hobby not an obsession. It is fine if it rules my life as long as it doesn’t rule theirs as well.

After I got over the initial discouragement of not completing the powder room “on-time” I started to look at the project from a different perspective. I had incorrectly assumed the size of the room would determine how quickly I could finish the project. Not so. The size of the room doesn’t matter, rather it is the amount of changes included in the renovation that will determine how many weekends are needed to get the work done. Let’s review the list so that I can feel better about my extended deadline:

checklist

 

Basically, with 15 major items to complete (some taking longer than others) I can estimate that this project would take me about 15 weekends or 3 1/2 months to complete. YIKES! Its a good thing I went into it blind or I might not have taken the project on! Seriously, even though there were moments when I looked at the next task on the list and thought—wow this is overwhelming, where do I start? The answer usually came by just getting to it. Sometimes a phone call to my Dad would be in order. Other times, YouTube came through with the answer I was looking for. And other times still it was a timely conversation with a friend that provided a fresh outlook on the project. Regardless, one of the biggest lessons I learned was the need to constantly be re-motivated—to always seek the “know-how” and “where-with-all” to get it done right.

Its a good, good feeling to see where this room as come from and what it is now. The wait and the interim mess has paid off. The weekend is just ahead me. Let’s see if I can seal the deal.

Flooring -Before
Flooring -Before
Flooring After
Flooring After

The flooring alone makes for dramatic results. Having a smooth transition from the adjacent hall helps to enlarge the small space.

Electrical Switches/Outlet Before
Electrical Switches & Outlet Before
Switches & Outlet After
Electrical Switches & Outlet After

I laughed when I took this photo and realized I have a few details to still address here. As you can see, before installation I stepped on the outlet’s face plate and cracked it. I am missing two screws and I can see that the switch on the right is sitting a bit low. Add it to the list!

Lighting Before
Lighting Before
PendantInstalled2
Lighting After

The room was so poorly lit before (which had its advantages then). Now the room sparkles! Along with this pendant fixture I also added one LED recessed light at the opposite end of the room. Good lighting will also help to “open up” a space.

 

Counter Before
Counter Before
VanityDrawerDetail
New Stone Counter

I am still waiting on the proper hoses to arrive by mail before I can connect the faucet to the supply lines. For now I simply dream of having running water at my powder room sink. Ah the joys of online shopping! Good thing the kitchen sink is not too far away.

 

Baseboards Before
Baseboards Before
New Baseboards are more substantial
Baseboards After

I still say small baseboards are better than none at all but if you get the chance to up grade, do it! I love the refined quality that these baseboards add to the room.

Antique Washstand Before
Antique Washstand Before
Washstand After Refinishing
Washstand After Refinishing

I fully admit that I bought this Antique Washstand based on emotion attachment. It wasn’t until I came back to pick it up a month later that I realized the full extent of the damage it had suffered in its years of neglect. I panicked for a moment that I had made a huge mistake. However, once home I got some expert advice on how to restore the washstand to its former glory. Check out my video. The finishing of this piece was truly a labour of love and I couldn’t be happier with the results! The wood grain is gorgeous. The joints are solid. I now have a quality piece of furniture which completely defines this small room. In the coming weeks I will show you exactly how I transformed this piece into what it is today.