Project Baffroom

This past 4th of July, Lee and I undertook a home improvement project. The mission: Completely renovate the main guest bathroom in our house. Thus, Project Baffroom was born.

First, some background is in order. We are very fortunate to live in a house with four bathrooms. There’s one in the master bedroom, one that is just outside my mother-in-law’s room (it would normally be the guest bathroom), one in my daughter’s room (she’s a teenager, so her bathroom is mostly off limits), and the one in the hall outside my son’s room and our home office. We affectionately refer to it as ‘The Baffroom‘, mostly since it’s the one I use when the kids aren’t here.

The urge to re-do the ‘Baffroom‘ came from me just being tired of the plain, boring, and kiddish looking bathroom. It was unequivocally unimpressive. And since I spent so much quality time in there anyway, I figured it should be a room I enjoy being in. So Lee and I circled the dates on our calendar, scheduled some time off from work, and took to it.

Below are a couple of pictures that document the transformation. I am very happy with the final result, and I am also surprised with how well it came out. I owe a world of thanks to my wife and mother-in-law for the sweat they poured into the project, to my good friend Leigh Stevens for his guidance and expertise whenever I got into a jam, and to all of you on Pinterest that helped with drops of inspiration here and there (specifically with what we did to replace the medicine cabinet).

This goes to show that if you can visualize it, you can do it. I am ‘somewhat’ handy, but by no means am I a handyman. Still, we stepped outside our comfort zone and tackled the project head on. I hope it serves as a reminder to Lee and myself that as we look at the many challenging goals we have in 2014, no matter how unsure we may feel now, we are more than capable of achieving them. We just need to be resolved to do so.

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A plain kid’s bathroom with a surfer motif.
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Nothing exciting about this bathroom.


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I was terrified when I took out the flooring …..
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… but I have to admit ripping out the sinkand cabinet was kinda’ fun.
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New paint ….
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…. new flooring ….
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…. and new wainscoting.


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Replaced the commode and added the little touches to bring the room altogether.
I love the modern vanity and the ‘manly’ faucet I got to go with it.
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But what really makes the room is the wonderful tiled alcove Lee made where the medicine cabinet used to be.

12 thoughts on “Project Baffroom

  1. Baby, I am so proud of the work you did on this project. My little touches were nothing compared to the hard work you did. I can’t wait to start our next project together.

  2. Love your new “baffroom.” Nothing like the challenge of a home, do it yourself project. You did great. I hope 2014 will bring
    new challenges to you. Continue to step out of your comfort zone.

    1. Thank you for the comment, Frank. I am sure 2014 will be full of challenges given our dietary and financial goals. Still, it’s been my experience that life really is found outside the comfort zone.

      Wishing you and your family all the best in 2014.

  3. This is so amazing!!! I love seeing DIY projects like this from start to finish. I’m seriously impressed. Love the wall color you chose, and the tiled alcove is so perfect. I would have no idea how to even start doing something like that. What a great idea though!! Did you guys have directions you were following to make the alcove?

    Great job Lee & Gil! I may be calling you when we buy a house and undoubtedly have to do some updates 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Courtney. We got lucky with how well it came out. Again, I am handy ‘a bit’, and there was a great sense of accomplishment in that I didn’t completely ruin/break something and end up flooding the house, etc. As for the alcove, we got the idea from Pinterest and then just ‘figured out’ how best to do it.

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