Wednesday, June 17, 2015

DIY Bathroom Remodel

It's been 67 days since we started the main bathroom remodel and I am so happy to report it is done. I calculated it took us 12 working days to transform our 70's bathroom into a modern 2015 bathroom.
And here it is...

We started (and by we, I mean Christopher did the majority of labor and I was his chief helper and sweeper upper of things) by removing the shower, vanity, floor and a most of the sheetrock.

Funny how we thought we could do this in a weekend! The first weekend we were able to get the shower installed just in time for a Sunday night shower before the work week. I had a back up plan just in case we ran into any malfunction, hello sister i'm coming over, but thankfully I didn't have to call her.

Next came sheetrock and flooring. I bought a variegated faux wood ceramic tile from Home Depot that was heavily discounted, but when we laid it out, the colors were completely different from the store sample. So one of our many trips back to the store and I finally found a dark grey poreclain tile at Lowes that I liked much better. Thanks Mike for letting us borrow your wet saw! It saved us a ton of time.

Day 25 we installed the toilet back. Such a happy day!

A not happy day was determining we had to redo a small portion of sheetrock to install steel support brackets for the floating vanity. OUCH! Brackets are expensive and we found them online for $108 each. Thankfully my dad has mad skills like Christopher and he fabricated 3 steel support brackets which we attached to the studs. We ended up only using 2 because the plumbing got in the way of the third.

Note to self: if you install a floating vanity put the steel brackets in before you sheetrock! You wouldn't believe the satisfaction we felt after we installed the floating vanity and knew it would never fall down! I bought it on Ebay (RoyaltonBath) back in February so I've been very patient. Isn't it lovely? 

After the vanity and faucet, we were down to the home stretch. Christopher installed a shelf for me above the toilet so I could make a nice display of things. And then it was just touch up paint and caulking.
Almost forgot our new pocket door. Since the bathroom is so small we thought a pocket door would create a bigger space.

and now for some more before and after pics.

I can't believe we actually did it. It was definitely a dream of mine to redo the bathroom and now I dream of a new kitchen! ha! according to Christopher there will be no more DIY this year! I need to save up a lot more for that one, but a girl can dream!

Overall, it cost $2,718 in new parts to remodel our bathroom. It would have cost double for sure if I hired out. THANK YOU CHRISTOPHER for making my dreams come true! Love you!

1 comment:

Wilfred Andrews said...

Your new bathroom looks very similar to my own. I too opted for clean lines and the monochrome feel when we ripped out our old suite. We did get help with installing the new suite and shower, as I wanted the job done properly. I didn't want to find any hidden leaks. Well done on your new look bathroom.

Wilfred Andrews @ LB Plumbing and Heating