The bathroom/shower reno is coming to a close — and with flying colors! Days 4 through 8 consisted of tiling, grouting and adding a built-in (a last-minute decision) that we picked up from the Kraftmaid outlet in Warren, Ohio. And did we get lucky. If you’ve ever been to the Kraftmaid outlet, you know how insane it can be. Folks line up at the crack of dawn and get handed numbers so they can get early dibs on the best stuff. We typically get there mid-morning and take our chances. They’re open only a couple of Saturdays a month until about 12:30 p.m., and the turnover on the inventory is remarkable.
We envisioned buying a tallboy cabinet to use in the new storage space that divides the bedroom and bathroom. The space is tight, so we needed a cabinet 24 inches wide and 24 inches deep. We found a pleasant enough oak tallboy, but as nice as it was, it just didn’t “wow” us. (We like to be “wowed.”) Then we spotted a base cabinet in sage that felt “beachy,” which is the design theme for the bedroom, and a complementary upper cabinet in “mushroom.” Both colors totally work with the new bathroom.
The only missing piece was a counter top, so we wandered over to the section where they keep wood divider panels. We got so lucky finding a base cabinet and upper cabinet, we felt certain we would come up empty handed in the counter top department. Immediately we spotted a three-inch wide panel in “willow,” with a finished edge — the only one like it, I might add. Bingo! Total cost = $133.
Anyway, back to the reno. Thanks to our contractor, Dan Djuric of 4 Star Homes & Construction, nearly all the tiling/grouting is complete. Check out the photos below for details, and, if you missed it, read the first installment of this series.
Finally, here’s a photo of the new built-ins. As you’re looking at the cabinets, the bathroom is to the right and the bedroom to the left. We used the same Waves ceramic tile on the wall that we used in the shower niches. The colors of the three Kraftmaid pieces (despite some off-color in these photos) perfectly complement the tile.
Stay tuned for the third and (I think) final installment of the bathroom/shower reno, including another last-minute surprise!
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