Master Suite: The Big Reveal

Here it is, the post you’ve all been waiting for… or at least, the one I’ve been wanting to share!  While the reno has been done for almost 2 months now, there were little odds and ends that still needed to be taken care of.  Most of them are out of the way – we still need to add artwork and “dress up” the top of the dresser, but with a baby due to arrive any time now this is as good as it is going to get for a while.  So I finally managed to get some “after” pictures to share.  Of course, it’s been so long since I last posted about the reno it’s probably worth recapping the project…

Previously I posted about the spark that started our renovation, the proposed layout changes for the entire master suite, and a look at what the space was like before the renovation started.

It was a long process, but we knew that going in.  We spent a solid 2 months planning, sourcing, and budgeting before demolition began.

A quick summary of our project scope:

  • Demo our existing his / her closets.
  • Extend our bathroom to accommodate a larger vanity and a linen cabinet.
  • Use the space created by the larger bathroom to install a walk-in closet.
  • Rebuild and tile the shower stall, including enlarging the opening to the stall and tiling the enclosure.
  • Replace the shower fixtures and shower door.
  • Tile the bathroom floor.
  • Install hardwood floors in the bedroom and closet.
  • Install a closet organization system.
  • Paint the ceilings and walls in all three rooms.
  • Sewing (this was me!):
    • New curtains for the bedroom.
    • Coordinating decorative pillow for the bed (a hard-won negotiation with my anti-throw pillow spouse).

To make the project affordable, and to be able to purchase the finishes we wanted, we decided to do all the labour ourselves with the exception of the electrical.  We are fortunate to have a friend who’s an electrician so we hired him to take care of that part of the project scope.  Since the work spanned such a long time period we were able to capitalize on sales for the majority of our materials.  Plus, we made a point of combining a variety of lower cost, in stock items (vanity countertop, shower door, closet system) with higher end splurges (vanity and linen closet).

While I helped with the design, shopping, painting and sewing (my first project since Grade 8!), the rest of the labour was done by P.  All of it.  We had one neighbour drop by for an afternoon of drywalling, another who would pop over to help bring heavy items upstairs, and our brother-in-law spent a morning helping P with the hardwood flooring install.  Everything else?  All done by my husband.  You will see in these “after” shots, what an amazing job he did – I am so lucky to have him!

AFTER!!!  Our newly decorated space

AFTER!!! Our newly decorated space

View of the East side of the room, where Closet #1 used to be

View of the East side of the room, where Closet #1 used to be

View of the West side of the room, where Closet #2 and the ensuite were originally located

View of the West side of the room, where Closet #2 and the ensuite were originally located

Sneak peak into the ensuite

Sneak peak into the ensuite

New vanity and linen closet

New vanity and linen closet

Our new shower - same size as before but with a much larger opening making it feel twice as big as it used to be

Our new shower – same size as before but with a much larger opening making it feel twice as big as it used to be

View #1 of the closet, where we had to work around the existing window

View #1 of the closet, where we had to work around the existing window

View #2 of the closet

View #2 of the closet

From the day the demo started (October 27, 2012) to its finish (June 2012) the project took 7 months to complete.  That includes a break in December for the holidays, and a few weekends off in February for family-related events.  Aside from taking 1 week of vacation at the beginning of the project, P did all of this work on his weekends, while taking a night class at the same time.  Yes, I am incredibly proud of my husband.

In case you were curious, here’s the exhaustive “source list” of all the materials used in our renovation project:

  • Shower:  Schluter shower system (Home Depot)
  • Tiles:  Shower & bathroom floor (Ontario Tile)
  • Vanity / Linen Cabinet:  Kraftmaid Waterbury Maple in Cognac, (Lowes special order)
  • Countertop:  In stock (Lowes)
  • Hardwood:  Ruiter Valley Maple in Walnut finish (in stock item at Home Depot)
  • Paint:  Eco Spec by Benjamin Moore.  I’m  HUGE fan of BM’s Natura line, but as they don’t have a suitable finish for bathrooms our local store recommended I try the Eco Spec, which is zero VOC’s and is actually about $15 less a gallon than the Natura.  I was very impressed – no paint fumes, and the coverage was good although perhaps not as good as the Natura which is a premium line.  I liked it so much that I will be using Eco Spec from now on!
  • Paint Colours:  Bedroom – Grey Horse (BM).  Bathroom & Closet – Moonshine (BM)
  • Curtain / Pillow fabric:  Gazebo (Tonic Living)
  • Towels:  Walmart
  • Duvet:  Blasippa (Ikea)
  • Bathroom Accessories (Towel bar, toilet paper holder) – Banbury Line by Moen (Home Depot)
  • Bathroom Mirrors: Home Decor Company’s Pivot Hardware and Mirror (Home Depot)
  • Shower Door:  Keystone by MAAX’s Insight Pivot Door (Home Depot)
  • Faucets: Danze Sheridan Series  (Canadian Tire)
  • Bedroom Mirror:  Stave (Ikea)
  • Closet System:  Martha Stewart Living in Espresso (Home Depot)
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