2013 in Review Part 1- the Bathroom, the Bench and the Bright Side
I can't believe how fast 2013 went by. What a whirlwind of a year!! I have lots to show for it though and I am thrilled with the progress made on my home.
Here are the "big" highlights of my year, my top 3 posts:
My 3 year bathroom reno came to a close in the spring. I am so happy to have an extra working bathroom located in my mudroom/laundry room. I'm even happier that it is all my own work!
If you want more details on how I gutted and rebuilt this bathroom for only $4300, clickHERE
My next challenge was to build a covered potting bench for the garden since I had borrowed my existing bench for the laundry room makeover...
Here is what I came up with (minus the roof part because I wasn't able to finish the project before the cold weather hit)
That bench turned out even better than I had imagined it - don't you love it when that happens? Full details HERE
The next most time consuming project was installing a window over my laundry tub, but what a difference it made!
and then I built some shutters as a window treatment to doll it up even more.
When I first dreamed this up, I thought it would take me 2 days to do the whole project. I was wrong. It took me one whole day just to rip down the drywall and do the framing. Installing the window, insulating, vapour barrier, caulking, installing the beadboard panelling, trimming everything inside and out took me days to complete. This whole thing from start to finish took me 5 days. Then I built the shutters which took another day. That's why I never got around to finishing the potting bench. **SIGH** Good thing there's always next year!
For the step-by-step instructions, click HERE Total cost including the window, trim pieces, panelling, bringing the insulation up to R22 and building & installing the shutters was $300. A steal of a deal even if it did take me 5 days to do (well 6 if you count the shutters).
Here are the links for Part II and Part III - Happy decorating!