To catch you up on our plan for the guest bathroom, we've been trying to update this room - and bring it out of the '70's that it was living it when we bought the house - by spending very little money on it.
Yup, budget updating is the name of the game for this room.
And so far we had been able to stick to our measly budget in here, too. We used leftover paint from other areas of the house, and scored the rest of the bathroom items either on clearance or just found them for a good price.
So our bathroom went from this:
Not bad, right? Yup, it's almost completely officially "updated" - it just needs a few more small updates.
Like the floor. Back when I was painting the bathroom, I knew that we'd install new flooring sooner or later, so I didn't bother with dropclothes or trying to protect the existing dated vinyl tiles. Hellooo paint splotches!
A few weeks ago I decided that it was time to up-the-ante in this room, since it had been awhile since it's gotten much diy attention lately.
So, I broke out the leftover vinyl tiles from when we tiled the basement bar-area, and started tiling away. I was about 100% positive that we had enough leftover tiles - we had a box and a half, and have you SEEN the guest bathroom? It's tiny! Like, seriously - tiny.
Things were going great, and the tiles were looking sweet, and as I reached in the box for another tile -
I came up EMPTY.
No biggie, I thought, I'll just stop by Lowe's and pick up some more tomorrow.
So I did. And guess what?
They no longer carry those tiles! The floor guy informed me that they went on clearance - 4 months ago!
Picture me slapping my forehead right there in front of that stranger, mkay? Because that's just what I did.
Afterwards a race to find just a measly 5 tiles that matched ensued. I googled, I ebayed, I contacted the manufacturing company and contacted customer service (who told me they couldn't help me), we jumped in the car and drove all around town to all the home improvement stores in the city.
Lesson learned: make sure you have enough material on hand to actually complete the project you're doing -- before you actually start doing it. Especially with tile.
So this past weekend I spent some quality time with our floor-tile-ripper-outter (like my professional-name for it?).
And now the bathroom looks like this:
Back to square 1. Sigh.
Anyone else have any fail-tastic projects done wrong lately? C'mon... make me feel a little better about our most recent big-fat-FAIL.
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