Hey Guys! This is all about our bathroom upgrade. I call it an upgrade instead of a remodel because we aren’t changing anything about the layout of the space to save a lot of money.
In a perfect world with an unlimited budget, I would definitely change the footprint of this bathroom to be smaller (because it is an unusually large bathroom for just a guest bathroom) and add space to our master bathroom (which is much smaller – gotta love the 1960’s when the idea of a “master suite” didn’t exist), but that’s just not gonna happen unless we sell a kidney. There is no telling how much it would cost to rip out walls, rearrange plumbing, change out layouts, and get new everything.
Other ways we are saving money:
- We are keeping the existing vanity.
It would be so easy to just buy a brand new vanity to go in our bathroom. The problem is our vanity is not a standard size (of course right?!) So everything out there would just be too big or would be weirdly small and we would have to figure out the flooring underneath (which would be more $$) and how to fill in the gaps around it. So our solution is to resurface the cabinet doors and paint it a pretty blue gray.
2. Keeping the existing flooring.
Is the “wood” laminate in the vanity area my first choice of flooring? No. But it’s in good shape and fine for now so we are definitely saving money by keeping it.
3. Using tile we already have for the floor in the toilet area (matches the tile in the shower).
Again, not my first choice of tile. This tile was chosen WAY before I really knew my style. (It was actually just sitting in the carport all this time) I would have loved to change this to a subway tile and maybe a hexagon or penny tile floor, but nevertheless, it is an upgrade from where it was (and it looks sooo much better than the weird greenish hexagon tiles that were in there), so we will use it. And it’s free! Not really sure why we waited this long.
This is what our bathroom (vanity area only) looks like as of right now.
Not pretty. Well I see it as a blank canvas and can’t wait to start seeing some real change!
Here are my plans for this area:
- Change the countertop and sink.
This was a must for me. Right now we have the 1960’s special “white” laminate that is pretty much yellowish cream at this point. Gotta love the connected backsplash and “side splashes” (is that what you call it??). Because we are saving so much money in other areas, I really wanted to splurge and get something special for the countertop. Look for upcoming posts to see what we picked!
2. Change the lighting.
Nothing like fluorescent lighting to make you feel like you’re in an institution. Also the buzzing sound just makes you feel all warm inside. So basically, this goes without saying. Not sure what we’re going to go with yet, but I’ll keep you posted.
3. Add board and batten molding.
Because this area is weirdly big, I thought board and batten would look so nice in here to jazz up the walls and to give it visual interest. Its also an inexpensive way to really make a space look new.
4. Change the linen closet door.
5. Get new hardware.
6. Paint and add accessories.
Here is what the toilet area looked like before:
Okay so the tile in the shower is about 10 years old and probably not something I would pick now but it still looks nice so it is staying. I would love to resurface the tub at some point to cover up old rust stains that I have no idea how to fix. If anyone knows how to get rid of rust stains on old bathtubs, let me know!!
So far we have sanded and patched the walls and added primer so that it will be a nice canvas for our paint. We also plan on painting the trim white, but the trim needs some TLC before we can do that.
And again, the floor will be the same tile that is in the shower because we already have it. Anything is really an improvement, am I right?!
I hope this gives you guys a great look into what we are planning for this bathroom. I can’t wait to see it all come together! I will give you updates as they happen so STAY TUNED!