Thursday, January 21, 2016

Powder Room Renovation

We recently completed a lovely little update to our downstairs powder room and I'm excited to share it here! It was meant to be a relatively quick and easy DIY project, but it's just unfathomable how many unexpected issues popped up over the past 12 days we've been working on the renovation! So many many many little things that we just couldn't possibly plan for caused hiccups and delays, but I'm pleased to say that we're about half a tube of caulk away from calling it all done!

I love to share stories in pictures, so here are a few "before" shots of the powder room. As you will see, it's pretty much basic construction-grade stuff everywhere.

Whew. Looking at those pics totally depresses me! I knew the bathroom needed a makeover, but I didn't realize how sad it looked until I saw it in these pictures! Wow. So happy we have a new look in there!

And here's how the powder room looks now... {squeal!}

((NOTE: We still need to caulk between the quarter-round and the floor))

I love a little side-by-side... ;) 

One of the things that always bothered me about our powder room was the seemingly ginormous pedestal sink. Really, it just seemed HUGE for the room. So I was super excited to find a gorgeous new pedestal sink that I thought would be just perfect for this renovation.

See? Isn't she just beautiful? So, I went ahead and ordered this little beauty on Saturday, 1/9, with delivery scheduled on Tuesday, 1/12. It would be shipped in two boxes: one for the sink and one for the pedestal. So I proceeded to do what any sane person would do: watch the UPS tracking numbers like it was my day job. Both boxes appeared to be on the move. They were only coming to me from Georgia... not very far, right? But one of them started showing updates that the other didn't. I was concerned, to say the least. Not surprisingly, I received ONE box on Tuesday... the pedestal, and no sink.

I called the lovely folks at The Home Depot about it. They did some digging and realized their vendor "forgot" to ship out the second box. Well, lovely. What were my options? Not many, apparently. The only option I was given was to (A) return the pedestal to my local HD for a full refund of my original order and (B) place a NEW order over the phone. Well, alright. But I let HD know I felt they should cover expedited shipping since it was their error. They agreed and confirmed I would receive the new sink and pedestal on Thursday, 1/14. Okay.

So what did I do? Watch those tracking numbers like a crazy person, of course! This time, I saw that NEITHER of the boxes were showing any movement whatsoever. I called UPS. They said they haven't received the items from HD. I called HD. They said the item was shipped and confirmed that yes, I would still receive the sink and pedestal on Thursday as scheduled. Mmmmmmkay... not sure how that was possible since this was Wednesday afternoon at 4PM and UPS still didn't have the boxes, but okay. Sure. I can be patient.

Thursday morning. STILL NO UPDATES on the tracking numbers. I called HD again. This time, they decided to tell me that since my reorder was placed over the phone after 2 PM, it wouldn't have even shipped until the next day, meaning I wouldn't receive the order until Friday. This guy tells me I never would have received it on Thursday (nevermind the previous two HD folks I spoke to who said I would).

Heh. Isn't that nice?

By this time I was considerably irritated for yet another delay on the sink. Thursday evening, there still were no updates (for the sink I was apparently going to receive on Friday) and I called HD yet again. Now I'm told that the item never left the vendor's warehouse. Can you even believe it? I couldn't do anything but laugh at this point.

The corporate resolutions department at HD placed another order for this sink for me, with an expected delivery date of Tuesday, 1/19. If you're keeping track, this is the THIRD ORDER for the same sink. And yes, it was due to be delivered this past Tuesday. Ten days after my original order was placed. HD also requested a "reship" of the phone order I had placed on 1/14.


The best part? We installed the new pedestal sink. We installed the new 8" widespread faucet.

Aaaaannndddd... I hated it.

Isn't that the best? Hahahaha!

The new sink was taller and seemed to take up even more space than the original one did. And I just didn't love the new faucet I had selected for that sink as much as I thought I would. And nevermind the fact that the p-trap from the old sink didn't line up correctly with the new sink, which meant hubs had to fashion a crazy solution using 192 pipe fittings that he was "pretty sure" wouldn't leak.

So we returned the sink. Well, the sinks, technically.

And now? Now I really LOVE our old sink! It fits the renovated powder room perfectly! Who knew?

What a fun adventure this was! I can't wait to move on to the next one... :))

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