So here it is, my very first Before & After post on our DIY Guest Bathroom! Before I dive in, I want to give you a little background about our little house, aka my canvas.
Our house was built in 1997 with your standard builder’s grade material. Not an old house necessarily, but not a new one either and definitely in need of a face lift. After doing some basic work around the house (you can learn more about thathere), we were anxious to roll up our sleeves and do some real renovating. Since neither of us were experienced in this area, we decided to start with the guest bathroom. This was our thinking… if it turned out terrible we don’t use that bathroom anyway and if turns out great than we’ll be ready to tackle the master bathroom next!
Aaaaaand, drum roll please! Here is the finished product!
So here is how we got there.
We started by removing all of the old linoleum from the floor, it was obviously ready to come out because it peeled right off. We were very fortunate that we didn’t have to scrape it off the floor boards because that would have been messy!
Then the real fun started, removing the vanity and sink. We were hoping to preserve the cabinets and take them to a recycled lumber place, but the doorway ended up being too narrow so we had to destroy it to get it out. Deep down I think my husband preferred taking a sledge hammer to it anyway.
Because we were doing this project on a budget, we decided to keep the original shower/bath combo and just update it with a more modern shower curtain (See After pictures below).
Out with the old, in with the new! After hours of research online, we finally found the perfect sink/vanity combo at Home Depot. Like I mentioned before, are main goal was to keep this project to the bare minimum, so we were excited to find this beaut for only a couple hundred dollars. That price included the vanity, granite counter top, vessel sink and faucet. Winning!
The most time consuming part of the entire renovation was the tile. We went with a 12 X 12 ceramic tile from Home Depot that looked like slate but a whole lot cheaper. The larger tiles help make the itsy bitsy bathroom look a little larger and the dark color added a bit of richness. My husband and I had never tiled before and we definitely learned a lot. I think the key take away was that it really isn’t as difficult as it seems, it’s just really tedious. Would I do it again? In a heart beat.
The vanity/sink combo also came with a wall mirror (at an additional cost) so we went with it. At times I think it looks a little matchy matchy but overall I like it. The updated light fixture is allen + roth design, you can find it at Lowes. I should also mention that all of the accessories came from Target.
In case you missed something, here is a quick recap for ya…
Overall, I love how the bathroom turned out. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was and made me fall in love with DIY projects. Hmmm what’s next?