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At the beginning of summer, we arrived home from vacation to a busted pipe.   After dealing with the plumbing portion of the problem, and replacing the plumbing in our entire house,  we then had to deal with the aftermath of water damage.  The pipe burst on the second floor in my office closet so the flooring (carpet) in 50% of the second floor was affected.   We originally had Berber carpet in two bedrooms (office and guest room) and the hallway.  The guest bathroom had ceramic tile and our master bedroom had laminate flooring.

We had to remove the carpet in the office and hallway immediately and so we decided to replace all of the flooring on the entire level.   With our awareness heightened, we wanted to choose flooring that was resistant to any water damage in the future, but we also have and like real wood flooring on the first floor.    We chose Aquaguard flooring (in Coco) from Floor & Decor.  Aquaguard is water resistant and really does have a great look of hardwood.   The finish is durable and promises a lifetime warranty.  The product is thick, it seems to be double the thickness of regular laminate.  It would be a good choice for laundry rooms and bathrooms too.

Laminate flooring is a bit easier to install than real wood as it is a floating floor and the pieces click together over a noise reducing underlayment.   Although we have done flooring installs in our house ourselves in the past, this time we chose to hire someone to install it.   It took about five days to install in three rooms (including closets) and the hallway, about 700 square feet.

We really like the way it turned out!  Take a look.

Master bedroom before and after:

board and batten wall
aquaguard flooring
We had thresholds at the closet doorways before and I am loving how the new flooring runs seamlessly into the closet, and really the hallway and other rooms too.

elfa closet

Office before and after

Office built in shelves
Home office
Guest bedroom before and after:

Pink curtains
Guest room
I decided to go with marble tile in the guest bathroom and love how it looks where it meets up against the dark mocha flooring.

marble floor threshold
Over a span of six weeks, we also had our red oak floors downstairs sanded and stained and the guest bathroom completely remodeled.    Lots of activity over a few months, all due to one little broken pipe!

TDC Before and After

I always love seeing the difference paint can make! A fresh coat of paint and quick color change in the bathroom has made such an impact.

master bath sign
Our master bathroom has been a work in progress for several years because I just hadn’t quite wrapped it up.   Many years ago, soon after we first moved in, we made some big changes to the room.

  • We removed the carpeting and installed 20 x 20 travertine tile floors.
  • We removed the fiberglass shower and installed 4×4 tiles floor to ceiling for the shower instead
  • Removed builder’s vanity and mirror and replaced with a DIY dresser-turned-vanity
  • Faux finished the walls and painted

Here’s the before.

bathroom before
master bath shower
bathroom face lift
When we installed the new bidet toilet seat, I got inspired to spruce things up. The room was just too brown and I wanted to change the color but that turned into a bigger project than just repainting.  The faux finished walls were created with drywall mud compound and it was quite a task to remove it.  At first, I sprayed with water and scraped with a knife, but that was a very slow and tedious process.   So, I then used a high grit sandpaper  (40) with my electric sander and sanded all of the walls. I ended up sanding twice, once with 40 grit and then with 120 grit to smooth the surface.  What a mess!!!  There were layers and layers of debris everywhere.  Several wall areas had serious problems so I ended up calling a drywall finisher to re-mud those areas for a smooth finish.

bathroom walls before
After all of that wall preparation, I was finally able to paint!  The new color is the same one I used in the kitchen, Benjamin Moore Gray Wisp (at 50% tint).   It is a gray with blue undertones.

master bath vanity
Doorless shower
Most of the lighting in the room had issues too (broken, pieces missing) so I finally replaced the fixtures. In addition to can lights over the shower and bath tub, there are three other fixtures in the room:  over the toilet,  over the vanity, and there’s a ceiling fan in the center.   I ordered lights from Lowes, CB2, and Overstock and installed them myself. But while shopping, I found some really great lighting options at Shades of Light, School House Electric, and Rejuvination.

In the tub area,  I hung a photo from our trip to Ireland.  This is the North Irish coast.   I had the photo printed in a 40 x 30 size to match a canvas I found long ago at Goodwill.  I used Poster Brain and loved how fast it shipped.  I affixed the poster sized photo to the canvas using Mod Podge.  I first covered the canvas in Mod Podge, layered the photo on top, and then put another layer of Mod Podge on top of the photo. It dries clear with a textured, brush stroke effect so it resembles a painting.

bathroom art
The feel in the room is clean and much more up to date and I’m so happy to have it done!

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