Mar 28 2009

Out with the old, In with the New!

OUR VERY OWN DIY BATHROOM REMODEL
Y = Justin as Master Carpenter, Electrician, Design & Layout Consultant; Jeremy (Justin’s Bro) as Design & Layout Consultant, Master Tiler, Vanity Refinisher & Venetian Plaster; Me as Design & Layout Consultant, Supervisor (haha, I loved my job… ‘Yes’, ‘No’, ‘I love that!’, ‘I don’t like that'; J & J might translate that a little differently that I do.); Branton as Master demolition man, Motivator (‘sob, sob, I just want my bathroom back’ – we had to go to the basement). AND we all did a little Burnishing.

DIY Bathroom Remodel :: See below for more pics!

DIY Bathroom Remodel :: See below for more pics!

We have been tuning into the DIY channel on a regular basis lately. Our budget didn’t quite meet the average cost of a bathroom renovation of $13,000 (and that is on the Do-It-Yourself network) , in fact we were far below this, partly due to the smallness of our bathroom, but also we had to get a little creative with some of our choices & of course the DIY aspect of it all. Our ‘little’ project grew in the process and we ran into some not so fun or expected issues like mold and a rotten floor. Good thing I have a Master Carpenter close by.

Things we learned…
1. It always takes longer and cost more than you plan for. Just be prepared & flexible.
2. We saved about $400 on an unfinished vanity that our Master Finisher, Jeremy stained for us.
3. We did spend a little more on a Shower door vs. Shower curtain, I was hesitant because they are harder to clean & I don’t always like the look of shower doors. BUT I had to show off the amazing tile work, we found a door that worked very well, the glass has a little bit of texture, but still shows off the tile very nicely.
4. Details – We kept all our fixtures and hardware the brushed nickel, Jeremy even found a vent to match.
5. Mirror – I found a decorative mirror for half off at Hobby-Lobby. Spent $65 instead of $130.
6. DIY – I know we saved a ton of money by doing it all ourselves, plus Jeremy! Thank God for family like him, we couldn’t have done this project without him! Glad he likes my cooking. :)

I still have a little blank wall space above the toilet and also on the wall across from it. I think I would like to put an ‘artsy’ cabinet above the toilet and probably some pics & towel holder on the other wall. Any ideas? I would love to hear about them.

Now that you met the team & got a little bit of the story enjoy the photojournalistic approach to our Bathroom Remodel. Just in case you were wondering, I actually kept my bathroom a little nicer than the ‘before’ pics show. As we started the demo part of our project we realized we didn’t take the ‘before’ pics. So, this was somewhat into the process, but it gives you an idea of how it was. :) Enjoy the show & be inspired.

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