Home, Remodel


We all have to start somewhere, for me, I decided to try out my remodeling skills in a bathroom – a half bath to be exact.

If you have seen my DIY Shiplap Wall post, you have already seen a chunk of the work that went into this bathroom. I wanted to do a second post with additional information on the rest of the bathroom remodel. So here it goes.

This was a FULL bathroom remodel. The only things that were not replaced were the toilet and the light fixture. If I were to ballpark guess what this renovation cost, I would say around $500. A little bit of money was also recovered from selling the old vanity/sink. There was nothing wrong with the old bathroom, it was simply a different style than the homeowners wanted.

I have to give a special thanks to my sister and future brother-in-law for trusting me to do my first renovation in their home. And my dad for helping out with demo day and letting me bounce ideas off of him.

This renovation included:

New flooring – even the cement boards
Accent wall – Shiplap
Custom Vanity W/ A New Sink & Faucet
GFCI Outlets
Outlet & Light Covers
Custom Framed Mirror to Match the Vanity

Of course this was a pretty large project. If you are looking to upgrade your bathroom, but don’t need/want to change everything, you can get by a lot cheaper. But in my opinion, $500 for a completely different style bathroom isn’t too bad!

I will show you before/during/after pictures. In this particular remodel, the homeowners wanted a farmhouse style.



After completely clearing out the bathroom, here is our clean slate

First thing we did was screw down the new cement boards. I was so glad we decided to spend the extra $18 on the new boards rather than try and salvage the old ones. It made it seem so much cleaner! Here is a picture after they were put in.

After the cement boards were secured. I did the shiplap wall, again there is a full blog post about this process here.

Here are a few of the pictures during the process.

Next up was…the tile floor!

After the tile floor was done, we called it a day so that it had plenty of time to dry so that we didn’t risk moving any of the tiles and making the floor uneven.

We got a fresh start the following weekend and started out with paint. It’s amazing how a fresh coat of paint completely changed the room. As I’m sure you could see, the room almost had a yellow tint to it before. There is something so fresh feeling about new paint, especially white!

Next step was to grout. After painting two coats and adding the grout, it was definitely enough to fill the day, so again we called it a day and let the grout have plenty of time to dry.

Trim was the final step before it was time to start bringing in the toilet, vanity, etc.

The trim was painted white to match the walls. There was also corner trim pieces placed vertically on the back wall to make the shiplap wall have a more finished look.

As you can see in the picture below, the vanity was still in the building process šŸ˜‰


With the trim installed there was nothing left to do but start moving in the toilet and new vanity. A custom sign was also made for this bathroom with the framing stained to match the vanity and mirror.

I have to say my favorite portion of this project was being able to build their vanity. This was a first for me and I love the way it turned out. The best part about making your own, is that you can custom match everything. So the same stain was used for the framing of the mirror, as well as the framing for the sign. I also believe that we were able to get by a lot cheaper having built one.

The final touches were to bring in the mirror, hook up the water lines and install the new outlets and covers. And of course, decorate!

And here it is!

Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the way this bathroom renovation turned out, or with how the whole process went. I did realize that I need to go back and paint the piece of flex piping that is currently white – but that’s a minor thing. I want to give a special shout-out to my husband for his plumbing and electrical expertise on this project. Those are not my areas of interest šŸ˜‰

I can’t wait to take on the next challenge! I’d love to see your first remodel projects and hear about your experiences and the lessons you learned during the process!

Let me know what you think in the comments! If you are interested in how the vanity was built, let me know in the comments and I will try to put a post together about that process šŸ™‚

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