Today I'm really excited to share my first remodel with you! I hadn't planned on doing this quite yet since we still have some things we need to finish in there, but I posted a room redo yesterday on Copy Cat Chic promising you can redo your bathroom for under $2000 and now I have to prove it ;)
I briefly mentioned on CCC that the bathroom was on the tragic side:
This is what we saw when we walked into the house the first time with our realtor. And while this picture is not the worst bathroom you've ever seen, I promise you these pics are probably the best this bathroom had looked since 1986. In person, the toilet was installed at an angle away from the wall, wobbled when anyone touched it, had things growing in and on it, and was generally disgusting. The vanity was not in good shape either--the drawers and doors were broken, the bottom had fallen out, the countertop was partially detached and the faucet was barely operable. Add to that the big cheap cabinet above the toilet, the old junky mirror, the ancient cobwebby light that cast an ominous glow from its inexplicable position in the top corner of the room as well as a hanging bare bulb next to the shower...it was so sad. And dangerous. But obviously those things spoke to us, because we put an offer in on the spot.
We got the keys on a Friday, I met Jake at the house after work and he'd already ripped out the mirror, vanity, doors, mouldings, toilet and wall cabinet. As you can kind of see above, the wall cabinet was mounted to a soffit that we tore out, revealing some good chunks of mold and pipes that a large rodent had chewed through. Really good stuff. The only thing we left in the bathroom was the bathtub and surround, since they'd just been replaced and we didn't hate them. Most of the initial work in here involved scraping the popcorn ceilings (literally the easiest project in the whole house) and sanding down the walls in an attempt to remove a crescent pattern that had been very liberally applied. I suspect they used something like cement, because after seven separate sanding sessions, three different electric sanders, countless packs of sandpaper, and three different people spending what amounted to several days in there...the pattern is still not totally gone. We finally threw in the towel--crescent shapes or no, we just couldn't sand anymore.
The first thing we installed was this tile, which still makes me so happy every time I walk into that bathroom. These were 12"x12" tiles on a mesh backing, so I hope no one passed out thinking of us setting each of these by hand. Jake did an awesome job on this, and despite having no experience tiling floors, the whole process went pretty quickly and very smoothly.
Jake installing the cabinet after we painted and installed new doors and mouldings. We also had to move an electrical outlet so that it wouldn't be covered by the upright cabinet, and moved the lighting from the corner right above Jake's head to its current position above the mirror (pics below).
Our new sink cabinet installed.
The plumbing master at work.
So all in all--this bathroom is brand new except for the tub, surround, and the drywall itself. See for yourself:
Not too shabby right?! This space is completely unrecognizable from where it started. It's about 95% finished at this point, and the only other "project" we have planned for it is to build a decorative cabinet (for lack of a better phrase) for the tub to make it look like it's built in. You can't tell from the photos but there's a gap between the tub and the floor, and since the front of the tub isn't flat or straight, there's not really a way to put any kind of moulding on there. I also owe you a DIY on how to hang a shower curtain from a sloping ceiling (after months of research we hadn't found a workable solution, then my genius of a boyfriend came up with the best solution on the planet).Other than that, we only have a few small things to finish, like adding crown moulding and maybe adding a little open shelving.
Jake and I are both really happy with the way this room turned out, especially because it was even better than our imaginations and mood boards told us it would be ;) And being able to take a sad, lifeless and literally broken room and turn it into a happy, bright space is just the best feeling, you guys! It might be my favorite room in our house.
Not only am I proud of Jake and I for doing it all ourselves (of course our parents and some friends donated some of their nights and weekends too), I'm also still dumbfounded that we spent less than $2,000 from start to finish. If you don't believe me, check out the CCC post I did on it, complete with source list and pricing. This room is total proof that you can do anything with a small budget and your own two hands.