DIY Network: Trimmed Out

February 23, 2012   //  Posted in: Bathroom, DIY, HGTV + DIY Network Projects   //  By: Emily   //  6 responses

I’m all about doing the necessary things to get toilets reinstalled these days. Runner-up to the shower, it’s the happiest thing about the bathroom at the moment. True story: We were relinquished to that cold freestanding basement toilet for 37 days, which was about 36.75 days longer than I actually expected it to be. But I’m more than a little bit tired of talking about toilets, and the basement toilet, the fact that it’s not heated down there there, and the fact that it’s the middle of winter in Rochester, NY, so I’m glad we made enough progress on Day 12 to install the throne before bedtime.

The real progress made leading up to that precious install was with the trim. The new bathroom baseboard is customized to flow with the rest of the 1940’s trim in the house unlike what had been installed before, and that fluidity in design makes this girl really, really happy. I think it’s especially great because it’s simple, something anyone could do if it matched their trim: basic 1×8 pine boards and base shoe.

For all of the details (and photos of our almost-done bathroom), you’ll want to see this step-by-step tutorial for yourself on this week’s contribution to DIY Network’s blog The Pegboard.

Baseboard trim, going in!

If you missed the beginning of this bathroom renovation series, catch up for yourself by perusing these posts:

  1. A little video introduction and tour!
  2. An overview of the materials I’ve been purchasing! Because what DIY-crazed girl wouldn’t love tile shopping?
  3. And getting down and dirty with demolition!
  4. Training a beginner to repair a drain pipe and install a bathtub!
  5. Building custom shower shelving, and learning how to install HardiBacker.
  6. And learning more than I ever thought I’d know about shower valves and PEX.
  7. Four days of tiling. No exaggeration.
  8. And then we grouted our little hearts out.
  9. Leaned on and learned about underlayment.
  10. Drank lots of coffee, painted (and re-painted), and whipped through the floor install!

  • Cait @ Hernando House
    6 years ago - Reply

    I almost YAYed out loud (YOL? prediction: it’s going to be the new thing) in my office for you when you said you you don’t have to use the basement toilet anymore.

    The trim looks AWESOME. I really, really, really want to get cracking on my guest bathroom again. Maybe I can take some of the vacation days I’ve racked up…

    • Cait @ Hernando House
      6 years ago -

      PS- I love the description for step/post 10. And I enjoyed the coffee break photo from your tiling marathon when it popped up in the “I take a lot of photos.” section a couple of days ago. Another high five for coffee addicts.

    • Emily
      6 years ago -

      Haha, YOL. No one was YOL’ing louder than me, that’s for sure. The trim did turn out well – it’s so amazing how it pulls a room together!

    • Cait @ Hernando House
      6 years ago -

      Isn’t it amazing how trim (or sometimes just painted trim, or painted walls that make trim pop) make sure a huge difference? Loving that last shot on DIY, it does look just about finished. Can’t wait to see the vanity go in, etc. You can bet there will be more YOLing :)

  • Jun
    6 years ago - Reply

    Hi Emily,

    I live in Rochester, too. I was wondering which IKEA you go to get some of your things? I love the bathroom cabinet you got, but I don’t know if I should drive the 5 hours to Pittsburgh or 6 hours to New Jersey to get it. Please advise!

    • Emily
      6 years ago -

      That cabinet happened to be a find when I was traveling in D.C.. I try and plan big purchases when I’m in the states, and just wait until I’m traveling by car for other reasons (work, vacation, or visiting friends and family). For little things, I usually, I head up to Burlington or Toronto!

      Hope it helps!

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