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Upstairs Bath: Proof That Miracles Happen

May 23, 2018 | 11 Comments | Uncategorized
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To be fair, I’m not sure that getting a project 90% of the way done in this house is a “miracle” by any stretch, but this bathroom in particular has been sucking the life out of me one rotten layer of subfloor at a time for the last three years.

So the fact that it looks like this?


When it used to look like this…

And this…


Yeah. Kind of feels like a miracle.

It’s been a little while since I last checked in on this because back when it was still snowing (that was literally just a month ago, because Michigan) I took a small (3 day) break from life to climb some very big hills, camp on a beach, and then I started a new job for the first time in a decade. So April was kind of a month for me.

Not a bad month, just intense.


(You can’t tell, but there are 35MPH winds trying to take down my tent in this picture, which is pretty much a metaphor for my life over the last few months.)

And just as soon as I got back from the beach and got settled in to my new work routine, spring finally happened on the farm. Which means we went from snow to foot-high grass in about 3 weeks. Weeds. A garden that needed to be planted. All the fun stuff.

Which is why the bathroom made it to about 90% finished but, you know, still doesn’t have an actual door.

Here’s what it does have though.

1.) A new tile floor.


2.) A working shower.


(Shower curtain from Target. I have this thing where I mostly hate shower curtains, but I really like that one.)

3.) A working toilet, that is not leaking into the subfloor.


4.) This amazing barnwood hutch (that I did not make, I got it on Etsy here) where there once was a closet.


5.) A nice, smooth ceiling! (I realize this is not exciting to anyone who didn’t spend actual years of their life patching holes in this damn thing. But since I did, it’s damn well exciting to me.)


There’s still a fair amount of “finishing touches” that need to happen though, including:

  • Figuring out why I’m not getting power to that fixture that’s currently hanging out of the ceiling and fixing it. Also putting in a new light.
  • Finishing baseboard and shoe molding.
  • Building barnwood floating shelves for behind the toilet
  • Getting mirrors (the ones I want are only available at Home Depot Canada… and not online. Luckily I don’t live too far from Canada, but I’m waiting for my Mom to get her passport renewed so we can make a road trip out of it.)
  • Oh, also, should probably put the door back on this room eventually

But even as-is my mom was right…


Having a functioning bathroom upstairs really was a game-changer as far as quality-of-life goes around here!

DIY diva


  • Linda K.

    I’m so happy to see you’ve gotten *THIS* close to done. Both for your sake and mine. I’ve been waiting and waiting – and that doesn’t even count!

    Excellent vanity doors, the floor looks great and I can’t wait to see the floating shelves and mirrors. The Amish cabinet fits in there just perfectly. I hope having the end in sight keeps you rolling on down the hill.

    Good luck with the new job. Closer? Cheerio!

  • Reenie

    Yea ~ that looks great. Love the cabinet.

  • Tracey

    Hey Kit,
    The bathroom looks great. Sleeping on the beach looks great too. Congrats on the new job.

    Glad to hear from you!

  • Jess

    Looking good!! Funny to hear about something that’s only available at Home Depot Canada. I am almost perpetually in a state of the reverse, where nothing I want is Home Depot Canada, but always in the American stores!! Like the tile I want for my laundry room *sigh*

    I know the excitement of a 90% finished bathroom though. Took me 2 1/2 years before I had a functioning toilet in mine, and when I finally did I took a video of it and popped a tiny bottle of champagne and definitely put it on Facebook…

  • kat

    I bought a handpainted shower curtain from Etsy at:

    I’ve been using it for over a year, without a liner. It works well and has not gotten any mold or mildew. It looks brand new.

  • Chaucea

    I really hope your new job is much much much closer to your home than your previous job! :)

    • Kit

      Oh, I wish! Same distance, different direction. Just can’t win with that commute!

  • Lucy

    Oh, I am so happy to read this. Your bathroom is beautiful even its almost finished state. And I am so happy you are doing well. We know you always have a lot going on. Good luck on your new job. I hope it’s a great move for you.

  • Kate

    Looks great! The hutch was a fantastic choice.

  • Kiersten

    HAHAHAHA YES!!! Quality of life totally improves with the 90% completion of a bathroom!

  • KlimaMika

    It is amazing how much you alone can do in your apartment. I have browsed through your previous entries and I am under an amazing impression. Just a handyman. The bathroom now looks very nice but the fact is, time finally to mount the door. Besides, everything looks very nice. The idea with the mirror is very original.

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