We have done a lot of things at my parent's home but not much inside yet. Most of what we have done is to increase mobility for my parents. But some of it was just because we had to make some updates to make everything else we were going to do work for their mobility. So it was fun to kind of figure that all out. And bless my mom's heart - I basically just designed that bathroom aesthetically and she smiled and let me do it.
We decided to gut the entire bathroom, save the tub and toilet. There was rotting on the sub floor and we had to replace some of that before we could tile. You will notice the laundry chute that I hanged naked from when I was 15 to the viewing chagrin of at least two teenage girls. We painted the ceiling and walls (you can see the change from blue to gray in the final few pictures on the walls), put a tile kick plate on the walls, sealed the floors, changed the cabinet and counter top, etc. Then the accessories had to change as well - the toilet paper holder, the hand towel holder, etc. One of my favorite changes was the light in the bathroom that doesn't come through at all in the pictures.
We made some mistakes.
But I had great help and that covered my novice abilities.Thanks Connie, Lincoln, my dad, and a few friends from work. I was pretty happy that the whole thing was torn apart and basically back in in just a few days.
Now - on to the kitchen :)