Hi gang! I’m really excited about sharing this post with you guys as I have a lot of pride in this little room. Out of everything I’ve done to the house so far I think that the bathroom is what I’m most pleased with, so pardon me if I gush with pride a little more than usual.
For such a small room this project took a lot of time and material to complete. I guess when you do a complete gut of a room that is expected, but that wasn’t the case with the living room. However, bathrooms are plumbing intensive with showers/tubs, toilets and sinks. That is where much of the expense comes from and when you have never soldered a joint before or set a toilet it takes time to learn these skills.
The first part of redoing this room is the demo. Demo is fun if you like tearing shit up! Like most men my inner child comes out when I can wreck havoc on something. Everything came out, toilet, cabinet, sink, light fixture fan/vent, tub, floor, tile around the tub. All of it.
Tub is out, but I had yet to tear out the tile or replace that old three handle faucet
Changing three handle faucet to a one handle. First soldering job ever and no leaks!
I think part of the pride that comes with this room is not just the finished product, but the effort, headache, and sweat that went behind it. Doing your own rehab is not always fun. It took me a while to figure out how to solder and run the new supply lines to that new valve. I had leaks in my drain that had to be resolved as well as a clogged drain in both the tub and sink. I didn’t have an on/off valve for the sink either and that needed to be added. I made multiple trips to Lowes, cursed the day I ever bought a foreclosure and many nights said, “Fuck It!” and had a beer(s). And yet I would not give up this experience, for there is much truth in the claim that our lives are filled with a sense of accomplishment when we are striving, not when we our content and things are easy.
This is looking from the hallway into the bathroom. It had a second door that went into the utility room. I removed this door and walled it.
Original tub and tile wasn’t bad. I could have removed the old, dirty caulk line at the bottom and put a tub over the original and this would have saved me money
This picture above shows the HVAC vent above the shower and you can see how the paint has cracked. I sanded this down and retextured it. This was also why I replaced the exhaust fan unit. There was also cracking of paint at the top wall where it meets the ceiling. This comes from two things; an under powered exhaust fan or one that is being underutilized. These exhaust fans are designed to exhaust moisture laden air out of bathrooms to keep it from damaging the interior over time.
This just has fun written all over it right? Would you tackle a project like this?
New tub installation
Now that you have an idea of what I started with lets take a look at how things started coming together.
Proper substrate for the new tile installation
Half way point with tile work. Next up is grout and applying a grout sealer.
The finished product. Funny how not knowing the work that goes behind it makes it less impressive.
Remember that second door? This is how it looks now!
Playing with a different way of installing crown, direct miter joints versus what I did in the living room.
Enough show and tell; how much did all this cost? Below is a itemized list of the costs associated with the renovation of the bathroom.
- Tile/supplies: 282.39
- Tub: 189.74
- Drywall/Cement board: 47.34
- Plumbing supplies: 109.17
- Shower/tub faucet: 135.68
- Vent cover: 14.19
- Vanity base and top: 399.92
- Vanity faucet: 103.88
- Door: 76.32
- Paint: 21.45
- Crown: 11.78
- Exhaust fan: 115.88
- Switch/outlet cover: 9.51
- Mirror: 42.39
- Light: 45.78
- Hardware (Towel rack etc.): 54.11
- Clogged Drain: 99.00*
* This is were my DIY skills failed. Although I was successful in fixing the clog in the tub I had no such luck with the sink. I tried all my DIY skills with no luck so I called a plumber. *sigh*
I would love to hear what you guys think of not only the work itself but the cost of this project. I know that I could have saved money, but this is another example where my preference for creating a home rubs up against my belief that this is an investment project. Can they be both???