This week we decided (kind of last minute) to renovate our bathrooms. We have 3 total in our house, but we only did the 2 smaller ones (kids & guest). We didn’t want to spend a bunch of money so we tried to keep as much of the original as possible, but we definitely wanted to update the space. We’ve done a LOT to our current home (including the kitchen, all the floors, every light fixture, part of the master bath, and the closet – post HERE) and the bathrooms have been an annoyance. We don’t use them much but it annoys me how dated they look. I painted the cabinets last summer (post HERE) but it just wasn’t enough. So with our “surprise” tax refund, we went ahead and did both bathrooms. Before:
They weren’t terrible but I HATE the dated tile and even the white paint couldn’t make me love the cabinets. But we were balling-on-a-budget. So here was the plan: Get tile ourselves, cheap contractor labor, IKEA vanities, leave the bathtubs alone (since they are just basic white), new shower curtains, leave the toilets. BOOM. Makeover.
Day One: Demo – contractor rips out old vanities and all the tile
Day Two: Tile is laid
Day Two.Five: Mom realizes there is a HUGE hole in the wall and patches/paints it
Yes I did it myself. With Cardboard. & spackle. & paint.
Day Three: Vanities go in. TOTAL MELTDOWN when we realize all of the plumbing needs to basically be re-routed to make the IKEA vanity work. Introducing Super-Plumber-Man to the rescue.
But its cool. It actually ended up looking PERFECT (and being finished approximately 20 min before our guests showed up to Kensington’s birthday party).
All in all it ended up costing us right around $2500. That includes:
Ultimately I feel like we did pretty well. We installed the vanities ourselves and assembled them – only paying for Demo/Tile & plumbing reroute. Next to come…we will be doing the tile in our laundry room ourselves. Dun DUN DUN.