A year after starting it, we finally finished the DIY bathroom remodel of our front bathroom (no, you didn’t read that wrong, it did take us a YEAR!!!) Darn those full-time jobs, keep us from having time to work on the fun stuff! 😉 . We purchased our current home five and a half years ago. The home was in good condition, but was dated so we plan to remodel all the rooms, one by one. The front bathroom (which is also my daughter’s bathroom), was the first to be tackled.
There was a beautiful claw foot tub in the bathroom, which was great to take a bath in, but there was no shower. The bathroom also originally had linoleum tile floors, a very plain-Jane window with very plain molding, and a standard toilet, vanity and faux marble sink. There was some chair rail and tall baseboards to try and add some decor, but they were poorly installed and didn’t line up properly, it was a bit of a mess! Here is what the original bathroom looked like before the remodel:
The first thing we did is gut the entire bathroom, including the linoleum floor tiles, all the molding, the door, light fixtures, outlet covers, and some of the drywall where we needed to add plumbing in the wall (since the bathroom had a claw foot tub, the pipes came up out of the floor).
Once we had gutted the bathroom, we moved the new tub into place so hubby would know exactly where to install the new pipes (the drain and the hot and cold water piping). We purchased the Kohler Villager tub. Super-handy hubby had to move all the plumbing into the wall so we could put in a regular tub. Once all the new tub and all the plumbing was in, hubby had to build a wall and shelf area in the area behind the tub. Since the bathroom is wider than a standard 5′ bathtub, we had about 18″ of space that we had to do something with. We decided to have a shelf area inside the tub area and then a wall on the outside. We wanted light to be able to enter the shelf area behind the tub, so we decided to add some glass blocks into the wall area. So, super-handy hubby framed it all up!
Once all the framing was done, we added insulation and then hung plastic sheeting as part of our water barrier.
Next, we replaced the bathroom window. The previous window was a vinyl window, but the previous owners had painted over the vinyl so the window did not open very well and didn’t look very nice. We purchased a new double-pane window with grids at Home Depot and installed that in place of the old window.
We then put up the cement board in the areas above the tub. I didn’t get any pictures of this, but you’ll see it in one of the pics further down in this post. The bathroom originally had no texture and the walls were very uneven and looked horrible. So, hubby and I textured the entire bathroom (ceiling and walls) using knockdown texture and a texture gun. Once we had applied and knocked down the texture, I painted the ceiling using Behr Premium Pure White Paint in satin finish. I then painted the walls using Behr Premium satin finish paint in the Stepping Stones color.
Then came time to install the tile floor. We chose a tile that looked like a light-brown wood and we absolutely love it. The tile and grout were purchased at Lowe’s. The tile is the Style Selections porcelain tile, and the color is Serso Wheat. Each tile is 6″ x 24″, so they are fairly large, and you don’t need a lot of them to cover a small space. The grout we used was the Stainmaster Stain Proof Grout in Neutral color. This grout doesn’t require any sealing, and resists stains. It was pretty easy to apply, although for cleanup it is sometimes hard to get the haze off the tiles from the grout. Here are pics of the packaging for both the tile and grout at Lowe’s:
Here is a pic of the bathroom with the installed tile floor, the painted walls, and the cement board installed above the tub (we used mortar to seal the seems on the cement board):
Next it was time to install the molding around the window. We wanted to give the new window some character, so I searched Pinterest to find some ideas for window molding designs. Once we had a good idea of what we wanted, off to Home Depot we went. We purchased all the trim pieces to create the look we wanted, went home and cut all the pieces to the correct size. We painted the trim and molding white and installed them using my Ryobi Airstrike Nailer. I absolutely LOVE how the window turned out, it’s almost the focal point of the room now because it looks so nice compared to how it used to look! Here is the after pic:
Next we installed the toilet. We really liked the look of the Kohler Memoirs series of bathroom fixtures, so we went with the Kohler Memoirs Toilet:
Then came the vanity and mirror, which we also bought at Home Depot (ordered it online and then picked it up at Home Depot once it was ready). We chose the Selections model where you could choose the vanity bottom and top. We selected the Claxby 36″ model in chocolate color with the Winter White top with a rectangular sink.
The mirror was purchased at Lowe’s, as we couldn’t find one at Home Depot to match the vanity.
We then installed the light fixture above the mirror. We wanted a light fixture with squared lines to match the design on the toilet and found one at Home Depot.
We also installed the new door and molding. We wanted a white door with a design on it. We found a door at Home Depot and painted it white to match the other molding in the bathroom.
We also installed the baseboards, purchased at Home Depot and painted them white.
Lastly was installing the glass blocks in the wall, tiling the shower, and putting in the shower doors. First, super-handy hubby installed the glass blocks in the space he had formed for them in the wall he built. He used mortar to install the three blocks. Unfortunately I didn’t get a pic of this step.
Next, we coated the cement board in the area to be tiled with Red Guard waterproofing and let it dry.
Hubby then went to work tiling the wall area and shelf area above the tub. We purchased the wall tiles and the decorative pieces at Lowe’s, including an attached soap dish. We used the same Stainmaster Natural color grout for the shower tiles as we did the floor tiles.
The entire remodel cost us about $3500. The shower tile ended up being the most expensive purchase, especially the decorative tiles, as those were pretty pricey for such a small tile. We probably could have done the remodel for much less had we chosen cheaper tile. But, since we remodeled the bathroom over the course of a year, the cost was spread out some. The toilet and tub were not the cheapest models either. We could have bought a cheaper plastic tub but I didn’t like the way those looked in comparison to the cast iron tub we ended up purchasing. Home Depot had some tubs for $150, but we chose a $450 tub. So we could have saved on costs there as well. And same goes for the toilet, the Memoirs toilet is about three times the cost of a standard toilet. But, we figure this is our forever home and we are doing all the work ourselves, so we wanted to make sure we chose items with a style we really liked and we did a lot of research and saved up for the purchases we wanted.
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