DIY Bathroom Refresh

>> Tuesday, October 24, 2017

This is the story of our bathroom renovation.


I don’t have many photos of our upstairs bathroom to serve as a before. Regardless, it’s the main bathroom for all our showering/bathing. We do also have a shower in the basement, but it’s a bit of a dive. We left the old green tiles from the 1960s these last several years because they were in great condition. We also knew we eventually wanted to knock down this little half wall that divided the space, and it would definitely destroy the tile.

Anyway, here’s a before from the day we moved in.


We didn’t have a ton of cash to spend on this project, but I was getting sick of trying to clean all the grout on the floor . . . and I also just get bored without a project. We allotted ourselves $350 to do the work, knowing we also had some materials left over from previous projects.

The first step was knocking down the wall. Then came tearing out the tile. In the process we accidentally knocked the toilet tank, cracking it. We decided to keep our current vanity.

Progress photos:


That last one still gives me the chills. There was plaster and tile . . . EVERYWHERE. Three huge garbage cans full of the stuff. It took a long time to clean up and get a blank slate to start with the new stuff.


We put down the flooring first and then installed the new toilet. Then we got to the walls. We had some vinyl tile leftover from a project I did in the master bedroom, and I knew I wanted to put it to use. We also bought some plastic/vinyl wall coverings for the bottom half of the walls, as well as a few decorative pieces to dress it all up.

From there, I got a couple knobs for the vanity, a piece of artwork, and a cool door with hooks for towels. I also got a nice sturdy bench to stand or sit on. We left the tile behind the vanity and in the tub area (as well as the tub) the original green color. We eventually want to get it reglazed white. I’ve done a lot of research on this DIY reglazing kits, and it looks like a lot of work that doesn’t really hold up. The tile and tub are in good condition, so I’d rather wait and have it done the right way.

I realize I’m skipping lots of details, but I don’t want this post too long. So, I’ll just post the AFTER photos here. If you have questions, let me know. I estimate this project ended up costing around $400 if you don’t count the stuff we already owned (mostly some adhesives, grout, and the vinyl “wood” wall tiles).


My favorite part is how much space we gained by knocking out the wall. And how clean everything is now! It’s all vinyl basically, so you can just wipe it down with some homemade vinegar cleaner and a rag -- done! I also like the grey and wood tones. I am a huge fan of the vinyl floor tiles -- we also have them throughout our main floor . . . and they have help up well to high traffic.

I’m thinking I may do another post with more details on how we did different things, a cost breakdown, and answering any questions you guys have. Leave a note in the comments!

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