Budget Bathroom Renovation

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:

TILEVanitiesFaucetsShower CurtainMirror TP HoldersBath Mats – Labor/Plumbing

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.



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My name is Kendall Berg, I am 25 years old and I am married to an incredible man named David. We currently live in Dallas, Texas with our 10 mo baby girl, 2 large dogs & 1 trouble-making Cat. ​ I have always loved fashion, fitness, and all the pretty hair and makeup styles I find on Pinterest so that is what this blog is all about! I share with you guys my personal style, my family's lifestyle, beauty tips, and my personal fitness tips as well! Hope you enjoy and thanks so much for reading!!

4 thoughts on “Budget Bathroom Renovation

  1. Hi Kendall!
    Love the bathroom! Wealso just bought this same IKEA vanity to update ours on a budget! Can you tell me more about the plumbing issue you had? The more we know going in the better!


    1. Hey Meresith! Yes – the issue is that the Vanity has drawers that push back save for 4″. So basically all of your plumbing needs to run parallel to the wall otherwise it will interfere with the actual vanity (most plumbing drops down from the center of the sink about 6-8″ from the wall). I read a lot of articles where people just cut the drawers to fit BUT our plumber just cut the pipes and turned them so they ran along the wall and it fits fine – plus the drawers work and we have full storage. It was worth the money to have a professional come out and run the pipes.


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