Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bathing Beauty

This time last year, my husband and I decided to take on our 2nd big home remodel project.   
About 3 months after we moved in, we decided to renovate our kitchen (project #1).
So once that was done, we (ok, I...), got the itch to do the bathroom as well.  

I had a bunch of "after" pics so thought I would share them along with some of my top DIY tips.

Before...
This is what we, the previous owners, and most likely the person that built our house in the 50's lived with. Dirty floor tile...blue & black wall tiles...old fixtures...a glued on mirror...and the smallest toilet ever imaginable! 

...During Demolition... 

Demolition Tips!
1) Demoing a small space, like a bathroom, isn't easy. Especially if the tile work was done pre-1980's when they used cement and wire backing to adhere the tiles.  However, doing it yourself can save you a TON of money.  Just make sure to give yourself more time than you think you need.

2) Be smart about what you demo first.  For instance, if this is your only shower (like it was for us) do that area of the room last.

3) Use the right tools!  The right tools make all the difference and can save you from hurting yourself.  Home Depot rents out just about any tool you can image and it's much cheaper than buying it yourself.  We rented a jackhammer for the floor which saved us many hours and our sanity.

4) Instead of renting a big ol' dumpster, save your self the hassle (and again $) and buy a Bagster!  You can purchase them at Home Depot or Lowe's and then you arrange for the pickup whenever you are ready.

5) And don't forget to wear eye protection, a mask and heavy duty gloves! Seems like a no brainer but getting stitches from urgent care isn't cheap! (that may have happened to us...)

...After!
Shower Curtain: West Elm
Bathroom Hardware: Martha Stewart for Home Depot
Vanity and Sink: Lowe's allen & roth 
Mirror: Home Depot 
Accessories:  Macy's
Baskets: Home Goods (SOOO wish they had an online shopping site!)
Fixture: Faucets Direct
Whit subway tile, marble boarder tile and marble floor tiles all from Home Depot  

Other Tips: 

~Compromise on the finishes~
Being on a budget, meant we couldn't go all-out on everything.  For example, we went with an inexpensive white subway tile so we could splurge on marble floors.  

~Light and Bright~
Since our bathroom is teeny tiny, it was important we kept all the colors light so it didn't turn into a black hole.  I would have loved to paint our walls navy...but knew that would just make the space look even smaller than it is. 

~Lighting makes ALL the difference~
I was hell bent on getting some sort of hanging fixture in this bathroom!  And I'm so glad I did.  It makes it feel more like a room rather than a lavatory.  Plus, it dims so you can make the room more "cozy" when you have guests over or want to take a bath! 

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  1. Wow, what a beautiful renovation. I love all of the little touches, the fixtures, finishes, tile... even the shower curtain! :)

    I bet it feels amazing!

    xo,
    Jen

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