Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Before and After: Bathroom Reno
The bathroom renovation is finally finished! I'm so tired of painting but it was worth it and I'm very happy with the end results.
Below is a step by step of the process I went through as well as some before and after photos
Here are the original photos of my bathroom, way to much white and lavender. The bottom half of the walls were covered in lavender speckled tile. The floor was also miniature lavender tiles and the vanity was an ugly white laminate. The top half of the room was plane white sheet rock. All in all it was lacking in color and also very dated. (Built in 1970)
The first thing I did was paint the wall tile all white. I had never attempted something like this before and was kind of wondering how it would go, but I am so happy with the results. I started by applying two coats of heavy duty primer and then two coats of white paint, using both a foam roller and a brush (for the grout lines). It turned out fabulously! So clean and fresh looking.
I already owned the primer and the paint and so the only thing I purchased for this step was a foam roller: $3.50
Next I painted the white walls a caramel color. I also had this paint sitting in my garage and there was just enough to finish up this room. I had originally bought the paint and used it to paint my living room. I paid $5 originally for this gallon of paint because it was in the oops section at Lowes. I love the color and that $5 investment has gone pretty far! I used the same roller and brush from when I painted the tile so this step of the project didn't cost me anything!
Next I tackled the floor! This was my biggest expense. I purchased 20 peel and stick vinyl tiles from Lowes and laid them down. I cut where I needed to cut (around the toilet was the toughest) and it made such a huge difference! After I laid all the tiles I caulked around the edges of the room and around the toilet.
The vinyl tiles came to $52 and the caulk was $6 so the total cost for this step was $58. And WELL worth it!
I painted the counter top a brownish color with some countertop paint I had left over after using it on my kitchen counters a few years ago (You can purchase the counter top paint new at Lowes for $20) I then painted the vanity a chocolate brown color. I already had this paint. Originally I bought it for the mural in my living room and have also recently used it on some canvas artwork. To see both of those projects, click here.
Next I trimmed out the mirror with some trim from Lowes. I measured the pieces and then had the husband cut them for me. I painted them and then mounted them using liquid nails. The paint is the same paint I used on the vanity. After they dried I caulked the corners and then painted over the caulk to match the mirror.
Liquid Nails: $4
Total cost for the mirror: $15
The shower curtain and window curtain are actually matching curtains that I had once used in another room in my house many years ago. I had never thrown them away because I really liked them and they ended up fitting the room perfectly. Since the curtain was a little long for the shower I hemmed it before hanging it. I also purchased a shower curtain rod because originally there was a door to our shower (but it fell off)
Shower Curtain Rod: $6
The floor mats were the original ones, they were in good shape so no need to change, and all the accessories were ones I had laying around in various closets. The total cost for everything came to....
What a difference $82.50 can make. Paint sure does go a long way!!!
So tell me what you think? Was it worth it??